Ring in The Season in Charleston with Kristin Chambless

Charleston is one of our all time favorite coastal locales and, like many special places, it gets extra magical during the holiday season.  There is so much charm in this historic city, and during the holidays that charm explodes.  We asked our gal pal and all around stylish Charlestonian, Kristin Chambless of COLORbyK,  how she's ringing in the season at home in the "Holy City."
Read on for loads of inspiration and give Kristin a follow on IG at @KristinChambless for even more swoon-worthy content. 
Now, on with the merry-making inspiration with Kristin!
Credit: Kristin Chambless
CC: What are you most looking forward to this holiday season?
KC: Enjoying the holidays with our son! He’ll just be turning a year old, and I’m so looking forward to seeing the joy and excitement of the season through his eyes.
CC: Any holiday decorating hacks you've learned over the years?
KC: Do a mix of real and faux greenery. I *love* real greenery, but the maintenance and cleanup can be a lot (especially with kids + dogs getting into things). So I like doing a little bit of both: faux tree in our main family room, real in the formal sitting room, real garland around doorways, faux on the mantle. This also ensures there’s always a least bits of your home here and there that are still green, even as some of the real stuff dries out.
Credit: Kristin Chambless
CC: What is your favorite part of your home to decorate?
KC: Our front porch. Nothing like holiday curb appeal.
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CC: Any holiday traditions you and your family have?
KC: Too many to share, but a favorite is lounging in PJs and feasting on cinnamon rolls for breakfast Christmas morning.
CC: When do you take down your decorations?
KC: Usually the weekend after Christmas.
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CC: What's your go-to hostess gift?
KC: A beautiful candle, preferably with a jar that can be repurposed as a vase or makeup brush holder.
CC: What cookie do you make for a cookie swap?
KC: Might be terrible to admit, but I’ve typically outsourced this. The holidays just always get some crazy and it’s mad dash for all the festivities! However, THIS year I’m hoping to whip up something homemade. Love a good snickerdoodle.
CC: If you had an ornament exchange, what ornament would you bring?
KC: I actually host an ornament exchange every year! I love finding a really special, heirloom type ornament to add to someone’s collection.
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CC: What are you hoping Santa brings you this year?
KC: We love gifting experiences, so many a fun trip to look forward to!
Kristin's Holidays in Charleston Guide 
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CC: Favorite place to grab a coffee?
KC: I’m strictly a tea drinker, but Brown Fox Coffee shop is my go-to. Their chai is unmatched.
CC: Favorite restaurant to celebrate the holidays with friends?
KC: Mefli’s
CC: Favorite place to grab a holiday cocktail?
KC: The Dewberry ‘Living Room’
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CC: Favorite places to shop?
KC: A well curated holiday pop-up or Elizabeth Stuart
CC: Best holiday attraction you must see in Charleston?
KC: The daily ‘snow fall’ at The Charleston Place
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CC: Favorite beach for a crisp beach stroll?
KC: Sullivan’s Island
CC: What's most magical about the holidays in Charleston?
KC: The streets + doors are teeming with festive décor. It’s infectious!
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CC: Best hidden gem in the city?
KC: Too hard to pick! 
This scalloped Rattan Cachepot or Wicker Hurricane with an orchid or topiary for a hostess, MIL, or grandparent gift. 
Credit: Cailíní Coastal 
Bamboo Knot Frame is a great price point that’s perfect for anyone on your list! Would be so special to print a sentimental photo prior to wrapping.  
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Beautifully packaged Hand Soap for your bestie, MIL or Mom. This blue bottle is too good! Would also make for a great stocking stuffer.  
Credit: Cailíní Coastal 
Laguna Blue Glasses - so many beautiful options to choose from! Select the set that best suits the recipient and pair with their favorite bottle of wine or beverage.
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A thoughtful Coffee Table Book is always a good idea. Whether for a friend, party host, colleague or family member. I personally adore having this entertaining book on our coffee table, and have gifted this classic to several friends. 
Credit: Cailíní Coastal 

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