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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 Wedding Mood Board: The Edelweiss 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 romantic wintery scenes that grace our Edelweiss Wedding Suite prompted us to fill a whole Pinterest board with ideas for a wedding inspired by these classic vignettes that were illustrated by Dixie artist Holly Hollon

Below you can find a little taste of our vision, and then you can head to Pinterest for an entire board of our Edelweiss Suite inspired wedding ideas! 

**All images via Pinterest** 

Faces of Dixie: Marketing Director Casey Snipes

Today we continue our Faces of Dixie series with our Marketing Director Extraordinaire, Casey Snipes! Casey is the face behind all of Dixie's social media and marketing platforms. 

After spending years in the world of retail, Casey eventually found her passion in styling, creative direction, and social media management. She loves being able to help clients visually capture and communicate the essence of their businesses. She has very much enjoyed stepping into the Marketing Director roll at Dixie, and wakes up extra early and extra excited on photoshoot days. Outside of work, Casey enjoys traveling with her husband, hunting for vintage clothes, reading biographies on George Washington, spending time with her two cats, Luna and Minerva, and dreaming up plans for baby Zoe's nursery (due in February!). Continue scrolling to learn about a very special holiday collection custom created just for her and for our Q&A with Casey at the bottom of the post.

True to her stylist propensities, Casey has dubbed her overall holiday aesthetic as "A Barbie Christmas in Palm Springs, Scotland," conveying her love of all things tartan, floral, and pink. Her Scottish roots truly run deep while also carrying some regal blood lines in them as well. Her great-grandmother Barbara Burnett comes from the Scottish family that lived in Crathes Castle (pictured below) in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The gardens at Crathes Castle are renown for their inspiration of the classic, The Secret Garden, which was also written by a Burnett in Casey's family line! 

Recently having returned from a trip to Scotland, Casey shared images of the castle, the gardens, and her family's crest with Dixie artist and Creative Consultant Holly Hollon who created the beautiful artwork found in our Burnett Holiday Collection! You can see the inspiration board Holly put together for this collection on Pinterest here.

Holly flawlessly incorporated the holly, greyhound dogs, and the hunting horn, all elements of Casey's original family crest, into the modernized Burnett family crest pictured below. She was even able to give the family tartan a fun modern twist with the pink tones that are so near and dear to Casey's heart! 

Our Q&A with Casey

Where is your hometown?

I was born in Richmond, Virginia, but spent most of life growing up in Alexandria, right outside of D.C.!

What is your Alma Mater? 

Covenant College (Go Scotts!)

What was your very first job out of school? 

As a sales associate at Anthropologie 

Favorite Dixie Product?

The Burnett Collection, of course, but I also am obsessed with all of our wrapping papers!

Favorite date night spot in Birmingham? 

Dinner at El Barrio will always be a favorite, and it's within walking distance to some of my favorite bars: The Atomic, Queen's Park, and Carrigan's, just to name a few!

Favorite music to get you in the mood to work?

I love working to soundtracks, my most listened-to ones would have to be the soundtracks to Amélie and Outlander, and of course during the holidays there's nothing better than the Peanuts Christmas soundtrack.

What does a day in life as Casey look like? 

Every day is different for me! Usually I spend a good bit of time on the computer planning out Dixie's social media schedules, other days I'm on location either styling photos for the next Dixie launch or working with other clients on their branding images. Most days I also spend a good amount of time watching Gilmore Girls and hanging out with my cats!

Tell us about your plans for Zoe’s nursery!

It has been such a dream come true to finally get to decorate a nursery! And for a girl?! I basically can't think about anything else. We chose a very vintage and girly looking block printed hummingbird wallpaper from Cole & Sons and then we are adding in layers of pinks, florals, and tartans, and a bamboo dresser that I'm particularly excited about! I'm also planning to add an art print of the illustration of Crathes Castle Holly created for the Burnett Collection above Zoe's crib!

Favorite Instagram account (or accounts) to follow for inspiration? 

I love following @designsponge, @imakestagram, and @carsonellis for artistic inspiration and @msmaverickmuse, @juliahengle, and @zoelaz for personal styling inspo.

If you could spend your perfect day anywhere in the world, where would you be and what would you do? 

It would definitely be spent just wandering the winding streets of Edinburgh (my favorite city on earth) while enjoying a nice crisp cider... There's not much that sounds better than that to me!

You can shop the entire Burnett Collection on our website here.

Card Photography: Mary Margaret Smith
Card Stock Image Photography: Holland Williams Photography

Styling: Casey Snipes

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: Emily Ley

We are thrilled to announce Emily Ley, Founder of Simplified®, as our next Dixie Holiday Tastemaker. Simplified® is a brand of planners and organizational tools created for busy women. Emily has been featured in Forbes, Family Circle, Better Homes & Gardens, Glamour, and Good Housekeeping and she has been recognized with numerous awards, including Best New Product at the National Stationery Show as well as Top Ten Designers to Watch by Stationery Trends Magazine. Emily is the author of bestselling books Grace, Not Perfection: Embracing Simplicity, A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Livingas well as a brand new title, When Less Becomes More, that releases this week!

