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The craftsman
Vol. VII, No. 5 (February 1905)

The open door,   pp. 626-634 ff. PDF (2.7 MB)


Page 628


                               OPEN DOOR
    There is no need of the modern household which can not be filled by one
or the
other of these wall stuffs; from the kitchen, where above all places Sanitas
is appreciated,
to the handsome drawing-room where either Leatherole or Sanitas may be used
with
more ornate effect. And every wall will present a surface which can be kept
clean.
    On another page of this issue of THE CRAFTSMAN, is reproduced a corner
of a Den
done in both Leatherole and Sanitas. The color is terra cotta, the woodwork
"bog
oak," a rich yet subdued combination which forms an excellent background
for the col-
lection of curios and souvenirs which rightly find a place in this essentially
masculine
portion of the house. Both the walls and ceiling of this room are paneled;
the Sanitas
panels being defined by half-round wood mouldings, and bordered with a seven
inch
band of Leatherole in a raised conventional pattern particularly suitable
for just this
purpose.
    The ceiling, too, is paneled in the same way, but with larger spacing.
    On the walls of this room, the tobacco smoke dear to the masculine heart,
has no
effect whatever. They shed dust, and the accidental soil of every day usage
leaves
behind no trace after an occasional rubbing off with soap and water.
    Neither sunlight nor time will fade the colors, and here it is possible
to bring about
that happy compromise between comfort and cleanliness once considered so
impossible
in the well kept home that the very existence of the Den itself is a tacit
acknowledg-
ment that these two desirable elements could never before agree.
NEW                  Sanitas, the new washable and germ-proof wall covering,
espe-
DECORATIVE           cially commends itself as a basis of individual decoration.
The
POSSIBILITIES        decorator who has original ideas for wall adornment,
and whose
                     patron may not care to incur the expense of fresco work,
will find
in Sanitas, a material peculiarly suited to his need. It has a cloth foundation
which is
prepared for the final decorating by a number of oil coatings. It has an
oil painted
surface, the colors set by the baking process of its finish. On this material,
it is pos-
sible without any additional preparation to do every sort of fresco decoration.
It takes
oil paint like any of the specially prepared canvases, and so becomes capable
of affording
an infinite variety of interior effects. Stenciled borders, single stenciled
units, even more
elaborate pictorial decoration may be done upon its surface.
    Then, too, it is made in a variety of beautiful tints which save the
decorator the
work of preparing a ground for his after ornament, whatever it may be. Since
the
ground is oil and since the colors used in the decoration are also oil, the
whole surface
then becomes dust-proof and water-proof, and can be kept clean with soap
and water,
a factor which will preserve the colors against the dinginess and decay necessarily
brought about by the accumulation of dust under old-time conditions.
    The tidy housekeeper will also appreciate the force of the clever illustration
of the
little finger-prints on the immaculate wall-which "will come off"-as
shown in the
account of the Standard Table & Oil Cloth Company in our business pages.
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