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Perfect Meals For The End of Summer!

Fall is right around the corner so we better savor our last few days of summer while we can! Before the cold weather arrives, let’s review some sizzling recipe ideas! I came across an adorable blog this week, “Iowa Girl Eats” written by Kristin Porter. Kristin has some wonderful summery recipes so I thought I would share a few of my favorites to inspire your end of summer cooking.

First, let’s start with this delicious dijon-brown sugar marinated steak… who doesn’t love brown sugar?!

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This bbq pizza would be a hit if you have children or just have a busy schedule. Create your pizza and pop it in the oven…quick and easy!

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Next up is this colorful and refreshing watermelon salad! The epitome of a yummy summer salad…

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Triple berry salad… need I say more?

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For one last summertime dinner with friends, try this Tomato Basil & Spinach Risotto with your choice of protein!

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We can’t forget dessert… Below are two simple yet scrumptious summery desserts!

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Incorporating fruit into your desserts is always a great way to go during the last bit of summer. You just can’t beat South Carolina peaches!

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I hope Kristin’s blog has inspired your end of summer cooking as it has inspired me! I would love to hear some of your favorite summer recipes, so please leave me your comments!

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Beautiful Tabletop Books!

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Ever wonder how to start your own collection of tabletop books? My approach is simple: collect what you love! What interests you? Interior design, flowers, cooking, fashion, history, biographies, politics? For me, design books have always been my “go-to”. Whether you are looking for design inspiration or simply trying to accessorize your home with beautiful books, updating your collection is important!

Here are a few beautiful tabletop books that I love… I hope this inspires you to start or update your own collection!

south carolina interior designer kimberly grigg presents favorite tabletop books

south carolina interior designer kimberly grigg presents favorite tabletop books

south carolina interior designer kimberly grigg presents favorite tabletop books

south carolina interior designer kimberly grigg presents favorite tabletop books

south carolina interior designer kimberly grigg presents favorite tabletop books

south carolina interior designer kimberly grigg presents favorite tabletop books

This is certainly not a comprehensive list of some of my favorite tabletop books but I just wanted to show a few to inspire you. Please feel free to comment with your favorite tabletop books! I would love to hear from you.

And don’t forget my book “Secrets of Southern Design” available via Knotting Hill Interiors! You can contact Barbara at bwitehurst@knottinghillinteriors.com to purchase my book as well as any of the books I have listed above! You can also purchase my book HERE on Amazon!

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My Life, Lately…

Hi everyone! I just wanted to take a moment to ‘fill you in’ on my life for the past few weeks…

As many of you know, I appear to be healthy as a horse and since I am a petite and very energetic person, I am probably the last person that you would think could have a mini stroke.  Year after year, my doctor’s chart remains unfilled and boring so you can imagine my surprise when this occurred.  Nonetheless, it did and I offer this story in hopes that many of you can benefit from my experience.

Warning signs:  severe headache, slurred speech, blindness in one or both eyes, numbness, a feeling of being disoriented.

So, I was at work making a copy and said to my General Manager, “I just lost my vision in the bottom half of my right eye.  I have so much work to do, please keep an eye on me and I am going to go back to my work station.”  I felt better within about 10 minutes and then it returned.  Shortly thereafter, one of my employees asked me a question and I clearly thought of the answer but when I went to speak it, the words came out all slurry.  The employee became concerned.  I tried again and the same thing happened.  She reacted so quickly because she recognized the signs (ex pharmacy school student!) of a stroke.  Within minutes, my employees had me in the car and on the way to the hospital.  I later learned that had I not gone so quickly, this could have been fatal.

Once at the hospital, it was determined that this was a TIA “mini stroke”.   Mine was caused by a spike in blood pressure which apparently happens quite often with me.  My blood pressure is normally very low, however, when I become stressed, my blood pressure spikes pretty high.

As it turns out, I have had great support from family, friend, clients and the medical community.  I am working hard to find ways to de-stress.  In my opinion, this was a billboard, not a sign, so I am paying attention.  This has become a pretty major journey and I am learning new things every day.  A life coach, yoga, regular exercise program, set business hours, learning to delegate and let go have all been a huge part of this journey.

The support from everyone has been tremendous and I feel special and loved.

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From the KHI Retail Studio -

If interior design is my life partner, fashion is my first love.  It literally brings me so much joy to walk into Knotting Hill Interiors everyday and share both of my passions with the world.  It also has done wonders for my wardrobe!  I don’t have to go any further than “to work” to find beautiful clothes, stunning jewelry and fabulous accessories such as shoes, hats, scarves, etc.  It’s like playing dress up every single day (and I have been known to throw in a costume change or two at lunchtime!).

I’ve been giddy with excitement about being able to share some of our newer items with y’all the past few weeks.  There are so many customers (local and long distance) that are not aware of the amazing selection of retail available at Knotting Hill Interiors.  I tell many of my girlfriends husbands that we are literally a “one stop shop” if you are looking for the perfect gift for your wife, no matter the occasion.

I love dresses.  I love wearing them.  I love how they make me feel so feminine and pretty.  I especially love trying to pick the perfect dress that will be great for work – and then easily transition into something I can wear out to dinner if my day goes long and I don’t have time to run home and change.  And, I always look for pieces that can be dressed up or dressed down with the right jewelry.  If you know me, I am never without my accessories.  Finding the perfect necklace or bracelet is just as important as the dress itself!  I look at fashion through a very similar lens that I do for interior design.  Sometimes, it might be the accessory (that fantastic chair or breathtaking chandelier) that is the “wow” statement in the room.  Same goes for fashion!  The perfect vintage necklace could easily steal the spotlight from the dress you spent months waiting to wear with your open toed sandals!  Ok, so are you ready to see some of my favorite dresses of Knotting Hill Interiors spring season?

