19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Thursday, October 8, 1914: <no entry>
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Since Grandma didn’t write anything a hundred years ago today, I’ll share some “rules” there were in the October, 1914 issue of Ladies Home Journal about how to decorate rooms:
There are certain general rules that govern the furnishing of every room in the house, whether it be living-room, dining-room, or bedroom that is under consideration.
- Beginning with the floor, see that the covering for this is of a slightly darker color than that selected for walls.
- The colors used for your wall, of course, depend upon the amount of light admitted to the room and also upon the exposure. For a south light, which is in itself warm, choose cool colors, light greens and blues; on the other hand, for a north light select warm colors like tones of yellow and red.
- Do not use a decidedly figured paper in the same room that you used figured draperies. Figured draperies should be used only with plain paper.
- When your paper is figured, be careful not to put too many small pictures on your walls or the effect will be spotty.