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.

Monday, March 1, 2010

My Dressing Table

I've always loved the movies from the 30's and 40's where the leading ladies would sit at their dressing table in a lovely negligee and brush their hair.

I coveted those dressing tables full of silver and crystal.
My table is a 40's era drop leaf mahogany sofa table with a drop leaf on either side. The mirror is a Venitian mirror on an easel. Perfect for the dressing table and I like the way it reflects the bedroom chandelier.
And on top -- a Venetian mirror to corral my antique or Waterford crystal perfume and powder jars. I love the sparkle of the mirror, glass and silver!
It's also a repository of things special. Pictures of both my daughter and Husband Jim, a Lenox swan which was my going away present from my first boss, a clock which was a gift form husband Jim, and a crafted hand which holds my bracelets. With my love of blue and white, a small vase holds in the winter dried flowers.
And my dresser set -- silver mirror, hairbrush and comb and a Victorian clothes brush (another gift from husband Jim -- it was obviously part of a set and appears to have been a wedding present -- it's engraved with initials and a date). The mirror was my Aunt Pearl's which was a gift from her Aunt Mallie and which has a lovely inscription -- "It would have been platinum but your mother would have said I was spoiling you -- Aunt Mallie".

It's Tuesday which means that it's time for Tabletop Tuesday. Please join Marty at A Stroll Thru Life to see what is on top of everyone's table this Tuesday!

22 comments:

Allie and Pattie said...

So gorgeous! And Aunt mallie sounds like a hoot!
xoxo Pattie

Lori said...

This is so very pretty. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your sweet comments. Stop by anytime.

Pat@BPM said...

This is so beautiful, Martha. I love the movies from that era. You've captured the dressing table, perfectly!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Oh, my! This is absolutely gorgeous! Love the mirror on the stand (with chandelier in the reflection) Love the crystal bottles and jars, well, I just love it all! The hand mirror and brush are so lovely. I really enjoyed seeing all of this, it's perfect with the pictures, flowers, etc! So romantic!

Katherine

Pondside said...

Your dressing table really does bring on thoughts of heroines in maribou-trimmed gowns! What a lovely place to start and finish the day.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

OH, I just took a deep breath when I saw this. It is just breathtaking. Such a beautiful area. Your bottles and jars are just fabulous and you have arranged such a beautiful vignette. Love the mirror. Some serious drooling going on. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

I love those venetian mirrors. Its all so rich and beautiful looking.

Liz said...

That inscription is just precious! The whole vignette is wonderful!
~Liz

Shelia said...

How gorgeous and elegant! I would feel so special sitting here each morning!
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Martha, this is beautiful! I'm not going to say any one thing is beautiful, because all of it is gorgeous! I do love the inscription from Aunt Mallie. How wonderful that you have that treasure. laurie

D.B. said...

Thank you Martha. I have been trying to peek at your dressing room through photos of your master bedroom. I love those movies - Norma Shearer, Myrna Loy, Jean Harlowe....and I have a special memory of my grandmother's dressing table. I would love to have it in my possession now but alas, all things, apparently are fleeting. Seize the day!! Your table is beautiful as are you!

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

Martha, this is all so gorgeous! I love the Venetian mirror. All of the perfume bottles are also gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I have wanted a Vanity, or dressing table, all my life. I look at them..and wish..and then I saw yours today. It is just perfect! I won't ever have one..but yours is just lovely. I'll come visit yours..ok? :)
Hugs,
Mona

Carrie said...

The Venetian mirrors provide just the right backdrop for a sumptuous dressing table with all your personal treasures.

Maggie B said...

Martha I so enjoyed browsing around your dressing table today.
I have a perfume sprayer with pump almost exactly the same as yours and the Victorian silver backed clothes brush is practically identical to one I inherited from my Nana. Oh my!
~maggie~

Famille Gerdel said...

So nice!

kim said...

I love your dressing table and all that beautiful silver. I would love to find a brush set like that.

Cozy Little House said...

These pieces are all so elegant and pretty! You have captured another era.
Brenda

Erica said...

It's so pretty your table......what a treat to sit here everyday.

erica

Mary said...

Martha, that's gorgeous. It is a wonderful spot to start and end the day.

Lottie said...

Just absolutely beautiful!

Kimberly said...

Just beautiful!

I am so glad I found your site I have linked up, and I am now following you. Pop on over and see mine. I would love to hear from you.

I love the vanity.