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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
living room that shows an
individuality possessed by
no other, an individuality
that is actually a part of the
place, if the room be plan-
ned to meet the real needs
of those who are to live in
it and to turn to the best
advantage   the  conditions
surrounding it. These con-
ditions  are as  many   as
there   are  rooms.   The
situation and stirroundings
of the plot of ground on
which a house is built has
much to do with the posi-
tion of the living room in
the plan of that house. As
it is the principal room, it should have an ex-
posure which insures plenty of sunlight for the
greater part of the day and also the pleasant-
est outlook possible to the situation.  Both of
these considerations, as well as the best ar-
rangement of wall spaces, govern the placing
of the windows and of outside doors, which
may open into the veranda, the sun room or
the garden.
  The structural variations of the living room
are endless, as they are dominated by the
tastes and needs of each separate family.    If
the room is to be a permanently satisfying
place to live in, nothing short of the exercise
of individual thought and care in its arrange-
ment will give the result.  But one thing must
be kept in mind if the room is to be satisfac-
tory as a whole, and that is, to provide a
central point of interest around which the
entire place is built, decorated and furnished,
for it gives the keynote both as to structure
and color scheme.  It may be a well planned
fireplace, either recessed or built in the ordi-
nary manner, with fireside seats, bookcases,
A RECESSED FIREPLACE NOOK IN A ROOM WHERE THE WOODWORI┬╣ IS LIOHT AND
FINE AND TILE PANELED WALL
SPACES ARE COVERED WITH SOME FABRIC SUCH As SITE, CANVAS, OR J.\PANESE ORASS
CLOTH.
A RECESSED WINDOW SEAT THAT WOULD SERVE FOR ANy ROOM IN THE HOUSE.
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