Happy March!!!

north carolina interior designer Kathryn Greeley presents happy march in Ireland

Hopefully, Spring is just around the corner as we go into my favorite month! It is my favorite month for many reasons…my birthday, St. Patrick’s Day, daffodils, snowdrops, etc. etc. This month I always think a lot about my Irish roots and how that has affected both my design, entertaining, and gardening style. During March, I will be celebrating Ireland and all of its incredible beauty here at The Collected Room.  We will look at houses, gardens, books, antiques, recipes, and entertaining! Today we will start at what I think might possibly be one of the most beautiful houses in Ireland, Russborough House. This house stands in County Wicklow, just outside the town of Blessington, which is south of Dublin. It faces the majestic slopes of the Wicklow mountains and has the longest façade of any house in Ireland. It also houses one of the most exquisite art and furniture collections ever assembled in Ireland. The house is only two rooms deep, which makes it light and airy. The house is built of brick and faced in Wicklow granite. This house is said to be the most perfect Georgian mansion in Ireland.

north carolina interior designer Kathryn Greeley presents happy march in Ireland

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The house was built for Joseph Lessons in 1741 and in 1952 the house was purchased by Alfred Beit and his wife Clementine Mitford. The Beits lived on a grand scale and large house parties were frequently held at Russborough House. They entertained a wide variety of leading social figures- Jackie Kennedy , Rex Harrison, Fred Astaire, only to mention a few! The house had its own private cinema and guests were often treated to the latest releases. Having no direct heirs, this house was gifted to Ireland, along with its art and furniture collection, creating the Alfred Beit Foundation. In 1978, the house was opened to the public and in 1986, the Beits presented 17 Old Master paintings from their collection to the National Gallery of Ireland.

I find this library so inviting and comfortable, with the wonderful books and a cozy furniture arrangement!

north carolina interior designer Kathryn Greeley presents happy march in Ireland

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This lovely Drawing Room has four seascapes by Claude-Joseph Vernets which are surrounded with elaborate plasterwork. It is such a joy to study the interior details of these magnificent homes!

north carolina interior designer Kathryn Greeley presents happy march in Ireland

Imagine the craftsmanship required to complete this carved plaster ceiling detail!

north carolina interior designer Kathryn Greeley presents happy march in Ireland

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And one could certainly entertain in a lovely country house style in this dining room!

north carolina interior designer Kathryn Greeley presents happy march in Ireland

This house was designed by one of the leading country house architects of the day, Richard Cassell, who also designed Powerscourt, which is another lovely mansion in Ireland. It is quiet apparent that no expense was spared on the design and construction of this Georgian mansion!

Stay tuned later this week  for some of my recent favorite Irish authors for your “Collected Irish Library”!

north carolina interior designer Kathryn Greeley presents happy march in Ireland

north carolina interior designer Kathryn Greeley presents happy march in Ireland

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Winter Whites…That is Snow & White West Highland Terriers!

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I finally have been granted two “white wishes”…yesterday we had a beautiful little snow at Chestnut Cottage…five inches or so. And Sunday I learned that a new little White West Highland Terrier will be coming to live at Chestnut Cottage in April!

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Early this morning I peeped out to find my back terrace blanketed in snow! Oh how I love the peacefulness of snow early in the morning.

And a check in my front garden found a blanket of snow there also.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents westie puppy

But more exciting than the snow, is the discovery on Sunday that my new friend Marleen Burford at Mardot in Atlanta will have a precious little Westie puppy ready for me in late April! I learned about Mardot last January when I was speaking at The Cathedral Antique Show in Atlanta. After my presentation, one of the women in my audience came to me during my book signing to say she knew exactly where I should get another Westie. After much research, I learned that Marleen has wonderful, show quality Westies and is close to home. My heart still breaks for my precious Bentley, but in my heart I know it is time for another Westie at Chestnut Cottage.

