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, September 27, 2009

Reprise - The Heart and Soul of a Home

This was originally posted on September 23, 2008. I truly feel that a home has both a heart and a soul -- the kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home -- and it is!

But the dining room is the soul. It is around the table that friendships grow; it is around the table that family is fed. It is around the table that the soul is fed!

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It has been said that the kitchen is the heart of the home and that is certainly true at Linderhof.

Although our heart is small (it's floor space is only 10 by 10) it works big. We have two nice windows -- one over the sink, the other over the stove so it is a light space. Favorite jars are on the countertops, much beloved copper pots hang from the ceiling and are at my fingertips when needed. Without much wall space, we find odd places for "kitchen art". A French poster on Chinese Tea is hung on the refrigerator cabinet. A reminder of a great day spent with friends at a home tour.

But the dining room is the soul.

It is where we share our hospitality with our friends. Great meals and great wines enjoyed with even greater company. With a dining room table that is always set for six but can expand to seat 12, the dining room is the scene of heated political conversations as well as much laughter.

In my early years, when I lived in houses that had both an eat in kitchen and dining room, I always said that if I had a choice I would choose a non-eat in kitchen and a dining room over an eat in kitchen and no dining room. For a home needs both a heart and a soul.

We enjoy having friends over for dinner and so many friends have shared our table with us, thus making sure that Linderhof's soul runs deep.


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

What a great post. I love it. I so agree that the kit. is the heart and the din. is the soul. Hugs, Marty

Amy said... are so right. Not much thought is given to our diningrooms. It truly is the soul of the home. Much good food and conversation is always anticipated in our diningroom too.

The Bramble Patch said...

Very timely post. We are contemplating purchasing a new home. The one we like the best has a great room; not a formal dining room. Being a southern lady through and through this is the one thing that has bothered me about the otherwise perfect home. My traditional values are crossed with my need to downsize and simplify.

Blondie's Journal said...

I know that your dining room DOES get a lot of use!! I think you are the queen of dinner parties! And wonderfull parties indeed! The room is so warm and inviting, as is your kitchen. I really like the jars on your counter for all your immediate needs and I love the toile plate behind the sink area!

Great post! :-)


Mary Bergfeld said...

Both the kitchen and dining room are nearly as charming as you, Martha. You've created a haven for your your family.

Southerncook said...

This post that I have never seen really spoke to me for so many reasons. You are so very right about the heart and soul of a home and I only wish I could have the opportunity to sit at your dining room table. Of all of your blog posts I think this is truly my favorite.


Lori E said...

I love to entertain and feed people. I agree with you about the dining room and was ever so happy when we got rid of our old small table and replaced it with a giant size (for us) pine table.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Martha...

What a lovely way of thinking about the kitchen and dining room...the Heart and Soul of the home!!! I had never quite thought of it this way...the dining room being the soul...but as you said, it's so true!!! Ohhh yes...I'm so blessed to have a dining room in this home! In most of my previous homes, I've had an eat-in kitchen...I'm really enjoying my dining room! It's so much better for entertaining!!!

Well my friend, I loved getting to see your kitchen! Of course, I enlarged the photos so I could drink in all the lovely details! Your kitchen is so warm and inviting...your decor definitely unique...and I love it!!! Love all those pretty copper pans hanging from the pot rack! And I love all the pretty glass bottles and canisters that you have on the pretty and so functional at the same time! Also enjoyed seeing your dining room again, as's fabulous!!!

Thank you so much for joining in with Sunday Favorites again this week, my friend...great post!!! I loved it!!!

Have a super Sunday!

Linda said...

Lovely post. Glad I found my way here on my first Sunday Favourites.

Diann @ The thrifty Groove said...

I so agree. Meals in the dining room are filled with discussion and laughs.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

When looking for our present house, I told the realtor I wanted a formal dining room. Our house is somewhat open concept so it works ok. BTW, congratulations on winning the votives.

podso said...

I love the way you express your dining room and the hospitality that goes on there as the "soul" of your house. I'm sure we would enjoy many a good conversation (and good food) around your table. I always admire your house on the header when I visit your blog! And, your dining room set is the same one I grew up with, and it's now in my sister's dining room! Beautiful, a "classic."

Anonymous said...

Great post! When friends come we seldom get up from the table as it seems to be such a cozy and relaxing place for most people!