The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin on August 2, 1959 · Page 19
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The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin · Page 19

Racine, Wisconsin
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Sunday, August 2, 1959
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niect More Formal Note into Decor By Kay Sherwood INRA 3tkf( WriUri With all the beautiful home urnishings of today, speculation becomes pleasant on how you might redecorate — if you had the time and money. After years of growing children and their sl^m-bang in- ormality, many homemakers think of injecting a mor« for mat note into the decor, at east in the living room. Makeshift arrangements can outgrow their charm and usefulness. Instead of homemade book .shelves, the homemaker Combined Kitchen-Dining Area Boasts Country Look The need for more living space is a problem in many a home today. Here 's one solution: open out one room, so it serves the functions of two. Because this old home has a sturdy back shed, it was possible to remodel, making use of wasted space. The shed was brought into the living quarters by breaking through the rear wall of the kitchen. Rough-hewn Walls Decoration for the room was inspired by ceiling of the shed area. A!heirloom chest with row upon combination kitchen - dininKJrow of drawers blends neatly might really want well built bookcases. Instead of simplicity, which is practical and easily maintained when time is precious to a young mother, she might wish for more dust- catching architectural details, moldings and trimmings. Emphasis Shifts Unless we misread all the signs, there will be more emphasis on the formal and more sophisticated approach by designers of Interiors and furnishings. But the casual touch won't be lacking for those who prefer it. It 's just that you can find furnishings of a more formal nature without having them custom-made or even forking over a king's ransom. The new tall, thin storage pieces sometimes take on an architectural feeling with arched tops, carved moldings and the look of being solidly based on the floor. This look extends to chairs, too, there being a number of this kind with high backs and exposed wood frames, comfortably up bolstered but not squashy soft or loungy. These are the chairs in which area seemed the best answer to the family needs, and separating the enlarged room with new a projecting fireplace-storage the! wall gave the dining area a spe- rough-hewn walls and sloping|cial coziness. It also provided space for a "utility section" Popular Decorator Colors Are Neighbors in Rainbow This season's new color combinations in home decorating are neighbors in the rainbow— red -orange-yellow, green-blue, or blue-violet. You don't match colors thiSi year—you blend them. Such blending color families •re being used in dress materials. Now you'll find them in all home furnishings materials, too — in draperies and rugs, even in flowered sheets and dish towels. Decorating is easy when you use one of these color families and other close shades to color scheme an entire room. Modem Touch with the Swedish modern dining table and chairs. Accessories like the log basket and wooden spoon collection add a finishing accent to the"coun- Iry look." The floor, which is linoleum, containing a combination wash-! s u g g e si s weathered white er-dryer, lavatory, sewing cor-J brick, ncr and broom closets. While the fireplace was con- Clear,, bright colors are the latest news in rugs. Blues, copper, gold, amethyst and ruby red are some of the high fash- ton colors that lend the modern touch. A violet carpet, for example, gives exactly the right •mount of warmth to a Dresden blue room. The red-orange-yellow family adds drama to the decorating scheme. Such colors are especially valuable for sparsely furnished rooms or summer cottages, where bright color •lone can seem to furnish an almost empty room or open hallway. Blue, aqua, and green sparkle with the freshness of the sea when used together In a room. White accents tie these rainbow-neighbors together. Imaginative use of color can make paint a big bargain. With only a gallon you can restyle a medium size room In a smart new hue. Lacquered Furniture Lacquered furniture is a very versatile decorating help in the new schemes. It can be used fashionably to accent natural woods with painted wood.s— dining chairs or a coffee table. Lacquered furniture is economical, too, because colored pieces can be added to tlie furniture'; you already have. The biggest surprise in doc- orating is the revival of stainv^d glass. The leaded "art glass" in Grandmother's hallway is reflected today in the new related colors — in unbreakable plastic that's used for lamp shades and sparkling divider panels. sidered sheer luxury, the family found it too appealing to resist.'!) i i ni i Its slate hearth is the real ' '"O'eCfS rianTS ' social center" of the room— a place to broil steaks, crisp marshmallows. or just relax. Accessories The weather-worn look of the shed ceiling contrasts pleasantly with the walls. Al left, an Anfique Pieces Lead New Life Separates Show Style Personality Bay Window Is Challenge in Curtaining Bay windows may add light, air and interest to a room. But they're not always easy to cur tain. You can take advantage of i large bay window and use it as a point of interest in planning your room, suggests Gertrude iHloffmann, home furnishings specialist at the University of Wisconsin. View Center your furniture groupings around it to take advant age of the view. You might choose draperies in a pattern that can set the color scheme for the entire room. Then pick up the background of the drapes for the wall color and use the brighter colors in the pattern for bits of accent in the room. If the bay has a view you want to shut out, the pulled draperies serve as a good back ground for an interesting furni lure arrangement. It's best to treat the windows of a bay as one large unit rather than curtaining each window separately. Sometimes a valance or cornice board will help tie the area together. Usually the curtaining works best on a curved rod, but it may be hung from the wall or right amount. ceiling, or it can pull from Plants need occasional either one or two sides to give