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.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A Road Trip

Occasionally, the Lunch Bunch will go "on the road" . . . and we did that last Thursday for a wonderful trip to the city where we took a Women in Art and Architecture outing given by the Nelson-Atkins Museum.

The Art was in the museum -- in the Bloch Building where the contemporary art resides. I can appreciate it and enjoy viewing it in museums and galleries but I'm not one who can visualize that type of art in most homes. But it was interesting to hear about the ladies who created that art for women are often forgotten in the realm of art.

The Architecture part was on a trolley as we traversed around mid-town and the Plaza. But first, we met at the wonderful Union Station in Kansas City which thankfully has been preserved. It is a great building and one that holds fond memories for both myself and husband Jim.

And in the Union State is a wonderful restaurant called

We love going there -- to dine in Union Station although it's mostly for lunch. There is nothing like dining amidst history!
Our lunch choices -- two of us had the meatloaf and two the chicken pot pie.
Which was full of chunks of chicken and vegetables and herbs and topped with a flaky puff pastry crust.
Most important, however, is dessert, and the creme brulee was one of the best I've had.

A very fine lunch, we all thought.

And then to the trolleys and out to see these amazing Kansas City women of architecture. They all were born in the late 19th century and all seemed to live amazingly long lives as well.
They were pioneers for when they were practicing architecture, there were few women who did.

Their stories are all amazing as are their buildings. One did mostly apartment buildings while the others seemed to be strictly residential.

The ladies, their buildings and their stories . . . .

Nelle Peters was the apartment house architect. Designing as many as 2,000 buildings. Her work had an important impact on the normative building fabric of Kansas City, what i also called the "Everyday Architecture". Although not especially distinctive, the buildings are full of character and contribute much to what we perceive to be Kansas City style multi-family housing. Indeed, without the hand of Nelle Peters, Kansas City would be a much different place.
One of her smaller apartment buildings -- a four unit. Notice the detail over the windows on the upper floor.

Annie J. Scott was noted for participating in all aspects of home building, from drawing plans for her homes to overseeing material purchases and construction management. She even ventured into other areas of the home building market indicted through her possession of her own stone quarry during this time.
One of her houses at 43rd and State Line which she developed in 1902. She divided this property into separate plots and sold each of them, earning herself a very tidy profit. This is a great bungalow made out of stone from her quarry.

Elizabeth Evans Rivard encountered reistance to a female presence in architecture. Besides the apprehension of being the only female in her university class, she also faced direct prejuice in the workplace. The most notable occurrence came from the all-male staff at her first job who vowed to walk out if a woman was employed there. The threat was never resalized and Elizabeth persevered in her work, creating a decade long career from 1923 to 1933. After her marriage in 1930, she continued her career for another three years on a part-time basis. When she married, she brought her new husband to Kansas City to live in the home that she built here, where she raised her three children. She remained in this house until she passed away in February of 1988.
Elizabeth's house in Westwood. Still lovely today. Timeless architecture.
In April of this year, we went Estate Sale - ing. On the last day of a three day sale, we came upon this house. It was love at first site for me, although you could tell that it needed work -- the bones were good and all of the original fixtures were still in place.

We found the house interesting and wondered about the story behind the house. Lo and behold, our last stop this day, unraveled that story for us!!!!

Mary Rockwell Hook many residential projects is a set of identifiable characteristics that define her design style. An example of this is her use of materials found on the site and other building sites whenever possible, often combined with brick. These would create a focal point from which she would expand her own design. Her love of building on sloping lots also lent a distinctive quality to many of her projects. She often employed stone walls and decorative brick archway in her homes and designed asymmetrical as she did not have a love of classical symmetry. Another of her many design traits was her use of multiple entrances to the exterior -- gardens, patios, porches and decks. These and other unique characteristics speak of Mary Rockwell Hook's maturity of design, innovative use of materials and attention to detail.

On a private cul de sac above the Plaza and Sunset Drive, are three houses. One of which was our Estate Sale house. These we learned, were all designed by Mary.
The first is interesting with it's stucco walls, the large stone terrace.

The interesting windows and in the back, a sleeping porch.

She built it for herself. But then she decided to build another. Trips to Europe influenced her designs. And her sister moved into this house when Mary's new house was built.

