Christmas is only a couple of months away, which means many affluent people will soon be scrambling to decorate their homes with the finest, handcrafted holiday decorations their personal interior designers can find.
For many such homeowners and their professional decorators, however, finding upscale Christmas ornaments — whether locally or online — has proven difficult, forcing them to settle for whatever junk is being peddled by the likes of Neiman Marcus.
Enter “two visionary Interior Designers,” Mollie Hill and Colleen Waguespack. The pair of Baton Rouge women have launched Fig & Dove, a business aiming to fill the niche for high-end holiday decorations and ornaments.
The inspiring story of the two friends was recently brought to light by The Baton Rouge Business Report‘s Ryan Broussard. It all started a few weeks before last Christmas, when Hill called Waguespack “to see if she knew where to find stockings to go with Hill’s upscale holiday decorations.”
Waguespack reportedly “searched high and low” but was unable to find anything that struck Hill’s elegant fancy. Broussard continued, “Unfortunately for Hill, there were no companies in Baton Rouge or cyberspace offering high-end, high-quality Christmas decorations she needed to decorate her home.”
Within a couple weeks, Waguespack proposed she and Hill start their own company to cater to others who shared Hill’s plight. Two days after Christians celebrated the humble birth of their savior in a Bethlehem manger, the idea for Fig & Dove was hatched.
According to their website, which was launched Sept. 22, “Fig & Dove is a line of holiday décor featuring beautifully designed, handcrafted items, curated by two visionary Interior Designers. Each piece is a work of art, a collected treasure meant to complement the well-appointed home. Through custom collaborations with artisans across the country, Fig & Dove offers couture holiday décor for your home.”
Two days after Christians celebrated the humble birth of their savior in a Bethlehem manger, the idea for Fig & Dove was hatched.
The two LSU School of Interior Design graduates initially tried to get national vendors to sign on with Fig & Dove, but “that didn’t work out.” So the pair turned those lemons into luxurious, one-of-a-kind, artisan-crafted lemonade by launching the site with an offering focused on the basics: stockings, tree toppers, tree skirts, and ornaments.
“We’ve known what we needed and we tapped the right artisans for that,” Hill told Business Report.
These artisans include artisan Brad Bourgoyne, whose exclusive artisan collection of dove ornaments and star tree toppers are available only at Fig & Dove.
Why decorate your home with widely available ornaments when you can “adorn your Christmas tree or wreath with a trio of large doves, sculpted in acrylic and hand-painted by Louisiana artist Brad Bourgoyne” for only $165? Or why not opt for the set of 18 small, medium, and large hand-crafted doves for only $500? It’s a small price to pay to see the eyes of small children light up with joy as they help you decorate your tree by hanging these lovely ornaments!
And what Christmas tree would be complete without a sparkling acrylic star topper handmade by the artisan in his Louisiana studio? For just $150, you can get a small (8-inch) star topper. Or if you have a bigger tree and matching budget, the large (18-inch) handcrafted version is only $375. Either way, it truly is “an elegant finishing touch for any tree.”
Need stockings? Of course you do! But don’t settle for some flimsy stocking to hang in your well-appointed home.
Instead, adorn your domicile with stockings carefully handcrafted by artisan Michael Savoia in his Villa Savoia Rhode Island studio, where he uses “a variety of embroidery techniques to turn an object into a truly magnificent work of art.” Varying in price from $300 to $525, Savoia’s stockings are dry-clean only, and many can be inscribed with a monogram for an additional $35. Buy one for every member of your extended family.
But don’t let them diminish the artisan beauty of these stunning stockings by hanging them with just any old hanger. Be sure these one-of-a-kind stockings are decked in style with handcrafted holders by artisan Brad Bourgoyne, available with either a brass or nickel metal finish for just $75 each.
Planning on decorating your home with a tabletop or mini tree? Well, for only $1,500, Fig & Dove offers a Kitzbuhel tabletop tree collection, which includes a “30-inch white, silver and gold metallic hand-painted Kitzbuhel Tree Skirt,” a “set of 18 Doves in small, medium and large sculpted by Brad Bourgoyne,” and an “8-inch Acrylic Star Tree Topper by Brad Bourgoyne.” At such a bargain price, it’s practically understood the tree is not included.
And when you’re exhausted after supervising the help decorating your lovely home, lay your tired head on one of Fig & Dove’s coordinating accent pillows. These pillows are handcrafted with Fig & Dove’s most popular Fortuny and Coleman Taylor fabrics and start at just $280.
Keep in mind, since everything is made to order, each order takes about 10 to 12 weeks to complete. So if you want your house adorned with Christmas couture from Fig & Dove this holiday season, hop in your time machine (you obviously have the money for one), go back to August, and place your order with Hill and Waguespack a month before their site launched in order to ensure timely delivery.
The future of Fig & Dove looks very bright. Hill said they’ve already received orders from customers in Louisiana and several other states, and that the company is well-financed and built on sound business practices. This means Fig & Dove is well on its way to fulfilling its stated goal of setting “a new standard for holiday décor that is reflective of the lifestyle of today’s refined shopper.”
As Hill told Business Report, “If the first two days are any indication, we’re going to do really well.”