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.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas . . . . in the dining room

In our dining room. The decorations are up and this year we've decided to go with a more simpler Christmas leaving many of our Christmas treasures on the Christmas shelf in the basement. Two that we did bring up were the pine cone trees for the dining room buffet. At least ten years old, we bought them at a deep discount after Christmas (from a store now no longer in business) -- one in Kansas City and one in Wichita. The pedastals we picked up somewhere a few years later and they are the perfect base for them. A gold ribbon on top puts the finishing touch on the trees.

The dining room mantle with fresh greens only. It houses my beloved collection of soapstone and we decided that this year, fresh greens would be the best enhancement. For $5 at Sam's, I got a nice package of mixed greens -- enough for the mantle. The smell in the house is heavenly!

The dining room table without fuss and feathers but rather an old Chinese footbath and two white poinsettia plants. A pair of silver candlesticks. It's simplicity and it's Christmas.

It is too tall whenever we have company for dinner and so when we have a dinner party, we'll change it out for a more height appropriate arrangement -- so that everyone can see and be seen!

I love the simplicity of this Christmas at Linderhof.


Mary Bergfeld said...

Martha, it is indeed "beginning to look a lot like Christmas" at the Linderhof's. Your dining room would make Charles Dickens smile. It is lovely.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

The dining room table arrangement is gracious and lovely.

Anonymous said...

Martha.........yes your dining room does look like Christmas. I love your fireplace.
........and I might add I have the same container that you have on your dining room table with the poinsetta. Does your's have a scene on the bottom of the container? B/c mine does. Your flower looks very nice in it.