From the Desk of Dixie

Decking the Halls with Cloche Designs' Laura Nell Burton

It's the most wonderful time of the year!  For Laura Nell Burton, this means decking the halls of her lovely San Antonio home with elegant holiday flourishes inspired by its existing teal and yellow color palette. Laura Nell is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Cloche Designs which specializes in event and wedding design and planning. The Cloche team is well known for its dedication to creating lovely meaningful details for their clients.

As one of our 2018 Holiday Tastemakers, Laura Nell was able to collaborate with Dixie artist Gina Langford to create a customized holiday paper suite (shown above) that also mirrors the yellows and teal hues found throughout her home. 

Laura Nell's regal paper collection sets the tone as she prepares her home for her holiday entertaining. With her daughters' help, Laura Nell adorns her home's exteriors and living spaces with an abundance of fresh greenery and teal velvet ribbon. 

Laura Nell's beautiful table setting elements include Arte Italica Medici Wine Glasses; Herend Queen Victoria Dinner Plates; Anna Weatherley Harvest Gold Chargers; and Sasha Nicholas 24K Gold Salad Plate. The linen napkin is by SFERRA. The flatware is Reed & Barton Grande Renaissance and the stemware is William Yeoward Fern. Dixie's Creative Director Holly Hollon penned the gold calligraphy on each of the place cards.

This menu is also part of Laura Nell's tastemaker collection and can be shopped here.

Laura Nell carries the yellow and teal color scheme through into all of her wrapped presents each year. She will order one type of wrapping paper and then will buy her ribbon in a variety of widths, textures and shades.

We love how Laura Nell has incorporated her monogrammed crest gift tags not only on her wrapped presents, but also on her party guest favors shown above and below.

Known for never leaving a detail unturned, Laura Nell has even carefully color-coordinated her own as well as her girls' beautiful outfits to match her holiday color palette! 

Stay tuned for our Tastemaker Q&A with Laura Nell coming next on the blog! 

New Artist Spotlight: Smith Diano

Today we would like to introduce you to one of our newest Dixie artists, Smith Diano! Smith is an amazingly talented artist, and is the owner/designer behind Textiles by SMITH. After seven years in the fashion industry, Smith transferred her creative talents into the interior design world becoming a textile designer. Travis & Company in Atlanta and Supply Showroom in Austin represent her fabric lines. Smith lives in Birmingham with her husband, toddler, and golden doodle.

We could not be more thrilled that Smith is also now also lending her artistic talents to Dixie! Scroll through to see some of her work below and make sure you keep reading for our Q & A with Smith.

Artwork Images from @bysmith_

Dream destination: 


Magical place:

Ha Long Bay in Vietnam 

Ideal dinner date: 

Barbara Walters 

Listening to:

Fleet Foxes: Mykonos

Recommended read: 

Mom’s on Call 

Favorite recent film:


Food groups: 

All Pasta dishes, Burgers, & Sushi

Power color:


Personal treasure:

My daughter Lillian

One should always:

Write thank you notes

Favorite road trip game:

A clean version of would you rather

Perfect cup of joe:

Milk and sugar please

Creative fuel:

Ear buds in with my favorite songs, lots sunlight, and a clean space

Tool of the trade:

My Windsor watercolor set

You can shop Smith's holiday cards including the beautiful designs below by clicking HERE.

A 30A Holiday Brunch

For anyone who has been lucky enough to experience the glittering white sandy beaches of 30A in the Florida panhandle, you would probably agree that the scenery is very close to idyllic. So what could be better than a beautiful holiday brunch in this coastal location where the warmer days cling to the waning of the autumn season?

Dixie's Senior Designer and 30A local Shelby Boston gathered her friends together for a toast to the holiday season which marks the beginning of a slower-paced season at the beach. Shelby chose Dixie artist Smith Diano's beautifully modern Sea Color Wheel collection for her invitations, recipe cards and gift tags shown above. We think this collection perfectly captures the colors of the beaches of 30A. Continue scrolling for the scrumptious and beautiful brunch buffet and all of the holiday sweets on the party menu, including some of 30A baker Elisabeth & Butter's treats!

The table was set with a variety of beautiful Juliska dinnerware and dishes as well as little holiday decor touches from a local shop, Mingle 30A.

