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From the Desk of Dixie

In the Studio with Holly Hollon

When Dixie's owner, Jennifer Hunt, first inquired with Holly Hollon in late 2014 to design her Christmas card and Holly was unavailable, Jennifer was inspired to create Dixie Design Collective. She approached Holly to help her with branding and card designs, but Holly's role in Dixie soon became Creative Director, helping Jennifer with selecting artists and building a design team to execute Dixie's beautiful collections of stationery. Holly also contributes her own calligraphy and artwork to Dixie's card designs. 

Holly has invited us inside her studio through the lens of Mary Margaret Smith. Scroll down to see her color filled space and read more about her creative process.

When do you work on your artwork? I am naturally a night owl, I love the creative juices that flow at 2 o’clock in the morning, but now being a mother of two little ones, I have learned to be creative when the babysitter arrives. That has really taken some discipline in my work habits to just get to work when I have the time and not necessarily when I "feel" creative. I have become a lot more efficient at my work now being more limited in time, but interesting enough, these past two years I have created some of my best work, even though more limited on time.

Do you have a particular morning [or nightly] routine you follow to get ready to work? Music is key to working. When I am not feeling creative or in the mood to work, if I can get some music going and an iced coffee drink, that jives me to work. Some of my favorites are Louis Armstrong, Dustin O’Halloran, Andrew Bird and For King and Country.

What is your favorite part of your studio space? The light!!! The light in my studio is amazing and is so key to creativity! I also love to have art by art friends in my environment. I recently added fellow Dixie artist, Willa Heart's “Kitty and the Cats” print above my desk and I just love it.

Where do you turn when you need to be creatively refreshed? Outings really creatively refresh me. When I am in a rut with a project, getting out of the house and not looking at the house really help! I love a trip to Continental Bakery for iced tea and a macaron or visiting an antique shop for some refreshment.

Favorite Instagram account for artistic inspiration? I love following The Frances Flair (@ragancain). She takes fantastic, dreamy trips and it is so fun to travel the world through her Instagram account. I also just got the opportunity to work with her and create a crest for her account. A few other favorite are @mrsalice, @willaheart, @santambroeus, @tulipinadesign, @theglampad, @sommersruthie, @matchbookdiaries and @twissmanor.

Favorite Dixie product you have created? Koi Fish and Foo Dogs are some of my favorites! I love anything chinoiserie. My favorite wedding suite is Naples, I just love birds and all things coastal. I have some mid century modern inspired designs coming out this Holiday season that I am pretty excited about too!

Summer Soirée

Last month, our friend Christina of Huckleberry Collective saw Veuve Clicquot's Rosé anniversary party in Paris on Instagram and was inspired to create the perfect backyard summer soirée. With the help of some fabulous vendors, she took the party to her back yard, and it was one of those you never wanted to end. From the frosé pops to the charcuterie board of your dreams, this styled shoot, turned wine night was perfection. 

Dixie created the colorful invitation, menu and place cards and we love how they turned out!  You can shop the San Miguelito Vine Coral Collection by clicking this link.  And keep scrolling to see all the summery goodness Christina created for this fun party. We hope you are inspired to host your own soirée before summer ends!

Edgar's Bakery- Macroons and Petit Fours

Dixie Design Collective- Paper Suite

Party Pick-Up- Balloon Garland

Naughty But Nice Kettle Corn Co.- Kettle Corn

Jessica McNabb- Photography

Stone Hollow Farmstead- Charcuterie Board

Taziki's- Signature Pasta and Whipped Feta

Reabakes- Decorated Cookies

Huckleberry Collective- Styling and Florals

Artist Spotlight: Jennifer Ashley Nursery Tour

Congratulations to Dixie artist Jennifer Ashley who welcomed her new daughter, Katherine Isabelle, on May 29th!  Jennifer and her husband have been hard at work completing the nursery in time for the arrival of their first baby. We now have the pleasure of sharing some images of this adorable room with you. 

Jennifer added her personal artistic touches to all of the hand painted art pieces in the room. We love the calming color palette Jennifer chose for her wall color, which allowed her to infuse plenty of personality and color through her art work and in the room's accessories!

We have included some of Jennifer's thoughts on her nursery design as well as some additional images of the precious room below. She has also allowed us a peek into her artistic creative process. Be sure not to miss some of our favorite Dixie products that feature Jennifer's artwork at the bottom of this post... including the summer monkey designs she mentions!

When did you first begin creating as an artist and what inspired you to begin?

