Editor’s Picks: Stylish Finds of the Week

Every week, our style director picks her favorite items—for the home, the kitchen, and the chic Southerner

Brennan Wesley

As style director at Garden & Gun, Haskell Harris comes across thousands of products. In the weekly Talk of the South newsletter, she highlights some of her favorites. Take a look at (and shop) what has recently been featured and sign up here to get next week’s edition in your inbox.

Southern Starter Kit by Sean Brock & Butter Pat Industries 

The first cool mornings of fall are just starting to arrive here in Charleston, but I’ve already dog-eared all kinds of fall and winter recipes to make from a few new cookbooks. And I can’t wait for chef Sean Brock ’s latest deep dive into Southern food culture, South: Essential Recipes and New Explorations , which comes out next week. G&G ’s Fieldshop has put together a bundle that includes a signed copy of the book along with a package of heirloom Jimmy Red Cornbread Mix, which Brock worked with Geechie Boy Mill to cultivate and produce, and a cast-iron skillet from Butter Pat Industries. I think I know which recipe I’ll be making first. $245;

From newsletter on October 10, 2019

Summer Botanical Garden Wrapping Paper

When I find a winning wrapping paper, I’m a faithful devotee (so much so that I’m known as something of a wrapping paper hoarder). This botanical design is my new favorite. The colors are strikingly beautiful, and I love the thickness of the paper. It’s almost too pretty to use. Almost. Five sheets for $12;

From newsletter on September 24, 2019

Symbols of the South Map by 42 Pressed 

Jackie Robinson runs the design studio 42 Pressed, based in Charleston, South Carolina, and her work reflects an appreciation of the South with a decidedly modern bent. This month she debuted an exclusive decorative map with Fieldshop by Garden & Gun that includes distinctive symbols for every Southern state, from Maryland to Texas. I collect maps of different places I’ve lived, and this would look great as part of a collage or leaning on a mantel. $115,

From newsletter on September 17, 2019

Tumbling Block Trays 

Raise the bar with this gorgeous tray for cocktails or bottles. I fell in love with classical tumbling block patterns on a recent trip to Portugal. This sturdy tray is made up of individual wood, bone, and resin tiles to create both a beautiful and practical object. $295-$395;

From newsletter on September 12, 2019

Double-Walled To-Go Tumbler

One great way to cut down on the deluge of plastic is to invest in a reusable beverage bottle. This design by Kinto features a lid that keeps hot beverages or ice from rushing out too quickly, plus a clever handle for toting. Another bonus: It’s double-walled steel, so it will keep things cold or hot for up to six hours. $38;

From newsletter on August 27, 2019

Kowdiar Palace Quilt 

I love the artistry and utility of Southern quilts. I still own two from my paternal grandmother that I would rescue first if my house were on fire! I also love the look and feel of this quilt that was created by North Carolina designer Jamie Meares in partnership with artisans in India. It’s lightweight, which is perfect for the South’s warmer nights, beautifully stitched, and feels like a quilt that’s been worn soft over the years. $185;

From newsletter on August 20, 2019

Cavallo Linen Sheet Set 

When I was introduced to linen bedding a few weeks ago, I was skeptical. It’s a beautiful look, but would it really be practical in summer? The answer has been an overwhelming yes. Even with the AC on, our house in South Carolina runs hot, but these sheets are a welcome reprieve, and they even look gorgeous rumpled. My favorite colors are blue chambray and white, both of which would be right at home at a beach house—or any house in the South in the summer. $298-$398;

From newsletter on July 30, 2019

Terrane Glass Blush Pitcher & Glasses

Glassware in interesting colors just brings some fun to the table, and I love the new handmade blush pink glasses and pitcher from North Carolina’s Terrane Glass, made exclusively for G&G Fieldshop. My favorite way to use them is as a set for sweet tea (set the table with the glasses, and serve sweet tea in the pitcher). Bonus: They double as lovely flower vases, too. Glasses, $42 eachpitcher, $125.

From newsletter on July 23, 2019

The Beachcomber’s Companion by Anna Marlis Burgard 

I grew up going to Cape Lookout, North Carolina, and I was always the first one off the boat to go shell hunting. Even now I’m the same way! I also enjoy reading about shells, particularly The Beachcomber’s Companion by Anna Marlis Burgard. Now Burgard has a 1,000-piece puzzle to go along with the book, so even on a rainy day at the beach, you can still get your shell fix. I love the idea of both as a summer gift. Editor’s Note: The puzzle-book combination is now sold out at, but signed copies of the book are available for $19

From newsletter on June 28, 2019

Sunnydaze Utility Wagon

This is my favorite beach cart of all time, which is why I can’t stop recommending it. The sides fold down and snap back into place in under a minute, and the sturdy tires roll easily over sand, grass, and gravel. I keep it in the trunk of my car all summer long for beach days, picnics, and any other event that might involve schlepping. $105;


From newsletter on June 14, 2019

Emme Parsons Ankle Tie Sandal

I am obsessed with these classic sandals by Emme Parsons that go with anything and will outlast trends. I love that Parsons spent her junior high years here in Charleston, South Carolina, so she totally gets the need for comfort in the heat of Southern summers. My favorite hue in her collection is this slate blue. $395,

