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Barrier Island Wreaths

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorMay 30, 2013

When Rick McBride says he stumbled into art eight years ago, he means that literally. A sixty-five year-old house painter who works primarily on historic properties on Georgia’s Cumberland and Ossabaw Islands, McBride collects objects that he discovers in the creek beds and on the roads that he strolls after work: old fishing lures, deer antlers, boar tusks, shell casings, and drift wood, to name a few. When his wife mentioned that she wanted something decorative for their front door, McBride applied his souvenirs to a round wooden template and threw it up on a nail

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W&P Cocktail Kit: The results are in...

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorMay 28, 2013

We knew we’d have a lot of interest in the caption contest for the W&P Cocktail Kit, but we could never have predicted we’d receive over five hundred entries. G&G readers sure do love their portable bar tools—either that, or the dog and Dickel photo proved irresistible.  Needless to say, your entries made for an extra-funny last few days at the office.

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Summer Giveaway: W&P Cocktail Kit

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorMay 22, 2013

Outdoor concerts, afternoons at the beach, summer picnics—raise the bar on these thirst-inducing occasions with the new W&P Cocktail Kit.

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Heirloom Obsession: Metal Porch Gliders

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorMay 17, 2013

Those who remember them from childhood can attest: Nothing symbolizes summer better than a metal porch glider. Once referred to by many as Southerners “divans," gliders had their heyday in the 1940s and 50s, when air conditioning was as scarce as time for porch sitting was ample

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Field-to-Table Peonies

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelle DecorMay 15, 2013

When I was growing up there were always fresh cut flowers around our house. My dad was the green thumb, nurturing dozens of varieties of roses and camellias that my mom stuck in bud vases or shared with neighbors. Springtime peonies were always a favorite—not exactly an original claim, I know, but the big, dramatic blooms are impossible to resist. They’re also especially hard to come by because of their short blooming season. In the South, it’s usually no more than a few weeks between late-April to early-May before the heat zaps them. Which is why I was excited to stumble on The Peony Patch a small, family-owned farm in Greensboro, North Carolina, that offers fresh-cut, door-to-door deliveries

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The Wisdom of a Southern Mother

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorMay 9, 2013

The influence of Southern mothers is indisputable. Not only have they given us our recipes, our manners, and our love of entertaining, but above all they've handed down words to live by. In honor of Mother’s Day, we asked several prominent Southerners: What is the best piece of advice your mother ever gave you

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High Point Eye Candy

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorMay 3, 2013

For the design-minded, High Point Market is the ultimate adrenaline rush. Around every corner there’s a new vendor, product, or trend waiting to be discovered.  The star-studded cast of tastemakers—from Suzanne Kasler to Beth Collier—scattered throughout the showrooms and after-parties make the already high-style event something akin to Hollywood for furniture fanatics. (I even got my picture taken riding a magic carpet with Aladdin). This year, I was particularly excited to find these standout products, highlighted below.

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The Derby Hat According to Gigi Burris

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorApril 30, 2013

Gigi Burris knows hats. A born-and-bred Floridian trained at Parsons the New School for Design, Burris turned her passion for the age-old art of millinery into a full-time career, launching her line of couture hats in 2010. Although she’s now Manhattan-based, Burris's career and identity are rooted in the South. She sources many of her decorative materials from the wild – everything from blue-winged teal feathers from her father’s Florida hunting escapades to gator skins from the swamps of the South.

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Kathryn Maresca Textiles

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorApril 24, 2013

If you’re looking to freshen up your decor this spring, make sure to check out the work of Southern textile artisan Kathryn Maresca. The daughter of Charleston architect Mark Maresca, Kathryn received a degree in textiles at the Rhode Island School of Design and recently set up a small studio in Savannah to produce her wares.

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Shop The Nearby

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelle DecorApril 23, 2013

When it comes to shopping your favorite local boutiques, you no longer have to spend an entire afternoon driving all over town. The Nearby— a new geo-targeted shopping app— lets you browse current inventory at local shops directly from your smart phone. Created by Laura Vinroot Poole—owner of Charlotte, North Carolina, boutiques Capitol and Poole Shop—The Nearby allows you to keep up with the shops you frequent most and discover new stores both at home and on the road.

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