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.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

A Window Seat

I've always wanted a window seat. To curl up with a good book on a rainy or snowy day. A place to pile pillows so that when you read, there is always a pillow behind your back.

Linderhof was not "born" with a window seat. With all of the "I've always wanteds" that Linderhof had, the window seat was not one of them.
We rectified that, however, when daughter Sarah was still in high school and still at home. Her bedroom, the second of the two bedrooms at Linderhof lacked a focal point. It was a room of four walls -- two of which had windows. Unlike the other rooms, there was no fireplace as a focal point.

We decided, therefore, that we would build shelves and cupboards on both sides of the window with a window seat between. The shelves would help corral a teenager's messiness and the cupboards would allow storage of all those things that a teen accumulates. The window seat, itself, although in her room, would allow storage of extra linens and Christmas gifts.The shelves now hold our books and some of our bibelots. The room is our guest room. Our star guest, of course, is daughter Sarah and her Andy.

I'm often far too busy to spend time on my much wanted window seat which overlooks the back garden, watching the rain or snow. But last week we had a rainy afternoon and I had some time. A favorite book, Diary of a French Herb Garden beckonend for it is herb garden time.

It was a great way to wile away the afternoon.


Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a great idea to make a window seat! I have always loved window seats, but have never had one.

Your home, and your blog, is beautiful!

I also enjoyed seeing your tablescapes!


Blondie's Journal said...

What a sweet cozy spot to curl up in to read or daydream. I'm glad you enjoyed your afternoon.


Susan @ The Good Life! said...

Your window seat looks comfortable and inviting!

Amy said...

I totally love your windowseat! What a wonderful place to curl up and read a book. What a gorgeous addition to your home. Very nice job. Amy

Erica said...

Martha.......what a nice window seat. Thats always my dream of having one too. It looks very inviting........teacup.

Schnitzel and the Trout said...

Thank you for teaching me something new. With German being my first language I sometimes still feel inadequate in English words. Bibelot is a word I have never heard of before, so I searched it out and learned something new.

JudyBug said...

I love window seats and always wanted one. This is just beautiful!


Pondside said...

I like the idea of making one's dreams reality - like making a window seat from an empty space.

This morning, for the first time, I tuned into The Barefoor Contessa. Thanks very much for the introduction to the books and show. Today she made shortribs - guess what will be on the menu at Pondside one evening this week?

Decor To Adore said...

I have always wanted a window sheet too. We have two bay window but neither is in a place where I'd want a window seat. :)

The Norwegian said...

It is TRUE that a window seat beckons! Do we EVER curl up and read like we'd like to? A rainy day is perfect. I have been TAKING the time to read - making it a priority(after caring for loved ones) and notice how much it enhances everyday life.

Elaine said...

Oh yes, a window seat has always been on my "I wish I had it" list. But no window seat yet. My next project is getting curtains for all the windows. My new condo came with only blinds in most rooms.

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a lovely comment. I'm going to check some of your earlier posts.

Nancy Yoakum said...

What a lovely window seat! I can imagine curling up and reading a good book while sipping on a cup of tea! We have two dormers upstairs that I would like to put window seats in. I don't think they would be to tricky to build, but then again I always have on rose colored glasses.

Emily said...

Oh, yes. A window seat is definitely on my list of "I've always wanted's" too. Yours is really beautiful. Great to "meet" a fellow Kansas blogger. There don't seem to be all that many. Stop by again soon!