Shelby chose a selection of Rose wine from the 30A Coastal Dunes Wine Company.

Spiced tea is one of our favorites this time of year! Our owner, Jennifer Hunt, shared her family's traditional spiced tea recipe with us last year on the blog. You can find the post here. And the lovely napkin fabric shown above was created by Smith Diano, who also created the art featured in the Dixie paper used for the party!  Visit Smith's textile company to shop all her gorgeous fabric designs.

These classic cinnamon rolls are given holiday flair with orange and cranberry flavors infused into the recipe. You can find Elisabeth & Butter's Orange Cranberry Cinnamon Roll Recipe here.

The brunch's grand finale was this stunning Gingerbread Layered Cake with hand-decorated gingerbread cookies by baking genius, Elisabeth & Butter. The gingerbread cookies used on the cake were also included in the party favors shown below. You can find Elisabeth's recipe for these adorable cookies here.


Paper | Invitation, Menu, Gift Tag
Photography | Brenna Kneiss
Holiday Decor | Mingle 30A

Dinnerware and Dishes | Juliska
Baked Goods, Elisabeth & Butter
Textiles | Textiles by Smith

New Artist Spotlight: Evelyn Henson

We are thrilled with the addition of new artist Evelyn Henson to our Dixie Family! Evelyn is a Southern illustrator who designs art and gifts for a more brightly decorated life, aiming to celebrate the little things and spark kindness wherever she goes. Working primarily in gouache and acrylic, Evelyn is known for filling her stylish pieces with bright colors and clever, joyful dispositions. Her work has been featured in Glamour, Domino, Redbook, People, and more. She is currently based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Scroll through to see some of her work below and make sure you keep reading to learn more about Evelyn!

Artwork Images from @evelyn_henson 

Dream destination:


Magical place:


Ideal dinner date:

Reese Witherspoon

Favorite album:

Taylor Swift Shake It Off

Recommended read:

Everything by Brene Brown

Favorite recent film:

It Takes Two

Favorite foods:

Caramel brownies, chocolate cake, & Talenti’s Sea salt Caramel gelato

What is your favorite color: 


Beach or mountains: 


Daily inspiration:

The little things in everyday life

Creative fuel:

The people I love and iced chai lattes.

Prized possessions:

A gold locket my Grandmother gave me that has my parents’ photos on the inside.

One should always:

Write thank you notes

Go-to hostess gift:

Champagne with a cute card!

Childhood dream:

Becoming an artist

Shop Evelyn's cards seen below by clicking HERE.  

Card Photography Credits:: Holland Williams PhotographyBrenna Kneiss Photo Co.Heather Durham Photography

Q & A with Tastemaker Mandy Kellogg Rye

Image by Kathryn McCrary

In case you do not already know the fabulous Mandy Kellogg Rye, please allow us to introduce you!  Mandy is the Founder and Creative Director of the Waiting on Martha brand. Mandy, a Michigan native, is an editorial and interior stylist who has worked with top brands such as Kate Spade, Beholdn, Gap, Old Navy and Pottery Barn, and that’s just naming a few. Her styling work has been featured in Domaine Home, Harper’s Bazaar and House Beautiful, and her blog was recently named one of the top entertaining blogs by Better Homes and Gardens.

Mandy founded Waiting on Martha after a move to Chicago, a city that inspired her to have a creative outlet where she could share her love of Martha Stewart, food, wine and party planning. After her blog took off, she opened up a Waiting on Martha storefront in Atlanta. When she is not working, she can be found with her husband, as well as their King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, Addison, in Atlanta who inspired her tastemaker collection.

Keep scrolling for some of Mandy's incredible styling work as well as some of our favorite products from her store!

