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10 Holiday Essentials: The Editor—Haskell Harris of Garden & Gun

10 Holiday Essentials: The Editor—Haskell Harris of Garden & Gun

Haskell Harris, Style Director of Garden & Gun, and the December/January 2015 issue of the magazine.

A love letter to the American South of hunting, skeet shooting, farm to table food, craftsmanship, the Blues, Bourbon and bowties, Garden & Gun has become a must-read for culture-lovers of every region. Since its founding in 2007, the beautifully produced publication has skyrocketed. And that’s thanks in no small part to Haskell Harris, the enviably chic Style Director whose aesthetic has come to define modern Southern style.

Here, Haskell shares her 10 Holiday Essentials with us.


clockwise from top left: Chez Nous in Charleston, S.C. is one of Haskell’s favorite spots to dine during the season (1, below, image via Garden & Gun). Haskell’s go-to holiday party outfit is a gold taffeta romper by Tibi; find it at Hampden Clothing in Charleston (2, below). Haskell loves real magnolia holiday decorations, like this wreath by Weston Farms, which is featured in Garden & Gun’s holiday gift guide (3, below). Haskell’s Christmas Eve table will no doubt feature metallic taper candles like these from Creative Candles (4, below). Haskell thinks a soft bathrobe, such as Matouk’s Como style, should be a fixture of any guestroom (5, below). Alabama’s Christmas album is the soundtrack of her Christmas morning (6, below). Haskell’s husband can look forward to finding these Gokey boots under the tree this year (7, below). As for Haskell herself, she’s hoping to find a piece of art like this one by artist Anne Darby Parker (8, below).

1. A Northerner taking a trip down South for the holidays should visit this city/restaurant/hotel, etc.
Charleston of course! Walking along King Street during the holidays is an instant mood-lifter and dinner at Chez Nous is a must.

2. Your go-to holiday party outfit?
I love a great dress, but lately I’m more into pants. Love this gold taffeta romper by Georgia native Amy Smilovic of Tibi (the color of champagne!). It’s festive without being fussy.

3. You know it's the holidays in the South when you walk into someone's home and there's…
Real magnolia decor in the form of real wreaths and real garlands. And I’m partial to the greenery we featured in our gift guide this year from North Carolina’s Erin Weston of Weston Farms.

4. Your perfect Christmas Eve dinner table features…
I love the taper candles from Creative Candles. They are available in a million colors and shapes and sizes. So fun. I like to mix gold, silver, and natural beeswax.

5. The ultimate guest room essential for weary holiday houseguests?
A super soft hotel-esque bathrobe.

6. For you, Christmas morning wouldn't be complete without…
Alabama’s Christmas album.

7. You've been waiting all year to give your husband this for the holidays…
The classic pull-on boots by Gokey for the hubs. They’re indestructible and beautiful.

8. If Santa is really good to you this year, this will be under the tree with your name on it…
A piece by Charleston artist Ann Darby Parker.

9. It wouldn't be Christmas in your house without this particular dish or cocktail…
I’m a little partial to anything with bubbles, and the new Blanc de Chardonnay from Thibaut-Jannisson Winery in Charlottesville, Virginia (a runner-up in our Made in the South Awards this year) is my new go-to.

10. The one amazing thing you can do/see during the holidays that you can't do/see any other time of year is…
The Christmas lights in the palm trees in Charleston!

PS. If you loved Haskell Harris’ 10 Holiday Essentials, don’t forget to check out lists by interior designer Sara Gilbane and San Francisco-based retailer Sue Fisher King. And look out next week for another from one of our favorite bloggers.