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

The dining room as a center of hospitality and good cheer,   pp. [unnumbered]-141


Page 140

              THE DINING ROOM
doors opening on both sides so that dishes may
be put away after washing without the neces-
sity of carrying them into the dining room.
Such an arrangement results in a great saving
of broken china as well as in added conven-
ience.  This kind of a china cupboard may he
made very decorative by putting small-paned
or leaded glass doors on the dining room side
and treating the wooden doors at the back like
the wood trim of the room, \vhich makes an
effective setting for the china.
of cheerfulness may be given by the warmth
of color in the room.  A richness and decision
of wall coloring that would grow wearisome in
a room lived in all the time has all the pleasant
and enlivening effects of a change when seen
occasionally in a dining room.  If the dining
room is to be a part of the living room, it is
\vell to plan it as one would a large recess.
In that case the color scheme should, of course, -
be in close harmony with that of the liviiw
room  l)Ilt even then it may strike a stronoer
ANOTHER FORM OF BUILT-IN SiDEROARD WITH LiNEN DRAWERS ON EIThER SiDE.  THIS
i5 INTENDED TO FILL TiU~
WHOLE SPACE ACROss THE END OF THE DINING ROOM.
 If possible, the dining room should have an
exposure that gives it plenty of light as well
as air.  The windows play such an important
part in the decoration of a room that a pleas-
ant  outlook is ~reatlv  to be desired.  The
l)rilliance of a sunny exposure may always be
tempered by a cool and restful color scheme
in walls and woodl\vork.  On the other hand,
if the room has a shady exposure and threat-
cns to be somber on (lark (lays, an atmosphere
and more vivid note in the walls, while the
woodwork remains uniform throughout     A
large screen placed in the opening of the recess
may be made very decorative if it serve as a
link iii the color scheme as well as the leading
element in that pleasant little sense of mystery
that always accompanies a glimpse of some-
thing partially unseen.
  Nowhere more than in the dining room is
evidenced the value of  structural features.
Vii bhdi Œii  in Tli e Cia/i siiia,i, A icni bcr, i9,~.
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