Late last month I had the pleasure of spending some time in the Beautiful Smoky Mountains of North Carolina at the glorious cottage and gardens of my dear friend and interior designer Kathy Greeley. I was on my way to Hickory Chair University (I’ll post on this later in this week) and squeezed in a little extra time to relax and enjoy some quality time with my friend who lives near Asheville!!
I have to say that these were 3 of the most relaxing and lazy days I have spent in a long, long time! In fact, we barely got out of our PJ’s! We just moved from front porch, to side porch, to the garden, and even piled up in Kathy’s comfy bed a couple of times just to read and visit!!! I have made a promise to myself (and Kathy) that I will be back at least twice a year and I am hoping for more!! It was certainly good medicine for the soul!!
Oh and did I mention that Kathy was a FANTASTIC cook?? I arrived to a sit down dinner for 14 in honor of her husband, Wells’, birthday. On the menu…local trout, individual beef wellingtons, scalloped potatoes and fresh veggies followed by her FAMOUS carmel cake!!! I was treated to several of Kathy’s other famous meals on the patios and in the garden over the weekend including two fabulous breakfasts??
There is nothing like being in nature to cure what ails you! The weather was a perfect 79 degrees or so, which I hear is normal for late May in the mountains! I’m thinking I need a summer home there to escape the 95 degree May that we had this year in Arkansas. When you take a look at the gorgeous pics of Kathy’s garden you’ll see why I didn’t want to leave. Southern Living did a feature on her garden in 2007 but I don’t think they captured its true beauty!!
I love this little spot to stop and think! And below is Kathy’s topiary with the mad-hatter shaped teapot on top. Like me, Kathy loves her chamomile and we had our fair share of it over the weekend!!!
The new dawn roses that grow on the house made me want some of my own! I am working on building a trellis as we speak so they will have a place to call home!
The charming ivy-covered arch hints at the side entrance to the cottage!
Another quaint seating area with a dining spot in the background. Kathy sometimes hosts small wine diners in this tree-covered spot with the vintages selected by her wine-collecting hubby! You should see his cellar… but that’s for a future post!
Lovely window boxes grace all the windows!
My final breakfast of the trip included Kathy’s yummy recipe for French Toast Casserole…and yes, I’ll share the recipe!!
Here’s my lovely hostess, her amazing spouse and their baby, Bentley!
As you can see, Bentley loves the garden as much as I do!! And I can’t wait to get back for my next visit!!!