1878 Home Decoration Design Antique Furniture Estate Victorian Vintage Style Old
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1878 Home Decoration Design Antique Furniture Estate Victorian Vintage Style Old:
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Places and Historical Subject Matter Discussed/Illustrated in this Book (See Full Contents Below): Beautiful Homes Illustrated Henry T. Williams Mrs. S.C. Jones Antique Victorian Vintage House Elegant Elegance Ornate Tasteful Comfort Wealth Middle Class Home Furnishing Furniture Décor Decoration Interior Design Ornamentation Hall Hallway Doors Doorways Wallpaper Carpets Rugs Windows Window Treatments Sill Covers Blinds Curtains Lambrequins Bedrooms Bedstead Toilet Table Washstand Dining Room Tables Living Room Parlor Mantels Library Study Drawing Room Fireplaces Hearths Stands Chairs Sofas Lounges Divan Ottoman Sofa Cushions Embroidery Fancy Work Needlepoint Statues Bronze Marble Plaster Clocks Engravings
BEAUTIFUL HOMES Or Hints in House Furnishing. By Henry T. Williams and Mrs. S.C. Jones. Published in 1878 by Henry T. Williams, New York. 8” x 6” cloth hardcover. Illustrated. 314 pages.
Condition: GOOD ANTIQUE CONDITION. Exterior as shown in photo. Firmly bound. Text is clean and complete, light toning, foxing. No torn, loose or missing pages.
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This a rare and highly prized guide to Victorian furnishing and interior design. Published in 1878, BEAUTIFUL HOMES was written by Henry T. Williams and Mrs. S.C. Jones, the same duo who gave the world Household Elegancies, another very scarce guide to home aesthetics.
BEAUTIFUL HOMES aspires to advise the lady of the house how to tastefully furnish the different rooms beneath her roof, from the parlor to the bedrooms -- upstairs, downstairs, wherever her family seeks comfort, beauty and order.
This book features dozen of highly detailed engravings of furniture and furnishings, household ornamentation, etc. The sheer number of engravings clearly sets this guide apart from others of the period.
The authors state in the Preface:
“A well-appointed, tastefully furnished and comfortably arranged house enters largely into the well-being and happiness of the family residing in it … Household taste is but a synonym for household culture; and she is a wise woman who surrounds those she loves with objects of beauty.
The cherished aim of our life is to improve the aspect and surroundings of our American homes. The majority of American homes belong to the great and highly respectable middle class, who by industry and economy have amassed moderate wealth, or are making sufficient money to provide their families with comfortable, and in many cases elegant homes.
But nowhere more in these very homes is there such need of care in beautifying. Our taste needs education and culture, and in this day of cheap decoration and vulgar display, it requires both judgment and discrimination to carry out the entire scheme of household arrangement and embellishments in a manner so chaste and delicate that it cannot offend the critical eye of the truly artistic …”
Below you’ll find a summary of the various chapters, and further down the page a generous sampling of the numerous engravings. I hope you’ll take a moment to have a look.
Chapter One ~ Furniture
Chapter Two ~ Selecting and Arranging House Furniture
Chapter Three ~ The Hall
Chapter Four ~ Wall Paper
Chapter Five ~ Carpets
Chapter Six ~ Blinds, Curtains and Lambrequins – 28 Engravings
Chapter Seven ~ Bedrooms – 5 Engravings
Chapter Eight ~ Toilet Tables, Washstands – 9 Engravings
Chapter Nine ~ Parlors and Mantels – 18 Engravings
Chapter Ten ~ The Library – 7 Engravings
Chapter Eleven ~ The Living Room – 32 Engravings
Chapter Twelve ~ The Dining Room – 17 Engravings
Chapter Thirteen ~ Tables, Stands, Etc – 56 Engravings
Chapter Fourteen ~ Chairs – 64 Engravings
Chapter Fifteen ~ Sofas, Lounges, and Divans – 5 Engravings
Chapter Sixteen ~ Ottomans – 20 Engravings
Chapter Seventeen ~ Sofa Cushions – 20 Engravings
Chapter Eighteen ~ Sofa Rugs or Afghans – 14 Engravings
Chapter Nineteen ~ Miscellaneous Elegancies for the Various Apartments of the Dwelling – 23 Engravings
Chapter Twenty ~ Clothes Hampers and Bags – 14 Engravings
Remember folks, this is an 1878 original. This book is 141 years old.
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