The Decoration of Houses

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Edith Wharton

Narrated By: Grace Conlin

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: February 2014

Duration: 5 hours 52 minutes

Summary:

One of the classic works on interior decoration, Edith Wharton’s The Decoration of Houses offers a comprehensive look at the history and character of turn-of-the-century interior design. Cowritten with architect Ogden Codman, Jr., this invaluable reference provides us with numerous keen and practical axioms for house design, such as (1) The better the house, the less need for curtains, and (2) the height of a well-proportioned doorway should be twice its width.

In the words of John Barrington Bayley, President of Classical America, “this book has charm. The Decoration of Houses brings to mind the pictures of Walter Gay: There are the reflections in looking-glasses, and on parquet, and the garnitures of chimney-pieces, boiseriers, the odor of wax; outside the tall glazed doors there is a sunny silent terrace, we are now at Mrs. Wharton’s Pavillon Colombe—a well laid out parterre, a rose garden, and an orchard of Reinette apples and luscious double cherries.”

“The practical advice, with its emphasis on simplicity, still has a wide application. A book with enduring appeal.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Decoration of Houses

by Edith Wharton

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Decoration of Houses, Edith Wharton