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Jockeys & Juleps Derby Party with Huckleberry Collective

We loved working with Christina from Huckleberry Collective on the stationery for her Juleps and Jockey styled shoot. Her charm filled Southern soirée was inspired by her love for the Derby (fun fact, those ribbons and horses are hers from her riding days). She has incorporated culture from derbies past to bring you winning circle inspiration! From the Hot-Brown Bites to the Churchill Downs watercolor cookies, every detail of this collaboration was perfection. Check out her blog post to find some of her favorite southern recipes, such as cheese straws and deviled eggs. And click here to shop our Tally-Ho Derby Collection by Gina Langford.

Vendors: Appetizers, Huckleberry Collective |  Styling and Design, Huckleberry Collective |  Cake, Ashley Macs  | Cookies, Reabakes | Photography, Lauren Bryant

Paper Petals Plates Tablescape Series: Watercolor

This sleek and modern tablescape at our Paper Petals Plates event was inspired by Dixie artist Laura McCarty's Watercolor Wedding Suite. This wedding suite (featured at the bottom of this post) includes soothing blue hues of a modern watercolor wash and wreath motif paired with classic typography.  Sarah Elizabeth Cleveland of Repertoire Assistant Services beautifully translated the unique elements of this suite into a soft and elegant tablescape.

Sarah Elizabeth picked up the cool blue tones in her napkins and then used coordinating gray and white elements throughout the rest of the place setting.  Sarah Elizabeth designed the flower arrangements low in height and loose in structure pairing them with sleek candle votives to echo the minimalistic style of the Watercolor suite. We love the clean lines and fuss-free feel of this table...just right for the bride who wants to achieve a contemporary feel at her wedding!

 

CREDITS :: Table Lead, Repertoire - Assistant Services | Florist, Sarah Elizabeth Cleveland | Flatware, Ostron Flatware - Ikea | Glassware, Marta Barware - CB2 | Linens, Repertoire - Assistant Services | Charger, Terrain | Dinner Plates, Ikea | Salad Plates, World Market  | Decor Accessories, Hobby Lobby, Homegoods, Joann's, Michael's | Photos, Mary Margaret Smith and Alisha Crossley

Sarah Tucker's "Monograms & Mom-mosas" Baby Sprinkle

One of our favorite lifestyle bloggers, Sarah Tucker, recently used our Pink Cosmos & Ladybug Crest invitations (pictured at the bottom of this post) for a "Monograms & Mom-mosas" baby sprinkle she hosted at her home. We're thrilled to share the details with you! This party was filled with girly pink hues and spring flourishes. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for her fun party favors!

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My friend Amber and I hosted a sprinkle shower for sweet Jordan from My Southern Mommy.  We actually met through Instagram a couple years ago, and we live two streets over from one another.  She’s from Mississippi – the mother land.  I have loved getting to know her over the past three years and my children love playing with Covington.  The shower was monograms & Mom-mosa’s themed.  Though there were plenty of actual mimosas too (:We had so much fun picking out the flowers.  We went to Kings Wholesale, and unless you order them ahead of time you may not have a ton to choose from.  But we got lucky and they had a lot of favorites.  We used garden roses, ranunculus, larkspur, silver dollar eucalyptus, snapdragon, and italian ruscus.  I also found pretty roses at Aldi of all places to fill in.  If you physically open them up, they look more like garden roses than just regular roses.  I used a lot of what I learned helping Caroline with my sisters flowers – you can see that post here.  Including using quick dip!  I tied pink ribbon on a lot of easter decor that did double duty for this shower.  {you can find the little wreath sculpture here}The invitations were from Dixie Design (c/o).  We also slipped a monogrammed tag in with the invites, and on the back included the baby's initials.

The big rose in the middle is from Aldi, and like I mentioned earlier, I just pulled it open to make it look like this. I am still loving my buffet I found at goodwill, and it’s nice to have a spot for things like this for parties. My mom gave me this huge champagne bucket for my birthday a couple years ago.  I’ve used it so much!  It was from Marshalls, but this one from Wayfair is similar.Love these little Crudités – hummus with all of your fave veggies.  Easy, self serve, and pretty.

The party was at 2pm on Sunday.  It was such a great time for a sprinkle (and easy on the hosts!) as everyone had eaten, and all we really needed to have was a few things to eat.  Shannon painted this almost three years ago and it’s been in basically every party I’ve thrown or my friends have thrown since.  

