M.K. Quinlan

The Home Bar Heats Up

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorApril 16, 2014

Judging from the slew of serving carts, free-standing bars, and bottle-friendly armoires at last week’s High Point market, it seems home entertaining is more popular than ever. Held bi-annually in High Point, North Carolina, the market offers a sneak peek at new furniture designs, which means home bartenders will have lots of options this year for serving spirits in style. 

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The New Hickory Stripe

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorApril 9, 2014

Hickory stripe has long been synonymous with durable workwear. Though it was originally used as a cover for pillows and mattresses (the thick fabric prevented feathers from poking through), industrious railroad wives began making caps and other clothing out of the textile. Before long, it caught on with farmers, mechanics, and others who needed clothing that could hold up to hard use.

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Silo-Style: A Twist on the Hunt Cabin

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorMarch 20, 2014

Brothers Rehan and Josh Nana have spent thirty years chasing quail and pheasant on their family’s three-hundred acre ancestral farmland in Missouri. The only problem? With nothing but derelict barns and abandoned outbuildings on the property, the brothers had nowhere to bed down for the night. “We’re from Kansas City originally,” Rehan says, “so when we were younger, Josh and I would load up some barbecue and drive out for the day. But we didn’t have a place to stay, which made for some long drives home.” 

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Heirloom Obsession: Enid Collins Handbags

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorMarch 8, 2014

On a recent antiquing excursion to Charleston's Six Mile Antique Mall, I was drawn to the back corner by a cluster of jewel-encrusted handbags. Wild with color and whimsical drawings, the purses had a kitschy glamour that had me hooked from several strides away. When I got close enough to read the words painted on the front of each bag–Money Tree, Road Runner, Humdinger–I realized I’d stumbled on the work of a designer with a sense of humor. Her name was Enid Collins.

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Mardi Gras's Master Mask Maker

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorFebruary 25, 2014

Dollar-a-dozen beads and plastic disguises may be the norm on Bourbon Street these days. But for a true work of art that looks just as good on the wall as it does worn on parade, consider the beautiful Mardi Gras masks of Venice, Italy’s Franco Cecamore.

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The New Southern Huntboard

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorFebruary 18, 2014

North Carolina craftsman Chisolm Leonard has been working with antique Southern furniture for decades, restoring pieces for some of the South’s most esteemed historical museums and landmark homes, including the Museum of Early Decorative Arts and Charleston, South Carolina’s Heyward Washington house. But of all the types of furniture that he’s worked with over the years, one piece stands out. “The huntboard has always been my favorite,” Leonard says. “I like the lines. I like the height. And there’s something masculine about them and their connection to our hunting past.”

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Southern Letterpress Valentines

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorFebruary 5, 2014

Few things are as treasured as the handwritten love letter. And thanks to a growing crop of letterpress artisans here in the South there’s no better way to deliver your message this Valentine’s Day than putting pen to paper.

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Winter Wear from Southern Hands

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorDecember 13, 2013

With temperatures predicted to reach record lows this winter, we thought you might be on the hunt for some accessories to keep you warm over the next few months. Here are three artisans doing their part to keep the South’s rich textile tradition alive by crafting winter accessories the good old-fashioned way.

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Trendspotting: Natural Wood

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorOctober 29, 2013

Thousands of new products are introduced at High Point Market, North Carolina’s twice-a-year furniture show, and after three days spent jetting between appointments, I came away with a camera loaded with photos of new designs. In recent years the market has seen a flood of colorful, lacquered bistro tables and bar carts, but what especially stood out to me this year was the work designers are doing with natural wood. The five pieces below—made of poplar, walnut, hickory, teak, and maple—all showcase the innate beauty of wood in surprisingly fresh and versatile ways.

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Inside Beautiful Botherum

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorOctober 17, 2013

You may recognize Jon Carloftis's garden (below) from our Great Southern Spaces feature in the October/November issue. Since 2012, the garden designer has been restoring the grounds of his nineteenth-century cottage in Lexington, Kentucky, known as Botherum, to their former glory. But what you didn't see were the equally charming—and no less overhauled—spaces inside the historic home.

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