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. 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 Two Selecting and Arranging House Furniture. 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. There may be slight variations in foxing/toning, etc. Remember folks, this is an 1878 original.
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