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The Omaha Sunday Bee Magazine Page Copyright, 1911. by the Star Company. Qrft nrltaln r.lRhts nrvA. andW Xvvyww ...!vX''vXi'ifv SS8K hat H B m Fa wi' v s v.v. ... ..vv. t Cost J Bachelor Girl Tells How She Furnished Artistically the Principal Me. Room of Her Long Island Bungalow for Jine Dollars and Forty 'five Cents "Imagination waved it wand and I conjured the ,oap bo Into window cat. 'Having tacked the cotton to the tides and bottom of the box I lined it with cretonne." This completed window box sea! cost me 94 cents." By Marie Morgan WHEN tho builder handed rue the koyB of my bungalow on I.ong Island an unexpected emergency confronted van. I owned tho land on which I had built tho, house. Tho house Itself had been paid for, henco thoso keys. But tho house was empty and I was without tho wherewith to pay for Its furnishing. Decorators had called on mo and I had, with smiling flrmncsB, docllned their services. Though I sent them away empty handed I wbb In u worse plight, for my purso was empty. My bungalow, precious but treacherous, aB are some of my sex, had cost me twice as much as I had originally planned. Tho neat little sum I had planned to out lay In blrdsoyo maplo for my Bleeping chambers and oak for my dining room had njelted Into tho sum paid out for cement walks and a sun -parlor. As I sat on tho veranda of my now home looking ruofully at tho yard, not yet cleared of Its clutter of de bris, my oyes fell upon a soap box on which ono of the workmen, thoughtful of his "rhou matlz," had sat while eating his dlnnor-pall repast. I picked my way through the building refuse and examined 'tho box. It was clean and strong and fresh. The lid lay near It. Imagination waved Its wand and I conjured tho soap box into a window seat. Fortunate ly, I am an American and havo determination. Still fortunately, I am a New England woman, and so possess "faculty." My hands wero always deft at fashioning things, and I am not ono of "those who scream at a mouse or shy at a hammer. In a mo ment I had dragged tho box into tho hoUBe and fitted It Into the bay window. It looked as though it bad been built there. The next day I brought with me from town a packago of brass tacks, a roll of dark green denim, four yards of rose colored cretonne. It re quired loss than an hour for me to place tho cotton about tho Inside of tho box, to tuck the cretonno securely within it and the green denim outside; to screw Into it tho glittering pair of handles I had bought at a ten-cont store, and there my living room was in part furnished. The window seat was neat. Fur thermore it had cost mo 94 cent's. The tacks cost 10 cents. The denim and cretonne I had gotten at a remnant counter for 60 cents, and tho cotton wadding cost 14 cents. With this triumph of economy over need, I became Imbued with a gentle insanity on the subject of furnishing my living room with boxes, and my friends aided me In the pleasant hallucination. A friend' who had a country .home In the neighborhood, where ho dabbled In his car penter shop for play, sent his work bench over, and my living room became my work room. Every hour or two that I 'could spare from town I came out to and worked at my housefurnishlng. I bribed tbo vegetable man io bring me his empty onion boxes for tlftoen cents a box. Tho alternate slats of these I loosened, interlaced tho slats In tho form of an "X" or sawbuck, and nailed tbo ends to gether, covering the top and bottom with more slats, and had a firm, ornamental set of backless dining chairs. These chairs now awaited a dining table. . That required moro than tho feminine handl- nesa with which I had lined and covered the soap box and tho turns of the hand with which I had rolaced tho slats of tho onion boxos and twisted thorn Into wooden stools. To mako a dining room table demanded workbench training na well as talent. For tunately I had this, for I bad been "father's best boy" and ho had taught me the expert use of saw and mttro and braco and bit. My knowlcdgo of and skill with these -were called Into play In making my table, which I designed for my meal service, and between meals for a work and rending tnblo. Also I wished It to serve If I wished for a settle, for I anticipated evenings when In tho big liv ing room of my bungalow I would glvo artist dances. For theso dances the tables would, of course, be In the way and settles would be ncedod. I ordered from my grocer's the largest packing box I could got. Having held bulky cereals, it was as largo as a St. Bernard's kennel, approximately five feot square My grocer sold me this for sixty cents. The two firmest sides I UBcd for sldos of tho table, steadying them by oxtra pIoceB, "flat feet," I called thorn, like snowshoes, at the bottom. Tho lid of the box I used for a top of tho tablo. Tho strongest parts of tho remaining sides I placed between the two ends, to Btoady and securo them. On oithcr sldo of this lower shelf, bo to speak, of tho table, I nailed a board sawed from tho sldo. To my delight the table stood firm and steady as a rock. Lot me tell you of tho dovlco by which 1 gave the table its sottle possibilities. Instead of nail ing the top to the legs of tho table, I attachod It by pegs. I bored holes In tho edge of tho doubly secured corners of what had boen the packing box. Whop I wished tho table to masquerade as a sottle, I had meroly to loosen tho pegs, whisk tho top of tho tablo off. fasten tho back of tho supports, and behold a Bottle, chaste of outline as any that over stood besldo grandmother's flroplace. 