The Decoration of Houses

Edith WHARTON (1862 - 1937) and Ogden CODMAN, JR. (1863 - 1951)

The Decoration of Houses, a manual of interior design written by Edith Wharton with architect Ogden Codman, was first published in 1897. In the book, the authors denounced Victorian-style interior decoration and interior design, especially those rooms that were decorated with heavy window curtains, Victorian bric-a-brac and overstuffed furniture. They argued that such rooms emphasized upholstery at the expense of proper space planning and architectural design and were, therefore, uncomfortable and rarely used. Wharton and Codman advocated the creation of houses with rooms decorated with strong architectural wall and ceiling treatments, accentuated by well-suited furniture, rooms based on simple, classical design principles such as symmetry and proportion and a sense of architectural balance. The Decoration of Houses is considered a seminal work and its success led to the emergence of professional decorators working in the manner advocated by its authors. (Summary by Wikipedia)

Genre(s): Education, Reference

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Introduction Elizabeth Klett
00:07:47
Play 01 Chapter I: The Historical Tradition Elizabeth Klett
00:27:42
Play 02 Chapter II: Rooms in General timothyFR
00:24:20
Play 03 Chapter III: Walls Lucretia B.
00:45:39
Play 04 Chapter IV: Doors Sue Anderson
00:36:57
Play 05 Chapter V: Windows Jennifer Dorr
00:15:51
Play 06 Chapter VI: Fireplaces Elizabeth Klett
00:23:35
Play 07 Chapter VII: Ceilings and Floors Elizabeth Klett
00:24:09
Play 08 Chapter VIII: Entrance and Vestibule Lyn Silva
00:06:46
Play 09 Chapter IX: Hall and Stairs Elizabeth Klett
00:26:58
Play 10 Chapter X: The Drawing-Room, Boudoir, and Morning-Room Elizabeth Klett
00:19:13
Play 11 Chapter XI: Gala Rooms: Ball-Room, Saloon, Music-Room, and Gallery Elizabeth Klett
00:19:03
Play 12 Chapter XII: The Library, Smoking-Room, and "Den" Mudlark
00:15:47
Play 13 Chapter XIII: The Dining-Room Elizabeth Klett
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Play 14 Chapter XIV: Bedrooms Elizabeth Klett
00:20:04
Play 15 Chapter XV: The School-Room and Nurseries Lucretia B.
00:27:24
Play 16 Chapter XVI: Bric-a-Brac Elizabeth Klett
00:20:34
Play 17 Conclusion Elizabeth Klett
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