Source:: Waiting on Martha


Below shop a few of our favorite things from Mandy's store that are perfect for the holidays or your desk:


Staffordshire Dog Ornament


Letter Stand with Pen Rest


Cheers Champagne Ornament


Vietri Old St. Nick Mug

Kate Spade Acrylic Tortoise Pen Cup

Sugar Paper Signature Pen

Mandy's Portfolio Photography:: Rustic White Interiors unless otherwise noted
Product Images from:: Waiting on Martha Shop

Mandy's Tastemaker Collection

Dixie artist Inslee Fariss teamed up with Mandy to bring you a fun-loving Cavalier King Charles Spaniel holiday collection inspired by none other than Mandy's beloved dog, Addison! Knowing Mandy's quirky sense of humor and style, Inslee was inspired to paint Addison enjoying all the fun events of the holidays, from toasting champagne to skiing the slopes of Vermont and, of course, waiting under the mistletoe for a kiss. This collection is sure to bring joy to you and friends this holiday season. Click the collection image below to shop. And you can shop this adorable design in gift wrap as well! 

And to get to know Mandy a little bit better, be sure to continue reading for our Q & A chat with her below!

Favorite Holiday Tradition: 

There are so many, but the holiday tradition that has stood the test of time is Secret Santa. When I was younger my father would wrap gifts for everyone in our family, including himself, in this stunning, often extravagant matching paper. When I was younger those gifts were the first to be placed under the tree, arriving on Christmas Eve. Now that we’ve grown they’re the last gifts brought out and possibly the ones we look forward to most.

Dream Dinner Party Guests: 

Jesus, Oprah, Gwyneth Paltrow, Misty Copeland, Jimmy Fallon, The Obamas, Prince Harry, Tom Hanks, Reese Witherspoon, J.K. Rowling, Trevor Noah, Al Gore, Richard Branson, and my husband.

Favorite Last Minute Holiday Gift Idea:

food gift baskets. Who doesn’t love a great gourmet food basket you can easily make themed: pizza, cocktail, cheese, wine, etc.

Most memorable read: 

The Harry Potter Series

Favorite Atlanta eatery: 

Superica, Houstons, Sotto Sotto, Pasta Da Pulcinella, KR Steak Bar, Chick-fil-A

What inspires you most? 

Getting very quiet, and being in a space I can breathe. Usually that means escaping the city and heading either to the mountains or to the Bahamas.

Prized Possession: 

My King Charles Cavalier Addison, while she’s not a possession she’s who/what I would always rescue first if there was a fire.

Most sentimental Christmas tree trimming: 

Every Christmas growing up was very sentimental. My parents loved the holiday and passed that love down to me. Growing up however, we had two different Christmas trees. The tree in the living room which was my mother’s pride and joy. Every ornament matched, ribbons were carefully run up and over every branch, and well the tree topper was definitely the

Go-to hostess gift: 

A great bottle of wine wrapped in a Le Jacquard kitchen towel

Hidden Talent: 

Honestly, I don’t think I have one. Any of my talents I’m pretty loud and proud about, ha!

Starbucks Order: 

Fair warning, I am that annoying Starbucks ordering person. Venti extra shot caramel macchiato with almond milk, hot and a venti unsweetened iced green tea, no ice.

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

So many things; lawyer, ballerina, president, store owner…literally everything at some point or the other.

What is your number one tool of the trade? 

Authenticity. This may not seem like your typical “tool” but I can stand here today and say throughout my entire journey I’ve always been completely who I am, no apologies. And there’s no better feeling then living your most authentic, honest, life.

Christmas Dinner with Huckleberry Collective

We love coming together with local Birmingham creatives to collaborate and be inspired! Christina Brockman of Huckleberry Collective asked us to join this sweet Christmas dinner along with Ashley Mac's and Susan Gordon Pottery. Ashley Mac's, known for their Gourmet-To-Go, is the perfect way to an easy, but delicious stress-free holiday dinner. Susan Gordon Pottery is a small batch pottery studio creating collections of dinnerware, serving ware, decorative accents, and handmade jewelry that are organic, detailed, modern, and timeless. Susan’s work can be found in boutique retailers in cities across the country and you will find many of her ceramics nestled throughout our Dixie photography. We are loving her holiday collection this year with the addition of festive holiday illustrations hand-painted onto her ceramics.

We love the minimalistic simplicity of Christina's table. The clean lines of the flatware and the serving pieces along with the muted color palette of the florals allow the Christmas greenery to take center stage.

Christina knew that Ashley McMackin and Susan Gordon love the non-traditional Christmas colors as much as the tried and true red and green color palette. So when Christina found our Pine Crest designs created by Dixie artist Evelyn Henson, her mint green theme was established.

