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Wharton, Edith (1862-1937); Codman Jr., Ogden (1863-1951) / The decoration of houses
(1898)

I: the historical tradition,   pp. [1]-16


Page 16

i6           The Decoration of Houses
his task is now so difficult, and why his results are so often
unsatisfactory to himself as well as to his clients.  The decorator
of the present day may be compared to a person who is called
upon to write a letter in the English language, but is ordered,
in so doing, to conform to the Chinese or Egyptian rules of
grammar, or possibly to both together.
  By the use of a little common sense and a reasonable con-
formity to those traditions of design which have been tested by
generations of architects, it is possible to produce great variety in
the decoration of rooms without losing sight of the purpose for
which they are intended.  Indeed, the more closely this purpose
is kept in view, and the more clearly it is expressed in all the
details of each room, the more pleasing that room will be, so that
it is easy to make a room with tinted walls, deal furniture and
dimity curtains more beautiful, because more logical and more
harmonious, than a ball-room lined with gold and marbles, in
which the laws of rhythm and logic have been ignored.


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