The Art of Diplomacy: Winston Churchill and The Pursuit of Painting

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 As you might recall, last year while speaking on The Collected Tabletop at the Cathedral Antiques Show in Atlanta, I also did a designer showhouse space in honor of Winston Churchill. It is certainly no secret that I am a real fan of Mr. Churchill and quite intrigued by this complicated man!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents winton churchill book

While doing this room, I became acquainted with Mr. Churchill’s great grandson, Duncan Sandys. Duncan was extremely gracious and helpful as I put this space together. He loaned me the portrait of Churchill, which hung above my antique English sideboard. At that time, Duncan shared with me that he was in the process of putting together an exhibit in Atlanta of several of Churchill’s paintings. His passion for this subject was very apparent and indeed he successfully did bring over 30 Churchill painting to Atlanta in an exhibit at Atlanta’s Millennium Gate Museum!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents winton churchill book

Last week, Duncan graciously gave myself and two of my close friends a private , guided tour of the exhibit. While working on the showhouse space, I became most interested in Churchill’s paintings and ordered a book called Churchill-His Paintings.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents winton churchill book

The exhibit, “The Art of Diplomacy-Winston Churchill and the Pursuit of Painting” displayed more than 30 paintings by Winston Churchill, many of which have never before been publicly exhibited. Although a hobby, Churchill wrote in his little book Painting as a Pastime, of the effect that it had on him personally and professionally.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents winton churchill book

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents winton churchill book

The exhibit guided the viewer from Churchill’s early artistic career in the late 1910’s , through the inter-war period and, finally to his late works leading up to his death in 1965.

While at the exhibit, I purchased the small little book…Winston S. Churchill Painting as a Pastime. I read it last Saturday morning with my coffee and was fascinated by the writing style and the simple idea of “pastimes” and how much they affect our well being. I loved the entire philosophy behind this charming little book!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents winton churchill book

I confirmed that both of these books are available on Amazon, and I highly recommend both, if you have any interest in art or in “pastimes”!

Last Saturday, 24,January  was the 50th anniversary of Churchill’s death and it reminded me of how different the world would be today were it not for this leader, this incredible statesman, this talented and complimented man!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents winton churchill book

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents winton churchill book

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents winton churchill book

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“Specialties of The House”: Super Bowl Entertaining!

specialties of the house super bowl entertaining presented by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer

specialties of the house super bowl entertaining presented by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer

Today, I thought I would share with you two of my favorite recipes for Super bowl entertaining. One of my favorite appetizer recipes is for Hot Artichoke Dip. Years ago, a co-worker gave me this recipe and…once again, I changed it around a bit. This recipe is in The Collected Tabletop, but if you missed it, here you are!

specialties of the house super bowl entertaining presented by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer

I also have a Chicken Three Bean Chili recipe that I love to do in the slow cooker and it is always a hit. I usually double the recipe for hearty servings for male guests!

specialties of the house super bowl entertaining presented by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer

Let us hear about your special Super Bowl entertaining recipes!

specialties of the house super bowl entertaining presented by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer

specialties of the house super bowl entertaining presented by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer

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A “Black Tie” Valentine’s Dinner!

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north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents a black tie valentines dinnerRecently while working in Raleigh, I went by Quintessentials and my sweet friend Kristen Anderson Hudson asked me to design a Valentine’s table for her front window. I had to do the design fairly quickly (as I was supposed to be working!) and use what they had in inventory. It was certainly not a difficult job to find treasures in this delightful shop!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents a black tie valentines dinner

I wanted the table to be a formal event, so I started with some wonderful “Tuxedo” napkin rings from Juliska! Such cute little black ties, so… why not a Black Tie Valentine’s Dinner! I added beautiful Capiz Shell placements in deep Red from Kim Seybert, which added a lot of color to the table. I then picked up this color  in Filetto napkins from Sferra, which had a nice deep red border.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents a black tie valentines dinner Then I began to roam about the store looking for just the perfect pieces of china. As Quintesentials had Herend’s Golden Edge dinner plates in stock, I thought that this lovely white pattern would be the place to start.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents a black tie valentines dinner

As I love a “collection” of different patterns, I found six different salad plates that were a combination of black, white, and gold. For stemware, I added William Yeoward’s water glasses in the “ Fern” pattern and then his wine glasses in the “ Pearl” pattern. I thought it would also be fun to add six different champagne flutes to get this little dinner party off to a good start. The table sports  a collection of flutes from Moser, Seguso (lovely Murano glass) , and Vietri.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents a black tie valentines dinner

