Colorful curtains covered all the walls in this striped sitting room

Colorful curtains covered all the walls in this striped sitting room (1965)
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In this second floor (or parlor floor) hallway of a 1960s townhouse, wall hangings of tentlike stripes — which were elegantly French-pleated at regular intervals — hid the rough old walls of the hall.

Formerly an oversized landing passageway, this home’s hallway was converted into a bright striped sitting room, eminently usable as extra space for entertaining.

Anchored by tabs hooked over little L-shaped brackets of polished chrome, sturdy drapery fabric was held taut at its top hem by staples.

It hung straight from the high ceiling cornice to floor on three whole sides of the room (on the fourth side was the stairwell), but was looped back in the doorways to form portieres.

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On party nights, the converted hallway could star as a gathering spot for cocktails, leaving the living room unrumpled for after-dinner coffee, and the library pristine for bridge.

Two long sofa-banquettes offered enough seating space for half a dozen guests. The round marble-topped table could become a bar or hold plates of appetizers.

Colorful curtains covered all the walls in this striped sitting room (1965)
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