The Estate Sale house. Which is definitely European in feel. I love Linderhof for I've had an affair with her for 22 years but I must say that my heart was swayed by this house. Still intact was the original light fixtures, the soaring two story living room with huge windows overlooking the Plaza. The library nook that overlooked the living room. The dining room which felt so European that one would assume you could be served stag!

And the outdoor spaces . . .the remnants of the garden and a wonderful summer area -- screened summer house with fireplace with an upstairs -- how magical for children.

Mary was known for her exteriors as well. Until this spring, the house was still in the hands of Mary's family -- a niece lived in it until she sold it not long before the Estate Sale. The Hook women obviously were long lived!

Her parents ended up living in this house because Mary built another house for herself.

From Italy or Germany back to England. A cottage with ivy growing up the front. You can see her use of brick and stone.

And although it looks like a cottage it truly was more of a mansion -- for it went on and around. With one of the first private swimming pools in Kansas City. A very livable looking house.

The three houses with such interesting stories and such diverse architecture -- all designed by the same remarkable woman.

I was thrilled to be able to find out the story of these three houses -- the houses that we were able to take a peek at in April at the Estate Sale.

We drove home tired but happy and to me, the icing on the cake was finding the history of these three homes. They shall always hold a special place in my heart.

It's Wednesday -- Outdoor Wednesday so please join Susan at A Southern Daydreamer to see where all we've gotten this week!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Pillow Talk

Pillows are an important part of Linderhof's decor.

The beds are piled high with feather pillows (some in antique pillowcases) (and each bed has the perfect decorator pillow in the middle)

The sofa has two squishy square down pillows -- just perfect for laying your head upon when you want to stretch out for a nap!

And then there are these -- the chair pillows!

The chair pillows are old -- so old, in fact, that they perhaps could be called vintage. For early in our married life (and before children) needlepoint was a passion. I always had a canvas and stitched contentedly as we traveled highways and byways and as I sat and watched television.

But children came, we moved, and the pillows got put away. Unlike some things, they didn't get put out for a rummage sale or even given to charity but put away. For how could I giveaway something that I had done by hand?

And so in time, they made a reappearance. And surprisingly, they look as good with 2010 decor at Linderhof than they did with the 70's decor of a house long ago.

I loved this one and the colors -- so perfect then and they look good now!
Surprisingly enough, the red doesn't seem to clash -- this, I think, perhaps is the most 70's of all the pillows!
I loved blue and white and Asian things even back then -- it's a great accent to the blue and white pieces in the living room at Linderhof.
And finally, this wee green one -- a pillow of many stitches.
You can't have a chair without a pillow and I think anything made with love is special -- even if it was made eons ago.

Mrs. Blandings did a post about needlepoint recently and got my juices flowing. I'll have to visit some shops next time I'm in the City or perhaps browse on line.

I think it's time I pick up the needle again!

It's Tuesday which means that it's time to join Tam at The Gypsy's Corner for Three or More Tuesday -- I have four pillows so that qualifies!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Another Small Change

All changes at Linderhof are small. Some changes are a matter of just moving things around. Not really getting anything new. I decided a small change was in order on the round table in the living room.

The old -- an Asian tea cannister lamp and some blue and white -- in a bowl on a stand and a vase. Two wee cloisonne ginger jars (the start of our cloisonne collection that husband Jim bought years ago in Tai Wan and another small piece of cloisonne. An Estate Sale find.
The new -- the three pieces of cloisonne remain and a trivet in blue and white that was a gift from a dear friend. It keeps wet glasses of the table and is pretty too!

The blue and white is in the form of a lamp and a sweet Asian figurine brings color to the table. Flowers are dear at Linderhof due to the August drought but dried hydrangeas fill in nicely.

The Asian lamp is safely upstairs for it may return at some later date or show up elsewhere -- it's not that I don't like it anymore -- I do -- but I also like change.

It's Monday which means that it's time for Met Monday -- so please join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch to see what other changes there are this Monday!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Raspberry Cheesecake Muffins

There's nothing like muffins fresh from the oven for breakfast or a midmorning nosh. Fresh fruit makes wonderful muffins and the muffins change with the season as the fruits of the season change.

Thursday, the Lunch Bunch traveled north for an outing. We needed sustenance and so, a basket of muffins was in the back seat along with McDonald's coffee for everyone.

