How can a hostess cultivate a tranquil atmosphere?
Stress doesn’t mix well with entertaining, so relax and enjoy your family and friends. Organization is key to successful entertaining, and the better organized you are, the less stress you will experience.
What value do personal treasures, such as china and linens, add to entertaining?Tabletop collections can soften the hard edges of our busy lives and add beauty and quality to everyday dining, as well as to special occasions. I believe that collections should be used, no matter their age or value. I encourage people to enjoy what they collect.
Text Melissa Lester
Photography Emily Followill
Explore Kathryn Greeley’s Chestnut Cottage in the October 2018 issue of Victoria magazine, and find copies of her book, The Collected Tabletop: Inspirations for Creative Entertaining, online.