I just returned from the High Point Furniture Market and found several inspiring products, however, today, I would like to spotlight a very inspiring woman!  As you know, Chestnut Cottage was featured in the October issue of Victoria magazine.  I was honored and appreciative that this magazine felt that Chestnut Cottage might inspire their readers.

When I look at all of the lovely magazines published by Hoffman Media, I am amazed!  The amount of wonderful content they provide for readers is indeed amazing!  And behind all of these publications and content is a remarkable woman…Phyllis Hoffman DePiano!

My first discovery of Phyllis was when I came across her book Gracious Tables.

It was very apparent that Phyllis was both creative and gracious.  I have always been a fan of graciousness and particularly in entertaining.  If there were more gracious individuals like Phyllis, the world would be a nicer place!

Phyllis is the chairman of the board of Hoffman Media and a native of Alabama…you just can’t beat Southern girls! A savvy businesswoman and a talented entrepreneur, she is the creative engine of a company that defines and celebrates the lifestyles of women through an ever-widening range of beautiful magazines, including TeaTime, Southern Lady, Victoria, and Taste of the South.

Phyllis’s awards are numerous and she is involved with the University of Alabama , as well as a champion of charities that benefit women and children.  The Hoffman Media publications continue to inspire women and focus on the accomplishments of women who bring creativity and graciousness to their lifestyles.  Today I honor the work of Phyllis Hoffman DePiano and her efforts to create a more mindful and lovely lifestyle for her readers.  I would also like to thank her talented writer , Melissa Lester,  for bringing the story of Chestnut Cottage to the readers of Victoria!

If you aren’t familiar with these Hoffman Media publications, I recommend you pick up a few copies.  I have already tried some of the autumn recipes from the last issue of Southern Lady!  And you might want to visit  victoriamag.com,  where you will find some of my entertaining secrets at https://www.victoriamag.com/entertaining-secrets-kathryn-greeley/.


More inspiration that I found in High Point is coming soon!




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As you already know, a lot of entertaining goes on at Chestnut Cottage. We often entertain in our gathering room, which opens off the kitchen.

When we have large crowds at Chestnut Cottage, I often move the coffee table into the master bedroom and put a skirted table for eight in its place.

That yields a table for eight in the kitchen, a table for eight in the gathering room, and eight more in the master bedroom. I love the peacefulness of our bedroom and the fact that I can see into the gathering room.

We love having overnight guests at Chestnut Cottage and have two guestrooms for our special guests.

More shades of blue!

Our powder room certainly has no shortage of blue and white!

Of course my husband Wells wanted equal time for his little wine cellar downstairs!

Hope you have enjoyed a little visit to Chestnut Cottage. Thanks again to the Victoria magazine for the lovely feature in your October issue!

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I am very please to share that Victoria magazine has featured Chestnut Cottage in their October issue!

Victoria has long been a favorite publication of mine due to their features on travel, food, entertaining, and particularly English design!

I hope you will pick up a copy of the October Victoria, curl up in a comfy chair with a cup of tea and savor all this issue has to offer…including Chestnut Cottage!

Most people seem to enter Chestnut Cottage at the back door which opens directly into our spacious kitchen… where I spend a great deal of time.

All entertaining begins here!

I have recently added more “shades of blue and white” in the kitchen with a tree mural on the painted white tongue and groove paneling.

Shades of blue continue to be woven throughout the canvas of Chestnut Cottage.

Every piece of blue and white in this niche gets used regularly!

For the library, I commissioned an Asheville Artist, Bee Sieburg, for this painting depicting Portaferry, County Down, Northern Ireland, which is very close to my grandfather’s family home.

Bee also painted a typical County Down scene for our gathering room.

My favorite room at Chestnut Cottage is the library where blue and white is in every design element!

I’m not the only one who loves this room!

Stay tuned for other rooms featured in Victoria!



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In The Garden

Spring is my favorite time in the garden at Chestnut Cottage.  It is a very busy time and 2018 was no exception!  There is so much to do in the spring garden after the lovely tulips and daffodils have had their show!  There are over thirty window boxes and planters to fill…but not before Mother’s Day.  My grandmother was insistent that no annuals go out before Mother’s Day, for fear of a late frost.  I abide by that little rule and this year, I must admit that I did them the Friday of Mother’s Day weekend!

The English roses were lovely this spring…especially these David Austin Graham Thomas!

But the real star of the Chestnut Cottage garden in spring are my peonies…all 32 plants of them!


I’ve started a collection of peonies and I was inspired to do so by a new book by English author Jane Eastoe.

This book was a nice addition to the library at Chestnut Cottage.  She also has another book I added, Vintage Roses.



The garden at Chestnut Cottage has suffered this season from TOO MUCH RAIN! But a gardener must persevere and hope for a more balanced garden season next year!

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Entertaining Tales From Chestnut Cottage

Oh wow…2018 is flying by!  I have missed checking in on the blog, but my design practice has kept me extremely busy so far in 2018!  But perhaps we could take a stroll back to late winter and early spring for some entertaining tales from Chestnut Cottage.

As you already know, St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays…as it should be since my grandfather is from County Down, Northern Ireland!

This year, we had a lovely little group at Chestnut Cottage to celebrate this important holiday.

Flowers are always an important part of any party at Chestnut Cottage…and this holiday it was “shades of green”!

As you might expect , this was a “collected tabletop”, with several of my favorite green patterns…

A combination of Royal Crown Derby’s “Green Derby Panel” and Bernardaud’s  “Constance”, along with some lovely Italian green stemware and of course my Lismore pattern by Waterford.

And before I could turn around, it was time for our annual Easter celebration lunch at Chestnut Cottage.

We had lots of guests this year, so we had THREE collected tables!

I hope your spring entertaining was enjoyable and successful.  But now we must move on to Spring in the Garden!


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