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, March 2, 2013

I Still Have An Affair With My House

One of my favorite decorating books is Bunny Williams, "Affair With A House" which shows her lovely home in Connecticut.     I, too, have an affair with mine -- Linderhof has been a love since I first walked through her door and although she has changed over the years by way of paint and paper and furniture, she is still beloved to me as the day I first walked into her.

This post is from 2008 -- an early post to be sure -- and received no comments at that time.     But then I didn't know as many of you then as I do now.

It's fun to look back at some of the older posts -- things have changed at Linderhof . . . and there are recipes out there I need to make again.     And also see the "flash" photography that I first used!

Shamelessly, I took the title from one of Bunny Williams books for I, too, have had an affair with a house -- this house, Linderhof. It's a brick four square with a wide screened in front porch, a portico from which to hang plants in the summer, roses growing up one side and ivy up the other.
The only structural change ever made in it's 88 years has been the breakfast room which we added on last fall. We did it with a sympathetic eye to the house and most of our visitors think it is our back porch which we have enclosed.

We took the 1985 kitchen which we inherited when we bought the house and made it a kitchen with 1920's flavor. Ours is it's third incarnation after the original 1920's kitchen. It was updated in 1948 and then again in 1985 and in 1995 we took the center panels out of the upper cabinets, added glass and painted ALL of the cabinets. This from a person who thinks it a sin to paint wood! But by doing that, the kitchen seemed part of the house rather than something tacked on.

A house is constantly changing and although the living room has been a dark green ever since we lived here, new furnishings have replaced old and by changing window treatments or upholstery, rooms have a different perspective.

I love this old house and she is a grand lady.


Schotzy said...

I agree there is nothing like the charm of an older home... a look back into a time of gentility and grace.. Lovely home!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

That's the thing with old homes, their architecture has character. I've been meaning to ask you what a breakfast room is but now I know how yours came to be.
We're in our third house and the one I love the best. It's just a small bungalow @ 20 years old but we've made it cozy inside and out.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Your home is so lovely and you care for it with such love. That makes it perfect to me. Hugs, Marty

Rosemary said...

It's quite understandable why you have an affair with your house! Not sure which room I love more.. the kitchen or the breakfast room. Both, beautiful! I still love my old house, too!

Bernideen said...

It is a wonderful home! It moves through each season with grace...

Babs said...

Your home is wonderful with a comfortable, cozy, elegant feeling.
I always enjoy visiting. :)Happy March!


The classic always prevales and the charm of houses like yours makes us love them. Your home is lovely, one of my favs in blog land. Big hugs,

On Crooked Creek said...

I adore the subtle changes you made to Linderhof's kitchen! The addition of the sun room added so much character through the choice of elements that it totally threw me off as to the recent ownership!!!
You have taken a true beauty on the Prairie and made her into the gem she is today!!!

Lottie said...

Linderhof is beautiful!

Beth said...

Martha, Your home is charming and has such character. I know it is a place of many memories, with more memory-making happening every day. Linderhof is a beautiful lady!

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

Linderhof is more beautiful, warm and welcoming and full of interest that I'm not at all surprised you have an affair with her. You never stop tweaking the details here and there and making her lovlier. Well done!