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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, August 30, 2009

Reprise -- At Linderhof Always Look Up

This post was originally written on June 2, 2008 -- when Lines at Linderhof was still in its infancy. Plain white ceilings are not part of Linderhof but not all have decorative painting around the light fixture. I'm pleased with our ceilings and wanted to share them with you again. Please join Chari at Happy to Design and see what everyone's Sunday Favorites are.

At Linderhof -- at least upstairs you should always look up! For I've come to paint the ceilings -- creative painting around the light fixtures.

This is in our sunroom and was my first. The colors were chosen to compliment the border in the room and yes, the ceiling is dark green. Except for the kitchen, the ceilings at Linderhof are never plain boring white. We have a mirror on a tall piece of furniture that reflects the chandelier as well as the decorative painting thus doubling the impact of this my first "work of art".

We hung a new chandelier in the upstairs bathroom and it threw an interesting reflection on the ceiling and so with ladder in tow and paint in hand, I "painted" the shadow.
I found, however, that I had to paint at night for the shadow didn't really show up in the daytime! At night it is an interesting effect with the painting on the ceiling emphasized by the shadow from the chandelier.

I wanted to do something in the guest room and often in meetings I would draw sketches of what to do with that ceiling. I must admit that some of my plans were grand -- too grand actually -- for they would have started painting about a foot out all around the ceiling and then do decorative painting out from each corner. But sketching plans on paper is not the same as standing on a ladder with a paper plate of paint and I realized that these grand sketches would not be doable.

And then at a flea market I ended up with an Old Victorian magazine in a bunch that I had purchased. Leafing through the magazine I saw a glimpse of a ceiling painting around a light fixture.

That was it!!!
And so, I made my interpretation of that partial picture. It's still bigger than either of the others -- six feet across and unlike the others, it is done in oils rather than acrylics because of the roses.

But it was by far the easiest of the three to do although I did the painting for the most part standing on the bed that was in that room (I loathe moving furniture for "little" things!)

I enjoy the decorative ceilings upstairs and it was fun to let my creativity flow to make Linderhof's ceilings unique.


Patricia @ ButterYum said...

My shoulder is sore just thinking about it. Looks very nice though. Thanks for sharing!

Erica [teacup] said...

Martha..... I love your ceilings they look great!!!! You sure are one talented lady. Thanks for sharing.

Cass @ That Old House said...

So if I had known you were doing these projects, I'd have bought stock in Advil -- wow, how did your neck muscles survive? You should have gotten a platform you could lie down on, like Michelangelo did.

This is a great idea. I blush to say our ceilings are all plain boring antique white, although a couple have wounds left by the central air installers last year to add some textural interest.

Love the dark ceiling -- I love the coziness that a dark ceiling can give. You are one creative lady, and one who takes risks. I love that!

Nancy Yoakum said... are a first rate artist and your home is so lovely!
I feel honored I got to see these works of art first hand and know it was a labor of love! Your home is beautiful!

Smiles, Nancy

Peg said...

I really like your ceilings... what a great idea! I think I am about to do a crazy painting project at my house too. We have an upstairs bedroom with a slanted ceiling and dormer windows. I'm toying with the idea of painting the walls and ceiling sky blue, maybe adding a few clouds, and around the furniture painting a few farm scenes... cows on one wall, a hen on her nest on another. The room will be for my granddaughters when they come to visit. I found it interesting that you used oils. I'm actually more experienced with oil, but I plan to use acrylics for my scenes... I think it will be easier to cover if/when I want something different. Any hints or suggestions will be appreciated!

Southerncook said...

I love this post of your ceilings and you are so artistic. There is no end to your wealth of talents. Each one is so very beautiful.


SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Very creative and pretty! My neck hurts just thinking about accomplishing that beautiful task, though! I didn't realize painting was another one of your artistic talents. Well done!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh my, these are all incredible. I can't paint a straight line and just look at all the wonderful things you have created. I love them all. Beautiful. Hugs, Marty

Mary Bergfeld said...

Oh, my word! That had to be a labor of love, Martha. They are beautiful.

*Ulrike* said...

I would have gotten a crick in my neck! Wow! That is a lot of talent. It is a great idea to do something like that....Christopher Lowell always suggested painting ceilings a color on his tv show and in his books. I really like all of your designs!

xinex said...

Wow! Amazing! I can imagine how much work it took but the beauty makes it all worth it. i hope you did not get a stiff neck...Christine

Deanna said...

Dear One,
Very interesting and pretty ceilings!
What fun and so cheery.
May you have a great week,

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello Martha...

So happy to have you join in with the fun of Sunday Favorites this week, my friend!!!

What a fabulous post to reshare with us! Ohhh my goodness...your ceiling paintings are absolutely gorgeous!!! I'm so impressed!!! I don't think it would be easy to paint a ceiling but you did a marvelous job! It really is in the details and Linderhof is just full of these lovely details...making it such a special place!!! I sure would love to try this...I've done a little painting but it's always been on the wall! It just really showcases your beautiful chandliers!!! Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us sure are a talented lady!!!

Have a super Sunday, my friend!

Anonymous said...

Your ceilings are so beautiful and different from anything I've seen. I think it was a very creative idea. I bet it's really pretty in the evening.

Shirley said...

You are certainly a talented artist. I can't imagine looking up that long to be painting. How did you do it? The ceilings are beautiful. I especially like the dark ceiling. So different. I forgot to link up last evening and didn't link my re-run till tonight! Oh well!

2Sammi said...

Martha, you are a wonderful artist. Your ceilings are beautiful.


Martha said...

The hardest thing about painting on the ceiling is that you are on a ladder -- you CANNOT take a step back to eye your work!

And actually, the biggest one was the easiest and I'm not sure why.