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Merry Christmas from the Dixie Family!

Merry Christmas! As another Dixie holiday season is coming to a close, we are experiencing overwhelming gratitude for all of our loyal customers this past year. We hope this holiday season brings each of you joy, rest, and time well spent with those you love!

xoxo,

The Dixie Family

Jennifer Hunt, Founder and Owner, and Buddy Hunt, Wholesale Director

Holly Hollon, Creative Consultant and Artist

Kate King, Operations Director

Casey Snipes, Marketing Director

Lucy Young, Design Director and Artist

Shelby Boston, Design Director

Lindsey Jennings, Designer

Brennan Smith, Designer

Mary Beth Chau, Designer

Bethany Terrell, Website and Production

Sloan Crawford, Blog and Newsletter Editor

Kathleen Bunn, Production Assistant

Jennifer Phillips, Seasonal Designer 

Sarah Robbins Powell, Artist

Shanna Masters Moczygemba, Artist

Gina Langford, Artist  

Inslee Fariss, Artist  

Rachel Rogers, Artist

Abby Little Jessup, Artist

Ashley Begley, Artist 

Aly Harris (aka Willa Heart), Artist

Sarah Boyd, Operations Assistant

LaurieAnne Gonzalez, Artist

Kid's Party Prep: A Winter Wonderland

Today we are excited to bring you an adorable Winter Wonderland-themed children's party as we finish off our Kid's Party Prep series! We love that this frosty blue and white color scheme is gender neutral, but the polar bears and the wintry forest we have incorporated here seems perfect for a little boy's celebration. Our Winter Wonderland Collection by Dixie artist Rachel Rogers provided the artistic direction for the decor, sweets, and favor boxes for these birthday festivities.

Our talented local friends at Party Pick-Up did an outstanding job helping us pull all of the arctic party elements together. The striped straws, the forest green plates, the wooden cutlery, and the snowy woodland-themed favor boxes filled with play polar bears and sweet treats are sure to be a hit with any little guy!

It's going to be hard to keep those with a sweet tooth away from the snack table at this party, which is set with a delectable spread of macaroons, pillowy-white meringues, and chocolate candies! Courtney Wright from Savor Style has such a gift for pulling together the most beautiful and tasty party trays!

Last but not least, is any party truly complete without a dozen or so beautifully iced sugar cookies?! These adorable polar bear and snowflake cookies are the product of Hey Kat Bakes' creative baking hands.

Maybe this Winter Wonderland-themed party will herald in the snowflakes for a white Christmas this year! Click here to shop the Collection that inspired this party, and you can read the other posts in our Kid's Party Prep holiday series here.

Photography: Mary Margaret Smith Photography

 

Dixie Holiday Tastemaker Spotlight: Interior Designer Shelley Johnstone Paschke

Our Holiday Tastemaker Spotlight series has allowed us the opportunity to introduce you to so many talented and creative individuals. And our introduction today is no exception. London-trained and Chicago-based interior designer Shelley Johnstone Paschke of Shelley Johnstone Designs is celebrated for her elegant European-inspired designs presented with a fresh modern-day twist. Her project portfolio spans the country as well as internationally in London!

A quick glance through her Instagram feed reveals Shelley's exquisite and timeless taste played out in interiors that remain livable.

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Shelley worked with Dixie artist Shanna Masters to create the beautiful holiday tastemaker collection pictured here. Shelley had a clear vision for her collection to include reindeer as well as an evergreen and pine cone garland. Shanna's artwork turned out to perfectly complement the same level of elegance found in Shelley's interiors. We think the finished product is so chic! 

We have included our Q&A with Shelley as well as images of the rest of her tastemaker collection below. You can shop the full Shelley Johnstone Holiday Collection here.

Favorite Holiday Tradition:

Having the house filled with family, friends, good food and holiday cheer. And my mom's famous grasshopper pie!

Dream Dinner Date:

A lovely dinner with my husband, Brett

Favorite Last Minute Holiday Gift Idea:

My homemade hot fudge sauce tied with a pretty chocolate brown satin ribbon

Most Memorable Read:

My mom gave me a copy of Jonathan Livingston's Seagull, and it has always held a special place in my heart... also, Obstacle the Way by Ryan Holiday.

Favorite Hometown Eatery:

Market House on the Square

What Inspires you most?:

My family

Prized Possession:

Family

Most Sentimental Christmas Tree Memory:

A couple of years ago we were all decorating and Brett & I went upstairs because we were so tired, but we could hear giggling and laughter of our children downstairs.

Go-to Hostess Gift:

A beautiful candle or a coffee table book

Hidden Talent:

I have a  photographic memory... but only when it comes to design elements.

Starbucks order:

Almond Milk Hot Chocolate

What did you dream of being when you were a kid?:

A teacher... I did teach preschool before going into interior design.

