“Entertaining Tales From Chestnut Cottage”: Shades of Green Part II

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

As promised , I will share with you a bit about Wedgwood’s “Napoleon Ivy” pattern.  It has long been a favorite of mine and you might remember it from the chapter “A WEE IRISH SURPRISE” in THE COLLECTED TABLETOP!

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Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Wedgwood began production of its Napoleon Ivy pattern in 1815 and retired this pattern in 2003.  It features a cream-colored background with a border of ivy leaves, ranging from dark forest green to a lighter grassy green,  and stems painted in such realistic detail that the texture of the foliage emerges.  Josiah Wedgwood first introduced his cream-colored earthenware body in the 1760s , after perfecting the process and creating a new benchmark for all ceramics.  He presented Queen Charlotte with a tea service in this new body, and she loved it so much that she asked him to call it Queen’s Ware, which is what the style is still referred to as today.  The mark on the backside of this pattern reads, “Napoleon Ivy, as used by Napoleon at St. Helena, 1815, Wedgwood, England”.  This pattern was used by Napoleon at St. Helena in 1815, while in exile on this south Atlantic island.

I recently noticed that Replacements www.replacements.com  has a nice supply of this pattern.

I love all of the lovely shapes and pieces that this pattern has to offer!

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

I also thought you might enjoy knowing about the green faux bois fabric I used to make the tablecloth.  This is a new pattern from Brunschwig and Fils called “Wood Leaf” .  The green colorway is 8013142.3 and this fabric comes in five additional beautiful colors.  It is a blend of cotton and linen and has a lovely “hand”.

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

If you missed the tablescapes I did in Atlanta last week, you can see this pattern in another “shades of green” presentation!

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

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“Entertaining Tales From Chestnut Cottage”: Shades of Green

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This past weekend, I decided to have a few great friends over for a “last minute” little dinner party on the back terrace of Chestnut Cottage.  The weather was heavenly this weekend and I felt driven to use the terrace for some “al fresco” entertaining before the cool winds of autumn begin to blow.  I continue to be amazed at how lovely the garden continues to look and was struck by the many “shades of green”!

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

The Creeping Jenny still looks so green!

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

With all of these lovely shades of green , I was inspired to use my green faux bois tablecloth and top it with my adored “Napoleon Ivy” by Wedgewood. I combined the “Napoleon Ivy” with “Pearl “ stemware from William Yeoward, a few “twiggy” votives, and a tall green vase filled with hydrangea , ferns, Soloman’s seal, and hostas from the Chestnut Cottage garden.

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Later in the week, I will share with you a bit about the history of the “Naploeon Ivy” pattern.

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

What a glorious evening with so many abundant shades of green

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Stay tuned for the evenings menu and a recipe, as well as more on “Napoleon Ivy”!

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“On the Road with Kathryn”: Great Fun at the WITHIT Conference in Atlanta!

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Currey and Company On the Road with Kathryn north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop

Wow, what a great time I had with the Withit group at their annual  conference in Atlanta.  I met lots of new people in our industry and also had a chance to visit with old  friends.  On Tuesday, I did all of my flowers for tablescapes using the generous product donations  from Currey and Company.  It was so fun pairing their lamp and accessory donations with tablecloths and flower containers that I already owned.  As I said earlier this week, I have never designed banquet tablescapes with lamps!  But who could resist these lovely Currey products.

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The hit of the tables seemed to be my “dog” table.  I started with a great tablecloth I made several years ago from a Kravet fabric.  To this I added the Palm Beach  lamp from Currey.

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I did five little flower arrangements in dog bowls, using wheat grass, dahlias, and dog bones!  You know that I have a very soft place in my heart for our furry –four legged friends!

Currey and Company On the Road with Kathryn north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop

Currey and Company On the Road with Kathryn north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop

I think the second favorite table was one with a green faux bois fabric from Brunswhig and Fils.  Atop this cloth I used the Carver White lamp and small faux bois pots  filled with greens , white ranunculus, and white tulips.  I bid on this lamp, but sadly didn’t get it!

Currey and Company On the Road with Kathryn north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop

Currey and Company On the Road with Kathryn north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop

Currey and Company On the Road with Kathryn north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop

I am quiet  fond of this tablecloth that was fabricated  with another Kravet fabric called “Pots”.  It is so fun and the white Currey Lynton lamp, was a nice contrast to all of the color and pattern.

Currey and Company On the Road with Kathryn north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop

Currey generously gave a pair of these lamps!!  I used some small reproduction fiesta ware bowls in a variety of colors and filled them with different flowers.  My favorite flowers on this table were  these delightful little Nigella Pods.  The texture and color are both so interesting.

