We all know that Christmas brings us so many miracles.  And one miracle is that I am doing a holiday blog, after being absent from The Collected Room for so many months!  So many of you have emailed me to see if anything is wrong and I am humbled and happy to report that all is well!  I had my total knee replacement in late summer and have had a wonderful outcome.  We have had a very busy year at Kathryn Greeley Designs and I have traveled frequently to several out of town projects.  One particularly wonderful project is in northern Michigan for a special blog reader, Emily Phillips and her husband Terry.  I have thought so  often of doing a blog post, but never seem to fit that in a very busy schedule.

Thanksgiving was busy, with my normal 26-28 to feed!  This year was no exception, and was fun, but tiring!


Now for the seven live trees to put up and decorate…!

And mantels to do…


And the annual Christmas card to paint and get in the mail…!

Last weekend, we had a few friends over for a cozy Soup and Cornbread party.


My menus for the soup and cornbread dinner was comfort food!

Most of these recipes you can find on the blog if you use the search bar!

And gifts to buy and wrap…!    

Often, in the hustle and bustle of the season, we lose sight of the meaning of the gifts we give and receive.  A few days ago, my friend Mickie Norman gave me one of the most meaningful gifts I have ever received.  When my Mother passed away, I gave this friend several of my Mother’s jackets, as they both wore petites.


My friend had her aunt Patsy Hoglen, who has suffered greatly in the past few months from melanoma surgeries, make one of Mother’s jackets into a bear for my Christmas gift.  This bear is incredible…

As you can imagine, I have cried many tears over this gift that means so very much to me.  This thoughtfulness is a lesson in gift giving for everyone!


As this busy season comes to a close, I wish you and each of your families a safe, peaceful, and joyous Christmas.  And I hope the new year brings you joy and abundance and good health.  And hopefully some blog posts from The Collected Room!!

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In my design work, I am very often ask about my preference for the shape of dining tables…round, rectangular, square,oval, etc.  My first preference is round or square because I feel these shapes tend to make for better conversation.  However, first of all one must consider the shape of their dining room or dining area.  A square room lends itself to a round or square table, and a rectangular or oval table works better for rooms or spaces that are rectangular. RULE NUMBER 1…. the size and shape  of your dining room or dining area.  This assures good scale and proportion .  Several years ago, I read a wonderful book, Dining with Churchill, by Cita Stelzer.  It is no secret that I am a big fan of Mr. Churchill and was pleased to read that he insisted on round tables, with all arm chairs.  Churchill often used the dining table for diplomacy and deals and felt that a round table created a sense of equality, no opposing sides, nor corners, and no one below the salt!  In honor of our mutual philosophy on tables, I designed a Churchill Dining Room at the Cathedral Antiques Show in Atlanta a few years ago.  My space was square , so my round table was perfect.  and of course, I used all arm chairs!

Churchill Dining Room


I used these custom round tables for a client’s beach home, as well as their primary residence.  There is definitely wisdom in Mr. Churchill’s ideas for dining!

Anderson Beach house 5



These great outdoor dining tables are used in a clients “outdoor living space” and were featured in The Collected Tabletop.IMG_6975


Depending on the space for a client’s dining area, I often use oval or rectangular shapes.












Both the eating area in my kitchen and in my great room call for an oval table.



IMG_1026Yet I must admit…my favorite shape for dining is a lovely round table…inside or out!

IMG_2833What is the shape of your dining table and what is your preference, if your space wasn’t a consideration?!



Enjoy the colors of High Point!

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Peony Power!!

Oh dear, it is late February and my peonies are pushing their tiny  red stems up out of the ground.  As I said last week, I am SO worried for my plants! But with the tiny red shoots appearing, my thoughts turn to peonies!  Beautiful, lush, fat, pink peonies!

Interior Designer uses pink peony motif

Today my peony thoughts turn to a lovely bedroom I designed in Waynesville for my “Study in Pink”  client.  The client wanted an English chintz pattern with pink peonies.  After much searching and a “come to Jesus meeting ” with Lee Jofa (they were about to discontinue the perfect fabric I found), we began work in this sunny guest bedroom.

Waynesville Interior Design Guest Bedroom

Notice the symmetrical alignment of the framed botanicals!


North Carolina Interior Designer pink bedroom

A lovely collection of antique porcelain fills the pine bookcases.

With a palette of pinks, greens, and white, this bedroom fits perfectly  into this little cottage that I call “A Study in Pink”.  I even have a chapter about this cottage in my book, The Collected Tabletop, called of course a Study in Pink! The pink and green palette weaves itself through the entire cottage…







  • Crisp green lattice carpet…which certainly speaks of spring!
  • Crisp white (washable) bed linens with beautiful monograms.  (I do love a beautiful monogram!)
  • Vintage and antique pieces, in a combination of paint and stain.
  • A mellow pine piece to hold a lovely collection.
  • Framed botanicals that are additional  “flower power”.
  • Only one print other than the peony chintz, which is the small print on the chair.think pink flowers with north carolina interior designer kathryn greeleyxo Kathryn
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Oh my…spring seems to be arriving early at Chestnut cottage… hellebores by the dozens, early spring daffodils, the heavenly  scent of daphne,  sweet little purple crocus, tiny white snow drops, and flowering cherry trees! The “early birds” are always the beautiful hellebores and oh how I love hellebores!



I love the way the hellebores surround my little garden cottage.



Hellebore arrangement

I made an arrangement for the weekend with the hellebores from the garden and some “super green” roses.  The roses made a nice textural combination with the hellebores and they had a casual look in the flow blue cachepot.

A few weeks ago, I made this arrangement in a silver container with some heather from the garden and hydrangea from the flower market, which looked a bit more formal.



A variety of colors in hellebores give lots of options for cut flower arrangements.  Again, I used the green roses and hellebores in a sweet little ribbed glass vase.



All I can do now is hope that everything that is blooming and will soon be blooming doesn’t get wiped out by a March freeze!  What’s in your garden in the middle of February?!

xo Kathryn

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I feel a closeness to the readers of The Collected Room through their lovely comments.  I recently sent a copy of The Collected Tabletop to a special blog reader, Kelley Dibble, who lives in Guam.  I love how I can connect with readers around the world and feel very grateful for this blessing.  Not long after Kelley received her book, I received a beautiful handmade card from her, which I have framed!  I am fascinated with her work…especially the “shades of blue” on the card.

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Gratitude is a very important aspect of my life.  I believe that gratitude takes so little time and can change not only the receiver, but also the giver!

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

                      ~Marcel Proust

I love this quote by Marcel Proust (perhaps because it speaks of gardeners!) and do believe that gratitude makes our souls blossom.  I was so touched by Kelley’s time and effort spent making this very personal thank you card.  I write in a prayer journal each day and at the end of each entry, I try to write several things that I can be grateful for that day.  How do you practice gratitude?

gratitude art


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