Fans of Ashley Mac's know that no meal of hers is complete without her famous sour cream biscuits and her baby bleu salad.

It's not Christmas dinner without a traditional red velvet cake! With a history almost as colorful as its rich crimson hue, the red velvet cake recipe dates back to the Depression era in the 1930s. Read about the cake recipe's story here for some fun facts to share around your Christmas dinner table this year! 

We love the idea of assembling a hot chocolate bar for guests complete with cinnamon, additional chocolate and cookies to dunk as well as peppermint stirring sticks....and of course oodles of marshmallows to sprinkle on top!

How gorgeous are the white anemone flowers that Christina included in her arrangement? And we may have to add this beautiful ceramic angel from Susan Gordon Pottery to our Christmas wishlist! 


Photography, Florals & Styling | Huckleberry Collective
Paper | InvitationsEnvelopes and Menu
Dinnerware and Serving Pieces | Susan Gordon Pottery
Food | Ashley Mac's

Q & A with Tastemaker Calder Clark

We are so honored to have wedding and event planning c
onnoisseur Calder Clark to our 2018 Tastemaker Collection! Calder is the owner and founder of Calder Clark Luxury Wedding Design, a full service event and wedding consultation and design firm in Charleston, South Carolina. She has a national following for her modern spin on Southern entertaining and has designed and planned pristine events throughout the country. Calder has been featured in national publications such as Garden and Gun, Southern Living, Harpar’s Baazar and Vogue. In 2017 she was named one of the best wedding planners in the South by Southern Living

We have included some of our favorite images of Calder's event designs below.

Photo:: Tec Petaja
Photo:: Tec Petaja
Photo:: Tec Petaja
Photo:: Tec Petaja
Photo:: Tec Petaja

Dixie Creative Director Holly Hollon teamed up with Calder to bring you her gorgeous holiday collection shown below. Calder was inspired by the mountains in North Carolina, where her family vacationed this fall. This gorgeous card was created by combining branching bittersweet with pines, plus Calder’s current color obsessions - orange, olive green, and mushroom. We think it's perfect for the one who dreams of holidays spent in the mountains enjoying fresh air and a night snuggled by the fire!

And to get to know Calder a little bit better, be sure to continue reading for our Q & A chat with her below!

Favorite holiday tradition: 

My husband always reads The Night Before Christmas to our two littles, right before bed. The pure magic on their faces is simply priceless.

Dream dinner date: 

Oysters and champagne off the prow of a boat, anywhere

Favorite wedding destination to plan:

Blackberry Farm, a place that feels like home to me 

Last great film you saw? 

Sabrina, the original - is there anything more classic?

Favorite way to “wow” wedding guests:

Lavender-scented iced rolled towels passed around the dance floor on a wild night

What inspires you most? 

the perseverance of the human spirit

Most memorable event you have planned:  

My best friend’s birthday party

Most sentimental Christmas tree trimming: 

Paper snowflakes my children made in years past

Last minute hostess gift: 

A Candlefish candle and flowers from the garden in a simple jar

Hidden talent:  

I play the piano and the guitar

Go-to Lowcountry restaurant:

The Obstinate Daughter

Starbucks order: 

I don’t know the first thing about coffee culture - but I wish I did! I drink crazy teas from all over the world in the comfort of my kitchen.

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

A ballerina

What is your number one tool of the trade? 

Tear-by-hand tape; I order it by the boatload and hoard it like it’s my job.

New Artist Spotlight: Tenn Hens

All images from Tenn Hens Design. 

We are thrilled to add new artist duo Bonnie Cross and Currier Stevens of Tenn Hen Designs to the Dixie family! They are the talent behind Tastemaker Caroline Boykin's beautiful card collection we spotlighted last week. We have featured some of our favorite holiday designs featuring Tenn Hen's artwork below, but first, please allow us to introduce Bonnie and Currier to you.

Bonnie Cross and Currier Stevens make up the graphic design team of Tenn Hens Design, a studio based out of Nashville, Tennesee specializing in unique paper goods, branding and marketing materials. Their artistic style and advertising background combine to help them create timeless, thoughtful pieces. They adore watercolors, pretty paper, vintage postage, and all the details that make up the perfect package. Bonnie and Currier worked together for several years at an ad agency, became fast friends and were soon dreaming up ideas for their own business. They took the leap in 2005, setting up shop in a tiny spare bedroom with computers and new business cards while looking for clients. Little did they know, Tenn Hens Design would still be going strong so many years later and fulfilling their artistic passions.

