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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

New Artist Spotlight: Abby Little Jessup

As one of our newest artists, we are thrilled to welcome Abby Little Jessup to the Dixie family! Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Abby made her start in the arts at a young age. In 2010, at 19 years old, she founded Reflect Visual Arts, a program reaching hundreds of students through classic fine art classes in schools, homeschool co-ops, private tutoring, and workshops. The past several years of teaching fine art, painting, illustration, and calligraphy, as well as her love of extensive travel and her home city, led to many projects and commissioned works.

Most recently, her projects included the launch of two colorfully illustrated children’s book and their complementing coloring books: Down in the Ham: A Child’s Guide to Downtown Birmingham and Right Here in Birmingham. Abby now lives and works from her home studio in the small, deep-southern town of Brewton, Alabama, with her husband.

Keep scrolling for some of Abby's in-process photos as well as the finished cards in our holiday collection that feature Abby's artwork. We have also included our Q&A with Abby below.

Dream destination: 

Spain is pretty high on my list.

Magical place: 

Scottland and France

Ideal dinner date: 

Henri Matisse 

Favorite album: 

It might not be of all time, but I love Bad Self Portraits by Lake Street Dive

Recommended read: 

None Like Him

Favorite recent film: 

I’ll never get over La La Land

Favorite foods: 

Almond croissant, Southern Vegetables, Pizza

Power color: 

White

Beach or mountains: 

Sun and Sea Please

Inspiration: 

One body of work leading into another and travel.

Prized possession: 

My Grandfather Clock built by my Great-Grandfather

Road trip game: 

I play DJ and snack gal

Go-to hostess gift? 

Fresh Flowers and Macaroons

Hidden talent: 

Singing (According to my husband.)

Perfect cup of joe: 

Medium Roast with coconut oil and butter

Childhood dream job: 

An Opera Singer

Creative fuel: 

Music and Snacks

Tool of the trade: 

Gansai Japanese Watercolor

Photography: Mary Margaret Smith Photography

Card Images: Holland Williams Photography and Mary Catherine Brownfield Photography

Dixie Holiday Tastemaker Spotlight: Meg Braff of Meg Braff Designs

Dixie Tastemaker Meg Braff embarked on her interior design career after attending Vanderbilt University and the Parsons School of Design. Meg is known for her exuberant take on traditional design, creating livable spaces imbued with playful glamour and a modern perspective. Her work has been featured in an array of magazines, including a recent feature of her colorful and modern home in Veranda. Her book, The Decorated Home: Living with Style and Joy, was published by Rizzoli in April 2017.

Meg worked with Dixie artist Vaughan Spanjer who created the beautiful pagoda artwork found throughout her tastemaker collection. Vaughan drew inspiration from pictures of Meg's personal pagoda structure found in her Locust Valley, New York home garden.  We have included additional images of this beautiful collection at the bottom of this post, but you can shop the full Meg Braff Holiday Tastemaker Collection on our website.

We have loved getting to know Meg through our time working with her on this collection. She has shared a little bit more about herself in our interview with her below.

Favorite Holiday Tradition:

For so many years, making ornaments with my children was an important holiday tradition for our family. Now that my kids are grown up and away at school, I look forward to their return home and trimming the tree together with the ornaments they’ve made over the years. I’m a bit sentimental about homemade ornaments.

Dream Dinner Date:

William and Kate, the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge

Favorite Last Minute Holiday Gift Idea:

I love Heidi Carey’s printed cotton robes— I have a few stashed in my gift closet!

Most memorable read:

The Decoration of Houses by Edith Wharton

Favorite Hometown Eatery:

My favorite restaurant in Locust Valley is The Basil Leaf Cafe; in Manhattan, Le Bilbouquet is our neighborhood go-to.

What inspires you most:

I am continuously inspired by nature, and the striking color combinations that only mother nature can create.Wherever I travel, I try to make sure to visit local museums and estates, its a great way to expand the eye and freshen your point of view.

