Fish Dishes that are Appetizing

Cosy Corners for Many Moods

F. L. DEN. SCOTT March 15 1931
Fish Dishes that are Appetizing

Cosy Corners for Many Moods

F. L. DEN. SCOTT March 15 1931

Cosy Corners for Many Moods


THE settings which are chosen for leisure hours and moments of relaxation reveal more vividly and accurately than any others the tastes and personality of the occupant. With the possible exception of a boudoir or a man’s study, no other part of the house is so definitely personal. The boudoir or study is usually for one person only, is created for one purpose, and is uncomplicated by public intrusion, so to speak. As these rooms are usually treated as private and free from disturbance, they are a reflection of one particular mood, rather than a background for many.

When we come to creating little corners for many moods, however, an altogether different set of conditions exist. First, there is the possibility that we shall share these |_ periods of leisure with our family, with friends or a friend, with acquaintances, or perhaps be alone.

Then there are many needs to consider. Will it be as a place in which to read, sew or chat that this will be used; or for letter writing or pursuing one of many hobbies, collecting butterflies, mounting photographs, etc?

stamps, coins, All these needs must be considered, as well as the very important fact that, however necessary it may be to treat this as an isolated corner, it must nevertheless be an integral part of the scheme of the room as a whole. Nothing is more disastrous to the decorative harmony of any room than an effect of several unrelated groups which seem to float without relation to each other in an empty space.

A very charging room can be made by a careful and well-placed distribution of several individual groups, all of which harmonize and each of which contributes to the whole. An excellent method of checking up on this is to consider the room being used for a fairly large and friendly gathering.

Is the tendency to split up into little cliques, or is it possible for everyone to be included in the general conversation? Is anyone sitting with his back to another member of the party? If this is so then the arrangement must be changed, for in such a setting few gatherings are a success, nor is it pleasant for the isolated member or members. In a room where the chesterfield or piano is at one end and a few chairs and tables at the other, especially if a hearth happens to be between, this tendency to break up must be very carefully watched. An easy chair, if the piano happens to be a grand, may be placed in the bow, and an end table so put as to create a feeling of

comfort and ease. One may also place chairs and other pieces in the centre and so join the ends of the room and prevent that end-heaviness which is so often met with in a long room.

Well-Balanced Grouping

A FIREPLACE is of course a charming feature around which to build up any group. In the illustration shown, the pieces are placed in a somewhat symmetrical arrangement. The chesterfield in this room was almost directly opposite the fireplace. If the room was to be used for a crowd, the chairs were turned back slightly so as to be set in a more diagonal position. Thus, with no trouble at all, this little fireside retreat was easily incorporated into the whole.

Color adds to the charm of the setting. In this case the green rug was relieved by oyster-colored woodwork. The draperies of printed linen were burnt sienna, green and brown on a natural ground. The bronze base to the lamp, fireside appointments and lighting fixtures, together with the ruddy glow of the fire, followed the general color chord. Pottery of a bright color with green foliage added life to the quiet of the woodwork and wall. A parchment-colored shade on the lamp, the gleaming patina of the end table, and the rich color of the book bindings gave to this ensemble an atmosphere of charm and livability which the lovely tones of the furniture cover in tan green and brown accented.

the corner group' ings is essential to the success of any decorative scheme

SJ{ilful handling of

When planning a room, or adding a group to an already half-furnished room, one thing will be found very helpful. Always consider the other decorative assets of the scheme as well as the actual pieces of furniture. Notice how the draperies and lamps may be used as a lead from one group to another. This can be aided by the furniture covers, which in this case are as follows: The chesterfield and chair were covered alike, thus carrying the color across the room, while the odd chair was featured as a contrasting piece.

A desk and chair, a lamp and cabinet are shown. This cabinet housed a collection of coins in the shallow drawers. The chair, lacquered in green and gold, the Queen Anne desk with Chinese lacquer embellishments on the side panels, carried the color down, and this formed a link between the floor and the drapery and wall. Note how well balanced was this scheme.

