Guest Post With Leah Part II!

Hello again! Ok, so Kathy is home from her trip to Portland, but I need to borrow her sweet readers just one more time regarding the Davis Cottage! Fall is around the corner and we are about to vamp up our landscaping. Disclaimer: I am not the girl who has a ‘green thumb’, quite the opposite actually! Hard to believe as I work for a gardener extraordinaire?! Luckily, she loves me anyways, ha! With that being said, here are my ideas and inspiration… see what you think!

Another disclaimer: I need things that I can’t kill easily! :)

For those of you who missed my previous post, here is our little cottage…

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As you can see, we have a few very small shrubs in the front beds. Thats it. Can you tell I need help?!

I love English Cottage landscaping (sound familiar?)! So let’s look at a few of my inspirations.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents landscape ideas

Hydrangeas, boxwoods, arborvitae, hosta, and ivy oh my!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents landscape ideas

I love the more manicured, simple design. Not as overflowing as traditional English cottage designs.

Here is what I’m thinking… please make suggestions :) I need them!!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents landscape ideas

The main things I want to accomplish this Fall are the flanking Degroot Spire Arborvitae, Dwarf English Boxwoods and some sort of filler in between the boxwoods? Maybe the Hosta and Hydrangea?

Is this a good place to start?!

I can’t wait to hear all of your fabulous ideas!! Y’all were so sweet to help with my paint decision and now my landscape ideas :)

Thank you Kathy, for letting me ‘steal’ your readers again this week!!

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Guest Post With Leah!

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Hello, dear readers! It’s Leah Davis here… I will be taking over the blog this week while Kathy is out of town (when the cat’s away, the mice will play… in this case, just one mouse!). I hope you are all having a wonderful summer with your family and friends. I can’t believe September is almost here… I could not be more excited!! I just live for Fall weather.

With that being said, Fall coming around the corner means there is much to do. My husband, Jeffery and I just recently purchased our first home. It’s a 1974 brick ranch and we love it! It’s the perfect size and location for us. Our interior has been renovated and we are content on that front. But my next order of business is the exterior. I would LOVE to paint our brick (and also update our landscape design-but we will save that for another day!). So that’s what I need your help with today, sweet readers! I’m going to list out a few of my favorite paint colors and see what you think. I’ve been on Pinterest stalking exterior paint colors and this is what I’ve come up with. I love getting to ‘steal’ you away from Kathy this week for my own selfish reasons!! :)

Here is our little cottage… I’m still trying to decide on a proper name for it. Right now, let’s refer to it as the Davis Cottage. Feel free to give me your suggestions on that as well!

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There is one thing I am certain of… I want a white house. We already have black shutters and a black front door which we will keep. If you’ve ever tried to choose a white paint color… you will know that there are SO many options. It gets quite overwhelming, even for this Interior Designer. But I’m hoping y’all can help me narrow it down!

Davis Cottage Inspiration

north carolina interior designer presents white brick house

I just love how classic these houses look. How could you go wrong with chic black and white?!

Now that you’ve seen my inspiration photos… let’s look at some colors!

I want a very crisp, bright white. I don’t want a yellow or pink undertone. But there is a fine line between a crisp white and a stark white. I certainly want to find the right balance.

north carolina interior designer presents white brick house

Right now, I’m leaning towards Wimborne White by Farrow & Ball. It’s so bright and beautiful. All White by Farrow & Ball is also gorgeous, it may be too bright? I also love Decorators White by Benjamin Moore. This is my interior trim color and I love it! It has a small hint of gray that tones down the white just a bit. White Dove is a great color that seems pretty fail proof. It’s definitely warmer but still in the running. Lastly, Wevet by Farrow & Ball. It’s also got a warm undertone, but maybe a bit too much yellow?

I know there are a million other white paint colors but these are the ones I’m most focused on at this point.

I would love to know if any of Kathy’s fabulous readers have white houses? I’m sure Mrs. Greeley will weigh in on my paint situation as well :)

Thank you for letting me take over the blog today, it is always a pleasure!

north carolina interior designer presents white brick house

north carolina interior designer presents white brick house

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Back in the Kitchen!

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One of our wonderful readers here at The Collected Room asked about the recipe for my Easy Breakfast Muffins that I mentioned earlier in the week.

So here is this great recipe that makes 24 muffins. My only warning is that I seem to always have a bit of trouble with these muffins sticking to the pan. I always use Pam or Baker’s Joy or even grease and flour the “non-stick” muffin pans, but a few always stick in the bottom. I have considered purchasing some of these  silicone muffin pans to see if I have better luck. Has anyone used this type of pan for baking and if so, what has been your experience?!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the kitchen with kathryn

These muffins are truly great to have in the freezer and then be able to pop in the oven or a toaster oven for a quick, nutritious breakfast!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the kitchen with kathryn

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet, cook the sausage over medium heat until brown. Drain. In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs. Add the onion, peppers, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Stir in the sausage and cheese.
  • Spoon 1/3 cup of the mixture into muffin tins coated with cooking spray. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove from the pan and cool on a cooling rack.
  • After the muffins are cool, place on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet and freeze until firm. Transfer to resealable plastic freezer bags and return to the freezer. To reheat, place in a greased muffin pan and cover loosely with foil. Reheat in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the kitchen with kathryn

And I love the Kerry Gold Reserve Cheddar with a nice glass of wine!!

