We’re excited to announce that today’s blog marks the first of a brand new series we’re calling “Designers Gabby Likes.” Each month, we’ll be sharing a new designer that we find truly inspiring.
First, we’re spotlighting Haskell Harris, the designer behind the popular design and style blog Magpie. Harris has become known for her keen ability to apply her artistry to everything from commercial interiors to product and brand development, all while infusing an elegant Southern touch. She’s more than a designer — she’s a curator of Southern style.
Harris’ refined eye can be attributed to her extensive background in editing and design. Originally from Virginia, Harris earned a degree in English from the University of Virginia. She then went on to work as a magazine editor for Time Inc. at Southern Living and Cottage Living. In addition to editing stories for the homes department at Cottage Living, part of Harris’ job as an editor was to conceive and produce the annual Idea House, giving her the opportunity to work with some of the nation’s top interior designers, architects and landscape architects.
Harris eventually landed the position of lead style editor for Garden & Gun. Her legacy at Garden & Gun — besides her many features on decorating, architecture, fashion and garden design — includes shaping the brand’s look and feel and launching the publication’s first ever design blog, Belle Decor. In the last decade, Harris has also contributed to leading design publications including Better Homes and Gardens, Garden Design, Coastal Living, Southern Accents and HGTV. In 2009, her own home, which she designed herself, was featured in Southern Living, receiving accolades from Apartment Therapy and Style Court.
A peek inside Harris’ home is a wonderful way to witness her uniquely chic Southern style. A stunning combination of neutrals, patterns and antique furnishings in the living room point to her prowess when it comes to creating sophisticated spaces that uphold a high level of style and serenity.
The kitchen cottage-style bath features charming tones and textures, showing off Harris’ resourcefulness and creativity as a designer who knows where best to channel funds and resources in order to achieve stylish interiors that are authentic, inviting and display a sense of understated elegance and Southern hospitality.
We at Gabby especially appreciate the genuine authenticity and curatorial approach of Harris’ Southern vintage style. A great example of an inspired and personal point of view is showcased in the vignette below. Gabby also believes we should surround ourselves with pieces we love, from a variety of styles and time periods, to create a look that tells an individual’s personal story.
Her sweet Southern spirit is certainly reflected in a bright and blissful master bedroom design, featuring a delightful mix of vintage and antique style furnishings and accent pieces.
Harris now runs her own firm, Haskell Harris Creative, in beautiful downtown Charleston, S.C., where she specializes in “all things aesthetic.” Browse her firm’s website to learn more about Harris and her work.