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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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The Charm of the Southern Home

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorApril 17, 2013

In her just-released coffee table book Houses with Charm, Southern design writer Susan Sully isolates a crucial component that reconciles the South’s high-end tastes with its laid-back lifestyle: the art of the personal touch. Filled with images of eclectic mountain homes, beach cottages, and brick colonials, Sully’s book highlights the way Southerners seamlessly integrate their interiors with their lives and histories.

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Seeing Green

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorApril 11, 2013

The G&G office is in hot debate today over predictions for this year’s Masters championship. Who’s it gonna be? Tiger? Rory? Phil? Or will Bubba go for two

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Off to the Races

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorApril 4, 2013

A day at the horse races is a springtime tradition down South. Which is why my husband and I let the windows down and drove two hours north to Camden, South Carolina this past weekend to attend the annual Carolina Cup.

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Southern Designers Worth Watching—and Wearing

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorMarch 27, 2013

Charleston may be celebrated for its architecture and five-star food, but it is also gaining momentum as an emerging fashion capital thanks to Charleston Fashion Week, which celebrated its seventh year last week. The event draws names from Manhattan’s fashion in-crowd and showcases the work of established designers, but the highlight of the week is by far the introduction of the country's most promising up-and-coming talent.

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Easter Wishlist: Laura Zindel Tableware

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorMarch 25, 2013

Designing an Easter table setting can be a tricky business. Too many pastels and bunny rabbits and the table can feel suffocatingly sweet. Overdo the heirloom crystal, silver, and china, and the room can take a turn toward the stuffy and passé.

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Shop Tampa's New Old-World Marketplace

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelle DecorMarch 15, 2013

The Oxford Exchange in Tampa, Florida began as a modest idea. Businessman Blake Casper and sister Allison Casper Adams wanted to open a well-curated bookstore and work space where locals could gather. But when the two discovered a 24,000-square-foot historic building on Kennedy Avenue—originally built as a stable for the Plant Hotel in 1891—their plan grew to include a coffee bar, teashop, restaurant, boutique, and office space. “The idea was to create a place people felt really comfortable spending time in and exploring—a meeting place that created conversation,” Adams says.

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The Art of the Obituary

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorMarch 12, 2013

Writing an obituary is a powerful thing. It's an occasion to do right by your loved ones, to tell the world all of the great and respectable things they accomplished in their lifetimes, even when it’s something as small as making a really fantastic bacon and tomato sandwich.

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