“The Collected Library”: Nina Campbell’s New Book…Interiors!

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north carolina interior design kathryn greeley speaks about collected library and new book by nina campbellThis past weekend, I had the lovely opportunity to hear Nina Campbell speak on her new book “Interiors” at a luncheon in Cashiers.  For those of you unfamiliar with Nina Campbell, she is regarded as one of the most influential interior designers working today.  Based in London, she has design projects all over the world, and has fabric, wallpaper, furniture, rug, and accessories collections.  Her work is classic, yet contemporary and elegant.  My “collected library” has several of her books, and I was delighted that on Saturday, she spoke on her latest book and the projects it features, from China to London, to New York, to a Swiss chalet.

north carolina interior design kathryn greeley speaks about collected library and new book by nina campbell

I was able to read my new book on a trip later this same weekend and found it full of design details and simply stunning projects.  My favorite chapter was “A London Country House”.   This project was for a lady who lived in the north of England and came to London to find both a country house and a London flat.  Thanks to Nina Campbell, “ she ended up with one very big, lovely house (almost a country house in fact), near enough to London to pop in whenever she likes”.  She designed this home as a family house…”not to precious”.  This project appeals to me and my design style, as it is certainly a “collected interior”, where many items were used from  the client’s previous home, yet everything looked fresh  paired with new items and lovely art work.  I loved the study in this project, with walls lined with a “collected library”!  And the dining room, with this painting by Lucy Jane Cope of an oversized botanical was simply stunning!

north carolina interior design kathryn greeley speaks about collected library and new book by nina campbell

Image: Nina Campbell Interiors

north carolina interior design kathryn greeley speaks about collected library and new book by nina campbell

Image: Nina Campbell Interiors

I really loved these spaces in this chapter called A London Country House!

In her talk, Nina also shared some images of her own Chelsea Townhouse, which she humorously called “The Hut”.  I loved this gorgeous entry with its deep rich color,  a  lovely drinks table,  and also its “collected library” (of course!). And again the striking artwork!

north carolina interior design kathryn greeley speaks about collected library and new book by nina campbell

Image: Nina Campbell Interiors

These were other images of her “hut” that she shared with the audience.

north carolina interior design kathryn greeley speaks about collected library and new book by nina campbell

north carolina interior design kathryn greeley speaks about collected library and new book by nina campbell

Image: Nina Campbell Interiors

I recommend this book for those in the design profession, as well as for those who simply  love to feast their eyes on beautiful interiors and on wonderful design details..!

Enjoy and stay tuned for a new fabric collection from Nina Campbell!

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Inspiring Images

congratulations jennifer greeley jacobson presented by kathryn greeley interior design waynesville north carolinaMy beautiful and  wonderful step-daughter finished her first Ironman  in Louisville, Kentucky on Sunday! What an inspiration she is…a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, followed by a 26.2 mile marathon! If this isn’t inspiring…what is!?!  Congratulations Jennifer Greeley Jacobson! We are so proud of you!

congratulations jennifer greeley jacobson presented by kathryn greeley interior design waynesville north carolinaJennifer gets ready to start her 2.4 mile swim!

congratulations jennifer greeley jacobson presented by kathryn greeley interior design waynesville north carolina

Jennifer finishes her swim!

congratulations jennifer greeley jacobson presented by kathryn greeley interior design waynesville north carolina

Now time for the 112 mile bike ride…

congratulations jennifer greeley jacobson presented by kathryn greeley interior design waynesville north carolina

…and she finishes the 112 miles in the 90 degree…still smiling!!

congratulations jennifer greeley jacobson presented by kathryn greeley interior design waynesville north carolina

But there’s still a 26.2 marathon to go in this sweltering heat…still smiling!!

congratulations jennifer greeley jacobson presented by kathryn greeley interior design waynesville north carolina

But nothing stopped this INSPIRING WOMAN…here as she crossed over the finish line still  smiling at 10:45 Sunday night!

congratulations jennifer greeley jacobson presented by kathryn greeley interior design waynesville north carolina

It was hard to say who was more excited, her wonderful husband Ryan…

congratulations jennifer greeley jacobson presented by kathryn greeley interior design waynesville north carolina

Or her VERY PROUD DAD!!!

congratulations jennifer greeley jacobson presented by kathryn greeley interior design waynesville north carolina

Here are here statistics from the day! Wow!

