By Karin Glendenning
Community News Writer
It will be six years in July since Kitty Stone moved into her home in Summertown, a neighborhood with which she was familiar since she spent summers there as a child. “I was staying at Glen Mary (her family’s summer home on the brow) and was walking by here when I saw the for sale sign,” she said of the house, which was only two years old.
“I’ve been so happy up here,” she said. “It’s hard to believe how much fun you can have up here in Walden.” Mrs. Stone moved to Signal from Missionary Ridge where she lived with her late husband, Dr. Harry Stone, and where they raised their children.
Her house has a living room, dining room, full bath, kitchen, breakfast area and family room on the first floor. Upstairs are three bedrooms and a large bonus room over the garage. Mrs. Stone said she loves having all the extra space when her seven grandchildren visit. “They love the bonus room. They can relax in here and just have fun,” she said.
When she bought the house, most of the rooms were painted in beige tones, but she soon changed the colors to suit her tastes. The large entrance hall, living room, kitchen and family room are now all painted a soft yellow that coordinates beautifully with Mrs. Stone’s furniture. Upstairs two of the bedrooms and the bonus space are also yellow, and the master bedroom is pale pink.
“I give all the credit for the colors to Jane Harper. She helped me so much,” said Mrs. Stone of her friend, who is a former local interior designer and also helped her choose the window treatments.
Mrs. Stone has used traditional furniture, many pieces of which are family heirlooms, throughout the house. In fact, almost everything in her mountain home she had in her house on the Ridge.
An important change for Mrs. Stone was the addition of a screened porch, located off the family room, a place she loves to sit and uses often when entertaining. On it sit old wicker chairs and a glider, made comfy with yellow and white striped cushions and floral pillows. Mrs. Stone was given the wicker pieces by a Summertown family many years ago, and she used them when she lived on the Ridge. She believes them to be at least 100 years old and finds it fitting that they have now “come home.”
Lots of bird houses, painted decoratively, sit on a ledge around the porch, announcing Mrs. Stone’s love for birds. In her yard she has more birdhouses and several feeders to attract her feathered friends. She even orders mealy worms by mail to stock her bluebird feeder.
The porch looks out on the side yard of the home where Mrs. Stone’s green thumb is quite evident. Many of the plants that grow there came from her former home and have been successfully established in her new yard. In the back yard beside the driveway is a cutting garden that gets full sun. Nearby is a large grassy space where Mrs. Stone sets up a badminton court when her grandchildren visit.
When she moved in, she said the yard had nothing in it. ”Pat Lea (local landscape designer) was a great help with the yard,” said Mrs. Stone, who loves to share her flowers, taking cut ones to friends and always offering to dig up a few things for fellow gardeners.
Throughout her home are collections of things that Mrs. Stone loves. For example small pitchers, some she inherited from her mother and grandmother, sit on shelves in a bathroom. In another spot is an old printer’s tray filled with shells gathered at the beach.
Art, collected over the years, graces many walls. In the living room are two paintings by June Ellen Marsh of St. Simons, Ga., where Mrs. Stone’s family used to vacation when she was a child. Also many family photos are scattered through the rooms.
Mrs. Stone said she loves living on the mountain because she has so many wonderful memories of spending time here as a young girl and has so many close friends up here. It’s obvious she fits right in. On Easter Sunday morning, she awoke to find a statue of a turkey, surrounded by colored eggs, on her front lawn, placed there by a neighbor who knew she would appreciate the joke. And on her recent birthday, another friend who lives down the street, hung a Happy Birthday sign and a huge bunch of balloons on her fence. “I’m so happy I moved here,” she said.
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