The muffins -- a new recipe -- raspberry cheesecake muffins and they were deemed good! The raspberry makes them appear a little bit "pink". These too, came from The Best of Cottey Cooking!

It is Pink Saturday and so join Beverly and How Sweet the Sound for all the Pink Saturday posts.



2 1/4 c. flour
1/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. butter, cold, cut into pieces
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
3/4 c. sour cream
1 egg
1 t. almond extract


4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 large egg yolk
2 T. sugar
1 T + 2 t. raspberry preserves

Preheat oven to 350. Grease 15 muffin tins or line with paper baking cups, set aside.

For Batter: In a mixing bowl, combine the flour and sugar; cut in the butter until crumbly. Reserve 1 cup for topping. To the remaining crumb mixture, add the baking soda, baking powder, salt, sour cream, egg and almond extract. Soon batter into the muffin tins, filling them about 2/3 full. With damp fingers or a greased spoon, press lightly in the centers to make a small indentation.

For Filling: Stir together the cream cheese, egg yolk and sugar until smooth. Spoon about 2 t. into the center of each muffin. Spoon a heaping 1/4 t. of preserves over the cream cheese. Sprinkle with the reserved crumb mixture to cover.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a tester inserted in center comes out clean.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Cottey Cuisine

It's not very often that I get excited over a cookbook. And I'm excited over this one! It's a great book, it's local and it's filled with great recipes!!!!

It's by Michael Richardson, Chef and Director of Food Service at Cottey College, in the little town 20 miles from me.

It's title is The Best of Cottey Cooking, Favorite Recipes from the celebrated Cuisine of Cottey College.

Often, when I get a new cookbook, I read it and then put it on the shelf -- usually one of the cookbook shelves in the sunroom. My "real" cookbooks, the ones I refer to most often are in the kitchen -- above the fridge and another shelf in the larder.

I have what I call my "Nevada/Fort Scott" shelf of cookbooks upstairs for I do favor local cookbooks -- many have the the names of the recipe submitter and many of those are friends.

This cookbook, however, never made it upstairs -- it already has a place above the fridge.

And I've made several recipes from it including . . .

The Lemon Chiffon Pie

A great summer pie with a fresh lemon flavor. I made it twice for company and both groups pronounced it "superb"!!!

And . . .

The Chicken Divan

Made a great lunch dish for The Lunch Bunch -- however, since I served plates, I baked it in individual gratin dishes which also made for a pretty presentation.

You don't have to live in Nevada or Fort Scott to purchase this cookbook (although it is for sale there -- at the Daily Mail, Caveners, and Cottey in Nevada and at the Tribune and Life + Style in Fort Scott) for you can order it online -- at The Chef's Life.

Not only do you get a great cookbook but a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book will fund scholarships for future Cottey College students.


1 nine inch graham cracker pie crust

14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk (regular or fat free)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
8 ounce container whipped topping (regular or light)

1/2 cup whipped topping (optional)
5 to 6 strawberries, sliced or qusrtered

Whisk together the condensed milk and lemon juice until smooth and blended. Fold in the whipped topping, then pour into the crust. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving. Garnish each serving with a dollop of whipped topping and a slice of strawberry, if desired.

NOTE: I didn't have extra whipped topping so I whipped some cream to top each piece and I didn't have strawberries but did have blueberries in the fridge so used them for garnish.


12 broccoli florets
4 t. vegetable oil
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch strips

10.75 ounce can cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1/2 c. light or regular mayonnaise
1/2 c. chicken broth
1 t. lemon juice
3/4 t. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 t. dry mustard


3/4 c. croutons
3/4 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1 T. grated Parmesan cheee
dash paprika

Steam the broccoli until crisp tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain, chill in ice water, then drain again. Roll up in a towel to absorb excess moisture. Set aside.

Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the chicken strips and cook over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until juices run clear when pierced with a knife; set aside.

For Sauce: In a large skillet or saucepan, heat the soup, mayonnaise, broth, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and dry mustard, whisking until smooth. Stir chicken, including the accumulated juices, into the sauce mixture.

Place the chicken mixture into an 8 x 8 inch (or similar size) pan. For a nice presentation, arrange the broccoli down 2 sides of the casserole. Top the casserole with croutons, then the cheddar cheese and then the Parmesan. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake in a preheated 350 oven, covered, for 15 to 20 minutes or until hot in the center.

