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The Global South: Courtney Barton of Mela & Roam

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorNovember 17, 2014

Designer Courtney Barton didn’t expect to find herself chatting about her home state of Louisiana during a visit to the castle of the Maharaja in Udaipur, India, in the middle of the Holi Festival. “I struck up a conversation with the Maharaja’s daughter, the Princess, who was my age, and she was peppering me with questions about whether or not I was in shock from all the colors, people, food, and smells in India,” Barton remembers. “And I laughed and told her I was right at home because I grew up in Louisiana and India is like the Louisiana of the East—it’s also a culture based on food, family, and celebration. She laughed and told me she couldn’t agree with me more because she went to school at Tulane! It’s a small, small world when you make connections like that.”

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Holiday Prep: Southern Centerpieces 3 Ways

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorNovember 10, 2014

With Thanksgiving just a few short weeks away (and menu planning already well underway), we asked a few of the South’s best event and floral designers to dream up fall centerpieces that were distinctly Dixie, from the containers used to the ingredients selected for each.

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Coastal Quilts

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorNovember 3, 2014

For designer Emily Fischer of Brooklyn, New York-based Haptic Lab, creating a collection of quilts inspired by various coastlines is as much about conservation as it is style. “Our Coastal Quilt Project is meant to explore coastal fragility on a global level, by creating snapshots of iconic areas before they change beyond recognition. It’s my hope that our great-grandchildren can use these quilts to remember what once was,” says Fischer.

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High Points from High Point

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorOctober 27, 2014

Last week, designers, manufacturers, and retailers from around the world descended on tiny High Point, North Carolina, for the furniture market that’s held bi-annually in the Old North State. In addition to introductions of new wares by young Southern entrepreneurs and bold-faced name Southern interior designers, we also spotted a few distinct and very Southern trends. Here’s our report on what you can expect to see all the best-dressed homes wearing next year.

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Party Season Prep: The Perfect Hostess Gift

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorOctober 20, 2014

Nine years ago, Robbie and Angie Cook launched Hester & Cook, a collection of tabletop, kitchen, and home goods out of Nashville, Tennessee. Their products take cues from Southern epicurean accoutrement of the past, from sets of salvaged silver-plate serving utensils—much of it sourced from estate sales across the United States—to paper placemats emblazoned with vintage botanical drawings and custom-commissioned illustrations that double as art for the table.

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Forever Flowers

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorOctober 13, 2014

Flowers, by nature, are fleeting, but thanks to the photographs by Ashley Woodson Bailey, anyone can enjoy the beauty of iconic Southern blooms all year long.

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Southern Sourcebook: Louise Gaskill Lighting

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorOctober 6, 2014

A memorable chandelier, lamp, or sconce can complete the interior design of a room in the same way that a compelling piece of jewelry can enliven even the simplest of outfits. Which is exactly why we were so curious about the provenance of the unusual chandelier in the photo below from the Savannah, Georgia, homeplace story in our October/November issue. As it turns out, the design is by a Southern lighting artisan: Louise Gaskill.

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Style Dispatch: Jackets Required

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorSeptember 29, 2014

Nashville, Tennessee, label Peter Nappi is known for creating beautiful, handmade leather shoes, bags, belts, and bracelets, but this fall, the company is adding apparel to that list in the form of four limited-edition leather jackets. It’s a fitting expansion, considering the label is based in a place where denim, boots, and leather outerwear have long been a uniform among the city’s most famous residents, from Waylon Jennings’ weathered leather vests to Jack White’s brooding black bombers. There’s a fine line between commercial and cool in Music City, and the collection strikes the right authentic note.

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Meet the Makers: Southern Wallpaper

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorSeptember 22, 2014

Design trends come and go, but wallpaper has always been at home in the South, from the 18th-century trellis wallpaper hanging in the North Octagonal Room at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello to the Rhododendron wallpaper designed by iconic decorator Dorothy Draper in the 1940s for the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia.

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A New Day for Duck Head

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorJuly 7, 2014

It was 1978 when the first pair of Duck Head chinos hit shelves at the campus store at the University of Mississippi, igniting a trend that would last for the next fifteen years. The khakis—complete with their iconic yellow logo—became part of the Southern frat boy uniform in the eighties, alongside popped collars and braided belts. But the company’s history actually goes back much further, almost 150 years in fact. And now, Duck Head is returning with a renewed focus on its Southern roots. 

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