The House: Its Plan, Decoration and Care

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American School of Home Economics, 1906 - Architecture, Domestic - 232 pages
 

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Page 5 - And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days.
Page 143 - ... does not wish to kalsomine or paper her kitchen every season, it is perhaps the most satisfactory wall-covering, and it may be obtained in very attractive patterns and colors. Under present circumstances the kitchen may be a very attractive room and color schemes are as effective here as anywhere. One safe principle should guide in the buying of furniture, — avoid getting too many things. The average houses are crowded with pieces of furniture which serve no definite purpose, and take space...
Page 49 - We all appreciate that the house is not the home, as the body is not the spirit, but as the body serves as the means of expression for the spirit, so in the houses we build and furnish we show our appreciation of beauty or the lack of it. We give, quite unconsciously perhaps, our definition of home.
Page 122 - To give people pleasure in the things they must perforce use, that is one great office of decoration ; to give people pleasure in the things they must perforce make, that is the other use of it.
Page 98 - What is originality in art ? Perhaps it is easier to define what it is not; and this may be done by saying that it is never a wilful rejection of what have been accepted as the necessary laws of the various forms of art. Thus, in reasoning, originality, lies not in discarding the necessary laws of thought, but in using them to express new intellectual conceptions ; in poetry, originality consists not in discarding the necessary laws of rhythm, but in finding new rhythms within the limits of those...
Page 98 - ... finding new rhythms within the limits of those laws. Most of the features of architecture that have persisted through various fluctuations of taste owe their preservation to the fact that they have been proved by experience to be necessary; and it will be found that none of them precludes the exercise of individual taste, any more than the acceptance of the syllogism or of the laws of rhythm prevents new thinkers and new poets from saying what has never...
Page 44 - ... and by this means some very charming effects are obtained. It will be seen that two of the rooms present a view in perspective, so that the front and sides of all large pieces of furniture are equally seen, producing an effect somewhat unusual in the arrangement of dwellings. In the growth of their plans Western, city houses have tended also toward greater enlargement and importance of the living and diningrooms, at the expense of the parlor and reception-rooms. Of course, reference is made to...
Page 161 - HOUSEKEEPING A word more instead of a section must be said in closing about the care of such a house as is described in these pages. Happily the days are passing when the feeling prevails that "anyone can keep house." We have been a long time in learning that housekeeping is a profession for which intelligent preparation is demanded. The woman who attempts to usurp the authority of the trained nurse in charge of the patient does so at the risk of the patient's life. Results quite as disastrous to...
Page 127 - OF SELECTION Certain general principles apply in the selection of decoration and furnishings. Avoid pretentious things. If real lace cannot be afforded, sham lace ought not to be allowed. Muslin curtains are better adapted to the purpose and much prettier than sham lace ones. Get simple things, few things, durable things and such as will harmonize with many others.

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