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Designer Kathryn Greeley – Entertaining for the Season – and the Williams Sonoma holiday books giveaway

Kathryn Greeley - tablescape for Williams Sonoma 2012This week, I am supposed to be sharing books that are inspirational for you for your holiday entertaining…books about planning your Thanksgiving and setting the table like the one above in the Asheville, North Carolina Williams-Sonoma store from last year. (You can see more about it here.) And while I do have a book to tell you about today, the author of that book is such a gifted designer I couldn’t leave her gorgeous rooms out of this post (and by the way, she did the Williams Sonoma store table setting above. :))

Kathryn Greeley…I first mentioned her to you in my second post about the Cashiers Designer Showhouse. She designed the bedroom that had a beautiful canopy bed. Mrs. Greeley can do classic formal spaces very well, but she describes her style as “refined, rustic English country.”  My favorite of her rooms are definitely the rustic ones, and this lake house is my all time favorite in her portfolio.

lakehouse living room Kathryn Greeley

Of course I love all the plank walls and wood ceilings, but I also love her use of color and pattern in this home.

lake house kitchen Kathryn Greeley


Talk of the House - Kathryn Greeley lake house hallway

And if we were building another home, this bedroom would be my dream bedroom.  That green… and all those windows!!

Lakehouse master bedroom - Kathryn Greeley

I don’t know for sure if this bunk room that she designed is in the same home, but it looks like it could belong there to me.  Regardless, it is a great room for children.

Talk of the House - bunkroom by Kathryn

Now let’s change styles a bit.  The next two photos are from Kathryn Greeley’s own home in North Carolina.  She has an amazing collection of flow blue pieces displayed in her kitchen and dining area.

Talk of the House - blue and white display Kathryn Greeley

kitchen with blue and white - Kathryn Greeley

Now do you see why I couldn’t leave out her gorgeous rooms?  Alright, now to the task at hand.  Mrs. Greeley also has a talent for setting exquisite tabletops, but she doesn’t collect just flow blue patterns for her table settings.  She has collected dishes, glassware, serving pieces, and other items useful for entertaining for many years.  She believes in using these, and that is how her book, The Collected Tabletop came to be.

The Collected Tabletop by Kathryn Greeley

The Collected Tabletop: Inspirations for Creative Entertaining

Like the Williams Sonoma books in our giveaway, Mrs. Greeley’s books have party ideas, menus, table settings, and recipes. There are thirteen different celebrations covered in the book – from a wine tasting to a black-tie birthday party to an Independence Day gathering.  My favorites were the “High on the Hog bar-b-que” and the “Fall for Football” party, pictured below.


And of course, you will find a menu, an absolutely beautiful table setting, and recipes for a Thanksgiving dinner.

Talk of the House - Thanksgiving Table from Kathryn Greeley via Toby

Her Thanksgiving dinner even includes the recipe for her grandmother’s homemade caramel cake.


That delicious dessert should end our meal, and that brings us to the end of our post. Just a reminder that we have a giveaway for the two Williams Sonoma holiday books pictured below.  You can find out more about them here. Leave a comment on any post (or all of them) published between November 11, 2013 and November 17, 2013 to be entered.

Talk of the House book giveaway November 2013I so enjoyed reading all your comments on the last post, and I can’t believe how many of you are hosting the celebration at your home!  Goodness.  My heart goes out to those of you like Sue and Penny who have lost family members this past year and will be without them for Thanksgiving.  That will be hard.  And Patty, I know your family will be grateful that your son and his family were kept safe in the Moore, Oklahoma tornado that destroyed their dream home.  I hope their rebuilding goes quickly!

I want to leave you with another question to talk about today.

What is your favorite dish at your Thanksgiving celebration?  

Mine is a homemade caramel cake made by my husband’s cousin’s wife, Wanda, but she doesn’t prepare hers as a layer cake like Kathryn Greeley does.  Wanda makes hers in a sheet cake pan, and we all fight for the corners with all that delicious frosting!  (I could go for a piece right now with a cup of coffee on this cold evening. :))

Looking forward to hearing from all of you…

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Shirley@Housepitality Designs - November 22, 2013 - 4:16 pm

Kelly, love, love her work!…and I have that book “The Collected Tabletop”…a gift from my son a couple of years ago…

Pam C - November 20, 2013 - 12:38 pm

My favorite is corn pudding! I have a recipe from the Shaker Village in KY. It’s so good. We have it every year when I host Thanksgiving dinner.