NOTE: Instead of one 8 x 8 inch pan, I used individual gratin dishes for the Divan. The girls pronounced it divine and since I was serving it, I thought it was prettier in individual dishes. I would make it in one big pan, if I were serving buffet or family style.

It's Friday -- which means that it's Foodie Friday -- where we all go over to Michael's at Design By Gollum to see what has been cooking this week!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A Birthday Dinner

It's great to feel healthy again and feel like entertaining. What better way than to host a birthday dinner party for a dear friend who turns 72 today.

The party was the Sunday before -- the only day our schedules allowed us all to be together to celebrate this very special birthday.

The table for six in the dining room -- with a quaker lace cloth.

The Spode Blue Room, casual wine glasses, and for the first course, mother of pearl handled forks (which are really dessert forks but I thought they would be great for the Shrimp Louis).
And a menu, of course, announcing that this, indeed, was a Birthday dinner!
Tapers in silver candlesticks and a vase of the very last flowers blooming in the garden -- the false sunflowers and a couple of sprigs of anise hyssop.
The first course, Shrimp Louis -- served over a chiffonade of lettuce in martini glasses and garnished with lemon wedges and parsley.
It's easy to make and came from my latest read, Plum Pudding Murder, by Joanne Fluke. It was for a "dip" but I just cut the onions bigger and used whole rock shrimp. It was a perfect first course for a celebratory dinner!

(Adapted from Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke)

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup chili sauce
1 T. horseradish
1/8 teaspoon pepper
6 green onions
2 cups cooked salad (or rock shrimp)
salt to taste

Mix the cream cheese and mayonnaise. Add the chili sauce, horseradish and pepper. Mix it up into a smooth sauce. Slice the green onions. Stir them in well. Fold in the shrimp. Add salt if needed.

Chill the shrimp louis in a covered bowl in the refrigerator at least 4 hours.

NOTE: If you mince the shrimp and green onions, it makes a great cocktail spread.

Today is Thursday which means that it's Tablescape Thursday. Please join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch to see the other great tables this Thursday!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Being a Guest Chef at the Farmer's Market

I love our Farmer's Market and I feel that we have a great market for such a little town -- organic vegetables, hormone free beef, pork and chicken, Amish baked goods, and a favorite vendor -- Little Spouse on the Prairie -- who sells jams and pies and vegetables.

I am there each Tuesday afternoon and Saturday morning to pick up fresh produce (and eggs and meat) for the coming days.

Because of my food column in our Saturday paper, Nevada -Fort Scott Herald Tribune, I was the Guest Chef last year during the Tomato Festival. It was a fun time and I was thrilled to be asked to Guest Chef again this year. So last Saturday, armed with garden herbs, my knife, a cutting board, off I went to the Farmer's Market.
It was fun to watch the Amish arrive by horse and buggy. The horses are tethered across the street on the grounds of our historic fort while the Amish sell their wares at the Market.

My table with things I've brought -- olive oil and tarragon vinegar, a glassful of herbs, salt and pepper, my knife and a cutting board.

And so everyone knows . . . that it is a Guest Chef demonstration and that we're not selling anything!

My able assistant and friend Sarah, who was my sous chef and my Vanna White!!! She passed out samples and expertly told about each one for she, too, is a foodie!

She and I went to various vendors and armed with prepared pasta, the herbs, olive oil and vinegar, salt and pepper, lemons and the makings for Mary's lemon coleslaw dressing, we brought back product to our station.

And made delicious summer salads . . . .like
Pasta, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and the lemon salad dressing.

Halved cherry tomatoes, lemon salad dressing and Italian seasoning

And a favorite (that I made at home and brought - because they needed to sit before eating) --
gingered cucumbers.

We also fixed a salad of Asian long beans, onion, halved cherry tomatoes, the lemon salad dressing with a hint of curry powder added.

We had a grand time and enjoyed the early morning fog that descended over the market, the fort and the town.

Sarah and I both enjoyed talked to our customers, telling them about the great produce available at the market and what you can do with it.

What pleased both of us is that an early attendee came back -- for she had tasted, then bought, and went home and made the gingered cucumbers and came back to tell us about it!

