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Identifier: oursociety00ives
Title: Our society
Year: 1891 (1890s)
Authors: Ives, Alice Emma Beecher, Henry Ward, Mrs., 1813-1897 Williams, Cora May. [from old catalog] Foley, John Samuel, Bishop, 1833- [from old catalog] Cleveland, Rose Elizabeth, 1846-1918
Subjects: Etiquette Physical education and training
Publisher: Detroit, Mich., Darling brothers & company
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: The Library of Congress


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most natures,can be so much exercised. It is almost impossible for the aver-age female mind to confront unmovedthe delightful possibilities now affordedby the many new and beautiful, yet in-expensive, articles of home adornment.The housekeeper has full scope to de-velop her taste, in both purchasing andmaking household elegancies. It is not necessary to have costlyfurniture, expensive pictures, fine paintings,elegant draperies, or Haviland and Wedgewoodwares to produce pleasant effects; but have thecolors harmonize and have nothing too good touse. Violent contrasts should generally be avoided; yetsometimes, if well chosen, they produce a more pleasing effectthan severe harmony. In the furnishing of a home, there isat present an aesthetic mania for adornment; but rich, warmcolors, and handsome furniture always maintain their pre-eminence, however fashion may change. The chief feature to be observed in house furnishing iscolor, form and proportion. All stiffness of design in furni- 344

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HOME BE A UTIFUL. 345 ture should be avoided. Do not attempt to match articles,but rather carry out the same idea as to color and form in thewhole. It is not en regie to have decorations in sets or pairs;the arrangements should all be done with odd pieces. Everyroom in the house should be arranged for occupancy, havingnothing too good for use, and the judicious housewife willfollow a medium course and adopt no extreme of fashion. The style and arrangement of the furniture should corres-pond to the size of the room, with a due regard to the place apiece of furniture or ornament will occupy. The order ofarrangement in furnishing is subject to individual taste, butthe following suggestions may not be inappropriate:— In decorating a dining-room, deep, rich tones should be used—a drawing-room or parlor should have bright, cheerfulshades—in a library use deep, rich colors, which give a senseof worth—a sleeping-room or chamber should have lightpleasing tints, which give a feeling of


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bookid:oursociety00ives bookyear:1891 bookdecade:1890 bookcentury:1800 bookauthor:Ives__Alice_Emma bookauthor:Beecher__Henry_Ward__Mrs___1813_1897 bookauthor:Williams__Cora_May___from_old_catalog_ bookauthor:Foley__John_Samuel__Bishop__1833___from_old_catalog_ bookauthor:Cleveland__Rose_Elizabeth__1846_1918 booksubject:Etiquette booksubject:Physical_education_and_training bookpublisher:Detroit__Mich___Darling_brothers___company bookcontributor:The_Library_of_Congress booksponsor:The_Library_of_Congress bookleafnumber:374 bookcollection:library_of_congress bookcollection:americana

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