“In the Garden with Kathryn”: Destination…Longwood Gardens!

in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer

in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer visits longwood gardens

Today I am in Philadelphia and on my way to Longwood Gardens!  I am so excited to finally visit this famous garden, or should I say gardens!

The Longwood Gardens of today bears little resemblance to the farm that Pierre du Pont purchased in 1906. With a yearly budget of nearly $50 million and a staff of 1,300 employees, students, and volunteers, Longwood is continuously evolving to meet the demands and tastes of the next century. To accomplish this, Longwood has embarked on a Visionary Master Plan, ultimately to become one of the world’s greatest gardens.

Perhaps nothing quite embodies the history of the land and the promise of the future as Longwood’s Meadow Garden, which opened to the public in June 2014. This new garden uses principles of ecological landscape design and locally sustainable practices to help “preserve the open spaces, valleys, and woodlands surrounding the formal Gardens.” Visitors to the eighteenth-century Webb Farmhouse can explore the story of the land and those who once lived there, as well as the seasonal ecology of the Meadow as it exists today.

in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer visits longwood gardens

in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer visits longwood gardens

in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer visits longwood gardens

in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer visits longwood gardens

in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer visits longwood gardens

in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer visits longwood gardens

in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer visits longwood gardens

in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer visits longwood gardens

in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer visits longwood gardens

in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer visits longwood gardens

in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer visits longwood gardens

ALL IMAGES-LONGWOOD GARDENS

I am especially excited to see the Topiary Garden, the Orchid House, the Orangery, the Fountain Garden and all of the other spectacular areas of this famous site.

Let me hear from you if you have visited Longwood and what was your favorite area.

in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer visits longwood gardens

xo Kathryn

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Creating a Rich Seasonal Pallet For Your Home!

north carolina interior designer presents  creating a rich seasonal pallete for your home

Autumn is a perfect time of the year for adding some texture and rich tones to your home.

A colorful arrangement of fall foliage and flowers can bring fall into your interior or exterior living spaces.

north carolina interior designer presents  creating a rich seasonal pallete for your home

A collection of majolica with lots of earth tones can welcome the autumn season!

north carolina interior designer presents  creating a rich seasonal pallete for your home

Or these same tones in yet a different texture…

An outdoor rug…

north carolina interior designer presents  creating a rich seasonal pallete for your home

An indoor  rug…

north carolina interior designer presents  creating a rich seasonal pallete for your home

north carolina interior designer presents  creating a rich seasonal pallete for your home

Maybe you have a collection of wooden candlesticks, wooden bowls or pitchers that will say autumn has arrive at your table.

north carolina interior designer presents  creating a rich seasonal pallete for your home

north carolina interior designer presents  creating a rich seasonal pallete for your home

north carolina interior designer presents  creating a rich seasonal pallete for your home

Especially when paired with a warm cozy plaid tablecloth!

 And nothing says fall quiet as much as a “collection” of summer’s bounty ready for warm winter meals!

north carolina interior designer presents  creating a rich seasonal pallete for your home

north carolina interior designer presents  creating a rich seasonal pallete for your home

xo Kathryn

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A Guest Interview at Hadley Court!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley designs presents guest blog at hadley court

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley designs presents guest blog at hadley court

Find me over on Hadley Court blog, www.hadleycourt.com for my interview , with my tips for creating your own entertaining and design style!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley designs presents guest blog at hadley court

See you back here next week!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley designs presents guest blog at hadley court

xo Kathryn

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“Specialties of the House”: A Fall Favorite- Broccoli Cornbread!

north carolina interior designer kathryn c greeley presents broccoli cornbead recipe for fallIt is hard to believe that summer is gone and fall is upon us!  I do love the coziness of fall, all of the colors and textures and wonderful smells!  So I can’t say that I am sad that fall is here.  One of the lovely things about living in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina is the four distinct seasons.  And one of the “specialties of the house” and a fall favorite at Chestnut Cottage is Broccoli Cornbread!

north carolina interior designer kathryn c greeley presents broccoli cornbead recipe for fall

Image: The Collected Tabletop

It never fails to please guests or family at Chestnut Cottage and is great for tailgate parties or just to take when one needs to “bring a dish”!  I thought you might enjoy the recipe if you don’t have a copy of The Collected Tabletop (it is in the chapter called Fall for Football).

north carolina interior designer kathryn c greeley presents broccoli cornbead recipe for fall

This recipe was given to me by my mother-in-law, Miriam Wells Greeley and I have loved the recipe since the moment she shared it with me.  So I thought I would share it with you!  I love cooking it in my divided cast iron pan, as it gets nice and brown and crispie!

north carolina interior designer kathryn c greeley presents broccoli cornbead recipe for fall

xo Kathryn

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“Designer’s Notebook”: Nina Campbell’s Cathay Collection for Autumn 2014

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents nina campbells autumn 2014 cathay collection

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents nina campbell cathay collection for autumn 2014

As promised last week, I would love to share with you Nina Campbell’s 2014 Fall collection called Cathay.  Nina Campbell has chosen the literary name for Imperial China for this collection of fabric and wallpapers of oriental inspiration.  This collection is well suited to both classical and contemporary interiors.

Cathay Parade

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents nina campbell cathay collection for autumn 2014

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents nina campbell cathay collection for autumn 2014

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents nina campbell cathay collection for autumn 2014

This fabric and wallpaper depicts an ancient Chinese festival.  Costumed figures in celebratory mood bearing flags and parasols parade up a tree-lined meandering path toward a stylized pagoda.

Suzhou

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents nina campbell cathay collection for autumn 2014

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents nina campbell cathay collection for autumn 2014

A famous garden city lends its name to his bouguet of sweet peas with a vertical garland border.  This pattern is one of my favorites in this collection, as I do adore sweet peas.  Sadly, I have great difficulty growing them in the garden  at Chestnut Cottage!

Pamir

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents nina campbell cathay collection for autumn 2014

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents nina campbell cathay collection for autumn 2014

The Pamir mountain range gives its name to this contemporary painterly design of paisley motifs, which dance amoungst pretty flowers. I love this blue colorway and think this pattern would be at home in a variety of design styles!

Mahayana

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents nina campbell cathay collection for autumn 2014

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents nina campbell cathay collection for autumn 2014

This opulent paisley damask pattern is named after an ancient nomadic tribe from the north of China.  I love the wonderful range of colorways of this pattern.

This pattern was inspired by a kimono belt purchased by Nina on her travels.  Basket weave squares created by precise brushstrokes in metallic and lacquer colourings is named after a school of Buddhism.

Sansui

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents nina campbell cathay collection for autumn 2014

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents nina campbell cathay collection for autumn 2014

This ornamental trellis pattern, named after a garden in Shanghai was inspired by Chinese screens commissioned by Nina for a client.  Some of the colorways have been printed with a metallic effects.  I prefer the non-metallic patterns.

What a classic and beautiful collection this is! Of course there are several other patterns in this collection, but these are my favorites. As a designer, I can always depend on Nina Campbell to produce beautiful collections that are not trendy and become classic.

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents nina campbell cathay collection for autumn 2014

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents nina campbell cathay collection for autumn 2014

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