“On The Road With Kathryn”: Richmond, VA!

North Carolina Interior Designer travels to Cincinnati Ohio for Antiques Festival

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Last week, I had the privilege of speaking to a wonderful group of ladies in Richmond, VA at the historic Tuckahoe Woman’s Club! The club is a great organization with some very special women who welcomed me in true southern style.

The Tuckahoe Woman’s Club was founded in 1936. Its purpose is to provide diverse, educational, challenging, as well as entertaining programs and activities for its membership. These programs, coupled with a variety of activities offered, account for the Club’s continued popularity with its members.

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Along with my presentation, I set two tabletops to inspire the audience for the upcoming holiday season. The first table I displayed is in the “Scottish Gamekeeper’s Dinner” chapter from my book The Collected Tabletop.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents on the road to richmond virginia to the tuckahoe woman's club

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents on the road to richmond virginia to the tuckahoe woman's club
This tabletop features unique game-themed china, wooden accessories, Scottish thistle crystal, a plaid motif and a pop of orange roses!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents on the road to richmond virginia to the tuckahoe woman's club

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents on the road to richmond virginia to the tuckahoe woman's club

Next, I showed my new friends the art of setting a Christmas table!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents on the road to richmond virginia to the tuckahoe woman's club

Crystal Christmas trees from Simon Pearce add a beautiful touch of elegance without having to fuss over flowers.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents on the road to richmond virginia to the tuckahoe woman's club

Mixing several Christmas patterns makes for one truly ‘collected tabletop’!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents on the road to richmond virginia to the tuckahoe woman's club

One of my favorite elements of this tablescape is the stunning faux bois fabric from Brunswig & Fils that I used to make a custom tablecloth.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents on the road to richmond virginia to the tuckahoe woman's club

How beautiful and simple are these single red roses?!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents on the road to richmond virginia to the tuckahoe woman's club

I had such a wonderful time with the Tuckahoe Woman’s Club ladies. Richmond is a beautiful city and I will certainly be back for a visit! I will leave you with a few photos of the historic Jefferson hotel, where my wonderful assistant, Leah Davis and I stayed during our trip to Richmond. Just fabulous!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents on the road to richmond virginia to the tuckahoe woman's club

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents on the road to richmond virginia to the tuckahoe woman's club

The atrium below features a stunning life-size statue of Thomas Jefferson, who is affectionately referred to as “TJ” by the Richmond women!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents on the road to richmond virginia to the tuckahoe woman's club

What a fun trip! A special thank you to my new friend Beth Burgess, Second Vice President of the Tuckahoe Woman’s Club for arranging such a fantastic event! And a special thanks to Leah for being so much fun on this enjoyable trip.

xo Kathryn

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Sour Cream Coffee Cake For Your Autumn Entertaining!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents coffee cakes for fall entertaining

Sour Cream Coffee Cake For Your Autumn Entertaining!This past weekend I made a couple of my Sour Cream Coffee Cakes for a friend’s wedding brunch. It is such a quick and easy recipe and is always a hit! I bought a great fall bundt cake pan a few years ago from Williams Sonoma, which lends a nice fall element when making this coffeecake.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents coffee cakes for fall entertainingI believe this pan is no longer available, but there are lots of bundt pan options out in the market and this recipe never fails to please, no matter what your pan design ends up being.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents coffee cakes for fall entertaining

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents coffee cakes for fall entertaining

 I wanted to share this yummy recipe for you to try for your fall brunches and I always serve it on Christmas morning for our late morning brunch.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents coffee cakes for fall entertaining

Mix this nut mixture and then sprinkle ½ of the nut mixture over the batter. Add the remaining batter and top with the remaining nut mixture. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes. Test for doneness with a toothpick. Cool completely on a wire rack.

This recipe freezes beautifully, so make a few for your freezer and you will have a great little surprise when friends drop by for a cup of coffee or for a fall breakfast or brunch.

xo Kathryn

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“Tablescapes”: Fall Color Palettes For Your Table From Williams Sonoma

This past weekend I found myself perusing the local Williams Sonoma in the historic Biltmore Village here in Asheville. And let me tell you, Fall is in full swing over there! I became quite inspired with their many tabletop pieces and just wanted to share some of my favorite items! I’ve put together a few tabletop vignettes to showcase these beautiful autumn items from their 2014 line. Enjoy!

north carolina interior designer kathryn c greeley presents tabletop decor for fall with williams sonomaAbove vignette includes…

  • Wine Country Harvest Placemat and Napkins in Gold and Charcoal
  • Jars Dinnerware in Orange, Charcoal and Red
  • Copper Tumblers
  • The Morocco Dinner Collection
  • Acorn Napkins Rings and Placecard holders
  • Alton Flatware
  • Schott Zwiesel Fortissimo Bordeaux Wine Glass

Another one of my favorite fall dinnerware lines from Williams Sonoma is called “Harvest Botanical”. I especially love the Mushroom pattern and the pumpkin pattern!

north carolina interior designer kathryn c greeley presents tabletop decor for fall with williams sonomaAbove vignette includes…

