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, October 25, 2010

Blue and White and Silver

It's not a tabletop but a chest top -- the Asian Chest in the dining room which holds the crystal, the silver trays, and assorted serving pieces. It is filled to the brim with "things"!

And on top -- three special blue and white bowls (in which we place our wine corks), a silver entree cover and part of our collection of silver napkin rings.

The blue and white bowls are not used but rather are for decoration (unless you count wine cork storage as usage). And unfortunately, the silver entree cover is not either. Mostly, at dinner parties, our entrees come to the table plated.

But the napkin rings are -- the collection started by Husband Jim when he found two at a garage sale here in our town on the prairie. Many are reminders of trips -- an easy piece to bring home -- small and nonbreakable and can go in the checked luggage. A few are gifts from friends who know how much we enjoy the napkin rings.

We use our napkins like they did a century ago -- over and over again -- not a clean one for ach meal. And because of the napkin rings, we know which is which!!! (Of course, when we have company, there is a freshly ironed and laundered napkin for each guest -- but they are always in a silver ring).

The picture behind the bowls is a Japanese Woodblock print -- a tryptic -- dating from early in the 19th century. Brought home by Husband Jim when he had an annual tour in Tokyo.

It's Tuesday and that means that we need to go to visit Marti at A Stroll Thru Life to see other tabletops this Thursday.


On Crooked Creek said...

I adore how you use the blue & white throughout your home! My kitchen in the "dream home" North of you was blue. I only use a 'touch' of blue in my French Country Kitchen here on the lonesome prairie. Each time I see your blue in a post . . .it takes me on a stoll down memory lane. Thank you, dear friend!

Pondside said...

Lovely - some of my favorite things!

Rose H (UK) said...

Now you know I'm going to love the blue and white bowls! I'm still hunting in the UK for a 'Martha' napkin ring for you....
Best wishes
Rose H

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

So petty. I love your gorgeous blue and white bowls and then lining all the napkin rings on the edge is such a clever and gorgeous idea. Fantastic. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

Diann said...

That looks just gorgeous!

Cathy said...

So, so pretty. I would love to see your napkin rings up close. I have a weakness for old silver ones.

xinex said...

This is so pretty, Martha. I love the Asian picture too. I love Asian decor also.....Christine

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Martha...

I have always adored these beautiful blue and white bowls that you keep on the top of your Asian chest! Ohhh...and you have a fabulous collection of silver napkin rings! What a fun collection to have! Thank you for sharing your pretties with us!

Warmest autumn wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Lyn said...

I didn't realise thats th way to use napkin rings, they seem a little out of fashion these days and you don't see them around.

Erica (Irene) said...

Martha.....Love your blue and whites and how you put them around your home. I also collect them. Beautiful Asian picture there, love your home!!!!