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.

Friday, September 19, 2008

The dining room -- a very special room

The dining room at Linderhof is a very special room -- it's the room where we share so much camaraderie with friends. Many meals have been shared with friends around the old mahogany dining table -- the table itself bought from a friend who was moving to Oregon. I think of her, the meals we shared around that table -- first at her quaint restaurant and later at Linderhof after she moved.

It's a bright room and some of my choice pieces of blue and white are in this room -- the beautiful Spode bowl, the large Spode Blue Room platter, the oriental candlesticks that we found at Tuesday Morning but were so pricey that we waited two years until they were marked down 75% before we bought them.

We have an eclectic mix of furniture -- the Duncan Phyfe table and sideboard, the shield back chairs, an Oriental cabinet which holds glasses and serving pieces and the large walnut Victorian wardrobe converted to storage for husband Jim's collection of wine glasses and my Spode Blue Room plates.
We love fresh flowers on the table and nothing suits me better than to have an arrangement in the blue and white bowl. Husband Jim says that that is the only reason I have dinner parties -- so that I can buy fresh flowers for the table. He's not totally right!!! I sometimes but rarely buy them just for me!

When the bowl doesn't hold flowers, it may hold lemons in summer, apples in fall or oranges in winter. It's a useful bowl and it even looks good empty!

These flowers were the prize that I won at the weekly Chamber coffee. They were absolutely beautiful. So beautiful in fact, that I had not one but two dinner parties so that I could not only share my table but share my flowers with dear friends.


Southerncook said...


I LOVE an eclectic choice of furnishings in a home. It gives a unique warmth that your whole house obviously has and it says so much about the people living there. You have a wide range of likes and dislikes but they all tie together.

Those candle holders are gorgeous and they needed the perfect home that they have found. And your flowers are gorgeous. Beautiful pic of the dining room that you share so much in. Oh if walls could talk right?


Mary Bergfeld said...

What a beautifully appointed room. Strangers would feel welcome at your table.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful room Martha! I too love the pic on the wall! Love the blog too!

glynda said...

Martha, thank you so much for opening Linderhof to us. It is beautiful~