The decoration of houses dover architecture edith wharton ogden codman jr on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers thousands of books on interior design have come and gone since the 1897 publication of this pioneering manual. The decoration of houses a manual of interior design written by edith wharton with architect ogden codman was first published in 1897 in the book the authors denounce victorian style interior decoration and interior design especially rooms decorated with heavy window curtains victorian bric a brac and overstuffed furniture they argue . Edith whartons the decoration of houses is an invaluable reference one of the classic works on interior decoration and a testament to the enduring style of one of americas greatest writers written in collaboration with celebrated american architect ogden codman jr whartons first book is a comprehensive look at the history and character of turn of the century inter. The decoration of houses was a manual that changed the way americans viewed the decor and use of rooms in their homes it criticized the heavy overstuffed opulence of victorian decor and suggested that space to move through a room be considered as part of the plan and design wharton and codman present space as an element of beauty to be enjoyed as a comfort rather than an area that needs to . The subject of the talk was whether the decoration of houses now nearly 120 years old still had any relevancy in the age of ikeathe general conclusion was a qualified yes wharton and
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