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, August 2, 2010

The Table in the Dining Room

Several years back, I bought a great iron table from a local shop and within a month at an antique shop in another town, I found a piece of marble for $35 that fitted the iron base perfectly.

I decided on the space in front of the dining room windows as the perfect place for the table -- with the marble top, it makes a great place to do beverage service -- you don't need to worry about sweaty pitchers or glasses and in between party times, it is just a great piece!

We love mirrors at Linderhof and this one in front of the windows makes the dining room seem larger. The lamp in front of the mirror reflects the light and at night it seems as if the whole dining room is alight!

The silver trays are not there for height but rather for storage -- who says storage has to be behind closed doors? It's the perfect place for them and they do corral the lamp and those odd pieces when not used for serving beverages or a big tray of cheeses or dozens of little cakes or tarts.

The candleabra are in their summer home -- in the winter, on either side of the mirror are the big pots of agapanthus. It's the perfect place for them and they loved it last winter -- and I do enjoy bits of green in the house in winter.

It's a simple table and is perfect, I think, in front of the windows in the dining room. Other than the plants being changed to candles, there is little that I change about this arrangement. It seems . . . perfect!

It's Tuesday which means that it's time to join Marty at A Stroll Thru Life to see other tabletops this Tuesday.


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh I do agree. It looks perfect and what a fabulous piece to have to use as a sideboard service area. Love the ironwork and the marble is just fantastic. I would never have thought to place a mirror leaning like that, but what a great idea. We have tons of windows, but sometime a room seems dark anyway. That is perfect with the lamps. Great vignette. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

This is such a beautiful table, Martha!
You have a great eye for design! I love the beautiful pieces that grace this magnificent piece of marble.

I agree, mirrors give such light, and drama to any room.
Such an inspiring post!

Allie and Pattie said...

Very true Martha- it is quite perfect! Linderhof is fortunate to have such devoted caretakers :)
xoxo Pattie

Cathy said...

It is perfectly beautiful, Martha. I love the lamp's reflection in the mirror. You have the gift of assembling your treasures exactly right.

Anonymous said...

I love the scrollwork...just gorgeous...I bet it is nice in the winter with the green...
Thank you for stopping by and leaving me a sweet note as well, Bev

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

OMG Girl that lamp is to die 4 drool big time beautiful...Love it and your table is wonderful bet it weights a ton...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Rachel said...

I love the candelabras! It's so nice to have a matchign set, that way they can pull the centerpeice together! Fabulous!!!
Thanks for sharing!

Pondside said...

I think it's just perfect. Mirrors at night, candlelight - the room must glow!

The Barnett Family said...

What a romantic setting....mirror, lamp, and candles...oohh la la! Loving table setting! Thanks for sharing!

GwendolynKay said...

A lovely vignette.

Marlis said...

ooh agapanthas in the house in the winter.. how much sunlight do they need? great ideas. i love the mirror in front of the window. very very clever. love the sideboard with marble top. what great finds.

Mary Bergfeld said...

Martha, your home is so beautifully appointed that it is a joy to see. You've created a palace for Jim and your daughter. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

niartist said...

oh Martha, I'm so hoping you'll play along tomorrow. I'll have a meme too, that I think you will love! It's called Vignette Friday's, and it's all about tabletop vignettes, bookcase vignettes, garden vignettes - any vignette you set up, photograph, and want to share! If you're interested, please stop by! EVERYONE is welcome to participate, but I really hope you do! :) Thanks, and I'm looking forward to seeing your vignette!

niartist said...

Ah = here is where I commented! LOL! I knew I was here!