Happy Summer Solstice From Chestnut Cottage!

happy summer solstice from kathryn greeley designs and chestnut cottage

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!

happy summer solstice from kathryn greeley designs and chestnut cottage

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!

happy summer solstice from kathryn greeley designs and chestnut cottage

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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9 Responses to Happy Summer Solstice From Chestnut Cottage!

  1. Luke says:

    The renovations look great! The fretwork design to the front of the Kathryn chair adds such class. It’s appropriately named!

  2. franki says:

    Holie Molie!! It usually starts with…a pillow (then sofa, then, etc.) 🙂 EVERYTHING looks absolutely FAB…I’ll bet you just go in and gaze dreamily at all those “shades of blue!!” Welcome back…it’s HOT! franki

  3. Cindy Weis says:

    Hi Kathryn, how fitting your last post was on your birthday, and this post is on my birthday! love the “refresh” you did at Chestnut Cottage, it is fresh, smart and inviting. I can’t wait to see what is going on in your flower garden, we are finally seeing some of our plants bloom here in Chicago, hope all is well with you and glad you are back at home!

  4. Kathryn Greeley says:

    Cindy,
    It is nice to be back at The Collected Room and be back in touch with you! I enjoy hearing from you on Instragram. All is well here, just busy! When we moved back into the house on the new wood floors, I foolishly had on socks and fell. Now I have to have knee surgery in August! UGH!!
    Kathy

  5. Kathryn Greeley says:

    Thanks Franki! I love being back at the blog and getting to hear from you. More to come!

  6. Kathryn Greeley says:

    Thanks Luke!

  7. franki says:

    KNEE SURGERY…definitely UGH!!! Augusts IS a good month to just…”veg” out…so sorry… franki

  8. Cindy Weis says:

    Oh Kathryn, I am so sorry about the fall, we have wood floors all over our home as well, and on 5/1 my husband took a fall down the stairs, and was in the hospital for 2 months, he is home now and starting to recover, I love those wood floors, but I have decided it is time to invest in a runner down the stairs, we are getting to old to be running up and down in our stocking feet. I have to also have knee replacement this fall, I had my ankle replaced in February so they wanted to wait until that if fully healed (although I have to say it was a very easy surgery), I know you will fly thru surgery, make sure and keep us updated! Happy 4th.

  9. Kathryn Greeley says:

    Oh dear Cindy, you sound like you definitely have more problems than I can imagine! We will have to heal together! I found out yesterday that my knee surgery is going to be the 26th of August, so at least I have some time to “get things in order”! Ha!

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