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The Legacy Of Edith Wharton’s The Decoration Of Houses

The Legacy Of Edith Wharton’s The Decoration Of Houses The Legacy Of Edith Wharton’s The Decoration Of Houses

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I didn’t realize that Edith Wharton was well-versed in architecture and decoration until visiting her home, The Mount, and learning that it was mostly all her own design. I was prompted out of curiosity to read her book.

I was prepared for it to be dull, but found it to be anything but. She brings up many key decorating points that really make you think; right down to her definition of decorating, which is somewhat different than what we know it to be today.

You do have to sort of translate her writing as you read along since the text comes across as highfalutin but hey, it’s educated 19th-century-speak and it IS Edith Wharton. Most of her references are at a level that is mostly unknown to us today: drawing rooms, boudoirs, and such.

However, her observations and comments continue to be spot-on, and every now and then she plants a zinger that truly makes you chuckle. Once you realize that Edith Wharton’s decorous references are from another time and social level, you just have to pare them down a bit and you’ll find that the precepts make complete sense and are still relevant to any period.

Interesting read but without the pictures referenced throughout in the ebook edition, you are left hanging…. That said, it is a classic review of decorating style.

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The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Lenox, Massachusetts, estate, designed in collaboration with architect Ogden Codman Jr. in 1902.

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The subject of the talk was whether The Decoration of Houses, now nearly 120 years old, still had any relevancy in the Age of IKEA. The general conclusion was a qualified “yes.” Wharton and Codman’s book does have drawbacks, we all agreed. Its tone can be superior and schoolmarmish. Its photographs are black-and-white, which many people today cannot abide in a book about interior design. Its examples of good taste are invariably the ballrooms, antechambers, staircases, and other grandiose spaces in European palaces and villas—not exactly what today’s average homeowner finds particularly inspirational. Perhaps most damning, The Decoration of Houses is devoid of how-to projects and idiotproof color schemes. So why do Moss, Metcalf, Wilson, and I revere this relic of late-Victorian days? (Which, it was quickly pointed out, is still in print.) Well, because practicality and common sense are never out of fashion.

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I loved reading this book; it’s about an age when homes were lived in instead of places that you park your BMW between commutes. I bought it hoping for insights into how to design a home to make it comfortable and it fulfilled that matter exceptionally well.

It provides design guidance for the layouts of all the basic elements of a home: walls; doors; windows; fireplaces; ceilings; floors; halls; stairs. You’ll have to convert the chapters on Drawing-rooms, Boudoirs, Ball rooms, and Morning Rooms to our modern names, but some of them aren’t applicable to today’s smaller homes anyway.

And, I’m thinking that maybe we need some of those rooms again now too. This is a design book – not a construction how-to book. Be assured that even though the lessons and photographs are derived from traditional architecture it’s really about American Architecture.

If novelist Edith Wharton and architect Ogden Codman Jr. had published their scholarly book, “The Decoration of Houses,” today rather than 110 years ago, no doubt it would be a sumptuous coffee-table tome filled with glossy colored photos. But black-and-white sufficed nicely for this influential classic about architecture and design, which has just been faithfully reproduced from the original (Rizzoli and the Mount Press, $35). — The Salinas Californian – Salinas Ca. May 29, 2007″Rizzoli has returned this classic 1897 work to print in a beautifully produced facsimile edition, but despite the period charm, it deserves to be read as something more than a period piece.” — Art & Antiques Here’s a trivia question: What was Edith Wharton’s first book? If you said The Decoration of Houses, you get a gold star.Originally published in 1897, Wharton’s best-selling dissertation on interior esign was reproduced and re-released last month by Rizzoli. What a beautiful, if anachronistic, volume. I love Wharton’s keen insights… A must for fans of Edith Wharton and Victoriana. — Palm Beach Illustrated, June 2007Most fans of lean, mid-century modern sofas, bark cloth draperies, and kidney-shaped coffee tables grew up with French provincial bedroom sets or baggy shabby-chic slipcovers As soon as children know enough to loathe their parents’ terrible taste, they long for something completely different… The 1897 interior design classic The Decoration of Houses, now available from Rizzoli as a handsome facsimile, works on the same principle. Coauthors Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman Jr. skewered the design they’d inherited with the convivial savagery of confidants talking trash about other peoples’ taste, which indeed they were. — Preservation March April 2007

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The original book is excellent——however,this edition is atrocious. The Look Inside display says it is of the hardcover, and I expected the paperback to have the same contents.It nowhere resembles the original or later excellent reprints–three columns per page with minuscule type and no photos or illustrations.

Quite a travesty.Buy a good used edition or one of the older available quality reprints.This has been trashed; it is beneath being inflicted on Goodwill or other groups that take book donations. It is unworthy of the cat’s litter box–he would be insulted and refuse to use the box.

Shame on the publishers and on Amazon for not issuing a caveat that the Look Inside not only is of the hardback, but that the entire textual format is different and also that illustrations are missing.

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Edith Wharton’s The Decoration of Houses is an invaluable reference, one of the classic works on interior decoration, and a testament to the enduring style of one of America’s greatest writers. Written in collaboration with celebrated American architect Ogden Codman, Jr.

, Wharton’s first book is a comprehensive look at the history and character of turn-of-the-century interior design, moving from historical traditions to the distinctive styles of contemporary taste. Published in association with the Mount Press, this beautiful hardcover facsimile is carefully reproduced from the first edition published in 1897 and includes all 56 original plates-illustrating furniture, moldings, and interior styles of the 19th-century-and features décollage edges as well as a new introduction from renowned scholar Richard Guy Wilson.

