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, June 13, 2011

Something Old, Something New, and a Family Piece, Too!

The fireplace in the Master Bedroom was one reason that we bought Linderhof. It was an "always wanted" but a "thought I'd never have" and when we looked at Linderhof 23 years ago, there, in the Master Bedroom was THE FIREPLACE!

Is it the only reason that we bought Linderhof? Probably not, but it didn't hurt!!!

And the best part of having a fireplace in the Master Bedroom is another mantle to decorate!!!

And I do enjoy playing with my Master Bedroom mantle!

Before we left for England, it looked like this. The Family Piece: My parents wedding present clock centers the mantle and always has ever since my mother gifted me with it one Christmas. A pair of Baldwin Brass candlesticks -- an Estate Sale find and two green birds -- both from Nell Hills -- bought at different times and a year or so ago, found homes on either side of the clock.

But then I went to England and . . .

The new: these -- a pair of brass 1830's candleholders. For a shamelessly low price, I might add! And the reason I bought them -- to replace the Baldwin Brass pair on the Master bedroom mantle!

So, when I got home, the Baldwin Brass candleholders went to the attic -- replaced with the 1830's pair.

And since I changed the candleholders out, it was time to change out the birds as well.

The old: a pair of Staffordshire dogs that I bought over 20 years ago. They've been here and there at Linderhof and currently resided in the attic. But the English candleholders needed an English foil -- what better than a pair of spaniels?

I like the new mantle -- it seems more English to me and goes well with my new English bed clothes.

And who knows, the birds and Baldwin candlesticks may show up somewhere at sometime. For, at Linderhof, nothing is constant!

It's Tuesday and although it's Tabletop Tuesday with Marty at A Stroll Thru Life but at Linderhof it's Mantletop Tuesday!!! Visit Marty and see what other great tabletops (or mantletops) there are this Tuesday!!!


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

candlesticks from 1830! wow. I think I want to come raid your attic though!

The French Hutch said...

Martha, I love the mantle in the bedroom, and l think you and I are a lot alike, we change things up on occasion. I think we've visited some of the same place in Windsor, I have post on London with some photos. I scrolled on down enjoying all your english changes. I love the duvet covers used in UK and Europe. This is where I fell in love with them too. I have them on all my beds. Love your blog and I'll be your newest follower.

The French Hutch

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

Love your Staffordshire dogs! Staffordshire dogs are always on the mantelpiece in so many of the English novels I love to read. What a special memento of your visit.

Pondside said...

I have such a fondness for Staffordshire dogs. On the island of Aero, where The Great Dane's family lives, there are many front windows sporting such dogs and of course there's a story to go with them. The men from Aero were sailors, and the women in town would put the dogs in the window facing a certain way if the man of the house was at sea - another way if he was back on land. It was supposedly a message to a lover - makes a good story!

afternoon tea said...

I like the new "English" look. What a beautiful fireplace! I would love a look at your attic also. lol

Linda said...

Martha, I have been on a tour of your blog. We went to England, Wales and Ireland when I son was in school with his rugby team. That was some 25 years ago. Your pictures sure brought back lots of great memories.

Mary Bergfeld said...

I love the changes you have made. As much because they give you such pleasure than any need to change what was already there. The candlesticks were a real find and you'll enjoy them for years to come. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Love your mantel and the changes are super. Such pretty accessories and everything looks fabulous. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Rose H (UK) said...

Your mantle is beautiful Martha, Great finds too! So lovely to have a corner of England :o)
Best wishes
Rose H


Beautiful mantel in your bedroom! I'm in love with your English changes, my goodness, so very nice. I collect dog figurines, so you can imagin! I'm totally in love with your Staffordshire dogs. I'm also at TTT, visiting you. Thanks for sharing all these. Hugs. FABBY