Linderhof


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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.

Monday, January 18, 2010

My Bedside Table

My bedside table is an old English bamboo table bought years ago at a shop. It wasn't always my bedside table for it was beside a chair in the sunroom, then it was the bedside table in the guest room but last year I moved it next to my side of the bed.
On top of the table are the "necessaries" -- a lamp (an old Oriental that I found years ago and have always loved -- the pink in the lamp goes well with the pink in the wallpaper), a clock (not to waken me but so that I will know what time it is), a box (to hide my reading glasses and perhaps any pills I may be taking -- it is vain, I suppose, to hide the glasses!), and books (the top one -- The 3,000 Mile Garden is my current read. Awaiting their turn in the queue French Provincial Furniture (a 1930's book -- I love antique books about antiques!), The Auberge of the Flowering Heath (a favorite read that is both travel book and food book), and A Table on the Tarn (the story of an inn in France and it appears to be more than just a cookbook).
Besides the necessities are a vase of flowers -- I love to wake to a bouquet of flowers and in the summer, there are usually flowers on the bedside table. This winter, the flowers are there because our daughter visited last weekend. Tradition is that there is always a bouquet of fresh flowers and a welcoming light on in her room when she comes. I'm enjoying the flowers before they fade. Two pictures of two of my favorite people -- daughter Sarah and Aunt Pearl -- in silver frames. And a wee iron rabbit under a glass cloche. It serves no purpose, it's only there because I like it!

Please join Barb at Grits and Glamour for Tabletop Tuesday. Tabletop vignettes are interesting and it is always fun to see how everyone "styles" their tables.

20 comments:

Cass @ That Old House said...

This is such a charming post!
First off, I adore Chinese lamps, and I LOVE yours -- it is clearly the real deal -- beautiful! I keep looking in vain for similar styles, they are getting so hard to find -- and so expensive too!!! Me, queen of the bargain hunters -- it's a challenge!

Right now on my bedside is saline spray and tissues, and my lamp -- which is an old French oil lamp, electrified, that my in-laws gave us when they moved South. With a cold, that's all I'm interested in -- but I have not done much bedroom "decorating" -- our master is quite plain, and I need to kick myself in the rear to get some glamour in there. I think you have inspired me with how charming a nightstand can be!

And it goes without saying -- LOVE the blue and white vase... yummm.

Cass

Mary said...

Lovely as always, Martha.

Southerncook said...

What a lovely post and I think this is the first time I have seen a picture of Sarah. She is beautiful and I think you may look a little like your Aunt?

Carolyn

Blondie's Journal said...

What a pretty little vignette, Martha. The lamp is so pretty as well are the tiny frames with your loved ones. All the important items one should have when they open their eyes in the morning. Our night tables are SO similar! :-)

xoxo
Jane

house things said...

Oh, that lamp! Gorgeous.

Pondside said...

What an utterly charming bedside table, Martha. I'm so glad that I tidied mine up yesterday or I'd be running to do it right now. I like the idea of a box to hold the this-and-that - otherwise our tables look very much alike, except that my Chinese lamp is blue and white.

The Tablescaper said...

Lovely bedside table. Makes me think about what really is on mine.
- The Tablescaper

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

That lamp is definitely a charmer! And don't worry about vanity, I have all kinds of "goodies" hidden throughout my home. :) Your old books sound interesting. I love that your table has been home in several of your rooms. That is a sign of a truly loved piece. Thanks for joining in. Have a Blessed Week, Barb

Erica said...

Martha.....Everything is beautiful as usual.....:-)

Sandy said...

Beautiful lamp, and what a wonderful way to wake up with those pictures beside you. I read and ariticle once that said, you should place the things that made you happy in a place so you could see them when you opened your eyes in the morning and they were the last things you saw at night. I have my children and grandchildren right there. Thanks for sharing.
Sandy

Allie and Pattie said...

Martha, this has always been one of my favorite blogs-Linderhof always looks and feels so welcoming. Wonderful as usual

Chari said...

Hi Martha...

Ohhh...what a beautiful bedside vignette! I love your Chinese lamp...I like that there are the little 3-D figurines on it...sooo pretty! This is perfect, my friend...I think it's so important to surround ourselves with beauty in the room that we retire in! Relaxing, peaceful...beautiful...ahhhh!!!

Warmest winter wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Martha, your table is charming! It is so welcoming and just lovely.

Barb ♥

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

It's a beautiful bedside vignette, Martha.

xinex said...

Such a pretty vignette! I really like the pretty Oriental lamp and vase....Christine

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love your table and your gorgeous lamp. You have accessorized your tabletop just beautifully. I love it all. Hugs, Marty

vignette design said...

You have such a lovely bedside table! How do you keep it that way? Mine is overflowing with books! I think I'm going to go upstairs and create a little vignette--you have so inspired me! -Delores

Martha said...

Vignette -- sometimes my books stack up as well -- it's just that we've been snowed in and I've not been able to get out and about to find new books to add to my "stash"!

The Victorian Parlor said...

What lovely things to greet you each morning:). Thanks for sharing!

Blessings,

Kim

Jan ~ BellaCasa said...

What a lovely and colorful lamp.

Jan
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