“Market Musings”: A Fresh Twist on Traditional!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents global views acrylic chairs

One of my most intriguing finds at market was this incredible acrylic chair at Global Views!!

A great twist on a traditional design, this chair would be great at a traditional desk or secretary ,  several around a dining or breakfast table,  or in a grouping in your seating area!  They are available in several colors and as side chairs or arm chairs.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents global views acrylic chairs

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents global views acrylic chairs

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents global views acrylic chairs

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents global views acrylic chairs

Cheers to Global Views for such a creative product!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents global views acrylic chairs

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents global views acrylic chairs

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“Market Musings”: Bravo For Brass!

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop presents brass at high point market

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop presents brass at high point market

I love the warmth and traditional elegance of brass and was happy to see so many lovely products at High Point Furniture Market with brass finishes! I notice a trend in plumbing fixtures and other interior finishes that also indicate a return to a brass or gold finish. I prefer these finishes to have a bit of an antiqued look, as opposed to a polished  finish. These are a “few of my favorite brass” pieces that I found at the market this week.

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop presents brass at high point market

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop presents brass at high point market

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop presents brass at high point market

I love this piece from William Yeoward!

And these beautiful classic pieces from Visual Comfort.

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop presents brass at high point market

This is such a classic looking chandelier with greek key accents! I also love this fresh, new lamp with acrylic and brass…so glamorous. And I really love these little antique brass sconces.

And I never grow tired of gazing at the work of my friend Tommy Mitchell and all of these gold treasures that he creates!

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop presents brass at high point market

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop presents brass at high point market north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop presents brass at high point market

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop presents brass at high point market north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop presents brass at high point market

Hope you enjoyed these lovely brass pieces as much as I did , and perhaps you will find a place for one of them in your “collected rooms”!

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north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop presents brass at high point market

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“Market Musings”: A Fun Market Visit to Dransfield & Ross

kathryn crisp greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents market musings with dransfeild and ross

I have long been a fan of the Dransfield and Ross lovely collections, particularly their tabletop offerings! Yesterday I had a great visit with John Dransfield and signed in on their very clever and creative “guest book”. This fun canvas allowed market shoppers to sign in with their favorite marker color. Of course mine was black!

kathryn crisp greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents market musings with dransfeild and ross

John and I had great fun with this photo and then I had more fun looking at some of their new tabletop products.

These new leaf placemats are actually in Sunbrella fabrics!

kathryn crisp greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents market musings with dransfeild and ross

kathryn crisp greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents market musings with dransfeild and ross

These colorful linen napkins have a Sunbrella tassel for a fun look on your “collected tabletop”. And I love these napkin rings made from Sunbrella threads.

kathryn crisp greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents market musings with dransfeild and ross

There are certainly napkin rings for every “collected tabletop” at Dransfield and Ross.

kathryn crisp greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents market musings with dransfeild and ross

This round placemat has so much texture…

kathryn crisp greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents market musings with dransfeild and ross

Especially with the beaded napkin ring!

kathryn crisp greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents market musings with dransfeild and ross

kathryn crisp greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents market musings with dransfeild and ross

John Dransfield and Geoffrey Ross are the influential designers behind their eponymous, sixteen-year old, New York City based, home furnishings company. John Dransfield’s previous profession as a trend driven fashion designer keeps the collection always evolving while maintaining a couture edge. Geoffrey Ross’ talents as a designer of high-end textiles have enriched the collections of Scalamandre in New York and Nobilis in Paris.

Melding their passions, they have created a collection of home goods with an idiosyncratic mix of textures and colors, infused with their encyclopedic knowledge of the decorative arts.  Besides their existing categories of soft furnishings, they have recently broadened the scope of their collection under the banner of “Mise en Scene” by Dransfield and Ross” to include furniture, decorative accessories, as well as desk and bath accessories.

Check out their website HERE for more of their fabulous products!

It was a great visit at this “ treasure trove” stop at market, just not enough time for more fun with John!

kathryn crisp greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents market musings with dransfeild and ross

kathryn crisp greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents market musings with dransfeild and ross

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“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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