Title: American homes and gardens
Year: 1905 (1900s)
Subjects: Architecture, Domestic Landscape gardening
Publisher: New York : Munn and Co
Contributing Library: Smithsonian Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: Biodiversity Heritage Library
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more interesting thanit is downstairs, forhere one finds won-derfully good ex-amples of old Colon-ial fire-places, night-cap closets, and old-fashioned andirons.The floors have beenleft unchanged. Inone or two of therooms an innovationhas been made, as inthe den, where thefurniture is all of wil-low, with bright cov-erings, while in oneof the chambers thefurnishings are en-tirely in white. This eliminates the old-fashioned idea,and these rooms might be part of a modern house were itnot for the small panes of glass in the old windows. Per-haps the most interesting room of all is one of the cham-bers which is furnished in typical Colonial style. Theslender legs of the Sheraton four-poster, with its testercovered with white, and the bedspread of a hundred yearsago, give it an old-time air which is unquestionable. Atone side is a highjboy of the shell pattern, while Windsorand slat-back chairs are in evidence. Here the fire-placeis particularly good, as is the little closet which forms a
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From every point of view the old house presents a picturesque appearance central feature over-head. The low studof the house makesit very much morecosy, although onemisses the exposedrafters which arefound in so many oldhouses, for with theexception of the liv-ing-room, they areeither cased in orcovered with plaster.While this fact maymake the house moreattractive to thehouse owner who pre-fers a smooth ceiling,still there is a par- ticular fascination about these hand-hewn beams, showingthe mark of the axe, which appeals to the many lovers ofwhat is truly old. In the upper story another innovationhas been made in the building of an out-of-door sleeping-room, which has been introduced on the slope of the lean-to over the enclosed veranda. This room has hammockson either side, leaving a wide space in the middle for chairs.The house is typical of an old-time farmhouse in whichoriginal lines have been carefully preserved. Situated in asheltered valley, where high winds do not sweep acros
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