Lorrie - November 19, 2013 - 9:58 pm

Williams Sonoma books are the best! All of their recipes are outstanding.

Pat in Georgia - November 16, 2013 - 8:29 pm

Oh my Kelly, the holiday table in the Williams Sonoma store is exquisite! Don’t you just love going in their stores? Looking at the caramel layer cake is like looking at mine, in fact, it looks identical. It is actually the favorite dessert of my family for the holidays. Looking forward to Thanksgiving in Georgia. Yesterday, I saw three houses decorated for Christmas. The holidays are fast approaching and I can’t wait for time off and family.

Heather - November 16, 2013 - 8:04 pm

Those chairs by the fireplace are calling my name!
Favorite is definitely my Grandma’s pecan pie.

Penny - November 16, 2013 - 7:12 pm

Oh my goodness… My husband declares every year Thanksgiving is his favorite holiday because of all the food! I am going to try to replicate Mama’s chicken and dressing…I’ve always looked forward to that first bite with her signature gravy…I have the gravy part down pat! You know, we southerners must have our gravy. Next to that, I love fresh greens seasoned with ham, and the chicken and dumplings. And the sweet potato soufflé….that stuff should be illegal! We also love caramel cake. Nothing quite like it! Thanks again for another beautiful, inspiring post and I LOVE that green bedroom.

Megan - November 16, 2013 - 4:08 pm

Hi Kelly,
Favorite Thanksgiving dishes? Oh — Where to start??!! I love the have a bite of turkey with the stuffing and gravy all together. Pure yumminess that I don’t get to have any other time. Nobody else in my immediate family likes stuffing! I love it!! My other fave is the candied sweet potato dish that my grandma always made. Slices of parboiled/peeled sweet potatoes that have a butter/brown sugar/salt melted mixture (basically liquid caramel deliciousness) poured over them get baked slowly and basted with the caramel for about an hour. They soak up the caramel and get slightly browned —- and right now I want them!!!!
I think that the absolute favorite are the turkey sandwiches mad with the leftovers the next day though 🙂

Amy O'Quinn - November 16, 2013 - 12:09 pm

I’m so enjoying all these ‘delicious’ and beautiful posts. I really like Kathryn Greeley’s style…she’s so talented. I have to say that my favorite Thanksgiving dish is my mama’s cornbread dressing. It’s so moist and full of water chestnuts, and my sister and I have a tradition of eating it for breakfast the morning after Thanksgiving. Yum!
Great giveaway!

Pat Peele - November 16, 2013 - 7:44 am

My beloved mother in love made a wonderful caramel cake but it was a pound cake. With a touch of lemon. I really miss her.

Jayne - November 16, 2013 - 12:16 am

I love the blue and white! I love blue on white better than white on blue. Not sure why lol My favorite Thanksgiving food. Hands down by far the smoked turkey my husbands does. Out of this world plus I didn’t have to cook it. Haha

June - November 15, 2013 - 7:12 am

What beautiful rooms! And, as for a favorite dish …….. I just love the combination of great southern dishes that we really don’t eat except once a year. So, I’ll just a enjoy a plate of everything leftover.

lisa - November 14, 2013 - 10:04 pm

Hi Kelly,

That caramel cake has me dreaming very close to your red velvet. Oh, I found the cookbook! Kept searching like mad. This holiday will be difficult as it’s our first without my father in law and without our second son. We’ll pull each other through this. Holidays are about being together and celebrating yet another year spent together. Many blessings!

Kim - November 14, 2013 - 8:30 pm

Gosh, I love that green bedroom. Not sure what my favorite dish is I just look forward to the whole meal. 🙂

Patty Gammek - November 14, 2013 - 7:13 pm

What a lovely book. As a dish collector myself I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Mrs. Greeley’s style is stunning with a cozy feel. Just the way I like it. Yes Kelly, the rebuilding in Moore is going well and the new home should be complete early next year. Thanks for your kind words.

