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, June 21, 2015

Seven Years -- The Heart and The Soul of Linderhof

Seven Years Ago
In May
I started Lines From Linderhof
And somewhere soon after I discovered the "sidebar"
And so I included pictures
The Heart of the Home

 The kitchen
With it's marble counters
It's plethora of 
oils and vinegars
wooden spoons and cooking utensils
Asian blue and white used to store flours and sugars
And a red toaster!

The Kitchen 2015

Same cabinets
Same pots hanging over the island
Same stove
Same wooden countertop next to the stove
But the countertops less cluttered
The knives are on a magnetic knife strip
My "collection" of wooden cutting boards nearby
Big clear glass containers to hold sugar and flour
And the mixer moved to that side of the room.

The Soul of the Home

The dining room
With the 20's Duncan Phyfe table, Shield Back Chairs and Sideboard
The chandelier defies description but it seems to fit
It's Eastertide for a big blue and white vase holds branches and the German Easter eggs
The "Green Man" is over the buffet, two blue and white candleholders flank the silver tea service and behind it is my huge Spode Blue Room blue and white platter
The table is centered on a mostly red Oriental

The Dining Room 2015

The table and chairs
The buffet are all the same
(although there are new upholstery on the chairs)
The "Green Man" still hangs over the buffet
And those blue and white Asian candleholders still flank the silver tea service
(they're famous, those candleholders for they've been featured in a magazine --
not showcasing Linderhof but another, more classy and more expensive home)
The table and chairs are still on a red Oriental
But this one is large and it's a Karastan
A flea market purchase
And the bigger rug definitely looks better!
The chandelier is still hanging over the dining room table
And Husband Jim still feels that it's a "tad" too high!
The table is set for a luncheon
Which seems more fitting than an empty table
For the dining room really is the "soul" of the home!

The changes I've made the last seven years are small
Not redecorating but rather refinement
Homes should change a bit over time
But that doesn't mean that it needs to be a complete redo.
For, to me, the familiar is good!

As everyone calls the Kitchen
the heart of the home
for it's where food is prepared with love
for family and friends
But the dining room to me is the soul
for it's where family and friends gather
To eat and share conversations and ideas.

I'm using the two newest pictures of the kitchen and the dining room to update my sidebar -- it's about time!     Would you wear the same dress for seven years?
I don't think so!

And since it's Monday, I'm sharing my kitchen and dining room updates with Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Met Monday


Pat said...

I adore your kitchen, dear friend!!!
It is the first thing I noticed about Linderhof!!!
The Dining Room is gorgeous with the upholstered chairs and the larger rug!!!
I "like" the changes you've made to the sidebar of your blog, as well, dear one!!!
I am doing some of the same on my side of the Prairie. . .calling it 2015 Renewal!!!
It is time for some updating here, as well!!!fondly,

Rue said...

Martha, your home had me the first time I came upon your blog and I'm still enchanted. The other house that had the candlesticks was classier? I doubt it. Your home is one of the classiest that I've had the privilege to see. Thank you for inviting us into your world. I love it :)


Martha said...

Oh, Rue, I'm blushing!