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, April 29, 2009

Leather, Crystal and Blue and White

That's what is in the room we call the sunroom. The little room that's separated from our bedroom by French doors. It has great windows -- almost two walls of them.

A crystal chandelier hangs from the ceiling and a Waterford lamp is on the oak piece.

And for a nightcap, two Waterford snifters, a couple of crystal decanters of brandy and a bottle of fine cognac. All on a crystal tray.

That's the crystal in the room!

I love blue and white and have way too much of it -- the top of the piece is wonderful to store that blue and white collection. Some pieces are old while others are new and some are quite valuable while most are not. Julius Caesar watches over all.

That's the blue and white in the room!

It's also a book room for it has one wall of built in shelves which are stuffed with books.
Mostly my cookbooks but also garden books and some novels that I love. Which is why this comfy leather chair is in the sunroom. It's my reading chair and the lamp beside it is a 1920's Chinoserie lamp with the original shade. A lamp I drug to the Antiques Roadshow just knowing that I would be one of those $3000 finds (for I've never seen one like it) but, alas, it was a nice lamp from the 20's (which I didn't know) and worth about 3 times what Husband Jim paid for it (for it was a Christmas present one year).
Husband Jim's chair in the sunroom. He has no wonderful Christmas present lamp to read by but he does get the ottoman more often than I!

These are the leather in the room.

There is also an armoire in the room that holds a television and our computer. So besides a reading room it is a workroom and television room as well.

It's a much used small room and one of my favorite rooms in the house -- perhaps it's the windows, perhaps it's the chandelier or perhaps it is because I keep in touch with so many friends via the computer.


The Bloom Girls said...

Wow you have a lot of books! I just love it, it is awesome! That looks like a nice comfy cozy place to settle in and have a nice relaxing afternoon. I love to read and barely get the chance! If I had a room like this, I would make time!


Southerncook said...

I have never heard you talk about this room but I LOVE it. What a charming room.


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

What a wonderfully warm and cozy room. It just says come in sit down and read. Love all of it. Just beautiful and so many gorgeous treasures. Hugs, Marty

Lori E said...

Every home needs a room like this. It would spark a creative mind for sure.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello Martha...

This is my first tour of your sunroom...and I just adore this space!!! It's so beautiful and has such a warm and cozy feel to it! I certainly can see why you and the Mr. love to spend leisurely time here! The leather chairs are perfect! I spend alot of my leisurely time in a big ol' leather chair as well...and you just can't beat it!!! I love your's fabulous! And...the pretty lamp! But my friend, it's your fabulous ceiling that got my's breathtaking!!! I would love to see more photos of it!!!

Thank you for sharing a little more of your beautiful home with us...
Warmest wishes,

Nancy Yoakum said...

What a fabulous room! I love it! I've always dreamed about having built in bookcases, and Dan-the-man wants a leather chair in a big way! I'd be in there all the time. Your house is wonderful, you've doe such a fantastic job decorating..elegant yet cozy all in one!

Smiles, Nancy

Anonymous said...

Martha......I love, love that room. It is so cozy and inviting.I always wanted a book shelf like that, you sure have a lot of favourite is that gorgeous chandelier. It brings a bling to the room.
I've never heard you talk about your sun/room before. Thanks for sharing.


Mary Bergfeld said...

As with everything you've shown us in the past, it's beautiful and speaks of you and Jim. Thanks for sharing the pictures with us.

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Martha,
So very pretty!. I love the mural on the ceiling around your chandelier. The last home we had I had a muralist come and paint a large wall scene in my front room, behind the bed in my guest room, husbands office and all around the front room ceiling, so as you can see I'm very found of your mural. I just purchased a chandelier for my tea cup room, now I'm just waiting for the electrician to install. Martha your room is elegant and at the same time it invites you right in.
Enjoy your day,

Myrna said...

Hi Martha!
Thanks for visiting!
I LOVE your sunroom...I can see why it's your favorite..LOVE the bookcase--so cozy and inviting!
Have a wonderful day!

Unknown said...

Oh, I love your sunroom! What a special place. I would die for some bookshelves like yours, so beautiful!

niartist said...

Oh my! THIS IS GORGEOUS! GORGEOUS! I have a sunroom that I used to keep two leather chairs in, mine is long and narrow - a converted porch in the 30's in our 1920's bungalow. They did a good job converting it - it was just never a lot of space. Anyway - this is outstanding! LOVE LOVE LOVE your blue and white porcelain, and the books, and the fact that you weren't afraid to hang a mirror on the shelving. Oooo, this is perfection! Off to see more of your home (I hope).

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

OMG Girl this room is just lovely...I would spend all my time in the leather chairs and the lamps are beautiful my friend..thanks for sharing your great room...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Diana LaMarre said...

Oh, look at those big, comfy chairs! I wish I had a library/sunroom like that.

Blondie's Journal said...

I just love this room. It exudes comfort! And if I were to visit I would probably spend 3 hours just wandering around looking at all the blue & white (which I could never get enough of), and the pretty crystal. I'd then curl up in the comfy leather chair and read awhile! Cookbooks are my favorite and I love when the author shares some of their life and experiences.

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Have a great day! :-D


Crystal said...

What a charming and cozy room to sit in and relax, read, write etc... I can see why it would be one of your favorite rooms. You must do a lot of reading ;)

Thanks for sharing!

the wild raspberry said...

i would love to have a bookcase like that!!!so many little time.

Anonymous said...

What a cozy reading room. I would pay to spend an afternoon in your reading room just to do nothing but to read and browse your bookcase! :)

Thanks for visiting and leaving the kind comment.

Kathleen said...

That looks like a very comfortable room! It is lovely!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

I would spend a lot of time in this room too. It is so inviting and pretty. I'm not going to start listing what I loved in this room, because I love all of it! One thing you didn't mention that I thought was such a lovely idea is the ceiling (is it a medlion or flowers painted on the ceiling) where the gorgeous chandelier is hanging. I enlarged all of these pictures, because I love all of the room. laurie

Martha said...

It is flowers painted on the ceiling.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a nice sunroom, it looks very cozy and comfortable!


SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a beautiful and cozy sunroom! I love lots of windows too. We so enjoy our glass of cheer and looking out of the windows in the evening ;)