I started my illustration business in 2015 after I did some illustrations for my own wedding. I loved painting the flowers I had picked out and creating a monogram for my husband and I.

What is your favorite artistic medium to use?

I have always loved watercolor since I was little. I took private painting lessons as a kid and then studied watercolor in college. 

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

If I have the time, I typically like to step away from my studio. I find that in any moment of life I can be inspired and then I race back to paint something new.

What do you like to listen to when you work?

I enjoy listening to music that relates to whatever I am currently painting. Sounds cliche, but music that feels appropriate in the moment.

Favorite instagram account you follow for inspiration?

The Beaufort Bonnet Company, Maisonette, Thibaut, Coveteur, Gray Malin, The Style Bungalow, Madredallas, etc. I could go on!

Favorite Dixie product you have illustrated?

Summer Monkey illustrations that were just released in the Summer Collection! 

Tell us about your nursery...

I can be very indecisive, so I knew when starting to decorate I wanted the nursery to be both traditional and contemporary, with a fresh feel. I chose a Benjamin Moore Windswept cream wall color which allowed me to play around with the colors I used for the rest of the decor.

The shelves are my favorite element of the nursery, allowing us a space to display a few sentimental items. My father handmade the baby bonnet stands in his workshop. Each wedding anniversary, my husband and I get a new Herend figurine, so this past year was particularly special. I picked the pink and green Mother Goose, which is a sweet reminder of an iconic year. Finally, since I am an illustrator, I love children’s books and added a few of my favorites to the shelves.

The final touch to the nursery was all the wall art I painted. As an illustrator, I typically work very small, so it was an exciting challenge to create extra large paintings to fill the walls. The inspiration for the bunny and bear came from studying vintage patterns and Liberty London fabrics. The acrylic tropical birds flying was a last minute decision and I just love the feel of clouds in the room - it feels like a window into paradise. The silver frames hold photos of when our two dogs, Rigby and Tuck, were puppies. They are very excited to have a new member join the family, so they made a small cameo in the nursery.

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Some of our favorite products that feature Jennifer's artwork are below, but you can view them all here.

 

Reese, White and Blue, Y'all!

We were thrilled when Cloche Designs asked us to create the menu for their July 4th table, featuring their favorite Draper James x Crate and BarrelMagnolia” pieces!  We love a beautiful themed tablescape and the Cloche ladies did not disappoint!  Gina Langford’s Rosalie menu artwork (color adjusted to match the plates) pairs perfectly with the red, white and blue color scheme and all the other gorgeous details make this patriotic table a showstopper. Keep reading for all the pretty details!

Cloche Designs’ Laura Nell Burton and Christin Gish and their sweet daughters are all wearing the new Draper James Mommy & Me Collection. Draper James (founded by Reese Witherspoon) teamed up with mompreneur Rachel Blumenthal, CEO and Founder of Rockets of Awesome, to produce this beautiful, practical and southern-inspired collection.

Plates and bowls:  Draper James x Crate & Barrel “Magnolia” collection (on sale now!)

Flatware:  Sterling pattern "Etruscan" by Gorham (discontinued). Use your own silver pattern (even mismatched patterns) for a curated look, as if the elements on the table have been collected with love over time.

Stemware:  Vintage wine glasses and William Yeoward Crystal “Fern” water goblets.  Again, use your own pretty stemware to accent your table!

NapkinsOver the Moon’s new Linen Dinner Napkins monogrammed in a blue “Love Birds” crest by Peep’s Paper Products.

Menu:  We love how Cloche named our menu “Reese, White & Blue, Y’all!” Hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, Reese uses “Y’all” on lots of products at Draper James. It’s the perfect personal touch!

Place cards:  Using cookies as place cards is such a fun idea!  The personalized flag heart cookies by Baked Goodness are functional and delicious!

Centerpieces:  Simple, understated tulips and white peonies in traditional blue and white Chinese import make lovely centerpieces.  A crisp white tablecloth allows the table elements to shine.

The Cloche daughters helping their moms set the table is the sweetest! Children love to help, so let them in on the fun!  Knowing they get to eat the yummy cookies will keep them excited as they "work!" 

Recipes: tomato piebarbecue deviled eggswatermelon caprese saladsweet-hot baby back ribssouthern friend okraroot beer baked beanscorn on the cob; & American flag pound cake.

We hope you each enjoy your holiday as we celebrate our country’s birthday! Happy Fourth of July!

Photos by Jenna-Beth Lyde, Parish Photography

A "Knittin Kitten" Baby Shower

Event planner Kristina Miller hosted the sweetest "Knittin Kitten" baby shower for her sister-in-law in January and we were thrilled to create the custom invitation suite for her using Sarah Ragan's artwork . You can shop the entire Kitten Collection here.

