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Decoration Making Books

Ideas and reference books for making decorations for home and office.

-Principles Of Home Decoration With Practical Examples | Candace Wheeler
Probably no art has so few masters as that of decoration. In England, Morris was for many years the great leader, but among his followers in England no one has attained the dignity of unquestioned authority; and in America, in spite of far more general practice of the art, we still are without a leader whose very name establishes law. It is true we are free to draw inspiration from the same sources which supplied Morris and the men associated with him in his enthusiasms, and in fact we do lean, as they did, upon English eighteenth - century domestic art - and derive from the men who made that period famous many of our articles of faith; but there are almost no authoritative books upon the subject of appropriate modern decoration. Our text books are still to be written; and one must glean knowledge from many sources, shape it into rules, and test the rules, before adopting them as safe guides...
-Our Homes And Their Adornments | by Almon C. Varney
Or, How to build, finish, furnish, and adorn a home, containing practical instructions for the building of homes, interior decoration, wood carving, soroll sawing, house painting, window hangings, screens, curtains, window gardening, incidental decorations, decorative-art needle-work, and economic landscape gardening; To which is added a household compendium of new, practical and valuable recipes, the whole being designed to make happy homes for happy people.
-Interior Decoration: Its Principles And Practice | by Frank Alvah Parsons
>Much confusion exists at the present time as to the artistic essentials of a modern house. A great deal has been written - perhaps more has been said - about this subject, and still it is vague to most of us. This vagueness is partly because we have not realized fully that a house is but the normal expression of one's intellectual concept of fitness and his aesthetic ideal of what is beautiful. The house is but the externalized man; himself expressed in colour, form, line and texture. To be sure, he is usually limited in means, hampered by a contrary and penurious landlord or by family heirlooms, and often he cannot find just what he wants in the trade; but still the house is his house...
-Interior Decoration For The Small Home | by Amy L. Rolfe
It has been the purpose to bring together in this book the chief principles of art as they may be applied to the furnishing of homes of people of moderate means. Many volumes have been written upon the subject of house furnishing which describe in great detail the expensive furniture, rugs, and tapestries which can be purchased only by those few individuals who are also financially able to employ professional interior decorators and who for that reason have less need for a simple guide. It is the people who must make their own selections of furnishings and plan their arrangement who especially require some economic and artistic knowledge on the subject, so that they may obtain the greatest amount of beauty and convenience for the least expenditure. If they understand color and form harmony in the essential relation to artistic unity, they should then have sufficient confidence to express some of their own individuality in their homes as they endeavor to combine the ideal with the practical. Beauty and suitability will by this means be the result of a conscious obedience to the laws of art.
-Your Home And Its Decoration | by The Sherwin-Williams Company
A series of practical suggestions for the painting, decorating, and furnishing of the home
-Homes And Their Decoration | by Lillie Hamilton French
In the following pages I have made no attempt to discuss architectural periods or problems. My purpose has been to help the bewildered householder to see clearly what results she has been striving for, and how to go to work to obtain them. I have discussed the question of decoration from this point of view only, quoting examples of successful interiors whenever they have seemed helpful. An experience of some years in answering letters from all over this country, from Canada, and from our colonists abroad, - letters written by women of wealth, of limited means, by the schoolgirl and the bride, - has enabled me to know something of the needs of a portion of my country-women...
-The Decoration Of Houses | by Edith Wharton, Ogden Codman Jr.
Rooms may be decorated in two ways: by a superficial application of ornament totally independent of structure, or by means of those architectural features which are part of the organism of every house, inside as well as out. In the middle ages, when warfare and brigandage shaped the conditions of life, and men camped in their castles much as they did in their tents, it was natural that decorations should be portable, and that the naked walls of the mediaeval chamber should be hung with arras, while a ciel, or ceiling, of cloth stretched across the open timbers of its roof...
-The Principles Of Interior Decoration | by Bernard C. Jakway
The nature and the purpose of this study are, I believe, accurately indicated by its title. It is an attempt to analyze, correlate and set forth as clearly as possible the artistic principles that underlie sound work in the decoration of houses. This attempt is based upon the conviction that in a knowledge of these principles, their scientific basis, and the methods of their application, the beginner in this art will find the surest and easiest path to reasonably successful results in practice. The book is designed primarily to be of interest to the housewife, concerned with the attractiveness of her home; to the worker in housefurnishing shops, concerned with increasing the value of his services; to the teacher, concerned with imparting compact and workable knowledge, and to the reader who desires a general understanding of the subject. In other words, it is designed to be of interest primarily to the beginner and the reader whose knowledge of interior decoration is limited, rather than to the artist and the expert.
-The Practical Book Of Interior Decoration | by Harold Donaldson Eberlein, Abbot Mcclure, Edward Stratton Holloway
It is hard to understand why someone has not written such a book as this before, a book covering the three great needs of anyone approaching in any capacity the matter of household decoration. History is a treasure house of the crystallised experience that has slowly evolved in past ages, a treasure house ready for us to draw upon as we will. The limit of our taking from its stores is marked only by our capacity to receive. This is especially true in the case of so concrete a subject as interior decoration where many enduring examples of the best achievements of former generations in that field have been preserved for us practically intact...
-The New Interior: Modern Decorations For The Modern Home | by Hazel H. Adler
It is hoped that this book will be of practical aid to that large body of intelligent people who are seeking to create for themselves expressive and individual environments of life. It does not aim to set down cut and dried rules and principles, or to attempt to enforce any particular type or style of decoration, but to suggest new possibilities and open new trains of thought by setting forth those fresh and stimulating currents which are influencing the creators of what has been called "the new taste" in interior decoration...
-The Art Of Decoration | by H. R. Haweis
"Yet Nature is made better by no mean, But Nature makes that mean; so o'er that art Which, yon say, adds to Nature, is an art That Nature makes." - Shakespeare.
-The Art Of Interior Decoration | by Grace Wood, Emily Burbank
If you would have your rooms interesting as well as beautiful, make them say something, give them a spinal column by keeping all ornamentation subservient to line. Before you buy anything, try to imagine how you want each room to look when completed; get the picture well in your mind, as a painter would; think out the main features, for the details all depend upon these and will quickly suggest themselves. This is, in the long run, the quickest and the most economical method of furnishing...
-Historic Ornament - Treatise On Decorative Art And Architectural Ornament | by James Ward
This work is a continuation of the former volume on the subject of Historic Ornament, and treats of the historical development of ornament and decoration as illustrated in furniture, pottery, enamels, ivories, metal work,including goldsmiths', silversmiths', and jewellers' work, textile fabrics, mosaic, glass, and book decoration.

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