The House in Good Taste

The House in Good Taste

by Elsie De Wolfe


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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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781517159733
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Pages: 116
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Elsie De Wolfe (1865–1951) was the first woman to create an occupation as an interior designer where none had existed before. In her quest to be admitted to the highest ranks of society, she introduced some of the most stylish and tasteful ideas into the American home. Her seminal work, The House in Good Taste, is lauded as an timeless guide for interior decorators.

Albert Hadley has been an interior designer for sixty years. In 1962, he partnered with Sister Parish and founded Parish-Hadley Associates, the legendary design firm synonymous with classic American elegance. His clients have included Brooke Astor, Happy Rockefeller, Oscar de la Renta, and Diane Sawyer and Mike Nichols. He now operates a smaller, more streamlined design firm known simply as Albert Hadley Inc.

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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.