When you moved to East Tennessee you didn’t do it for the luxury; you did it for a sense of belonging, just like me. Designing Dixie is here to help you establish roots, build community, and live adventurously so you can finally have a place to call home.


I know that you want to establish roots and live a life filled with community and adventure in the Knoxville area.

 In order to have all of that, though, you need to be able to find out more about the area.

Designing Dixie is a media outlet dedicated to helping you have a sense of belonging, live an adventurous life, have a home that supports your needs, and have a community to call home.

 The problem is, there are just too many resources when discovering a new area and you’re feeling frustrated because you’re feeling lonely and isolated, staying home with nothing to do.

Let’s face it, you don’t want life to pass you by while you’re struggling to find your place.

You should be spending your time enjoying life rather than worrying about where to find _____ (fill in the blank).

Let’s get you involved in a community where you belong, feeling rejuvenated and full of life, living a life of adventure, and finally finding your home.

I get what it’s like to move to a new city without knowing how you’re going to make it your home.


Here’s How We’ll Do It: 





Establish Roots

Content that helps you go from struggling to find your place to finally finding a home.


Build Community

Content that helps you go from feeling isolated and lonely to being part of a community you love.


Live a life of Adventure

No more staying at home while life passes you by. We’ll show you how to live a life of adventure so you feel rejuvenated and full of life.


A Little Bit More About Me:

My name’s Dixie Willard and after traveling around the world for twenty years with the Air Force, my husband and I have finally settled down in our forever home here in East Tennessee. It’s the perfect medium between being close to our extended family, but not too close. I'm a fairly nerdy chick with a snarky sense of humor, I adore my two Chief Morale Officers (Sadie's on the left and Sammy's on the right), and I do more than my fair share to keep the coffee industry in business.
Dixie Willard