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!

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

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!

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

 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

Images-Williams Sonoma

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Entertaining Tales From Chestnut Cottage!

 

north carolina interior designer presents homemade pinch bread recipe

north carolina interior designer presents homemade pinch bread recipe

One of my oldest and most favorite recipes is for “Pinch Bread”! I made it several times during the holidays and received a comment from one of our readers of The Collected Room requesting the recipe. If you have my book, The Collected Tabletop, the recipe is in the Thanksgiving chapter. This bread is simply a homemade yeast bread, presented in a bundt pan and then “pinched off”. So if you would like a yummy yeast bread, here is the recipe.

north carolina interior designer presents homemade pinch bread recipe

north carolina interior designer presents homemade pinch bread recipe

north carolina interior designer presents homemade pinch bread recipe

north carolina interior designer presents homemade pinch bread recipe

north carolina interior designer presents homemade pinch bread recipe

xo Kathryn

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“In The Garden With Kathryn”

 

north carolina interior designer and author kathryn c greeley presents in the garden at chestnut cottage waynesville nc

north carolina interior designer and author kathryn c greeley presents in the garden at chestnut cottage waynesville ncI do love the garden in winter, however, this December has brought the strangest weather to Chestnut Cottage! From high 70s the week of Christmas to snow flurries and a chilly 18 degrees yesterday. This weather makes me very uneasy and sad for the garden. The garden seems most confused! I have two lovely daphne plants beside the back door that normally bloom around my birthday in March. Both are in full bloom now…!

north carolina interior designer and author kathryn c greeley presents in the garden at chestnut cottage waynesville nc

north carolina interior designer and author kathryn c greeley presents in the garden at chestnut cottage waynesville nc

Their fragrance was heavenly before yesterday and now they look all frozen and have little or no fragrance.

And my precious little lupines are coming up all over the garden…

north carolina interior designer and author kathryn c greeley presents in the garden at chestnut cottage waynesville nc north carolina interior designer and author kathryn c greeley presents in the garden at chestnut cottage waynesville nc

I am so fearful that I will have no beautiful lupines this spring!

And a hollyhock is up…

north carolina interior designer and author kathryn c greeley presents in the garden at chestnut cottage waynesville nc

Not surprisingly, the hellabores are beginning to bloom and will be lovely.

north carolina interior designer and author kathryn c greeley presents in the garden at chestnut cottage waynesville nc north carolina interior designer and author kathryn c greeley presents in the garden at chestnut cottage waynesville nc north carolina interior designer and author kathryn c greeley presents in the garden at chestnut cottage waynesville nc

I can’t bear to think of my baby plants being frozen before “their time”! I will just sit back and enjoy the fire and the wonderful architectural look of the winter garden and hope for the best!

xo Kathryn

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Merry Christmas From Chestnut Cottage!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents merry christmas watercolor card

I HOPE THAT EACH OF YOU HAVE A BLESSED CHRISTMAS FULL OF JOY AND WONDER!

EXPECT MIRACLES IN 2016…I CERTAINLY AM!

I wanted to share with you our 2015 Christmas card that I painted of Duncan.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents merry christmas watercolor card

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents merry christmas watercolor card

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents merry christmas watercolor card

xo Kathryn

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