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, October 8, 2011

Reprise - The Heart of Linderhof

This was originally posted in October 2010.    At Linderhof, the kitchen is definitely the heart of the home.   Good smells are always wafting from the kitchen filling Linderhof with a promise of good things soon to eat.

It didn't always look like this -- it had 1980's oak cabinets, that awful kitchen cabinet on the floor, and white 4 inch tiles on the countertop and no island!!!!

But it was before blogging and I don't have a single picture of the "before"!

I have always hated to paint good wood and it took me several years before I got enough courage to do the kitchen cabinets . . . but once started I felt foolish for waiting!

I love Linderhof's kitchen and although there is not a bit of room to eat in there (unless you stand at island or stove), I think it's a homey, working kitchen!

The heart of any home should be the kitchen and Linderhof is no exception. The kitchen is the heart of Linderhof (but we also think that the dining room is the soul!)

Linderhof's kitchen is tiny -- a mere 10 x 10 feet of floor space -- and it is not a decorated kitchen but rather a functional one.

The view from the dining room -- I always wonder if guests who peek into the kitchen think there is a lot more to the right of the door -- if so, they receive a BIG surprise!
As you walk into the kitchen from the dining room, the stove is on your left, the fridge is on your right and there is an island smack dab in the middle of a 10 x 10 space. Are we crazy? Probably, but I wouldn't have it any other way. It's a great space and one that is used daily!
It was "no fun" painting the inside of the cabinets!!!!
The work space at Linderhof -- next to the stove with built in choppng block, marble counters, wooden spoons and other utensils, the Kitchen Aid and food processor and sugar and flour . . . and hanging from the upper cabinets -- measuring cups and spoons -- nice to be so near at hand.

Window over the stove looking over the back garden
For a little kitchen we are blessed with two windows -- this one over the stove where I keep my collection of French mustard pots, a couple of neat old molds and three bottles of my homemade tarragon vinegar.

The perfect wintering place for herbs

What's a kitchen without a window over the sink . . . a great view of a small garden and a great place in the winter for windowsill herbs. There will also be a rose geranium as well as a pot of parsley. They just haven't made it inside yet to join the chives and thyme.

Behind the doors is my shameful secret -- the microwave!

My English "Sweetie Jars" full of coffees and teas and sugars. As well as an English enamel bread box. Which is used for . . . . bread! The big tin of Walker's shortbread. My afternoon nosh with tea while I was recovering from surgery. Good for boughten shortbread but not as good as my homemade!

Once upon a time, I had the ceiling redone in the kitchen because of a leak. The handyman managed to get "mud" on the wallpaper of my soffit . . . and so, off I went in search for some new paper for that soffit.

I managed to buy the world's ugliest wallpaper . . . . at least that's what I figured when I put up two sheets (thank heaven they were soffit size sheets) and so . . . . I painted my soffits white, then painted grapes and grape leaves near the ceiling . . .

And searched through my box of design ideas until I came upon the one that I was looking for -- with writing . . . about wine . . . in a kitchen . . . . and so with stencils in hand, I stenciled away that saying -- one part on each of the three walls and then a fourth wine related saying on the fourth wall.

Burgundy makes you think of silly things

Bordeaux makes you talk of them

Champagne makes you do them

Chardonnay sil vous plait?

This is the WHOLE kitchen!    

The kitchen at Linderhof -- the heart of Linderhof -- where good food begins. A bowl of fruit and a pitcher of tea are always on the island. The crock pot is full of steel cut oats for breakfast oatmeal -- so easy to make a big batch in the crock pot and oatmeal is perfect for these cool fall mornings.

The island countertop is a 100+ year old piece of marble that came out of the kitchen in the 1885 building where I used to work. It's a great pastry marble. The countertops, too, are marble -- carrera marble and I love them. There is a built in butcher block next to the stove -- I love that feature. The cabinets are painted a 30's green for the lowers and a 30's cream for the uppers. Windows are left bare to let in more light to this little space. The floor, like the rest of the house, is oak.

I'm joining The DIY Show Off -- Roomspiration - Kitchen Edition.   It's always fun to see everyone's kitchens -- a kitchen, methinks, is the most individual room in a house -- the true "heart" of the home!


Thickethouse.wordpress said...

The pictures show what a wonderful heart of the house your kitchen is. How creative you were with the soffit. I also collect mustard pots, though not all are French. There are some German ones too. Looking at your kitchen makes me feel happy.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I love the fact all your tools are right there ready to use. Great windows, I would hate not having a window above my sink.

Blondie's Journal said...

A functional kitchen is the best kitchen! And you have managed to make it look so warm and cozy on top of that. Love your marble counter tops and the island is terrific! Thanks for sharing another wonderful room at Linderhof!


Rebecca said...

Thank you for showing & describing your kitchen. It clearly is the "heart" of your home. My kitchen is not large, either. I am slowly getting up courage to paint the cupboards.

I am greatly inspired after this post. (I think I shall save it under my "idea" tab to return to frequently!)

Pondside said...

I remember this, and enjoyed it again. Your kitchen is, indeed, the heart of the home and reminds us that, while it's fun to dress up a kitchen, its main purpose is in preparing food - and that's its greatest beauty.

On Crooked Creek said...

This is the photo and post that made me think your home had once belonged to a family memeber. You have made such homey changes...your lifestyle and your heart have been stamped in this space. I am thrilled that you purchased this house and made it the lovely gem it is today. Lovely Linderhof! I shall always cherish my past and present memories there!

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

It's a very charming kitchen, and I especially love the idea of windows over the stove! You don't see that very often but I've always thought a window over the stove would be perfect.

Bernideen said...

But what a darling kitchen it is! Perfectly appointed!

Roeshel said...

What a great space - functional and pretty! I love the details! Thanks so much for sharing in the Roomspiration Kitchen party! ;)


Michelle said...

I love your kitchen and it inspires me to keep moving on renovating my own. We too have 80s oak cabinets that we are painting a soft creamy white. I love what you said about your "homey, working kitchen"...that is exactly what I'm going for with my kitchen. I've always loved old movies to get a glimpse of the old service kitchens. They were always very functional and "undecorated" which I find so interesting and beautiful. How do you like having white marble counters...I think I would love the patina they acquire with use. Can't decide between marble or soapstone, but I think either would give that old kitchen feel of yesteryear. I am sooo enjoying going through your fantastic posts! Love your blog! Also, I must check out J'Adore next time I'm in Brookside...sounds like a great shop!