Studio: international art — 10.1897

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The Choice of Simple Furniture

to be kept clean, and so to afford an outlet for those appreciate the beauty of simplicity and restraint,
vigorous and misapplied energies which are the necessity in this case may become a virtue in-
mark of the British housekeeper. deed, and instead of trying to emulate the splen-

The most reasonable basis from, which to start in dours of the palace, so often vulgar, so seldom
furnishing is obviously the actual practical require- comfortable and homely, we may accept gladly the
ments of the particular family, and the wisest course limitations which suggest a more cottage-like home,
to pursue will probably be to acquire gradually, as And in this way we may be happy in realising Mr.
they are needed, the necessary articles of furniture, Ruskin's description of a country home, which may
without reference to conventional ideas or the be quoted here as a fitting conclusion to this series
dictates of fashion. Instead of crowding as many of articles.

tilings together as possible, it will be better to " And in actual life let me assure you in con-
remove everything which is not essential, and to elusion, the first 'wisdom of calm' is to plan and
aim at having a few choice things rather than many
inferior ones.

It is rarely, that the artistic value of economy is
appreciated in the furnishing and decoration of the
home. In most cases it is a deplored necessity,
preventing the full realisation of an artistic ideal
which sees no possible perfection but that of costly
magnificence, and which tests the artistic value of
every article by its price in the market. The
necessary restrictions imposed by a limited purse
often prove to be the best safeguards against
vulgar extravagance; and so to those who can

upholstered arm-chair

designed by m. h. scott

resolve to labour for the comfort and beauty of a
home such as, if we could obtain it, we would quit
no more. Not a compartment of a model lodging-
house, not the number so-and-so of Paradise Row.
but a cottage all of our own, with its little garden
its pleasant view, its surrounding fields, its neigh-
bouring stream, its healthy air, and clean kitchen,
parlours, and bedrooms. Less than this no man
should be content with for his nest; more than
this few should seek ; but if it seem to you impos-
1 sible, or wildly imaginary that such houses should

rush-bottomed chair ever be obtained for the greater part of the English

designed by m. h. baillie scott people, again believe me the obstacles which are in

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