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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

With house plants in the windows, a room of this character, with 

floods of sunshine, makes a most attractive and comfortable 

living-room. 

 

 

THE LIBRARY. 

 

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 

olive-green designs. 

 

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. 

 

 

CHAMBERS. 

 

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 

also used. 

 

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 

with ribbons. 

 

The appointments of a bedroom are a low couch, a large rocker, a small 


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