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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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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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DIY Weekend: Spanish Moss Wreath

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorOctober 11, 2013

Decorating my front door in October has always been a conundrum for me. Wreaths covered in fall leaves and berries will carry you through Thanksgiving, but they aren’t exciting for a trick-or-treating crowd. I wanted to find something that would work for Halloween and transition into November. On a recent drive home it hit me: Spanish moss. In the daylight the strands are a beautiful and iconic Southern sight. But at night the moss becomes downright creepy, casting shadows in every direction.

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Silhouettes: A Lowcountry Tradition

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorSeptember 26, 2013

South Carolina native Clay Rice has spent the last thirty years traveling across the South cutting children's silhouettes, those must-have mementos that are a rite of passage for every Southern mother. But it’s the Lowcountry that inspires his most personal and awe-inspiring work.

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Southern Style: Lyle Lovett for Hamilton

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorSeptember 5, 2013

Times are always changing, but if there’s one thing that still holds true in the South it’s that clothes make the man. Texas crooner Lyle Lovett has had his shirts custom tailored by Houston-based Hamilton for years (read our story on Hamilton from the April/May 2012 issue here). This week he’s stepping into the style spotlight with the launch of his own limited edition collection, a line of twenty-three dress shirts that feature subtle western detailing— curbed yokes and matching pocket flaps, three-button barrel cuffs and a slightly slimmer fit—all signatures from Lovett’s custom orders.

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A New Twist on the Tailgate

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorAugust 28, 2013

After a successful career in financial services, Roque Castro never thought he’d wind up back in his hometown of Culpeper, Virginia. But in 2010, he and his wife took a leap of faith and moved to the country, carrying with them big dreams of running a small business. The result is Yesterday Reclaimed, a salvage furniture company that’s getting attention for its unique tailgate benches

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Heirloom Obsession: the Brass Bed

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorAugust 2, 2013

Say the words “brass bed” to anyone over the age of thirty and they’ll start singing the lyrics to Bob Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay.” That includes Pat Hudgins. “It was 1974 and I was a beat up road hippie looking to settle down and get a job. That song had made brass beds the rage for the last several years, so a buddy and I started refinishing antique brass beds and selling them.”

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Heirloom Obsession: Fiestaware

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorJuly 19, 2013

My husband and I recently purchased a home in Charleston, South Carolina and while packing up my kitchen, I realized how worn out my everyday china was. Mom knows I’ve always loved the colors and shapes of retro kitchen accoutrements, so she suggested I replace my old set with some vintage Fiestaware.

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Style Profile: Cresta Bledsoe Jewelry

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorJune 17, 2013

Shells, sand dollars, sea glass—these are things most of us scavenge for during summer beach vacations. But if you’ve spent any time exploring Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, you probably have more than a few fossilized sharks' teeth to your name

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High-Style in Cashiers, North Carolina

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorJune 5, 2013

If the summer heat has you running for the hills, make a pit stop in Cashiers, North Carolina to swing by Keven Hawkins. Nestled in the heart of town, this new shop offers a mix of indoor and outdoor home essentials, hand-picked by local architect and designer Keven Hawkins.

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