Autumn Equinox!

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Oh how I love Autumn! I suppose Autumn and Spring are my favorite seasons and living in the mountains of North Carolina provides four distinct seasons. Autumn in the mountains is especially splendid!

Recently, one of my employees took her two girls to a magnificent flower farm near Asheville to take photographs. I loaned her my old English trug for the girls to hold…these are the colors of Autumn!

 north carolina kathryn greeley designs interior designer presents beautiful fall equinox

north carolina kathryn greeley designs interior designer presents beautiful fall equinox

north carolina kathryn greeley designs interior designer presents beautiful fall equinox

north carolina kathryn greeley designs interior designer presents beautiful fall equinox

north carolina kathryn greeley designs interior designer presents beautiful fall equinox

xo Kathryn

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Entertaining Tales From Chestnut Cottage: Food, Glorious Food!

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I thought you might enjoy a couple of recipes from last week’s dinner party menu at Chestnut Cottage. Two of my favorites on the menu were the Blueberry Goat Cheese Tarts and my very old Summer Squash Casserole.

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The delicious Blueberry Goat Cheese Pie is adapted from a recipe courtesy of Alex and Moira Sommers at 3 Sisters Café in Indianapolis, IN. Instead of a pie, I prefer this recipe in an individual tart size.

I like this recipe because it is not real sweet!

kathryn greeley designs north carolina interior designer presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage a sunday evening dinner party

 kathryn greeley designs north carolina interior designer presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage a sunday evening dinner party

kathryn greeley designs north carolina interior designer presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage a sunday evening dinner party

kathryn greeley designs north carolina interior designer presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage a sunday evening dinner party

kathryn greeley designs north carolina interior designer presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage a sunday evening dinner party

Another favorite is an old summer, yellow squash casserole that was given to me by my longtime friend, Frances Smathers. I like this recipe because it is lighter than most squash casserole recipes, perhaps because it has no cheese.

kathryn greeley designs north carolina interior designer presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage a sunday evening dinner party

kathryn greeley designs north carolina interior designer presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage a sunday evening dinner party

These were favorites on last Sunday’s menu!

kathryn greeley designs north carolina interior designer presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage a sunday evening dinner party

xo Kathryn

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Entertaining Tales From Chestnut Cottage… A Sunday Evening Dinner Party!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage

kathryn greeley designs north carolina interior designer presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage a sunday evening dinner party

Several months ago (before the scheduling of my knee surgery!), my husband planned a dinner party for 16 of his funeral service associates at Chestnut Cottage on last Sunday evening. So as the scripture in the Bible says…”I had to take up my bed and walk”! Saturday I started my preparations by arranging flowers on my little entrance courtyard. It was such a lovely morning at Chestnut Cottage, with the sun out and a gentle breeze. I had purchased some flowers at the wholesale market and planned to also use things from the garden.

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kathryn greeley designs north carolina interior designer presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage a sunday evening dinner party

The flowers were looking lovely, but definitely needed things from the Chestnut Cottage garden!

kathryn greeley designs north carolina interior designer presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage a sunday evening dinner party

So out to the garden I went….

kathryn greeley designs north carolina interior designer presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage a sunday evening dinner party

The garden additions brought lots of new texture and color to the arrangements!

kathryn greeley designs north carolina interior designer presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage a sunday evening dinner party

One often thinks that there is just nothing in bloom in the garden, but the greens and flowers going to seed offer so much color and texture! Now for placing the flowers all around Chestnut Cottage…

kathryn greeley designs north carolina interior designer presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage a sunday evening dinner party kathryn greeley designs north carolina interior designer presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage a sunday evening dinner party

And on tables…

kathryn greeley designs north carolina interior designer presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage a sunday evening dinner party

kathryn greeley designs north carolina interior designer presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage a sunday evening dinner party

The color and texture of these coleus from the garden add so much to this arrangement!

kathryn greeley designs north carolina interior designer presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage a sunday evening dinner party

Now the tables are set…

  kathryn greeley designs north carolina interior designer presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage a sunday evening dinner party

kathryn greeley designs north carolina interior designer presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage a sunday evening dinner party

kathryn greeley designs north carolina interior designer presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage a sunday evening dinner party

One of my favorite antique linen tablecloths is this one I purchased in an antique shop in London. I just love the intricate designs…

kathryn greeley designs north carolina interior designer presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage a sunday evening dinner party

kathryn greeley designs north carolina interior designer presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage a sunday evening dinner party

I mixed both these vintage cobalt depression glass bowls, with my antique bowls by Moser. These intaglio bowls have a wonderful quatrefoil shape and saucer with blown finish pontils on the bottom.  And of course I mixed these with one of my favorite china patterns, Leighton Spray from Coalport!

kathryn greeley designs north carolina interior designer presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage a sunday evening dinner party

I used both of the bowls for a little caprese salad.

kathryn greeley designs north carolina interior designer presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage a sunday evening dinner party

With my knee issues, we decided that it would be prudent to engage our friends Page and Sid Trusdale to do the food for us. I gave Page my menu and recipes and they did a splendid job!

kathryn greeley designs north carolina interior designer presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage a sunday evening dinner party

I wanted to use a lot of local products and fresh produce and my menu reflects that…

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So let the party begin…

kathryn greeley designs north carolina interior designer presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage a sunday evening dinner party

Duncan waits patiently for our guests to arrive…

kathryn greeley designs north carolina interior designer presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage a sunday evening dinner party

Stay tuned and I will share my old, delicious Squash Casserole and the very unusual and yummy Blueberry/Goat Cheese Tart!!

kathryn greeley designs north carolina interior designer presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage a sunday evening dinner party

xo Kathryn

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Final Simple Pleasures… Feeding Your Soul!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

Today I will wrap up this little series on my passions that so feed my soul! My hope is that this series will be food for thought for each of you. I hope that in some way it has inspired you to pause and take stock of what your passions are and how they can feed your soul.

Most of these remaining passions that I share today and those I have shared in the last few weeks, are really what this blog is all about . It all started with lots of creative energy and passion when I decided to write The Collected Tabletop. The book was a LOT of hard work, but every moment of this labor of love fed my soul and continues to do so! Within the pages of my book and in this blog, you have constantly seen these remaining passions that feed my soul…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

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north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

One passion that I have been trying to develop is doing watercolor painting. I have long done our annual Christmas card, but lately seem to be drawn more and more to this passion. It is time consuming, but so very relaxing. And oh how it feed my soul!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

Today, each of us need an escape from the “busyness” of life, as well as all of the strange and horrible things we experience each day in the news. I challenge each of you to …

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

xo Kathryn

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Another Simple Pleasure… Feeding Your Soul!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

Gardening does have its rewards! And bringing flowers into your home and arranging them can be another way to feed your soul! I know what you are thinking….”I don’t  begin to know how to arrange flowers”! I don’t believe that you need to be trained in the art of flower arranging for flowers to feed your soul! Tulips or daffodils from the garden in a vase can bring beauty and color to any home.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

All of the flower arrangements ….which indeed were not perfect, that I did for The Collected Tabletop brought me such satisfaction and definitely fed my soul!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

Simple hydrangea and ferns from the garden are perfect for any design style!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

If one takes time to study the colors and intricate design of flowers, it will sink into soul and I believe will feed it immensely!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

xo Kathryn

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