On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love (or Southern Living!) gave to me, a holiday made special. Birmingham, AL native and artist Holly Hollon is the creative mind behind the beautiful harvest quail salad plates in our fall collection. As a lover of all things design, Holly started her business with a focus on small business branding, illustration and bespoke wedding stationery. We sat down with Holly to find out where she finds her inspiration, what every Southern home should have, and her favorite holiday tradition.
When creating a new piece of art, where do you turn for inspiration? A few things that always inspire my work are children’s books, classical music (Mozart is my favorite) and traveling, but most of all my clients. I really want to create something they want and love and works with their aesthetic. I do a lot of research to learn about them and their event or brand.
We hear you are an avid collector of old china. How did you start this hobby and what draws you to collecting? I have always loved dishes, my grandmother, Betty, loved dishes. I think it is in my genes to love dishes. In college I began thrifting and antiquing and started to collect different china pieces. When I got married I registered for 7 sets of china! I just love getting to set the table and make it pretty and mix and match all the different pieces.
What do you consider the quintessential Southern staple every Southern woman should have in her home? Hospitality. You can have the most beautiful home but if it is not an open home ready to serve others and your family, then what is the purpose of its beauty.
What is your favorite Christmas or holiday tradition? My husband’s family is from Macon. Each year they all travel back to Macon to celebrate the holidays after Christmas through the new year. This has become one of my favorite traditions. We all spend time in Aunt May’s hundred year old home, take trips out for coffee, work puzzles and catch up on the past year. I love Macon’s old historic charm, and it is a lovely city around the holidays.
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