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With house plants in the windows, a room of this character, with
floods of sunshine, makes a most attractive and comfortable
The walls of the library should be hung with rich, dark colors, the
latest style in wall paper being a black ground with old gold and
The carpet comes in Pompeiian red, with moss-green and peacock-blue
patterns. Statuary and the best pictures should find a place in the
library. The library table should be massive and the top laid with
crimson baize. There should be a few high-backed chairs, upholstered
in leather, a reading-chair, soft rugs, foot-rests, a mantel mirror, a
few mantel ornaments, and the _piece de resistance_--the bookcase. In
large libraries the bookcases are built in the wall. It is quite in
vogue to hang curtains on rods in front of bookcases instead of doors,
but we think the old style is the best, inasmuch as the books may be
seen and the glass doors exclude the dust.
Heavy curtains of raw silk, Turcoman, and canton flannel, with a full
valance at the top, are used for the window drapery.
The walls of bedrooms should be decorated in light tints and shadings,
with a narrow rail and deep frieze. Most housekeepers prefer rugs and
oiled floors to carpets, but this is a matter of individual taste.
Rugs are as fashionable as they are wholesome and tidy. These
floor-coverings should be darker than the furniture, yet blending in
shade. If carpets are chosen they should be the lightest shades and in
bright field-flower patterns. Avoid anything dark and somber for the
sleeping-room. Pink and ceil blue combined are very pretty, scarlet
and gray, deep red and very light blue. Dark blue with sprays of lily
of the valley running through it is exceedingly pretty for bedrooms.
Dark furniture will harmonize with all these colors, but the lighter
shades are preferable. Cretonnes in pale tints and chintzes in
harmonizing colors are used for light woods. Square pillows of
cretonne on a bamboo or wicker lounge are very pretty. Canton matting
is often used, either plain or in colored patterns.
Formerly the bed-coverings were spotlessly white, but the profluent
tide of color has included these also. The coverings now in vogue are:
Nottingham lace, darned net, applique, antique lace, and Swiss muslin.
These are used over silk and silesia for backgrounds, and are
exceedingly pretty, with pillow shams to match. Cretonnes, chintzes,
dimities, and silk in crazy work and South Kensington patterns are
Cheese cloth, bunting, Swiss muslin, cretonne, and Swiss curtains are
used for window drapery. These may be trimmed with the same fabric or
antique lace. They are hung on poles above the windows and draped back
The appointments of a bedroom are a low couch, a large rocker, a small
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