Watermelon Salad!

watermelon salad presented by north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

I can’t let summer slip by without making my delicious Watermelon Salad. It is certainly one of my favorites! I picked up a yummy “Sugar Baby” at the farmer’s market and will fix this up for dinner. I really enjoy the mix of sweet and savory flavors in this salad!

watermelon salad presented by north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley watermelon salad presented by north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

In case you missed this recipe a couple of years ago or don’t have my book…

CLICK HERE!

I am off to knee surgery tomorrow, but I will be back soon to The Collected Room!

watermelon salad presented by north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

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In The Garden: 2016 Bulb Ordering!

In the Garden

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the garden

Can you believe it… it is bulb ordering time once again ! Each year I add lots of bulbs to the Chestnut Cottage garden. Last year the bulbs were splendid and I want to add more to them this fall!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the garden

I really like the on line site, Brent and Beckys for bulbs. www.brentandbeckysbulbs.com   I ordered from them last year and plan to do so again this year. I think that the hateful chipmunks ate some of my tulips last year, so I must replenish! They seem not to like the taste of my daffodils, THANKFULLY!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the garden

Last year, I added these lovely tulips…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the garden

Silk Surprise, China Town, Queensland, Madonna, Honeymoon, and Foxtrot.

And these daffodils were added in 2015…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the garden

Precocious, Pink Silk, Mount Hood, Sherborne, Gigantic Star and Las Vegas

This year I plan to add these tulips to the garden…

Maureen

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the garden

Annelinde

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the garden

Montreux

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the garden

Sorbet

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the garden

Marilyn

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the garden

Spring Green

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the garden

Angelique

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the garden

And perhaps these daffodils…

Golden Ball

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the garden

Obdam

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the garden

Hillstar

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the garden

Smiling Twin

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the garden

Solar Wind

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the garden

British Gable

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the garden

Eastern Born

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the garden

One bulb that I am just in love with is Galanthus! I have a few in the garden, but want LOTS MORE! So this year, I will order these three varities…

Galanthus Elwesii

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the garden

Galanthus Nivalis

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the garden

Galanthus Sam Arnott

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the garden

I think November is the best bulb planting month, so I better get my order in soon. These lovely bulbs at Brent and Beckys sell out quickly!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the garden

xo Kathryn

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In The Garden: Summer Whites!

In the Garden

kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents in the garden summer whites

As summer begins to wind down, I am noticing lots of lovely whites sparkling in the sunshine!

So many hydrangea and rose of Sharon…

kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents in the garden summer whites

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the garden

 kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents in the garden summer whites

kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents in the garden summer whites

kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents in the garden summer whites

I love my very old hydrangea, which was here when I purchased Chestnut Cottage and is actually two trees growing together

kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents in the garden summer whites

And this year, I have a couple of gardenia standards, which have the most heavenly scent!

kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents in the garden summer whites

kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents in the garden summer whites

Then there are more whites…

Shasta Daisies…

kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents in the garden summer whites

More hydrangea…

kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents in the garden summer whites

kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents in the garden summer whites

I suppose my favorite hydrangea is the limelight!

And impatiens, alyssum and hosta blooms “OH MY!”

kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents in the garden summer whites

kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents in the garden summer whites

kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents in the garden summer whites

And these lovely whites just beg to be cut and arranged for inside the cottage!

kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents in the garden summer whites

kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents in the garden summer whites

These limelights are already showing a bit of pink…a sure sign that fall is coming.

kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents in the garden summer whites

And then there are my lovely garden flowers done in white and gold above my bed by the very talented Tommy Mitchell! www.thetommymitchellcompany.com

Oh how I love these special pieces that Tommy so lovingly makes!

kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents in the garden summer whites

kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents in the garden summer whites

kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents in the garden summer whites

kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents in the garden summer whites

kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents in the garden summer whites

kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents in the garden summer whites

kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents in the garden summer whites

And of course…

kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents in the garden summer whites

Summer whites make me feel good…

kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer presents in the garden summer whites

xo Kathryn

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Simple Pleasures: Summer Canning!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents canning

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents canning

I was recently asked to give a presentation on Mind, Body, and Soul. At first I thought…why on earth would they ask me to do this program?!? After a bit of deliberation, I discovered what they really wanted me to speak on was…”finding your passions, feeding your soul”! So, I went to work on that and discovered that one of my  many passions  that feed my soul is…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents canning

This passion may sound strange to some, as it is indeed work, but canning is truly a very enjoyable endeavor for me! I started last week with a bushel of “Greasy Cut Short” green beans (my favorite !!). I love stringing and breaking beans on my front porch with a nice glass of wine! With that done, it is time to get out the pressure canner and start the work!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents canning

And then why not start a run of my Lime Pickles!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents canning north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents canning north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents canning

And then another run of pickles!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents canning

How lovely it is to gaze upon one’s handiwork!

Of course I love eating what I can…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents canning

But even more, I enjoy sharing my canned goods!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents canning

I love to share my freezer jam and pickles with my friend Annette Anderson. Her grandchildren love my strawberry jam in their plain Greek Yogurt! They refer to it as “pink magic”.  However, I don’t believe young William Hudson has much of a taste for my lime pickles!!

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I do truly find canning to be one of life’s “Simple Pleasures”! I will be sharing other passions that fuel my soul after my presentation. Now I must line up one more bushel of greasy cut shorts to do before my knee surgery on August 26th!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents canning

xo Kathryn

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Paint Finishes!

 north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents sherwin williams paint inspiration

I am regularly asked what paint finishes I recommend for clients…flat, eggshell, semi-gloss, etc. Presently, I am working on a project that my client’s requirements for paint are 1) washability and 2) low VOC! Most of the paint that I specify is either Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams brand. And within those two brands, there are many finish choices. If you love a flat finish, Sherwin Williams has two relativity new solutions to gain increased  washability and other performance benefits. New technology at Sherwin Williams has given us two truly flat finishes that have excellent washability. These products are Emerald and Duration Home.

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Both of these paints feature anti-microbial agents that inhibit the growth of mold and mildew on the paint surface. Also, both paints are available in all Sherwin Williams colors and custom tints.

I’ll share with you a few interesting paint color palettes from the Sherwin Williams line.

For a luxurious feel in the kitchen…

For Cabinets and Trim…

SW 7008 Alabaster

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents sherwin williams paint inspiration

And for the walls…

SW 7037 Balanced Beige

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents sherwin williams paint inspiration

This is a similar palette that I used on a beach house project. It gives a fresh, crisp feel to both kitchens and baths!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents sherwin williams paint inspiration

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents sherwin williams paint inspiration

I love combining these colors with blue!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents sherwin williams paint inspiration

For another kitchen palette, you might like a cool color scheme of…

Dover White SW 6385 , Filmy Green SW 6190 and Underseas SW 6214

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This is a very restful, cool type palette that I used in the same beach project in quiet sitting room…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents sherwin williams paint inspiration

And for a kitchen/family room combination, maybe a little heat added to the cool greens…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents sherwin williams paint inspiration

Surf Green SW 6473

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents sherwin williams paint inspiration

Alabaster SW 7008

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents sherwin williams paint inspiration

Hazel SW 6471

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents sherwin williams paint inspiration

Composed SW 6472

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents sherwin williams paint inspiration

Flower Pot SW 6334

The Flower Pot might be just in accents or accessories to give a kitchen a little pop of color!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents sherwin williams paint inspiration

xo Kathryn

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