Linderhof


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, January 24, 2010

A New Table!


My changes at Linderhof are small -- we've done the painting and floor refinishing, retiled the bath and painted the kitchen cabinets and put in a new countertop . . . . all many years ago. So our changes are minor -- new drapes, perhaps, in the bedroom, a new chair for the living room (and soon, I hope, new chair seats for the dining room).

Our latest change involves the living room and a fantastic new table that I bought . . . .

As you enter Linderhof, you see our bookshelves . . . .

I periodically change the books and bibelots around -- it's a way to change without changing!
But now I have a new addition. A wonderful mahogany tilt top table complete with birdcage. It's a 1940's Williamsburg reproduction and I got it for a "steal" considering what a new Williamsburg reproduction of the same table would cost today.

And I figured that the best place in the living room would be in front of the bookshelves.

Because. . . .
After we had our cozy dinner by the fire, we liked eating in the living room -- at least in winter -- with the fire burning -- and, perhaps, a good game on the television.

The last time we dined by the fire, we used our old tilt top table -- which is usually placed to the left of the wing chair on the right. And that table did work. It was a good size, was close to the wing chairs and could be moved quickly, except . . .
I had to move whatever "things" happened to live on that table at the moment. And where to put them -- the dining room table, of course!

That, to me, was too bothersome -- to move those things to the dining room table, move the tilt top between the wing chairs and after dinner do the whole process in reverse.

However, now I have this marvelous table. It's just sitting there waiting to be moved and all I have to move is the table.
So that we can enjoy this . . .

On cold and snowy nights!

A tilt top table was the only option. For I knew me and knew that had I gotten one of those marvelous game tables -- which would have fit well in that space, too -- with a nice (but narrow) flat top, I would have found great tablescapes to put on top. It's impossible to put anything on a vertical surface!

I'm in love with my new table -- it's a great piece and far prettier than my old tilt top. It makes an awesome statement as you enter Linderhof -- it's the first thing you see!

It's Monday and time for Met Monday at Susan's Between Naps on the Porch. Join everyone this Monday to see the transformations.

19 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

YOur table is just stunning. It really is such a beautiful one and I love the piecrust edge that it has. It looks super in front of the bookcases. I love the fact that you can move it in front of the fire and enjoy dinner there. Your tureen on the table is just gorgeous. You do have many beautiful things. Hugs, Marty

Allie and Pattie said...

I don't know what I love more- the table or the bookcases! Oh, how gorgeous! And yes, the tureen is stunning!
xoxo Pattie

Carol said...

So beautiful! Your home looks so warm & inviting!

The Norwegian said...

Your tilt top table is lovely! Surely you will receive pleasure every time you look at it and every time you use it. I love your bookshelves filled with books- is there anything more inviting? I'm a book lover and am always drawn to library like settings. Lines from Linderhof brings me great joy - I'm a regular reader. I always marvel at how often you entertain. Must be delightful to be a guest.

Galbreath House c. 1890 said...

Martha - that's a beautiful table, but I am in love with your bookcases. I am hoping to bring my books down from the third floor to the parlor soon and would love to have easy access to them as you do in Linderhof.

Mimi said...

That is a beauty, Martha!

Toad said...

Positively stunning. I love it.

Jane said...

I love the table and the entire look of your home. The bookcases are amazing and I can just imagine a cozy dinner by the fire. I need to make it down your way.
Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blog. You asked where I find such treasures in the city...I live in the north part of the KC metro area in the vicinity of the airport. We have several wonderful thrift stores that I frequent often and I always seem lucky to find some good buys...it may be because I make sure and stop by on a weekly basis. Let me know if you ever come up to KC and want to do some thrifting, I'd love to have company.
Jane

Pondside said...

You've found the perfect solution! I love those Williamsburg reproductions - you were lucky to find one.
I'm such a fan of bookcases - I have them in the kitchen, in the living room, in the guest rooms and in the garden room. Every room needs books!

GardenofDaisies said...

What a beautiful piecrust table. You are very clever to pick out a tiling table so that it never accumulates stuff on top. :-)

Theresa @ 612Riverside said...

What a great find! It looks gorgeous either way but set up to have dinner by a fire is perfect! ~ Theresa

Mary said...

What a perfect spot for dinner for two. The table is beautiful, Martha.

Cathy said...

What a find, Martha! Your beautiful new table is the perfect setting for a winter dinner in front of the fire.

The Victorian Parlor said...

The table is gorgeous! I love how you have it displayed and how you can move it around as you need it:).

Blessings,

Kim

vignette design said...

I love your tilt top table. It comes in handy for creating eating places in front of the fireplace, or wherever your heart desires. We have a wine table that is a similar idea. It was used to set up anywhere for a wine tasting years ago. --Delores

Mary said...

Wow, what a beautiful table,Martha. You are so lucky to have two such beauties!

Mary @ VC

lindaraxa said...

It is indeed a beauty, congratulations. I love its placement in front of the bookcases. Enjoy!

Linda Q said...

Hi Martha,
Catching up on some blog reading before I start to work on some crafts for my new mall space.
Love your new table, pretty. And will be so useful. I agree and think I want to do more dinners near the fire sometime, so cozy!
Hope you are well and have a good week!
I also want to say that I liked the transformation when you took down your dining room drapes, looks better I think.
Gee I think I need a tour of your home in person, so many wonderful things to see!
Linda

My Carolina Kitchen said...

What a lovely table and even better that you got it for a steal. Perfect for dinner in wing chairs by the fire on a cold winter's night.
Sam