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, February 23, 2013

Spring Mantles

We're lucky at Linderhof to have three mantles
In the living room, dining room and master bedroom
Linderhof is a cottage
It was unusual in the 20s for a "cottage" to have as many fireplaces
There was always central heat, after all
So a fireplace wasn't needed to warm the room.

But Mr. Sechler, who built Linderhof had money
And with his money he added fireplaces
to his cottage

We're glad he did

We change the mantles out some
The living room especially for we add seasonal elements to it

A pair of Federick Cooper candlesticks; an English match strike; an old mantle clock which we bought at an antique shop in Topeka, Kansas years ago when we made trips to the State's capital to testify before the legislature on issues regarding our business; a pair of bronzes bought as a Christmas gift for Husband Jim shortly after we moved to Linderhof; an Asian vase that this spring is filled with forsythia branches.

I don't change the mantle much other than adding seasonal touches.    I'll keep forsythia or pussywillow in the vase as long as I can.    In the summer, the vase is always empty!

The dining room

has an old French mantle clock as it's centerpiece.    A recent find.   It only strikes the hour once -- it doesn't count the hours!     The lamps, too, are a recent find.    I've always admired lamps with crystal drops and this pair seemed special.       The ginger jars are cloisonné, bought by Husband Jim on a trip to Hong Kong in the 60s.     I've always adored them and they look good no matter where we put them.

The Master Bedroom

My parents wedding present clock takes pride in place on the Master Bedroom mantle.   It's has Westminster chimes and was in their living room.    As a child, it was always comforting to wake in the night and hear the chime -- it made it seem to me, a small child, that all was right in the world.    I still wake and hear the chimes and know that all is right in the world.    It's comforting.    My ladies dance across the mantle.    A part of my collection of Royal Doulton figurines.    These ladies acquired one at a time -- mostly as gifts for Christmas or birthdays.     

It's always fun to decorate mantles and although we don't change them a lot, there is something about the flat surface of a mantle in a room that can be decorated like no other piece of furniture in a room.


Penny said...

I love your mantles Martha. The sight of forsythia makes me think of Spring on the way. How wonderful that you have your childhood chimes to comfort you.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I like the mirrors above each of your mantles and all have nice decor. Newer homes like the one we live in have no mantle or window sills, very disappointing.

On Crooked Creek said...

I have always adored the changing of your Mantle decor @ Linderhof!!! Before the HUGE (14+) SNOW here on the Prairie, the forsythia appeared to be ready to bring in for forching...I'll check again after the SNOW melts away!!!
Thank you for sharing your lovely trio of mantles, dear friend!!!
Have a blessed weekend!!!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I always enjoy hearing the history of your beautiful home. Each mantle seems to hold some precious heirlooms, close to your heart.

donna baker said...

Kansas has the best antiques. I used to know some dealers from Ark City and Wichita.

Lottie said...

oh Martha, I love the ladies dancing across the mantle! All three mantles are absolutely beautiful! Have a wonderful weekend!