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, July 12, 2010


We love candlelight at Linderhof. We have lots of candlesticks -- silver and brass, two pair of silver candleabras -- one large and elegant -- too elegant actually for Linderhof -- and the other pair a smaller pair that came home with us from a trip to England.

But I also love hurricane style shades that candles fit into -- you don't have to worry about stray breezes and for safety, the candles are contained, thus the risk of fire is much less.

In our breakfast room, on the sideboard, this summer we placed one of our favorite hurricanes -- an item off the sale table at one of our favorite garden places. With a big fat pillar in it, it gives great light in the breakfast room.

The sideboard is in it's summer finery -- with two old silk flowers in pots from France and reproduction Staffordshire "poodles" (or lambs or lions). Every evening, we light the pillar for there is something special about a candlelit room.

In the winter, two ivy topiaries live there but change is nice and we do like this summer version. The topiaries summer in the garden!

It's Tuesday -- which means that it's time for Tabletop Tuesday. Please join Marty at A Stroll Thru Life to see the other fabulous tabletops this Tuesday!


Rose H (UK) said...

Marty, you're quite right - candlelight is lovely. I love hurricanes too :o) They look so nice in your lovely home.

The Blackwood Cottage said...

The sideboard is beautiful. The whole setting is wonderful, dark, romantic.....

Mary Bergfeld said...

Your sideboard is lovely. This is the first time I've seen how detailed the carving is. I hope the knee is doing well and that the day has been kind to you. Blessings...Mary.

From the Kitchen said...

The candles show off that beautiful sideboard quite nicely. I love the intricate detail.

I hope you are healing well. Being in your lovely Linderhof has to be therapeutic.


Pondside said...

I love the glow that envelopes the sideboard, and most likely the whole room around it.
I enjoy candle light too, and have a collection of hurricanes, large and small, for evenings in the garden.

Lottie said...

What a romantic way to live life! Love the candlelight!

Tracy F. said...

I love hurricane candle holders and yours looks beautiful on your sideboard.

Martha said...

Knee is healing nicely thank you and we are grateful for the rain -- has kept us from having to water the garden pots!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh what a beautiful vignette. The candlelight is just so pretty. Love the hurricanes. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Bill said...

Hi Martha,

Your sideboard's beautiful, and the hurricane looks perfect on it. I do love having candles lit, and somehow I forget to do it on a regular basis. I need to use up all my half-burned candles from tablescape posts! I'm too frugal to throw them away, and the candle drawer's getting VERY full!

I hope your recovery from knee surgery is going well. Did you know Carol of Serendipity (
just had a hip replacement? Yesterday I believe.

Thank you for the kind comment you left. I always appreciate your visits!

Warmest regards,