From the Desk of Dixie

A Look Behind the Design - Jennifer's Colonial Williamsburg Childhood Christmas

When our Founder, Jennifer Hunt, was thinking through her Christmas card this year, she asked Holly Hollon, our Creative Director, to include artwork of a Boston Terrier, the dog breed Jennifer and her family have owned for five generations.  So when Holly was gathering design inspiration, she asked Jennifer for any Christmas memories that would help her with creating a card that would be personal and special. 

Jennifer immediately thought about her childhood home in Russellville, Alabama, its Colonial Williamsburg design and how beautifully and thoughtfully it was decorated by her mother, Donna Norris, each holiday season.  Having a deep interest in history and also having lived in Greenville, North Carolina, where home design is heavily influenced by Williamsburg, Jennifer’s parents chose to build the first Colonial Williamsburg style home in Russellville in 1980.  It’s still the house the family calls “home” after almost 40 years. 

Donna’s holiday decorating was also influenced by this design style and Jennifer recalls fruit wreaths on the doors, candles in the windows, lots of holly, magnolia and ivy and certainly the quintessential Colonial Williamsburg pineapple used throughout the house.  Her mother decorated with rich historical colors - blue, red, gold, green and cream - which translated into the colors Holly used in the Colonial holiday card suite she created.

With these visuals of Jennifer's childhood Christmases to design around, Holly created several Colonial Williamsburg-inspired Christmas papers. Jennifer's Boston Crest card ties in the pineapple, glossy dark green Magnolia leaves from her childhood Christmas dinner table and mantle, and it also features a certain Boston terrier that is near and dear to all of our hearts!

Using citrus is a long-standing Colonial Williamsburg Christmas decorating tradition, so Holly expanded the collection to include that theme with her Colonial Citrus collection and her Colonial Pineapple collection. We love the elegance of the cards and the option of either the crimson ribbon or the gold ribbon.

Stay tuned for our post on Monday where Jennifer will share her family's spiced tea recipe! We think it is the perfect thoughtful holiday gift for neighbors and family friends!

All vintage photos taken by Jennifer's dad, Lanny Norris.  Photo inside Boston Crest cards by Holland Williams Photography.

Myka Meier's Takeaways from Dixie's Etiquette & Entrepreneurship Luncheon

Dixie's Creative Director Holly Hollon and Dixie Founder Jennifer Hunt with Etiquette Expert Myka Meier

The Dixie Design team is still on cloud nine from the fabulous two-day event series we hosted featuring modern-day etiquette expert Myka Meier. Be sure to scroll through our latest blog post and our Instagram page to experience the amazing Paper Petals Plates evening event. The next day we hosted an Etiquette & Entrepreneurship luncheon focused on the creative career woman.  We enjoyed the gorgeous space at the John Hand Club and delicious food by Kathy G & Co. on stunning Tea and Old Roses china while Myka led us in a fun and interactive discussion about etiquette in the modern day workplace. 

Just in case you were unable to make our etiquette luncheon, we wanted to share with you some of our most memorable takeaways from Myka.

To all of the entrepreneurs at the luncheon, Myka firmly insisted on the necessity of making a lasting first impression. Someone’s first impression of you is formed in the first seven seconds of your time together…that’s it!

So, whether you are facing a job interview or you have a career-launching presentation to make, you will want to make those seven seconds really count! Here is what Myka recommends:

  • Know the room before you walk in!  Be sure to thoroughly research your audience, so you can easily maneuver conversations towards individuals’ interests and skills, as well as avoid any potentially uncomfortable topics.
  • Small details count!  Be sure to make sure that all of your accessories (i.e. notepad, pen, cell phone case) portray a professional appearance.
  • Social media sweep!  Myka gave the statistic that 65 percent of people google you the minute you call them or email them! Be sure that your online presence is something that you would be comfortable with a potential boss or potential client seeing.
  • Check your voice!  Myka taught us that everyone needs to work on either their pitch, their pace, or their pauses when engaged in verbal communication.
  • Shoulders back!  Does anybody else hear their mother’s insistent voice in their head when “posture” is mentioned? Myka taught us that people who stand up straight exude more confidence than their slouching neighbors. She also taught us to look at people in the left eye if you want to show them compassion or in the right eye if you want to appear authoritative.

If you were able to join us for our Paper Petals Plates evening event or for this luncheon, we want to sincerely say THANK YOU for making the both events so successful and delightful! We hope to see you again really soon.

Also, a huge thank you to our luncheon event sponsors, Regions HerVision HerLegacy and Birmingham MagazineAnd to Alisha Crossley for these beautiful images!