Redecorating and Refurnishing. A Selection of Ideas in modern Furnishing transforms the Old into the Neiv. A typical Example of what can be Done.
THE most obvious thing to do with the front door was to make it absolutely plain. But on second thoughts it was decided that as the whole entrance was because of the narrowness of the hall a plain fitted carpet was decided upon, as the one colour and surface unbroken from side to side makes the floor space look so narrow and plain, the front door needed interest to make it the focal point which all front doors should be.
Simplified Georgian Treatment
SO the eventual treatment was a simplified Georgian. There are two panels, the upper one smaller than the lower, and a small door knocker of the 1800 period in the centre of the upper panel.
The dressing-table, which is actually an ugly wooden construction, has been given a skirt of Empire character in peach silk and with a green and peach ball fringe and braid.
It stands corner-wise in the window and shows up well against the curtains in a damask of green and old silver. The pelmet is of the: same material as the curtains, and is of a design and proportion well chosen for the length ami width of the curtains.
Each of these rooms shows how much can be done by decoration and furnishing to im-prove the appearance of ugly architecture.
A pale chamois and finished with a glaze which reflects what light there is.
An awkward wall space defied A lighter shade of the carpet green appears in the curtains with gold. The awkward wall space beside the window facing 3ou as you enter the front door has been made the background for a walnut strike grandfather clock by John Marshall, and it is good-looking enough to kill much of the awkwardness of the half window.
The lounge, although not an inconvenient room, was ugly, and the ceiling sloped down over the windows at the end. The addition of a wooden pelmet made plain to merge into the ceiling has been animprovement,andasimilar treatment was contrived from the face of the chimney breast across the windows in the recesses flanking the breast.
These latter windows did not fill their recesses, so the chimney breast was continued by means of a false wall of Celotex on either side, so that the recesses were made into embrasures for the windows.- The hollow part provided by the false wall then allowed the sinking of a neat book alcove on either side of the fireplace, and these are lighted inside at the top. A very simple fireplace in harmony with the prevailing Georgian character desired contains a grate of the period described.
The green carpet is continued in this room from the hall, and the woodwork, walls, pelmet boards and ceiling are painted in the same pale chamois – nearly ivory. Behind the wooden pelmets there is artificial lighting which is highly effective.
Settee – in greens, blues and rose
THE settee is covered in a linen printed with a Georgian design in greens, blues and rose on a natural ground; while the two armchairs are in green damask. A little feature of interest is the chintz-covered shade to the standard lamp. The standard itself is sheathed in rose-coloured velvet. The bedroom suffers from the same ugly proportions as the lounge. It is very high, and has a ceiling tkat slopes on one side. Here also the walls are painted, being shaded from a light mauve at the base to palest peach on the ceiling. The loftiness of the walls indicated a high bedhead treatment. Hence the draped canopy, which is quite in harmony with the general (leorgian character of the room. Quilted and valanccd bed-covers are in green.