From newsletter on June 4, 2019

Smithey 10-Inch Cast-Iron Chef Skillet

The minute I saw the new 10-inch cast-iron chef skillet by the artisans at Smithey Ironware, I knew I would win Father’s Day. My husband is an omelet pro, and this will be his go-to on lazy Sunday mornings. $140,

From newsletter on May 29, 2019

Good Dog Topiary

When my younger sister got married, these topiaries of man’s best friend were a hit in the garden during the reception. Each topiary (from Labs and golden retrievers to pointers and more) is constructed from living sphagnum moss over black powder-coated titanium rods, and they make for a friendly greeting any time of year. $194-$477 (includes shipping),

From newsletter on May 14, 2019

Kitsch Facial Roller

Looks weird, feels great. Say what you will about whether the mystical healing properties of jade actually smooth away facial wrinkles. This roller definitely smooths away stress at the end of a long day and puffiness at the start of one. Good enough for this Mom (and my husband likes it, too). $28,

From newsletter on May 7, 2019

Porto Linen Pajamas

Mother’s Day is just a week-and-a-half away, and the only thing better than letting Mom sleep in is letting her sleep in in a new pair of super-soft pajamas. I love this 100-percent linen set in summery blue stripes from Serena & Lily. $148,

From newsletter on May 1, 2019

Maya Chia Undereye Roller

I recently did a full spring cleaning of all my beauty products, with the goal of replacing conventional items with natural ones. This undereye roller, which distributes a soothing, healing chia oil serum, is my new secret weapon against sleep deprivation. I also love that the company that makes it, Maya Chia, is Southern (based in South Carolina) and female-led. $70,

From newsletter on April 2, 2019

Mirth Dress

I continue to be blown away by the designs coming from the female-led, Texas-based label Mirth, including this richly-hued wrap dress called the Lisbon from the company’s spring line. The cotton feels like air, and the cut is universally flattering and feminine. It also reminds me of one of my favorite things: blue and white Portuguese tile. $215,

From newsletter on March 19, 2019

Furbish Dog Collar and Leash

Braided dog collars and leashes are my favorites for their durability and because the collars are so easily adjustable. Most designs play it safe with solid hues, but I love the look of this particular set, which is woven by hand in every color of the rainbow and has a real joie de vivre. Available at North Carolina’s Furbish Studio. Collar, $72,; leash, $86,

From newsletter on February 27, 2019

Conway Electric Extension Cord

I’m always looking for items that blend function and beauty, and though I never thought I’d say an extension cord was chic, the designs by Conway Electric are. I love this one’s colors, old-school wrapped cord, and vintage look, but it’s also thoroughly modern, with two fast-charging USB ports. Think of it as a functional art object for your desk or anywhere that you need an extra outlet. $159;

From newsletter on January 23, 2019

Furbish Annabelle Table Lamp

This lamp from North Carolina’s Furbish Studio is a design miracle: It’s cordless, the LED bulb is golden and ambient (not blue), the simple shape fits any style of decor, it’s suitable for indoor and outdoor use, and it comes in multiple colors. It’s the perfect light for tricky areas such as mantels, bookshelves, or alfresco dinner tables. I could use an army of them. $225;

From newsletter on January 15, 2019

Mosscoff Copper Straws

I’m trying to cut down on plastic everything these days, including straws. I love these copper versions because they’re durable, naturally antibacterial (something you want in a reusable straw!), and they look beautiful, too. I keep a few of them in my glove box in the car, at my desk at work, and at home. $15;

From newsletter on October 3, 2018

Farm from Home, by Amanda Brooks

One of my favorite sources of inspiration is the Instagram account of Florida native-turned-Anglophile Amanda Brooks. Anytime I’m having a harried day, I click over to see if Brooks is making jam or arranging flowers, and my blood pressure lowers. Brooks debuted a cookbook that brings her Instagram life to print. It’s also a memoir of sorts, detailing her experience of going from the fashion world in New York City to a simpler existence on her husband’s family farm in England. That slower pace and connection to the land is something many Southerners will relate to. My favorite recipe? Her raspberry muffins. Easy, beautiful, and sort of like Southern cornbread studded with fresh fruit. $40;

From newsletter on September 6, 2018

Xenia Taler Dinner Plates

Bamboo dinnerware has been stealing the spotlight from patterned melamine and other indestructible outdoor tabletop goods. It’s just as fun and beautiful but better than plastics for the environment. These plates from designer Xenia Taler are dishwasher-safe, and the line is fun-loving and spirited—just like any tailgate or picnic should be! $50 for set of 4;

From newsletter on August 21, 2018

Looftlighter Electric Firestarter

For those who worship at the altar of charcoal grilling, this genius Looftlighter charcoal starter takes the tedious waiting time out of firing up the coals (no lighter fluid required). Translation: Even if it’s Tuesday and you’re in a rush after work, you can still get that amazing flavor in half the time. $80;

From newsletter on August 15, 2018

Little Barn Apothecary Bath Milk

I am not someone who lusts after lotions and potions. In fact, most apothecary items give me hives just looking at them. But about a year ago I fell in love with Little Barn Apothecary out of Atlanta. Their products use simple ingredients, and I am so obsessed with the bath soak I preach about it to anyone who will listen (thank you, patient friends and colleagues). Seriously magical and relaxing. $34;

From newsletter on August 8, 2018

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