Wanda - November 14, 2013 - 6:57 pm

I love that bedroom and the kitchen!!!!!! As far as my favorite Thanksgivng dish, actually my families, is my grandmother’s cornbread dressing. I begin it on Monday before Thanksgiving. There is a step each day!

Marianne in Mo. - November 14, 2013 - 6:14 pm

My favorite? LEFTOVERS!! ;-)) Tops is Turkey and dressing, covered in gravy. Diet, WHAT? Forget the diet and healthy eating for a day or two! We may not get leftovers this year, since we will be at my SIL’S house, but I have a turkey breast in the deep freezer, just in case!
Loving the photos on this post! I’m a sucker for planked walls and stone!

Pat C - November 14, 2013 - 3:32 pm

I love the whipped sweet potatoes that we have with our
Thanksgiving dinner. Of course everything has a great taste
when you share a wonderful meal with family and friends.
The books look like great ones to have for reference and inspiration.

Lori R. - November 14, 2013 - 3:03 pm

This is a wonderful give away!

Theresa in Nebraska - November 14, 2013 - 2:58 pm

My favorite Thanksgiving dish was my mother’s oyster dressing. I have tried to replicate it many times…never came close.

Sarah K - November 14, 2013 - 2:16 pm

My favorite dish at the Thanksgiving table is southern cornbread dressing. I am a native Georgia girl whos been exiled to California for the last 16 years! My husband’s family prefers their traditional Yankee Stuffing” mad from white bread so I usually have lots of leftovers of my favorite!

Ann - November 14, 2013 - 12:52 pm

My favorite dish is served on the day AFTER Thanksgiving. A turkey sandwich. . .on white bread, mayo, cranberry sauce and dressing. Weird but good.

Amanda R. - November 14, 2013 - 12:50 pm

Thanksgiving is my favorite family holiday. I love the celebration of family, gratitude and good food! My favorite Thanksgiving dish is my grandmother’s stuffing that is now made by my mother. It’s a family recipe and always a big crowd favorite. We have such a large family gathering (50+ people) that she makes a back-up batch of stuffing so everyone gets some. However, if you’ve been around the family you know that you want to get yours from the covered dish – that is where the real “stuffing” from the turkey is kept. The second dish that she leaves uncovered is the back-up stuffing that is really just dressing since it didn’t come from the turkey. We let the children and the “newbies” to the family eat the dressing first and save the good stuffing for those of us who appreciate it 🙂

Arlene@Nanaland - November 14, 2013 - 12:46 pm

Could I go and stay at Ms Greeley’s home? I love her style!! Thanks for sharing. ( and that caramel cake is making me hungry!!)

Lisa K. - November 14, 2013 - 12:03 pm

I love roast turkey & sweet potatoes. But most of all I love being together with our family! Kathyrn Greely’s designs are fabulous; so warm & welcoming. I love that green bedroom too 🙂

Garden, Home and Party - November 14, 2013 - 11:53 am

Kathryn Greeley’s book has been on my Amazon wish list. Her table, set for Thanksgiving, that has blue and white dishes with the little porcelain pumpkin place card holders is a favorite in my ‘table setting’ file. I do love the rustic rooms she’s designed, such an inviting and comfortable looking space.
My favorite Thanksgiving Day dish is mashed potatoes with gravy…I know that’s weird, and I love turkey, but that is my most favorite thing.

Susan - November 14, 2013 - 10:51 am

My favorite dish? Hmmm…’s a toss-up between the wild rice and the stuffing. And there’s something wonderful about those delicious leftovers!

karen - November 14, 2013 - 10:25 am

While I love all the food on Thanksgiving….the leftovers the next day are really my favorite. My husband piles a little bit of everything onto a hoagie roll w/lettuce on it….boy are they scrumptious1 Thanks 🙂

Gail - November 14, 2013 - 9:19 am

Kelly….I must be a carboholic! My favorite Thanksgiving food is the stuffing/dressing with a few sclices of moist turkey breast on the side with gravy of course!!! Can’t wait for that savory taste in my mouth! The pictures of Mrs. Greeley’s designs are amazing. I currently subscribe to HGTV’s magazine and have been so disappointed because of all the retro, bright colors displayed. So waiting for traditional design to make a comeback and your posts always inspire that in me. Thank you!