Prized Possession:

My 1969 Mercedes Pagoda Top 280 SL Convertible

Most sentimental Christmas Tree Trimming:

I still have all the ornaments my 4 boys have made over the years. Even if we don’t use them all… I love the memories they rekindle every holiday season.

Go-to hostess gift:

If I’m staying with a friend I’ll send flowers or an orchid as a thank you. Otherwise a beautiful candle or truffled almonds are nice ideas.

Hidden Talent:

Maybe its not so hidden, but I am an excellent multi-tasker!

Starbucks order:

Venti skim cappuccino with almond milk

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

I studied Human Development at Vanderbilt University, thinking that would be my career field. But after working on a few interior design projects for my family while in college I decided to switch gears completely after graduation, and enrolled at Parsons in New York.

What is your number one tool of the trade:

A positive attitude! And, as simple as its sounds, measuring tape and paint deck

Photography: Mary Margaret Smith Photography

Card Image Photography: Mary Catherine Brownfield Photography

A Fall Feast Table Setting with Christina Brockman of Huckleberry Collective

October in the South has so far given us sweltering 100-degree days, but thankfully this week has brought with it cooler temps, crisper air and an excitement for Fall and Thanksgiving celebration planning! Our talented friend, Christina Brockman of Huckleberry Collective, serves up the perfect Fall table inspiration, featuring lush autumnal tones and the bountiful food harvests this season brings.

After spotting our Festive Fowl Collection, Christina knew her timeless Spode Woodland china collection would coordinate beautifully along with the Evergreen linens from India Amory. From there, a harvest-themed tablescape, featuring stunning florals arranged by Christina, fell into place to complement the perfectly seasonal artwork by Dixie artist Inslee Fariss found on the menu, invitations and place cards. We have listed all of the sources, including the mouthwatering feast provided by Birmingham, Alabama-based Ashley Mac's Catering, for this stunning table at the bottom of this post.

Photography: Mary Margaret Smith Photography

Styling and Florals: Christina Brockman, Huckleberry Collective

China: Spode Woodland Dinnerware

Linens: India Amory

Flatware: Oneida Dover

Glasses: Heirloom

Food: Ashley Mac's: Brown Sugar Glazed Ham, Cornbread Dressing, Cheesy Twice Baked Mashed Potatoes, Brown Sugar Bacon Green Beans, Sour Cream Biscuits, and Pecan Pie.

 

Dixie Holiday Tastemaker Spotlight: Nicola Bathie McLaughlin of Nicola Bathie Designs

Nicola Bathie McLaughlin was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has lived in England, Michigan, and grew up in San Antonio, Texas where she now lives with her husband, precious daughter, and another baby girl on the way! Nicola graduated from Texas Christian University in 2013, majoring in Interior Design. With a love for jewelry and the arts, as well as an eye for design and an entrepreneurial spirit, Nicola developed the concept for her company. Nicola Bathie Designs' jewelry pieces are ever-evolving with seasons and are timeless at the same time, allowing every woman to feel as if her jewelry piece is a statement curated specifically for her. 

Nicola worked with Dixie artist Riley Sheehey, who we featured on the blog last week, to create the delicate floral artwork found in Nicola's Holiday Tastemaker Collection.  We have included images of this beautiful collection at the bottom of this post where you will also spot some of Nicola's stunning earring designs. You can shop the full Nicola Bathie Tastemaker Collection here.

Nicola was so kind to share a little bit more about herself in our interview with her below. 

Favorite holiday tradition:

Our Christmas Eve church service when all the candles are lit, lights turned off and the congregation sings silent night

Dream dinner date:

Candle lit, by a window, in a street cafe on the Seine River in Paris or at Clos Maggoire in London in their conservatory room. 

Last minute holiday gift:

Framed photographs with quick print photos

Favorite hometown eatery:

Cappy’s 

Inspires you the most:

Florals

Prized possession:

My children 

Most sentimental Christmas tree memory:

Our first Christmas as a married couple, my birthday party was my parents, my in laws, my husband and I having cocktails and decorating the tree. 

Go to hostess gifts:

Monogrammed dinner napkins 

Hidden talent:

Painting

Starbucks order:

English breakfast tea with milk.

