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, October 29, 2012

Living Room Tables

There are two round end tables on either side of the sofa in the living room
Old tables -- the first one is older than the second.
It's a tilt top table with carving on it's legs.
It's quite a pretty table.

Asian, English and Waterford

And on the table Saturday
is the lamp made out of an Asian pot
An English milk pitcher full of garden roses atop some books
Two "Staffordshire" figurines -- of poodles, I think
And a Waterford Ashtray
(not for cigarettes but it's my coaster -- my very elegant coaster!)

And on the other side of the sofa is a 40's pedestal table with drawer
(one always needs at least one drawered end table in the living room for it's where one keeps cards for bridge and the telephone directory and a small note book and pen)
It got a glass top (for Husband Jim is not really a coaster person -- so it's top is really a coaster!)

A plant, a lamp and a book

A lamp made from an Asian tea tin,
a blue Spode bowl with a Christmas cactus,
An abalone shell
And Husband Jim's latest read, Killing Kennedy

The tabletops change with the seasons --
in spring and summer the plant is replaced with fruit in the bowl or a vase of flowers

The blue and white milk pitcher is not always on the books but when it is garden flowers of spring, summer and fall  are replaced by florist flowers in winter.    Or perhaps a blue and white bowl filled with fruit will top the books.

And this time next year?
I'm sure the tabletops won't look the same.
I'm not a furniture mover (well, except to clean) for once a piece of furniture has it's place there it stays.
But tabletops are a different matter.

I tire of them, I guess, or I'll find something new and I don't like clutter
so I'll rearrange the tabletops.

It's Tuesday and I'm joining Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday.


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Martha, I am the same way about furniture..I bring it home and it has a home and stays there. I never replace my wood furniture only the upholstered pieces.


Oh Martha, I love all my furniture, but after more than 30 years we replaced the living room end tables for antique French a few months ago. I also replaced a bookcase I had in the dining room, but dishes never fitted in it. Now sweet daughter Alexandra has all those pieces to love. I love all my 20 yr. old and more furnishings. I don't blame you, your tables are lovely with your pretty vignettes. Have a safe week.

Unknown said...

Both tables are gorgeous. I love the vignette of the first one especially. So pretty!

Pondside said...

We, too, have round tables in the living room - three of them. They don't mover from their places, but I change the tops with the seasons.

On Crooked Creek said...

Heirlooms are meant for keeping...all others are subject to change!!! This was my motto forEVER; however with age and hopefully wisdom...I've begun a strong purging of "excess" furniture pieces!!! Now, I'm in the process of making what we kept work for our home and lifestyle! Not planning on any purchases...but I could use a coffee table. I'm hopeless!!!
Love the accessories on your end tables, dear friend!!!

Canadian Chickadee said...

Love your table scapes, and think the glass tops are a fine idea. I've had glass tops made for all my end and coffee tables. It seemed the best solution, because the Brittany spaniel we had at the time, decided to jump up on the end table so he could have a better view from the window and the scratches and gouges he made are horrific. But with a glass top, they don't show! Oh the things we do to accommodate our animals! :o)

Moni - Zuhaus at Home said...

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Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Love your vignettes, they look so pretty. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty