Happy Birthday to Kathy!

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Hi everyone! It’s Leah, here. I’m taking over the blog today to wish a VERY happy birthday to our beloved Kathy! How sweet is this picture?!

I hear she is being taken to France in May to celebrate this big birthday! To Paris, Bordeaux and Burgandy, oh my!!

Wait, that sounds like a wine trip for Wells, not a birthday girl trip?!? Maybe one in the same? A clever man that Wells Greeley is! Clever, indeed!

happy birthday to north carolina interior designer and author kathryn greeley

happy birthday to north carolina interior designer and author kathryn greeley happy birthday to north carolina interior designer and author kathryn greeley happy birthday to north carolina interior designer and author kathryn greeley

Some people who see Kathy from a distance here on the blog might think she’s fabulous for her collections, her classic style, her color palettes, her cooking, or even her hair (and they would be right!). But more importantly, she is fabulous for her heart! Oh how I wish you could all know the Kathy that I know! A woman full of compassion, kindness, and laughter. A woman who goes the extra mile for her family, friends, and even complete strangers. A woman who always thinks of ways she can help others. I’m so blessed to call you my friend! (and Boss, when I have to!)

No retiring for this girl…still has the design passion!

So let’s cheers to Kathy…We love you!

kathryn

Enjoy your special day with your two favorite boys!

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xoxoleah

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Entertaining Tales From Chestnut Cottage!

 

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Wow, what a busy few weeks…”the faster I go, the behinder I get”!  This past weekend, Wells and I hosted a dinner party for a lovely bride, Molly McClure and her groom, David Stanley.

north carolina interior designer presents bridal shower

The tables for this party were certainly “collected tabletops”!  For two of the tables, I used my favorite pattern which  you have seen numerous times…Leighton Spray by Old Coalport.  It is such a delicate English pattern and I thought it would be perfect for a bride!

north carolina interior designer presents bridal shower

The pattern works so well with pastel flowers, such as “Titanic” roses, blue hydrangea, and soft colors of lisianthus.

north carolina interior designer presents bridal shower

north carolina interior designer presents bridal shower

Another of my favorite china patterns is one I have had for years, “Charlotte” by Royal Worcester.  This pattern also has bouquets of lovely pastel flowers.  Both patterns have a cobalt and gold border…Leighton Spray more delicate and Charlotte with a bold cobalt and gold border.

north carolina interior designer presents bridal shower

north carolina interior designer presents bridal showernorth carolina interior designer presents bridal shower

I enjoyed using these “compatible” patterns for three “collected tabletops”!

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Most of my flowers for the party came from my floral wholesaler, however, I had these lovely hellabores growing in the Chestnut Cottage garden!

north carolina interior designer presents bridal shower

And a few daffodils and cherry blossoms!

north carolina interior designer presents bridal shower

It was a fun party, but the last one for a while at Chestnut Cottage…see below!

Other news from Chestnut Cottage…

This week I am packing up Chestnut Cottage for all of the wood floors to be refinished and for the kitchen and kitchen cabinets to get a fresh coat of “White Dove”.  Quite a daunting task, but everything will look all fresh and ready for spring when we are finished. We will be “displaced” for several weeks, but I can’t even think of that today…more, more, more packing!  And I don’t want to think of when we have to unpack, wash and put everything back in place…!

Oh well…I will be back to the Collected Room after everything is back in place at Chestnut Cottage!  So say a little prayer that I am up for this task and being out of my beloved cottage for a month.  And to add “insult to injury”, the move out  day is on my 65th birthday, March 10th!

xo Kathryn

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More Winter Whites…

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Skyros Designs is one of my favorite companies for lovely tabletop designs! More snow this week has put me in the mood for white china patterns! I found a lovely Skyros collection called The Historia Collection. The inspiration for this collection is ornamental ironwork found in Europe. From simple gates to elaborate railing, the designs in these patterns are exquisite! Collection Historia is made in Portugal of ceramic stoneware and is extremely chip resistant. It is also oven, freezer, microwave, and dishwasher safe. So beautiful and so practical!

kathryn c greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents winter whites

kathryn c greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents winter whites kathryn c greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents winter whites

And if white doesn’t suit your fancy….there is Barley Blue

kathryn c greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents winter whites

Or Tea Green

kathryn c greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents winter whites

Or Parchment!

kathryn c greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents winter whites

I think these colors and patterns would be perfect for a cottage…a lakeside home…a seaside home…or for most any home! For more lovely Skyros Designs check out www.skyrosdesigns.com! And definitely have a look at their Linho Collection of placemats! I have some of these and love this collection. I was thrilled to find that they have found a home at Skyros!