What did you dream of being as a kid:

Interior Designer 

Tool of the trade:

My assistant, who is my second brain (or maybe my first brain), Emily

Photography: Mary Margaret Smith Photography.

Card Image Photography: Holland Williams Photography. 

New Artist Spotlight: Riley Sheehey

We are thrilled to welcome new artist Riley Sheehey to the Dixie family! Riley is well known in the illustration world for her darling watercolored portraits and whimsical patterns. Keep reading to learn more about Riley, see some "behind the scenes" peeks at her in-process Dixie artwork and a selection of the finished cards you can find in our 2019 Holiday Collection!

Although she has always loved art, Riley started designing and illustrating professionally in the summer of 2014 after a good friend asked if she would be interested in creating a custom watercolor invitation suite for her upcoming wedding. In 2017, Riley left her elementary school teaching career to pursue freelance art full-time. Riley specializes in watercolor illustration. She enjoys working with businesses on artwork for their branding, marketing, and packaging; on editorial artwork for print publications; and on surface design for textiles and wallpaper. Her style is whimsical and feminine, and she is most inspired by interior design, fashion, and architecture, but she is always open to new opportunities to create things that make people smile. She lives and works in Falls Church, Virginia, with her husband and their dog, Stevie.

Dixie's Q&A with Riley::

Dream destination: 

County Cork, Ireland, where my great (great?) grandparents were from 

Magical place:  

Nantucket or Charleston- my husband and I have gone ever summer since we met! 

Ideal dinner date: 

My grandmother, when she was my age

Favorite album: 

Rumors- Fleetwood Mac

Favorite film: 

“Big Fish”- I rewatch it every few years

Favorite foods: 

Goldfish crackers, pizza, grilled cheese (notice a theme?)

Power color: 

Pink

Inspiration: 

I love textile and interior design

Prized possession: 

My scanner. My family and friends make fun of me because I buckle it in with a seatbelt in the seat next to me whenever I go on a trip.

Etiquette tip: 

Not etiquette, really, but it drives me insane when people misuse apostrophes!

Writing utensil: 

Pencil or felt-tipped pen if I’m feeling fancy

Road trip game: 

The Alphabet Game

Go-to hostess gift: 

A bottle of wine or decorated ornament during the holidays

Hidden talent: 

Predicting snow days (I used to teach elementary school)

Perfect cup of joe: 

Black with skim milk

Childhood dream job: 

A fashion designer

Creative fuel: 

Running outside

Tool of the trade: 

Leaping before I look (saying yes, and figuring it out along the way)

Photography: Abby Grace Photography, Riley Sheehey, Mary Margaret Smith Photography, Holland Williams Photography, Mary Catherine Brownfield Photography, and Heather Durham Photography.

Dixie Holiday Tastemaker Spotlight: Chassity Evans of Look Linger Love

Dixie Design Holiday Tastemaker Chassity Evans is a blogger, Charleston, South Carolina dweller, wife, and mother. Launched in September of 2010, Look Linger Love is her daily lifestyle blog where she explores her passion for style in fashion, interiors, and entertaining. She has been featured on and worked with many brands including Real Simple magazine, InStyle Magazine, Garden & Gun magazine, and many more.

Chassity worked with Dixie artist Evelyn Henson who created the vibrant and festive artwork found in Chassity's Tastemaker Collection, which was inspired by Chassity's resort, colorful and feminine style. We love the nods to her beloved South Carolina hometown found throughout the collection's artwork like the bright punches of citrus trees and garlands. 

We have enjoyed getting to know Chassity through the process of creating this collection, and we are excited for you to learn more about her through our interview included below that reveals her holiday traditions, her favorite childhood books, and even her hidden talent!

Favorite Holiday Tradition:

All of it. Starting with breaking out the Christmas music in November. Collecting ornaments for myself and for gifting. Overloading the tree with lights. Holiday parties! We throw a big party every year and it's always one of my favorite nights of the year. Cheesy holiday movies. Sharing all the sweet moments with my kids, like finding the Elf on the Shelf every morning. And making all of my favorite childhood recipes.  

