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.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Linderhof's Back Door

The planters by the back door are filled with begonias in the summer -- usually pink ones. We like pink and it seems to play well against the brick.

And the planters by the back door are filled with pansies in the spring . . . giving us smiling faces to greet us as we enter through the back door.

This door is what was called the "service door" when the house was built in the 1920's. It's grand for a service door with the overhang with the great corbels holding up a small roof and really great Craftsman Style light fixtures on each side of the door. We didn't put the planters there -- they were there when we acquired Linderhof. But we like them and fill them each year with an array of flowers depending on the season.

Besides being the "service door" -- it is the door to the basement -- you enter and you're on a landing -- to the left and down a 3/4 flight of stairs finds you in the basement or you can go up three steps to another landing and through another door and you're in the kitchen!

At the top of the second landing was where the ice box once stood -- it was easy for the iceman to deliver ice -- through the door and up a short flight of steps -- easy on an iceman with a 100 pound block of ice to carry.

This was where the groceries were delivered. Actually, anything but mail coming to the house, would be delivered to this door in the 20's. It would be the door where repairmen were let in. It was not a "guest door" but a "service door".

We're delighted that our basement door is so fancy!!! And sometimes, because the porch is screened and there are flowers in these grand planters, we have people knocking on the back door thinking that it is the front door!!!!

But it is still the "service door" and yikes, if anyone would be admitted to Linderhof through this door, past the shelves of pots and past the larder into the kitchen. The old saying about "back door guests" doesn't apply to Linderhof -- the back door is just that -- a back door -- to get us from house to driveway and nothing more.

No, when we hear knocking at this door -- we go to the porch and invite them inside that way! Through the front door. The proper way.

It's Saturday which means that it is Pink Saturday. Please join Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for other Pink Saturday Posts!


Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

It is a very nice door and I'm sure to be invited into your home either way would be a delight. I'm glad you dress up the planters you pass everyday. A garden is for those who reside in it.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh I love your service door. How grand indeed. Love the little roof and the beautiful corbels. Lovely. Hugs, Marty

Southerncook said...

Oh what a cute post about your service door. LOVED it.


The Blackwood Cottage said...

I love your back door beauties! Our house was built in 1941 and it came to us with its planters too!

Unknown said...

My mom had a sign on her back door "backdoor friends are best". That's how I always entered her house. Love your backdoor. Happy Pink Saturday.

Pondside said...

I think your back door is exceptional. I'm with you on the use of the back door though - ours is into the garage and there no way I want anyone in there, ever. I make sure that it's locked whenever we're expecting company, as it is actually at the side of the house and not so long ago a guest knocked and then opened the door to call 'hello' - much to his horror, I'm sure.

The Charm of Home said...

I love your whole house! It is very fun to see it in your posts! Have a nice Pink Saturday!

Rose H (UK) said...

Your 'back door' looks lovely especially with those great planters and corbels!
Our house is built back to front, the front door has no vehicular access so the 'back door' is used as our main entrance. I have pots of lovely plants surrounding it - but is IS still the 'back door'! (And sadly we have no beautiful corbels or cover).

house things said...

Beautiful fixtures. The planters are sweet, too. Do you put anything in them in the winter? Seems like something evergreen would be nice for when it is chilly.

Martha said...

We do deck them out for the winter season -- greens (and last year put a bit of bittersweet and some Osage oranges in there, too!)

I love planters than change with the seasons.

Lottie said...

I love the "service door". I can imagine an ice man bringing in ice. It is really a very pretty door, too.