My dress is from Rent the Runway – and is dress the population // my pink shoes are from J.McLaughlin c/o.

An olive and tate inspired cheese board, but with Aldi ingredients.  

We did a single succulent for a favor.  My friend amber told everyone that every time you see it, to say a prayer for the baby.  I love that.

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Shop our entire Lemon Stripes Collection here or shop our Pink Cosmos and Ladybug Invitation and the matching gift tags linked in the images below.

Paper Petals Plates Tablescape Series: Naples

 

With Spring Break and warm weather just over the horizon for the Dixie team, we have been dreaming all things tropical. This table from our Paper Petals Plates Tablescape Series oozes beach vacation vibes, and its design inspiration began with Holly Hollon's  Naples Wedding Suite (pictured at the bottom of this post). Holly designed this suite with not only a Palmetto Bluff wedding in mind, but also thinks it would be perfectly suited for a Florida tropics wedding.

Kathleen Cook Varner of Edna K. Designs seamlessly transitioned Holly's paper designs onto this tablescape. Kathleen designed a table with the ability to transport guests to their own personal tropical oasis. Also the table's florist, Kathleen incorporated the palms from Holly's designs and mixed them with ferns and a very subtle amount of soft pink and white floral flourishes in the towering centerpiece.

The Heather Chadduck table linen beautifully showcases a palm-like graphic that grounds the handcrafted Susan Gordon Pottery salad and dinner plates. Susan Gordon also creatively utilized the graceful heron crest in the Naples collection onto coasters. The stunning pink glassware finishes off the table with a sophisticated and modern touch.

CREDITS :: Table Lead, Kathleen Cook Varner | Florist, Edna K. Design | Flatware, Vintage Bamboo  | Glassware, Anthropologie | Linens, Heather Chadduck Textiles and La Tavola Fine Linen | Pottery, Susan Gordon Pottery | Photos, Mary Margaret SmithAlicia Crossley

Get to Know Dixie's Newest Tastemaker - Amy Berry

We are so in love with the Treillage Collection designed by Gina Langford. The collection was created for our newest Dixie Tastemaker, Amy Berry. Amy is a talented interior designer based in Dallas, and we were honored to design her birth announcements (pictured at the bottom of this post) for her newest little addition. Her birth announcements were the spring board for this beautiful collection (which also can be ordered in pink!). Read on to learn more about Amy including her design tricks of the trade and where she turns for inspiration on Instagram.

Favorite aspect of your job:

A happy client! Nothing beats it. I love my job and there is nothing better than helping someone love their home. It's tough sometimes, but it's so rewarding.  

Every living space must have:

A comfortable place to sit! ​

Wallpaper or paint:

Wallpaper! Always! ​ 

Your go-to neutral paint color:

​Farrow & Ball Pointing ​

Dream dinner date: 

​La Goloue in New York. My husband & I's first date was there (and so was his parents too!) ​ 

Favorite hostess gift:

​A small flower arrangement, I like doing them myself when I have the time​ 

Favorite vacation spot: 

​Harbor Springs, Michigan ​ 

Last great movie you saw: 

​Sabrina. One of my very favorites... I always come back to it 

Comfort food: 

​Ice cream  ​ 

What most inspires you: 

​Travel, books, my peers... ​ 

Some design instagram accounts that you admire:

​Mark D. Sikes, Remy Renzullo, Vintage Millworks, basically every architect... ​

Prized possession: 

​My babies, Sutton & Wilder =) ​ 

Hidden talent: 

​I actually have a really good memory... I remember really strange things like item numbers. I think I still have most of Pierre Frey's item numbers memorized from when I first interned there seven years ago.  

How do you take your coffee:

​Nonfat Latte. ​ 

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

​A mom 

Your number one tool of the trade: 

​Studio Webware. And my muji notebooks and pens. I'm addicted! ​

Paper Petals Plates Tablescape Series: Wildflower

Gina Langford's Wildflower wedding suite, with its watercolor florals blooming from the top of a classic French blue crest, was the inspiration behind this show-stopping tablescape designed by Meghan Elizabeth Cease of M. Elizabeth Events.

As in the Wildflower wedding paper, the flowers had to be the showcase of the table. Florist Britt Wood designed a loose, yet stately arrangement of petal pink roses, spring green hydrangeas with wispy English Ivy draping the table as the base of this piece. Green orchids popped throughout this floral centerpiece, while tall spires of white crowned the top adding height.

