Christmas Traditions!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

When it comes to celebrating Christmas, I am an unashamed traditionalist!  I say very often when speaking on The Collected Tabletop, that establishing traditions for family and friends is a real gift.  Familiar family rituals set the tone of our holiday celebrations at Chestnut Cottage.  So I thought I would share a series of our Christmas traditions and our “key ingredients” that go into making Christmas such a special time of the year.   I know that each of you have your own traditions and “key ingredients”.  And I would love to hear about your traditions as I go through each of our traditions.  The real opener for Christmas at Chestnut Cottage is live trees…seven live trees to be exact!  So today we will start with…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

All of the wonderful  smelling fraser fur trees were delivered on Sunday morning from Boyd’s Tree Farm in Waynesville.  Each one was hand selected by my friend Amy Spivey, who works at the tree farm.  Perfectly shaped, the trees looked wonderful with nothing on them!  I decided that all of the trees must be secured…just in case Mr. Duncan Macduff got any ideas to pull on the branches!  Wells and our friend Ron Leatherwood secured each of the trees with a strong monofilament line.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

Then Wells started with all the lights! (thankfully he seems to enjoy doing lights…not me!)

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

I love doing all of the trees, but particularly the Irish tree!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

I have so many favorites on this tree…

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north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

And these newer ornaments…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

I also enjoy looking beyond the Irish tree to the tree in the office, which is mostly blue and gold and has lots of fun “designer” items.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

And I cherish my set of Waterford Twelve Days of Christmas ornaments that has been on this tree for years!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

A couple of years ago, my wonderful friend Julia Molloy, made me these incredible tiny ornaments …one with an image of The Collected Tabletop and another with a  tiny place setting!  What a gift of love!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

I put the “garden tree” in one of our guest bedrooms and hope that guests of Chestnut Cottage will love having a tree in their room! All of the garden ornaments are delightful!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

And then there is Mr. Duncan Macduff’s first Christmas tree…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

And we can’t forget that this was originally Bentley Greeley’s tree for 17 years!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

On to the great room…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

So many favorites on this tree also, it is difficult to even pick the favs!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

I love this Scottish Santa, holding a little Westie!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

Last year, a friend gave me this cute Kelly bag!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

This “Vixen” has a cute attitude!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

Wells , of course, loves his “Goldie Gopher” honoring  his football days at the University of Minnesota!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

For many, many years, my mother had this  ornament on her tree and after Mother’s death, I placed him on our tree…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

This is “Frosty”…59 years old…I made him in the first grade!! Frosty is a real survivor, however, he is looking a bit worn!

I love waking up in the morning and sitting in bed with a cup of coffee enjoying  this wonderful tree!  This tree is all buildings…from the sweet Nativity, to lots of churches, to #10 Downing Street, to the Eiffel Tower and everything in between.  Little buildings, big buildings, grand buildings, and humble buildings…all on this Buildings By Design Tree!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

And last, but not least…the wine cellar tree!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

Wells has so many wine ornaments, I think next year he is going to have a full sized tree!  The tree is so full, one can hardly see the cork garland!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

I love the new wine Santa.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

Wells’ favorite is the reindeer who appears to have had too much wine!

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Stay tuned for more Chestnut Cottage Christmas traditions.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

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Entertaining Tales From Chestnut Cottage!

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Thanksgiving 2015! Being Grateful!

Wow, another thanksgiving has passed at Chestnut Cottage!  I had a post ready for last Wednesday, but we had a bit of a computer issue, so I have revised what I wanted to share and now you can have a peek at what went on at Chestnut Cottage last week.

I started my cooking on Monday and cooked up until serving time on Thursday!  Wednesday is always my flower day and this year I had “mother’s little helper”…who ate the heads off four tulips!

