Design Inspiration: A Color Palette of Gray & Red!

Design Inspiration: A Color Palette of Gray & Red!

When I travel, I am constantly surrounded by design inspiration. Everywhere I look, I find small design details, along with so much “full scale” inspiration! As I said earlier, I so enjoyed our stay in Beaune at Hostellerie de Levernois. Each evening we had drinks in their cozy lounge…

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And dinner in this elegant dining room…

design inspiration in france using red and gray color palette presented by kathryn greeley designs western north carolina interior designer and author

design inspiration in france using red and gray color palette presented by kathryn greeley designs western north carolina interior designer and author

design inspiration in france using red and gray color palette presented by kathryn greeley designs western north carolina interior designer and author

I so loved the detail of the back of the chairs , which were done in a very soft gray leather and these “to die for red buttons”! The flooring is  a mellow Beaune stone.

Crisp red accents in this simple wall unit.

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You might know that I was very interested in this taupe/gray dinner service.

design inspiration in france using red and gray color palette presented by kathryn greeley designs western north carolina interior designer and author

Three small pottery vases held simple, fresh red roses, combined with a single glass candlestick for a very sophisticated , elegant design!

One afternoon during our visit, the hotel owner was kind enough to show me some of the recently renovated rooms in their garden wing. I found more fun gray and red color palettes!

design inspiration in france using red and gray color palette presented by kathryn greeley designs western north carolina interior designer and author

design inspiration in france using red and gray color palette presented by kathryn greeley designs western north carolina interior designer and author

design inspiration in france using red and gray color palette presented by kathryn greeley designs western north carolina interior designer and author

Simple, clean lines, and elegant.

Now this is a colorful shower!

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xo Kathryn

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The Collected Library!

The Collected Library

I always find lots of interesting books to add to my collected library when I travel, and the May trip to France was no exception! One of our days in Paris, we visited the recently restored,  incredible Musee Rodin in Paris.

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north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents the collected library in france

Before coming on this trip, my friend Annette’s book club had recently read the book, RODIN’S LOVER by Heather Webb. Having read this book prior to our trip, Annette was a great guide when we visited this museum!

This is the story of Rodin’s young lover Camille Claudel…his lover, his apprentice and his muse. This story brings to life the volatile love affair between one of the era’s greatest artists and a woman entwined in a tragic dilemma she cannot escape. As soon as we returned home, I ordered the book and polished it off in a few nights. This is a love story you will not forget. Also, a visit to this museum will long be remembered! When leaving the museum, I was drawn to the museum shop where I purchased a beautiful French book, RODIN INTIME BY Benedicte Garnier. This book is in French, but the images and illustrations are outstanding!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents the collected library in france

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents the collected library in france

from Rodin Intime

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents the collected library in france

from Rodin Intime

A third book that I highly recommend is Wine and War by Don and Petie Kladstrup

One of our wine guides recommended that we read this book on “The French, The Nazis and The Battle For France’s Greatest Treasure”. This remarkable untold story is one of France’s courageous, clever vintners who protected and rescued the country’s most treasured commodity from German plunder during World War II. Wells and I have both loved this book. It reminded me a great deal of the book and movie, Monuments Men. If you have any interest in French wine, I would recommend this for your “collected library”!

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xo Kathryn

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Cooking Class in Bordeaux!

One of my favorite days in Bordeaux was a morning cooking class at Chateau Phelan Segur! We had to be early risers…so off went the Andersons and the Greeleys to “make our own lunch”! We took along our own wine guide, Laura, and were blessed with yet another guide from the chateau!

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After a long, hard morning in the kitchen, we settled down in the chateau’s comfortable and beautiful dining room. You might note a lack of kitchen images… the French chef ask us not to take pictures while working in his kitchen…perhaps to keep us focused…or worried that the duck we were preparing was dead on the counter…of perhaps in was the sight of the mammoth foie gras…I SHALL NOT EVEN GO THERE!! Now back to the lovely table set in the chateau’s dining room.

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop book kathryn greeley presents france wine trip and cooking class in bordeaux

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop book kathryn greeley presents france wine trip and cooking class in bordeaux

I was taken by this old blue and white Gien pattern with the chateau’s monogram.

When I returned home, I could see just how similar this old Gien pattern is to my new Gien pattern with the G monogram.

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop book kathryn greeley presents france wine trip and cooking class in bordeaux

Our lunch started with tasty and beautifully presented foie gras.

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop book kathryn greeley presents france wine trip and cooking class in bordeaux

Then on to our own traditional duck pie…Tourte de Tradition au Canard!

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop book kathryn greeley presents france wine trip and cooking class in bordeaux

We even made our own puff pastry, which was a VERY time consuming task! I rather doubt that I will be making croissants any time soon!!