The french blue table cloth seamlessly coordinated with the French blue border on the table's menu cards. The elegant place settings were kept to a simple and refined palette with the beautiful gold-rimmed glass chargers and vintage baroque white dinner and dessert plates. We love the mini champagne bottles included at each place setting - perfect for that first toast to the newly married couple!

 

CREDITS :: Table Lead, M. Elizabeth Events | Florist, Britt Wood Designs | China, Vintage Baroque from Neiman Marcus | Glassware and Flatware, Event Rentals Unlimited | Linens and Napkins, BBJ Linen  | Photos by Mary Margaret SmithAlicia Crossley, Rachel and Noah Ray.

Paper Petals Plates Tablescape Series: Rosalie

Decked out in the blush tones of a soft muted sunrise, the Rosalie table at our Paper Petals Plates event was every bit as beautiful as the wedding paper collection that inspired this tablescape. Dixie artist Gina Langford's  graceful watercolored blossoms that border the invitations of the Rosalie collection (pictured at the bottom of this post) are echoed in the blooms of the stunning topiary centerpiece on this table.

This table's designer and florist, Melanie Hughes of The Pink Pear, incorporated an array of creamy hydrangeas, blush garden roses, bunches of pink miniature sweetheart roses, melon Gerber Daisies, spires of deep pink Snapdragons, silver and gray greenery, Elaeagnus, and Eucalyptus throughout this stunning arrangement. The topiary's trunk rested in a bed of Dusty Miller. We love the pink ribbon streamers Melanie tied to the lower flowers of the arrangement - they remind us of a May Pole!

Melanie was able to continue the blush pink tones throughout the table in several other lovely aspects such as the spectacular rosette patterned table cloth and the beautiful Anthropologie dinner plates. We adore how she included a melon-hued Gerber Daisy at each place setting for napkin rings. 

CREDITS :: Table Lead & Florist, Melanie Hughes of The Pink Pear | Charger, Greystone Marketplace | Dinner Plates, Anthropologie (Discontinued) | Glassware & Flatware, Private Collection | Linens, Wildflower Linen | Napkins, Coccon Silk Ribbon | Photos by Mary Margaret Smith and Alicia Crossley

Going Green for Natasha Lawler's Seventh Annual St. Patrick's Day Party

Entertaining guru Natasha Lawler's St. Patrick's Day parties are so fabulous that she has friends fly across the country to be in attendance. We were honored to be a part of her Irish festivities last year when Dixie artist Gina Langford, also a personal friend of Natasha's, helped design the party's invitations, signage, and menus. The invitations and coordinating items can be found on our website here.

Read on for the personal significance this holiday holds for the Lawler family and for all of the lovely green details that Natasha uses for her lucky party guests.

"My husband Nick is Irish Catholic from Boston and I am also Irish Catholic and went to Notre Dame, so Saint Patrick's was always a big holiday for both of us. When we got married, we decided to make it an annual tradition. Last year was our seventh annual party! Our first time celebrating was actually when we lived in Hong Kong. So many of our friends there were Chinese or international and they were so generous in sharing all of their cultural traditions with us, and we wanted to reciprocate. So we landed on the idea of corned beef and cabbage which they had never even heard of!

Now that we live in the small town of Charlottesville, we love having a formal excuse to invite everyone we know in town to join us in traditional Irish fare and festivities. A few of my college friends from Notre Dame even make the trip from all over the country each year, so it's a very full house. The tour de force of the evening is my corned beef, which I brine myself three weeks before Saint Patrick's Day, turning it every day. Last year I did 60 pounds of beef, all from our local butcher JM Stock Provisions and it took up my entire basement refrigerator.

My Irish cupcakes from Smitten Kitchen are also a menu item I do every year. I make the cookies and cupcakes well ahead and freeze them to frost the day before. The cupcakes have Guinness beer and they are filled with an Irish whiskey ganache and then topped with a Bailey's and cream cheese frosting. We are so committed to this holiday that we even got a keg, so we could serve Guinness with nitrogen on tap. It's pretty funny because we live on Rugby Road, just up from all the University of Virginia fraternity houses, but I think our celebration is a little more formal than the average frat party!

Last year's party was extremely special because my two friends from church Gina Langford and Calligrapher Jodi Macfarlan did all the invitations partnering with Dixie Design, as well as the menus and signage. Of all the years doing this party, this year's invitations were my favorite! They are both so talented and really captured the beauty of all the symbols behind this celebration.

