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, May 11, 2014

Big Changes Afoot In the Breakfast Room

The breakfast room -- an addition we made to Linderhof in 2007

We had no casual dining area
And what started out as a floor and a door
ended up being a real room.

Our intention was to make it look like a porch we enclosed
And I think we succeeded for often people will ask us about our
"enclosed porch"

We furnished it simple 
seven years ago

We started with this table
A game table, I think, because of the shape
And four chairs
Because a table needs four chairs!

In 2008, at an Estate Sale,

We found this darling English walnut oval table
We liked it much better than the original one!

And at the end of the room
against the south windows

We placed a baker's rack
Perfect for plants and plates!

However, one fateful day at an antique shop,
we found

This beautiful 1870's sideboard
at a ridiculously low price.

We didn't get it
(We're famous for that -- not getting something and having to go back)

And once home, we figured out that it would work in the breakfast room
So a quick call, another trip, and home it came.

This spring, however, I have felt that the walls of the breakfast room were closing in
The plants, I thought.   The plants
For it is where we overwinter the citrus, the geraniums and the other assorted house plants
that summer outdoors.

However, as I would take my breakfast or afternoon tea
I would sit and stare

Mostly at the wall of glass that was really covered up.
How sad, I thought
But . . . what could I do with the sideboard?

And so I thought some more,
came up with a plan
And last week, I executed that plan

After the plants were moved outside!

I moved the sideboard . . .
not to another room 

But to the brick wall
Thus opening up the south wall of windows.

And the table which had been in the middle of the room
got moved next to those south windows!
And several weeks ago, I put two of the chairs in the basement.
Most of the time, it's just us -- when I have company, I can always
appropriate two chairs from the dining room
And if I need to, I can always bring the others up.
(Which means an occasional cleaning of the chairs rather than a weekly ones --
you know how chair legs attract cobwebs and dog hair!)

It seems more spacious
(But then the plants are outside now!)

And, of course, it is brighter,
And we can see the south garden
(in all of it's needy and weedy state!)

But then I felt that the table was too big!
Not too wide but too long -- it just didn't feel right!
I needed a smaller table
And a round table!

And os I brought in the wicker table from the front porch
And covered it with layered tablecloths
(Wicker and the black 1870s sideboard are too different, I think)

I think it fits the space better
And is perfect for a breakfast (or lunch or dinner) for two!

The sideboard looks good against the brick
(but anything looks good against brick!)

And I love the feel of the new space!

I am not a furniture mover
(well, maybe I'll move the living room chairs around but that's the extent of my
furniture moving!)
Unless a new piece requires some rearranging.

So I gave it some thought
Lots of thought
And I drew it out on the breakfast newspaper more than once.

And once the plants were out,
I made the move!

I think it is a perfect solution!

It's Monday and I'm sharing my new breakfast room with Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Met Monday and I'm joining Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday.


Pat said...

I love the metamorphosis of the Breakfast Room, dear friend!!!
The sideboard is such a gorgeous piece and it does show, quite nicely, in its new position!
Great idea and I love the drawings on the newspaper before the change!!!
Staying for a period of time in ones residence does, ocassionally, call for change!!! This is a splendid change with grace for Linderhof!!!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Your breakfast nook has been through a number of chages and I like the way it is now with a view outside from two directions. The sideboard is stunning, you don't them as nice as yours too often.

lucy said...

It looks really nice. Love the round table with its beautiful dressing. Every time hubby and i discuss downsizing I think of your lovely home.
Thanks for sharing, Lucy

Marilyn Miller said...

I just love seeing the progression of this sweet room. I do love the latest arrangement, as I wondered why you would cover those windows. How I could see just sitting there with a cup of tea. Lovely!

Canadian Chickadee said...

Love your new room!

And I love the idea of redecorating with stuff you already have. I am in the process of mentally redoing the upstairs hall/stair landing.

But first I have to repaint it - it's a high traffic era and is beginning to show its age. Then it's on to the moving of furniture.

I'm going to switch the grandfather clock from one side to the other, and take a small chest out and replace it with a rather English-y looking bench ...

But first I have to remove some wallpaper and paint. So I'd better get with it!

Unknown said...

I love all of your blue and white china pieces, stunning all put together

Barbara said...

Gee Whiz - what a perfect rearranging of that space! I tend to get stuck in how things are or have been for a long time. Great vision!

Rebecca said...

It IS a "perfect solution"! I've always been a bit jealous of your breakfast room - now more than ever :)

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

I am chuckling because I have liked it each way that you had it : ) It was fun to see the changes here and there, though! :)

Michelle said...

Very nice change. Love all your blue and white on the sideboard. Bet you enjoy having more window space to view your garden!