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ALL IMAGES SKYROS DESIGNS

 kathryn c greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents winter whites

xo Kathryn

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In the Garden With Kathryn!

 

In the Garden

 

interior designer kathryn greeley western north carolina presents winter wonderland at chestnut cottage garden

Oh how I love my garden under a blanket of snow! There is something so architectural about a winter garden, especially made into a winter wonderland by 12 or so inches of snow!

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The new boxwoods are blanketed and had to be dusted off with the broom. I didn’t want any of their little limbs broken!

interior designer kathryn greeley western north carolina presents winter wonderland at chestnut cottage garden

It seems that the snow really brings out the details of lines and walls!

interior designer kathryn greeley western north carolina presents winter wonderland at chestnut cottage garden

Looks like white icing on the stone steps…

interior designer kathryn greeley western north carolina presents winter wonderland at chestnut cottage garden

My favorite garden bench stands elegantly with a cushion of lovely white powder!

interior designer kathryn greeley western north carolina presents winter wonderland at chestnut cottage garden

 interior designer kathryn greeley western north carolina presents winter wonderland at chestnut cottage garden

Little boxwood “lollipops” stand like soldiers in a row…

interior designer kathryn greeley western north carolina presents winter wonderland at chestnut cottage garden

And a garden plaque is crowned by the snow…

interior designer kathryn greeley western north carolina presents winter wonderland at chestnut cottage garden

I adore this little Irish style cottage, given to me by a friend in Atlanta, as its door and window peak out from a mound of snow on its roof!

interior designer kathryn greeley western north carolina presents winter wonderland at chestnut cottage garden

It sits just beside my circular teak bench in the upper garden. You can just see it on the right corner of the bench!

interior designer kathryn greeley western north carolina presents winter wonderland at chestnut cottage garden

The snow seems to also bring out the details of this inset antique rosette in this column!

interior designer kathryn greeley western north carolina presents winter wonderland at chestnut cottage garden

Pyramidal boxwoods look like big white gumdrops!

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 I suppose my favorite sight in this winter wonderland is my quatrefoil fountain, surrounded by little boxwoods so perfectly outlined with the snow!

Hope your garden was blanketed with this beautiful snow. I can’t think of anything more peaceful!

A boy and his dog…in the snow!

interior designer kathryn greeley western north carolina presents winter wonderland at chestnut cottage garden

xo Kathryn

 

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“Shades of Blue”: New Shades of Blue at Williams Sonoma!

north carolina interior designer and author kathryn c greeley presents shades of blue

 north carolina interior designer and author kathryn c greeley presents shades of blue

As you might expect, I am always on the hunt for new “shades of blue” for the table. I recently discovered some great new blue patterns at Williams Sonoma that I thought you might enjoy seeing. This new French Blue collection has so much depth and would be delightful combined with some antique/vintage blue patterns! The new French Blue Bouquet dinner plates are inspired by traditional chinoiserie, with an allover pattern of cherry blossoms and delicate branches.

north carolina interior designer and author kathryn c greeley presents shades of blue

This patterns reminds me of a pair of antique Chinese import vases that I have on brackets in the master bedroom at Chestnut Cottage.

north carolina interior designer and author kathryn c greeley presents shades of blue

This pattern is a durable glazed stoneware and is microwave and dishwasher safe! Another design in this collection is an antique style design, with stately blooms framed by a delicate vine. I do love the shades of French blue in this design!

north carolina interior designer and author kathryn c greeley presents shades of blue

north carolina interior designer and author kathryn c greeley presents shades of blue north carolina interior designer and author kathryn c greeley presents shades of blue

I love these patterns layered on a table or in a lovely antique piece in the kitchen! I think these patterns would be  wonderful combined with my favorite Williams Sonoma white pattern, “Pillivuyt Basketweave Collection”.

north carolina interior designer and author kathryn c greeley presents shades of blue

And another collected look could be achieved  by layering these French Blue Bouquet patterns with Williams Sonoma Brasserie Blue-Banded Collection!

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And I have already ordered some of the new Williams Sonoma Embroidered Lattice Border Blue Napkins!

north carolina interior designer and author kathryn c greeley presents shades of blue

I love the delicate French knots that dot these cotton linens. Another new product in “shades of blue” is the Palais Garnier stemware. This is a very lovely pattern, however, I prefer to mix in a pretty vintage stemware pattern to avoid a totally new looking tablescape!

north carolina interior designer and author kathryn c greeley presents shades of blue

Williams Sonoma continues to bring out new and exciting patterns to their tabletop collections and these are some of my favorites.

north carolina interior designer and author kathryn c greeley presents shades of blue

north carolina interior designer and author kathryn c greeley presents shades of blue

xo Kathryn

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