The walls of this room must be paper and I par-
ticulariy want a hgured wall covering. Couid you
make me some suggestions as to appropriate wail-
coverings and arrangement of articles on the man-
tei ? I hnd it is apt to iook overcrowded, and then,
when I take off certain of the pieces, there seems too
iittle. The mantei is of good iines and painted
From the description you furnish we can gather
some idea of your difhcuities. The pictured room
shown herewith mav in a generai way prove service-
abie to you.
The arrangement of themanteiisverysimpie and,
therefore, attractive. The few weil-seiected and
weii-piaced articles on the mantel sheif offer a good
object lesson in restraint.
The hgure in the waii-covering is not too pro-
nounced and forms a good background for the
OOD ARRANGEMENT FOR A
HoME BuiLDERsays: "Notingthe
purpose of the Nationai Society of
Home Art and Decoration, I feei that I cannot be
transgressing in asking some advice in regard to the
generai treatment for a smali entrance haii in a
house I am hoping to buiid.
"I wouid iike to have the stairs on the right of
the front door, the opening into the iiving-room to
face this door. Perhaps I might be directed to a
pian which wouid show such treatment.
" What wali covering would be advisable in this
haii and how shouid the treads of the stairs be
treated? The woodwork for the interior of my
house wiii be soft white pine and I have decided
to treat it aii in white enamei.
We have been fortunate enough to secure for re-
production here the photograph of a haii embody-
ing many of the features your letter outiines. This
haii is typicaily good and you couid not do better
than foiiow its suggestions, in a measure, at ieast.
The treatment of the staircase is especiaiiy to
be commended. The hand raii may be of birch,
stained and finished like mahogany, and the treads
can be of simiiar wood and treatment.
The waii-covering here is of Japanese grass
cloth. The texture of this fabric is irreguiar and
the soft sheen it shows is particuiariy attractive.
The simplicity of the architecturai detaii of this
haii is beyond criticism.
--^ ECORATION IN SWEDISH HAND
§ BY EVA LOVETT
OF ALL the manuai arts, weaving is
one which preeminentiy appeais to the housewife,
for it adapts itseif to an immense variety of house-
hoid purposes, both of use and ornament. From
the humblest rug and kitchen towel, up through the
dainty or gorgeous draperies—the fine tabie linen,
the deiicate fabrics for ciothing, the chair cushions
and tabie scarfs, and the friezes and pictures on the
walls—aii may be the product of the ioom in the
hands of the skiifui weaver.
Although weaving is no longer an essential part
of a woman's education, it can become something
more—a chosen vehicle for the realization of her
fancies in the decoration of her home. So many
beautifui and originai articies can be woven that the
GNOMES FROLICKING IN THE WOOD
WOVEN BY MRS. ANNA ERNBERG