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Identifier: homeinteriors00gard
Title: Home interiors
Year: 1878 (1870s)
Authors: Gardner, E. C. (Eugene Clarence), 1836-1915
Subjects: Interior decoration Architecture, Domestic
Publisher: Boston, J.R. Osgood and company
Contributing Library: New York Public Library
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN

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leaves. Upon this John has built, also with 224 HOME INTERIORS. his own hands, a low tier of shelves, the work ofone evening and a fret saw. It is not a conven-tional piece of furniture, it is nt even Eastlake in design, but is so hospitable and convenientthat it has a beauty all its own. By way of wall-decoration in the dining-room,there is a wide frieze of plain red paper, on whichis depicted the most extraordinary procession ofmen and animals since the flood. In fact, it issupposed to represent that ancient but very fa-miliar event, — Noahs ark and all the beasts andfowls and creeping things on their way to thatrefuge. They are cut out of black paper andpasted upon the red ground. There is no law ororder in their arrangement. Each figure seemsactuated by the old counsel, — every man forhimself. Sister Jane has never fully decidedwhether to consider this frieze artistic or irrever-ent. If inclined to use a similar style of decora-tion she would probably choose a different theme.

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?-^ -;:• l/fv a,^ •-O,^ DECORATIONS AND FURNISHINGS. 22/ John declares it to be the only economical thingabout the house. The guests look at the picturesand forget to eat their dinner. The bride was interested in some of the detailsof the family room, which has a hand-madeborder, a fret cut from blue flock paper, lying ona buff ground, — and outlines of caps over thedoors and mirrors. These are traced by a nar-row stripe of dark brown and gilt paper, and havemedallion heads in the centres. The hand-madeborders have several advantages over the ready-made. They may be much cheaper, they affordunlimited opportunity for originality in design,and it is possible to produce with them morestriking effects as well as greater simplicity. Instead of a single mirror in a heavy framesuspended from the wall by a string, which isliable to break any moment and cause a deathin the family, there are two, one at each side ofthe broad window. They are set flat against the 228 HOME INTERIORS. wall,

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Date: 2014-07-28 09:34:35

bookid:homeinteriors00gard bookyear:1878 bookdecade:1870 bookcentury:1800 bookauthor:Gardner__E__C___Eugene_Clarence___1836_1915 booksubject:Interior_decoration booksubject:Architecture__Domestic bookpublisher:Boston__J_R__Osgood_and_company bookcontributor:New_York_Public_Library booksponsor:MSN bookleafnumber:234 bookcollection:newyorkpubliclibrary bookcollection:americana

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