Heavy Front Door and Distinctive Windows Bring Appreciation of Unusual

Ephemera Record: 1E-A3-E63

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Heavy Front Door and Distinctive Windows Bring Appreciation of Unusual
  • Crumb, Edith
  • Michigan State University Museum
This is part of Edith B Crumb's Quilt Club Corner column of the Detroit News. This particular column gives an in depth description of a Detroit home including room by room decoration schemes.
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Heavy Front Door and Distinctive Windows Bring Appreciation of Unusual
New materials enable architects and builders to accomplish results today that would have been impossible on construction in former generations when the principles of building were founded entirely on masonry and timber. The progress of building during the past decade or two has obligated practically every precedent in the use of materials and enabled architects to go beyond the every day utilization requirements of providing a place merely to live or work.

The style of architecture shown in todays house, which is classed as simplified modernistic or contemporary, has for some time been applied to office, utility and commercial building. The basis of this new style is really a new application of old materials combined with modern machine age materials and their assembly in rectangular, hexagonal and octagonal lines, which has been found equally applicable to residences.

There is appeal in the plan shown today. The sturdy brick and stucco walls and the massive chimney combined with the imposing front elevation and heavy front floor bring a swift appreciation of the unusual.

The spacious living room with its double exposure, has an attractive layout that permits a decorative stairway at one end, a cheery fireplace at the other. The wide plastered archway leading to the dining room, which is connected with the sun room by French doors, permits of the entire length of the house being used as one room it desired.

In addition to all this is the conveniently arranged kitchen closely connected and yet entirely separated from both the dining room and  breakfast nook. But perhaps even more attractive is the arrangement of the upstairs. Here  are found three bedrooms averaging more than the usual sized sleeping rooms found in houses of this dimension and each one has plenty of closet room. Another attractive feature is the large canvas covered deck which is so easily reached form the upstairs hallway.
Following is a decorative and furnishing scheme which might well be applied to this home which would be in keeping with the style of architecture and the layout of the house.

Living Room: Woodwork to be stained walnut and given a waxen finish, walls to be painted in a soft shade of sand, floor covering, deep blue Wilton, glass curtains, ecru French marquisette, over draperies deep blue ground cretonne with flora design in rich shade of yellow, orange, amethyst, green and a touch of dull rose, furniture, sofa, covered in denim and equipped with a slip covering of striped sunfast material in colors to harmonize with the drapery fabric wing chair in dark rose ground chintz, gate leg table approximately 30 inches across the top spinet desk with three tier hanging shelf above it- single Windsor chair, pair of small end tables, armchair with seat an back in taupe ground tapestry ( the seams being piped with blue velvet) wrought iron bridge lamp with black base and shade of yellow ground flowered chintz, bound top and bottom with plain blue chintz table lamp with blue water bottle base and shade of plain parchment yellow small lamp for end tables to have yellow bases and paper shades decorated with old time flower prints, over mantel decorations to be an etching in walnut frame, each end of the mantel to have a brass candelabrum and center to have a bronze and marble decorative jar or box; electric fixtures to be equipped with shades of plain parchment.

Dining Room: Woodwork like that in the living room: walls, tinted a pale shade of yellow, floor covering, beige Wilton, glass curtains, like those in the living room, oyster draperies yellow ground chintz or cretonne trimmed with bands of plain blue chintz or sateen furniture, walnut and to consist of oblong extension table, five single chairs and one armchair, buffet and serving table. The chairs may be covered with blue and gold amour and the electric fixtures equipped with shades to match those in the living room.

Sun Room: Decorated in Saxon green, glass curtains gold voile floor covering, black and cream marbled linoleum furniture orange trimmed with black cushions covered in green ground cretonne. The furniture may consist of settee, two armchairs, one single chair, small table and circular table about 30 inches in diameter.

Kitchen: woodwork, medium blue trimmed with touch of black, walls yellow floor covering black and cream checked linoleum, curtains yellow organdie trimmed with blue binding, , furniture blue trimmed with black.
The bedrooms can be finished in any color schemes that will harmonize with the downstairs and appeal to the fancy of the occupants. 


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