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Graeve, Oscar (ed.) / Delineator
Volume 118, Number 2 (February, 1931)

Ufford, Helen
Countrified charm,   p. 31 PDF (793.9 KB)

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FE BR U A R Y, 1 931
Light-hearted environment with a gay
table-setting is an excellent appetizer
a mountain side, this dining-room has a
G AY as an Italian villa perched precariously on
countrified flavor that suggests the pleasantly
informal mode of dining now so much in
vogue. Unpretentious and forthright, it is the sort of
room that is particularly suitable for the hostess who
cooks and serves her own meals. Don't you agree that
such a light-hearted environment would make a meal
of plain, well-cooked food, served to the accompaniment
of good-natured quips and jests, more palatable than
subtle confections of a famous chef, served in an at-
mosphere of gloomy splendor?
We know you're keen to hear about the table, but
first we must set the stage by describing our background.
The walls are covered with Bozart fabric, a fibre cloth.
We ordered it with backing that strengthens it and
makes it easy to handle. It is applied just as if it were
wail-paper, by means of ordinary paste. The plaid
combines brown, orange, and tan, and these colors are
echoed soberly in the dark brown and tan of the sub
stantial fibre rug. This rug, called "Aristocrat," can be
used with equal success indoors or out. It is water-
proof, and can be cleaned by scrubbing with ordinary
soap and water.
The furniture has a hand-made look. From its ap
pearance, you might guess that it represented hours of
patient labor on the part of one of the family. Of course
this is not true. These pieces are the product of a
manufacturer who is clever enough to preserve the naive
charm of handicraft in machine-made furniture. The
wood has a silvery tone, and was waxed until it shone
like satin. We think the design is most attractive.
Notice the repetition of the scallop motif, and the
splayed legs. Look at the rope handles on the buffet.
the drop-leaves on the table. Don't you think that use
of the bench with the chairs gives a pleasant variety?
All the colors in the room are brought to a spirited
climax in the table setting. On fringed doilies of red
and white linen we placed Italian pottery adorned with
gay painted flowers that vie bravely with the real
calendulas and zinnias in the centerpiece. A cup for
cream soup is supplied, as you can see, with the specially
designed cream soup spoon. The silver is modern plate,
patterned on the work of one of America's best known
silversmiths, Paul Revere. And the tumblers, copies of
old Spanish glass, contribute green to the setting.
On the buffet, candlesticks of Italian pottery are
grouped about a low bowl filled to overflowing with the
fruits of the season. A tray of painted metal forms
the background for this group which is so completely in
kev with the mood of the room.
Wouldn't you love to sit down to a meal at this
table? Wouldn't plain food take on new savor in this
bright atmosphere? (ouldn't you guess that dessert
would be fresh strawberries smothered in thick cream?
The bedding ensemble and the luncheon table accesso-
ries that are shown on these pages were assembled by
Tones of brown and orange in the wall covering of
fabric are echoed in a fibre rug and reach a climax
in the Italian pottery, American silver-plate and
Spanish glass. The rustic furniture has a silvery tone
The rooms on these pages were built and furnished in Delineator Institute
of Interiors on the fifteenth floor of the Butterick Building in New York
is gratefully made to the following firms
for their courtesy and cooperation:
BEDROOM-Wall-paper: Robert F. Hobbs, Inc., Beverly,
New Jersey. Courtesy of The Wallpaper Association of tihe
United States, New York. Floor coverin:: Congoleum Gcld
Seal Rug, "Savoy." Congoleum-Nairn. Inc.. Kearny, New
Jersey. Kroehler day bed: Krochler Manufacturing Company,
Chicago. Wing chair: Valentine-Seaver Company. Division
of Kroecler Manufacturing Company, Chicago.       Smoker
table, magazine rack, coffee table: The Furniture Shops, Division
of Krochler Manufacturing Company. Chicago. Iamsutta
percale sheets and pillow-case: Wamsutta Mills, New Bedford,
Massachusetts. Blanket.: North Star Blankets, The North
Star Woolen Mill Company, Minneapolis, Minnes,.a. Lamp
and shade: Gimbel's, New York. LIVING-ROOM       (Photo-
graphed iri a pine-paneled room of Delineator Institute)-
Rug: Reproduction Hooked Rug, Early American Scallop
Design, no. 181, color 59, Bigelow-Sanford Carpet Company,
Inc., New York. Del-Rey couch, side chair, armchair: Kroe-
ler Manufacturing Company, Chicago. Lamp and shade:
Ginbcl's, New York. DINING-ROOM-Bozart fabric on
vall: Bozart Corporation, New York. Bozart Aristocrat rug:
Bozart Corporation, New York. Del-Rey dining table, two
chairs, two benches and buffet: Krochler Manufacturing
Company, Chicago. Community Plate Flatware (Paul Revere
design): Oneida Community. Ltd., Oneida, New York. Itatian
pottery, glasses, and tray: Gimbel's, New York. Table Mats:
Faliani and Cohn, New     York.   Candles, Waxels: Will
and Baumecr Candle Comtpan, Itc., S-racuse, New York.
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.  .  JOSEPH  8.  PLATT,  Director

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