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Home Decorations.

The rage for ephemeral prettiness is happily dying. No longer is it absolutely necessary to drape our pier glasses, even though they be gilt framed ones, with muslin; to swathe our chairs m muslin chairbacks, our flower pots with rag like pieces of pongee, our vases with neckties of some such flimsy material. We are advancing to the' solid age again—to the solid age, relieved by all that the revival of sestheticism has done for ii;. We do not have fluted green silk m our pianoforte fronts, but a strip of brocade, a panel decorated m gesso, or wood carving. But we do stand the instrument away from the wall because it is heard to much greater advantage m such a position ; and we cover the ugly back with a curtain of chenille plush, tapestry brocade, art serge, or satin sheeting, not with any material so devoid of substance as muslin. Rosettes are fashionable now as they, were 25 years ago,,when delicate children wore them on pieces of ribbon over theijr ears to protect those organsi from the cold as well as on their hats. They arie used now not only m millinery £,nd dressmaking but m home decoration, so thai nothing looks better for a curtain tie-back than a piece of > the material of which the curtain is made, loosely folded, and finished where it fastens to the side hook with'a handsome'boss,'or rosette, ako of the same material, or of the plush or velvet of which the frieze or dado of the curtain may be made. A new idea m chair cushions is one which looks at first sight exactly like a mammoth tea cosy. It is made to fit over the back of a chair, sy that h^lf the cushion is at the back and half over th« front, where it forms a nice rest for the head and neck. It can be taken off from day to day and reversed, so as to wear both sides equally. The only advantage of it is that it does not slip down, but keeps firm under the head. Of course, a chair which has a back projection of the frame, on v hich a melon or ' roly poly ' head cushion can be tied with ribbon, may as well have such an adornment; but the new idea ia a happy one for the many easy chairs which are fully upholstered, and m which, when one sits to read with a loose cushion under one's head, there is a constant feeling of; slipperiness. These ' cosy' cushions should be stuffed with either down or feathers. The bolster or melon head cushion, which can be tightly stuffed, is best filled with a cotton fluff that the upholsterer sells under the name of ' millpuff." For toilet covers there is little new, but many housewives are using for the winter months art serge worked ailong the edges, with an over and over long stitch bone m flax thread, or stamped relve't, edged with small ball fringe. Either may be removed daily and well brushed ; and if a good green, an Indian blue, or terra cotta be used, the effect will not be sombre, but really novel and pretty. To any household where laundry expenses are an object to be considered, this fashion is a boon,. an,d an economical one.; , Brocade is being utilised m making many pretty things. Photograph frames, either standing or fplding, can be made lovely with scraps, of any beautiful brocade . that may be available, many cheap frames can be bought; some indeed of good shape may be had for a few pence, being covered only with paper of a pretty pattern. Yet they hayei cjuite a nice appearence when fresh—you would never guess what they really are made of—and as soon as the. papper gets dirty (which is not long in' happening) it can be' covered by the aid of gum with' a bit of fancy brocaded silk, and be m the height of fashion. Flower holders of bamboo are also covered either with brocade plush, or silk on which a-little embroidery has been boldy executed,, and are then things of beanty. j .

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Home Decorations., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2483, 5 August 1890

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Home Decorations. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2483, 5 August 1890