Black, white, gold, and red…a perfect color concept for a black tie dinner. And the different patterns of the salad plates were a good layer to add on the simple white and gold dinner plates. I suppose my favorite of the salad plates were the two in Aves patterns from Royal Crown Derby!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents a black tie valentines dinner

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents a black tie valentines dinner

 And I really like the Richard Ginori pattern, “Oriente Italino Albus!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents a black tie valentines dinner

Silk Ribbon, Chinese Bouquet, and Palmetto are all very elegant patterns to combine with the more patterned Aves and Oriente Italino patterns.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents a black tie valentines dinner

Fortunately, Quintessentials had three of Tommy Mitchell’s exquisite botanicals in gold and white in black containers. These were a lovely addition to the “Black Tie” table!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents a black tie valentines dinner

I added a pair of William Yeoward candlesticks, which were a good scale for the table.   A collection of six patterns of flatware were in stock at Quintessentials and finished off this fun Valentine’s table.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents a black tie valentines dinner

 So there you have it… the perfect “Black Tie” Valentines Day collected tabletop!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents a black tie valentines dinner

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents a black tie valentines dinner

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents a black tie valentines dinner

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents a black tie valentines dinner

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“The Collected Library”: Valentino: At The Emperor’s Table

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One of my treasured Christmas gifts was a stunning new book from Assouline, that is truly a work of art! The box presentation is so very elegant and a treasure for any “collected library”. For those of us interested in fashion, food, and tabletop, this book is a real delight.

The Collected Library presented by kathryn c greeley north carolina interior designer and author

The Collected Library presented by kathryn c greeley north carolina interior designer and author

This past weekend, I curled up by the fire and became lost in this incredible book. I was proud that this book contained both tabletop designs as well as recipes…as I did in The Collected Tabletop. The box presentation is so typical of the exquisite craftsmanship of Assouline books.

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The Collected Library presented by kathryn c greeley north carolina interior designer and author

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The Collected Library presented by kathryn c greeley north carolina interior designer and author

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The world famous fashion designer is not only the “emperor” of fashion, but also “emperor” of the art of the table. The author states that beauty and entertaining have long been passions of Valentino and he is quoted in the book as saying…”I am in love with beauty and I have always loved beautiful objects.”

This book contains some very  interesting recipes , as well as lovely food presentation.

Valentino indicates in the book that “this book is not just about my passion for table decoration. It is a book about recipes and food that I love; it’s about the beautiful things in my life.”

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There was several blue and white table designs, which of course made my heart sing!

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There are certainly tablescape designs for every taste.

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I highly recommend that you visit www.assouline.com/Valentino . I found the entire site to be very interesting and enjoyed the video on Assouline’s 20 year anniversary! “Assouline-The Most Sophisticated Books in the World” is certainly true and it is definitely a luxury brand of the book world.

The price of the book, $150.00, likely less on Amazon, certainly indicates that it is an investment in your “collected library”.

The Collected Library presented by kathryn c greeley north carolina interior designer and author

The Collected Library presented by kathryn c greeley north carolina interior designer and author

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Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2015!

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north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents pantone color of the yearAs a designer, I feel compelled to share with you Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2015. However, I must go on record as not being a fan of this year’s color! In that I am not a designer that is driven by the latest color trend, I feel no obligation to use this color…unless of course I am directed to do so by a client!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents pantone color of the year

This color simply is much to “muddy” looking for me and lacks clarity. Not to mention it reminds me of mauve…which makes me shudder!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents pantone color of the year

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents pantone color of the year

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents pantone color of the year

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents pantone color of the yearI can’t seem to find any affection for this color either in interior elements or in fashion…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents pantone color of the year

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents pantone color of the year

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents pantone color of the year

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents pantone color of the year

Perhaps I could make these trims from Kravet, which are inspired by Marsala work somewhere….

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents pantone color of the year

Why not simply stick with Marsala as a wine…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents pantone color of the year

Marsala is a wine produced in the region surrounding the Italian city of Marsala in Sicily. The wine is traditionally served as an aperitif between the first and second courses of a meal. Marsala wine is frequently used in cooking for making a Marsala sauce , by reducing the wine to a syrup with onions or shallots and then adding mushrooms and herbs…as in “Chicken or Veal Marsala”. This delicious Chicken Marsala from Saveur magazine looks like a better way to use marsala!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents pantone color of the year

My final word on Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2015 is this… I would much prefer to drink or eat my Marsala than to design with it or wear it!

I would be interested to hear you take on this color!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents pantone color of the year

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