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Household Companion: Home Decorations



Every woman should desire her house to be as comfortable and as beautiful as her taste and means will permit. This department will be welcomed joyfully by every housewife. It shows how to make common things serve a double purpose of decoration as well as usefulness, with very little expenditure either of time or money. There are here also instructions for decorating the house suitably for various occasions, directions for doing fancy work of various kinds in leisure hours, and taking care of pet animals, plants, etc., in the house.

TitleHousehold Companion: Home Decorations
AuthorAlice A. Johnson, Mrs. Janet McKenzie Hill, Dr. Henry HartShorne
PublisherM.L. Dewsnap
Year1909
Copyright1909

A Practical Reference Work For Housekeepers

Household Companion

---------Comprising--------

A Complete Cook Book—Practical Household Recipes, Aids And Hints For Household Decorations; The Care Of Domestic Plants And Animals And A Treatise On Domestic Medicine

Including a Chapter on TUBERCULOSIS The Great White Plague A CURABLE AND PREVENTABLE DISEASE

—By—

Dr. Lawrence F. Flick

Medical Director of the Henry Phipps Institute for the Study, Treatment and Prevention of Tuberculosis

General Editors Of The Work:

  • Alice A. Johnson -- Graduate in Domestic Science of Drexel Institute, Philadelphia
  • Mrs. Janet McKenzie Hill -- Editor of the Boston Cooking School Journal
  • Dr. Henry Hartshorne, M.D.. Ll.D. -- Author of "Essential of Practical Medicine"
  • and Other Specialists