Dream destination:

Currier: The Mont Blanc Trail in Europe

Magical place:

Bonnie: Istanbul

Ideal dinner date:

Bonnie: Jerry Garcia. | Currier: Queen Elizabeth

Listening to:

Bonnie: Rumors. | Currier: Eat a Peach or American Beauty

Recommended read:

Currier: YaYa Sisterhoood, The Secret Garden, The Education of Little Tree, A Time to Kill

Film rec:

Bonnie: Lion. | Currier: The Darkest Hour

Favorite foods:

Bonnie: Homemade pizza, chips & salsa, and I’m on a huge olive obsession of late! Currier: Anything with avocado, artichokes with lemon butter, and watermelon feta salad

Power color:

Bonnie: Kelly green. | Currier: Sage green

Personal treasure:

Bonnie: Vintage agricultural signs from my father’s collection. | Currier: My very extensive collection of art supplies that has only grown consistently since 1988ish

One should always:

Bonnie: Write a thank you note. | Currier: Be respectful of my elders.

Favorite road trip game:

Does listening to true crime podcasts count as a game? We're obsessed.

Hidden talent:

Bonnie: Expert horseback rider | Currier: I love to make jewelry out of found objects - rocks, antlers, tumbled sea glass, leather.

Childhood dream:

Bonnie: Professional equestrian 3-day eventer | Currier: an artist! I am thrilled to be lucky enough to do what I love!


Card photography credits:: Holland Williams Photography and Heather Durham Photography.


A "Modern-Day Lady Pilgrims" Thanksgiving Table

We were delighted when Laura Nell Burton and Christin Gish, founders of Cloche Designs, invited Dixie Founder, Jennifer Hunt, and Creative Director, Hollon Hollon, to be a part of their "Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner Celebrating Modern-Day Lady Pilgrims." Everything the Cloche ladies touch turns to gold and this incredibly designed and thoughtful Thanksgiving tablescape is no exception. We are thrilled to have contributed the paper goods and it was our honor to be included among exceptionally talented women collaborators who are blazing creative trails in their trades - Lee Cordon of Do Say Give, Cynthia Nouri of Sasha Nicholas and Jenna Kingman of J.K.W. Style.

Cloche believes the heart of every event begins with its paper story - we couldn't agree more! They chose our Antler suite that features Inslee Fariss' beautiful artwork for the invitation, menu card, place cards and gift tags, with Holly Hollon's calligraphy as the finishing touch. You can shop the entire Antler suite here.

For all things tabletop, Sasha Nicholas is your resource! Starring on this table are: the “Henley Chargers” in pine green; Herend’s “Fish Scale” dinner plates in rust; her gold-rimmed “Stag Crest” salad plates; and emerald green matching monogrammed napkins. The stemware is a mix of William Yeoward’s “Fern” and vintage glasses that belonged to Laura Nell's grandmother. Flatware is Reed & Barton “Grand Renaissance” which was her parents’ sterling silver pattern gifted to her on her own wedding day. According to Cloche, use what's in your china cabinet, mix patterns and always incorporate heirlooms that represent special stories!

One of the thoughtful details we love about Sasha Nicholas' pieces is the option to include a message on the underside. 

The earthy fruit, pheasant feathers, and hand-dyed silk ribbons found in the floral arrangement are all lovely organic contrasts to the vibrant rust and green linens and monogrammed dinnerware. 

For hostess gifts, Cloche turned to the gift giving expert, our friend, Lee Cordon of Do Say Give. Visit her website for resources on how to act beautifully and give meaningfully. She is soon launching her Holiday Gift Guide and you will not want to miss it!

Lee selected two perfect gifts for each Lady Pilgrim, the “Carved Teak Serving Board” from Shop Terrain and a family recipe tea towel from The Gift of Today.

And for entertaining the little ones during dinner, Lee included pilgrim and Indian peg dolls from Two Wild Olives and “The Thanksgiving Story” by Alice Dalgliesh.