The lemon salad dressing is really a recipe for Lemon Coleslaw that I got from my friend Mary at One Perfect Bite. It makes a great coleslaw but the dressing is good to0 -- plain or with the addition of fresh basil, dried Italian seasoning, or curry. And added to fresh vegetables or a pasta/vegetable combination.

The cucumbers are good -- like your grandmother's cucumber and onion salad only "up a notch" with the addition of fresh ginger. And we used the cucumber dressing on another pasta salad with vegetables and it was yummy as well.


4 pounds cucumbers
1 cup vinegar (I used Tarragon)
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup peeled and finely minced fresh ginger

Slice cucumbers thinly. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together vinegar, sugar, ginger and salt until sugar has dissolved. Add cucumbers and toss to combine. Let marinate, refrigerated for at least 3 hours.


2 T. sour cream (can be lo fat)
2 t. mayonnaise (can be lo fat)
zest of 1 lemon
juice of 1 lemon
3 T. water
1 Sweet N Low packet

MixItalic all together. This makes enough for one head of cabbage for coleslaw. I added fresh basil or dried Italian seasoning or curry powder. But I also think you could add bleu cheese as well.

It's a great light but creamy dressing.

(From my friend Mary, at One Perfect Bite)

It's Wednesday which means that it's Outdoor Wednesday, so please join Susan at A Southern Daydreamer to see where everyone has been Outdoors this Wednesday!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Afternoon Tea

Every afternoon at half past three I stop for a cup of tea. A treat to myself And not just a mug of tea, but a prettily set table or tray and always a nosh to go along with the tea.

Usually, it's my wee tea pot, the blue and white Johnson Brothers one. But sometimes, I treat myself a little better and use a different pot -- this one is Wedgwood. Asiatic Pheasant pattern. Also blue and white (although the blue is more teal than what ones thinks of blue transferware blue).

A pot with the tea, a matching cup and saucer and plate for the cookies and the bouquet of garden flowers on the plaid covered wicker tea tray.

I love the tea set -- it came with a creamer and sugar and five more cups, saucers and plates. I've had it a long time and I love the timlessness of the Asiatic Pheasant pattern.
The tea treats? Orange sugar cookies. More a fall than a summer cookies for they're loaded with orange zest and dried cranberries and pecans. Dusted with sugar and cinnamon before baking. They do make a good tea cookie.

From a new cookbook At Our Table by Roxie Kelley. She's from the Midwest and I've several of her cookbooks. She always has good recipes!


1/2 c. butter, softened
1 1/2 c. sugar
1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 t. grated orange peel
1 egg
2 T. freshly squeezed orange juice
2 c. flour
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 c. dried cranberries
1/2 cup broken nuts (I used pecans)
1 t. ground cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 375

In a mixer bowl, cream the butter, 1 cup sugar, salt and the orange peel together. Mix until light and fluffy, about 1 min.

Beat in the egg and orange juice. Add the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Blend into the butter mixture until well combined. Fold in the cranberries and nuts. Chill for at least 20 minutes.

Combine the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and the cinnamon in a shallow bowl. Using a 1 1/2 inch cookie scoop, scoop out some dough and drop into the cinnamon sugar mixture. Roll the dough in the mixture and place the pieces 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until very lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.

It's Tuesday -- which means that it's time to share tabletops and teas!!!! This week, I'm joining these ladies -- visit and see what everyone has been up to for this Tuesday!!!

Tabletop Tuesday with Marty at A Stroll Thru Life

Tea Time Tuesday with Terri at Artful Affirmations

Tea Cup Tuesday with Martha at Martha's Favorites

Tea Pot and Tea Things Tuesday with Pam at Breath of Fresh Air

Tea Time Tuesday with Katherine at Lady Katherine's Tea Parlor

Tuesday Tea for Two with Wanda Lee at The Plumed Pen

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Thank You Sally!

Friend Sally traveled to Italy this summer. Via a cruise in the Mediterranean. With her Husband Bob and her children. . . . it was truly a wonderful trip.

And on one of their stops, it took them to an orange grove. . . . and in the shop in the middle of the grove were these wonderful jars of Marmellata.

And so, jars were tucked into her luggage to bring home to deserving friends. I feel lucky to be classified as a "deserving" friend.
One morning when Husband Jim was breakfasting with friends, I toasted up a Wolferman's English Muffin (the only brand I'll eat) and slathered it with butter. With a mug of coffee and the jar of marmaletta, it made for a great breakfast.