The background of the drapery and wall harmonizes. The green of the drapery and floor was connected by the color of the furniture. The lovely lines of the furniture made it possible to dispense with materials on the furniture. It is rare to have a successful group in which all the furniture is wood without the relief of any fabrics. This is an outstanding exception. The flowers always add a touch of grace and color.

Pictures are an integral part of any group. Rooms

have been known to be built entirely around a picture. The flowers and picture and draperies are all in keeping with the scheme, and create a feeling of colorful completeness. This is the hallmark of any successfully planned interior.

Small Pieces

'“THE judicious introduction of small accessory pieces is a decorative necessity if any ensemble is going to have a feeling of livableness and is intended to express personality and charm. Not only do they add materially to comfort and convenience but they lend a suggestion of glamor. There Ls a formal bleakness about a chair placed by itself without a table of some kind or other beside it, whether it be the conventional end table or coffee table, sewing cabinet or combination tables such as the Essex table, or some of those little tables so beloved in the Louis XV era, in which every need 1 seems to have been considered. A smoker or occasional table on w'hich may be placed smoking requisites, books and so on, give the feeling that the place is used and lived in, that it is not just an elaborately planned arrangement set out to impress the eyes of the beholder where one must be very careful as to how he sits down, lest the effect be spoiled. Nothing | is so unfortunate as a room with this atmosphere. The judicious placing of such intimate piecas as have been outlined, in natural and handy positions, will cause the various groups to radiate an aura of ease and welcome, and suggests that the home in which it is to be found is one in which we are sure of a hospitable reception and whose owner understands and appreciates the art of good living.

Books always give interest and vitality. In a corner, especially beside an easy chair, they have a cosy homelike feeling. From a practical standpoint, nothing is more to be desired than this. Within reach are all of our favorites and most likely those which we are planning to read in the immediate future. It is also admirable from a decorative standpoint, for everyone realizes how colorful and interesting is the effect of a well-filled bookcase in which the warm reds, yellows and I browns of the bindings mingle with odd I greens and blues. Somehow they never seem to clash; often, on the other hand, they result in a more harmonious scheme.

In the fireside corner above, the books seem to add to the effect by giving not only an agreeably homey look, but also they serve as an interesting link between the design of the draperies and the plainer chair and carpet.

Design is by no means unimportant. There are two main methods of employing designs, leaving out for the moment the compatability of the designs themselves. Either the background can be figured, with plain or at least much plainer accessory pieces, or the background can be plain with the design carried out in the various pieces around the room. Draperies are sometimes classed as background, j sometimes as features. Generally, especj ¡ally in a room with well-placed windows

and difficult wall spaces, they may be very successfully used as high spots of interest.


A^UCH of the character of a room will depend on the draperies, either in the fabric itself or in the manner employed. Whether the fabric is interesting in itself or serves a definite purpose in the color scheme, a simple method is probably as good as any. An excellent example where the interest of the design in the material and the beauty of the color are successfully featured, is in the small group, which consists of a table, chair, lamp and mirror. The design of the draperies is gently led away through the less outstanding pattern of the upholstery material into the plain green of the rug. It must be remembered that a small piece of brightly figured design balances the large expanse of a plain piece, in the same way that a bright orange bowl balances the large dark background of the wood surface on which it rests. The highly ornamental design of the chair back and table legs against the light plain wall is another example. This corner suggests a little more sophisticated

usage than the more informal lounging chair. It is admirable for the halfway place on a fairly large staircase, and would be a quite agreeable spot in which to relax on a sunny morning in spring for half an hour of reading by the window, which in all probability opens on to the back garden and, due to its eminence, commands a view of others.

The draperies from below and the mirror and lamp from above give a touch of life and elegance to what would otherwise be just a staircase. If there is only the one window in the hall, it is often a j good plan to use the same material for both the hall and living room, especially if both are visible at the same time, a condition which frequently exists in the homes of today.

When we are creating these intimate j corners, therefore, much thought and consideration must be used. Attention to the i details of the scheme, the designs, colors ¡ and compatability of the various pieces . used, must not be overshadowed by the desire for efficiency of arrangement. The ideal at which to aim is the creation of a setting admirable for its purpose as well as decorative and pleasing to the eye.