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.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

From One Side to Another . . .

Years and years ago on  road trip to Minnesota and Wisconsin we came home through the tip of Illinois and stopped in a town that I'd read about in magazines and always wanted to visit, Galena, Illinois.

It is a neat historic town with a wonderful downtown full of wonderful touristy shops especially some nice antique shops.

In one, we happened to notice a "stove" -- it caught both of our eyes and we checked the price which was far too dear for us -- for what would we do with such a piece?

And the owner came over, saw a customer with some interest in this stove and said that he would take $100 for it.   


He was European and said that the stove had come over with him.    It was a shop featuring mostly French antiques (in an Illinois river town -- go figure!) but the stove is German.     And for years it lived on our front porch.

And then we had the breakfast room built and it was moved inside  -- tucked into this corner.

The stove -- banished to the corner -- hidden, really.

It's ceramic and I'm sure if it was hooked up properly lit would work.    I've never liked it in this corner . . . for I think it should be a focal point piece -- not a tucked into the corner piece.      And besides, it reminds me of . . .

Much prettier than Linderhof's stove, it was workable (although we didn't know how) and reminded us so much of our little heating stove back home!

This stove which was in the dining room of our English Cottage, Blue Row.     It was nice to find this stove there for it reminded me (during our stay in England) of our beloved Linderhof.

A pedestal with a secret -- CD storage inside and the Christmas cactus on top!

In front of the doors, we had our pedestal -- not just a "pedestal", it's also storage for our CD collection -- a nifty subterfuge, methinks.

And today, at breakfast,  the "light bulb" came on!   

The stove, now taking pride of place in the breakfast room and reminding us of the wonderful dining room at Blue Row!

And I switched them . . . I moved the stove in front of the windows (and I may, just may, put some pipe so it looks as if it does work)

I always thought this was a better place for the pedestal and the orange tree looks much better on top of a pedestal than on top of a stove!

And I put the pedestal in the corner -- which is where it resided until we moved the stove in.    It's much easier to get to the CDs (for the CD player is close by) and the orange tree on top is not "catawompis" as it was on top of the stove -- for the stove's top is not entirely level!

I am happy with this small change and yes -- I did it by myself -- the pedestal was a "snap" to move -- the stove not so much but I can be stubborn about things and I was determined that I could get it moved!

It's Monday and although it is more of a change than a metamorphosis, I am sharing this with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday.


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh what a lovely stove. Such a beautiful conversatio piece. It looks amazing in front of the windows. Hugs, Marty

On Crooked Creek said...

Amazing! I love the switch! I, too, had a "light bulb" moment on Saturday. Your home (Linderhof) is so very lovely! I think you're going like the way the breakfast room looks! I know, I do!

Rose H (UK) said...

What a sweet stove, no wonder you wanted it in pride of place.

Pondside said...

That little stove is so pretty. I'm sure that if you had a professional look at it you'd find that it wouldn't be difficult to fit it out to work. Just think of how lovely it would be on a winter night - or in a power outage!

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

Your change looks great...and I love all your indoor plants, especially the Christmas cactus and the orange tree.

Bookie said...

A perfect swap! Yes, orange plant is lovely and looks so much better now. A great idea you had....

Anonymous said...

I am loving this switch Martha. The stove is wonderful!

Bernideen said...

Glad for this lovely new home!

megan said...

The switch is great Martha. It deserves a place of pride.

Ruthie said...

What a great stove ... I agree, it should be placed in a spot where it can be better seen.
Came over from Met Monday ; )