Countdown to Thanksgiving…

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One of my greatest pleasures of my Thanksgiving entertaining, is doing my centerpieces for the Thanksgiving tables! I always set the tables on Tuesday prior to Thanksgiving and then do my floral arrangements early Wednesday morning. That allows me to enjoy them all day on Wednesday while I am cooking. Today I thought I would share with you some of my favorite Thanksgiving flowers.

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countdown to thanksgiving presented by north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

countdown to thanksgiving presented by north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

I like to make beautifully colored roses  the anchor for my centerpieces. Some of my favorite fall colored roses include:

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Now that I have these lovely color options, it is time to add some other textures to show off these roses!

Add some great texture with Leucospermum…

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And some Mango Calla Lily, some Hypericum, some orange Asclepias Tuberosa , and the great texture of Celosia.

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And with all of my blue in the china, I add the dark blue Delphinium and the spectacular texture of thistle…Erynigium Oliverianum.

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I always want to add a variety of greens to the centerpieces, so my favorites are Bells of Ireland (Moluccella) and a few big green spider mums!

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For filler, I prefer Pittosporum, in both solid green and the variegated green.

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Better get ready and plan your beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece floral arrangements!

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Countdown to Thanksgiving…

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I must confess that since Thanksgiving 2013, I have added a little collection of eight turkey dinner plates to my Thanksgiving table. Going to Replacements ALWAYS gets me in trouble, but what a lovely trouble it is! I thought one of my Thanksgiving tables should be dressed with a little additional color…not just blue and white. So I have added an Enoch Wood pattern (Burslem, England of course!),” Turkey-Blue Multicolor ”  to the flow blue mix . I love the yellow, rose, and bright green colors in this pattern, mixed with several shades of blue!

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I love researching each of my patterns and transporting myself back to that time in history. The Woods family was a major force in the development of Staffordshire wares and a celebrated family of ” the potters”.  Enoch Wood apprenticed with Wedgewood and in 1783 started his own business in Burslem , England, along with his cousin Ralph Wood III. Later in 1790, they partnered with James Caldwell. Burslem is one of the six towns that amalgamated to form the current city of Stoke-on-Trent, in the ceremonial county of Staffordshire in the Midlands of England. In 1818, Mr. Wood bought out Caldwell and the company became known as Enoch Woods and Sons. In 1840, Mr. Wood died and the company was closed in 1846. This firm made all of the wares that were current in Straffordshire at the time, and large quanities of “blue-printed” transfer earthenware were produced, much of which was exported to the United States.

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This mark would indicate that this pattern was made during the period that Enoch Wood and his cousin Ralph Wood III were together, around 1783 and 1818.

I will combine this pattern with my flow blue patterns for our Thanksgiving tables. I believe that I will use this pattern in our dining room, as I have lots of greens and golds in that room. This is such a great pattern to pair with lots of color, which I will do in my floral centerpieces!

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Hopefully, I will have time during Thanksgiving week to show you the finished table with this lovely new pattern!

countdown to thanksgiving presented by north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

countdown to thanksgiving presented by north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

And if I were looking for additional turkey platters, which sadly I am not, I might add this  beauty , which is “Turkey –Blue and Turkey- Blue Multicolor”,  from Enoch Wood and Sons.

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What’s On Your Thanksgiving Platter?

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The clock is ticking and we all better be getting everything lined up and organized for “Turkey Day”!

As you likely know by now, my Thanksgiving platters are blue and white! That should certainly come as no surprise. One of my big “Tommy Turkey” platters permanently hangs on the kitchen wall of Chestnut Cottage.

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Each Thanksgiving I use both this platter and another, which are both antique flow blue.

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I do love flow blue or any blue and white turkey platter and I am fascinated by the antique turkey platters that are still available on the antique market.

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Now the question becomes…what’s on your Thanksgiving platter. Not only the color and pattern, but how do you “do your bird”!? I always buy a nice big organic turkey and inject him with a mixture of butter, olive oil , and spices before baking. I don’t stuff the turkey with my dressing, but cook it separately. I suppose one follows family traditions on these matters, and both of my grandmothers always baked the dressing separately. I would love to hear from you on how you cook your turkey and how you serve him up to family and friends! Several people I know deep fry their turkey and I hear they are very delicious that way. What is your turkey tradition?!? I know that all of my creative readers have some interesting ways to prepare turkey and I would love to hear from you! More “turkey talk” next week!

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Happy Veterans Day!

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World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

north carolina interior designer wishes you a happy veterans day

north carolina interior designer wishes you a happy veterans day

north carolina interior designer wishes you a happy veterans day

Thanks to my favorite veteran…my father, French O. Crisp for his service and sacrifice for our country.

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Guest Post at Hadley Court!

Join me today over at Hadley Court as I am the featured guest blogger! I’m sharing my Thanksgiving tips for having a fun filled day with family and friends!

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xo Kathryn

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