In the transformation of this early post-war starter home’s living room, the color idea came first, and you can see for yourself how the simple recipe of pink and blue-green succeeded.
Further effort to get a really fresh effect included the minor operation of replacing an awkward heavy chimneypiece with the clean-cut facing that framed the fireplace.
To create new architectural character in the window wall, which had that common and difficult dead-end appearance, a pair of clear-pine louvered shutter-style screens was used to flank the wide window, and, at the same time, build up an interesting background for the whole room.
These were the basic ideas that set the room’s new personality when it was renovated back in 1946 — but the rest of the ideas were definitely more than mere details.
The emerald green color of the extra-wide armless chairs, upholstered in sailcloth, was carried over to the sofa by means of a slipcover in the same material.
The pink color of the simple 1940s-style living room wall (flat white paint with vermilion red added), found effective repetition in cushions and accessories.
The inexpensive off-white cotton rug, which came in three-foot squares to be sewed together in any size desired, wa an idea for texture, and also for a neutral base to set off the tortoiseshell-effect mottled-lacquer tea table with a moistureproof finish.
An idea that adds to the new inviting quality of the room is the grouping for games or writing by the window — the Biedermeier fruit-wood table, the officers’ chairs with their wall-pink leather seats, and the little leather-cushioned bench.
Ideas that completed the room were still important in the general scheme. One collector’s item here that made itself felt — the antique gilt barometer above the fireplace.
And remember that a room is finished only when there are books and magazines and flowers.