Chris S - November 14, 2013 - 9:17 am

The pictures of Kathryn Greeley’s room designs are gorgeous! I’m sure The Collected Tabletop book is filled with inspiration. I have a weakness for dishes and love seeing how others display their collections.

Kaye Ann - November 14, 2013 - 9:16 am

Carmel Cake….. I think my Mother made that but I don’t remember seeing a recipe for it after her passing. I do remember a burnt sugar frosting and wonder if that is what was used on it. Probably mixing two great recipes. I’d love the recipe!! And the books.

Talia - November 14, 2013 - 8:41 am

What stunning photos! Wow, each and every one is so so pretty. It is really hard to pick just one favorite (I am a foodie!) – I think I will go with stuffing (or dressing as some refer to it). But honestly, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday as it is food and family – my two most favorite things celebrated on one day. Yay!

Joan - November 14, 2013 - 8:38 am

What beautiful images, and I love your blog. Favorite dish- stuffing!

Courtney - November 14, 2013 - 8:35 am

Too beautiful for words! Thank you for the inspiration.

Barb - November 14, 2013 - 8:19 am

Wow….what beautiful homes. I love the picture over the bed. Love the table in the kitchen. Love the chairs by the fireplace. Talk about inspiration. To answer the question…Stuffing…definitely Stuffing. Happy Thanksgiving Kelly!

Monika - November 14, 2013 - 8:02 am

Your posts are the highlights of my days! When checking my email yours are the first I read! So inspirational!

There is no one fav dish I have at Thanksgiving – I love them all.
Have a wonderful day,

Jill - November 14, 2013 - 7:59 am

I’m sitting here trying to decide what my favorite dish is. Impossible! I think it’s because Thanksgiving is generally the only time we have all those specific dishes together on one plate. Mmmmm!
The Collected Tabletop looks like another wonderful book. I have a huge weakness for dishes. I love to set a table with pretty things and I use plates a lot in my decor.

Katrina - November 14, 2013 - 7:41 am

My favorite dish would have to be the dressing with gravy but honestly I love just about everything that is served at Thanksgiving.
I loved these rooms and was so surprised to see that she is located in a pretty house right across the street from the library in Waynesville, a neighboring town that I visit and shop in a lot!
And yes, Kathy, Kelly would probably LOVE to take a nice long bubble bath in our friend Cynthia’s elegant yet rustic bathroom!

Sandy - November 14, 2013 - 7:26 am

My favorite Thanksgiving dish is cranberry frozen salad. Thank you for introducing Kathryn Greeley’s book. I’m adding it to my Christmas Wish List.

Susie - November 14, 2013 - 7:06 am

It’s a toss up between the pie crust and dressing for me!

Emily - November 14, 2013 - 6:27 am

Hi Kelly;

Thank you for introducing us to Kathryn Greeley’s style of decorating–just gorgeous! I love the mix of rustic and country. Then, those planked walls! My style of living. Comfortable and relaxed.
My favorite dish at Thanksgiving is my mother’s dressing. She always served it when all the siblings and their families gathered at her house for the holidays. When she was not able to prepare it, she gave me the recipe and I made it for the gatherings. This year, our family will all be together. I will began the tradition of preparing Thanksgiving dinner, as my Mom passed away two years ago.
Take care.

Mary from Virginia - November 14, 2013 - 6:13 am

My favorite dish for Thanksgiving is really TWO dishes, collards and Miss Alberta’s sweet potatoes. Alberta was a co-worker years ago that brought her wonderful sweet potatoes to my house for a work luncheon I hosted. OH MY WORD…they are better than dessert.

I hope Wanda shares her recipe. I bet it is delicious.

Thanks for all the lovely room pictures. WOW, PRETTY!

Gretchen - November 14, 2013 - 5:50 am

Love all the pictures – truly inspiring for the holidays!!

Pamela G. - November 13, 2013 - 11:09 pm

Kathryn Greeley is one of my favorite designers!

Louvina - November 13, 2013 - 10:44 pm

Another great post! Loved the blue turkey serving plate Mrs.Greeley featured in her wall hanging! I have turkey place settings for Thanksgiving and just love them! My favorite dish is oyster dressing– my mother’s favorite dish as long as I can remember. Please tell us your family menu for Thanksgiving?:)

Sandy @ You May Be Wandering - November 13, 2013 - 10:39 pm

That caramel cake looks divine!!! And, such stunning decor!

