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.

"Colorations." Plate IV, page 40.
“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

"Etudes de Bluets et de Paquerelles." Image 5.
“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

Pictures of a never-realized interior renovation of the Royal Serbian Castle in Belgrade. World War I came along and so they never happened. Taken from two albums, “Drafts for the royal Hofburg of His Majesty King Peter of Serbia. Belgrade” done between 1912 and 1914 by August Bosse,who owned a major interior design firm in Weimar. These being a selection from the website of Antiquariat Michael Banzhaf who I met at Boston’s antiquarian book fair last fall.

Hall with columns.
Hall with columns. Image © Michael Banzhaf, Tübingen antiquariat-banzhaf.de. Fair use license. via http://www.antiquariat-banzhaf.de/wp-content/uploads/Banzhaf-Katalog-16.pdf
Sitting room.
Sitting room. Image © Michael Banzhaf, Tübingen antiquariat-banzhaf.de. Fair use license. via http://www.antiquariat-banzhaf.de/wp-content/uploads/Banzhaf-Katalog-16.pdf
Room with domed ceiling.
Room with domed ceiling. Image © Michael Banzhaf, Tübingen antiquariat-banzhaf.de. Fair use license. via http://www.antiquariat-banzhaf.de/wp-content/uploads/Banzhaf-Katalog-16.pdf
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Room with yellow wallpaper. Image © Michael Banzhaf, Tübingen antiquariat-banzhaf.de. Fair use license. via http://www.antiquariat-banzhaf.de/wp-content/uploads/Banzhaf-Katalog-16.pdf
Room with blue wallpaper.
Room with blue wallpaper. Image © Michael Banzhaf, Tübingen antiquariat-banzhaf.de. Fair use license. via http://www.antiquariat-banzhaf.de/wp-content/uploads/Banzhaf-Katalog-16.pdf
Room with red carpet.
Room with red carpet. Image © Michael Banzhaf, Tübingen antiquariat-banzhaf.de. Fair use license. via http://www.antiquariat-banzhaf.de/wp-content/uploads/Banzhaf-Katalog-16.pdf

I apologize for the quality of the last  3 which is not as good as I would like. The images are taken via screenshots from a PDF from antiquariat-banzhaf.de and the last 3 are small on the PDF. Great albums, I can find no images of it elsewhere to use.

Designs for whatever you’d like to have spiffed up. Plates from Christopher Dresser’s 1876 work “Studies in Design” which was published in London by Cassell, Petter and Galpin. Lithography by A. Goater, Nottingham. Dresser did design work for Minton, too, some of which I have shared here. Check those out if you like~

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“Ornament in the Arabian style, intended to be painted upon a ceiling.” Plate I, page 6. Collection of the Smithsonian Libraries. Metropolitan New York Library Council, digitalization sponsor. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/Studiesdesign00Dres/page/n5/mode/2up
"'Parental Advice' may be painted on the panel of a door, on the door of a cabinet, or in any recess in a wall, especially suited to a smoking-room or a nursery." Plate II of 40.
“‘Parental Advice’ may be painted on the panel of a door, on the door of a cabinet, or in any recess in a wall, especially suited to a smoking-room or a nursery.” Plate II of 40. Collection of the Smithsonian Libraries. Metropolitan New York Library Council, digitalization sponsor. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/Studiesdesign00Dres/page/II/mode/2up
"A frieze of new style.
“A frieze of new style. This would be used around the upper part of the wall of a room. Being small in detail, it must not be placed high, unless it is enlarged.” Plate III of 40. Collection of the Smithsonian Libraries. Metropolitan New York Library Council, digitalization sponsor. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/Studiesdesign00Dres/page/III/mode/2up
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“Two circular compositions of new style: may be used on the doors of cabinets, or as fillings for circular openings in a frieze.” Plate IV of 40, page 59. Collection of the Smithsonian Libraries. Metropolitan New York Library Council, digitalization sponsor. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/Studiesdesign00Dres/page/n58/mode/2up

Colored renderings of the decorations of various rooms in London. Not aspirational decor exactly but you’d need a lot of money to get the same effect. George Aitchison Jr. RA, architect, maker (1825-1910).

Alternative elevation of the staircase well showing decoration, from designs for the interior decoration of 1 Grosvenor Crescent, London, for Sir Wilfrid Lawson M.P. 1879. British. Color drawing. Image © RIBA/Royal Institute of British Architects. Fair use license. via https://www.architecture.com/image-library/ribapix/image-information/poster/designs-for-the-interior-decoration-of-1-grosvenor-crescent-london-alternative-elevation-of-the-stai/posterid/RIBA4028.html?Action=Cookie
"Design for the decoration of the staircase, 44 Belgrave Square." 1870. British.
“Design for the decoration of the staircase, 44 Belgrave Square.” 1870. British. Watercolor on paper. Image © RIBA/Royal Institute of British Architects. Fair use license. via https://www.pubhist.com/w20050
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Design for the decorative scheme for the Front Drawing Room, 15 Berkeley Square, London. 1873. British. Watercolour and oil on paper. Image © RIBA/ Royal Institute of British Architects. Fair use license. via
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Designs for the interior decoration of 1 South Audley Street, Mayfair, London: central chimneypiece in the smoking room. 1893. Classical Revival. British. Exhibited with three other drawings for the interior decoration of the smoking room at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in 1893. Colored drawing. Image © RIBA/Royal Institute of British Architects. Fair use license. via https://www.architecture.com/image-library/ribapix/image-information/poster/designs-for-the-interior-decoration-of-1-south-audley-street-mayfair-london-central-chimneypiece-in-/posterid/RIBA4034.html