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

II: rooms in general,   pp. 17-30


Page 30

30           The Decoration of Houses
concocted by the writers who supply our newspapers with hints
for "artistic interiors."  The use of such poetic adjectives as
jon-
quil-yellow, willow-green, shell-pink, or ashes-of-roses, gives to
these descriptions of the "unique boudoir    or "ideal summer
room" a charm which the reality would probably not possess.
The arrangements suggested are usually cheap devices based
upon the mistaken idea that defects in structure or design may be
remedied by an overlaying of color or ornament.    This theory
often leads to the spending of much more money than would
have been required to make one or two changes in the plan of
the room, and the result is never satisfactory to the fastidious.
 There are but two ways of dealing with a room which is fun-
damentally ugly: one is to accept it, and the other is coura-
geously to correct its ugliness.  Half-way remedies are a waste
of money and serve rather to call attention to the defects of the
room than to conceal them.


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