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Stickley, Gustav, 1858-1942. / Craftsman homes

A convenient and well-equipped kitchen that simplifies the housework,   pp. 142-143

Page 142

E Ad-I room      in the house has its distinct
      an(l separate function in the (lomestic
      economy.   Therefore it should be re-
      membered   that before any room can
attain its own distinctive individuality every-
thing put into it must be there for some rea-
son and must serve a definite purpose in the
life that is to be lived and the Œwork that is
to be done in that room.  Take for example
the kitchen, where the food for the house-
hold must be prepared and where a large part
nf the work of the house must be done. This
is the room where the housewife or the serv-
ant maid must be for the greater part of her
good fortune to associate such a room with
their earliest recollections of home.  No child
ever lived who could resist the attraction of
such a room, for a child has, in all its purity,
the primitive instinct for living that ruled the
simpler and more wholesome customs of other
days.  In these times of more elaborate sur-
roundings the home life of the family is hid-
(len behind a screen and the tendency is to
helittle that part of the household work by re-
gar(ling it as a necessary evil.  Even in a small
house the tendency too often is to make the
kitchen the dump heap of the whole house-
hold, a lilace in which to do what cooking and
                                         CHENER  iF THE KITCHEN sHOWING BUILT-IN
time (lay after (lay, and the very first requisites
are that it should he large enough for com-
fort, well ventilate(l and full of sunshine, and
that the equipment for the work that is to he
done should he ample, of good quality and,
above all, intelligently selected.   \ŒVe all know
the pleasure of working with good tools and
in  congenial surroundings no        more  things
than are necessary should be tolerated in the
kitchen and no fewer should be required.
   We cannot imagine a more homelike room
than the 01(1 New England kitchen, the special
realm of the housewife and the living room of
the whole family.  Its spotless cleanliness 2nd
homely cheer are remembered as long as life
lasts by men and women who have had the
dishwashing must he done and to get out of
as soon as possible.  In such a house there is
invariably a small, cheap and often stuffy din-
ing room, as cramped and comfortless as the
kitchen and yet regarded as an absolute neces-
sitv in the household economy.   Such an ar-
rangement is the result of sacrificing the old-
time comfort for  a false idea of elegance and
its natural consequence is the loss of both.
   In the farmhouse and the cottage of the
workiugman, where the domestic machinery
is comparatively simple, cheerful and home-
like, the kitchen<which    is also the dining
room of the family and one of its pleasantest
gathering places<should be restored to all
its old-time  comfort   and  convenience. In
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