From the Desk of Dixie

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

Dressing your Little Ones for Holiday Card Portraits

Tis the season for checking those Christmas family portraits off your holiday to-do list! While it may take dozens of frames and multiple forms of bribery to get that perfect snapshot of your little ones, we know the real work begins even before the photography session commences! Choosing your children's outfits for their photography session is an important part of the process, whether you aim for all their clothes to effortlessly coordinate or you would rather have them simply dress in a seasonally fashionable manner.

Little English children's clothing is one of our favorites when it comes to shopping for our little ones' outfits! They have adorable holiday clothing options that you can shop on their website and in over 300 boutiques across the United States. Little English founder and designer, Shannon Latham, has kindly shared her advice for dressing your children for your holiday card photo: 

  • As the founder and designer, I believe children should be well dressed as children in styles that are sweet and celebrate childhood.
  • It’s not all about red and green! Don’t be afraid of a softer color palette for these photos. We have a lovely Pleats Collection this season that is made on light blue corduroy that can be worn all season long.
  • Remember to ask your photographer to be continuously shooting. Some of the sweetest moments happen between the poses and capture your children in a more natural way.
  • Mom to mom -- check kiddos for marker stains and remove nail polish a few days in advance!

We've included below some of our favorite Little English outfits paired with a few of our holiday cards. The options are endless but we hope this helps and inspires you to create a holiday card you love!

Green Greek Key Card | Candy Cane Ruffle Dress.

Citrus Clementine Card | Audrey Dress.

English Ivy Card | Feather Stitch Banded Shorts Set.

Green Paper Whites Card | Holly Peter Pan Bubble.

Holiday Pears Border Card | Audrey Dress.

Pomegranate Blue Holiday Card | Light Blue Peter Pan Bubble.

Twelve Days of Christmas Card | Holly Feather Stitch Short SetHolly Peter Pan Bubble.

Angel Garland Pink Card | Audrey Dress.

Candy Canes Card | Candy Cane Crochet T-ShirtJam Panty.

Tulip Berry Card | Feather Stitch Banded Shorts Set.












Q & A with Holiday Tastemaker Amanda Lindroth

Since founding her design firm in 2010, Amanda Lindroth has become a go-to designer for island dwellers from Lyford Cay to Antigua, Abaco to Belize, Harbour Island to Palm Beach, and Southampton to Great Cranberry Island in Maine. She is known for her airy, relaxed, indoor-outdoor aesthetic throughout her island and coastal interiors. A South Florida native, Amanda is heavily influenced by her childhood memories of the coast as well as the glamour of the 1960s and 1970s in Palm Beach. Amanda also has an online decor shop that features some of her favorite coastal decor pieces as well as her newest project, Island Hopping by Amanda Lindroth.

We have included some of our favorite Amanda Lindroth design projects below in addition to some products from her shop that we are adding to our Christmas lists!


All images by @LindrothDesign and Amanda Lindroth 

Dixie artist Willa Heart collaborated with Amanda to design her holiday card collection. The finished products are filled with pale pinks and vibrant greens as well as breezy palms... perfect for someone who longs for those warmer temps and a Christmas on the beach!

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

Favorite Holiday Tradition: 

Buying a Christmas tree with my daughter and decorating it.  It always has to be at least 12 feet tall!

Dream Dinner Date: 

Orjan husband of course!

Favorite Last Minute Holiday Gift Idea:

Mini Birkin baskets with silver and gold handles from my collection!  The perfect accessory for anyone.

3 Favorite Coffee Table Books: 

Island Hopping by Amanda Lindroth (my brand new book-just came out this September!), Out East, and Anything Slim Aarons

Last great film you saw? 

Body Heat with Kathleen Turner

Favorite Design Element to Achieve that “Island Life” Aesthetic: 

Palm trees and any vintage rattan will always do the trick to achieving the perfect Island Life aesthetic.

What inspires you most? 

Beautiful classical architecture is my biggest inspiration.

Prized Possession: 

My daughter, Eliza!

Most sentimental Christmas tree trimming: 

I have gigantic silver Christmas balls from the local hardware store in Nassau which amuse me.

Go-to hostess gift: 

Lindroth Island Tray!  With the many sizes it comes it, makes it the perfect hostess gift for anyone!

Hidden Talent:


Starbucks Order: 

I’m a Dunkin Donuts girl!

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

An interior designer.

What is your number one tool of the trade? 

Vintage furniture!


Behind the Dixie Name

I’m a little obsessed with Boston Terriers. You would be too if your family had owned them for five generations! My first two Bostons were both named Dixie and as I was developing the concept for this company, I knew I wanted Dixie included in the name. I also grew up in the South, so I loved that the name would not only be special because of my childhood pets but would also represent a place known for hospitality and entertaining - the place where you want to get the best stationery for the perfect party.