Favorite Late Minute Holiday Gift Ideas:

I buy a lot of quirky ornaments early in the season to have on hand for gifting, so this is usually my go to idea! A really decadent box of handmade chocolates from a local shop never fails to impress. And I also love sending Greetabls to those out of town!

Most Memorable Read:

Both the Babysitter's Club and the Sweet Valley High series were basically my best friends growing up. I was a huge book worm. Now I'm re-reading all of my saved BSC books to my daughter Lilly. We're already on number #40! She loves them almost as much as I did!

Favorite Home Town Eatery:

Charleston has so many amazing restaurants that it's too hard to narrow it down, but Xiao Bao Biscuit, Little Jacks, and Lewis BBQ are a few of my favorites.

Prized Possession:

They're not special and probably definitely not what you're looking for here, but my troll collection from my childhood brings me so much joy. They're displayed in my kids' playroom and seeing them there everyday is just the best!

Most Sentimental Christmas Tree Trimming:

My Granny made me a set of crocheted ornaments that are my most favorite of all. I have about 15 of them and they're all different colors! 

Go To Hostess Gift:

Callie's Biscuits!! Its makes breakfast so easy for the hostess to easily pop in the oven in the morning.

Hidden Talent:

I can rap! I mean, not well, but I can keep up and it's usually a crowd shocker! It's good to keep people on their toes.

Starbucks Order:

I like my coffee simple, plain black! So boring. 

Dream of being as a kid:

This is embarrassing, but one of my first memories from childhood is telling my mom that I wanted to be a bird when I grew up. I really thought you could actually be anything you wanted to be. And I thought long and hard and decided that I wanted to be a bird. Ha! Shortly after I wanted to be in the Ice Capades and I also wanted to be a singer/dancer!

Trick of the Trade:

Living with a "Go For It" mentality! Every day. Wondering "what if" is one of the worst regrets you can have in life!! If you have an idea, plan for it and make it happen. If it fails, it's okay! At least you tried! And if it works, well then that's where the spice of life lies!

We have featured some of Chassity's Tastemaker Collection below. You can access all our Tastemaker cards, including those from previous years, under the Holiday menu on our website

Card Photography: Mary Margaret Smith Photography and Mary Catherine Brownfield

Dixie Holiday Tastemaker Spotlight: Gen Sohr of Pencil & Paper Co

Southern lifestyle tastemaker and interior designer, Gen Sohr, is the co-founder and colorful creative behind Pencil and Paper Development Co. After nearly 20 years of bringing large-scale retail concepts to life for Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Oiliy, The Body Shop, and Victoria's Secret – and having lived in San Francisco, New York, and Chicago – Gen and her husband Benjamin set their sights on bringing their love of design to Benjamin's hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. Together they have created a celebrated design company and lifestyle brand specializing in residential, retail, commercial and product design.

Gen and her team are hosting their much anticipated and fast-approaching Creative Camp in Nashville November 1st through 3rd. Dixie is thrilled to be a part of Creative Camp as both a vendor at the pop-up experience Gen has curated of her favorite brands, and as a guest speaker where Jennifer Hunt, Dixie’s founder and owner, will join a panel of women entrepreneurs and creatives for a lively conversation about building a business, interiors, fashion and social media. Creative Camp ticket sales end September 30th, so click here to purchase yours! 

As one of our Holiday Tastemakers, Gen was paired with Dixie artist Gina Langford who created modern chinoiserie artwork inspired by a vintage print in Gen's home. Gen then worked with our in-house Design team to design the chic, colorful cards you can shop in her holiday Tastemaker collection

Gen has very graciously agreed to share with us more about herself including her holiday traditions and her take on the power of social media in sculpting a brand and using it to make connections.

Favorite Holiday Tradition: 

After the kids have opened their gifts, my husband Benjamin makes the yummiest eggs benedict and we pop open a bottle of champagne to celebrate the day. Then maybe a late morning cat nap?!

Dream Dinner Date: 

Hmm.....any of a long list of favorite designers or artists, or entrepreneurs. Clare Vivier or Jenna Lyons!

