The Park for Detroit: Being a Preliminary Consideration of Certain Prime Conditions of Economy for the Belle Isle Scheme...

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Rand, Avery, 1882 - 58 pages
 

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Page 31 - town. Then there will be the fireplace, of course, which in our climate is bound to be the chief object in the room. " That is all we shall want, especially if the floor be good. If it be not (as, by the way, in a modern house, it is pretty sure not to
Page 31 - All art starts from this simplicity; and the higher the art rises, the greater the simplicity. "I have been speaking of the fittings of a dwelling-house,— a place in which we eat, and drink, and pass familiar hours; but, when you come to places which people want to make more specially beautiful because of the
Page 30 - of troublesome superfluities that are forever in our way, — conventional comforts that are no real comforts, and do but make work for servants and doctors. If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it, — "Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. " And, if we apply that rule strictly, we shall, in the first place, show the
Page 31 - that a small carpet which can be bundled out of the room in two minutes will be useful; and we must also take care that it is beautiful, or it will annoy us terribly. "Now (unless we are musical, and need a piano),
Page 31 - dignity of their uses, they will be simpler still, and have little in them save the bare walls made as beautiful as may be. St. Mark's at Venice has very little furniture in it, much less than most
Page 30 - goes, — and, in the second place, we shall surely have more money to pay for decent houses. " Perhaps it will not try your patience too much, if I lay before you my idea of the fittings necessary to the sitting-room,
Page 31 - and note how the huge free space satisfies and elevates you even now, when window and wall are stripped of ornament; then think of the meaning of simplicity, and absence of encumbering gewgaws.
Page 31 - with some beautiful and restful pattern. We shall also want a vase or two to put flowers in, which latter you must have sometimes, especially if you live in
Page 31 - that is quite all we want; and we can add very little to these necessaries without troubling ourselves, and hindering our work, our thought, and our rest.
Page 31 - churches. Its lovely and stately mother, St. Sophia of Constantinople, had still less, even when it was a Christian church. But we need not go

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