Profusely Illustrated With Color Plates, Half-Tone Engravings and Text Pictures

Copyright 1909, by M. L. DBWSNAP

-Attractive Home Decorations
Every woman should desire her house to be as comfortable and as beautiful as her taste and means will permit. This department will be welcomed joyfully by ...
-Some Common Things Made Beautiful—Cheap And Easy Methods For Home Use
The growing love for artistically attractive rooms, in cases where the purse does not permit free application to the upholsterer or the domestic art ...
-A Rustic Rug
Even such homely stuff as the coarse material of a coffee bag, or coarse sacking of any description, may be made into an attractive rug in the manner here ...
-A Simple Wardrobe.
A wardrobe of attractive appearance can be made by any one of ordinary ingenuity. To do so take two boards a foot wide and five feet high. Place these the ...
-Bookcase.
A bookcase suitable for ordinary purposes may be improvised from an old bureau which has lost its mirror, by placing above it a set of shelves, made by two ...
-Mantelpiece.
Many houses still contain the high, old-fashioned, wooden mantelpieces, painted to imitate yellow-grained black marble, and a sore affliction to the eyes. A ...
-Screen.
If your house is small and your family large, a folding-screen in each bedroom is an important addition. Very pretty and inexpensive ones may be made by ...
-Window Draperies.
A novel and pretty window curtain has been made easily and cheaply by the practice of a little taste and ingenuity. Its material was the yellow silk ribbon ...
-Mirrors.
If through ill-fortune a looking-glass is broken, it is easy to utilize its larger fragments. These may be cut into square or diamond shape, and inserted in ...
-Sofa Pillows.
Where there are easy-chairs, and sofas, or lounges, a beautiful sofa pillow adds much to the effect in the decoration of a room. There should be a plentiful ...
-Ornamentation of Bedrooms.
Where there are several bedrooms, it is not unusual to furnish each one in a color of its own. One room, for instance, may be furnished in blue and white. The ...
-Living-Room.
Upon the decoration and furnishing of the living-room depend much of the warmth, comfort, and pleasure to be obtained from it. The old-fashioned fire-place is ...
-The Convenient Kitchen.
The kitchen is the workshop of the home. It therefore should be furnished and arranged for the special convenience of the housewife and cook, and for the ...
-Window Gardens.
Nothing adds so much cheer to the house as beautiful window gardens filled with flowers and potted plants. These decorations are within the reach of all, and ...
-Decorations for Public and Festive Occasions.
It is desirable to decorate rooms for both public and private occasions, such as anniversary days and festal days. Decorations intended to instil patriotism ...
-Wedding Occasions.
No wedding would be complete unless there were decorations in the parlor or church where the marriage ceremony takes place, and also of the dining-room and ...
-Decorating the Table.
the silver, and the linen. It should not be overlooked that too much decoration is worse than no decoration at all, and the effectiveness is often lost by ...
-Fancy Work for Leisure Hours.
In these days of household leisure taste in common art has developed, and we care much more than did our grandparents about surrounding ourselves with things ...
-Embroidery.
Among the most popular home occupations for present-day ladies may be named embroidery. The loom and the spinning-wheel, in one form or another, are as old as ...
-Stitches.
Stem-stitch is not difficult. It is simply a long stitch forward, a short one backward, and then another long stitch a little in advance of the first. In ...
-Things to Embroider.
In addition to curtains, lambrequins, screens, and panels, which only a few women have time for, cushions and chair-backs may be made in great variety. Sofa ...
-Crocheting.
The little crochet hook is a very old instrument. Its charm is that with so small a tool so many beautiful things may be produced. From a counterpane to a ...
-Knitting.
The delight of knitting is its sociability. Embroidery demands close attention, but the knitter may talk at the same time, her fingers moving with automatic ...
-Decalcomanie.
Beautiful jars, vases, umbrella holders and boxes may be made in this favorite work, for which scrap pictures are necessary. It requires taste to arrange these ...
-Potpourri.
The potpourri just referred to may be made of various combinations of fragrant materials. A very agreeable one may be made by the following recipe for a rose- ...
-Wax Flowers.
Wax flowers are ordinarily only clumsy imitations of the lovely blossoms which adorn our gardens, or smile upon us from lurking-places in wood or wayside, yet ...
-Flower and Fruit Molds
To take a mold for flower or fruit, mix some very fine plaster of Paris in a bowl with water, to the thickness of cream. Pour it lightly over leaf, or fruit, ...
-Phantom Leaves.
Phantom or skeleton leaves are the ghostly remnants of the leaves that have waved on the trees in summer. They are troublesome to prepare, but are very pretty ...
-Autumn Leaves and Ferns.
Happy hours may be passed in gathering and pressing ferns and autumn leaves, with which to adorn the house when winter has made desolate the fields without.
-China Painting.
For this work procure your colors in tubes, since you will thus acquire a greater variety than you would for either oil or water-color painting. The colors ...
-Amateur Photography.
To have one's picture taken was formerly a family event; now it is the work of a fraction of a minute in the photographer's chair, while the art of photography ...
-Screens.
Our forefathers did not think their houses complete without screens. These are useful for breaking off the heat where there is an open grate, and for placing ...
-Care of Domestic Animals and Plants.
It seems advisable to supplement what we have said about the methods of making home attractive with some consideration of other important elements of home ...
-The Canary Bird.
No birds, except pigeons and fowls, have developed under man's care into so many varieties as the canary. The original wild bird is a finch, of greenish hue.
-Care of Canaries.
In keeping canaries much attention must be paid to the cage, which is very liable to be infested with the canary mite, a plague so constant that great care is ...
-The Mocking Bird.
Among American birds, the mocking bird stands high in public estimation. The vocal powers of this plain-plumaged favorite are extraordinary, no other species ...
-Other Song Birds.
The Virginia redbird is at once beautiful in plumage and a favorite for its loud and almost constant song. It is hardy, and if properly fed is liable to few ...
-Parrots.
Among cage birds not noted for sweetness of song, yet of high popularity, may be named the gray parrot, a familiar inmate of hundreds of households, and widely ...
-Pigeons.
There are few pets which give so little trouble to keep and rear as pigeons, owing to the fact that they bring up and feed their young until these are old ...
-Rabbits.
The rabbit is a boy's favorite, needing, of course, much more space than a bird. It can be best kept in a dry shed, ventilated at top only, and well lighted.
-Other Animal Pets.
Of other animals kept as pets may be named the Guinea pig and the squirrel, the former kept much like the rabbit, the latter in a cage. The squirrel in ...
-The Aquarium.
The indoor aquarium is a very attractive feature in many homes, and is capable of being varied almost endlessly. It will fur- nish many hours of study and ...
-House Plants and Flowers.
Interesting as many of the cage-birds and other house pets are, the window conservatory and the flowering plant are of more value for home adornment, on ...
-Geraniums.
The geranium forms one of the most attractive of flowering plants from its rich hue and the fact that it keeps in bloom through a great part of the season. The ...
-Sweet Pea.
This is one of the most beautiful of the summer-garden flowers, from its great variety of color and abundant bloom. It has also the charm of a sweet perfume.
-Azalea.
The azaleas are easily cultivated, being very hardy, and form very attractive plants. They come in many colors and also striped, spotted, or otherwise ...
-Hyacinths and Tulips.
The hyacinth is an easily-cultivated plant, of which more than a thousand varieties are grown in Holland, forming an important item of that country's export ...
-Pansies.
The heart's-ease, or pansy, is a favorite with every one, from its beauty of color and the great variation alike in the form and tint of its flowers. These ...
-Verbenas and Petunias.
The verbena is a South American plant, which will bloom with us, in the open air, from May to November, its brilliant scarlet flowers having no superior for ...
-The Lily and Rose.
Of the lily there are numerous widely-varied species, many of them well known, many others rarely seen in gardens. It grows from a bulb, and will do well in ...









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