In The Garden With Kathryn!

While all of the “refreshing efforts” were going on at Chestnut Cottage this spring, the garden burst forth in its spring glory. I came up every day to see what had popped up…

Wonderful French tulips…

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And so many varieties of daffodils…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the garden with kathryn

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A gardener’s delight, with all of these spring flowers to arrange!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the garden with kathryn

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And all of the window boxes and planters had to be done before I left for France!

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north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the garden with kathryn

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the garden with kathryn

One of my favorite early blooms are the lovely and delicate mountain laurel!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the garden with kathryn

And a new faux bois bench from Currey and Company arrived this spring for the Chestnut Cottage garden.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the garden with kathryn

And me sweet little apples have presented themselves!

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And New Dawn roses everywhere!

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I so love when the moss starts to green up!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the garden with kathryn

And I think the English roses were at their best this spring!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents in the garden with kathryn

So take a stroll with me around the garden and enjoy!

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Wow, all of this spring garden work and strolling is tiring! I believe I will go out of the porch and have a nice little gin and tonic…made with my favorites…Bombay Sapphire gin, Fever Tree tonic, lime, and of course cucumber!

Stay tuned for lots of fun “On the Road in France” posts!

xo Kathryn

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Country Home Magazine!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents lake james cottage design project for country home magazine

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents lake james cottage design project for country home magazine

I was thrilled to see my Noble / Lake James project in the latest issue of Country Home Magazine. Country Home is a “Meredith Special” publication that is published quarterly. It is always gratifying to see one’s design projects published in a national magazine. This same project was previously published in Caroling Home + Garden and seems to be a favorite of magazine editors! Country Home Magazine! I so enjoyed doing this project for Susie and Jeff Noble from Charlotte and have also loved working on their lovely home in Charlotte. I have many favorites on this project and thought it would be fun to share them with you. So have a look at “Kathryn’s Favorites”!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents lake james cottage design project for country home magazine

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents lake james cottage design project for country home magazine

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents lake james cottage design project for country home magazine

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents lake james cottage design project for country home magazine

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents lake james cottage design project for country home magazine

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents lake james cottage design project for country home magazine

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents lake james cottage design project for country home magazine

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents lake james cottage design project for country home magazine

Many favorites are on this project…too many to mention! And Susie and Jeff Noble are certainly “favorite clients”!!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents lake james cottage design project for country home magazine

xo Kathryn

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Happy Summer Solstice From Chestnut Cottage!

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happy summer solstice from kathryn greeley designs and chestnut cottage

Wow, so much has happened since Leah’s birthday post for my birthday on March 10th!!  Sorry I’ve been away from The Collected Room for so many weeks.  I’ve missed all of you and have so many things to share with you regarding what has been going on at Chestnut Cottage since the 10th of March.

I suppose…”first things first”!  In early March, Wells and I packed up the entire cottage and stayed at my Mother’s condo for five weeks. What a lot of work it was to pack up EVERYTHING IN THE COTTAGE !  If you are wondering why on earth we would do such a thing, there is a  reasonable answer. First of all, we decided after about 25  years, all of the hardwood floors needed to be refinished and secondly, our wonderful white kitchen and kitchen cabinets needed a fresh coat of paint.  So to “kill two birds with one stone”, we packed up the entire house.  Luckily, the great room floors are stone, so we were able to pack everything up and put it in the great room. We sealed the great room… but believe me, lots of sanding dust from the floor sanding made its way into that room!

A fresh new kitchen inspired me to order some new dining chairs, replace me existing portiere going from the kitchen to the great room and get two new rugs.  At Kathryn Greeley Designs, almost all of our upholstery is from The Charles Stewart Company.  Charles Bandy, the owner of The Charles Stewart Company has been a great  friend of mine for many years!

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For my new dining chairs, Charles and I collaborated  to design these great chairs.  I wanted to combine two fabrics and paint the side chairs.  I choose a host/hostess chair already in the Charles Stewart line and made several modification.  I have long loved the flexibility of customizing my upholstery needs with Charles Stewart.

happy summer solstice from kathryn greeley designs and chestnut cottage

happy summer solstice from kathryn greeley designs and chestnut cottage

I love this fretwork detail on the front legs of the host/hostess chair!