Each year I try to make things a little different and mix in a few fun surprises as a lot of the guests attend every year and I want to keep it exciting! I loved that we used a punchy chartreuse green which really livened up all the decor. Live music is always a component in one form or another. We have had bagpipers, Irish step dancers and various Irish musicians. We love this day and the Saint it honors so much we even named our second son Patrick!"

Credits: Invitations, cocktail napkin designs and framed crests: Dixie Artist, Gina Langford with Custom Calligraphy by Jodi Macfarlan | Flowers, Tourtourelle | Food and Dessert: Natasha Lawler | Rentals, Festive Fare | Photography, Andrea Hubbell 

Artist Spotlight: Laurie Anne Gonzalez's Studio Space

We loved getting a sneak peek into Dixie artist Laurie Anne Gonzalez's studio space! Bathed in natural sunlight, the space's warmth reflects the life and energy that this artist infuses into each of her art projects. Laurie Anne just completed her art designs for Dixie's 2018 Christmas collection, and we cannot wait to see where her creativity led her!

Continue scrolling to read about where she turns to for her artistic inspiration and for some fun behind-the-scenes shots of Laurie Anne's creative process. We have included some of our favorite Dixie products that feature Laurie Anne's artwork at the bottom of this post.

When do you work on your artwork?

I am a full time artist so I work almost everyday. Even if I do not have any “work” to do, I draw or paint something everyday to stay in practice.

Do you have a particular morning [or nightly] routine you follow to get ready to work?

I wake up and spend the morning snuggling with my pup, Hazel, and drinking my chai latte while watching an episode of whatever my latest TV series is and then once that's over, I get to work. I love my morning routine and starting my day with some “me time.”

What is your favorite part of your work space?

I love that it is in the heart of our home. We live in a really small house and I turned our little breakfast nook/dining room into my studio. I was always working at the kitchen table and would clean it up everyday but recently decided to just embrace it as my studio, and it really fits in with our little home and I love it.

Where do you turn when you need to be creatively refreshed?

I follow all my favorite artists on instagram and love to see what they are working on, but I also love to look back on all the past great artists. I took excellent notes in Art School and have a lot of good artists that I go back and reference for inspiration.

What do you like to listen to when you work?

I always have a TV series playing in the background. Listening to a storyline and occasionally looking up to see what's happening keeps me going and entertained. The bad thing about this is that I’ve watched/listened to almost everything and am constantly looking for new shows! Ha!

Favorite instagram account for artistic inspiration?

@artisticmoods is really awesome. She features artists from all over the world on there! I was actually featured on her instagram and blog a few months ago!

Favorite Dixie product featuring your work?

My favorite Dixie product… this is a hard one!! I really loved my Nativity from this past Christmas, but I also love my Teepee and bear suites. I love them all. Dixie always does such a beautiful job with my artwork!

 

Paper Petals Plates Tablescape Series: Laurel

The inspiration for this elegant table at our Paper Petals and Plates event was drawn from designer Lydia Carraway’s “Laurel” wedding paper collection. This collection (pictured at the bottom of this post) features a calming blue-gray palette and buds ready to bloom. The natural and soothing feel of this paper is carried over effortlessly into this table's design. Bromberg's, the table's designer, worked to ensure the table's linens, china, and floral arrangements all emitted a traditional, yet tranquil feel.

The Garnier Thiebaut Palazzina Fusain tablecloth and napkins transported guests to another world with their romantic silver illustrations of a stunning Tuscan palace. The Tuscany theme continues on the Richard Ginori Fiesole dinner plates which also picture an Italian-setting, but this time in the countryside.

Mandy Busby, the table's florist, used only five different florals in her centerpiece to keep the color palette simplistic. The flowers included Tibet stem roses, Majolica spray roses, Calcynia (the small white flowers), and various greenery. It was very important to Mandy that the piece felt very organic, as if the flowers and the greens naturally grew from the iron form. The hanging glass votives added the final touch of elegance to the piece.

CREDITS :: Table Lead, Bromberg's | Florist, Mandy Busby | Charger, Annieglass - Edgey Gold | Dinner & Salad Plates, Richard Ginori Fiesole | Glassware, Willam Yeoward Gloria | Flatware, Assorted Sterling | Linens, Garnier Thiebaut Palazzina Fusain | Photos by Mary Margaret Smith

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