The book is in very good vintage condition. Black boards with pink lettering on spine. Some rubbing to board corners and edges. Some markings on boards. Few light marks on text block. Interior is clean and unmarked. Normal aging of small circular brown discoloration on bottom of about twelve pages near the back of the book. (see pics). Book is tightly bound.
244 pages of decoration guidance with line cuts and halftone illustrations
Book Measurements: 9 – ¼” L x 7 – ¼” W x 1” D
This book is a valuable resource for those planning to decorate their homes. It takes you from the first chapter “How to Get Started” and guides the reader through decorating the various parts of a room in Part I and into Part II that discusses different types of room like kitchens and bedrooms. It ends by discussing special topics like hobby rooms and building your own home.
This book helps you get hands-on with decorating. Not only are there many graphics of halftone illustrations and other black and white drawings to explain the concepts, there are also scaled sketches of common residential furniture with explanation of how to use them as furniture templates at the back of the book. See the contents listed below for the exciting lineup of topics.
This is the more known collectible title compared to the even harder to find than Draper’s '365 Shortcuts to Home Decorating' (unless no longer available, also listed by this seller)
NOTES FROM THE PUBLISHER
Filled with tips, advice and anecdotes on decorating that still ring true today
•A must-have for fans and followers of both Dorothy Draper and Carleton Varney
An early reprint of the original book published in 1939 making this a collectible, unlike later versions.
An introduction by Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.
Amazingly, the book is still practical, amusing and inspirational.
Draper's earnest enthusiasm feels fresh and contemporary. She believed that though there were troubles in the world, one's home should be a refuge, a cheerful place for entertaining one's friends and a colorful and comfortable shelter from the storm.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
In her heyday, Dorothy Draper(1889-1969) was the most famous decorator in America. She had a monthly column in Good Housekeeping magazine and decorated luxury hotels such as the Greenbrier in West Virginia, along with restaurants, nightclubs, houses, apartment buildings, stores, and airplanes. She designed fabrics in the spirit of Brazil, Hawaii, and Spain. She understood the perils and pleasures of furnishing a home, and it was her uncanny understanding of human nature as much as her knowledge of scale, proportion, and color that made America trust her.
PREFACE BY MRS. THEODORE ROOSEVELT, JR.
1. HOW TO GET STARTED
A Decoration of Independence
Your Room in the Nude
Your Magic Wand
4. WALLS, DOORS, AND FIREPLACES
How to Make them Count
5. FLOOR COVERINGS AND CURTAINS
Rob Peter to Pay Paul
6. UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE
What Slip Covers Can Do for You
7. WOOD FURNITURE
Tricks of the Trade
8. LAMPS AND ACCESSORIES
They Make or Break Your Room
9. FRONT DOOR, HALL, AND LIVING ROOM
As Others See You
10. DINING ROOM AND KITCHEN
Eat and Be Merry
11. BEDROOMS AND BATHS
One Third of Your Life!
12. ROOMS FOR FUN
Give Your Hobby a Home
13. COOL IDEAS FOR SUMMER
Terraces, Awnings, and Other Heat Waivers
14. THE BRIDE AND DECORATION
Starting from Scratch
15. BEFORE YOU BUILD
How to Get the House You Want
A LIVING ROOM
How to Stretch Your Room with Mirror
Before and After
LIVING ROOM IN A REMODELED COUNTRY HOUSE:
Smart Accessories Rejuvenate an Old Room
DRAMATIC FRONT HALL:
Remodeled Inexpensively with Paint and Linoleum