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.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Reprise -- The Blue Bowls

As you all know I love everything blue and white and my bowls are some of my prized possession.    I fill them seasonally -- sometimes (the big blue bowl on the dining room table is a fall/Christmas fill only), and they do reflect the changing of seasons at Linderhof.    

It's our first really cool day and a rainy day as well so it feels like fall.    Alas, I've not got my bowls filled with fall things as yet . . . but soon I shall.        I do have a big pot of vegetable soup simmering on the stove and I'll make some homemade beer bread -- it's a soup kind of night here on the prairie.

I'm joining Chari at Happy to Design for Sunday Favorites.     My beloved blue and white is always a favorite at Linderhof!!!

And I'm joining The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays.

I love blue and white and besides dishes, blue and white objects fill Linderhof. I'm extremely partial to blue and white bowls -- there is one on top of the Chinese cabinet in the living room -- the Chinese cabinet in the dining room sports three! And tabletops are perfect for a blue and white bowl!!!

And those tabletop bowls are perfect for seasonal decorating! What fun it is to decorate them each season!

On the coffee table in the living room is a Spode bowl in an octagon shape and sometimes it's filled and sometimes not -- depending on the season. If it's empty and push comes to shove and I'm having company, one of the orchids fit perfectly into the bowl and give color for the evening.

The potpouri of summer gives way to an assortment of mini pumpkins and bittersweet for fall. It will stay this way through Thanksgiving until we're ready to decorate for Christmas.

On the dining room table is a huge blue and white bowl -- a coveted item that was way more than my purse but one sale at Tuesday Morning, they had an assortment of big blue and white bowls -- we were in Las Vegas for a meeting when the sale occurred and dear Husband Jim drove me to a Tuesday Morning just so I could get that bowl that I had dreamed of. And then I had it shipped back home!!!!

I knew it would be perfect for the dining room table as a centerpiece and I actually love the empty bowl as a centerpiece -- it's really too big to hold flowers for a dinner party and so often, it is relegated to the space under the sideboard when we have company.

But in fall filled with pumpkins and bittersweet it does make the perfect centerpiece! And I love the oranges and greens and whites of the pumpkins and gourds with the blue and white.

The breakfast room table changes often - the blue and white bowl gives way to a vase or a pitcher full of garden flowers -- and sometimes, we have both -- if the blue and white bowl is filled with fruit then the smaller blue and white pitcher with garden flowers completes the vignette.

And for fall -- Farmer's Market apples which we'll replenish week after week -- I love the smell of apples that permeate the room. And I like the mix of green and the rusty red of local apples (rather than the too perfect colors of supermarket apples). They're not for decoration -- they are for eating and we'll often munch on one near bedtime.

I've been slow this year with fall -- knee surgery does that but then when I realized that Friday was October . . . . alas, I needed pumpkins!!!!! Our local Farmer's market is a great source for both pumpkins and bittersweet (and a really nice bittersweet wreath came home with me as well).


Bernideen said...

My heart beats loudly at the sight of bittersweet - I do miss it!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Your blue and white is always displayed so beautifully. Love your bowls. Filled with the pumpkins, such a great fall display. Hugs, Marty

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

your bowls are beautiful and I just love using bittersweet this time of year!

Rebecca said...

What a beautiful TRIO of blue & white - appropriate ANY season!

On Crooked Creek said...

We had a pot of homemade Chicken and Rice soup for Friday evening with homemade biscuits! I'm really enjoying the cooler temps on our side of the Prairie. Your Autumn decor in the blue and white bowls is gorgeous, dear friend! Thank you for sharing this, again, with all of us. I never tire of seeing your beautiful collection!

The Charm of Home said...

Oh, I loved it when you used this bowl before! Just gorgeous!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Your blue and white bowls showcase your fall bounty beautifully! Great photos. I'm a new blogger now following you. Would love to have you follow me back! Many blessings!

Unknown said...

Your arrangement is beautiful! Love it! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful blue and white bowls.

I wish I had a few more to fill with Fall finds or just anything.

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

I love the striking combination of blue and white with the colors of fall. Sometimes when we love something, we just keep using it in different ways and it works! All very pretty. I'm following you!!

Diann said...

All the bowl displays are beautiful!

Southerncook said...

Love, love, love your blue bowls and as you know you are my inspiration to move toward more blue and white. We have not seen any pumpkins here in N FL yet but hopefully soon.


The Tablescaper said...

I so love how your blue and white bowls are just overflowing with autumn. Each looks so beautiful. I'm so glad you decided to join Seasonal Sundays. When you have a chance, I'd appreciate it if you'd amend your post to provide a link to Seasonal Sundays.

Blue and white are the best!

- The Tablescaper

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Martha...

My friend, you DO have the prettiest blue and white!!! I always love how you display your beautiful bowls too! They look gorgeous with the pumpkins, gourds, and bittersweet! So perfect for an autumn display! Mmmm...and I would have to grab one of those yummy looking apples too! Hehe! Thank you so much for sharing this lovely autumn post with us for the Sunday Favorites party this week, my friend!

Warmest autumn wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design