Valentine’s Day Entertaining

One of the  favorite design projects of my career, is a small cottage belonging to George and Dodie Ragsdale from Raleigh, N.C.  Their second home is a little cottage nestled in the mountains of Waynesville, N.C.  and Dodie does “think pink”!!  The cottage is a study in pink and green , surrounded by a sweet white picket fence, pink roses and peonies and beautiful viburnum.  The design of this cottage is so “happy” and it feels like spring even sitting by the fire in the middle of winter, wrapped in a soft pink throw.

I adore the lovely painted  metal hollyhocks on the mantel, made by an extremely talented artist from Chapel Hill, N.C., Tommy Mitchell.

On Valentine’s Day, I much prefer pink over red.  This pink cottage would be perfect for a “girls luncheon” on cupid’s special day.  The table is set with a wide range of pink tones,  accented with green and a splash of turquoise.

The lovely antique pink glasses are perfect for a little Valentine’s Day wine!

The antique pink epergne holds the stars of this table, pink peonies, which happen to be both mine and Dodie’s favorite flowers!

At the table, guests will find themselves enfolded in pink, a pair of bookcases filled with many lovely pink antiques, along with new pink art glass.

The kitchen is one of my favorite spaces in the cottage, with a spacious window seat that is framed with a bold pink and white print.  The window overlooks the cottage’s little garden and is a perfect place for a nice afternoon read.

Although the kitchen island is not expansive, it is a perfect size for entertaining and on Valentine’s Day it proudly holds a brilliant pink antique dessert set.

Later on Valentine’s evening, with cupid watching over, the living room is a perfect place for a nice, quite glass of wine with one’s special valentine.

This space is so colorful and happy with many of Dodie’s family antiques , along with a lovely English floral print that Dodie has never grown tired of!

Noland Interiors and New River Artisans designed the needlepoint rug to complement the floral chintz and several painted pieces.

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2 Responses to Valentine’s Day Entertaining

  1. Peggy says:

    Just discovered your blog. Fascinating finds and beautiful photography. In your article 2/14/2011, Study in Pink, Valentine’s Entertaining, what is the pattern for the pink china plates with the white or cream flowers?

  2. Kathryn says:

    Thanks so much Peggy!

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