Jugendstil design for a touch of Art Moderne before that very fashionable cousin comes to tea. From”Kunst und Handwerk: Zeitschrift für Kunstgewerbe und Kunsthandwerk seit 1851: 52″. A journal of arts and crafts, these are from their 1901 to 1902 issues. Collections of the Heidelberg University Libraries.

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“Landsitz Berlepsch Senstervergitterungen in Schmiedeeisen, ausgefuhrt von Keifer and Company München.” (Wrought iron window grills for a country residence). 1901-1902. Image 7, page 18. Image © and digitalized by the Heidelberg University Library. Fair use license. via https://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/kuh1901_1902/0018/image
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“Landsitz Berlepsch Senstervergitterungen in Schmiedeeisen, ausgefuhrt von Keifer and Company München.” (Wrought iron window grills for a country residence. 1901-1902. Figure 9, Image 6, page 17. Image © and digitalized by the Heidelberg University Library. Fair use license. via https://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/kuh1901_1902/0017/image
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“Landsitz Berlepsch Senstervergitterungen in Schmiedeeisen, ausgefuhrt von Keifer and Company München.” (Wrought iron window grills for a country residence. 1901-1902. Figure 9, Image 6, page 17. Image © and digitalized by the Heidelberg University Library. Fair use license. via https://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/kuh1901_1902/0017/image
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“Villa Tobler, Zürich. Treppenhausfenster dergitterung in Schmiedeeisen ausgeführt von Keifer und Company München” (Grill in wrought iron for a stairwell). Figure 16. Image 10, page 21. Image © and digitalized by the Heidelberg University Library. Fair use license. via https://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/kuh1901_1902/0021/image
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“Füllungen von Leonb Hellmuth, Ansbach” (Designs for filling in spaces designed by Leonhard Hellmuth). Figures 446 and 447, image 276. page 295. Image © and digitalized by the Heidelberg University Library. Fair use license. via https://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/kuh1901_1902/0295/image

Why keep anything plain looking around when it could look like these. So much more fun. Plates from Christopher Dresser’s 1876 work “Studies in Design” which was published in London. A. Goater, lithographer.

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“Border elements of the new style. The upper may run around the architrave of a door or window, or be used in many ways as a border. The lower is suitable for a dado-rail, or, if enlarged, for a frieze.” Plate 5, page V. Collections of the Smithsonian Library. Metropolitan New York Library Council, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/Studiesdesign00Dres/page/V/mode/2up
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“Grotesque dado-rail. Being formed of the hare, this is specially suited to a dining-room. Various animals may be introduced in a similar manner.” Plate 7, Page VII. Collections of the Smithsonian Library. Metropolitan New York Library Council, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/Studiesdesign00Dres/page/VII/mode/2up
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“Diaper pattern founded on flowers. These are suitable for stencilling on the walls of rooms. They may be varied, and even simplified, in color.” Plate 8 and page VIII. Collections of the Smithsonian Library. Metropolitan New York Library Council, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/Studiesdesign00Dres/page/VIII/mode/2up
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“An all-over pattern, suitable for a wall.” Plate 9 and page IX. Collections of the Smithsonian Library. Metropolitan New York Library Council, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/Studiesdesign00Dres/page/VIX/mode/2up

Some days you just can’t decide anything. These will decide for you. Complementary color wheels you can use to figure out what color to paint the front door, taken from “Color Schemes for the Home and Model Interiors” which came out in 1922.

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“Diagram 1: The Primary Colors.” Page 8. Collections of the Cornell University Library. MSN, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/cu31924020510990/page/n11/mode/2up
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“Diagram 2, The Primary, Intermediate and Secondary Colors.” Page 9. Collections of the Cornell University Library. MSN, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/cu31924020510990/page/n11/mode/2up

Watercolors of palatial looking interiors possibly belonging to the lord of the manor down the street by Bavarian painter Franz Xaver Nachtmann who mostly worked in Munich. (1799-1846). Also painted flowers for the Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory.

