The House in Good Taste

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After ninety years, The House in Good Taste by America's "first lady of interior decoration," Elsie de Wolfe, still offers timeless design advice.

Compiled from her articles in newspapers and magazines and first published in 1914, The House in Good Taste is a seminal book on interior design with ideas that have lasted a century because they influenced not only the wealthy clients of Park Avenue and Palm Beach, but popular taste as well.

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Overview

After ninety years, The House in Good Taste by America's "first lady of interior decoration," Elsie de Wolfe, still offers timeless design advice.

Compiled from her articles in newspapers and magazines and first published in 1914, The House in Good Taste is a seminal book on interior design with ideas that have lasted a century because they influenced not only the wealthy clients of Park Avenue and Palm Beach, but popular taste as well.

De Wolfe advised Americans to shun ostentation and clutter in favor of simplicity, to dismantle the draperies in order to let in the light, and to replace garish colors with beige and ivory. "I believe in plenty of optimism and white paint," she declared, "comfortable chairs with lights beside them, open fires on the hearth and flowers wherever they 'belong,' mirrors and sunshine in all rooms." The rooms that Americans inhabited in the middle of the twentieth century still today owe much to de Wolfe's tastes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847826315
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 4/14/2004
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 289,814
  • Product dimensions: 9.31 (w) x 6.25 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

I The development of the modern house 3
II Suitability, simplicity and proportion 13
III The old Washington Irving House 21
IV The little house of many mirrors 29
V The treatment of walls 37
VI The effective use of color 49
VII Of doors, and windows, and chintz 57
VII The problem of artificial light 69
IX Halls and staircases 77
X The drawing room 87
XI The living room 95
XII Sitting room and boudoir 103
XIII A light, gay dining room 113
XIV The bedroom 125
XV The dressing room and the bath 137
XVI The small apartment 147
XVII Reproductions of antique furniture and objects of art 159
XVIII The art of trelliage 169
XIX Villa Trianon 177
XX Notes on many things 187
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2004

    Legendary!

    I can't believe this impossible-to-find, bible of interior design is BACK IN PRINT! Elsie de Wolfe is responsible for the interior decorating craze that has swept over our nation! She was first. Everything Elsie said 90 years ago still applies.

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