The Mount is a magnificent estate Edith Wharton designed and built in 1902 as a writer’s retreat in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts.

5.0 out of 5 starsDespite the elegant cover photo this is a practical design book on making an American home comfortable and livable

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The Decoration of Houses* is like the King James Version of the Bible. Thousands of interior design books have come and gone since, but most, I would argue, merely repackage Wharton and Codman’s lessons in brighter colors and snappier prose.

Today we all know, to a degree, that pleasingly proportioned rooms inspire, almost magically, a sense of calm. That it is best, when on a budget, to invest in comfortable chairs and sofas rather than flashy knickknacks.

That we should build and decorate houses based on our individual needs rather than popular trends. (Not for nothing was Wharton born a Jones, a New York society family whose indulgences, architectural and otherwise, reportedly led to the coining of the phrase “keeping up with the Joneses.


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The text of this book is interesting, if antiquated in style. What would have made it far more interesting and easy to follow would have been the addition of the plates/images clearly listed in the contents.

There are ZERO images in my kindle edition, and I’m confused as to why…

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Hundreds of interior design books are published every year, from nitty-gritty how-to guides to lavish volumes that are the publishing world’s answer to lifetime achievement awards. But they all owe their existence to a pioneering guide that was all the rage in 1897: The Decoration of Houses, written by Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman Jr.

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A stunning facsimile of the first edition of The Decoration of Houses, a timeless classic of interior design writing by America’s greatest female novelist.

Such advice, and so much more in Wharton and Codman’s pages, seems so basic, so obvious. But it wasn’t in 1897, when many wealthy individuals, the target of the barbed arrow that is The Decoration of Houses, were doing all they could to build opulent houses glittering enough to do justice to the Gilded Age. Wharton and Codman wanted to educate the rich, to challenge them to build beautiful, practical, and pleasing residences whose details, from meaningful moldings to efficient floor plans to well-made, well-mannered furniture, would trickle down into every neighborhood in America in one form or another.

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This is shown with only Ogden Codman Jr’s name as author, but it was written by Edith Wharton. Miss Wharton was the epitome of high class in her time, and I read this book with great interest. She staged the homes in her novels with these principles in mind.

I learned a great deal about the implications for the American aristocracy she so well writes about in her other books. She describes the surroundings, and thus the shape of the world in which her characters live.

I believe anyone choosing to write a story laid in the time of Miss Wharton, should study (not simply read) this book. Additionally, I know Edith Wharton loved the Italian countryside, gardens, and villas.

So that is my next such book by her…..before I tackle her novels.My version of this title is the e-book on my Kindle. I enjoyed the illustrations, which were reproduced from the very old originals of the printed volume.

Photography has come a long way since these pictures were taken, but I appreciate the information they contain. If you like Wharton’s novels, you can gain insight to her world by reading this book.

This book is almost worthless and certainly ugly. For a book whose subject is appearances, it fails completely as the photos are blurred and often indecipherable. The font is probably that of the original book so could not be changed, but it is unlovely.

This purchase was a waste of money.

This book is a historical jewel of the archives of the balance between architecture and interior design / decoration. The approach is dated, of course, but it still sets the parameters and rules for the arrangement of rooms and their decoration.

It is still in print for a reason.

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Comment: Hardcover with dust jacket. Minor edge wear, bumps and smudging. Good reading copy. All purchases support the Denver Public Library.

They were, of course, being irrationally optimistic—our time is as plagued with domestic horrors as was the 1890s. That said, sound advice has timeless value, which is why the book’s commandments, suggestions, and observations remain insightful and inspiring, whether your taste is ancien régime or ultramodern. After all, as Wharton and Codman wrote in their introduction, “Architecture and decoration, having wandered since 1800 in a labyrinth of dubious eclecticism, can be set right only by a close study of the best models.” Who would disagree with that?

Hardcover: 328 pages Publisher: Rizzoli; Facsimile edition (March 27, 2007) Language: English ISBN-10: 0847829162 ISBN-13: 978-0847829163 Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds Average Customer Review: 3.

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Wharton, at the time, was a 30-something Manhattan society matron with a keen interest in architecture and interior design, rather than the Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist she would become. Codman was a blue-blooded architect, one year her junior, with whom Wharton and her husband were remodeling a summer place in Newport, Rhode Island. Poor taste and vulgarity of all kinds reigned in that New England resort town, thanks to an influx of Vanderbilts and other newly moneyed clans anxious to put their lucre to conspicuous use, so much so that Wharton and Codman decided to write a book about how to build and decorate houses with nobility, grace, and timelessness. It would, they hoped, lead its readers out of what Wharton called (pace the Vanderbilts) a “Thermopylae of bad taste” and into an aesthetic Promised Land.

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Today, however, not many people read the 198–page book. But last week I was delighted to participate in a panel discussion about it at the New York School of Interior Design. The talk was sponsored by the Mount, a historic house museum in Lenox, Massachusetts, that was once Wharton’s country residence and, like the book, was another Wharton-Codman collaboration, at least at first. (The persnickety pair’s relationship eventually proved combustible, so the architect ended up losing the job to a less-volatile competitor.) Architectural historian, University of Virginia professor, and Wharton expert Richard Guy Wilson was the moderator, and my co-panelists were the interior designer Charlotte Moss and writer/decorator Pauline C. Metcalf.

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