What is your number one tool for the trade?:

My attention to bespoke details

Card Photography: Mary Margaret Smith Photography

Stock Image Card Photography: Lauren Bailey Photography

 

An Imperial New Year's Eve Celebration

This fun spin on a New Year's Eve party, inspired by Dixie artist Willa Heart's Imperial Collection, has our wheels spinning on how we can pull this off in our own homes on December 31st! Our team had a ball collaborating with some of our favorite locally-owned creative businesses to style this festive Asian-infused party.

The team at Party Pick-Up nailed the beautiful red and gold balloon garlands. They were also the geniuses behind the adorable party favor boxes you'll find as you continue scrolling!

We could not believe the attention to detail the talented hand of Hey Kat Bakes delivered on her Imperial holiday-themed cookies! 

And what party would be complete without a beautifully styled snack spread? This just so happens to be Courtney Wright of Savor Style's expertise. Of course, fortune cookies were a must!

We were over the moon to have Mary and Wilma owner, Beth Hubrich, host us in her home for the setting of this party. She was also kind enough to lend us all of the fabulous vintage serving pieces to use, as well as that gorgeous vase that housed a breathtaking floral arrangement from Christina Brockman of Huckleberry Collective!

The dragon is one of our favorite aspects in this particular Imperial Dragon Collection, so of course we had to include the art print (available here) in the party setup.

Of course no New Year's Eve party is complete without some noise-makers and sparkle!

These adorable poppers were perfectly suited for the job.

We hope these party images have ignited a little creative spark to help you plan your NYE celebration this year!

You can check out ALL of our NYE card designs by clicking here!

 

Dixie Holiday Tastemaker Spotlight: Julia Amory of India Amory

We're happy to continue our Holiday Tastemaker introductions with Julia Amory, founder of India Amory, a lifestyle and home goods brand working in Indian block printed cotton of varying weights. The concept of India Amory was developed after  Julia was unable to find printed fabrics she loved at an affordable price for the tables at her Southampton wedding. After designing her own wedding table linens, she was inspired to leave behind her financial services career to pursue what she discovered was her entrepreneurial passion! Her company now offers both ready-made and custom printed textiles in a limitless array of colors and patterns. Julia was born and raised in New York City where she lives with her husband, Minot, their newborn daughter, rescue dog, Hudson, and dachshund, Gracie.

For her Holiday Tastemaker Collection, Julia worked with Dixie artist Inslee Fariss who created the beautiful artwork found throughout the collection. Inslee's floral illustrations were inspired by the bold motifs and graphic block prints found in India Amory patterns. We are thrilled with the resulting Southampton collection and we're excited to pair the menus and place cards with our holiday tables adorned with India Amory linens! 

Continue scrolling for our Q&A with Julia to learn more about her holiday traditions as well as what most inspires her creative work. We have included additional images of her beautiful tastemaker collection at the bottom of this post, but you can shop the full Julia Amory Holiday Collection on our website.

Favorite Holiday Tradition:

My mother has always planted an insane number of paperwhites at Christmastime – they took over the entire house! It’s a tradition I’ve carried into adulthood and there is no happier fragrance than a narcissus during the holidays.

Dream Dinner Date:

In a fantasy world my dream dinner date would be dinner at the original Bilboquet with Marie Antoinette (maybe followed by a trip to the original Bungalow 8?).

Favorite Last Minute Holiday Gift Idea:

India Amory dinner napkins – no hostess on earth ever has enough, they’re cheap and don’t take up a lot of space so they’re easy to have on hand.

Most memorable read:

Anna Karenina

Favorite hometown eatery:

Majorelle in New York, Blue Parrot in East Hampton

What inspires you most?

Impressionist art and 18th century French history, art and architecture

Prized Possession?

Letters from my grandfather 

Most Sentimental Christmas Tree Trimming?

Growing up, the church our family goes to used to give away jingle bells after the pageant on Christmas eve – they end up on the tree as ornaments every year.

Go-to hostess gift?

Anything India Amory!  

Hidden Talent:

I don’t believe in hidden talents – anything I’m good at I use!  

Starbucks Order:

Whole milk latte  

What did you dream of being when you were a kid?

Editor in chief of Vogue  

What is your number one tool of the trade?

Coffee table books – the best inspiration! 

Table Photography:  Patricia Kantzos Photography

Card Photography: Mary Margaret Smith Photography

Stock Image Card Photography: Ashley Cox Photography

Kid's Party Prep: A Nutcracker Party

We are continuing our series of holiday kid-themed parties with a Nutcracker party perfectly suited for any little girl with Clara or Sugar Plum Fairy aspirations! The adorable Nutcracker Toile Collection created by talented Dixie artist Riley Sheehey was our inspiration for this party. This toile artwork truly has it all.... from the pointe shoes, to the Nutcracker characters, to Christmas ornaments and candies, the invitation opens the door for so many ways to celebrate in a whimsical "Kingdom of Sweets" fashion!