showers even when their roots|vanety and .get privacy. Proper Watering Water is expensive, but a nickel still buys enough water to protect a plant worth much more—if the water is applied at the right time and in the ACCENT LAMP —This imaginative ftccent lamp suspends four tulip-shaped light cups on a semi-circular stand. It is designed for placement on a buffet, cabinet or shelf. The light cups, made of Swedish glass, have a brown linear pattern that harmonizes with the open walnut and brass stand. Height of the lamp is 24 inches. That old furniture In Grandma's attic can be made modern and useful with only a few deft touches. The round oak dining table can t>ecome a double-duty piece when it's cut down to coffee-table size. You can use it as a decorative table and for serving. Simply add pie-shape cushions, and you have a hassock for extra seating space. Inexpensive paint and fabric can "pretty up" Victorian furni ture. Re-upholster old chairs and sofas with bright corduroy or plaid denim for a gay. modern touch. Tlic wliimsy tiial we expect to sec on tiie college campus is usually concocted out of sop arates. Co-ordinated in fabric and color, these skirts and shirts, jackets and pants, pullovers and ponchos, sweaters and blazers provide endless ways to vary the wardrobe. Best of all, the manner in which they are worn is very personal and permits the college girl to create her own fashion personality. This season, St. Louis designers report, the sweater and skirt done in new colors and in new fabrics is a No. 1 choice, and the manner in which the designers have chosen to trim the sweater with the fabric of the skirt provides an easy way to create the planned-to-go-together look. The jumper top and the bulky pull-over are rivals for favorite place. are moist. They will also look better and grow better if you keep dust and grime off their leaves. A hard, sharp spray is useful for controlling red- spiders and other pests. Repeat daily until no new webs are formed on the leaves. Most plants wilt or droop, or give some other signal when they need water. However, evergreens don't have this ability. To be sure your evergreens get enough moisture, water them when nearby shrubs give evidence of need. Wasteful run-off of water can be controlled by making a basin around young trees. Double Rods If the daytime light is so strong that you feel the need lo soften it use double rods and hang a sheer curtain under draperies. But consider the cost of this amount of curtaining and the care It will mean to keep these curtains fresh. If the structural lines of the bay aren't what you'd like, treat with a full sheer or a cafe curtain in the color of the walls so the window will be rather inconspicuous. This will give some privacy yet not draw attention to the window itself. Cleaning Prolongs Upholstery's Life you 're supposed to sit up straight. You would be hard put to hook a leg casually over the arm. 'Lofty* Styling This lean and lofty styling Is often balanced in • room by chests on raised bases, and by ong sofas, A good example of this approach is a model room raco- rated by Charles Halght, who used in it furniture he designed. The furniture has a classical quality that traces its design nspiration to several sources such as Empire and Regency. It is, however, contemporary in scaling and planning. Tall arched bookcases, for example, n a rich mahogany and myrtle will fill the wall gap beside a window or flank an entry. Carpathian elm burl and other unusual woods are used to give great decorative interest to tables. Subtly colored finishes are used for contrast in some accent pieces. Colors For the room he decorated, Haight chose a color scheme of curry, black and ivory. Tall backed chairs and a long sofa are covered in curry leather which is a perfect foil for the rich honey browns of the woods in tables and frames. Black leather tops the end tables. Silk-screen printed in a gold mille fleurs design, makes a handsome valance for cotton draperies in a curry and black print. Marbleized wall paper in the curry shade is used to line the bookcases and on"one wall where a formal arrangement of twin barometers and a portrait hang above the sofa. For all its air of dignity, the room is not a fussy maintenance problem. Upholstery leather is washable with mild soap. Polished woods are easily dusted and the waxed oak parquet flooring is easily mopped. One Boot Purchase evergreens, and shrubbery :LgO(/$ tO Another growmg m lawn areas. Mulch-' ing will also cut water requirements by at least a third— enough to pay for itself several times in a hot, dry summer. The best lawn grasses become dormant under drouth conditions, but will recover quickly when they get an inch of water every 7 to 10 days. NEW YORK — A recent survey shows that boating is be coming so popular that one out of every five persons who bought a boat in 1958 already had one or more boats. Your living room furniture is getting harder use today than it did ten years ago. Television is responsible. Professional furniture cleaners say they can go into a home and tell exactly where the head of the house sits. His outline is on the sofa. The best way to keep your furniture looking nice and to prolong its life is to keep it clean. The Home Furnishings Industry Committee advises brushing or vacuuming it at least once a week. Remember, if there Is dust on your coffee table, there is dust on your sofa. It won't hurt the table, but it can become imbedded in the fabric and eventually discolor it. Remove spots promptly. Your upholstery and carpet cleaner probably will be able to give a book that will cover minor emergencies. In case of a .serious spill, call your cleaner. Be cautious about getting upholstery wet. Your furniture may have a filler that will "bleed" through the fabric. Clean light-colored furniture when it starts to "shade off." Chairs and sofas in a city probably need cleaning every six to twelve months. In a non-industrial area cleaning is not necessary so often. A simple black crepe sheath is a wardrobe must for the late summer. It helps to bridge that gap from cottons to early fall woolens. Look Your Best! Reg. $15.00 $795 Cold Wave * Machine Wave up All Pcrmancnts Include RccondltlonlnR Shampoo. Haircut and Style. 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