“The Collected Library”: My Memorial Day Read!

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north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents the collected library

I had the opportunity to read a delightful book over the Memorial Day holiday (my favorite thing to do at our lake house!). I could hardly put the book down over the holiday weekend and wanted to immediately share this with my readers at The Collected Room. One thing that made this book so special, is that it was written by a local author  in Asheville, NC! The author, Sara Gruen, lives in Asheville with her family and about a month ago I read an article about her most recent book, At the Water’s Edge.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents the collected library

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In 2010, Scotland Yard declassified documents from 1938 regarding the existence of a creature lurking in Loch Ness , which revealed the belief of both the chief constable of Inverness and Scotland’s Undersecretary of State that the creature existed “beyond a doubt”!  Author Sara Gruen happened upon an article about the document’s release and the story was of great intrigue to her. The article and this period of history took hold of her imagination and was the inspiration of this new novel.

To complete her research, Gruen spent about five weeks in Scotland in the area around Lock Ness. The World War II history she uncovered in this area was a great foundation for the book and a visit to the famed Urquhart Castle started to weave the threads of this book’s story. I particularly loved the World War II history and the Scottish folklore . As in so many other British historical novels that I have read, this book gives readers a look at life without electricity , strict rationing, blackout drills, and the grief of so many families who lost loved ones in this war. Gruen recreates the feel of war-era Scotland with so many vivid details. The story starts in 1944 in Philadelphia and centers around Maddie Hyde, whom Gruen describes as “a bird in a gilded cage”. Maddie gets back to a life of basics in Scotland and finds what she’s never had but always longed for…female friendship, a sense of purpose and true love. The book is magical and a spellbinding period piece!

I highly recommend this for your “collected library”. I was truly sad when I read the last page, as I simply did not want the book to end!

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Happy Memorial Day!

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Happy Memorial Day to everyone from The Collected Room! Of course every Memorial Day, I reflect on my most precious patriot and veteran…my father, French O. Crisp. And yes, you see him every year here and that is because I always want to honor his service on this special holiday.

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happy memorial day from north carolina interior designer kathryn greeleyhappy memorial day from north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

happy memorial day from north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

happy memorial day from north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

happy memorial day from north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

happy memorial day from north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

happy memorial day from north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

happy memorial day from north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

happy memorial day from north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

Well, I have made it another week…I think they are “in love” ! But my Mommie Girl just doesn’t tolerate any foolishness. She must remember that I am just a little puppy! Wow, I do love coming to the lake and “she” let me wear Bentley’s old patriotic scarf and I have a little red, white, and blue collar of my own. Cute, aren’t I!

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And it is great fun helping my Daddy drive the boat!

happy memorial day from north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

And I have found this cool little place to hide, out of the wind.

happy memorial day from north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

Mommie Girl says we must always respect the flag and be grateful to all of the men and women who have or are serving in our military to keep us safe and free!happy memorial day from north carolina interior designer kathryn greeleyhappy memorial day from north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

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Shades of Blue!

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shades of blue presented by north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

While at the High Point Furniture Market  in April, I found these lovely lamps that were blue and white, combined with metal finishes. I find this to be a very interesting combination of color and finish.

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The “Chu Hua” lamp is an antiqued white gold background, with blue and white decoration and has an acrylic mounting.

shades of blue presented by north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

The “Lu Lu” lamp is hand decorated in blue and white, with a white gold metallic glaze.

In Wildwood’s Mount Vernon Collection, both the Hamilton Lamp and the Alexander Lamp are hand painted porcelain in blue and white with gold accents.

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Inspiring fresh take on blue and white in classic shapes!

At Chelsea House, I loved this blue and white lamp with a gold trim accent on the shade!

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What are your new, inspired “shades of blue”?!

shades of blue presented by north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

shades of blue presented by north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

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Home to Chestnut Cottage!

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north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents duncan macduff greeley

Me on April 1, 2015

My breeder, Marlene Burford, in Atlanta has informed me that I will soon be going to a nice home called Chestnut Cottage! I wonder what that will be like…hopefully there will be lots to eat, lots to get into, other dogs…my mind is running wild!!

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May 11, 2015

Today I had to leave my sweet mommie, Charm. But this couple that came for me seem to like me a LOT!

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So off we go from Atlanta to Waynesville, NC. But my new family told me we HAD to stop by my new mommie’s friend Ruthie, who lives here in Atlanta, because she “HAD to see me”! Oh well, I am sure there is plenty of trouble to get into on Habersham Road!

