Shades of Blue!

 

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue at chestnut cottage

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue at chestnut cottage

At a recent antiques show in Cashiers, NC, temptation overcame me and I purchased a lovely dessert set! The shades of blue, plus browns and taupe immediately brought to mind the library at Chestnut Cottage.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue at chestnut cottage

One of my very favorite fabrics hangs on the windows in the library and my home office.  It was originally window treatments in my first showhouse room and I have never fallen out of love with this fabric! It is a Fonthill fabric and was sadly discontinued several years ago. I keep the fabric sample at my design studio…just for “old times sake”!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue at chestnut cottage

It has the same shades of blue , with accents of brown and taupe as does the new dessert set. Perhaps that is why the dessert set was a “must have”!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue at chestnut cottage

I love all of the shapes of the serving pieces, especially the footed piece.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue at chestnut cottage

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue at chestnut cottage

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue at chestnut cottage

The pieces are stamped Spode and can be dated approximately 1825.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue at chestnut cottage

This pattern is a version of Spode’s Union Wreath, also called Union Spray. The pattern was originally  done in only blue and white and this dessert set is a version of the Union Wreath/Union Spray. The central pattern joins…The Rose of England, The Thistle of Scotland, and  The Shamrock of Ireland, in a tied bouquet and around the border are the daffodils of Wales. Thus the name Union Wreath or Union Spray! I love the idea of all of these countries of the British Empire being united in this beautiful pattern.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue at chestnut cottage

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue at chestnut cottage north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue at chestnut cottage

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue at chestnut cottage

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue at chestnut cottage

And when not being used for a dessert party…why not hang a few pieces on the wall!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue at chestnut cottage

Can’t wait to have an intimate little dessert party in the library at Chestnut Cottage with this lovely little set!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue at chestnut cottage

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue at chestnut cottage

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Color Palette’s: A Palette of Green and Blue

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There is no color palette that I love more than one of blues and greens! That is very evident at Chestnut Cottage.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents tabletops at Kravet Lee Jofa Brunschwig at Washington Design Center

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents tabletops at Kravet Lee Jofa Brunschwig at Washington Design Center

While in DC last week at the Washington Design Center,  I had the privilege of doing a book event at the Kravet/Lee Jofa/Brunschwig showroom. The showroom was lovely and I was immediately drawn to the Lee Jofa area, done in a lovely new blue, green , and brown pattern. I love the addition of the brown to the blue and green palette! I often use brown in combination with blues, both at Chestnut Cottage and on my design projects.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents tabletops at Kravet Lee Jofa Brunschwig at Washington Design Center

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north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents tabletops at Kravet Lee Jofa Brunschwig at Washington Design Center

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The greens, blues, and browns in this area of the showroom caught my attention immediately!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents tabletops at Kravet Lee Jofa Brunschwig at Washington Design Center

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents tabletops at Kravet Lee Jofa Brunschwig at Washington Design Center

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents tabletops at Kravet Lee Jofa Brunschwig at Washington Design Center

This 100% cotton , glazed print is from the Oscar de la Renta collection for Lee Jofa. The print is equally as beautiful on a chair as it is on the upholstered walls!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents tabletops at Kravet Lee Jofa Brunschwig at Washington Design Center

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents tabletops at Kravet Lee Jofa Brunschwig at Washington Design Center

A neutral fabric on the sofa is a nice contrast with the print on the walls.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents tabletops at Kravet Lee Jofa Brunschwig at Washington Design Center

And I loved this green textured animal print on the side chair. A perfect combination of prints and neutrals !

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents tabletops at Kravet Lee Jofa Brunschwig at Washington Design Center

This print just offers endless possibilities for combining with other prints of the correct scale…even this great outdoor fabric from Kravet!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents tabletops at Kravet Lee Jofa Brunschwig at Washington Design Center

I find this to be a very livable color palette and would be most happy with it at Chestnut Cottage. And I can think of several clients who would be very happy with this lovely palette on their projects! I would like to again say a special thanks to Giles Gobert, the Kravet showroom manager and his staff for a wonderful book event and all of their hospitality to Leah and I! The Washington Design Center was a beautiful place to work and I enjoyed seeing old and new friends at our book event!

