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, August 9, 2011

A 20's Entry

I'm participating in a new monthly party -- Room By Room with Rene at Cottage and Vine and the Room this month is the Entry Hall.

Alas, Linderhof has no formal hall. It is a 1920's house and I read in a book on 20's architecture a long time ag0 (and actually, I should have bought the book) that in the 20's, they often did away with entry halls for they wanted their guests to see their nice things rather than having guests cool their heels in an entry hall.

It does make sense for I've seen lots of 20's houses without halls (and I've seen lots with -- depending upon the style). Linderhof is one without!

And so what do guests see when they first enter Linderhof?

The bookcases that are opposite the front door -- filled with our colleciton of leather bound (and some antique) books. A table in front and two chairs so that it has a sense of being a hall.

And to the right of the front door . . .

Our European sideboard -- it's either German, French or Belgian we think but we don't know it's pedigree for sure. But it is definitely European. There are two sconces on either side and with it's marble top it's perfect as a bar.

And further to the right of the door is . . .

A landing at the bottom of the stairs -- an alcove with the stairs on the left side and the guest closet on the right.

And if you look to the left . . .

You see the living room. Which is how they planned it back in the 20's.

I must admit that I would love to have a real hall. A real formal hall -- but alas, that is something that Linderhof will never have.

And without a hall to "buffer" guests from the living room, we have to keep the living room a bit tidier!!!

I so enjoyed looking at everyone's halls at Cottage and Vine and I can't wait until the next room next month!


Prudently Painted Vintage said...

Ok first off I love that your house has a name. So neat! The fact linderhoff (did I spell that right?) doesn't have a reall hall doesn't matter because it totally makes up for it in the formal living room. Gorgeous!!

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

Your home is very charming. I love the views you've shared with us.

niartist said...

Oh this is a great link up party Martha!!! I am definitely gonna link up next time. So long as it's not my kitchen, LOL!

Maggie said...

Since the sideboard is living at Linderhof it must be German, at least in spirit!
Hasn't it been fun visitng peoples homes thanks to Rene @ cottage and vine?
I'm so nosy!

On Crooked Creek said...

You and hubby, Jim have brought Linderhof from a 20's house to a lovely warm, inviting gem of a home that she is now! I adore the "entry" and all that you have made of the entrance. I can honestly say, "I felt as if I'd come home" with your warm welcome during our visit to Linderhof! Thank you for sharing your lovely home and all of the social gatherings that happen there on the Prairie!

René said...

Thank you for sharing your entry with us Martha. I can relate to not having a real "hall". How nice that you know about the history of your home.

From the Kitchen said...

The house I grew up in was a four-square. There was no entry. You stepped right into a huge living room. To the left was a stairway with two landings going up. I now live in a 1921 home where you step into a large living room. I do miss a foyer but somehow one just wouldn't suit our home.

Love the further glimpses into Linderhof.


Dan said...

I didn't know the history of hallways! Ours is only about a square metre at the cottage. Lovely furniture Martha!