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The craftsman
Volume XXX, Number 2 (May 1916)

A story of home-making,   pp. 216-219 PDF (3.1 MB)


The new upholstery,   pp. 219-220 PDF (970.0 KB)


Page 219

THE NEW UPHOLSTERY
the large cement basement in which are lo-
cated the coal bins, fruit room and laundry.
There are a number of clever built-in fea-
tures, such as a folding ironing board, flour
bins, coolers, drawers, work table and cup-
boards, the latter being located in the wall
nearest the dining room. One of the most
practical features is the "Pullman" break-
fast alcove. Every home maker who pre-
pares her own meals will appreciate the
saving of labor which such an alcove pro-
vides. It saves many a trip in and out of
the dining room, with first the dishes and
the food, with many return trips to the kit-
chen, after the meal is over and the putting
in order of the dining room. Such an ar-
rangement is a great labor saver, and with
its flower shelf and cozy relation to the at-
tractive kitchen it certainly is a pleasant
place in which to have breakfast. Every-
one likes a kitchen if it is well ordered.
Under a home-loving woman's efficient
management it is often the pleasantest room
in the house, a room where every member
of the family so loves to congregate that
they get "underfoot" in most obstructive
way.
   Three bedrooms, each with ample, well
 lighted closets, and a bath, are provided on
 the first floor, while an additional bedroom
 and large sleeping porch are located up-
 stairs. All these rooms are finished in
 enameled old ivory. It will be observed
 that there is an abundance of light in each
 room and also a window in each closet. For
 a house of this size there is little left to be
desired in the way of cheerful home com-
fort; but the best thing about it all is the
-amazingly low cost of its building. The
figures which we give below seem to cover
a great deal of good material and work for
very little money. We are publishing the
full cost of this fine little home just as a
proof of what can be done under skilled
planning, management and careful over-
sight: Excavating, $45; concrete walls,
$230; concrete floor, $iio; brick, $150; tile,
$50; lumber and mill work, $9o0; hard-
wood, $90; hardware, $8.5; sheet metal,
$25; plastering  $185; plumbing, $200;
sewer, $45; carpenter work, $500; electric
light wiring, $70; furnace heat, $140; paint-
ing, $175;, miscellaneous, $50; ground,
$3oo; total, $3,350. These figures of
course represent what can be done in the
West and not in the East.       However,
though some items would be greater in the
East, some others would be less.
THE NEW UPHOLSTERY
A BOULDER is a merciless, unyield-
         ing thing to lounge upon unless
         velveted with   moss or lichens.
         Then, indeed, is it soft to the
 touch and grateful to the eye. The ground
 does not invite to rest unless it be carpeted
 with springy pine needles or covered with
 grass. The walls of a room lack hominess
 until they are hung with softening papers or
 fabrics or their bare whiteness is warmed
 by some pleasing tint; a table in a room
 seems lost and awkward until a scarf, a bit
 of tapestry, books, vase or lamp be placed
 upon it. Everything needs some softening
 or some strengthening associate before its
 use and its full beauty are apparent. A beau-
 tiful object of art needs a background or
 proper setting before its perfection can be
 brought out. Backgrounds amount to noth-
 ing until their reason for existence is made
 manifest by the presence of the foreground
 object.
   Harmony depends upon the proper selec-
tion of the materials and objects to be asso-
ciated.  For instance, the covering of an
easy chair makes or mars the beauty of that
chair. The chair may be fashioned along
lines best for beauty, may be excellently
well proportioned as to comfort, but uphol-
stered in tapestry with a figure too large or
too overpowering in color, its good qualities
cannot be appreciated. A change of mate-
rial such as a plain velour or leather instead
of the too conspicuously figured tapestry
may change the whole appearance of the
chair, may put its true beauty in the right
light.  Sometimes the pattern of brocade
or chintz may be too small, too colorless so
that the chair which should look luxurious
and inviting fails to do so.
  Chair makers and decorators devote a
great deal of study to the suitable covering
for the big chairs called fireside, easy, read-
ing or lounging chairs. They must be well
padded and springy and covered with a ma-
terial that suggests substantial comfort.
Tapestry comes in so many qualities, col-
ors and patterns that it is merely a matter
of persevering to find the thing suitable.
Then there are the chintzes of infinite va-
riety, the linens plain or hand-blocked, the
velours all one tone or striped in two or
more tones, velvets, velveteens, corduroys,
brocades and leathers.
  All of these materials may be had in all
colors and every genuinely good one has
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