Since the Cloche ladies leave no details overlooked, they commissioned Jenna Kingman of J.W.K. Style in San Antonio to create Mommy & Me ensembles made out of Liberty of London textiles to match the party!

We love that Laura Nell and Christin like to include their daughters when setting the table. It's never too early to teach our children the art of being a gracious host! 

We couldn't love this Thanksgiving feast table more and we hope you are inspired to set a lovely, thoughtful table for your guests this season. 

Laura Nell's Nana's Green Bean Casserole Recipe:

2 packages (10.5 oz each) frozen French-cut green beans
2 Tbsp. flour
2 Tbsp. butter
1 Tsp. salt
1/4 Tsp. pepper
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 pint sour cream
1 Tbsp. grated onion
Dash garlic salt (or 1/2 clove fresh pressed garlic)
1/2 lb. swiss cheese, grated
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
3 cups corn flakes, crushed
2 tsp. butter, melted

Cook and drain beans. Combine butter, flour, salt, pepper, sugar, sour cream, onion and garlic in saucepan. Cook until thickened, just a few minutes. Mix sauce with beans and pour into buttered casserole dish. Cover with mixture of cheeses. Top with crushed cornflakes. Drizzle melted butter on top. Bake 400 degrees for 20 minutes until bubbly. 

Yields 6-8 servings

Photoshoot Sources::

Mommy & Me Dresses & Overall Apparel Styling | J.W.K. Style.
Gifting | Do Say Give.
All China & Napkins | Sasha Nicholas.
Stemware | William Yeoward & Vintage.
Sterling Flatware |  Reed & Barton Grand Renaissance.
Photography | Parish Photography.

Q & A with Tastemaker Caroline Boykin

Caroline Boykin is the owner and founder of Caroline Boykin Fine Arts & Interiors based in Raleigh, North Carolina. A native of Mobile, Alabama and an Ole Miss graduate, Caroline studied ceramics in college. She has traveled to amazing places like Florence, Italy and Innsbruck, Austria to study the art of ceramics. Her work centers around the emotional balance within a moment and her creations have been featured in publications like Elle Decor, PopSugar, Cottage Gardens, Alabama, and more. Most recently, Caroline has expanded her artistic portfolio to include interior design.

Keep scrolling to view some of Caroline's beautiful ceramic, acrylic and mixed media work as well as some of her interiors.

Photo by Anna Routh Barzin.

All images from Caroline Boykin unless otherwise noted.

Dixie artist duo Bonnie Cross and Currier Stevens of Tenn Hens Design created Caroline's green and pink floral tastemaker card collection. This modern garden-inspired collection truly captures Caroline's romantic and feminine style found throughout her artwork. Her two adorable little girls will look precious adorning the front of one of these cards!

We have included some of our favorites from the Caroline Boykin Holiday Tastemaker Collection below. And to get to know Caroline a little bit better, be sure to continue reading!


Favorite Holiday Tradition: 

Oh I love traditions! My favorite growing up was that my brother and I were only allowed to open one gift on Christmas eve and that was our gifts to one another. We put so much thought into those gifts and it was such a sweet way for us to focus on giving rather than receiving. Now that I have my own family, we love picking out and decorating our Christmas tree the night of the Tree Lighting in Rockefeller Center. I make a big pot of chili and the girls decorate while watching and singing along to all of the pageantry. Also, I get to host my husbands family for Christmas Eve dinner and that is such a wonderful tradition that the girls and I go all out on.

Dream Dinner Date: 

My late grandmother Sue

Favorite Last Minute Holiday Gift Idea:

Pajamas or homemade sweets

Most memorable read: 

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Favorite Raleigh Eatery: 

Breakfast - Third Place.  Lunch - Village Deli. Dinner - Stanbury

What inspires you most? 


Prized Possession: 

My family

Most sentimental Christmas tree trimming: 

Heirloom painted glass ornaments that my grandmother gifted me when I got married. They are my favorite.

Go-to hostess gift: 

A piece of art or a topiary

Hidden Talent: 

I love to cook, especially bake.


Having a 4 year old and a 1 year old, all day long. Hot with a little cream.

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

A Florist

What is your number one tool of the trade? 

My potter’s wheel

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