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On the Road with Kathryn: Headed North to DC!

On the Road with Kathryn to the washington design center and kravet showroom

Last week I had the privilege of going to the Washington Design Center for a book event in the Kravet/Lee Jofa/Brunschwig showroom.

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First of all, I would like to say thanks to showroom manager Giles Gobert and his staff for all of their help and for a fun and successful event!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents tabletops at Kravet Lee Jofa Brunschwig at Washington Design Center

I loved seeing so old friends and meeting new ones! For this event I did two tables, one of which I shared my concept with you earlier. My inspiration for the “autumn tabletop” was an article in the June issue of World of Interiors about a pair of exquisite imari beaker vases. Shortly after seeing this article, I received a lovely gift of 12 blue and orange dragon napkins. That’s when my ideas really began to take shape!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents tabletops at Kravet Lee Jofa Brunschwig at Washington Design Center

Immediately I started my “hunt” for the perfect fabric for a tablecloth for this event’s autumn table. Of course I wanted to find something in the “Kravet stable” of fabrics and I found a GP & J Baker fabric called “Clouds” in Terracotta that seemed to be a perfect background for this “collected tabletop”.

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From there I selected Mottahedeh’s Blue Canton pattern and layered it with their Blue Dragon salad plates. Blue Canton is such a classic old pattern and the Blue Dragon certainly tied in the dragons on the napkins. I wanted to add some texture to the table, so I selected Juliska’s bamboo cutlery , which also added to the oriental feel of the table. Tall white orchids in a lovely blue and white planter from Avala made a real statement and provided height for the table.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents tabletops at Kravet Lee Jofa Brunschwig at Washington Design Center

An orange pagoda card was a perfect background for the menu that included Duck a l’Orange and Grand Marnier Souffle…among other delicious items.

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north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents tabletops at Kravet Lee Jofa Brunschwig at Washington Design Center

William Yeoward’s “Pearl” pattern is perfect with any tabletop and I use it so much at Chestnut Cottage with all of my different tabletop designs. So I decided to bring it along for this autumn table in shades of blues and oranges!

The second table for this event was a holiday table. It is hard to believe that Christmas is less than three months away, so I wanted to put everyone on notice that holiday entertaining is just around the corner! I used Brunschwig & Fils faux bois pattern “Wood” in Red as the starting point for the holiday table. For those who don’t like to do floral arrangements, I wanted to use something different for a “centerpiece”. A collection of Simon Pearce Vermont Evergreen Trees added to the feeling of Christmas in the woods.

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north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents tabletops at Kravet Lee Jofa Brunschwig at Washington Design Center

I layered three patterns of Christmas china… and crowned these patterns with my hand blown martini glasses from The Collected Tabletop!

Beaded holly placemats also gave the table a casual feel and small vases held three red roses as well as placecards.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents tabletops at Kravet Lee Jofa Brunschwig at Washington Design Center

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The green stemware pattern is an Italian Murano pattern from Nason Moretti. All these wonderful pieces come together to make a “collected holiday tabletop”! Thanks to everyone who attended this fun event at Kravet and for all the help from the entire showroom staff!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents tabletops at Kravet Lee Jofa Brunschwig at Washington Design Center

And a special thanks to Leah who helps me in so many, many ways! What a fun road trip we had to DC…in spite of four days of pouring rain!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents tabletops at Kravet Lee Jofa Brunschwig at Washington Design Center

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xo Kathryn

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Autumn Table Matters

Oh how I love the change of seasons.  And Autumn is certainly a favorite!  I recently discovered a lovely new pattern from Juliska… “ Forest Walk “.  This new pattern is perfect for  autumn entertaining . The foliage, the berries and the  feathers give a perfect theme for designing  an autumn tablescape.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents autumn tablescape ideas

I have a set of these twig placemats and they are always a good choice for a woodsy fall table.  I often  also  use moss on the table , in combination with the twig placemats.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents autumn tablescape ideas

A beautiful wooden table makes a lovely background for woven mats , especially combined with pewter.