1 had care fully planed tho edges to prevent intruding splinters, and I covered It with a linen scarf cloth, with drawn work edges, set my dlshoB, brought from town, upon It. and placad a serving cloth on the lowor sholf, placed tho bread tray on it, sat on one of my onion stools, and drew up to my own tablo beneath my own roof, much happier than any troublod queen of a more Europoan kingdom. My living room would not havo deserved its namo had It not had midway of Its side and opposite the door a large flreplaci. At either end of this I placed a settle, duplicate of the table and costing meroly the Hlxty contB apleco, plus labor. Tho pogs 1 mado. In front of the flreplaco I stretched a bench, to bo used as a work tablo if I choso to paint or write mis was mado of a ten cent r or sow there. box. With fpur onion box chairs', two cereal box settles, a cereal box settle table, and the win dow soat mado of a soap box, mv living room began to look habitable. Tho (sa,entIalB wcro there, but my woman soul oogan to feel Its craving for "places to put things." True, I kept my shoos and my household brushes in the window soat, but 1 needed a placo to keep my shirtwaists. Thoro was no wardrobo-in my bedroom, nor did I wish to spend tho money for one, for tho best of reas ons. I didn't havo it. Besldos, my living room, charming In all other respects, seemed a bit dark in the corner farthest from tho largo win dow at tho other end of tho room. jn mea struck mo as to how to In troduce a bit of color and bright ness Into that dark spot and at the samo time provldo for mysolf some thing I greatly needed. I went to a furnituro store for a largo packing box. Thoy sold mo for a dollar and soventy-flvo ceuts a box In which an old-fashioned cottage organ bad that day arrived. 1 sawed out Its sldos, leaving four cross strips at either sldo and ends. Across theso 1 fitted shelves of tho strips from the box sides. Care fully measuring thoso spaces, I bought on my next trip to tho town four largo boxes to flit thorn. r .l.u ofati "I bribed the vegetable man to bring me empty onion boxes at fifteen centsaplece. "The and interlaced. I covered the top and bottom with more slats, and had four"l ornamental backless dining chairs." -Hi, tail looaaara Thor boxes, paper though they were, wero the largest single Item of oxponse In my now home Hut they woro necessary and they furnished tho color relief I needed, especially on cloudy days." Thoy wero heavy paste board boxes, with pink roses seemingly tumbling over a wall of creamy tinted stono. Tho effoot was charming. Besides, while tho bit of color pleased my oyo of an nrtlst, tho ingeniously contrived piece of furnituro com forted my soul of a woman. For had I not hero a light, graceful substltuto for tho cum bersome but now going out burcauT In these boxoB I placed my shirtwaists, my linen sklrtB, my flat hats, my lingerie. In thoBo boxes I kept most of my wearing apparel. Since it stood at tho foot of the staircase, it was no hardship for mo to run down of a morning, clad in my dressing gown, to tnko from ono of tho rose covered boxes my garmeifU for the day'n wear. Tho boxoB wero wortly th dollar apiece I paid for them at a wholesalo house, and lator, when at less oxponse I ro placo thorn by wooden frames covored with cretonne, thoy will be no moro satisfactory, I am sure. ' Ono of my neighbor's acts in tossing away a largo cigar box set mo thinking. I thought so actively that In a few minutes I had ap propriated the rejected box, removed some of its partitions and was refitting It with new partitions, to form six compartments. Along tho long edgo of ono I partitioned off a space for gloves. Tho others, raying out from tho sldo as from a fan, I dedicated in my mind to collars, ribbons and laces. 1 deodorized it by airing and scenting It, after which 1 covered It with roso cretonne and placed It on ton of my cretonne bureau. Small stools mado of odds and ends of boards left from my fashioning of tho other articles, I placed at cosy Intervals about tho room. Throo of them added to foot comfort and could occasionally be pressed Into ser vice as seats. A plant stand I mado of a box In which n friend had shlppwl o mo some apples from Canada. This cost mo nothing. Tho nails cost mo twenty-alx cents. Tho paint with which 1 gavo my home-made furnituro two coats of ollvo groen. with tho brush, cost on dollar and soventy-flve conts. My living room Is sufficiently, comfortably and taatofully fur nished at a cast of $9.45, - ' '-Ki.- r - -. I f "This settee table I made from a cereal box I got at the grocer's. By using pegs instead of nails, to fasten the top, I could place the top at the back, and form a settee." "The spaces in the frame 1 filled with strong paper boxes 'daintily covered with a design of pink roses that seemed to be tumbling over a creamy stone wall." "The paint with which I gave my furnature two roats of green cost one dollar and seventy-five cents," "To replace these with box frames over which cretonne has been stretched would be an easy task." "I bought at a furnature store a box in which a cottage organ had that day arrived. I sawed out its sides leaving four cross strips on either side. This was the skeleton of my box buroau."