The growing love for artistically attractive rooms, in cases where the purse does not permit free application to the upholsterer or the domestic art establishment, leads to many ingenious devices to bring beauty out of homeliness, and to produce both from cast off and useless lumber, and material of more value, articles of ornament for parlor or chamber; while the skill in knitting, crocheting, and other arts of the fingers possessed by many ladies aids immensely in converting homely rooms into charming and attractive ones. It is proposed here to give some examples of decorations both of the homely and the more expensive order, "which may serve as useful suggestions for many other articles made from materials in the possession of our readers, or in accordance with their tastes and the means at their command.
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 described :
Cut the stuff to the shape required. Then, having prepared strips of woolen material half an inch wide, darn them with a coarse needle in and out through the sacking, leaving between each strip loops an inch in height. The colors of the wool may be diversified according to taste. For instance, there may be a black border, with a centre of a single shade, or of a variety of bright colors
After the work is ended, the whole surface may be clipped evenly. A very tasty rug can be made in this simple and easy manner.
A Window Garden. Showing a happy arrangement for keeping plants in a south window. In the centre is a wire stand below which are window shelves. The plants arranged to get the sunlight to the varieties needing it most.
The Ingle Nook and Mantel. A suggestion for beautifying a room where there is a fire place and mantel and space at each side for artistic seats and cushions. The whole effect is that of warmth and comfort. A few shoice ornaments are on the mantel, handy volumes on the shelves and pictures on the wall.
The table is prepared for a special occasion and profusely decorated with flags - potted plants and vines. This answers for all Patriotic occasions. At the right is a beautiful window box and hanging basket.
TABLE DECORATIONS. A happy suggestion for the arrangement and decoration of a dinner-table for a special occasion, such as a wedding dinner. The contrast of light draperies on the walls and the green of the plants is very currants or nuts, well flavored, may be added. Bake in round, shallow pans; put the cakes together with jelly between.