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Just back from the groomer, Duncan was ready to help and help he did!

kathryn c greeley north carolina interior designer presents thanksgiving

I love getting the tables ready early so that I can enjoy them as I am arranging flowers and finishing up the cooking.

kathryn c greeley north carolina interior designer presents thanksgiving

kathryn c greeley north carolina interior designer presents thanksgiving

Flowers everywhere!

kathryn c greeley north carolina interior designer presents thanksgiving

kathryn c greeley north carolina interior designer presents thanksgiving

kathryn c greeley north carolina interior designer presents thanksgiving

kathryn c greeley north carolina interior designer presents thanksgiving

When all the flowers were completed and in their place, I really started feeling grateful!  As I rushed around, I took a few moments to reflect on how I am so abundantly blessed.  I thought of all of my friends who come here regularly to The Collected Room and wondered how things were going at your house.  Hopefully each of you have had a wonderful Thanksgiving and had a bit of time to reflect on your own blessings.

 Earlier this year, I met Jennifer Stephens, the owner of Maison de Papier, while she was showing her line in Cashiers, NC.  I was totally delighted with her entire line of exquisite papers and purchased these lovely little “thankful cards”. (to view more, click HERE)

kathryn c greeley north carolina interior designer presents thanksgiving

I had planned to give each of my thanksgiving guests one to complete, so they could share what they were thankful for this thanksgiving.  While considering my thanksgiving favors (you all know how much I love to give a little take home favor to guests who dine at chestnut cottage), I decided that i would fill the cards out for each guest, letting them know I was thankful for them and why.  So off I went to the chocolate fetish in Asheville (between flowers and cooking) for some of their delicious sea salt caramels!

Click HERE to visit The Chocolate Fetish

   I planned for each guest to have one dark and one milk chocolate (my preference would be dark, of course) and then the “thankful cards” would be attached to their chocolates.

kathryn c greeley north carolina interior designer presents thanksgiving

kathryn c greeley north carolina interior designer presents thanksgiving

It was very relaxing to take time to reflect on each guest…friends and family, and remember how each person at my thanksgiving table is such a blessing to my life.

I was up at 6:00 on Thursday to finish the cooking and get a few hors d’oeuvres ready for the guests.  I always give them a bite of something to allow myself time to get everything out at just the perfect time.

This year I served local smoked trout on cocktail pumpernickel, with crème fraiche.  I also had some local goat cheese that I served on toast rounds…topped with hot pepper jelly and a few brie cups with a yummy fig and hazelnut jam on top.

kathryn c greeley north carolina interior designer presents thanksgiving

Sadly, I never have time to take photos of the food, as I am at “fever pitch” getting everything ready for the 20 plus guests! I enjoy cooking all of the food and doing the tables and the flowers, but as soon as the food is served…my work is done!  One of my great friends, Holli Morris, is the dish-washing captain and organizes all the silver, crystal, and china to be perfectly washed and put back in its place.

kathryn c greeley north carolina interior designer presents thanksgiving

Holli’s daughter, Maggie, is about the cutest dishwasher I have ever seen in my kitchen!!

I sincerely hope that each of you were surrounded by family and friends on Thanksgiving day, counting your blessings.  I am so grateful for each of you and for your support of my “creative efforts”!

Now it is our countdown to Christmas…I just finished watercolor painting our Christmas card…bet you can guess who it is and today my seven live trees are being delivered!  Say a prayer for me that I will still be standing when those are completed!  And a big prayer that Duncan MacDuff understands the “no touch rule”!!!!!

kathryn c greeley north carolina interior designer presents thanksgiving

xo Kathryn

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Thanksgiving Entertaining!

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It is a busy time here at Chestnut Cottage, with Thanksgiving in less than two weeks and Christmas just around the corner! Lots to do and little time to do it in!! But when one’s passion is entertaining, the joy outweighs the work. I recently visited a Williams Sonoma store and enjoyed looking at their Plymouth Turkey pattern in dinner plates and salad plates.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents thanksgiving entertaining ideas north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents thanksgiving entertaining ideas

I particularly like the salad plate, with the large, bold turkey. The colors in this pattern speak autumn and the brown acorn and oak leaf border is lovely.

I might combine this pattern with American Thumbprint stemware from the Metropolitan Art Museum shop in topaz.

You can shop this stemware collection HERE.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents thanksgiving entertaining ideas

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents thanksgiving entertaining ideas

This stemware comes in a number of colors and at a great price point. It has a fun vintage look!