Kristina was so generous to share images of this sophisticated, yet adorably cozy and playful baby shower. In addition to the images, she has also shared details about the day below.

When my sister-in-law Jill told us she was pregnant, I was immediately flooded with tears of joy, excitement and of course ideas for her baby shower! Jill adores her two Bengal cats so I knew I wanted to incorporate them into the day. I thought kittens would be the perfect theme for the gender-neutral shower and since the event would be taking place in the winter, I wanted to create a warm and intimate vibe for Jill’s friends and family. Cozy cable-knit sweaters and grey knit baby booties I found at Zara inspired the color palette and ultimately the “Knittin’ Kitten” theme.

Once we had the theme nailed down, I reached out to the incredibly talented ladies of Dixie Design to create a custom stationery suite. Sarah Ragan’s drawing of a kitten playing with a ball of yarn turned out better than I ever could have imagined! We used the image on everything from the invitations and menu cards to the favors and custom cocktail napkins. We also added a hand-drawn cable-knit pattern to the back of the invitation and menu cards as an extra cozy detail.

The venue, Mamàn TriBeCa, offered so many unique spaces to create impactful moments from the bookshelves to the tiled bar to the floral bud vase wall. Their staff’s professionalism and attention to detail was impeccable and the food was divine (I highly recommend the chocolate chip cookies – Oprah is also a fan!). That being said, I could not have achieved my overall vision without the amazing ladies of Stems & Co. They absolutely nailed the floral design and I loved how they incorporated birch elements, mini succulents, mercury glass votives and a major eucalyptus garland moment that really contributed to the elegant and effortlessly chic ambiance.

We did a more modern take on the clothesline typically seen at baby showers. We used this fluffy white garland I found at Anthropologie and hung an adorable grey cat baby outfit on it with clothespins. We also added baby photos of the parents-to-be and their cats Puma and Dash!

One of my favorite activities for the shower was for each guest to write a message to the baby on a fabric square that would later be sewn into a quilt for the nursery. All of the guest’s messages were so personal and heartfelt and it created such a meaningful keepsake for the family.

I especially enjoyed adding in personal touches that I knew would mean so much to Jill. She collects coffee mugs and is a bit of a tea aficionado so we ordered custom mugs and filled them with Chamomile tea, a silver hand-stamped teaspoon and a jar of honey for the favors.

There were so many fun décor elements, I couldn’t possibly choose just one! I loved the cable-knit table runners I found at Crate & Barrel and the fun photo op we created using the blue and white wallpapered wall at the entrance of the party. I thought it would be a sweet play-on-words to write out “Purrfect Little One” in large silver balloon letters and it was a huge hit with the guests! In lieu of place cards, we tied calligraphed tags onto balls of yarn that later doubled as string for guests to play “How Big is Mommy’s Belly.” Jill’s husband Bryce actually won the game!

 

It was such a blast designing and creating this special day for my best friend and I can’t wait to show my beautiful niece Avery the wonderful photos that our photographer Stephanie Sunderland took. She truly captured the magic of the day!

Sources::

Images, Stephanie Sunderland | Event Planner, Kristina Miller | Paper, Dixie Design Collective

Mr. McGregor's Secret Garden Party

Last fall we were so exited to partner with Texas-based event planning team, Cloche Designs, and Dixie artist Gina Langford to design custom paper goods for the Mr. McGregor’s Secret Garden Party held at The Argyle in San Antonio. From Save the Dates, to an eight page booklet invitation that included a small pocket for a map, to programs in the shape of the famous Argyle dessert paddle, we had the most wonderful time working with Cloche and Gina to design our most unique and spectacular custom project yet!

Laura Nell Burton and Christin Gish, the incredibly talented and fabulous ladies behind Cloche Designs, donated their time towards the design, planning and execution of this party. The garden party was a celebration of the ribbon-cutting for the newly remodeled Jackie's Playhouse, a San Antonio historic landmark located on the grounds of the The Argyle. Cloche's planning efforts raised over $180,000 for the construction of the playhouse as well as towards the Texas Biomedical Research Institute. The team at Cloche also oversaw the remodel and redecoration process of the Playhouse.

The afternoon was the dreamiest combination of an elegant garden party while still maintaining a magical and lighthearted atmosphere for the invited children. The festivities included a treasure hunt for a golden key to unlock the newly renovated Playhouse. We love the vintage-style Beatrix Potter books that Cloche prepared as party favors for the guests and the live bunnies that were hopping around the party! Be sure to head over to Cloche's blog for the complete set of photos from the day.

