This 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.
Of course I love all the plank walls and wood ceilings, but I also love her use of color and pattern in this home.
And if we were building another home, this bedroom would be my dream bedroom. That green… and all those windows!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I 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…