Miss Paper Doll: Living room furniture (1911)

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Living room furniture for Miss Paper Doll

The furniture for Miss Paper Doll’s living room is being published today. This is the third set of furniture which has been published to furnish Miss Paper Doll’s box apartment. If you made the box apartment which was described in the Junior several weeks ago, you have an apartment of six rooms made from a box 24 inches long by 14 inches wide, divided into rooms of equal size by one long and two crosswise partitions.

There is a window cut in each and doorways opening, from one room to another. If you did not make the apartment when it was first described, you may make one now, as there are still two numbers of the furniture to be published after today’s issue.

In making today’s furniture, first color all the pieces in the tones that you wish before cutting them out. Water color paints or crayons are either of them suitable for coloring.

The long decorative strips that you see in the illustration are the frieze for the top of the walls. If you have already made the apartment according to directions, the walls of all the rooms have been colored in neutral tints of gray, tan or ivory, with which any color frieze will go nicely. You may select any color that you prefer for the room, but it is well to use not more than two shades. A very pretty room can be made by coloring the furniture dark green, the cushions for the chairs a pretty tone of violet and the friese with a green background and violet flowers. The pictures may have black frames. The piano should be in mahogany color.

If you do not like green and violet as a color harmony, a good combination for a living room is brown and red, the furniture in a dark brown stained wood and the rugs and upholstery in a warm tone of red. You may make a red paper cover for the table or a scarf to go over the top of the piano.

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The living room and the library, the furniture for which will be published next week, instead of being connected with each other by the ordinary doorways which connect the other rooms, may have a wide double doorway connecting them, as was shown in the original plans for the apartment. If you arrange the rooms in this fashion, you may have paper portieres in the color of the room hanging at the double doorway.

After you have finished coloring the furniture, cut out all but the frieze and the pictures and paste the pieces on stiff letter paper. The frieze and the pictures are not to be mounted on stiff paper, because they are to be pasted on the walls. After each piece of furniture has been mounted on letter paper and is quite dry, finish cutting it out carefully. The small, slits will be more easily cut with a knife. Cut all dotted lines and fold at arrowheads. Cut openings at points marked X and insert tabs and paste them down. You must be very careful not to use too much mucilage, as it will spread and spoil the looks of the furniture.

After the furniture has been made and placed in the living room and the frieze put up around the top of the room, the pictures may be pasted in wherever they look most attractive.

A rug for tlie floor may be made of a square or an oval of colored paper pasted down. Dark green wall paper is good for this purpose if the room is to be colored green and violet. The floor should bo colored in a dark tone around the edges as a border, and the rug should reach as fur as the border. If you prefer, you may make a rug of two strips of paper braided in a check pattern.

The windows of the room, if you have made the apartment as suggested, are already finished, but if you did not, you may drape the windows in white tissue paper or you may make a straight curtain of the tissue paper, and inside that use long curtains of colored tissue paper to match the room.

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