Chicago. Montgomery Ward. 1960.
Booklet, color illustrations, loose sheet of Furniture Cutouts and graph paper in rear pocket, unpaginated, 11 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches, color pictorial stiff paper wrappers. Very good, clean condition. An illustrated booklet with short chapters covering a variety of home decorating topics; these include Theme ("each room should state its overall intent--such as, this room is colorful"); color scheme ("start with your favorite color"); floor plan ("architectural features and faults"); Budget ("It is a good plan to buy a few really good pieces"); etc. Sections on Style ("Contemporary," "Today's Traditional," and "Colonial") provide details pertaining to furniture and accessories. Linked to a photo of a room furnished in one of these styles is a column entitled "Typicals" which lists Fabrics, Floor Coverings, Furniture Finishes, Accessories, etc., associated with each style. Brief discussions of Kitchen Planning and Bathroom Planning bring the booklet to a close. In a pocket on the interior of the rear cover is a printed grid (1/4 inch = 1 ft) and a page of perforated furniture cutouts (beds, tables, sofas, chairs etc.) drawn to the scale of the grid. The parameters of a room can be drawn on the grid and the furniture cutouts pushed around until a suitable design is achieved. Endless fun. Overall, a cheerful booklet in very good condition that fails to address the thorny issue of lampshades. Item #47366