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This morning I spoke with Marleen and she was kind enough to send me a photograph of her sweet litter of four, puppies of her dog, “Charm”.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents westie puppy

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents westie puppy

Charm had two girls and two boys. One of the  boys will be coming here and this morning, I have been pondering a name for my new boy. Two “sacred” names are on my heart…Bentley and Winston. You already know about “Bentley Greeley” and “Winston Anderson” was a beautiful Westie  belonged to my friend, Annette Anderson in Raleigh. Thankfully, Bentley had a long and wonderful life, but sadly, Winston’s life was cut short at six from lymphoma . So I can’t seem to bring myself to name a new puppy either of these, although, they are of course my favorite Westies names!

So…I have come up with a “short list” of names and thought I would see what you thought! Or maybe I should use Bentley or Winston …I am so conflicted! I am also thinking of these rather Scottish sounding names…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents westie puppy

If you have never read the McDuff series of little books by Rosemary Wells, you must read them. The illustrations are so delightful and the expressions on McDuff’s face make my heart jump for joy!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents westie puppy

So…what’s your vote for the name of the new Westie coming to Chestnut Cottage.  Or maybe you have another winning name?!?

Have a lovely day!

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What’s New In What’s Old

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Recently I was asked to participate in an interview with the High Point Market on what I see as “trends” in the antique market.  I thought you might enjoy my ideas on this subject, along with several designers and antique dealers.  It does seem that antiques are somewhat tied to trends and cycles, and are certainly impacted by lifestyle.  What are you preferences in antiques and reproductions and what influences your choices?

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents high point market antique trends

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“In the Garden with Kathryn”: Snowdrops!

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

With snowing falling on the Chestnut Garden today, my thoughts turned to snowdrops! I have a few popping their dainty little heads up and I am sure they will soon be blanketed with snow. I recently read about a new snowdrop book in one of my English garden publications. The book came out in 2014 and is THE PLANT LOVER’S GUIDE TO SNOWDROPS, by Naomi Slade.

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I first became interested in snowdrops on a visit to Welford Park in Berkshire. I was visiting a friend who lives in Dorset, England and we went to Welford to see the snowdrops, which seemed to blanket this property!

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I just ordered this little book from Amazon. The book profiles 60 hybrids, species and cultivars and gives information on flowering time, designing with snowdrops, and how to grow and propagate them. Now I can’t wait until it arrives to learn more about these lovely little green and white flowers.

Images: Amazon and Welford Park

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

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

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“Entertaining Tales From Chestnut Cottage”: A Small Valentine’s Dinner Party!

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I have decided I might have a small dinner party on Friday evening in celebration of cupid’s special day. I thought it would be nice to use some of my pink/red tabletop pieces from over at our lake house. I have pulled out a fun faux bois tablecloth made from a Brunshwig and Fils fabric called, “Wood Cardinal” .

valentines day entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

valentines day entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

And I will pair this fabric with my Johnson Brother’s “ English Chippendale” in “pink”. I love this pattern because it combines several shades of pink and red.

Perhaps I will fill my Johnson Brothers British Castles tureen with parrot tulips.

valentines day entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

A generous bunch of “Silver Parrot” tulips would be stunning in the tureen, and bring in all of the shades of pink and red in both of the transferware patterns! February seems to cry out for tulips right out of the garden, but sadly I will have to buy these, as the tulips in the garden at Chestnut Cottage have yet to show their lovely faces.

valentines day entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Other wonderful parrot tulip bulbs for your garden that would be beautiful also are Super Parrot, Queensland , and Ice Cream tulips. Wonderful shades of pink and white and green to go with them.

valentines day entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

valentines day entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

valentines day entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

 I searched around for some rosy pink stemware (not at Chestnut Cottage, because there is none!) I love this ruby colored pattern from the Italian company Nason Moretti.

valentines day entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

I have this pattern in green and adore it…perhaps I will put the ruby color on my never ending “wish list”!

I also love these beautiful pink wine glasses from Nina Campbell’s shop in London.

valentines day entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

Finish this intimate little tablescape with your favorite sterling flatware and freshly ironed white linen napkins and you have a table ready for a romantic evening at home.

Enjoy…and

valentines day entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

valentines day entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage presented by kathryn greeley designs

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