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Sure enough, I am already in trouble, … the first thing I did in this Ruthie’s kitchen was pee in her floor. But my mommie seemed to understand and gave me my first new toy, Lamb Chop!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents duncan macduff greeley

I was SO good on the trip home and mainly slept in my Mommie or Daddy’s lap.

Hum…this Chestnut Cottage place is not so bad…

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And eating in these nice Waterford bowls that belonged to Bentley Greeley is also  not so bad! All I heard on the way home was… “ we want you to be a really good boy like our Bentley…he was such a little gentleman, etc., etc.”   He must have lived a great life…they said he lived to be 18!

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May 12, 2015

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents duncan macduff greeley

My Mommie is staying home to “train me”…we will see who trains who…

But this garden at Chestnut cottage is really spectacular…

May 13, 2013

Today SHE took me for my first trip to the groomer. Wow, SHE is picky about how I look and doesn’t tolerate me getting in the dirt!

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Nice ride to the groomer, I think I am going to like this Audi.

Mommie complains constantly that I won’t stay still…I’m just not too keen on being still for these “photo ops” as she call them.

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“SO MUCH TO GET INTO, SO LITTLE TIME!”

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents duncan macduff greeley

This new mommie is real serious about this crate training… maybe if I am really naughty, she will give up?! Not sure, she seems to not tolerate much foolishness…but we shall see. I heard her say that she is the Alpha Dog…again, we will see about that!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents duncan macduff greeley

It feels like I am in jail in this thing!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents duncan macduff greeley

Mommie is not only training me today, but making all of the window boxes at Chestnut Cottage. I think I might like eating these cute petunias!

Tonight I made my Mommie cry because I nipped the back of her leg and it was bleeding. I heard her tell someone on the phone that this might not work out…that she had never trained a puppy and it was MUCH harder that she had imagined. Hope you readers here at The Collected Tabletop will say a little prayer for me that I won’t be as naughty as I have been today and she will keep me. I’ve also heard of someone called Aunt Nette Nette that is really good at talking my Mommie “off the ledge” , so hopefully she will intervene on my behalf!!

I will be back with you soon…assuming I get to stay!

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“In the Garden with Kathryn”: Going Green With More Boxwoods!

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north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

Sorry for having been absent from The Collected Room for a bit! It is a very busy time at Chestnut Cottage, especially in the garden! This past week, we installed a new boxwood hedge at our upper “car park”.

When I first started the garden at Chestnut Cottage, I installed some lovely Schipka laurel (Prunus Laurocerasus Schipkaensis) to make a hedge around the car park. I loved the dark green leaves and the fact that they were evergreens. After a few years the hedge started to get “shothole” disease, which is a common bacterial disease of this plant. Each year the disease became worse, in spite of continued efforts to “cure” this very unsightly disease!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

Finally the individual trees in the hedge began to completely die!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

After much investigation on a different type of hedge…yew, boxwood, hornbeam, we decided on my favorite….BOXWOOD! The only downside to this selection, was finding tall plants. We were so spoiled to how tall the laurels had become. Determining we could only find 6-7 foot boxwoods was rather  depressing for me. I do love instant gratification, but gardening has long been my major lesson in patience. So after much consideration, we set about securing the boxwoods. Lucky for us, a grower in Burnsville, NC, which is only an hour or so from Chestnut Cottage , had some lovely 6 foot plus Millstone Towers. This is an American boxwood variety, which were about 3-4 foot wide, which helps with my “instant gratification” issue.

If only they will grow quickly!! So last week, out came the laurels…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

And in came the new boxwood!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

But we are still about two plants short of what we need! So hopefully our grower can find two more this size in his field!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

We also replaced two  pyramidal laurels coming into the garden with two beautiful round boxwoods.  I will under plant these with some interesting textured plants!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

So now my lesson in patience continues as I wait for these lovely plants to fill out so we can “box” them up into a wonderful hedge.

But for now, the rhododendrons are blooming…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

Along with my miniature lilacs…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

And lupins…which I love…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

And lots of other plants are quickly filling up the garden!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

There’s always so much to do in the spring garden and this week it is time to plant all of the window boxes and planters!

Stay tuned for another VERY important arrival to Chestnut Cottage this week…he is white, will likely love the garden, and his name is DUNCAN MACDUFF GREELEY!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

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