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The House in Good Taste   By: (1865-1950)

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THE HOUSE IN GOOD TASTE

by

ELSIE DE WOLFE

Illustrated with photographs in color and black and white

New York The Century Co.

1913

[Illustration]

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I. THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MODERN HOUSE II. SUITABILITY, SIMPLICITY AND PROPORTION III. THE OLD WASHINGTON IRVING HOUSE IV. THE LITTLE HOUSE OF MANY MIRRORS V. THE TREATMENT OF WALLS VI. THE EFFECTIVE USE OF COLOR VII. OF DOORS, AND WINDOWS, AND CHINTZ VIII. THE PROBLEM OF ARTIFICIAL LIGHT IX. HALLS AND STAIRCASES X. THE DRAWING ROOM XI. THE LIVING ROOM XII. SITTING ROOM AND BOUDOIR XIII. A LIGHT, GAY DINING ROOM XIV. THE BEDROOM XV. THE DRESSING ROOM AND THE BATH XVI. THE SMALL APARTMENT XVII. REPRODUCTIONS OF ANTIQUE FURNITURE AND OBJECTS OF ART XVIII. THE ART OF TRELLIAGE XIX. VILLA TRIANON XX. NOTES ON MANY THINGS

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

Elsie de Wolfe (Frontispiece) In this hall, simplicity, suitability and proportion are observed Mennoyer drawings and old mirrors set in panelings A portrait by Nattier inset above a fine old mantel The Washington Irving house was delightfully rambling A Washington Irving House bedroom Miss Marbury's bedroom The fore court and entrance of the Fifty fifth Street house A painted wall broken into panels by narrow moldings A wall paper of Elizabethan design with oak furniture The scheme of this room grew from the jars on the mantel A Louis Seize bedroom in rose and blue and cream The writing corner of a chintz bedroom Black chintz used in a dressing room Printed linen curtains over rose colored silk Straight hangings of rose and yellow shot silk Muslin glass curtains in the Washington Irving house Here are many lighting fixtures harmoniously assembled in a drawing room Detail of a fine old French fixture of hand wrought metal Lighting fixtures inspired by Adam mirrors The staircase in the Bayard Thayer house The drawing room should be intimate in spirit The fine formality of well placed paneling The living room in the C.W. Harkness house at Morristown, New Jersey Miss Anne Morgan's Louis XVI boudoir Miss Morgan's Louis XVI lit de repos A Georgian dining room in the William Iselin house Mrs. Ogden Armour's Chinese paper screen Mrs. James Warren Lane's painted dining table The private dining room in the Colony Club An old painted bed of the Louis XVI period Miss Crocker's Louis XVI bed A Colony Club bedroom Mauve chintz in a dull green room Mrs. Frederick Havemeyer's Chinoiserie chintz bed Mrs. Payne Whitney's green feather chintz bed My own bedroom is built around a Breton bed Furniture painted with chintz designs Miss Morgan's Louis XVI dressing room Miss Marbury's chintz hung dressing table A corner of my own boudoir Built in bookshelves in a small room Mrs. C.W. Harkness's cabinet for objets d'art A banquette of the Louis XV period covered with needlework A Chinese Chippendale sofa covered with chintz The trellis room in the Colony Club Mrs. Ormond G. Smith's trellis room at Center Island, New York Looking over the tapis vert to the trellis A fine old console in the Villa Trianon The broad terrace connects house and garden A proper writing table in the drawing room A cream colored porcelain stove in a New York house Mr. James Deering's wall fountain Fountain in the trellis room of Mrs. Ormond G. Smith

I

THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MODERN HOUSE

I know of nothing more significant than the awakening of men and women throughout our country to the desire to improve their houses. Call it what you will awakening, development, American Renaissance it is a most startling and promising condition of affairs.

It is no longer possible, even to people of only faintly ├Žsthetic tastes, to buy chairs merely to sit upon or a clock merely that it should tell the time... Continue reading book >>




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