“In the Garden with Kathryn”: Late July & August in the Chestnut Cottage Garden!

in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents late july and august in the garden

in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents late july and august in the gardenWow, it is hard to believe that it will be August this week!  Time just gets away from me with my busy design practice and The Collected Tabletop!  But the Chestnut Cottage garden is always a place of joy and a very serene spot for me.  And I think all of the hard work is certainly good therapy!  As I have told you before, the Spring garden is always my favorite, but I never cease to be amazed at what each week and each month brings to the garden.

The window boxes are still flowering beautifully and again, I am amazed that my heliotrope  is still doing so well.  Usually by the end of July , the heliotrope says goodbye for the year, due to the hot weather.

in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents late july and august in the garden

in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents late july and august in the garden

in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents late july and august in the garden

All of the window boxes and containers still look so healthy.

in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents late july and august in the garden

Since we were last “in the garden”, I have added a divine little Japanese Maple on the back terrace.

in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents late july and august in the garden

in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents late july and august in the garden

I love seeing it outside my kitchen window.

in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents late july and august in the garden

I also added five new rhododendron behind my little wooden bench in the front garden.

in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents late july and august in the garden

When I purchased Chestnut Cottage years ago, I found these two old hydrangea  bushes that have grown together and they flower profusely during August.  And boy do they ever render great material for floral arrangements!

in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents late july and august in the garden

Late July and August bring lots of phlox to the Chestnut Cottage garden.

in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents late july and august in the garden

And lots of beautiful lilies…

in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents late july and august in the garden

And by the way, my espalier apple trees  are hanging full of lovely apples

in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents late july and august in the garden

As I said, each week brings lovely new surprises in the garden and lots of joy!

in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents late july and august in the garden

in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents late july and august in the garden

in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents late july and august in the garden

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“What’s In Your Collection”: My Annual Trip to The Cashiers Antique Show!

What's in Your Collection with north carolina inteior designer kathryn greeley

What's in Your Collection with north carolina inteior designer kathryn greeley

I had a lovely trip on Saturday to the Cashiers Antique Show.  I always find lots of treasures at this show and I wanted to share some items that I find very special!

My favorite source of exquisite majolica is Linda Ketterling Antiques.  I have introduced her at The Collected Room previously and she never disappoints me when I see her at antique shows!

Perhaps you might love these beautiful items in your majolica collection!

What's in Your Collection with north carolina inteior designer kathryn greeley

This Minton hare, mallard and game birds tureen, which is English of course, circa 1869 was in mint condition and is a collector’s dream!

I have a special love for “squirrel” things and I loved this squirrel platter, which is a nut server from George Jones, also English , circa 1861.

What's in Your Collection with north carolina inteior designer kathryn greeley

And for those of you who collect majolica oyster plates, this cobalt Minton piece would be lovely in any collection!

What's in Your Collection with north carolina inteior designer kathryn greeley

This book on George Jones ceramics is a really nice reference if you need one for your majolica collection.

This book presents a thorough look at the multitude of fascinating and beautiful ceramic forms produced by the British potter George Jones and his firm, including majolica wares and “Abbey” blue and white transfer printed ceramics. Over 700 color photographs amply display the diverse table, tea, toilet, and ornamental ware types produced by George Jones and his manufactory from the mid-nineteenth century well into the twentieth.A detailed history recording George Jones’s life as a potter, the contributions of his family members, and those of a number of artisans who designed and decorated the firm’s distinctive wares provides hours of absorbing and enlightening reading as well. To help readers determine the age of their George Jones wares with accuracy, registration dates for many of the patterns and ceramic shapes are provided, along with the various manufacturer’s marks and their dates of usage. Values for the wares, a detailed bibliography, and several appendices round out the book Geoffrey Godden has called “…the ultimate work on this Stoke firm.”

I wanted to give you further information, specifically regarding Minton Majolica… Minton majolica was created by Joseph Leon Francois Arnoux who was appointed Art Director at Minton in 1848. His primary task was to introduce and promote new products. At the time there was great interest in classical design and bright color. Arnoux decided to reintroduce the work of Bernard Palissy, whose naturalistic, bright colored “maiolica” wares had been popular in the 16th century. However, Arnoux used a thicker body to make pieces more sturdy. This body was given a coating of opaque white glaze which provided a surface for over painting in brightly colored opaque glazes.  Later, transparent glazes were used over relief molding. This new Minton majolica was promoted, in London,  at the Great Exhibition of 1851.

If you need special majolica pieces in your collection, you might want to contact Linda at 419-377-2438 or email her at LK424@aol.com.  Her business is in Toledo, Ohio and she has been specializing in Victorian majolica since 1984!

What’s in your collection…..?!?  If you have a interesting collection, let us hear from you at The Collected Room.  I love hearing about interesting collections of all kinds of things.

