Collected Trees at Chestnut Cottage! Part II

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents collected christmas trees at chestnut cottage north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents collected christmas trees at chestnut cottage

 Now for two more of the “collected trees ” at Chestnut Cottage!

Although my precious Westie, “Bentley Greeley” has been gone for two years, I still put up his little tree in my kitchen. This tree was positioned beside Bentley’s bowls and he often would stare up at the tree, in what seemed to me to be amazement! Each year since he passed away, it brings me comfort to have his tree in the kitchen. The tree naming “committee” at Kathryn Greeley Designs decided this tree should be “A Pampered Westie”. I thought perhaps “the angel tree” , but they won out in the end, as they thought An Angel Tree didn’t make sense to them…however, it certainly did to me!!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents collected christmas trees at chestnut cottage

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents collected christmas trees at chestnut cottage

Bentley was such a gentleman and a very gentle dog. In my eyes, he was certainly the “World’s Best Dog”. I think each of us who have had a dog we adored would call their dog the “World’s Best Dog”!!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents collected christmas trees at chestnut cottage

Bentley Greeley was certainly my “angel boy”!

Husbands, much like adored pets must have their own trees and Wells always loves doing up his little tree in the wine cellar at Chestnut Cottage!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents collected christmas trees at chestnut cottage

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents collected christmas trees at chestnut cottage

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents collected christmas trees at chestnut cottage

A fun wine fairy tops the wine cellar tree…all ready to have a glass of wine.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents collected christmas trees at chestnut cottage

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents collected christmas trees at chestnut cottage

And a wine Santa relaxes on the antique wine bottle corker.

Wells carefully made a “cork garland” for his tree. I think with all the wine cellar ornaments, we will be forced to get a larger tree next year…at which time we will certainly need more “cork garland”. That would mean we will need to drink lots of good wine in 2015!

Cheers!

Stay tuned tomorrow for the “In the Garden” tree and the “Buildings by Design” tree.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents collected christmas trees at chestnut cottage

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents collected christmas trees at chestnut cottage

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Collected Christmas Trees at Chestnut Cottage!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents collected christmas trees at chestnut cottage

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents collected christmas trees at chestnut cottage

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents collected christmas trees at chestnut cottage

This week I wanted to share my collection of trees at Chestnut Cottage. I am certain that putting up seven live Christmas trees must  be a sickness, however, I am glad that it is my affliction! Through many years, I have collected ornaments for my seven trees and each year it is a real joy to climb up in my attic and carefully bring down all of the ornaments for each  trees. (My husband doesn’t find quiet as much joy in this as I do, but he is very good natured about my “affliction”!)

Today at my office, I challenged my staff to come up with appropriate names for the seven trees and so we will start with “The Luck of the Irish” tree and “The Glitz and Glam Tree”. After several trips to Northern Ireland to my grandfather’s home, I decided to start a collection of Irish ornaments for an Irish tree. After one starts collecting for a “themed” tree, it is amazing all of the ornaments of that theme that one can find out in the world! And oh how I love this tree! I enjoy it being in my library, where I love to sit and read and relax in front of the fire.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents collected christmas trees at chestnut cottage

It is fun to be in the library and my home office and enjoy two trees in a fairly small space. In the library I can look into the office and also see my “Glitz and Glam “tree. (We will get to that one later!)

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents collected christmas trees at chestnut cottage

And in the evening, I particularly love the Irish tree!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents collected christmas trees at chestnut cottage

Over the years of collecting these Irish themed ornaments, I have fallen in love with these particular ones.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents collected christmas trees at chestnut cottage

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents collected christmas trees at chestnut cottage

The “Glitz and Glam” tree ornaments are the ornaments of my first adult tree, so they have a special meaning. This year I decided to add a bit of blue and have enjoyed the result!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents collected christmas trees at chestnut cottage

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents collected christmas trees at chestnut cottage

This tree has lots of “designer” type ornaments…chandeliers, tassels, crowns, etc., etc. Many years ago, a friend started me Waterford Crystal’s Twelve Days of Christmas ornaments. They seemed well suited on the tree with lots of gold and white. So this collection has become the focal point of the “Glitz and Glam” tree.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents collected christmas trees at chestnut cottage

