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