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“The Dressing Room of King Ludwig I at the Munich Residence Palace.” 1836. Pen and ink, gold paint, gouache and graphite on white wove paper. Collections of the Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Franz_Xaver_Nachtmann_-_The_Dressing_Room_of_King_Ludwig_I_at_the_Munich_Residence_Palace_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg
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Elizabeth of Bavaria’s bedchamber, Tegernsee Castle. 19th c. Collections of Castle Ringberg. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.art-prints-on-demand.com/a/nachtmann-franz-xaver/elizabeth-of-bavarias-bed.html
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Munich Residence; Queen Therese of Bavaria’s writing cabinet. 1835. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datei:Franz_Xaver_Nachtmann,_Schreibkabinett_M%C3%BCncher_Residenz.jpg

Stylized animals and plants, plates from Arnold Lyongrun’s 1899 work “Neue freie Dekorationsmotive entwickelt aus dem Tier- und Pflanzenreich : Eine Auswahl von Entwurfen in modernen Stil, mit Rucksicht auf die praktische Verwendung im Kunstgewerbe” which was published in Leipzig by B.F. Voigt. Pochoir prints.

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Plate 1, page 6. Collections of the Clark Institute Library. Digitalized by the Boston Public Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/neuefreiedekorat00lyon/page/n6/mode/2up
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Plate 4, page 14. Collections of the Clark Institute Library. Digitalized by the Boston Public Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/neuefreiedekorat00lyon/page/n11/mode/2up
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Plate 2, page 10. Collections of the Clark Institute Library. Digitalized by the Boston Public Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/neuefreiedekorat00lyon/page/n8/mode/2up
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Plate 3, page 12. Collections of the Clark Institute Library. Digitalized by the Boston Public Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/neuefreiedekorat00lyon/page/n9/mode/2up

More interiors in glorious detail, painted by Alexander Serebryakov who was also a decorator. Living from 1907 to 1995, he was born in Russia but worked in Paris, France after fleeing there with his family in 1918. He was a grand nephew of Alexandre Benois who did much design work for the Ballets Russes.

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“Le bureau de Robert de Balkany, Place Vendôme.” 1975. Watercolor, gouache, and pencil and ink on paper. Signed and dated on the lower left “A. SEREBRIAKOFF 1975”. © Estate of the artist. Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/lot.745.html/2016/robert-de-balkany-rue-de-varenne-paris-pf1661
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“The blue living room, Rue de Varenne.” 1978. Watercolor, gouache, pencil and ink on paper. Signed and dated “A. SEREBRIAKOFF 1978” on the lower right. © Estate of the artist. Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2016/robert-de-balkany-rue-de-varenne-paris-pf1661/lot.741.html
The main Hall, Château de Groussay. 1942. Watercolor.
The main Hall, Château de Groussay. 1942. Watercolor. © Estate of the artist. Fair use license. via https://parisdiarybylaure.com/the-mythical-chateau-de-groussay-is-revisited-by-alexandre-serebriakoff/
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Billiards room. ca. 1940s. Watercolor. © Estate of the artist. Fair use license. via https://parisdiarybylaure.com/the-mythical-chateau-de-groussay-is-revisited-by-alexandre-serebriakoff/

Designs to copy when you get tired of drawing ordinary doodles while the teacher is talking about boring things. All of them taken from A. Desaint’s “Ideas & Studies in Stencilling & Decorating” which was published in 1927 by C. Griffin & Company in London.

