The National Society of Home Art and Decoration
A DVICE ON THE FINISH AND
/\ FURNISHING OF A SIMPLE
WE ARE glad to be able to publish the
foiiowing ietter signed "A Western Woman." In
this the conditions and requirements of our corre-
spondent are so clearly stated that, together with
the littie draft of the fioor pian which we reproduce
as she has drawn it, we are enabied to give her
As I iive so far from the center of things I
feei it a great chance to have such an offer as your
society extends, and I am promptly taking the
iiberty of asking your aid through your columns.
I shaii be most deepiy gratefui, for I am at a ioss
to know how to begin my work. We are just in
moderate circumstances, but I do so iong to have
pretty things around me and have my iittle home
in good taste. I have drawn a rough^sketch of
the remodeled pian of my rooms.
We had a four-room house and it was very oid
style. We moved it back twenty-one feet and are
buiiding two rooms, a hali and porch across the
front of the house. The new standing woodwork
is to be hard yeliow pine. Wouid you kindiy sug-
gest the finish for same ? Wouid you like the same
finish for woodwork ali the way through the house ?
The fioors, I had thought I wouid have of white
pine. Kindly advise me as to best finish for these.
As servants are uncertain in this iocaiity I may
often have to do my own work, so in deciding upon
the hnish for wood I want one that wiii wear weii
and that I can keep in good order.
I am at a loss as to the treatment of my waiis.
My dining-room in the oid part of the house is
hard and smooth, finished white. Shouid I have
the others hnished the same way or given a rough
hnish, and how couid I treat them ? I do want a
nice, soft, rich effect and something harmonious.
There wiii be no doors in the openings from haii
to parior or from parior to dining-room. The
rooms are ali light.
Now, I wouid iike to ask you to advise me as to
the furnishing. I must furnish my two new rooms
and my hail and partiy refurnish my dining-room.
I was thinking of having a dressing-table and chif-
fonier and bed. Do you think bird's-eye-maple
wouid be dainty ? What coior scheme wouid you
employ and what kind of covering for fioor ? What
wouid I require in my hail and what color pian
wouid you suggest and what furnishing ? I have no
piano. Aii I have that I couid use is a smaii writ-
ing-desk of mahogany hnish, and an armchair
I have for my dining-room a square pedestai
dining-tabie in oak and an oid oak sideboard with
a fancy top and sheives on the side with a mirror
set above the grilie work at the back. I wouid
just iove to have a Mission set and if I can get rid
of my sideboard I thought of getting a buffet
and china closet and new chairs. Can you heip
ine with suggestions as to style, etc. ? I think I
can manage the other bedroom and servant's room,
as I do not feel I can ask so many questions.