Charles was so pleased with our design of the side chairs, he just added them to the line and called it the “Kathryn Chair”!  Very exciting and you can view them at this link…

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE “KATHRYN CHAIR”!

The kitchen is now truly “shades of blue”!  I selected a William Yeoward linen print  fabric from Designers Guild called Marlena  and also used it for the portiere. The side chairs are a combination of Marlena and a wonderful check fabric from Gaston Y Daniela.

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I am also pleased with my new Gabbeh rugs from Togar Rug Company!

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We are all unpacked and organized and love our freshened up kitchen with all its “shades of blue” and  of our lovely, warm wood floors!

happy summer solstice from kathryn greeley designs and chestnut cottage

happy summer solstice from kathryn greeley designs and chestnut cottage

happy summer solstice from kathryn greeley designs and chestnut cottage

happy summer solstice from kathryn greeley designs and chestnut cottage

It was worth the HARD work and now it is time to enjoy summer.

Stay tuned for scenes from the Chestnut Cottage garden in all of its Spring (and now Summer) glory!

happy summer solstice from kathryn greeley designs and chestnut cottage

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Happy Birthday to Kathy!

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Hi everyone! It’s Leah, here. I’m taking over the blog today to wish a VERY happy birthday to our beloved Kathy! How sweet is this picture?!

I hear she is being taken to France in May to celebrate this big birthday! To Paris, Bordeaux and Burgandy, oh my!!

Wait, that sounds like a wine trip for Wells, not a birthday girl trip?!? Maybe one in the same? A clever man that Wells Greeley is! Clever, indeed!

happy birthday to north carolina interior designer and author kathryn greeley

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Some people who see Kathy from a distance here on the blog might think she’s fabulous for her collections, her classic style, her color palettes, her cooking, or even her hair (and they would be right!). But more importantly, she is fabulous for her heart! Oh how I wish you could all know the Kathy that I know! A woman full of compassion, kindness, and laughter. A woman who goes the extra mile for her family, friends, and even complete strangers. A woman who always thinks of ways she can help others. I’m so blessed to call you my friend! (and Boss, when I have to!)

No retiring for this girl…still has the design passion!

So let’s cheers to Kathy…We love you!

kathryn

Enjoy your special day with your two favorite boys!

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xoxoleah

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Entertaining Tales From Chestnut Cottage!

 

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Wow, what a busy few weeks…”the faster I go, the behinder I get”!  This past weekend, Wells and I hosted a dinner party for a lovely bride, Molly McClure and her groom, David Stanley.

north carolina interior designer presents bridal shower

The tables for this party were certainly “collected tabletops”!  For two of the tables, I used my favorite pattern which  you have seen numerous times…Leighton Spray by Old Coalport.  It is such a delicate English pattern and I thought it would be perfect for a bride!

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The pattern works so well with pastel flowers, such as “Titanic” roses, blue hydrangea, and soft colors of lisianthus.

north carolina interior designer presents bridal shower

north carolina interior designer presents bridal shower

Another of my favorite china patterns is one I have had for years, “Charlotte” by Royal Worcester.  This pattern also has bouquets of lovely pastel flowers.  Both patterns have a cobalt and gold border…Leighton Spray more delicate and Charlotte with a bold cobalt and gold border.

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I enjoyed using these “compatible” patterns for three “collected tabletops”!

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Most of my flowers for the party came from my floral wholesaler, however, I had these lovely hellabores growing in the Chestnut Cottage garden!

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And a few daffodils and cherry blossoms!

north carolina interior designer presents bridal shower

It was a fun party, but the last one for a while at Chestnut Cottage…see below!

Other news from Chestnut Cottage…

This week I am packing up Chestnut Cottage for all of the wood floors to be refinished and for the kitchen and kitchen cabinets to get a fresh coat of “White Dove”.  Quite a daunting task, but everything will look all fresh and ready for spring when we are finished. We will be “displaced” for several weeks, but I can’t even think of that today…more, more, more packing!  And I don’t want to think of when we have to unpack, wash and put everything back in place…!

Oh well…I will be back to the Collected Room after everything is back in place at Chestnut Cottage!  So say a little prayer that I am up for this task and being out of my beloved cottage for a month.  And to add “insult to injury”, the move out  day is on my 65th birthday, March 10th!

xo Kathryn

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