“Specialties of the House”: Classic Stirred Creme Brulee in Lavender Bowls

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop presents classic creme brulee in lavender bowls

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop presents classic creme brulee in lavender bowls

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop presents classic creme brulee in lavender bowls

I have long been a fan of crème brulee and if you want to spend the time for an creative summer dessert, I will share a favorite of mine from The Collected Tabletop.  Yes indeed, this is time consuming, but if you have lavender in your garden, spend a little time to wow your summer dinner guests with this beautiful dessert presentation.

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop presents classic creme brulee in lavender bowls

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop presents classic creme brulee in lavender bowls

north carolina interior designer and author of the collected tabletop presents classic creme brulee in lavender bowls

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Downtown Davis Wedding – Greenville, SC

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A few weeks ago, my beautiful,  young friend and employee Leah, married her sweet man, Jeff Davis in her hometown of Greenville, SC. Wells and I were able to attend the wedding and take part in this celebration! I wanted to show you some of these lovely images of her ceremony and reception. What a fun and fabulous night!

All photos are credited to Kim DeLoach Photography.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents davis wedding greenville sc

I love this soft, pale pink accent color that Leah chose for her bridesmaids.

Davis Wedding - Greenville, SC

Their church is quite beautiful! It is the historic Downtown Baptist Church in Greenville, built in 1858 and remodeled in 1915 and again in late 2011. Isn’t the gold pipe organ stunning?

Davis Wedding - Greenville, SC

The new Mr. and Mrs.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents davis wedding greenville sc

This is a great shot of the exterior along with their wedding party!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents davis wedding greenville sc

Now onto the reception…held at the Upcountry History Museum, also in downtown Greenville just a few blocks away from the church.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents davis wedding greenville sc

The museum displays the regional history of fifteen upstate South Carolina counties from the early 18th century to the present. The couple chose this venue due to the groom’s love of history and their shared South Carolina heritage. How unique!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents davis wedding greenville sc

Leah chose a simple and elegant 5-tiered cake designed with delicate dots and topped with an arrangement of fresh flowers. I also love this linen table runner with their classic gold monogram.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents davis wedding greenville sc

The floral arrangements included white hydrangeas, white and pale pink roses, with a variety of fresh greens!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents davis wedding greenville sc

Recognize these beautiful floral containers?! I’ll give you a hint… they’re featured in The Collected Tabletop!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents davis wedding greenville sc

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents davis wedding greenville sc

The custom drink “koozies”, and personalized cocktail napkins were such great design details at the reception!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents davis wedding greenville sc

The menu was authentic southern cuisine including shrimp and grits, fried chicken and sawmill gravy, beef tenderloin, fried green tomatoes, crab cakes, macaroni and cheese, green beans, and mashed potatoes.  It was all so delicious!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents davis wedding greenville sc

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents davis wedding greenville sc

The happy couple danced to “You Send Me” by Aretha Franklin…

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In honor of the groom’s alma matter, there was a surprise appearance made by “The Tiger”, Clemson University’s beloved mascot!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents davis wedding greenville sc

He was certainly a crowd favorite!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents davis wedding greenville sc

As if you didn’t get enough to eat, Leah and Jeff opted to give guests one last treat on their way out… cookies! This couple certainly  does love sweets, so it was only appropriate!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents davis wedding greenville sc

As for their ‘send off’, the couple requested that guests “Wave your wand with joy and laughter and wish them happily ever after”!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents davis wedding greenville sc

Wells and I posing with the bride and groom!

What a fabulous night! Congratulations to Leah and Jeff Davis! I just can’t image life with no Leah.  She is such a lovely addition to Kathryn Greeley Designs!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents davis wedding greenville sc

xo Kathryn

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“Tablescapes”: Royal Crown Derby’s “Mikado”

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I recently discovered this wonderful pattern at a tabletop market.  I can’t believe the range of colors in this pattern…Blue, Cantaloupe, Lavender, Lime, Pink, Taupe and Turquoise!

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Reputed to have originally been used by English romantic novelist, Jane Austen, “Mikado” is English fine one china from Royal Crown Derby.  This traditional pattern is re-imagined for the 21st century.  The pattern features different scenes from the Opera Mikado.  The beauty of this pattern is heightened by the use of contemporary colorways and combinations.  This patterns is much like Ms. Austen’s novels…playful, eclectic, romantic and most entertaining! This lovely pattern is perfect as an individual color collection or mixed and matched to create a riot of color.

This pattern is the epitome of casual chic! What a beautiful and creative way to display this pattern al fresco!