Currey and Company On the Road with Kathryn north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop

Currey and Company On the Road with Kathryn north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop

I did a second table with a red faux bois fabric and the other Lynton lamp.

Currey and Company On the Road with Kathryn north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop

Another  favorite of the Currey donations was a pair of these lovely aqua glass Asturias lamp.   I used my aqua and peach tablecloth and a variety of small aqua and peach vases.

Currey and Company On the Road with Kathryn north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop

Currey and Company On the Road with Kathryn north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop

Currey also donated two beautiful mercury glass jars, “Cypriot Bottle” in small and large sizes,  that I placed  on a navy trellis tablecloth.  Deep pink flowers….larkspur, lilies, and ranunculus where such a pretty contrast to the silver colors in the glass.

Currey and Company On the Road with Kathryn north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop

Currey and Company On the Road with Kathryn north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop

Currey and Company On the Road with Kathryn north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop

And last, but certainly not least was the oyster shell mirror donation.  I thought a blue faux bois tablecloth would feel somewhat “beachy” and the texture of the shell flower containers was perfect for willow and thistle!

Currey and Company On the Road with Kathryn north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop

Currey and Company On the Road with Kathryn north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop

I would like to go on record regarding my photography skills in a big , heavily patterned, brightly lit ballroom….well I think you can draw you own  conclusion quiet easily!!!  But I believe all of you are creative and can see the “method behind the madness”!  Never let it be said that one  can’t create tablescapes out of lamps!  Thank you so very much Bethanne and Currey for the  opportunity to be a part of this fun leadership conference.  And congratulations to Withit for raising approximately $ 9000.oo on this auction!

And also thanks to Curry for buying ten copies of The Collected Tabletop to put in the auction, along with their products.  The Collected Tabletop thought it was in great company on Tuesday evening!

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Enjoy!

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“On the Road with Kathryn”: Currey & Company!

On the Road with Kathryn north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletopRecently I was ask by Bethanne Matari, who is the “PR Maven”  for Currey and Company, to design tablescapes and speak in Atlanta at “The Art and Science of Leadership WithIt Conference. Currey and Company had generously agreed to donate several products to the conference and Bethanne’s “design assignment” for me was to design tablescapes for the WithIt annual dinner, using the products she was donating.  Wow, what an assignment, but it was certainly a creative and fun challenge to design centerpieces using lovely lamps and accessories from the Currey collection!

Today, I will be working on those tables and preparing to speak on Wednesday on THE COLLECTED TABLETOP, and I thought I would share with you my top 10 favs from Currey and Company’s lighting products.

Drum roll….

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Patterson Table Lamp  6043

On the Road with Kathryn north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop

Alba Table Lamp 6072

On the Road with Kathryn north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop

Lynton Table Lamp 6425

On the Road with Kathryn north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop

Zephyr Table Lamp 6674

On the Road with Kathryn north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop

Treetop Chandelier 9327 9 Light

On the Road with Kathryn north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop

Beaumont Lantern  9341

On the Road with Kathryn north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop

Cosette Lantern 9360

On the Road with Kathryn north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop

Orli Chandelier 9984

On the Road with Kathryn north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop

Serena Chandelier 9166

On the Road with Kathryn north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop

Primon Wall Sconce 5021

Currey and Company’s extensive line offers something for every design preference.  Not only do they have lovely and classic lighting, but also mirrors, furniture, and some accessories! Thanks Bethanne for such a fun opportunity!

Stay tuned for tabletop designs using Currey products!

Enjoy!

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“Shades of Blue”: Summertime Blues From Schumacher Fabrics

north carolina interior designer presents shades of blue schumacher fabicsIf you are wondering why I haven’t been doing a post every day for the last bit, it is only because we are  busy with great design projects at Kathryn Greeley Designs!  And nothing makes me happier than “summertime blue” projects.  While working in my design library, I have so enjoyed working with some great blue and white fabrics from F. Schumacher!  Their classic styles appeal to my design taste and I wanted to share with you some of my favorite blue fabrics from their collection.

A favorite is Chiang Mai Dragon in China Blue

north carolina interior designer presents shades of blue schumacher fabics

Chiang Mai Dragon is one of Schumacher’s best-loved designs–since its introduction in 2006, the fabric has become iconic among their patterns. The modern Chinoiserie motif, which is screened onto rich linen and is also available as a wallcovering, originally came from an exuberant Art Deco block print that was created in the 1920s.

This is such a classic print in blue and white!

