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.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The heart and soul of a home . . .

It has been said that the kitchen is the heart of the home and that is certainly true at Linderhof.

Although our heart is small (it's floor space is only 10 by 10) it works big. We have two nice windows -- one over the sink, the other over the stove so it is a light space. Favorite jars are on the countertops, much beloved copper pots hang from the ceiling and are at my fingertips when needed. Without much wall space, we find odd places for "kitchen art". A French poster on Chinese Tea is hung on the refrigerator cabinet. A reminder of a great day spent with friends at a home tour.

But the dining room is the soul.

It is where we share our hospitality with our friends. Great meals and great wines enjoyed with even greater company. With a dining room table that is always set for six but can expand to seat 12, the dining room is the scene of heated political conversations as well as much laughter.

In my early years, when I lived in houses that had both an eat in kitchen and dining room, I always said that if I had a choice I would choose a non-eat in kitchen and a dining room over an eat in kitchen and no dining room. For a home needs both a heart and a soul.

We enjoy having friends over for dinner and so many friends have shared our table with us, thus making sure that Linderhof's soul runs deep.


Mary Bergfeld said...

I love the poster! Your kitchen is almost as warm and lovely as you.

Martha said...

Thanks, Mary, it's not fancy -- it's a food factory.

The only things that don't have a purpose is the art!


Liliana said...

What a wonderful description of your kitchen and dining room 'heart and soul'! I also have a 'non-eat kitchen' with the dining room right next to it and love the set-up.

Caribbean Dreamer said...

Martha - some time ago I inherited a set of copper cookware. For the past couple of years, I've used it as decor in my gourmet shop but I was thinking of cleaning it up and using it at home. The outside of the pots/pans looks great, but the insides need a good cleaning. Any ideas on what to use/how to do it?