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 15, 2010

The Table at the Top of the Stairs

This small table is at the top of the stairs. To the right are two many paned windows which open out (and this winter hold orchids and a begonia) and to the left a pair of many paned French doors that lead to the bedroom space at Linderhof.

Below the table is an antique wooden tea chest. Fitting because of my love for tea.

Above the table is a mirror. There are many mirrors at Linderhof.
The top of the table holds a small Oriental screen, a lamp (to light the way at night), a plant in a blue and white cachepot (because there always has to be blue and white somewhere) and a Staffordshire figure.
Alas, the Staffordshire figure is not real (my pocketbook is not that deep) but I love them and whenever I find one at a reasonable price it comes home with me. I find them mostly in gift shops or decorator shops (since they are new) rather than in antique shops (I rarely find real ones in antique shops on the prairie).
The lamp is raised a bit with a couple of books. It's Asian brass on a rosewood base with a creamy shade. I'm not sure where I got it but it's a favorite of mine and I think it goes well in this space. (Of course, I thought it went well in the space I had it in before, too!)
Lastly, there has to be blue and white at Linderhof. A cachepot -- not old -- but a bit different holds the wee Christmas cactus that a friend gave me when we built the breakfast room. It's a confused cactus for it bloomed for Christmas and it is now blooming for Easter. The blooms give a bit of color to the hall.

It's Tuesday which means that it's time for Tabletop Tuesday with Marty at A Stroll Thru Life. Join her this Tuesday to see what are on other tabletops.

18 comments:

Amy said...

I love your tablescape and your house looks very cozy.

Rose H (UK) said...

Your table looks really lovely. I especially like the screen.

Carol said...

How lovely! Your accessories work so well together. I actually have that same blue planter on a pedestal, put away somewhere. (Thanks for reminding me!)

Debbie said...

You Christmas cactus must like where it is at, mine bloomed for X-mas and that is that til next year! You have beautiful table top vignettes, I really like that screen with the tea pots on it!

Allie and Pattie said...

As always, so pretty Martha. I love the lamp, but that little glimpse of the mirror has me wanting to see more
xoxo Pattie

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh so pretty! It reminds me of the table my grandmother had at the top of her stairs too. Everything looks lovely on your table top at the top of the stairs.

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

What wonderful accessories. Your Christmas/Easter cactus is great. I have one and it didn't bloom at Christmas either. My husband's Granny says you have to "trick" them into blooming by putting them in a cool dark room, but I can never remember to do that.

The Barnett Family said...

Lovely table...My Christmas cactus has been blooming since Halloween non-stop!!! It is totally confused. I keep mine in the garage from October until warm Springtime. Noone can enjoy its beauty except when you come in the back door. It is too big to bring inside....no where to place it. :(

Blessings~
Tonya

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

That lamp is just gorgeous. The whole vignette is so pretty.

Shelia said...

I love your table at the top of the stairs! Your vignette is so nice! I love the little figurine - real or not! :) The lamp is so pretty and that mirror! You've done a great job here.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Liz said...

What a pretty little spot. That little screen is darling! Love it!

~Liz

D.B. said...

Wow. I'm speechless. All these special pieces come together for perfection. Please post more about that tea chest.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Stunning. All of your pieces in the vignette are stunning on their own, and the way you have displayed them, they are just exquisite. I especially love the figurine, and the cachepot. Gorgeous. Thanks so much for joining the party, this is so much fun and your vignette is so inspirational. Hugs, Marty

Miss Janice said...

Love the vignette you created on the table at the top of your stairs! The bit of mirror I see is lovely:)

liZZie said...

I particularly love the mirror - giving me ideas for my glass crafting - and the Staffordshire figure. Love the arrangement too.

house things said...

Martha,

I like everthing on and under and behind that table. Gorgeous.

Mary said...

The table is, as usual, perfectly appointed, Martha. You've made a beautiful home.

matron said...

I love your little table and I adore the Oriental screen.
Your confused cactus,is known here as Christmas cactus,we have one and it blooms like mad at Christmas and again at Easter.
I do enjoy the photographs of your home,thank you for sharing.