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A PLACE WHERE WORK MEANS HAPPINESS It is in the interior of the home that the Craftsman influence is strongly felt, the liv- ing room being a typical Craftsman room. The walls are finished in oil of plain brown shade with a conventional design stenciled between the massive beams of the ceiling. The Craftsman furniture was carefully matched in the woodwork (No. o fumed oak) so that great harmony was obtained. The fixtures of dull hammered brass give flashes of light in iceeping with the general color scheme of the room which is of browns, yellows, greens. A fireplace of Tapestry brick with a large Grueby tile panel empha- sizes again the color scheme. Donegal rugs in browns and greens, 6cru net curtains, heavy hangings also in browns and greens adhere closely to the prevailing plan of color harmony. The stairway is an original feature both of this room and the house, for it influences the line of the exterior walls, making a pleasing bay effect. The color scheme of the dining room is sage green and yellow carried out by the Donegal rug, the yellow sandour hangings, 6cru net curtains. Craftsman fixtures of ham- mered copper are used, and the woodwork, buffet and beamed ceilings are finished in No. 5 light oak. The walls are broken into panels and the chairs are high-backed with solid leather panels. A decorative note of interest is the frieze of conventional orange-tree design. The built-in buffet, the furniture, hangings, fix- tures and color scheme of this room are distinctly Craftsman. The morning room trim is of light-colored fumed oak. A Nile-green tile fireplace with hammered brass hood of peacock design graces this room. The Donegal rug is of Nile green and old rose, the furniture is of silver gray wicker upholstered in Nile green, so that all is in agreeable accord. The plan of the upper floor is simple, com- modious, convenient in the extreme. All the rooms on this floor are finished in white enamel with mahogany doors and glass door knobs, the inside closet doors being cheval glass. The large west bedroom is abundantly lighted, sun and air coming in through seven windows and the two French doors. These doors open onto a balcony that overlooks the garden in the rear of the house. Gray and lavender tones prevail in this room, em- phasized slightly in the conventional frieze running along the walls. 84 The furniture, bedspreads, dresser scarfs, etc., are from the Craftsman workshops; the room, therefore, well represents a Craftsman bedroom, though it is in no sense designed with this idea in view. This house shows that it is one to be lived in, not just dwelt in now and then. It is at- tended by a generous garden, there is plenty of room everywhere for the coming and go- ing of the different members of the family without disturbing all the household. The choice of colors make it peculiarly harmonious and restful within, for a home should embody peace. It must be a refuge, a place where one can flee for quiet, where one can recuperate from the stress of busi- ness life. It is a home that can give such rest to the older members of the family and at the same time provide the younger mem- bers with the surroundings that they so need to develop them, to form their ideals. There is no artificiality or cheap show, but everything that makes for sturdiness, in- tegrity of character, love of beauty. A PLACE WHERE WORK MEANS HAPPINESS A N interesting and radical improvement over old methods of schooling is being worked out at Vineland, N. J., and although a "Training School for Feeble-minded Boys and Girls" it is one which any educational institution would do well to study. At this school children are given individual not wholesale instruction. The personality of each pupil is considered, his likes and dis- likes, his aptitudes and tendencies, his short- comings and defects are all studied and made the basis from which to work. And by incentive instead of penalty, by persua- sion, not compulsion, his education is guided. Nothing could be more optimistic than the motto of the school-"We believe in happi- ness, all else follows." Play in its varying forms, with ample choice for healthy out- door sports, forms an important part of the curriculum, and the school Zoo, the gardens, fountain and woodland camping ground are some of the pleasant features of this whole- some educational system. Here "parrot" study gives place to gen- uine personal interest, and each topic, han- dled in this vital fashion, awakens the child's curiosity, stimulates his imagination and de- velops his powers of discernment, judg- ment and understanding. It is "education" in the truest sense of the word.
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