Milburn, Lucy McDonald
How one woman is building her home, pp. 150-154 ff.
OUR HOME DEPARTMENT bands of vulcanized oak seen at the inner and outer edges of the border are enough darker than the body of the floor to give distinction, yet show simply a deepening of the same natural oaken tone. The in- laid design in the natural white maple gives life to the grave hues of the oak, and yet blends with them so as not to appear too prominent. The same combination of woods is shown in Fig. 4, with a differ- ent border design. One of the most pleasing effects to be obtained in a floor is shown in Fig. 5. This is built of white quartered oak left in its natural color; the keys are of vul- canized oak. The design is so quiet that the beauty of the floor can hardly be ap- HOW ONE WOMAN IS T HE state of Tennessee is four hundred miles wide, and the real mountains are on its eastern border. We speak of our home as in the mountains when in fact it is on the Cumberland Plateau in the south-central part of the state. Sewanee, the seat of the University of the South, is sixty-five miles west of Chat- tanooga and ninety-four miles south of Nashville. It is twenty-one hundred feet above the sea and has a climate and scenery much like Italy. Spring lasts from March until September and Autumn from September until January. Eight weeks of cold weather is considered a long and unusually hard winter. In summer time the thermometer ranges from 70 to 90 degrees at midday, but the nights are always cool, two blankets being the rule for covering. A fire is often welcome after sundown during July and August, while in September it is needed morning and evening. The days are beautiful and the nights perfect, the atmosphere being so clear that the stars seem not so far away, while the Milky Way is a great belt of white light. Myriads of new worlds have 150 preciated at the first glance, but it is a con- stantly growing delight to live with. If the floor is to be stained to match the woodwork, the color value of boards and keys will remain the same, as the vulcan- ized oak will simply show a darker shade of the same color. This floor, having wide boards, is best if built up of three-ply like the teakwood. Fig. 6 illustrates a floor stained in gray and green tones, with the corner design in the natural yellow of sumach. The cen- ter and outer border may be of red birch slightly stained green, ard the broad band and corners of silver gray maple. The petals of the flower design can be of the sumach, and the centers of any dark wood. BUILDING HER HOME come within our ken since viewing the sky from Mt. Sewanee. Our little estate is situated three and a half miles from Sewanee on the Tantallon Road, which old woods road now goes nowhere save to Wandy. At one time it went down the mountain to a French town from which it took its name. The strip of land lying between this road and the cliff is long and very narrow, so we thought Wandy, "long and narrow like a wand," a suggestive name. However, the choice of this name was because Mr. Mil- burn's boyhood home in Northumberland under the shadow of the Cheviot Hills was called Wandy, which is the Scotch for windy. This meaning also suits our strip of cliffland, though the breezes never blow too hard in summer time. We have built our home within a hun- dred feet of the edge of the beetling cliff which forms a natural barrier. We need no fence, save on the road side and at the end where we join the University ground. 'The fence is of chestnut rails. The tall barkless dead chestnut trees were an un- sightly feature; then this wood shares with
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