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, February 8, 2010

They're waiting . . .

I do as my mother did -- it's double duty -- for it's decor and it's storage!!!!

Vases and bowls are found on the tabletops at Linderhof --sometimes they have flowers in them (always in summer -- maybe in winter). But if there aren't any flowers, the vases and bowls are decor -- decor just waiting to be filled with flowers!

The dining room table -- a blue and white oriental bowl that resides there most of the year. If I'm feeling rich, I'll have the florist fill it with flowers for a dinner party. It holds pumpkins in fall and when there are hyacinths in pots to buy, they will fill both the bowl and the house with fragrance.

There is another oriental bowl on the breakfast room table. It's great and a great place for fresh fruit. Paperwhites, when they are blooming are put into the bowl and like the one on the dining room table, in fall, it's filled with pumpkins.

The silver tray on the coffee table. Potpouri in winter fills that bowl, but pumpkins in fall are often found there. The cloisonne ginger jar is ready for flowers. Take the lid off and fill with water and the flowers add a lot to the living room coffee table.
A vase on the bedside table on my side of the bed. Flowers are definitely a luxury in the bedroom -- for guests can't see them. But it is wonderful to wake up to a bouquet -- and in summer the vase is always full!
In the guest room, the white Wedgwood vase is ready for a bouquet. A tradition that we've always done for daughter Sarah is a bouquet of fresh flowers in her room whenever she comes home. Always. No matter what the cost! And the famille rose bowl? That is filled with chocolate. Sometimes homemade truffles, sometimes Hershey kisses. But always chocolate!
The end table beside the wing chair and a great blue and white transfer ware vase. This vase, actually, is most often the vase of choice for flowers especially in the winter.

The blue and white bowl on the dining room table filled in December with red poinsettias.

The Oriental bowl on the breakfast room table held a Christmas cactus in December. Now it is home to the most beautiful orchid! In between, was a bowlful of Clementines!

Nothing like waking to fresh flowers and if I find some on sale during the winter, there is nothing as luxurious as having them next to the bed!

Most florists flowers in winter, get put in this vase. My $5 pink tulips make quite a statement. And they bring a smile not only to me but to any guest we may have at Linderhof!

It is strange, I suppose, to "store" my vases and bowls out in plain site. But when there are no flowers in them, it reminds me that perhaps, just perhaps, on my next trip to the market that I should trade steak for hamburger and buy a small bouquet!

It's Tuesday which means that it's "What's on Your Tabletop Tuesday". This week it's been hosted by Kim at Southern Whimsey. Stop by and see what everyone has on their tabletops this Tuesday.


Unknown said...

You have such pretty bowls and vases.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I could go shopping in your home for bowls and vases! YOu have some pretty ones! Now I'm adoring that pretty Asian looking lamp with the little children climbing on it! I love it!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

vignette design said...

Beautiful bowls and vases. I especially like the vase next to the bed with flowers.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

You have so many pretty accessories!


Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Great vignettes. Especially like the one on the table beside the bed.

Tracy F . said...

I'm a nut for blue and white and your pieces are just beautiful. So many lovely and interesting accessories.

D.B. said...

Heaven........I'm in Heaven. Thank you.

Allie and Pattie said...

Ah, Martha-I do the same. My dining room table actually holds 3 crystal vases most times-I wish I could have them always filled, but they are so pretty empty too. I LOVE the transferware vase and of course the Asian lamp Linderhof is one of my favorite places to visit
xoxo Pattie

Pat@BPM said...

Beautiful bowls, vaces and rooms, Martha!

The Norwegian said...

I so enjoyed your "tour" of tabletops and the bowls and vases that await filling. Each one is pretty, especially the blue and white. Anything that can be filled with fresh flowers holds that promise!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Filled or not all of your vases and bowls are just gorgoeus. I love them all. Beautiful vignettes. Hugs, Marty

Scribbler said...

Your look is so classic and timeless -- just wonderful. I have saved many of your recipes -- they are always good.


Sharon Lovejoy said...

I have a great love for bowls and the promise of what they will someday hold.

I love them mounded with my homemade pomander balls, or sparkling Meyer lemons, fresh spruce or cedar branches, all of mother nature's treasures.

All joys to you,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Your beautiful home shows through this wonderful post! Love your blue and white pieces! ~Rhonda :)

house things said...

The bowls are stunning and I really like that lamp on your table.

The Stylish House said...

I'm dreaming of your beautiful silver tray, absolutely love it! I thought for sure I was following your blog. Oh, well I am now. I always enjoy visiting.
Also thank you for entering my PB giveaway, Good Luck!

Betsy said...

You have beauty all around you, I love everything you have shown.