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop book kathryn greeley presents france wine trip and cooking class in bordeaux

No proper lunch can finish without a bit of chocolat…our own individually designed Quenelle de chocolat!

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop book kathryn greeley presents france wine trip and cooking class in bordeaux

The chateau had printed these little individual wine and menu cards, which was such a lovely touch.

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop book kathryn greeley presents france wine trip and cooking class in bordeaux

Off we go with some of the fine wine from Chateau Phelan Segur…to be shipped to us this fall.

As you may have noticed from some of these travel images, it was very cool in France this May. However, the weather did not keep us from glorious days and evenings.

xo Kathryn

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“In The Garden With Kathryn”: Garden Inspiration Along My Way In France!

If one who has a passion for gardens is traveling…they usually  find lots of garden inspiration along the way! So here are some of my favorite little bits of inspiration for you to enjoy…

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I loved this big yew elephant topiary at one of the chateaus!

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop book kathryn greeley presents france wine trip in the garden north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop book kathryn greeley presents france wine trip in the garden

I spotted this lovely old garden statue and these baskets at the ancient Chateau de Clos Vougeot.

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop book kathryn greeley presents france wine trip in the garden

And what a sight the fields of rapeseed in Burgundy… The beautiful countryside of Burgundy with its ancient villages…

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop book kathryn greeley presents france wine trip in the garden

And lots of quiet places to taste one’s wine…

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop book kathryn greeley presents france wine trip in the garden

One of my favorite places where we stayed is the Hostellerie de Levernois in Beaune! (You will hear more about this location later!). Their gardens were not “showy”, but had so many lovely little intimate spots…boxwoods, ferns, water…oh my! Now you can stroll around their gardens with me for a moment.

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop book kathryn greeley presents france wine trip in the garden

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop book kathryn greeley presents france wine trip in the garden

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop book kathryn greeley presents france wine trip in the garden

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop book kathryn greeley presents france wine trip in the garden

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop book kathryn greeley presents france wine trip in the garden

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop book kathryn greeley presents france wine trip in the garden

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop book kathryn greeley presents france wine trip in the garden

I loved these little path lights in their garden!

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop book kathryn greeley presents france wine trip in the garden

At the Rodin Museum in Paris, I found this lovely rose garden.

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop book kathryn greeley presents france wine trip in the garden

With this beautiful white rhododendron and so many exquisite roses!

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop book kathryn greeley presents france wine trip in the garden north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop book kathryn greeley presents france wine trip in the garden

Hope you found a bit of garden inspiration from my travels!

xo Kathryn

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Antiquing in Bordeaux!

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After many days in the chateaus and vineyards, I was ready for some antiquing! So off we went to the bustling city of Bordeaux.  An antique fair had sadly concluded the day before in Bordeaux (which was most disappointing!) , however, it didn’t take long to find the antiquing district and get down to business. As we entered the antique shops area, I noticed this beautiful cathedral on the street leading to all the little shops.

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop book kathryn greeley presents france wine trip

Leisurely strolling the streets, I passed a little vintage clothing shop with this beautiful  wedding dress in the window.

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop book kathryn greeley presents france wine trip

The first stop was a very small, but  fine antique  shop with this exquisite Murano glass chandelier hanging above!

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop book kathryn greeley presents france wine trip

Seeing my interest in this piece, the shop owner quickly showed me this pair of Murano glass sconces. What a vision my mind immediately had of these  pieces in a client’s dining room!

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop book kathryn greeley presents france wine trip

Roaming the shops, I found these “Kathryn’s picks”. I had decided before I started this little jaunt that it would be a looking excursion, not  a buying trip. I had not made shipping negotiations prior to this outing ,as this was mainly a wine trip, so I was completely happy just to look and envision!

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop book kathryn greeley presents france wine trip

 north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop book kathryn greeley presents france wine trip

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north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop book kathryn greeley presents france wine trip

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop book kathryn greeley presents france wine trip

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop book kathryn greeley presents france wine trip

SO MANY ANTIQUES AND SO LITTLE TIME IN BORDEAUX!

I will definitely return for some antique buying in Bordeaux. Oddly enough, (and this may come as a surprise to most of you!) my favorite finds were the Murano chandelier and sconces! I can see them mixed in many styles of interiors!

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop book kathryn greeley presents france wine trip

I must confess that I did buy a couple of small antiques in Burgundy…the  start of a new collection…yes, I know, I said no more collections at Chestnut Cottage! But I couldn’t resist these lovely French crystal boxes. You may remember a blog I did on them a few years ago…

Enjoy and stay tuned for a few gardening interests that I found along my path in France!

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xo Kathryn

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