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, June 7, 2011

Cottage Tabletops

I wanted to share with you some of the tabletops in our English cottages. They were both decorated in what we think of as English Country Style. A delightful mix of old and new and things well loved and books and plants.

The window at the top of the stairs at Pitts Cottage. A simple lace curtain and a Christmas cactus -- one of only two windows on this side of the cottage.

The master bedroom at Pitts Cottage -- a wonderful old chest, a rose patterned bowl and pitcher and a Spode Blue Italian pitcher filled with dried flowers including some lavender.

A chest in the bedroom at Blue Row -- books, a footwarmer (so necessary on cold English winter nights) and a bouquet of flowers (my addition!)

The buffet in the dining room at Blue Row -- an oak barley twist lamp, a delightful old clock, a Spode Camille blue and white tureen (mine!) and a bouquet of white carnations. This is my tabletop! For this buffet is normally the "hub" of Blue Row, with a book of information and the guest book and such. But I thought if I lived there permanently that the buffet would look like this!!!

I'm joining Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday. I can't think of better tabletops to share than the ones I lived with in England for the last month or so.

We're heading home today -- and I will be glad to get home and back to Linderhof. It has been a trip of a lifetime but, alas, Linderhof is beckoning and I'm eager to be there.


Unknown said...

Lovely table tops......I just love that covered butter dish. :)

Have a great week!

Pondside said...

Safe journey home, Martha.
The tabletops are very pretty - I'm sure you're bringing fresh inspiration home with you from your wonderful month in Blue Cottage.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Love the barley twist lamp! Thanks for sharing so much from England with us..loved every minute!

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

Delightful tabletops, and just my style. I could enjoy looking at cottage decor all day long I think. Thank you gain for sharing your adventure with us.


I love the covered butter dish...I know where's it's from?! I enjoyed all you shared from your trip from England...thank you for sharing it! Lots of hugs. FABBY

The Norwegian said...

There isn't a tabletop more charming than those you have shared from your stay in England.
Being an Anglophile myself, I am just floating as I take in what you have shown us!

Sharlotte said...

Just gorgeous! I love all your special treasures. Thanks so much for sharing!

Marilyn said...

I have enjoyed ALL your posts from England! Have a good rest upon your return. ♥♫

Martha said...

It isn't a butter dish -- it's a vegetable tureen -- and we're home and it made it home safely -- wrapped in bubble wrap and held in place with clothes!