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Butterfly Tables
REVIVED from our Colonial past, the butterfly table is once more becoming as useful and as universal a piece of furniture as it was in New England in the eighteenth century.
Empire Furniture
IT is the strange fortune of the style of furniture known as Empire to be more widely loved in its modifications than in its purest form.
Italian And Spanish Peasant Furniture
PEASANT furniture from Italy, Spain and Portugal is being used increasingly in sun rooms and living rooms. Simply made and gayly painted, these chairs, settees, tables and stools supply in their naive decorations a light note of color often lacking in our own furniture.
Spanish Chairs
THE wider and more intelligent interest in interior decoration has caused furniture designers to delve into the past and bring forth forms of furniture and examples of the use of brilliant colors with which heretofore only the connoisseur was familiar.
Spanish Tables
THERE is always a picturesque quality about a Spanish table, whether it is a big walnut piece with two carved pedestals, a lighter type with supports cut in fantastic silhouettes suggesting a lyre, a Spanish version of the gateleg and butterfly tables, or one of many styles with slender legs of many ornamental turnings and graceful iron stretchers of Mudejar art.
Maple Furniture
THE vogue for colonial furniture in disclosing the general use of maple furniture in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, has had, no doubt, considerable to do with making apparent the possibilities of this pleasant wood for modern use.
Lacquered Furniture
THE demand for color in interiors has brought into popularity again after more than two hundred years the Chinese lacquered cabinets, tables and desks once found in American, English and French homes.
Inlay And Marquetry
AMERICAN craftsmen bid fair to rival their European colleagues in the art of inlay and marquetry. This decoration of furniture with designs made up of bits of wood of various hues was, 150 years ago, considered the final touch to be given to important furniture by English and French cabinetmakers.
Painted Furniture
A RECENT development in the decorating of modern furniture has been the introduction of touches of color here and there on the carvings and turned legs and spindles of modern made furniture.
Ormolu Mounts
FRENCH furniture, decorated with the gilt bronze ornaments known as ormolu mounts, has come into greater favor as the better types of French cabinet work of the eighteenth century have been more widely used.
Carved Furniture
CARVED furniture, which came into vogue along with other Spanish things has increased its popularity. Besides the pieces carved in Renaissance manner, familiar in Spanish and Italian examples, there is also available in reproductions furniture carved in the Gothic tradition of Northern Europe.
Love Seats
SO useful today is the small sofa known as the "love seat," that one might almost believe it to have been originally designed for modern interiors. In a not too large living room love seats, one on either side of the hearth, invite without projecting too far into the room.
Printed Linens
IT is astonishing how much art and beauty are embodied in cretonnes and hand-block printed linens.
Glazed Chintz
IN spite of the fact that modern ingenuity is producing new fabrics and weaves every season, one of the most useful materials in home decoration is still the old-fashioned glazed chintz.
Upholstrey Brocade
THE movement in modern decoration toward new and more brilliant combinations of color in decorative fabrics has now made its impress on upholstery brocade.
Silk Damasks
MORE noteworthy even than their beauty and technical excellence is the fact that silk damasks those aristocrats of decorative fabrics are now woven on American looms.
Traditionally a pile or velvet fabric, mohair may now be obtained also in smooth cloths for window and bed drapery, wall hangings and upholstery of furniture; even a net weave has been made for glass curtains for windows.
Candlewick Spreads
The candlewick bedspread received its name from the early practice of using for working the design the coarse white yarn then employed for the wicks of home-made candles.
Crewel Work
THE increasing use of varied design and brilliant colors in decorative textiles has brought back Jacobean crewel work as a covering for twentieth century chairs and couches.
Petit Point And Gros Point
ALMOST disused for over a century, petit point and gros point needlecraft is again in vogue. These two stitches, known under the generic name of needlepoint embroidery, provide, as in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, both an interesting occupation for feminine fingers and charming upholstery for the family furniture.
Old Spanish Copes, Etc.
MORE than connoisseurs, owners of homes with wide spaces of rough plaster are responsible for the great demand for velvet embroidered copes and chasubles and the secular Spanish "reposteros" or embroidered family coat-of-arms.
Balcony Tapestry As Hangings
TAPESTRIES are an adaptable form of decoration, fitting into almost any ensemble. A large one may cover the wall of a small room and not dwarf the apartment, and yet a small square on the wall will completely furnish the space and impart an interesting effect as was long ago discovered.
Windsor Chairs
THE popularity of the simple forms of furniture of other days has brought into prominence the Windsor chair.
Spanish Rugs
SPANISH rugs-up to a few years ago known only to connoisseurs are now being sought by householders, whose vargueno and Spanish table need a floor covering to harmonize.
Alpujarra Rugs
APPRECIATION Of the arts of rural folk not only of our country but also of Europe has brought to America a type of rug still little known abroad.
Aubusson Rugs
Amoung the refinements of house furnishings which decorators are more widely employing are the Aubusson rugs or carpets.
Hooked Rugs
THE making of hooked rugs is one of the few Colonial home crafts that have come down to us. A short time ago hooked rugs had to be sought in villages and farmhouses by those who desired these old-fashioned floor coverings.
THE desire for more individual floor effects and the demand that floor decorations fit accurately into period interiors have developed a new form of floor covering. This is the embossed tile linoleum floor that simulates in appearance actual tile work even to the mortar divisions.
FOR some time painted walls have tended to crowd out the use of wallpaper; but the revival of early American furniture developed a need for appropriate background.
Bell Pulls
THE old-fashioned bell pull in times past used to summon a servant from "below stairs" has been revived as a useful adjunct to certain period rooms.
SAMPLERS, quaint mementos of the past, are coming into their own as wall decorations.
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