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Enjoy!

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“Designer Notebook”: Guest Bedrooms!

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As I do a lot of second and third homes in my design practice, I am always looking for guest bedroom options.  Many of my clients like at least one guest bedroom with twin beds.

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This twin guest room is light and airy, with its lovely English peony print chintz!  I added a fresh green petit point carpet and I feel that every guest bedroom needs a chair!  This old pine breakfront serves as a great piece to tuck in a flat screen TV and a collection of antique plates.

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents guest bedrooms

Kathryn Greeley Designs

I very often use a blanket cover or coverlet that can be washed and then add some beautifully monogrammed bed linens.

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents guest bedrooms

Kathryn Greeley Designs

I try to always have luggage racks available in guest bedrooms.

If the size of a guest room allows, a pair of double beds or queen beds is a real luxury!

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents guest bedrooms

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This guest room  has a much more “refined rustic” design , with painted horizontal paneling and a more casual plaid wool carpet.

 I recommend that clients sleep at least one night in each of their guest bedrooms, so they can see if their room will meet their own standards for guests.  A night in your guest bedrooms can often be just what you need to inspire you to make luxurious little additions!

Enjoy!

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents guest bedrooms

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“Inspiring People”: Our Inspiring Person – Emily Phillips

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Kathryn – We are back today with our final visit with Emily Phillips.  I so appreciate all of your inspiring answers to my questions and wanted to ask a few more.  Since I live in a “collected world”, I wondered if you are a collector?!

Emily – Oh yes Kathryn , I am definitely a collector of many things.  My favorite “collected piece” would have to be a 6’ pre-wired feather tree.  It is a very rare find with great provenance. I love collecting Christmas antiques.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents inspiring people emily phillips

Kathryn – I love collecting antique Christmas ornaments and am happy to have several boxes of my grandmother’s vintage mercury glass ornaments from the 40’s and 50’s.  I am not at all familiar with this vintage piece, so tell me a little about these type of trees.

Emily – Victorian feather trees were the first artificial trees made to resemble the white pines in the German forestland.  They have wide spacing between the branches for candle safety and the spacing is also great for showing off Christmas ornaments.  Feather tress  were first made in Germany in the 19th century from real goosefeathers that were dyed green.

Kathryn – What are some of the other things that you enjoy collecting Emily?

Emily – I love antique garden ornament and books on landscape design and gardening.

Kathryn – Share with us some of your favorite gardening books.  I suppose that is why you were on the search for the Beverly Nichols gardening books when you first found The Collected Room.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents inspiring people emily phillips

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents inspiring people emily phillips

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 Kathryn – Any new ideas on starting a new collection?

Emily – My collecting passions continue to grow.  My latest interest is all white ironstone or creamware.  I am finding that pieces of quality are few and far between, so I may have to reconsider that idea.

Kathryn – Oh no!  The joy is in the hunt for reasonably priced, good quality pieces.  I also love creamware, but have never started collecting it.  One can only house so many collections!  But there is so much lovely creamware on the antiques market.  Perhaps these beautiful pieces will “whet your appetite”!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents inspiring people emily phillips

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents inspiring people emily phillips

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents inspiring people emily phillips

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents inspiring people emily phillips

Kathryn – How would you describe your preferred design style Emily?

Emily – I suppose that would be traditional.  I do like your design philosophy  of “collected, not decorated”!  We are thinking of downsizing a bit from a large house, that is just too much for two people.  We are hoping to build a smaller house in the not too distant future.

Kathryn -You have been so gracious and open to share your cancer journey with us and it has been such a pleasure to have you as our first “INSPRING PERSON”.  Before we leave you, would you share your advice on how we should savor and be grateful for each day of good health.

Emily – Our bodies are our greatest gift and we often may take this for granted.  Keep your body strong and healthy , so if something comes up your body has the strength to overcome it.  I highly recommend that you choose positive thinking doctors.  You have to advocate for your beliefs and stand firm on what you want your outcomes to be.  I am very grateful each day that is given to me and I celebrate each day by living in the moment.  Things I used to worry about are no longer important to me.  I savor each moment I have with all of my friends and family and try to let the small stuff roll off my back.  My advice would be for each of you to….

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents inspiring people emily phillips

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents inspiring people emily phillips

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents inspiring people emily phillipsWhat wonderful advise Emily has given us and today each of us should step out into our day and follow this lovely advice!

I hope you have enjoyed our first INSPIRING  PERSON.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents inspiring people emily phillips

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