Southern Style

Perfect Porch Ceiling Colors

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorJuly 25, 2015

You don’t have to look far in the South to see that porches—and porch sitting—are a cultural mainstay. So is the tradition of painting a porch ceiling blue. Some say the idea stems from the notion that blue porch ceilings prevented insects and birds from nesting. But more often than not, the color is attributed to the story surrounding the Gullah/Geechee shade known as “haint blue” and its influence on American design over the centuries. “The ‘haint blue’ color that is found on homes and buildings throughout the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor is a visual representation of the power and legacy of Gullah Culture,” says Michael Allen, Community Specialist for the National Park Service. “We know through research that people of African descent brought that tradition surrounding the color with them to the United States. It is a color they believed defended the home from troubled spirits: a bright, Caribbean blue.”

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Social Media, Southern Style: Local Milk

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorJanuary 13, 2015

It’s fitting that Southerners have taken to social media; we’re naturally sociable folks who never meet strangers. We can—and frequently do—talk to anybody, swapping recipes, style resources, what-have-you. So it’s not a particularly big leap from that sort of socializing to scrolling through beautiful photography and inspiring ideas dreamed up by friends online. In that spirit, we're introducing you to some of our favorite Southerners in the social sphere this month.

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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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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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