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“In The Kitchen With Kathryn”: Tailgate Bounty!

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When summer starts to wind down, my thoughts turn to canning and pickling and baking for the freezer!   It was a busy weekend at Chestnut Cottage, after going to three tailgate markets on Saturday morning. These outings are always such fun for me and I love supporting local farmers!

So I spent most of this past weekend in my kitchen making Lime Pickles and Zucchini Bread. Every August I make at least four or five runs of my Lime Pickles. If you missed this recipe a couple of years ago here at The Collected Room, click HERE for the recipe. I always give many jars of pickles to family and friends, so I make multiple runs!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the kitchen with kathryn

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the kitchen with kathryn

Each August, Mother and I always had great fun making Spiced Zucchini Bread . It is one of my many, many fond memories of cooking with Mother. So two runs of pickles and eight loaves of Zucchini Bread made for a busy weekend at Chestnut Cottage!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the kitchen with kathryn

This is my favorite recipe for zucchini bread, because it is very moist! I love having several loaves in the freezer for breakfast or brunch when we have guests at Chestnut Cottage. The recipe makes two loaves, so I usually make at least eight loaves at one time. As I said,  I love giving my homemade food to friends, so only five loaves are making it to the freezer today!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the kitchen with kathryn

I would love to share this recipe and hopefully you will find it delicious and enjoy the baking.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the kitchen with kathryn

Sift together the flour, soda, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon. Add the chopped nuts and set aside. Beat the eggs lightly in a large mixing bowl; add sugar, oil, and vanilla and beat until creamy. Stir in the zucchini and the pineapple and then add the dry ingredients. Stir only until the dry ingredients are moistened. Spoon the batter into 2 well-greased and floured 9X5X3 inch loaf pans. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 1 hour. Cool 10 minutes before removing from the pans. Turn out on a cooling rack and cool completely. This recipe does very well in the freezer.

I also made a double run of my favorite egg and sausage muffins to keep in the freezer for busy mornings. I seem to need protein in the morning, so these low-carb muffins are great to have on hand before work or “work-out”!

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Hope you had a great weekend!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the kitchen with kathryn

xo Kathryn

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“Shades of Blue”: Blue Dragon Napkins!

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"Shades of Blue": Blue Dragon Napkins!

I recently loaned a large quantity of my blue and white to a friend for her daughter’s wedding reception in Asheville. When she returned the blue and white, with it was a lovely gift of 12 twenty two inch blue dragon dinner napkins! These beautiful table linens came from a lovely shop in Savannah, Georgia called Number Four Eleven. This shop could REALLY get me in trouble. For instance…custom monograms!!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue dragon napkins

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue dragon napkins

These beautiful napkins are very inspiring for me and really got my creative juices flowing! I was recently invited to do a book talk and signing in Washington, DC at the Washington Design Center in the Kravet/Lee Jofa/Brunschwig and Fils Showroom on October 1st and these napkins have inspired one of the tables I will be doing for this event!

I love the orange/terracotta combination with the “shades of blue” and thought this would be the perfect starting place for a fall table. After the event, I will certainly share with you the finished table, but I thought that you might enjoy  the process of designing this tabletop…starting with these exquisite napkins.

In that I will be in the Kravet showroom, which includes an English company called GP and J Baker, I selected one of their fabrics for my tablecloth fabric. The fabric is called “Clouds” in Terracotta and has both the orange and reddish terracotta colors that are in the dragon napkins.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue dragon napkins

One of my favorite old Mottahedeh china patterns is Blue Canton and I thought it would be a perfect fit for this tabletop.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue dragon napkins

But who would just want to use one pattern…..?! Not me, of course! So I will mix Blue Dragon salad plates with the Blue Canton dinner plates and mix the two for the bread and butter plates!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue dragon napkins

Another Mottahedeh pattern that would mix well with these patterns is Imperial Blue! Who knows, I might just decide to have all three of these Mottahedeh patterns on the table!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue dragon napkins

I will most likely use a fun bamboo cutlery pattern to give the table a bit of an informal dimension.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue dragon napkins

A nice fall invitation, with wonderful fall colored flowers and a great fall menu will put us in a fall entertaining mood when we are in DC.

So stay tuned for the “finished collected tabletop” after my trip to DC. If any of you are in the DC area and would like to attend this event, I am certain that I could make that happen! So stay in touch and stay tuned for some fall “shades of blue”!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue dragon napkins

xo Kathryn

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