And I recently spotted some very nice flatware from Chef’s Catalog that also comes in a variety of colors.

The woodgrain color would be a perfect fit for the turkey pattern and thumbprint stemware.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents thanksgiving entertaining ideas

You can shop this flatware collection HERE.

All three of these patterns are well designed and won’t break your tabletop budget. And if you are thinking ahead for your “collected Christmas table”, you could try this flatware in the green or red color-way.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents thanksgiving entertaining ideas north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents thanksgiving entertaining ideas

Finish this Thanksgiving table with some colorful Sienna table linens from Crate and Barrel!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents thanksgiving entertaining ideas north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents thanksgiving entertaining ideas

Now for one of my favorite autumn salads that would look yummy on the Plymouth Turkey salad plates! This salad has SO many of my favorite ingredients…butternut squash, pomegranate arils, arugula, walnuts, and goat cheese!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents thanksgiving entertaining ideasnorth carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents thanksgiving entertaining ideas

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents thanksgiving entertaining ideas

xo Kathryn

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“Designer’s Notebook”: Shades of Blue Plus Orange!

Designer Notebook presented by north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

Designer Notebook presented by north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

Recently while I was in DC speaking at the Washington Design Center, I did a little work in the Scalamandre showroom.  One of the things that  I found were some interesting “shades of blue” plus orange!  I had just completed my book event, where I had set a tabletop also of shades of blue plus orange, so I was already in the frame of mind.

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In the Scalamandre showroom, I found some lovely fabrics from the Spring 2015 collection, as well as from the Fall 2015 collection.  What really caught my eye that day were these two beautiful fabrics, Jaipur Paisley and Nanjing!

Designer Notebook presented by north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

Designer Notebook presented by north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

Jaipur Paisley

Designer Notebook presented by north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

Nanjing

I loved the print’s interesting color combination of orange, shades of blue and tans and browns.  This print is crisp and beautifully printed.  Both fabrics are so classic, which is likely why I was drawn to them.

The Fall 2015 collection had several fabrics that would make  a great design concept with these two fabrics.  Some of my favorites to add to these fabrics were Chi’en Dragon Linen Print in Indigo, Shagreen in Delft, Marrakesh Weave Coral or Navy, and perhaps their Leopard Velvet Tape in Indigo!

I might use a neutral paint to add to this concept…one of my favorites is Benjamin Moore’s Historic color Shaker Beige  HC-45.

Designer Notebook presented by north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

Or maybe a deeper tone of brown , such as  Benjamin Moore Raisin #1237 or Benjamin Moore Sorrel Brown #1236 …trimmed in a soft, creamy white!

Designer Notebook presented by north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

This would be a nice color scheme for many different rooms.  I might use this  color scheme in a bedroom,  living room, or a library.  In addition to painted walls, this scheme would also  be lovely against a deep brown toned wood paneled wall!  I suppose I just can’t get away from “shades of blue”!

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“Shades of Blue”: New Blue and White From Mottahedeh!

 

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While at the High Point Furniture Market , I always go in the Mottahedeh showroom!  This market I had the pleasure of meeting Wendy Kvalheim, the Design Director and CEO of Mottahedeh.  Wendy was so generous with her time and showed me their new collection of blue and white patterns!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue mottahedeh china

She explained that these lovely new patterns were each inspired from design details in the Blue Canton pattern .

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue mottahedeh china

This collection is called “Shou”, which means long life and will be available in February .  I am very fascinated that each of these patterns were designed from the small details found in Blue Canton.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue mottahedeh china

Wendy has shown these new pieces with Mottahedeh’s Labyrinth Blue charger.  Oh how I love the “layering” of these blue and white patterns!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue mottahedeh china

Wendy showed me the area in Blue Canton that inspired this particular pattern in Shou, which was also very interesting.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue mottahedeh china

Thanks to Mottahedeh for always presenting the most classic patterns in blue and white china!  And thanks to Wendy for taking time to explain the inspiration behind these lovely new patterns.  No…I must not be tempted to collect another blue and white pattern…no more china storage at Chestnut Cottage!

xo Kathryn

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