Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

A small room with a big heart

A favorite room is our breakfast room. Added on last fall it is a small room for an addition -- only 8 by 14 but it seems larger for it has three walls of windows and so it seems that the walls extend into the garden.

It, too, is the only room that we have decorated in one fell swoop rather than slowly over time.

It is the room where my favorite gardening books reside on the shelves of the baker's rack.

It is the room where the orchids and ferns live year round.

It is the room where the jasmine and citrus live in the winter.

It is the room where we start the day (hence it's name "breakfast room")

With 3 walls of glass, a wall of brick, a floor of brick and a ceiling of beadboard, it reminds one of a porch that has been enclosed. That was our goal when constructing this addition to our 1920's house.

And as it was being constructed, we carefully thought of what we would put into it -- a baker's rack for the plants and books and a few decoratives, a table and chairs so that we could take meals there.

And one by one, the pieces came together -- the chairs from our own basement which Husband Jim painted black and I highlighted in gold, the baker's rack from an antique shop in our little town and the table from a favorite antique store in a bigger town, the chandelier an "already had" $5 garage sale purchase -- purchased for another purpose but perfect for our new room.

We really enjoy this, our smallest room, on a daily basis and although it is a small room it lives big!


pve design said...

When I was a wee young lassie, I embroidered a sign for my Grandmother's kitchen/ breakfast nook-
"No matter where I serve my guests it seems they like this room the best" I think you need one of those to hang proudly in your big hearted small room. Sounds like a good Country Song....

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