Last year, I received a gift from my good friend and business associate, Julia Molloy. In a special wooden box, I found three VERY special ornaments that had to be on this tree. They didn’t photograph very well, but they are three exquisite egg ornaments, handmade by Julia. One has a tiny angel in side…Julia is definitely one of my guardian angels; one has a tiny replica of The Collected Tabletop… Julia was a great help to me when doing the book; and the third is a tiny table setting! For me, trees and ornaments must have special meaning and memories and I will always treasure these “labor of love” ornaments from Julia!!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents collected christmas trees at chestnut cottage

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents collected christmas trees at chestnut cottage

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents collected christmas trees at chestnut cottage

And speaking of Irish Waterford collections, my sweet mother-in-law Miriam Greeley started me a Waterford Nativity Collection before her death and I wanted to share that with you also, as it resides in the library, along with the “Luck of the Irish” tree.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents collected christmas trees at chestnut cottage

The artists who make Waterford Crystal turned their skills to rendering the most luminous of Christmas scenes-the First Christmas. Sculpted with reverence and care, these pieces are so lovely because they are so simple. These are a collector’s treasure, a cherished possession, and an enduring testament to faith!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents collected christmas trees at chestnut cottage

Hope you have enjoyed a peak at two trees at Chestnut Cottage…stayed tuned for “In the Garden”, “The Pampered Westie”, “In the Cellar”, “Memories”, and “Buildings By Design”!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents collected christmas trees at chestnut cottage

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents collected christmas trees at chestnut cottage

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To Coupe or To Flute… That is the Question!

north carolina interior designer kathryn c greeley presents the collected tabletop drinkware ideas

north carolina interior designer kathryn c greeley presents the collected tabletop drinkware ideas

As you know by now, champagne is definitely my “drink of choice”! And for many years, I have been collecting both coupes and flutes for my “champagne habit”! I do love the glamour of both the flute and the coupe…so what’s a girl to do?

north carolina interior designer kathryn c greeley presents the collected tabletop drinkware ideas

north carolina interior designer kathryn c greeley presents the collected tabletop drinkware ideas

north carolina interior designer kathryn c greeley presents the collected tabletop drinkware ideas

It is hard not to feel like Grace or Audrey when sipping champagne out of a coupe or a flute! Both fall in and out of favor and it seems that wine “authorities”  recommend a flute over a coupe, for bubble retention. The coupes definitely have a vintage feel and recently I ask “Santa Baby” to bring me a few of Simon Pearce’s new “Hartland” coupes. They are a very simple design and mix wonderfully with some of my ornate and antique flutes and coupes.

north carolina interior designer kathryn c greeley presents the collected tabletop drinkware ideas

north carolina interior designer kathryn c greeley presents the collected tabletop drinkware ideas

I love so many products from Simon Pearce and really love that they are all AMERICAN MADE!

And there are so many interesting champagne cocktails to serve in your coupes or your flutes. One of my favorite holiday champagne cocktails is champagne, with a splash of St. Germain and a splash of cranberry juice for a bit of festive holiday color. Then garnish with a twist of lemon and a couple of frozen cranberries.

north carolina interior designer kathryn c greeley presents the collected tabletop drinkware ideas

 north carolina interior designer kathryn c greeley presents the collected tabletop drinkware ideas

north carolina interior designer kathryn c greeley presents the collected tabletop drinkware ideas

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“Mad About Plaid” Holiday Fashions!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents mad about plaid holiday fashions

I do love plaid all year long and especially at the holiday season!

Last year I had my friend Lee Anderson at Lee Anderson Couture in NYC do a short plaid cocktail dress for me in a great wool plaid.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents mad about plaid holiday fashions

It was great and I enjoyed wearing it so much. So why not try  some inspiring plaid holiday fashions for your festive holiday parties…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents mad about plaid holiday fashions

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents mad about plaid holiday fashions

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents mad about plaid holiday fashions

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents mad about plaid holiday fashions

One last creation compliments of my dear friend Lee Anderson… ha!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents mad about plaid holiday fashions

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents mad about plaid holiday fashions

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents mad about plaid holiday fashions

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Hadley Court Giveaway!

north carolina interior designer presents holiday giveaway at hadley court

Happy Monday, everyone! Head on over to Hadley Court’s Facebook Page today to win your copy of my book, The Collected Tabletop! All you have to do is comment on your favorite holiday memory. They will be choosing the winner on Friday, so you must act fast!

north carolina interior designer presents holiday giveaway at hadley court

Thank you to my dear friends at Hadley Court for hosting this holiday giveaway! Now hurry over to leave your comment!

north carolina interior designer presents holiday giveaway at hadley court

xo Kathryn

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