The team at Party Pick-Up did an incredible job helping us pull all of the party elements together! They coordinated the disposable paper products, festive straws, and adorable favor boxes that feature a Shop Dear Emmaline hair bow embroidered with a nutcracker! (Continue scrolling for a close-up) 

We were blown away by Hey Kat Bakes' cookie designs! The pointe shoes and the tutus perfectly mirror Riley's delicate artwork on the invitation.

Courtney Wright from Savor Style deserves a standing ovation for the ballerina-pink candy board of mints, macaroons and meringues that she created for our party!

Now who's ready to set a date and have a Nutcracker party with us?! Click here to shop the beautiful Nutcracker Toile Collection that inspired it all.

 Photography: Mary Margaret Smith Photography 

Dixie Holiday Tastemaker Spotlight: Erin Gates of Elements of Style

Dixie Holiday Tastemaker Erin Tubridy Gates is the founder and principal designer of Erin Gates Design and is also the creator of the award winning design blog Elements of Style. Her design work and writing has been featured in various publications such as O the Oprah Magazine and InStyle. Erin published her first book in 2014, the New York Times bestselling Elements of Style: Designing A Home & A Life and her second book, Elements of Family Style: Elegant Spaces for Everyday Life in April 2019. 

Erin worked with Dixie artist and Creative Consultant Holly Hollon who created the artwork and graphic motifs for her Tastemaker Collection. Holly used the inspiration board that Erin made for her above as a guide as she was illustrating the citrus tree, magnolia greenery and chinoiserie designs, all reflecting the classic feel of Erin's interior designs. Holly particularly loved the Pierre Frey wallpaper included in the inspiration board, coincidentally, also one of of her favorites! You can see where the wallpaper inspired the magnolia scallops in the finished collection. In addition, Holly felt it was important to include some greek key patterns in the collection since Erin had a holiday collection last season with Wayfair of greek key stockings, pillows and tree skirts.

We have included our Q&A with Erin below. Continue scrolling for the rest of her beautiful Holiday Collection which can be shopped here.

Favorite Holiday Tradition: 

Picking out the tree right after Thanksgiving and decorating it all together. 

Dream Dinner Date: 

Oprah – that is one wise, interesting woman! 

Favorite Last Minute Holiday Gift Idea: 

A stack of favorite novels wrapped in a big, pretty bow!  

Most memorable read: 

“The Light Between Oceans” by M.L. Stedman. A brutal but incredible story. That really touched me.

Favorite hometown eatery: 

We always have an amazing meal at Mistral in Back Bay.

What inspires you most? 

My peers in the industry. Social media is a blessing and a curse – it’s easy to compare but even easier to learn from amazing talent.

Prized Possession:

Not really a possession, but my son Henry. I am thoroughly obsessed with him!

Most sentimental Christmas tree trimming: 

An ornament we bought on our honeymoon. A starfish from Hawaii.

Go-to hostess gift: 

If I have ample lead time – monogrammed cocktail napkins. Otherwsie a nice bottle of wine!

Hidden Talent: 

I’m quite good at Cornhole!

Starbucks Order: 

Grande dark roast with cream and 2 Splendas.

What did you dream of being when you were a kid? 

A check out lady at the grocery store. Then a magazine editor.

What is your number one tool of the trade?

Pinterest – nothing can communicate an idea or style like an image. Great for us in showing concepts but also an important tool for our client’s to use to clearly explain their ideas.

Photography: Mary Margaret Smith Photography

Card Image Photography: Holland Williams Photography

Kid's Party Prep: A Gingerbread Decorating Party

ginger bread cookie decorating party

'Tis almost the season for winter break, snowflake themed birthday parties, cookie decorating soirées, and so much more! We know it's about time for you to start planning those events you have up your sleeves, but where oh where to begin? To provide a little inspiration, we thought it would be fun to select a few festive designs from our 2019 Holiday Collection and show you how we would style up a party to match! We teamed up with some of our favorite local businesses to bring you three different kid themed party ideas, the first one being this sugar-packed Gingerbread Cookie Party!

ginger bread cookie decorating party

Of course we started with the invitation, selecting Dixie artist Lucy Young's Gingerbread Village Suite to set the stage for our party. Shop that full collection by clicking here! And no gingerbread party is complete without cookies! Hey Kat Bakes delivered with these absolutely picture-perfect cookies inspired by Lucy's artwork.

ginger bread cookie decorating party

Next, on the list, food!  We contacted Courtney from Savor Style. She concocted this grazing board of sweet confections that, per-usual, was both eye catching and totally, mouth-watering delicious. 

ginger bread cookie decorating party

Finally, our girls at Party Pick-Up pulled it all together with a perfect array of gingerbread inspired plates, candy cane napkins, and goodie boxes filled with thematic treasures for all of the party goers to take home and enjoy. We especially loved the inclusion of that Gunner & Lux necklace kit!

ginger bread cookie decorating party

We hope this post has given you some inspiration when it comes to the holiday party season ahead, and keep on the lookout for more party prep posts on the Dixie Blog in the coming weeks!

