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.

Monday, September 21, 2015


There are crystals at Linderhof . . . 
Some came with the house --

Like these in the living room

And these in the master bedroom
They're on sconces
Not original sconces but sconces added when the house was "updated"
in the 40s

I've got two sets --
which are on the fireplaces
in the living room
and in the bedroom!

And these crystals are on a pair of old lamps
(I at one time knew which kind but alas, I have forgotten)
The crystals are called "coffin" crystals
because they're in the shape of a coffin
This pair of lamps reside on an 1870s sideboard in the breakfast porch
And even though the lamps are 20th century, they look good on the 1870s piece

Funny crystals, these
They belong to a pair of lamps on my dressing table
Found long ago in a flea market in Bolivar
I also bought all of this type of crystal they had --
You never know when you make break one!

A 1920s version of an Argand lamp is what these crystals dangle from.
On the chest at the top of the stairs
It's our bedtime night light
Making the trip up the stairs safe when we finally decide to go to bed

Art Deco crystals, these, which belong to a pair of Fostoria candleholders.
One on each side of the sideboard in the dining room

And my latest crystals
Bought on our vacation to Door County last week
(I know, I bring home "different" souvenirs)
(No T shirts for me!)

Alas, the guest room
formerly Sarah's room
does not have any crystal bling!
(Should I rectify that?)

The pair of crystal candleholders that I brought home
On the dining room mantle
They're candle holders
so they do not need to be plugged in
(although there is a plug next to the mantle so lamps could be plugged in --
I've always hated to look at the cords snaking along the back of the mantle
(Except at Christmas when they're covered with greenery)
So I'd buy a pair, like them, but then eventually hate the cords
And move them
(which is why I have several pairs of lamps -- they were really bought for the dining room mantle!)

And these lamps are not just ordinary lamps
They're special --

They have writing on them
Which I can't make out
If you can figure it out, let me know
If I figure it out, I'll let you know.

One of the things we do like to do is visit antique malls when we travel.
My new crystal candleholders were found in a nice Antique Mall
just south of Egg Harbor
It's the blue one on the west side of the road.
The sign just said "Antique Mall" so if it has another name, I'm not sure what it is

But it really is a nice Mall . . . 
I could have bought more things!

It's Tuesday and I'm sharing my Crystals with Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday


Mimi said...

Nice to meet you Martha! I've popped over from Marty's party, and I have to say I adore your crystals. I can't make out that writing either, but I hope someone can help you. Meanwhile, can I invite you to join us at Five Star Frugal to share your gorgeous home? We welcome others who love to live elegantly for less and we'd love to see you there. Love, Mimi xxx

Bernideen said...

Your home just sparkles with all those crystals! Between the sparkle and the smell of something delish - always at your house - all is WELL!

Francie Newcomb said...

Martha, I think the new candleholders are darling and I really like them!

Sandra said...

I love all of your crystals; and what a wonderful collection you have! They make your home sparkle!

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