Another of my favorite patterns for autumn is Gien’s “Rambouillet” pattern!  This lovely pattern showcases a number of woodland animals, as well as dogs.

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We can’t forget the doggies…!

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I particularly like these foliage presentation plates.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents autumn tablescape ideas

And this exquisite covered casserole could be used for serving or as a centerpiece.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents autumn tablescape ideas

This pattern is most beautiful when combined with a variety of textures…pewter, woven mats, autumn  colored linens.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents autumn tablescape ideas

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A tortoiseshell flatware pattern would certainly add to your autumn tablescape with either of these patterns.

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And you could finish it off with William Yeoward’s Fanny Amber stemware!

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Or better still, perhaps some vintage amber stemware!

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How will your table celebrate the brilliance of autumn?!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents autumn tablescape ideas

Leah and I are off to the Washington Design Center next week to do a book and tabletop presentation at the Kravet/Lee Jofa/Brunschwig showroom.

If you are in the DC area, please join us  there on Thursday at 11:00 am.  You may call the showroom at 202-479-0144 to make your reservation!

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xo Kathryn

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“Shades of Blue”: Live With What You Love!

north carolina interior designer kathryn crisp greeley shows inspiring images of blue and white porcelain

north carolina interior designer kathryn crisp greeley shows inspiring images of blue and white porcelain

Each time that I pass this corner of the kitchen at Chestnut Cottage, I get a nice wave of joy! This corner is on the way out of the kitchen to the hall that leads to the master bedroom. The old English dresser is filled with many of my favorite pieces of blue and white and when I pass, I can enjoy many “shades of blue”! Not only do I enjoy this blue and white collection, but I also get to enjoy my collection of framed menus that line the hall going to the master bedroom.

north carolina interior designer kathryn crisp greeley shows inspiring images of blue and white porcelain

One of my decorating mantras has long been… live with what you love! Live with what constantly brings you joy. And my collections bring me a great deal of pleasure, especially my rather extensive collection of blue and white. Recently a friend gave me a gift of flow blue…actually a piece that has never been in my collection! I have several unusual pieces, but never a “child’s chamber pot”. These pieces are typically English, made around the turn of the century. Many “wash sets” and chamber pieces were made and I often see them, but had never seen a small child’s chamber pot like this one.

north carolina interior designer kathryn crisp greeley shows inspiring images of blue and white porcelain

This rather unusual piece fits nicely in with the other “shades of blue”. Someone said it looked a bit like an oversized cup and when I told them what it actually was, the look on their face was priceless!

north carolina interior designer kathryn crisp greeley shows inspiring images of blue and white porcelain

The piece is unmarked, but several companies such as Doulton, Garland, and Burgess and Leigh made wash sets and chamber pots. In considering the use of this piece, one can certainly find humor in the fact that the inside bottom is so nicely decorated!

north carolina interior designer kathryn crisp greeley shows inspiring images of blue and white porcelain

This past weekend I was catching up on my magazines and enjoyed an interview with William Yeoward in my favorite magazine….The British Edition of House and Garden! I have met William on a book signing that we did together and on several other occasions at the High Point Furniture Market and he is so very talented and so very delightful. This interview was about his “do and don’ts of decorating” and I loved and agreed with most all that he said. In particular, I certainly agreed with his decoration mantra…”Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue and white!” Another thing that he said that really struck a cord with me is “don’t be too influenced by what’s fashionable. He indicated that furniture is affected by fashion, just as everything else is and he thinks it is sad that brown furniture is having a non-vogue moment. I happen to agree with him and think that “brown furniture’s” day is coming back soon!

north carolina interior designer kathryn crisp greeley shows inspiring images of blue and white porcelain

north carolina interior designer kathryn crisp greeley shows inspiring images of blue and white porcelain

north carolina interior designer kathryn crisp greeley shows inspiring images of blue and white porcelain

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