Photography: Mary Margaret Smith Photography

 

 

Dixie Holiday Tastemaker Spotlight: Mark D. Sikes

mark sikes holiday tastemaker collection

We are excited to introduce our next Holiday Tastemaker, Mark D. Sikes, of Mark D. Sikes Interiors. After two successful decades in visual merchandising for well-known apparel brands, Mark launched his interior design business and immediately attracted national attention in publications from Veranda to Architectural Digest. Mark is known for creating beautiful and timeless interiors, and his love of big white houses, graceful gardens, and all things blue and white. His first book, Beautiful: All American Decorating and Timeless Style, is a celebration of American style today, showcasing chic and accessible ideas for every home. 

mark sikes gina langford tastemaker holiday collection

Mark worked with Dixie artist Gina Langford to create this beautiful blue and white clad collection. Mark envisioned an "explosion of blue and white ceramics" which Gina brilliantly captured, as well as the inclusion of topiaries, citrus and Mark's beloved French Bulldog, Lily.

mark sikes holiday tastemaker collection

We hope you enjoy learning a bit more about Mark from our interview below. We have included all of the pictures from his Tastemaker Collection at the bottom of this post and you can shop the full Mark D. Sikes Holiday Collection on our website here.

Favorite Holiday Tradition:

Spending Christmas week in Palm Springs with family

Dream Dinner Date:

Jackie Kennedy

Favorite Last Minute Holiday Gift Idea:

Myrtle Topiary in Terracotta Pot

Most Memorable Read:

Out of Africa

Favorite Hometown Eatery:

Mel’s Diner on Sunset

What Inspires You Most?

I think if you keep your eyes open – everything’s inspiring

Prized Possession?

Our French Bulldog, Lily

Most Sentimental Christmas Tree Trimming:

Ornaments from my grandparents – that have been passed down

Go-To Hostess Gift:

Santa Maria Novella Potpourri

Hidden Talent:

Gymnastics

Starbucks Order:

Trenta Black Iced Tea

What did you dream of being when you were a kid?

Dentist

What is your number one tool of the trade?

Tape Measure

mark sikes holiday tastemaker collection

mark sikes holiday tastemaker collection

mark sikes holiday tastemaker collection

 

Photography: Mary Margaret Smith Photography

Card Image Photography: Mary Catherine Brownfield Photography

Dixie Holiday Tastemaker Spotlight: Jane Scott Hodges of Leontine Linens

We are thrilled to introduce our next Dixie Holiday Tastemaker, Jane Scott Hodges, the founder and owner of Leontine Linens. She has spent the past two decades studying, collecting, and innovating the world of fine linens and has set herself apart in the design community with custom linens that are at once beautiful and practical for today's reality. A noted lecturer and author, Jane Scott will inspire you to take a fresh look at the way you live and entertain. 

Jane Scott was paired with Dixie artist duo Tenn Hens who created the emblems and embellishments for her cards. Bonnie Cross and Currier Stevens of Tenn Hens pulled their inspiration from the Delcambre embroidery styles found on some of Jane Scott's linens. Bonnie and Currier were drawn to the vintage and delicate feel of the Delcambre emblems and felt that the dots made the design feel festive. Also, after seeing images of Jane Scott's New Orleans home decorated for the holidays, they loved the idea of using a rich jewel tone on the artwork similar to what is found in her holiday decor.

We hope you will enjoy learning a little bit more about Jane Scott from our interview with her below. We have included additional images of her beautiful tastemaker collection at the bottom of this post, but you can shop the full Jane Scott Hodges Holiday Collection on our website.

Dream Dinner Date 

My husband, of course

Favorite Last Minute Gift 

Cajun Caviar

Favorite Hometown Eatery 

Galatoire’s

What Inspires You Most 

My beautiful city, New Orleans

Prized Possession 

My Heirloom Linens

Sentimental Christmas Trimming 

On our dining room chandelier every year we hang these beautiful silver bells that my mother-in-law had collected

Go to Hostess Gift 

Leontine Linens Cocktail Napkins

Starbucks Order 

Grande Iced Coffee with Skim Milk

Photography: Mary Margaret Smith Photography

Card Image Photography: Heather Durham Photography

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