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“Colorations.” Plate IV, page 40. Collections of and digitalized by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/ideas00desa/page/n40/mode/1up
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“Colorations I and II.” Plate V. Page 42. Collections of and digitalized by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/ideas00desa/page/n42/mode/1up
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“Colorations I and II.” Plate VII. Page 46. Collections of and digitalized by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/ideas00desa/page/n46/mode/1up
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“Colorations I and II.” Plate VI. Page 44. Collections of and digitalized by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/ideas00desa/page/n44/mode/1up

What to put in the living room if you just struck it rich on the stock market. Plates from the 1926 second edition of “Interiors Deluxe: Illustrated with Twenty Original Designs by Leaders in the Art of Home Decoration.” These taken from the Facebook page of Thomas Hastings who also blogs on 1920s American mansions at https://halfpuddinghalfsauce.blogspot.com/

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“California Living Room. Designed in Spanish-Italian influence it is informal and very livable. The walls are rough plaster in soft color tones. The rug is a hand-tufted carpet and also soft in tone. Hangings are copper-colored mohair damask. This shade is picked up in the mohair upholstered davenport and again in the table scarf. A contrasting and cooler color, “blue,” has been introduced to balance the warmer copper tones. ” John Breuner Company, San Francisco designer and maker. Plate in the public domain due to age. via https://scontent.fphl1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/s960x960/90548101_2725627734331507_534210562012217344_o.jpg?_nc_cat=105&_nc_sid=8024bb&_nc_ohc=xAiPIrfc3SsAX-g1sFg&_nc_ht=scontent.fphl1-1.fna&_nc_tp=7&oh=8e82f98db86a8447839531272d65d5b2&oe=5E9D141A
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“A Massing of color tone values. A room showing how period furnishings may be correct in detail and still thoroughly comfortable to live with, when care is taken to harmonize present day needs with old ideas of architecture and design. Note the subdued and restrained elegance of the one-toned mohair velvet on the furniture.”California Furniture Company, Los Angeles, designer and maker. In the public domain due to age. via https://scontent.fphl1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/s960x960/90449510_2723805567847057_7795137669670895616_o.jpg?_nc_cat=100&_nc_sid=8024bb&_nc_ohc=cZRWGmqgtvUAX-nTJ3E&_nc_ht=scontent.fphl1-1.fna&_nc_tp=7&oh=bbc14bdab0c3313c174f448fbb314d6e&oe=5EA01A00
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“A pretentious living room – Graced with a touch of Spanish renaissance, this room embodies all the elements of comfort and dignified elegance. Note the elaboration of the cornice and the imposing dignity of the sculptured fireplace. Draperies are of antique brocade and the coverings on the furniture are mohair velvet in patterns and colors which harmonize with the air of medieval ornateness.” Plate in the public domain due to age. J. L. Strassel Company, Louisville, Kentucky, designer and maker. In the public domain due to age. via https://scontent.fphl1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/s960x960/90391670_2721996351361312_8250736809609265152_o.jpg?_nc_cat=108&_nc_sid=8024bb&_nc_ohc=Mr2CeSJoSxkAX8yiPfG&_nc_ht=scontent.fphl1-1.fna&_nc_tp=7&oh=69f672d07b22b2eabfdce8509a609e35&oe=5E9C5458
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“Living hall in country house – Tudor with Elizabethan influence. The eight-foot oak paneling with pierced gallery, the tapestry richness at the back, makes a good background to show the fine carving. The stone mantel is of Tudor design and the furniture, covered with mohair velvet, is of a modern adaptation for comfort with the exception of the table which is Elizabethan. The oriental rug is of later date. (and the garden view).”Stanton Studios, New York, designer and renderer. Plate in the public domain. via https://scontent.fphl1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/s960x960/89981533_2721180938109520_7208650629747572736_o.jpg?_nc_cat=103&_nc_sid=8024bb&_nc_ohc=7SUoWBTERmUAX_T_XuO&_nc_ht=scontent.fphl1-1.fna&_nc_tp=7&oh=c2b26c98aba60f68938b96e59999727c&oe=5E9F382B
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“Italian Renaissance Living Room – The walls of this room are intended to be paneled in walnut, finished in soft grey brown tones and the ornamental cornice treated in the effect of wood with the addition of color and gold. The pilasters are in marble effect, the caps harmonizing with the coloring of the cornice. The mantel is stone after an antique model. The curtains are in green velvet. The furniture is carved walnut, harmonizing with the woodwork, and the upholstery is mohair velvet.” Theo. Hofstatter and Company, New York, designer and maker. Plate in the public domain due to age. via https://scontent.fphl1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/s960x960/84057196_2720320638195550_6866330728255193088_o.jpg?_nc_cat=100&_nc_sid=8024bb&_nc_ohc=esonlQYBMcYAX9huz7f&_nc_ht=scontent.fphl1-1.fna&_nc_tp=7&oh=0297047d6a9391aae00151e43e4037a1&oe=5E9CBA9B
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“Adaptable Spanish interior.This interior represents the livable Spanish type, with wood ceiling, rough plastered walls, furniture of dull walnut, upholstered with plain and figured mohair; window draperies of casement cloth and light mohair. Wrought iron lighting fixtures and accessories, with selected rugs of harmonious colors, should produce an artistic and enduring room at a reasonable cost.” Harry L. Moses, New Orleans, Louisiana designer and maker. via https://scontent.fphl1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/s960x960/90442463_2722914257936188_1141395577615941632_o.jpg?_nc_cat=108&_nc_sid=8024bb&_nc_ohc=9oNg7CNSjWgAX9Mv6_D&_nc_ht=scontent.fphl1-1.fna&_nc_tp=7&oh=6c481338900b2ec3fbed93c1c7139c2b&oe=5EA01DC4

