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.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Heart of the Home

The Heart of the Home is the Dining Room. It's a big room -- far bigger than the kitchen.

And for the first 87 years of Linderhof, it was the place where one had breakfast and lunch as well as dinner on a daily basis. There was no casual eating place for the kitchen is by far too small.

Looking from the breakfast room into the dining room and into the living room just beyond. For 87 years this was a window, not a door. But this would have been the view had you peeked in that window!

There is a Sheraton dining room set with shield back chairs. We've had them "forever" but they aren't antiques but rather 20's or 40's reproductions of that classic style.

Standing in the kitchen door, this is the view of the dining room -- the table and chairs, the rug, the chandelier which was a real find and was so heavy that we had to have the ceiling reinforced in order to hang it. There is a Sheraton sideboard which we adore and which came with the table. You can see our mirrored Victorian armoire which holds my Spode blue and white plates and Husband Jim's glassware. There is the iron and marble sideboard and then the antique Asian armoire which holds my Waterford, my china serving pieces and my silver trays.
This is the view from the living room and you can see the breakfast room beyond that door. That door that was for so long a window that matched the one on the left side of the sideboard.
Linderhof is a symmetrical house -- which is why the pair of windows and the pair of doors in the dining room.

The clock is a Bombay piece and although most think that it's a valued antique, it's really battery operated and the door opens not to reveal clock "inards" but rather my collection of salt and peppers and candles for the table.
If you stand in front of the dining room windows you see the twin doors -- the door on the left to the kitchen and the door on the right to what was originally a closet but is now our powder room. A real brick fireplace is between. On top is most of the soapstone which I've collected for a while.
The most prized possession in the dining room is the picture over the sideboard. It was done by the art professor at the University of Tai Wan and is done on fabric. Husband Jim bought it when he was 19 at an art gallery in Tai Wan when he was on R and R from one of his Viet Nam tours. It's always hung in any of our houses -- usually in the dining room. We call him the Green Man although he's a much muted green than he was.

On the dining room table is one of my big blue and white Oriental bowls and some silver candlesticks. The bowl is usually empty although if we're having a dinner party, it can be filled with flowers.

When the dining room was the eating spot, we always had flowers on the table but once we built the breakfast room, I do as my mother did and leave flowers off the dining room table unless there is company.

It's Monday and time to Show Your Cottage Monday with Cielo at A House in the Roses. I'm sharing Linderhof's dining room.


Allie and Pattie said...

Such a lovely room Martha. I love when you share glimpses of Linderhof's lovely rooms
xoxo Pattie

Chris said...

Martha, I certainly enjoyed the tour! What a charming room (home) you have! It lookas as comfortable as it is beautiful!

The Norwegian said...

Just loved this presentation. Your dining room is a treasure.
Enjoyed the "walk through".

Pondside said...

I always enjoy a tour or a room at Linderhof. The dining room is such a classic room. One knows, just by looking, that one is going to be served a very good dinner here and that conversation will flow with the wine and continue well into the evening with a wonderful dessert.
Lucky people who are invited to sit at this table!

Southerncook said...

Your dining room truly is the heart of Linderhof. I never tire of seeing photos of your home. I always draw inspiration from you.


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh I am totally green with envy. I would love a big wonderful dining room like this. It is gorgeous. Your home is beautiful and all your furniture is just perfect. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Marty

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

This is SO beautiful and elegant, the way life used to be, when people were not in such a hurry and enjoyed each meal with family... Thank you for sharing with us.

The Charm of Home said...

I just love all of your beautiful Asian art at Linderhof. It looks so amazing in your dining room. Thanks for the glimpse.

Rose H (UK) said...

Martha, thank you for sharing this part of your beautiful home. Classy, elegant and yet welcoming. I'm imagining sitting there and enjoying a fabulous meal and company.

From the Kitchen said...

I love "visiting" Linderhof. It reminds me so much of my family home in Virginia. And, the view of your dining room from the kitchen looks pleasantly familiar. I can't wait for Christmas at Linderhof!!


Donna and Miss Spenser said...

I love seeing pictures of your home; it's so warm and cozy, should be in a magazine! When is the B&B opening up?! (SMILES). Donna (IA)

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

What a special room. Thank you for the tour.

CIELO said...

Lovely lovely... I truly enjoyed my visit to this amazing historical site.... and thanks for participating in our "Show Off Your Cottage Monday" and bringing us here...


Erica (Irene) said...

Martha....thanks for the tour, you have very lovely home. I enjoy seeing your pictures.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Martha I just love to see your beautiful home! Your dining room is so stunning. I like the stories behind your pieces! Your room is so big and light! You're blessed, Dear One!
Thanks for popping in to see me,
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Splashes of Pink and Mint said...

Very chique! It'a beautiful room. Linderhof sounds a bit Dutch (I'm from the Netherlands) or am I totally wrong???
Have a lovely Monday!

The Blackwood Cottage said...

Your photos are always a treat. I have a few Bombay pieces and guests always comment thinking they are antiques too! I love the shots through the rooms!
Have a lovely day!

Marie said...

Thanks for giving us a tour of the Linderhof dining room. Everything in there looks really special! The collection of art, furniture and dishes and trinkets all look so sentimental. I just adored looking at every detail.

Anita Diaz said...

This is just gorgeous!! I am in love with so many things in here, but my favorites it the way you have used that beautiful bowl with the candlesticks on the table. Love your chairs and the table!! My Duncan Phyfe is a 1938 "Empire" reproduction, and I am crazy for all those styles. Beautiful, classic, elegant room!

Mary Bergfeld said...

I loved the tour, Martha. It is a lovely room and I can imagine how many guests have been charmed by their hostess in that spot. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Meg said...

Martha, I visit your blog frequently and enjoy your lovely home and wonderful recipes. I have tried quite a few of them.
BTW, I have an almost identical sideboard to you.
I hope your knee is on the mend and soon you will be able to spend time in your lovely garden.

Barbara said...

Thanks for the tour of your beautiful home. I just loved every aspect of it.

podso said...

I think when you've posted pics of your dining room before I have commented on how your DR takes me back to a combination of my grandmother's house and my childhood home. My parents had that same dining room set and buffet (we called it) which was bought for them by their parents when they married in 1942. My sister uses the table but the buffet is long gone I'm sorry to say. There was also a china cabinet to match.

Amy said...

Your house is dreamy Martha! I love the size of your dining room. It's much larger in size than the one's they are building now.