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What an enormous accomplishment for our incredible Jennifer! We are so blessed to have such a wonderful daughter.

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“Entertaining Tales From Chestnut Cottage”: Shades of Green Part III

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Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

To end our little “Shades of Green” entertaining, I will leave you with our menu from last Saturday evening… just in case you might want to do some entertaining this weekend!  I looked at  my fruit and vegetable bowl on the  kitchen counter last Saturday morning, and found it overflowing with heirloom tomatoes and ripe, juicy peaches!  So, my menu for the party started at that bowl…

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

 I will leave you with my favorite Tomato Basil Pie recipe,  that I continue to “tweak”  each year.

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

As I say often…I am not a professional photographer…but this tomato pie was definitely yummy!

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

 And my basil at Chestnut Cottage is still going strong.

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

 What a treat to combine the basil with all of this year’s lovely heirloom tomatoes.  I need to get busy and make pesto!

Enjoy, go out and find your own “shades of green”,  and have a lovely weekend!

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“Entertaining Tales From Chestnut Cottage”: Shades of Green Part II

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

As promised , I will share with you a bit about Wedgwood’s “Napoleon Ivy” pattern.  It has long been a favorite of mine and you might remember it from the chapter “A WEE IRISH SURPRISE” in THE COLLECTED TABLETOP!

Greeley BOOK COVER

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Wedgwood began production of its Napoleon Ivy pattern in 1815 and retired this pattern in 2003.  It features a cream-colored background with a border of ivy leaves, ranging from dark forest green to a lighter grassy green,  and stems painted in such realistic detail that the texture of the foliage emerges.  Josiah Wedgwood first introduced his cream-colored earthenware body in the 1760s , after perfecting the process and creating a new benchmark for all ceramics.  He presented Queen Charlotte with a tea service in this new body, and she loved it so much that she asked him to call it Queen’s Ware, which is what the style is still referred to as today.  The mark on the backside of this pattern reads, “Napoleon Ivy, as used by Napoleon at St. Helena, 1815, Wedgwood, England”.  This pattern was used by Napoleon at St. Helena in 1815, while in exile on this south Atlantic island.

I recently noticed that Replacements www.replacements.com  has a nice supply of this pattern.

I love all of the lovely shapes and pieces that this pattern has to offer!

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

I also thought you might enjoy knowing about the green faux bois fabric I used to make the tablecloth.  This is a new pattern from Brunschwig and Fils called “Wood Leaf” .  The green colorway is 8013142.3 and this fabric comes in five additional beautiful colors.  It is a blend of cotton and linen and has a lovely “hand”.

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

If you missed the tablescapes I did in Atlanta last week, you can see this pattern in another “shades of green” presentation!

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

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“Entertaining Tales From Chestnut Cottage”: Shades of Green

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

This past weekend, I decided to have a few great friends over for a “last minute” little dinner party on the back terrace of Chestnut Cottage.  The weather was heavenly this weekend and I felt driven to use the terrace for some “al fresco” entertaining before the cool winds of autumn begin to blow.  I continue to be amazed at how lovely the garden continues to look and was struck by the many “shades of green”!

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

The Creeping Jenny still looks so green!

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

With all of these lovely shades of green , I was inspired to use my green faux bois tablecloth and top it with my adored “Napoleon Ivy” by Wedgewood. I combined the “Napoleon Ivy” with “Pearl “ stemware from William Yeoward, a few “twiggy” votives, and a tall green vase filled with hydrangea , ferns, Soloman’s seal, and hostas from the Chestnut Cottage garden.

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Later in the week, I will share with you a bit about the history of the “Naploeon Ivy” pattern.

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

What a glorious evening with so many abundant shades of green

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Stay tuned for the evenings menu and a recipe, as well as more on “Napoleon Ivy”!

Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

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