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THE LADIES' BOOK OF USEFUL INFORMATION. Preface
CONTENTS
PERSONAL BEAUTY-1
PERSONAL BEAUTY-2
PERSONAL BEAUTY-3
PERSONAL BEAUTY-4
PERSONAL BEAUTY-5
PERSONAL BEAUTY-6
PERSONAL BEAUTY-7
TREATING OF MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS-1
MARRIAGE-1
MARRIAGE-2
MARRIAGE-3
LOVE AND MARRIAGE-1
WHEN TO MARRY-HOW TO SELECT A PARTNER ON RIGHT PRINCIPLES
SEXUAL INTERCOURSE-ITS LAWS AND CONDITIONS-ITS USE AND ABUSE
MARRIAGE
PREGNANCY-LABOR-PARTURITION-1
PREGNANCY-LABOR-PARTURITION-2
MENSTRUATION
COLLECTION OF VALUABLE MEDICAL COMPOUNDS
THINGS FOR THE SICK ROOM
THINGS CURIOUS AND USEFUL
HOME DECORATION
FLORAL
HOW TO DO YOUR OWN STAMPING AND MAKE YOUR OWN PATTERNS. BRONZE WORK
CHAPTER 18
INDEX
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES. INTRODUCTION
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-1
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-2
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-3
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-4
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-5
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-6
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-7
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-8

find a place. Family portraits or a few well-selected pictures are 

appropriate for these walls. 

 

If the door-lights are not stained glass, lace shades in designs of 

birds, cupids, and garlands of flowers are used; also, etchings in 

various colors and designs are worked on different fabrics. Crimson 

silk shades lined with black netting are very desirable, as the light 

penetrating through them fills the hall with a rich, subdued glow. 

 

 

THE PARLOR. 

 

The furnishing of the parlor should be subject to its architectural 

finish. The first things to be considered are the walls and floor. The 

former may be decorated in fresco or papered, according to individual 

taste and means. The prettiest styles of parlor paper are light tints 

of gray, olive, pearl, and lavender grounds, and in small scroll 

patterns, panels, birds, and vines, finished in heavy gold traceries, 

with dado and frieze to correspond. 

 

The styles of carpet mostly used are Brussels, Wilton, tapestry, and 

Axminster. A tapestry carpet in light canary ground, with clusters of 

lotus, or begonia leaves, makes a charming background to almost all 

the colors generally used in upholstery. 

 

In selecting the furniture, the first thought should be given to its 

true worth. Chairs and couches should be chosen for comfort rather 

than for style. They should be of solid make, easy, graceful, and of 

good, serviceable colors and materials. The most serviceable woods to 

select in frames are ebony, oak, walnut, cherry, and mahogany. These 

frames are finished in different styles--plain, carved, inlaid, and 

gilt--and are upholstered in all shades of satin, plush, rep, silk, 

and damask. These come at prices within the means of a slender purse. 

That slippery abomination in the shape of haircloth furniture should 

be avoided. The latest design in parlor furniture is in the Turkish 

style, the upholstery being made to cover the frame. Rich Oriental 

colors in woolen and silk brocades are mostly used, and the trimmings 

are cord and tassels or heavy fringe. 

 

Formerly the parlor appointments were all in sets or pairs, but this 

fashion is no longer observed, as the most tastefully arranged parlor 

has now no two pieces of furniture alike; but two easy-chairs placed 

opposite each other are never out of place. Here may stand an 

embroidered ottoman, there a quaint little chair, a divan can take 

some central position; a cottage piano, covered with some embroidered 

drapery, may stand at one end of the room, while an ebony or mahogany 

cabinet, with its panel mirrors and quaint brasses, may be placed at 

the other end, its racks and shelves affording an elegant display for 

pretty pieces of bric-a-brac. 

 

Marble-topped center-tables are no longer in use. Tables in inlaid 

woods, or hand-painted, are used for placing books or albums on. A 

small, airy-looking table, elaborately mounted in gilt, may stand near 


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