How to Furnish Old American Houses Author:Henry L Williams and Ottalie K. Williams This book tells you how to recapture the charm of an Old American setting in your home. More than 100 photographs and scores of drawings show effective room arrangements and individual pieces for every type of formal and informal Colonial scheme. An entire section is devoted to wallpapers, rugs, draperies, clocks and bric-a-brac. Other sectio... more »ns deal with identifying furniture periods, grouping them successfully, budget planning, antiques vs. copies, and hundreds of other valuable decorating hints.« less
Written before the advent of modern decorating magazines, this book has no colorful slick photographs, but it does have plenty of black and white photos and drawings to go along with its text packed full of information about historical home styles and interiors. The authors know their subject well. Background is given of styles, periods, and pieces. This book is useful for the home owner who wants to decorate in a more authentic style or even for the museum employee who wants to reproduce a certain period in time.
Some people may find the book tedious reading because of the lack of colorful photographic examples, but I found the supplied information so much more thorough and authentic than what is found in modern books that I believe if you are serious about a certain historical look, you ought to give this book a try.