  • Wine Country Harvest Napkins in Gold and Charcoal
  • Harvest Botanical Placemat, Mushroom Plate, and Pumpkin Plate
  • Jars Dinnerware in Orange and Charcoal
  • Copper Tumblers
  • Acorn Napkins Rings and Placecard holders
  • Alton Flatware
  • Schott Zwiesel Fortissimo Bordeaux Wine Glass

There are endless options and combinations of patterns at Williams Sonoma. You just need to start getting creative and mix things up a bit! Certainly don’t be afraid to use some pieces that you already have. Using your own items in addition to new items will make your fall tabletop a truly “collected tabletop”. Feel free to leave me a comment about your favorite Williams Sonoma holiday items!

north carolina interior designer kathryn c greeley presents tabletop decor for fall with williams sonoma

xo Kathryn

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In The Kitchen… Leah Visits Chestnut Cottage!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents grandmother crisps caramel cake

Hello everyone, it’s Leah today on the blog! I have taken over the blog to share my lovely visit to Chestnut Cottage earlier this week. I came to visit mostly for work related items, but that’s never the full story if you know how Kathy and I are together!

If you have followed the blog for a while, you will have heard about “Grandmother Crisp’s Caramel Cake”… and if you are new to the blog, you’re in for a treat! I have officially been given a ‘behind the scenes’ look at this treasured recipe featured in Kathryn’s book, The Collected Tabletop. It’s one of the most popular topics on the blog and there is constant feedback regarding this delightful cake… and if you’ve tasted it, you’ll know why! It is sinfully delicious!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents grandmother crisps caramel cake

So after a bit of begging, Kathy gave in to my request and taught me how to make this tedious dessert!

To begin, we creamed the butter, sugar and eggs together in the mixer. In a separate bowl, we combined the dry ingredients. It is important to add the dry ingredients alternately with the milk and vanilla to avoid clumps of batter.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents grandmother crisps caramel cake

As a young, rather inexperienced cook, this little book is a huge help! It certainly covers ‘the basics’ as well as the adventurous side of cooking (I usually steer clear of the latter, unlike my friend Kathy!).

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents grandmother crisps caramel cake

This cake calls for ‘ribbon-like’ batter before it is considered ready to bake.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents grandmother crisps caramel cake

Then we poured the batter evenly into 3, 9″ greased cake pans…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents grandmother crisps caramel cake

Once our cakes finished baking, they must cool completely before starting the icing.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents grandmother crisps caramel cake

Now for the icing…

After we melt down the brown sugar, butter and salt, we pour in the evaporated milk and let it come to an easy boil for a strict 4 minutes.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents grandmother crisps caramel cake

Using the mixer, we added confectioner’s sugar and vanilla. You will start to see it turn lighter and caramelize a bit.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents grandmother crisps caramel cake

Once we got the desired consistency, we began to ice the cake! (starting in between each layer)

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents grandmother crisps caramel cake

Icing around the edges is the tricky part but you have to just keep at it until the cake is fully covered. Be prepared to make a bit of a mess with the icing!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents grandmother crisps caramel cake

And voila! Grandmother Crisp’s Caramel Cake is finished! I left Chestnut Cottage feeling much less intimidated about making this cake on my own next time.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents grandmother crisps caramel cake

For the full recipe, check out this blog post HERE!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents grandmother crisps caramel cake

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents grandmother crisps caramel cake

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents grandmother crisps caramel cake

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“Designer’s Notebook”: Glamorous Design From Rocky Mountain Hardware!

Here is the beautiful Paris Collection

Rocky Mountain Hardware!

Recently I attended the Business of Design Summit in Las Vegas and had the opportunity to meet Roger Thomas. Roger is the designer for Steve Wynn’s Las Vegas properties. Our meeting was held at the Wynn and Roger spoke to our group about his design career and the Wynn properties. I was thrilled to see a glamorous hardware collection designed by Roger for Rocky Mountain Hardware. I can just imagine this lovely hardware on a variety of design projects. I especially love his “Paris” collection which features a quatrefoil knob that is the exact shape of the Kathryn Greeley Designs logo!

north carolina interior designer kathryn c greeley presents designer notebooks on rocky mountain hardware

Here is some of the beautiful Paris Collection

north carolina interior designer kathryn c greeley presents designer notebooks on rocky mountain hardware

north carolina interior designer kathryn c greeley presents designer notebooks on rocky mountain hardware

north carolina interior designer kathryn c greeley presents designer notebooks on rocky mountain hardware north carolina interior designer kathryn c greeley presents designer notebooks on rocky mountain hardware north carolina interior designer kathryn c greeley presents designer notebooks on rocky mountain hardware

north carolina interior designer kathryn c greeley presents designer notebooks on rocky mountain hardware

north carolina interior designer kathryn c greeley presents designer notebooks on rocky mountain hardware

north carolina interior designer kathryn c greeley presents designer notebooks on rocky mountain hardware

Here is some of the beautiful Flute Collection

north carolina interior designer kathryn c greeley presents designer notebooks on rocky mountain hardware

north carolina interior designer kathryn c greeley presents designer notebooks on rocky mountain hardware

north carolina interior designer kathryn c greeley presents designer notebooks on rocky mountain hardware

north carolina interior designer kathryn c greeley presents designer notebooks on rocky mountain hardware

Several options in finishes make these collections a great design option!

Here is the beautiful Paris Collection

 

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