The best part for our Dixie friends is that we have created a Garden Party Collection for you!  It's one of our largest collections to date, so make sure you click HERE to shop and order! 

The party took place on the lawn of The Argyle, a private dining club in San Antonio, Texas where Jackie’s Playhouse is also located.

These precious bunnies went home as prizes for the winners of the golden egg treasure hunt!

Children gathered around a storyteller to hear Beatrix Potter tales.

Continuing the theme of Mr. McGregor's Garden...how stunning is this buffet of fresh vegetables? Guests were also served a Southern supper of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and macaroni and cheese.

This beautiful fondant cake was created by a pastry artisan that Cloche found in Australia! 

The children were invited to snack on these Beatrix Potter cookies in addition to fresh, pink cotton candy spun by The Argyle.

Vintage Beatrix Potter books were at every seat as favors for all of the guests.

Cloche's Laura Nell Burton and Christin Gish with Jackie Beretta, the original 'Jackie' of Jackie's Playhouse, who performed the ribbon cutting for the grand opening of the new playhouse.

The beautiful interior of Jackie's Playhouse....what all little girls' dreams are made of! To read about and see more of the redesign process, head over to Cloche's blog post here.

Jackie used engraved golden scissors for her official ribbon cutting duty.

Once the ribbon was cut, the children set out to find the golden key to unlock the playhouse! Four golden eggs were also found during the treasure hunt, the winners claimed their bunnies (pictured above), Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton Tail, and Peter!

Paper Photography: Mary Margaret Smith

Party Pictures: Jessica Giesey 

Interior Pictures of Jackie's Playhouse: Verry Robin & Co.

Real Weddings: Charlotte's Texas Fiesta Wedding

We had a ball working with Charlotte Muennink to design her wedding paper for her Texas fiesta-themed wedding last fall! Dixie artist Gina Langford was commissioned to create the brightly colored crest and accents for Charlotte's custom paper suite. We love how bold colors reflect Charlotte's wedding location.

Charlotte was so kind to share details on her wedding planning process as well as images from her beautiful wedding day. We can't wait to give you a behind-the-scenes look into her beautiful Texas wedding! Be sure not to miss the groom's colorful suspenders, the maracas, and the photography book of Big Bend (located right around the corner from their wedding) that the couple used as their guest book.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story.

Kyle and I met through a mutual friend at Texas A&M University, but never got to know each other until we both ended up in Austin after graduation. This is where we reconnected at a backyard bbq and hit it off. He asked me to dinner the next day and the rest is history! We've been inseparable ever since.

What was your venue (church and/or reception) and why did you select it?

We decided to get married at the Gage Hotel because of it’s laid back yet stylish charm and their accommodating staff. They were incredible, and took away the stress that goes into planning a wedding. Anything we needed or wanted, they could make it happen! Beer donkey, no problem! Fiesta decor - check! They thought of everything. Also, the Gage is the quintessential Texas destination that exudes the history that we as Texans are so proud of.

What about your wedding was unique?

Our wedding was unique because of it’s location and size. We wanted a small wedding with only our closest friends and family there, and having it out in west Texas made it just that. Everyone that truly wanted to be there and love us were there (the only way to get out there is driving) and it made the weekend so special. The scenery didn’t hurt either. The Texas sunsets are one of a kind!

What was your favorite paper detail from your wedding?

My favorite paper detail was our Save the Date. I feel like it really set the mood for the entire wedding. It was colorful, fun, and not too serious. The crest that Gina made for us was so beautiful. It was the perfect first piece for our wedding guests to receive in the mail. You couldn’t receive it and NOT want a margarita!

Do you have any advice for a bride currently planning her wedding?

Plan the wedding of YOUR dreams, not your parents, not your friends, or anyone else. Plan it around you and your fiancé and what y’all like to do and enjoy. The entire wedding vibe is set by the bride and groom, so if y’all are enjoying it and having the time of your lives, your guests will too. Don’t be afraid to break the rules and do things different from the norm. You won't regret it!

Dixie Bride: Charlotte Muennink
Wedding Date: October 14. 2017 
Wedding Venue: The Gage Hotel in Marathon, Texas
Wedding Style: West Texas Fiesta
Photography: Lesley Villarreal Photography out of Marfa, TX
Event Coordinator: Michelle West at the Gage
Floral Design: The Gage Hotel
Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Dye

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.