Favorite Last Minute Holiday Gift Idea: 

Our signature Howdy Tote of course! 

Most memorable read: 

I'm going way back to childhood. I have always loved  "The Country Bunny and Little Golden Shoes" ....the perfect reminder that a woman on a mission can do ANYTHING!

Favorite hometown eatery: 

Mas Tacos, Rolf and Daughters, or Picnic (for an old school Nashville lunch)

What inspires you most? 

Travel, graphics, vintage textiles, stationery, matchbooks, art....you name it - inspiration is EVERYWHERE!

Most sentimental Christmas tree trimming: 

Each year we decorate one of the children's special gifts with a new Christmas ornament. I love remembering all the holidays past as we decorate the tree. I will also forever treasure my Christmas stocking (hand made by my grandmother).

Go-to hostess gift: 

A beautiful bottle of champagne or our Christmas tree candle with our charming new gift tags!

Hidden Talent: 

Probably not so hidden, but I love to find something beautiful at a really great deal!

Starbucks Order:

Latte, but really nothing beats a cortado in Italy!

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

I always knew that I would do something that combined my passion for pretty things - fashion and interiors have been a long-time love! 

What is your number one tool of the trade? 

Be authentic to who you are and what sets you apart in an industry crowded with other creatives. Your voice is unique, use it - and don't forget the power of social media in creating your brand and connecting with others.

We have featured some of Gen's Tastemaker Collection below. You can access all our Tastemaker cards, including those from previous years, under the Holiday menu on our website

 

Introducing our 2019 Holiday Collection!

I am thrilled to introduce you to Dixie's 2019 Holiday Collection! Our fifth annual holiday collection is comprised of over 120 card suites that feature 20 different artists. We are incredibly proud of this collection's breadth of design styles including exotic prints inspired by destinations faraway, vintage-inspired illustrations, as well as many traditional holiday elements. We also love the rich red hues woven throughout the collection's designs this year. 

This year’s collection allows us to introduce you to four new Dixie artists. Riley Sheehey brings her darling illustrations to each of her card designs. We love her playful patterns and are excited to also have two wrapping paper designs by her - Nutcracker Toile and Blue ChristmasAshley Begley, a former illustrator for Lilly Pulitzer, has created some gorgeous lush crests and patterns found in her card designs. We love the chic and exotic combination of her designs. Abby Jessup might be a newer name to you. Her charming illustrations hail from inspirations from her travels in England. Finally, our very own Design Director, Lucy Young, shares her beautiful watercolors and calligraphy in our collection this year. We hope you will love these new additions as much as we do!

Also as part of our holiday collection, we had the privilege of working with a fantastic group of Tastemakers who each brought some beautiful ideas to our artists' drawing tables. From chinoiserie details, to coastal motifs, to designs inspired by block print and tailored linens, we cannot wait for for you to explore all of this year's Tastemaker Collection.

In preparation for all of your holiday gift wrapping, be sure to shop our twelve holiday wrapping paper designs, and do not forget that we now offer wrapping paper, greeting cards, and gift tags to retailers through our wholesale line

 

xoxo,

Holly Hollon, Dixie's Creative Consultant


View our new Holiday Collection by visiting our homepage and clicking on the Holiday menu and then 2019 Holiday Collection. You can access all our cards, including those from previous collections, under the Holiday menu as well. Click the images to shop each of the featured suites below. 

Dixie Wedding Mood Board: The Dumbarton Collection

The Dixie team is constantly inspired by the artwork our artists create for each of our semi-custom Wedding Suites, so we wanted to share some of that inspiration with you! 

The classic tulip and anemone botanicals intertwined with sophisticated typography in our Dumbarton Wedding Suite, featuring beautiful artwork by Dixie artist Erin Hollon, prompted us to fill a whole Pinterest board with ideas for a wedding inspired by this bright floral collection!

Here's a little taste of our vision and head to Pinterest for an entire board of our Dumbarton suite inspired wedding ideas! 

**All images via Pinterest** 

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