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This is the perfect dress for me to wear if I know I have day full of meetings and I also know I am ending the day at one of my favorite restaurants with my husband sipping on a glass of champagne.  Sometimes a girl just has to add a little “bling” at the beginning of the day if she knows she has a long day ahead.  And of course, always end the day with some sparkle!

Beige sheer dress with metallic leather polka dots. Beige tank dress comes with. $188.99
Pearls necklace $27.99
Vintage Cross brooch necklace $216.99

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This would be one of those everyday pieces.  I could do my design installations in this dress. It’s comfortable, it won’t show wrinkles or creases and it’s really fun! While the dress leans a little bit more towards trendy rather than classic and elegant (which is more my style) the jewelry brings the sophistication it needs to work in my closet.

Navy/Pink dress $164.99
John Wind Equestrian necklace $126.99
Small pearl necklace $105.32

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Ok, this dress is HOT!  The lines on this dress are very flattering.  And, did I mention this dress has built in body shaping!! After I have had a few great weeks of yoga and the gym, this is the kind of dress that I put on and I spend the entire day feeling absolutely amazing about myself (and then treat myself to a big piece of chocolate cake at the end of the day!).  I LOVE the pop of orchid and turquoise in the necklace as well.  I’d probably rock an amazing radiant orchid (color of the year!!) clutch to top off this outfit.

NUE by Shani dress Ivory/Black/Red. Built in body shaping $333.99
Statement necklace $43.99

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Can you say, “I’ll see you at the races?”  Many of you know that I probably spend as much time with my daughter at horse competitions as I do at the store.  I love supporting Grayanna and her gift of riding and her love of horses. So, it would be quite natural for me to spend a morning in the office and an afternoon cheering her on at a competition.

Heather Blond Montauk Deep V neck dress with rhinestone detail $180.99
Whittall & Shon, Avery hat $140.99

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This is another dress that is just so everyday me.  I look great in this style. It’s fresh and colorful and most of all, comfortable. Skinny belts are back – and we have plenty of them at the store!

Mint shift dress with flutter sleeves $59.99
Turquoise skinny belt $14.99
Bangles $16.99
Pink beaded necklace $42.99

Do you love what you see?  All of these dresses (and so many more!) are available at Knotting Hill Interiors right now!  If you are a long distance fan, give us a call and tell us which piece (with the descriptions we used for the clothes and accessories!) and we will be happy to ship it right to your door! And if you are a local – well, why haven’t I seen you in the store yet!

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Here Comes Peter Cottontail!

I am not a huge fan of April Fools Day, and on the 1st of April each year I have a lot more on my mind other than pulling pranks on people.  Facebook does make it quite amusing sometimes, (so and so got is having a baby, getting married, etc.).  Being the mother of a teenager and adolescent, I’ve been the victim of the usual suspect jokes (fake spiders in the pantry, that sort of thing), but I learned to be ready for that at any moment, any day of the year.  Not just April Fools.

No, on April 1st most years I am much more excited about the last frost behind us, the blossoming buds on the trees around my home springing into green to give my yard the perfect compliments of shade and sun all summer long and of course, Peter Cottontail.  Mr. Bunny.  A true southern home is not ready for the Easter holiday without one and at Knotting Hill Interiors, the bunnies have invaded (for lack of a better word!).  They are everywhere and looking for the perfect home to grow up with your own southern traditions.

All of my bunny friends below are available for purchase at Knotting Hill Interiors, and, if you see one you love and can’t make it into the store, give us a call and we will make sure he makes it to you in time for Easter Day! Give us a call at (843) 916-4455.

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Gotta just love this old guy.  He is like one of those older dogs you see at the Humane Society.  You did not go visit the Humane Society to come home with anything, but there was this one….  And, then before you know it you are taking home a new dog.  He will be so proud to be a part of your family, he will want to stand guard at your front door to show off his new collar or big bunny bow. Large decorative bunny made of sticks- $159.99

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The only thing that would make this handsome chap more perfect would be if he was holding a champagne glass!  He will put a smile on everyones face, so put him in a place where he will get the attention he demands!  If you are having an “adult” themed Easter brunch or dinner (meaning there will be adult beverages), place him on the drink cart with a few tulips to show everyone in his vase. White glass bunny holding flower vase- $24.99

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He is standing up and ready to greet you on the table in your foyer! Or, as a part of your Easter Brunch tablescape. Faux moss covered bunny- $55.99

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Reminiscent of the “chocolate covered bunnies” you might want to keep these guys out of arms reach from children and adults alike as they might be checking to see if there is anything edible beneath their colorful coats!  Great for your mantle or coffee/side table. Tall ceramic bunny covered in colorful aluminum- $35.99

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These guys are perfect for a small little space on your bookshelf, bedside table or greeting your guests in your powder room! (Laying down white wooden bunny- $27.99, Big cracked pottery eggs with glitter- $17.99-$75.99)

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Oh, and last but not least – we can’t forget the front door! Pink Easter wreaths- $21.99 each

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