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.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Baker's Rack

It's Monday which means that it's time to visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch to see what other transformations have taken place.

After we built the breakfast room we found a perfect baker's rack for one wall. A great place for plants, some birds, the garden books.
But I found that the first year, the plants did well on the baker's rack -- from this winter on, it was a bit too hot for the plants -- so I got another rack for the plants and moved them to the north window -- they are MUCH happier there!

So, with the plants gone -- SOMETHING needed to go on the baker's rack . . .

And, I have a big collection of blue and white -- mostly Spode pieces.

And I love the look of the Welsh dressers filled with transferware often blue and white
So I decided to put the blue and white on the baker's rack -- a great way to display a favorite collection -- I can "show off" my teapots and my tureens and I think it gives me a bit of that English country look in the breakfast room.
Because the shelves are glass, to get the plates to stand up I used plate stands, small metal ones and I don't think they are that noticable.

The red tureen is there to give the blue and white some "punch"! It's the unexpected element of the baker's rack and picks up the red in the lampshade.
I like the new look of the baker's rack -- I like the fact that I can see and admire my blue and white every day.

I'm probably the last person to have a baker's rack, Welsh dresser or cabinet in which there is a display of transferware! Everyone else has had theirs "forever"!

Will it be that way forever? Probably not. But it does suit me for now!


Lori @ Msslaydbug said...

I love the way this looks ! You're right the red and white does give it a little extra "punch". Thanks for sharing !

The Bloom Girls said...

Very pretty. I like the light coming through from the window behind your baker's rack.
Beautiful dishes!
Nashville, TN

Kammy said...

Very pretty and so deserving of your Spode !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

This is beautiful Martha! I love the look of Welsh Dressers too.

Keetha Broyles said...

It looks lovely

Anonymous said...

Hi Martha! Oh, I love this! I love plates and yours look wonderful in this great shelf!
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Cass @ That Old House said...

OK Martha, now this is getting spooky -- we both have the Johnson Bros Indies china, and now I see you have the same Fitz and Floyd red and white tureen that I have!

Your bakers rack looks great -- very evocative of a Welsh dresser, but so much lighter looking in that setting.

As to kids coming back after college, my older one went right onto doctoral studies in California, so her room has morphed into a second guest room.

Anne however decided to delay grad school by a year or two, so she's back in the nest. This will take some adjusting!

Barb said...

Your bakers rack is out of this world. I love it!!


Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Martha,
I love your blue transferware. Spode is one of my favorites too. The blue and white is always so refreshing.I do not have a backers rack, so you are not the last. My kitchen and dinning area are both really small so one will not fit, so I will enjoy yours.
It all looks so pretty. Your cherubs are great, I will have to get one for my garden.
Have a wonderful day,

Blue Creek Home said...

Martha- I appreciate you stopping by Blue Creek Home. I just got here, so a quick "job well done" to you, and I'm off to read more about Lines from Linderhof. I hope you have lots more photos of your home posted.

niartist said...

Oh Martha - you know I love this! The blue and white there is so beautiful.

Mary Bergfeld said...

Martha, the baker's rack is the perfect spot to display your blue and white piecs. It looks lovely there. Enjoy today.

Pam said...

What a beautiful baker's rack - it looks nice in front of the window.

Lori E said...

Two bakers is that fair? I don't even have one.
It is nice that you get to see your pieces in the open and probably will be more inclined to use them.

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

Your Spode collection is incredible. Love the bakers rack too. They are a real handy piece to have.

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Wanted to come by and thank you for the nice note you left me in my garden. I enjoyed seeing yours too.

Cathy said...

What a beautiful display of blue and white on your bakers rack. I especially like it in fron of your window.

caren said...

How beautiful! You are right the red adds the extra "umph".

Decor To Adore said...

Oh it looks like delicious spring!

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

Your bakers rack looks great with all your beautiful blue and white transferware. Great idea! Happy Met Monday to you! Huggy Hugs!