The Site

THE site is the first item for consideration. It should be chosen so that plenty of sunshine and open surroundings are obtainable. Modern conveniences must be available if possible, and shopping, educational, recreation and travelling facilities are also important. The site having been chosen, the plan must be drawn up so that the most is … Read more

Kitchen Furniture

PERHAPS the greatest revolution concerns the kitchen. No longer is it dark, drab, depressing, and cold. It has come to be one of the most important rooms in the house from the point of view of light, convenience, and comfort. Kitchen furniture is either stained or finished in white enamel, necessitating no more attention than … Read more

Colour in the Dining-room

SHADES of brown and orange are much – favoured for the modern dining-room, with its weathered-oak furniture. Presuming the floor is of oak or parquet, the carpet can be of tones of autumn. If a plain carpet is to be used, either brown or green is pleasing. Lighting should be in shades of orange to … Read more

Choice of Pictures

Tables are always needed. A nest of tables is almost indispensable, and small, low tables with book-shelves below mako a stand for a tea-tray or anything heavy. Of course the modern lounge must have a piano, wireless, and gramophone. Frame-less mirrors are used to give the appearance of space, but pictures on the walls are … Read more

Furnishing A Study

Weathered Oak in the Study the study, which may be situated either upstairs or down, according to the accommodation available, should be simply furnished, yet cosy. It should be well lighted, both naturally and artificially, and should give the maximum amount of comfort. One cannot work in a room which is depressing or heavy. Bookshelves … Read more

MODERN FURNITURE AND FURNISHINGS

MODERN furniture is a true example of simplicity, for it is simplicity itself, both in design and from the point of view of cleaning. For comfort and convenience the modern style has no competitor, and even the lover of antiques and period furniture has to admit, even though grudgingly, that for comfort old-fashioned pieces do … Read more

THE ARRANGEMENT OF A ROOM

Individuality and Comfort Should Be Outstanding Features Human nature seems loath to drag itself away from everyday ideas. Because a woman living in one of a row of houses, each unit of which is architecturally identical in every detail, has her piano against one wall and it looks very nice, it does not necessarily follow … Read more

Furnishing of the Guests Room

The same remarks regarding the furnishing of the guest s room apply to the other bedrooms, excepting that the secretaire may be dispensed with. Three-cornered wardrobes are wonderful space-savers. Everything must invite and entice rest. In fairly large houses it is customary to provide the maid or maids with a sitting-room. This is not always … Read more

The Lounge

The drawing-room, with its uncomfortable chairs and numerous ornaments, has practically disappeared, and the lounge has taken its place. As the name implies, the lounge should be a room in which to relax, a room which suggests comfort. Oak or parquet floors are the most effective, with a carpet that is neither so large that … Read more

The Dining-room Fireplace

It is perhaps needless to add that all the furniture should be of the same kind of wood, although such a reminder may be necessary for people who prefer to buy individual pieces instead of having everything to match. Tastes differ regarding the fireplace, which should obviously be in keeping with the other contents of … Read more

Heating the Hall

There should be some means of warming a hall. It is only comparatively recently, other than in large houses, that architects have given attention to what is really a very important matter. If central heating or electric power is installed, no problem arises. If a flue is available, a small gas-fire in a plain setting … Read more