The Decoration of Houses

The Decoration of Houses

by Edith Wharton, Ogden Codman

Paperback

$9.95
View All Available Formats & Editions
Members save with free shipping everyday! 
See details

Overview

The Decoration of Houses, a manual of interior design written by Edith Wharton with architect Ogden Codman, was first published in 1897. In the book, the authors denounce Victorian-style interior decoration and interior design, especially rooms decorated with heavy window curtains, Victorian bric-a-brac and overstuffed furniture. They argue that such rooms emphasize upholstery at the expense of proper space planning and architectural design and are, therefore, uncomfortable and rarely used. Wharton and Codman advocated the creation of houses with rooms decorated with strong architectural wall and ceiling treatments, accentuated by well-suited furniture, rooms based on simple, classical design principles such as symmetry and proportion and a sense of architectural balance. The Decoration of Houses is considered a seminal work and its success led to the emergence of professional decorators working in the manner advocated by its authors, most notably Elsie de Wolfe.The book was reprinted by The Mount and Rizzoli and in a hardcover facsimile in 2007.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781647998301
Publisher: Bibliotech Press
Publication date: 07/27/2020
Pages: 170
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer and designer Edith Wharton (1862-1937) is the author of The House of Mirth, The Age of Innocence, Ethan Frome, The Decoration of Houses, and many other books.

Date of Birth:

January 24, 1862

Date of Death:

August 11, 1937

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Place of Death:

Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt, France

Education:

Educated privately in New York and Europe

Customer Reviews