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Stickley, Gustav, 1858-1942. / Craftsman homes
(1909)

The living room: its many uses and the possibilities it has for comfort and beauty,   pp. [unnumbered]-136


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THE LIVING ROOM: ITS MANY USES AND THE
POSSIBILITIES IT HAS FOR COMFORT AND BEAUTY
UNQUESTIONABLY the most impor-
        tant room in the house is the living
        room, and in a small or medium sized
        dwelling this room, with the addition
of a small hall or vestibule and a well-planned
kitchen, is all that is needed on the first floor.
A large and simply furnished living room,
where the business of home life may be car-
ried on freely and with pleasure, may well
occupy all the space that is ordinarily par-
titioned  into  small  rooms  conventionally
planned to meet supposed requirements.   It
is the executive chamber of the household,
where the family life centers and from which
radiates that indefinable home influence that
shapes at last the character of the nation and
the age.   In the living room of the home,
more than in almost any other place, is felt
the influence of material things. It is a place
where work is to be done and it is also the-
haven of rest for the worker.    It is the place
where children grow and thrive and gain their
first impressions of life and of the world.  It
is the place to which a man comes home when
his (lay¹s work is done and where he expects.
to find himself comfortable and at ease in
surrotindlings that are in harmony with his
(laily life, thought and pursuits.
  In creating a home atmosphere, the thing
that pays and pays well is honesty.  A house
should be the outward and visible expression
of the life, work and thought of its inmates.
In its planning and furnishing, the station in
life of its owner should be expressed in a
I¹ublislicd in Th  Craftsman, AprO, 1907.
CHIMNEYPIECE AND FIRESIDE SEAT5 IN A TYPICAL CRAFTSMAN LIVING ROOM.     
THE CHIMNEYPIECE IS PANELED
WITH DULL-FINISHED CRUERY TILES BANDED WITH WROUGHT IRON HELl) IN PLACE BY
COPPER RIVETS.    THE FIRE-
PLACE HOOD IS OF COPPER AND THE PANELING OF SEATS AND \VAINSCOT IS IN FUMED
OAR.
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