Renderings of decorations in various rooms in London that are almost more elegant than the ones at Cumberland House. They’d even impress a Rothschild or two. George Aitchison Jr. RA, architect, maker (1825-1910) who also designed Leighton House.

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“Designs for the interior decoration of 52 Prince’s Gate, London, for Thomas Eustace Smith, Esq.: elevation of a wall and left doorway in the boudoir.” Reference #RIBA4035. 1877. Classical Revival. Colored drawing. Possibly one of the two drawings exhibited for the boudoir at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in 1877. Image © Royal Institute of British Architects – RIBA. Fair use license. via https://www.architecture.com/image-library/ribapix/image-information/poster/designs-for-the-interior-decoration-of-52-princes-gate-london-elevation-of-a-wall-and-left-doorway-i/posterid/RIBA4035.html
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“Designs for the interior decoration of 29 Chesham Place, London, for Sir Sydney Hedley Waterlow, Bt: plan of the drawing room ceiling.” Reference #RIBA12505. 1886. Colored drawing. Exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in 1886. Image © Royal Institute of British Architects – RIBA. Fair use license. via
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“Designs for the interior decoration of 52 Prince’s Gate, London, for Thomas Eustace Smith, Esq.: elevation of a wall and central doorway in the boudoir.” Reference #RIBA12502. 1877. Classical Revival. Colored drawing. Possibly one of the two drawings exhibited for the boudoir at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in 1877. Image © Royal Institute of British Architects – RIBA. Fair use license. via https://www.architecture.com/image-library/ribapix/image-information/poster/designs-for-the-interior-decoration-of-52-princes-gate-london-elevation-of-a-wall-and-central-doorwa/posterid/RIBA12502.html

More flower pictures, these of a pochoir print kind taken from Ernest Guillot’s “Fleurs d’après nature” which came out between 1892 and 1901. Meant to be used as designs for embroidery, stained glass, the baby’s bib, etc. etc.

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“Études de mauve, d’OEillet de Chine.” Image 1. Collection of the BnF Gallica, the National Library of France. In the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b52512760g/f15.item
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“Études de Lis, Myosotis et Olivier.” Image 11. Collection of the BnF Gallica, the National Library of France. In the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b52512760g/f11.item
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“Études de Pensées, Mimosas.” Image 7. Collection of the BnF Gallica, the National Library of France. In the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b52512760g/f7.item

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“Etudes de Bluets et de Paquerelles.” Image 5. Collection of the BnF Gallica, the National Library of France. In the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b52512760g/f5.item
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“Études de capucines, et Lierre.” Image 13. Collection of the BnF Gallica, the National Library of France. In the public domain due to age. via b