I also love Huntington Gardens in Bleu Marine, designed by Timothy Corrigan.

north carolina interior designer presents shades of blue schumacher fabics

Riffing on the classic tree of life pattern, Huntington Gardens does its famed Southern California namesake justice with blooming camellias and handsome plumed birds trailing over a tactile linen. The floral has a graphic edge, but is still romantic–pretty on curtains, lovely on an upholstered headboard, sublime on an entire settee.

And Hedgerow Trellis in Midnight is actually a 100% Sunbrella fabric!

Run your fingers over Hedgerow Trellis and you'll swear the sophisticated pattern is woven entirely from linen. It's actually an outdoor fabric with a wonderful hand that will stand up magnificently to the wear and tear of family life. The garden-worthy motif is a romantic geometric and a timeless classic that comes in a range of perennial neutral tones like Dune, Ivory, Sand, Camel--as well as of-the-moment Midnight, a stunningly chic combination in gorgeous black and blue. It's stylish, practical, and eminently usable as kid-friendly upholstery in the living room or a plein air showstopper by the pool.

 It’s actually an outdoor fabric with a wonderful hand that will stand up magnificently to the wear and tear of family life. It’s stylish, practical, and eminently usable as kid-friendly upholstery in the living room or a plein air showstopper by the pool.

Schumacher always offers so many lovely wovens also, like these “summertime blues”.

Zenyatha- Azure

north carolina interior designer presents shades of blue schumacher fabics

An exuberant and vibrant update of a traditional flame stitch, Zenyatta Mondatta is a textured chevron pattern that alternates stripes of boucle, chenille, and tightly woven cotton ground yarns–a winning combination of texture and color in one graphic geometric. A bold palette gets an update with two new offerings: Azure, which combines blue shades with soft grays, and Grenadine, which matches pinks and reds to creamy beiges.

Betwixt- Indigo/Ivory

north carolina interior designer presents shades of blue schumacher fabics

One of our most popular cotton wovens, Betwixt is an endlessly versatile small scale pattern with a modern geometric look that feels right at home in traditional or contemporary spaces. Betwixt is a great fabric to layer into rooms, for use as seating, pillows, curtains, and wall upholstery.

Ming Fret- Navy

north carolina interior designer presents shades of blue schumacher fabics

A perennial bestseller, Ming Fret is based on a traditional Chinese architectural motif. The mazelike pattern is rendered in a raised, textured weave of cotton yarns that contrast with a linen and cotton ground–it has a soft, tumbled finish and a heavy, rich weight.  A shoe-in for upholstery applications, it’s an ideal complement to statement prints or works wonderfully as a patterned accent when layered with plains.

Imperial Trellis II – Ivory/Navy

north carolina interior designer presents shades of blue schumacher fabics

One of Schumacher’s most famous patterns, this geometric design reimagines Asian fretwork in bold and graphic scale. The classic linen print, which is also available as a wallpaper, goes with a range of styles!

Don’t you love this cut velvet…Madeleine Velvet in Midnight!

north carolina interior designer presents shades of blue schumacher fabics

When he created Madeleine Velvet, named for leopard-pattern aficionado Madeleine Castaing, Timothy Corrigan wanted to produce a coordinate with character. The small-scale fabric is an enduring motif in a pragmatic material that will work nearly anywhere. The animal pattern has a soft hand with a pile that beautifully catches the light.

What about  this fun Pickfair Paisley in Pacific!

north carolina interior designer presents shades of blue schumacher fabics

Balancing a yin-yang blend of masculine and feminine elements, Pickfair Paisley marries the strong traditional shapes of the East to a lush floral, giving it wide appeal in a variety of spaces. Made from linen, it’s ideal in bedrooms and living rooms, where it introduces a note of worldly refinement with an exotic dose of pattern.

Oh but my favorite is…Schumacher’s Pyne Hollyhock Print in Indigo.

north carolina interior designer presents shades of blue schumacher fabics

This glorious hollyhock chintz has origins as an English block printed cotton. It was first used by preeminent American designer Albert Hadley in 1962 for his client Mrs. Nancy Pyne, a close friend of both Mr. Hadley’s and associate Sister Parrish. The original chintz fabric can be found in the book “Influential Interiors” and the July 2009 issue of “House Beautiful”. Mrs. Pyne has graciously lent her faded vintage fabric to Schumacher to interpret anew as a table print. Reproduced with the original scale and detail on a lightly calendared fine cotton ground, this classic design is available in its original beautiful colorway.

This beautiful chintz just makes my heart sing.  I can see this in some many design styles and in so many applications!

north carolina interior designer presents shades of blue schumacher fabics

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