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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 29, 1911, Image 18

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PROBLEMS OF A' YOUNG HOUSEWIFE FURNISHING
- OF THE LIVING ROOM
Jr In the mid-Victbrian days of
haircloth tand wax flowers the
only taskMncumbentton a young
housewifewho-wished to furnish
her parlor was to decide how
much stiff andf impressive furni
ture coul4 he bpught with the
amount of money she had for the
expenditure: i r
Then, after exact placing of
the funereal pieces of walnut, she
viewed the parlor with sacred
awe and shut it against every
day use. -.
Now J:he parlor has become a
Teal living room and its princi
pal qualifications are comfort
and charm.;
It is-not the architect or the
decorator who gives these, but
the wprian who is making the
home.
The usual idea is an oriental
rug, a mahogany davenport, a
center table, a bookcase, 'a loung
ing chair and a rocker, topped by
a green .shaded lamp of elaborate
design and' a few conventional
pictures. ,
The, "room thus furnished at a
large initial expense looks like a
thousand other rooms, even
though each separate article has
a-personal beauty.
Before selecting the furnish
ings, it would 4be wiser to choose
a color scheme. If the woodwork
is of light oak, a, soft brown or a
dull yellow will.be most suitable
for blendjng.of effects. A robin's
tgg blue may also 'He found ad-
advisable.
and woodwork mission furniture
is at its best. In the mission style
a settle may.be found for $20,
lounging chairs for not more
than 12,and a table for $10.
A grass-cloth rug of blending
color may be had for another $10,
or a domestic rug of sufficient
size may be had for not more than
$12.
A bookcase may 'cost $20, but
an, open bookshelf is to be had for
less than half, v
A lamp oil, gas or electric, of
simple but attractive pattern,
may be found for $10. ,
Curtains with a sirjgle edge
and insertion are sold for about
$3 a pair. Silk for side curtains,
which add ' immensely to the
charm of a room, will cbst about
40 cents a yard, but will "be a good
investment for all who can af
ford it If silk is too expensive,
sateen may be used for the same
effect.
If the woodwork is of imita
tion cherry or mahogany, a de
lightful and unusual effect may
be secured by having the walls
colored or. papered in a soft gray
tone.
The. side curtains of the win
dows should then be of rose "silk
and the furniture of mahogany or
its imitations. Any upholstering'
on the chairs should be of a gray
that will not contrast with the
walls and the rug of a softened
rose. '
'If the natural wood may be
painted white, bright and sum-
With these colorings xo .wall,! mery, effqctST may easily be- se
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