Since my last Dixie, there has been a Molly, Lucy and now Cami - the new names were forced on my parents who wanted to continue the Dixie naming tradition! It’s been many years but you’ll still sometimes hear one of them call out for Dixie instead of the “new” name. 

The company logo was actually designed after our current dog, Cami, and she’s the one you’ll find on our website. The Boston Terrier obsession started on my mom’s side of the family and when my dad met her, he fell in love with the breed too. When my husband and I started considering a dog twelve years ago, we briefly thought about taking a leap into another breed world. Ultimately, he couldn’t do it – he fell in love with Bostons too! Apparently once a Boston owner, always a Boston owner!

I hope you enjoy looking through a few photos of the original "Dixie" dogs. My hope with naming the company after my sweet childhood dogs was that our customers would know the company was created and named with a lot of love and attention to detail. We strive to make your experience with us feel personal and provide you with a product that feels special - from holiday cards to wedding invitations to your baby's first birthday party. And just maybe I can convert a few of you into Boston Terrier lovers! 

Last year artist and creative director, Holly Hollon, created a collection inspired by Dixie and the colonial decor of Jennifer's childhood home, read more about that collection here and shop the Colonial Collection here

Dixie Photographer: Mary Catherine Brownfield

Please join us in welcoming our newest contributing photographer, Mary Catherine Brownfield to the Dixie family! Some of Mary Catherine's beautiful work is showcased throughout our holiday card collection. Read on to learn more about Mary Catherine's creative background as well what inspires her while photographing.

Hi, I’m Mary Catherine (but everyone calls me MC!) I live in Atlanta with my husband, five-month-old baby girl and Goldendoodle.  I grew up in Birmingham and studied Apparel Design at The University of Alabama.  Throughout my fashion studies and career, I found what most excited me were the photoshoots post design.  I lived for this part of the process!

I’ve been photographing bloggers and fashion brands, families, children and portraits for eight years now.  There is nothing better than seeing the joy and beauty of a special moment captured through the lens.  I love creating forever keepsakes for clients (most of whom have become dear friends).

Dream destination: Positano

Most magical destination: Aspen

Ideal dinner date: Karl Lagerfeld

Recommended film: I love fashion documentaries like The First Monday in May

Favorite foods: Literally everything. But probably fries most of all.

Power color: Black

Inspiration: Right now, Instagram inspires me… I love finding new accounts and admiring beautiful photography! Social media has really helped grow my business and also as me a creative.

One should never: Doubt themselves! Just go for it :-)

Go-to hostess gift: Jo Malone candles or an orchid from Lush Life

Childhood dream: Fashion designer

Tool of the trade: Canon 85mm f/1.2 lens


New Artist Spotlight: Rachel Rogers

We are thrilled to add new artist Rachel Rogers to the Dixie Family! We have featured some of our favorite designs with Rachel's artwork below, but first, please allow us to introduce Rachel to you!

Rachel Rogers is known for her whimsical and elegant work. She is a San Francisco native with roots on both the east and west coasts. Having attended Colgate University as well as Parsons School of Design, she began her creative career in book cover design and has been in love with print ever since. Explorations with ink and watercolors eventually lead to a focus on illustration and stationery designed in the playful style she has become known for. Town and Country magazine has named her one of the best Wedding Invitation Illustrators in the country, and her work has appeared in other prominent publications as well. When she’s not painting, Rachel loves to spend time at the beach with her husband, their daughter and their spunky little dog.

Make sure to check out all of Rachel's Dixie designs here and continue reading to to learn about Rachel's creative fuel as well as her dream destination!

Dream destination

Surfing in Morocco 

Magical place 

Parts of Yosemite National Park 

Ideal dinner date 

Bill Watterson or Amelia Earhart 

Favorite album 

Anything by Fleetwood Mac 

Recommended read 

My Side of the Mountain by Jean George

Favorite recent film

I recently re-watched Casablanca, a favorite classic

Favorite foods

Bread, cheese and anything Mexican

Favorite color

I switch between various shades of blue

Beach or mountains

We live at the beach and it’s total heaven

Prized possession

Does my daughter count?

One should never

Call anyone after 9 PM

Road trip game


Hidden talent

I can make excellent salad dressing

Perfect cup of joe


Childhood dream

Becoming a veterinarian or a pirate

Creative fuel

Little things, like a color or a shape I happen upon

Preferred tool of the trade

My Wacom drawing tablet and my calligraphy pen

Card photography credits: Holland Williams PhotographyHeather Durham Photography and Mary Margaret Smith Photography

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