What's in Your Collection with north carolina inteior designer kathryn greeley

What's in Your Collection with north carolina inteior designer kathryn greeley

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“Specialties of the House”: Classic Stirred Creme Brulee in Lavender Bowls

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop presents classic creme brulee in lavender bowls

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop presents classic creme brulee in lavender bowls

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop presents classic creme brulee in lavender bowls

I have long been a fan of crème brulee and if you want to spend the time for an creative summer dessert, I will share a favorite of mine from The Collected Tabletop.  Yes indeed, this is time consuming, but if you have lavender in your garden, spend a little time to wow your summer dinner guests with this beautiful dessert presentation.

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop presents classic creme brulee in lavender bowls

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop presents classic creme brulee in lavender bowls

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop presents classic creme brulee in lavender bowls

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Downtown Davis Wedding – Greenville, SC

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents davis wedding greenville sc

A few weeks ago, my beautiful,  young friend and employee Leah, married her sweet man, Jeff Davis in her hometown of Greenville, SC. Wells and I were able to attend the wedding and take part in this celebration! I wanted to show you some of these lovely images of her ceremony and reception. What a fun and fabulous night!

All photos are credited to Kim DeLoach Photography.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents davis wedding greenville sc

I love this soft, pale pink accent color that Leah chose for her bridesmaids.

Davis Wedding - Greenville, SC

Their church is quite beautiful! It is the historic Downtown Baptist Church in Greenville, built in 1858 and remodeled in 1915 and again in late 2011. Isn’t the gold pipe organ stunning?

Davis Wedding - Greenville, SC

The new Mr. and Mrs.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents davis wedding greenville sc

This is a great shot of the exterior along with their wedding party!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents davis wedding greenville sc

Now onto the reception…held at the Upcountry History Museum, also in downtown Greenville just a few blocks away from the church.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents davis wedding greenville sc

The museum displays the regional history of fifteen upstate South Carolina counties from the early 18th century to the present. The couple chose this venue due to the groom’s love of history and their shared South Carolina heritage. How unique!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents davis wedding greenville sc

Leah chose a simple and elegant 5-tiered cake designed with delicate dots and topped with an arrangement of fresh flowers. I also love this linen table runner with their classic gold monogram.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents davis wedding greenville sc

The floral arrangements included white hydrangeas, white and pale pink roses, with a variety of fresh greens!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents davis wedding greenville sc

Recognize these beautiful floral containers?! I’ll give you a hint… they’re featured in The Collected Tabletop!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents davis wedding greenville sc

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents davis wedding greenville sc

The custom drink “koozies”, and personalized cocktail napkins were such great design details at the reception!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents davis wedding greenville sc

The menu was authentic southern cuisine including shrimp and grits, fried chicken and sawmill gravy, beef tenderloin, fried green tomatoes, crab cakes, macaroni and cheese, green beans, and mashed potatoes.  It was all so delicious!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents davis wedding greenville sc

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents davis wedding greenville sc

The happy couple danced to “You Send Me” by Aretha Franklin…

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In honor of the groom’s alma matter, there was a surprise appearance made by “The Tiger”, Clemson University’s beloved mascot!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents davis wedding greenville sc

He was certainly a crowd favorite!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents davis wedding greenville sc

As if you didn’t get enough to eat, Leah and Jeff opted to give guests one last treat on their way out… cookies! This couple certainly  does love sweets, so it was only appropriate!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents davis wedding greenville sc

As for their ‘send off’, the couple requested that guests “Wave your wand with joy and laughter and wish them happily ever after”!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents davis wedding greenville sc

Wells and I posing with the bride and groom!

What a fabulous night! Congratulations to Leah and Jeff Davis! I just can’t image life with no Leah.  She is such a lovely addition to Kathryn Greeley Designs!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents davis wedding greenville sc

xo Kathryn

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“Tablescapes”: Royal Crown Derby’s “Mikado”

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I recently discovered this wonderful pattern at a tabletop market.  I can’t believe the range of colors in this pattern…Blue, Cantaloupe, Lavender, Lime, Pink, Taupe and Turquoise!

MIKADO 11

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Royal-Crown-Derby

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Reputed to have originally been used by English romantic novelist, Jane Austen, “Mikado” is English fine one china from Royal Crown Derby.  This traditional pattern is re-imagined for the 21st century.  The pattern features different scenes from the Opera Mikado.  The beauty of this pattern is heightened by the use of contemporary colorways and combinations.  This patterns is much like Ms. Austen’s novels…playful, eclectic, romantic and most entertaining! This lovely pattern is perfect as an individual color collection or mixed and matched to create a riot of color.

This pattern is the epitome of casual chic! What a beautiful and creative way to display this pattern al fresco!

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Image- Flower Magazine

Enjoy!

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