This is the first article in February of the School for Housewives 1904 series published on Feb 7, 1904.
School for Housewives – Porch Furnishings from Paris
The new French furnishings for the porch are a thorough-going innovation this year.
We seem to have revolted utterly from the ungainly rustic patterns of former summers, and the 1904 outfits are in every way dainty enough for an indoor apartment.
Rattan is the material commonly used. It comes in delicate shades never before dreamed of for the American veranda.
Pale lavender, pinks, blues or woven effects in a number of light tints vie with the pretty reds and greens to which we are better accustomed.
Some of the styles are “shaded”; that is, three or even more shades of green or blue occur in a single piece.
Willow furniture, too, has been greatly improved. So much so, in fact, that it is a possible rival of the new imported goods. It is especially pretty in green or red, either of which is always so chiming for piazza or lawn.
It is now possible to secure a hammock in silk or cord matching the tone of furniture, and in this way, with the assistance of pretty matting screens, to arrange a completely “matched” group of belongings.
In the matter of shape and “pieces” porch furnishings are becoming more and more promising with each season.
Where a few years ago the articles were limited to a few unpicturesque chairs and a tiff-looking lounge, the set of the present often includes a pretty reading table, tea table, flower stand, as well as a wicker chest or basket for golf sticks and debris of like nature.
Many of the latest tables and chairs are fitted out with capacious pockets intended to gather in the magazines and paper which, lying about loose, disfigure many an otherwise pretty porch.
Special wicker tea tables come for the veranda. They can be had n red, green or other tints to match different pieces of the piazza set.
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