I felt a little like I was in Italy -- with the truly Italian spread and coffee so strong that it was almost espresso. And the Three Tenors playing in the background!

I didn't eat the whole jar -- so I've another breakfast or two before I have to say farewell to my gift.

It was so thoughtful of Sally to remember me on her trip and it was a really great gift.

Thank you Sally!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Reprise -- A Tomato Festival

Almost a year ago today, I was the "Guest Chef" at our local Farmer's Market. It was their Tomato Festival and everything I served had tomato in it.

It was a fun time and I enjoy spending the morning at the Farmer's Market. And I enjoy sharing my cooking and recipes with those who come to buy fresh produce.

I thought this was a good post to share as Saturday I was back at the Farmer's Market. It was not the Tomato Festival this year, however. I will share the 2010 Farmer's Market experience this Wednesday -- this Outdoor Wednesday.

So take a step back in time to 2009 and my August Saturday at the Farmer's Market . . . and join Chari at Happy to Design to see what other favorites there are this Sunday.

Last Saturday was the Tomato Festival at the Farmer's Market. I was asked to be the "Guest Chef" for the event. All of my food was to be "tomato food" . . . or almost.

I spent most of Friday making 4 loaves of bread, 120 plus tomato spice muffins, gallons of a cream of tomato soup (to be served chilled).
I was given the huge container of basil to be used with the tomatoes and organic garlic.
And whenever I do any class or demonstration, I always give away a luncheon at my home -- everyone loves to win something and it's my way to contribute to make the event better.
With the three tiers of tomatoes, I made fresh pasta sauce (chopped tomatoes, garlic, basil, olive oil and a splash of balsamic vinegar) which we tossed with pasta which I had also fixed at home. With the abundance of basil, I made pesto which we also tossed with the pasta.

The fresh pasta sauce, we also used as a bruschetta topping. I grilled bread, put the tomato topping on, added some cheese, and let it melt before serving.

We served small plates with a mini muffin, a small cup of soup (garnished with fresh basil) and a pasta. The bruschetta replaced the muffin after we ran out.

We called it "breakfast, lunch and dinner with tomatoes on a plate". Our goal was to show that tomatoes was not just for slicing or BLT's.

We estimated that over 300 people came to the Farmer's Market last Saturday -- a pretty good turnout for our little town.

It was a fun Saturday morning and I thoroughly enjoyed the tomato festival!

Please join Susan at A Southern Daydreamer to see more of the great outdoors this Wednesday.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Guest Room

Growing up, the extra bedroom was always known as "The Spare Room" -- never "The Guest Room"!

But at Linderhof, we choose our "spare room" to be our "guest room"!

Linderhof, alas, has but two bedrooms. Which created some problems when Daughter Sarah was still at home and still in school but actually, now I'm grateful that we only have one "guest room" -- rather than several.

Our guests are usually Daughter Sarah and her Andy and we're always glad to have them back at Linderhof and in her old room!

We did change the room after she left for college --

We papered the room in a yellow paper with white roses and hung a real chandelier!

The bookcases were built for her -- to hold her things and to add a focal point to a room without one.

The window seat was one of those "always wanteds" by me and although I like to dream about rainy (or snowy) days curled up among the pillows on the window seat with a good mystery, alas, that really doesn't happen.

There is a large armoire in the room -- to hold guests clothes and this small chest which alas, holds husband Jim's collection of postcards (top drawer), my out of season nightgowns (middle drawer), and husband Jim's swimsuits (bottom drawer).

Someday, perhaps, someday, I will find other places for those things and our guests can really use the chest!
And in the middle of the ceiling surrounding the chandelier is one of my paintings. It adds color and interest to an otherwise white ceiling.

We do have a basket of towels and toiletries for our guests, we always have a vase of fresh flowers on the nightstand and we have another basket with water, chocolates, and nuts.

And besides the books on the shelves that our guests can read, there is always a pile of magazines that they can peruse.

A comfy chair and a couple of extra chairs are available to use as well.

It's Friday and there is a Guest Room party at The Lettered Cottage. Please stop by and see all of the wonderful guests rooms. So many are so much cleverer and welcoming than Daughter Sarah's former room at Linderhof!

And Friday is also Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home. What better to show and tell than the Guest Room!