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sewing-chair, a workbasket, footstools, a toilet table prettily draped
with muslin, or a dressing-case, brackets for vases, flowerpots, a few
pictures, small table, hanging shelves for books, etc., and the bed.
The washstand should have a full set of toilet mats, or a large towel
with a colored border may be laid on it; also, a splasher placed on
the wall at the back of the stand is very essential. A screen is a
very desirable part of the bedroom appointments. A rug should be
placed in front of the bed and dressing-case.
The dining-room should be furnished with a view to convenience,
richness, and comfort. Choose deep, rich grounds for the
walls--bronze-maroon, black, Pompeiian red, and deep olive--and the
designs and traceries in old gold, olive or moss-green, with dado and
frieze to correspond. Or, the walls may be wainscoted with oak,
walnut, maple, etc. Some are finished in plain panels, with different
kinds of wood; others, again, are elaborately carved, with fruit,
flowers, and emblems of the chase.
The floor is the next point for consideration. It may be of tile or
laid in alternate strips of different colored woods, with a border of
parquetry. Rugs or carpets may be used on these floors or dispensed
with, according to taste. If a carpet is used, the dark, rich shades
found in the Persian and Turkish designs should be chosen.
The window drapery should be those deep, rich colors that hold their
own despite time and use--the pomegranates, rich crimsons, dark blues,
dull Pompeiian reds, and soft olives. These curtains may be hung on
poles, and should fall in heavy folds to the floor, then looped back
with a wide embroidered dado.
Screens of stained glass are now used in the windows. They are both
useful and ornamental, for they exclude the strong rays of the sun,
and the light filtering through them beautifies the room with its many
Dark wood should be used for the furniture. The chairs should be
chosen in square, solid styles, and upholstered in embossed or plain
leather, with an abundance of brass or silver headed nails which are
used for upholstering leather and add much to the substantial
appearance of the articles.
The dining-table should be low, square or bevel cornered, heavily
carved, and when not in use should be covered with a cloth
corresponding in shade to the window drapery.
A buffet may stand in one corner for the display of ceramics or
decorated china. The sideboard should be of high, massive style, with
shelves and racks for glassware and pieces of china.
A few pictures--two or three fruit pieces and one or two plaques of
still life--are appropriate.
A case of stuffed birds, a few large pots of tropical plants, and a
fernery are in keeping with the dining-room appointments. A three-leaf
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