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 20, 2009

A Victorian Breakfast Room

It's Monday and time for Met Monday hosted by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. We've lived at Linderhof for a long time and so there is never many changes. However, every once in a while there is a change.

Labor Day weekend we went "junking" -- our term for visiting antique shops and flea markets. And in one of the stores, we did find a "find". . . .

Our breakfast room is a room of windows where we start out day and usually end our day. It is a recent (two year old) addition. It came together like a HGTV show -- a baker's rack and a table bought and upon completion of the room, we "loaded" them as well as accesories into the room. It took about half an hour.
The baker's rack was good for the plants that we kept in this room of windows but in summer it was rather bare -- the plants living outside.
So I moved my blue and white china out there -- with the intention of bringing back the plants come winter.

But then we found this wonderful Victorian piece. The mirrors strangely make the room seem bigger. And it makes it seem more like a Victorian breakfast room. And a place for an afternoon cup of tea (with teacups and teapots stored inside). A proper cup of tea -- with real napkins, china cups and saucers and scones and sandwiches. Plus I like the fact that the chandelier is reflected in the mirror.

The piece is painted black -- but it always has been -- which meant that even for it's Victorian style, it was probably a piece for the working family rather than living it's first life in a mansion.

It necessitated another trip (because naturally, we were in our small car) which is why we went to Branson. This winter, when the big floor plants are brought inside, I think it will have a definite feel of a Victorian conservatory.


Unknown said...

Oh that room has such charm. It looks cozy and so welcoming.
Happy Twirls

Anonymous said...

What a lovely room! I love all the looks you have achieved - the buffet with mirrors is a real keeper!


Michelle said...

I love the entire beauiful yet so comfortable. Love the baker's rack but the victorian piece is gorgeous!

Let it Shine said...

This room is absolutely gorgeous!!!


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

What a fabulous piece. I love all of the pretty mirrors and the wonderful detail the whole piece has. Great character. What a great find. Your room is just gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

The victorian piece really added a lot of character to the room and it is so practical. I have a blue and white pot that I plant paper whites in like your pot on the table.

niartist said...

BEAUTIFUL Martha! Of course, you know that I loved Linderhof breakfast room as it was ... but this is a gorgeous addition! Thanks for sharing!

Pondside said...

I love the idea of a special place to start and finish the day - especially a place full of light. I think the new piece is a beautiful addition to the Breakfast Room.

Kammy said...

You are so lucky to have a breakfast room !!! I love how you decorated it - really am loving the china !

Jane said...

Your room is beautiful...what a wonderful place to start and end the day. Your addition of the buffet was perfect.
I have only driven through Ft. Scott but have never had the opportunity to stop. I know it has a lot of history and looks like a charming town. I grew up in Atchison KS...another historical KS town.
Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Penny said...

What a great addition to the room. The first thing that crossed my mind was - more storage for future "finds".

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Martha...

My friend, this breakfast room is so sweet! It has the such ambiance! I really did like your pretty baker's rack and display of dishes but myyyy, oh myyy...this antique Victorian buffet is fabulous!!! about're absolutely right about how this lovely piece gives this room the look and feel of an English tea room! Love the unusual shape of the mirrors!!! Soooo pretty! Thank you for sharing this pretty hutch/buffet with us today! Your home is so beautiful, my friend!!!

Have a marvelous Monday!
PS...left you a little note on your "Sweetie Jars" post!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Absolutely beautiful, Martha! I love your room, too!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely breakfast room! You worked amazing magic with all your fabulous finds!

Debbykay @ Rose Cottage Gardens and Farm

Deanna said...

Hello from elsewhere in Kansas!
It's storming this morning and suppose to rain all week.

This room is charming!
I sure enjoy visiting your blog.

May you have a blessed life,

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Everything is so perfect and pretty. I love seeing pictures of your home.
I just learned how to follow (I know I am a bit behind). I have had you listed as a favorite and wanted to follow as well, but I can't seem to find your follow button, what should I do?.
Enjoy your day,

Reading Tea Leaves said...

Thank you Martha for visiting my blog. I love your room and the addition of the Victorian piece looks perfect in there. Strange to think that over there in Kansas you will be enjoying afternoon tea in a very English-looking conservatory!! Wonderful!


Monica said...

Oh my! Your breakfast room is fabulous!
So charming.

Mary Bergfeld said...

There is a lot of charm packed into that room, Martha. It is really lovely.

Roeshel said...

What a beautiful room. I just love Victorian charm!



Brenda Pruitt said...

I love that room of yours! Just love it. And that piece is beautiful.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh Martha, this is the room with the beautiful brick floor! I love this room.

I agree with you about faux ... I don't use much but I do prefer it look "real" -- except in the case of glass and pottery pumpkins! Those I think of as ... sculpture. Yeah, that's the ticket!