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.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Here -- There -- Everywhere -- or the dining tables at Linderhof!

When we first moved to Linderhof, there was but one place to eat . . . the dining room --

and so, we took our breakfast bacon and eggs or oatmeal,

the luncheon sandwich, or

the dinner plate

at our dining room table. It's mahogany -- dating from perhaps the 20's and was originally one of the dining room tables at the Courtland Restaurant in Fort Scott. It's a Duncan Phyfe and fit in perfectly at Linderhof. It was a gift of the owner when she retired and moved to Oregon -- she felt it would fit in perfectly at Linderhof. I agree and she was able to come back many times and share a meal at "her" table!

The chairs are mahogany shield back dining room chairs that definitely need recovering now -- some of the chairs are a bit "tattered". They once belonged to Mike Murphy, a Kansas City radio personality and they do fit in well with the table and sideboard.

I've always liked dining rooms and felt that given a choice, I would choose a dining room and a small kitchen over no dining room and a large eat in kitchen.

Little did I realize that when we moved to Linderhof and I had my nice dining room and a small kitchen that eating every meal in the dining room was perhaps not all that fun!

So for quite a while, this dining room table was the only table at Linderhof !

And so -- after 19 years, we added, what we called The Breakfast Room -- actually, it is more than just breakfast -- for always eat our luncheon sandwich and often, when it is the two of us , it is there that we take our evening meal. (After our 6 o'clock martini.)
It's a perfect place for it although a small room, it overlooks the garden and we can watch the birds breakfast in the morning.

It is the best thing that we've ever done at Linderhof . . . . it is small (only 8 x 14) but it lives BIG!

The table is English, an antique and mahogany. It's oval and is Duncan Phyfe in style as well. It is fairly new to us and we think that it's the perfect table for the breakfast room. The chairs are Duncan Phyfe as well but husband Jim painted them black and that made them perfect for this -- our little room!

On warm spring nights or warm fall nights or cool summer nights, we love to eat outdoors on the patio -- be it breakfast or dinner. Nothing like a pot of coffee and the paper and being out in the garden. A great way to start the day. The tables are metal mesh and have held up well -- for we've had them for 13 years and have never done anything with them! The chairs were from Sam's -- we got 8 so that we could have company. They're metal mesh as well and have held up remarkedly well considering our harsh summers and even harsher winters.

The metal mesh seem to "disappear" in the garden and although I yearn for a more French style to the garden -- those wonderful slatted French garden chairs, these are servicable and comfortable even though not as stylish as I'd like.

But who knows -- if I find some of those garden chairs . . . . these may be history!
The last table at Linderhof is the one on our screened in front porch. It's used more for mail or a glass of iced tea or a cup of tea in the afternoon than a meal. But if we dine in the breakfast room, we'll start with appetizers and drinks here. (For I believe in a movable feast whenever we have company).

The table actually is a metal base and a glass top but I think the skirted table goes better with the mix of wicker and bamboo chairs. They're comfortable -- be it for a drink and nosh or just sitting and reading and sipping some tea.
I'm sharing my Dining Tables this Tuesday for it's Three or More Tuesday which is hosted by The Gypsy's Corner. My tables qualify for I've got four! Stop by and visit with Tam and see what everyone else has three or more of. It's always a fun Tuesday!


Carolyn said...

I enjoyed seeing all your dining tables-I don't know which is my favorite because they are all so lovely.

Unknown said...

Love the idea of having a "movable meal".

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

You have so many charming spots to dine, or just to sit and sip a drink. I love all of them. laurie

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

All three of your dining areas are just gorgeous. Your Dining room is wonderful, and I just love the garden. What a great place to start the day. Hugs, Marty

Barbara Jean said...

Wow. How wonderful to have all those beautiful pales to 'dine'.

I'm a bit green right now.


Barbara jean

Tammy518 said...

What pretty places you have to dine, and I love the buffet in your breakfast room!

Penny said...

It is nice to have a variety of places to dine. Your house is lovely and well used.

Chris said...

I would have trouble deciding where to eat each meal! What a beautiful home you have. I'd love enjoying a meal at any of your tables!

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

Wow, isn't it wonderful to have choices and they're all so beautiful!!!

Poppedijne said...

This diningroom table is picture perfect. How nice it must be to have dinerparty with such a great dining room Love the little breakfast room table too. I'm am missing that. We eat in our kitchen since our diningroom table sits 10 to 12 people!

Mary Bergfeld said...

Your dining areas are perfect. Your home is a warm and beautiful place, Martha.

Carrie said...

Each one of your dining settings is lovely and inviting and expresses your own love of sharing your home. Thanks for sharing via Three of More Tuesday!

joey said...

Oh how lucky you are ... each table unique and area charming ... where even the simplest of foods taste better!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

How amazing you are, you certainly know how to eat in style. I must confess, Gary and I eat most of the time at our breakfast bar. We really should use our dinning room table more. Maybe this coming weekend I will surprise him and set the dinning room table.
You are on inspiration.
Enjoy your day,

Chrissie said...

All of your eating areas are charming. We love to eat in the garden in the evening, if the weather had been just a little bit warmer :-) We look forward to next summer :-)

Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh I loved this tour of the Tables of Linderhof! What fun, and do you know that a Duncan Phyfe double pedestal table and shield back chairs are my FAVORITE dining room furniture? I love the look, and I love the ease of the table with its pedestals. I used to have a set -- we wore it OUT! (It was not good, bought it the year after we got married at a junky antiques shop in Pittsburgh.)

BUT that big blue bowl in the first picture -- on the table -- oh MY goodness, that is one spectacular piece of gorgeousness. Wow. LOVE it.

(My old mesh outdoor table is almost as old as my kids and still going strong, although the chairs did poop out eventually.)

Thanks for a great tour!

Jean said...

Wonderful tables for a wonderful cook and hostess!