Image from page 235 of "American homes and gardens" (1905)
Title: American homes and gardens
Publisher: New York : Munn and Co
Contributing Library: Smithsonian Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: Biodiversity Heritage Library
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thingshave to go into occasional periods of retirement in the atticor the upper rooms while their places are taken by othersthat have been stored away, but when they do come downthey are the fresher for it and the more enjoyed by theirpossessors and besides, by their change, the house therebyescapes from that dreadful stereotyped sameness of ar-rangement—all too common—as though the precise spotto be occupied by each chair and table had been irrevocablyforeordained by the laws of the Medes and Persians sothat it would be nothing short of desecration, howeverdelightful and refreshing, to change them about. Conse-quently Wye House bears an air of spaciousness andamplitude quite independent of the actual dimensions ofthe rooms and, at the same time, the dignity and simplicityof good taste make themselves felt. To this general senseof easy repose the harmonious and unobtrusive tones ofwall-paper and rugs contribute not a little. On the left side of the wide hallway that passes through
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the center of the house is a greatroom that you may call drawing-room or parlor as you please.If you are ultra modern and havea weakness for being formal andalways quite au fait, you will prob-ably choose drawing-room. Ifyou are a bit old-fashioned you willcling to parlor. Really, of thetwo, except in large and designedlyformal houses—show places—withranges of rooms that can be devotedto specialized uses, parlor is pre-ferable, that is to say, parlour inthe good old English sense meaninga place to be constantly used forthe dining-room z\\ manner of social intercourse and all the manifold intimate activities of family life from theembroidering or knitting of the ladies of the household tothe entertainment of friends and acquaintances who maychance to drop in of an afternoon for a dish of tea andgossip. A parlor in this sense is a good general utility roomand the name is also more dignified, becoming and ofbroader application than the lately coined and hackneyeddesignation living-ro
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