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
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,
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
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!