My favorite Thanksgiving dishes are the corn pudding and cornbread, apple and pecan stuffing.

Thank you for all the holiday inspiration!


phyllis - November 13, 2013 - 10:33 pm

I’m here, I’m reading all your posts and loving them!!!
My favorite is weird, I’m sure…but I love turnips 🙂
That caramel cake is one we have at my sister-in-law’s…
super yummy!
Love the rustic interiors like you do! And that green bedroom
with the cute windows!

Lonna Berridge - November 13, 2013 - 10:27 pm

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without bread dressing- with oysters and without. And for dessert- cherry cream meringue pie. Mmmmm.

Linda@Lime in the Coconut - November 13, 2013 - 10:27 pm

Oh. My. THAT caramel cake….need to find THAT recipe! I love this cranberry waldorf salad…every. single. year!

Pinky at Designs by Pinky - November 13, 2013 - 10:25 pm

Well, Kelly, our 46th anniversary is Nov. 17 so these would be a WONDERFUL anniversary gift, (wink). I love ,LOVE that cabin. I have always wished we had a cabin in the mountains and the Asheville/Cashiers area is my FAVORITE for sure! Thanks for sharing this and all the beautiful images!!!

Debbie w - November 13, 2013 - 10:22 pm

My favorite is dressing! Love it! Thanks for chance to win!

Velia - November 13, 2013 - 10:06 pm

Kathryn Greeley’s design work leaves me yearning for the comforts of a rustic home that can be furnished as the lake house. As for my favorite Thanksgiving dish, mine is sweet potato soufflé; just delectable.

Kathy - November 13, 2013 - 9:45 pm

My favorite dish is the stuffing with lots of sage covered in real gravy. But, I also love pumpkin pie with a layer of cheesecake. I have blue turkey plates that I use for Thanksgiving similar to the flow blue plates above. (I think I sent you a photo last year.) BTW, I went up to Cashiers today….working on my daughter’s wedding…. and thought of you. (Hey, Katrina….would Kelly LOVE Cynthia’s house or what???? Kelly, our friend Cynthia has a bathroom that reminds me of the green room above. I could live in Cynthia’s bathroom. LOL!) I enjoy walking around in that Williams Sonoma in Asheville. I think I will go there tomorrow.

Vickie - November 13, 2013 - 9:30 pm

My favorite dish for Thanksgiving is fried turkey!! It is so juicy and disappears quickly!! We never have any leftover turkey for sandwiches.

I am going to try to make the caramel cake you featured. Thanks for the yummy recipe!!

KellyinPA - November 13, 2013 - 9:29 pm

Oh my goodness, we can choose only one favorite? 😉 If I had to choose it would be my sweet potato casserole, but I love the turkey, gravy and stuffing too! The Collected Tabletop looks like another lovely book, I’ll be on the lookout for it.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. - November 13, 2013 - 9:27 pm

Oh, I love that green rustic country bedroom! And I love everything about Thanksgiving – the flavors all go together so perfectly – true comfort food!

Barbara Hinske - November 13, 2013 - 9:22 pm

My mother’s homemade apple pie stopped me in my tracks, every time. I carry on the tradition, and feel such sweet connection with her when I use her rolling pin and lucky pie plate (she has been gone many years now, but always next to me heart). Can you persuade Wanda to share her carmel cake recipe with us? My husband would adore it. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Martha - November 13, 2013 - 9:22 pm

Oh my, Kathryn Greeley is perfection! I agree with you about the bedroom….the green color,the windows,the bed…oh I love that bed !!! I have never seen one like that with what looks like an upholstered headboard.
My favorite Thanksgiving dish is a pretty predictable one…turkey! Pumpkin pie comes in second.

Debbie - November 13, 2013 - 9:17 pm

Love that description… Refined, rustic English county.

Darla - November 13, 2013 - 9:16 pm

My favorite dish is the fresh cranberry relish. I eat it with dinner AND for dessert. Who needs pie when you can have cranberry relish?

Suzanne Dietrich - November 13, 2013 - 9:09 pm

Thanks for the inspiration. Love it! I hope to win a cookbook!

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