For her Tastemaker Collection, Emily was paired with Dixie artist Holly Hollon who created the adorable coastal artwork that features pelicans, palms and seashells - all nods to Emily's coastal hometown of Pensacola, Florida. Pineapples, which can be found in the crest Holly created, are a symbol that Emily frequently uses in her brand to symbolize "southern hospitality." Holly also found a way to incorporate a tiny rainbow in the artwork since rainbows are a significant icon to the Ley family. 

When Emily and Holly first begun discussing this collection, Emily shared with her several of her favorite Dixie products featuring Holly's artwork such as this Ginger Jar moving announcement and this Naples Save the Date. We love seeing how Holly took all of this into consideration when creating the final product! We believe the end result not only personally reflects Emily, but also exudes the bright preppy feel of the products in her Simplified® brand.

We hope you will enjoy learning a little bit more about Emily 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 Emily Ley Holiday Collection on our website.

Favorite Holiday Tradition:

Enjoying a “snack dinner” with my family by the fireplace Christmas Eve, while watching National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.

Dream Dinner Date:

Seafood and great wine on the beach.

Favorite Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas:

A Lafco candle or beautiful notepad and pen set.

Most Memorable Read:

Recently? Where the Crawdads Sing. Of all time, wow… I was an English Major, so I have many favorites. Anything by Jane Austen.

Favorite Hometown Eatery:

Angelenas. Our friends and neighbors recently moved home (like we did!) from NYC and opened an authentic Italian restaurant. It’s incredible.

What Inspires You Most?:

My kids. Time with my family. Watching my little ones be wild and free. I’m often inspired to live more like them.

Prized Possession:

My “Family Yearbooks” (yearbooks I make from photos throughout the year every holiday season).

Most Sentimental Christmas Tree Trimming:

A frame holding a photo of me and my grandmother. I miss her dearly.

Go-To-Hostess Gift:

A “Pensacola” themed notepad from Artesana (my favorite local gift boutique) or a sweet turkish hand towel tied with a ribbon.

Hidden Talent:

My kids are pretty impressed that I can recite the alphabet backward very quickly.

Starbucks Order:

My husband and I co-own a coffee shop, Concord Coffee, so we often brew at home! For me it’s a cup of light roast with French Vanilla NutPods and one stevia

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

A children’s book author. There’s still time, right? :)

What is your number one tool of the trade?

My Simplified Planner. Yes, I make them for a living, but I honestly don’t know what I’d do without it. It helps me keep everything organized.

Photography: Mary Margaret Smith Photography

Card Image Photography: Holland Williams Photography

New Artist Spotlight: Lucy Young

While Lucy Young has been a beloved member of the Dixie family since February 2018 and has served as our Design Director since January 2019, we could not be more excited to now introduce her as one of our artists this season! Lucy, a Birmingham. Alabama native, has gravitated towards coastal towns since graduating from Auburn University with a BFA in Graphic Design. After a fellowship with Coastal Living magazine, she worked as the Assistant Art Director for a boutique marketing firm and publishing house along the shores of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. While there, she began to introduce watercolor illustrations into her layout designs, and she quickly fell in love with the technique.

After marrying her husband, Patrick, in the summer of 2017, she made the move to Mobile, Alabama, where she currently resides and works as a full-time graphic designer, illustrator, and calligrapher. She finds so much joy in bringing ideas to life through typography, color and paper. Evening walks around Mobile with her husband and pup, Galley, curling up with a good book, spending time with loved ones, and brownie blizzards are some of her very favorite things. 

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Continue scrolling for some images of Lucy's Dixie artwork in-progress as well as the finished cards in our holiday collection that feature her artwork. We have also included our Q&A with Lucy below.

Dream destination:  

Israel

Magical place: 

Paris

Ideal dinner date: 

J.K. Rowling

Favorite album: 

Alabama Christmas by Alabama for the holidays and anything Frank Sinatra for the rest of the year.

Recommended read: 

Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

Favorite recent film: 

Midnight in Paris

Favorite foods: 

All things chocolate, charcuterie boards and sushi

Power color: 

Ochre/Mustard Yellow

Beach or mountains: 

The beach! I lived in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida for a few years after graduating from Auburn. It holds such special memories for me!

Inspiration: 

Travel, podcasts and books/book stores

Prized possession: 

My box full of letters, cards and invitations that I have kept over the years.

Preferred sign-off: 

“Warmly, Lucy” for everyday correspondence and “xoxo” for friends

Etiquette tip: 

Sending a thank you note! (Sometimes I’m late, but sending it late is better than never…)

Writing utensil: 

Black uni-ball micro point pen.

Road trip game: 

Finding a list of questions online that spark interesting conversations.

Go-to hostess gift: 

A fancy bottle of olive oil, stationery or a candle.

Hidden talent:

I can throw a mean spiral with a football!

Perfect cup of joe: 

I actually don’t drink coffee! Dr. Pepper is my choice of caffeine.

Childhood dream job: 

An artist or a pediatrician. I went the artist route and live vicariously through my husband who is in medical school.

Creative fuel: 

New supplies and a clean working space

Tool of the trade: 

My light pad! I couldn’t address envelopes without it! 

Photography: Mary Margaret Smith Photography

Card Image Photography: Mary Catherine Brownfield 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

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