19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Thursday, May 7, 1914: Two rooms got put in order for today.
Ladies Home Journal (October, 1913)
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Yeah! It must be wonderful for the spring cleaning to be about finished and to have redecorated rooms with new wallpaper. One room that was redone was the sitting room; I’m not sure about the other room.
The October, 1913 issue of Ladies Home Journal had a fun article about decorating farmhouses:
Good Taste in the Farmhouse
In the living room above we have shown how successfully one family has solved the problem of a long narrow room. A few good pieces of furniture have been placed as apparently to reduce the length of the room; and well-proportioned rugs—one placed lengthwise and one at right angles to this—also tend to improve the appearance of the room.
The living room was once a kitchen in an old farmhouse. Only furniture of Colonial design should be used in a room of these architectural features, as the great open fireplace, the paneled woodwork, and the rough heavy ceiling beams bespeak that period.