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.
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; ggfieldshop.com
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; society6.com
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, ggfieldshop.com
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; jaysonhome.com
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; food52.com
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; furbishstudio.com
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; serenaandlily.com
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 each; pitcher, $125.
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 ggfieldshop.com, but signed copies of the book are available for $19.
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; amazon.com
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, nordstrom.com
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, ggfieldshop.com
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), ggfieldshop.com
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, shopbop.com
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, serenaandlily.com
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, freepeople.com
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, mirthcaftans.com
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, furbish.com; leash, $86, furbish.com
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; needsupply.com
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; furbishstudio.com
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; amazon.com
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; amazon.com
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; nordstrom.com
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; williams-sonoma.com
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; thedetoxmarket.com
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