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One of the classic works on interior decoration Edith Wharton’s The Decoration of Houses offers a comprehensive look at the history and character of turn of the century interior design Co written with architect Ogden Codman Jr this invaluable reference provides us with numerous keen and practical axioms for house design such as 1 The better the house the less need for curtains and 2 the height of a well proportioned doorway should be twice its width In the words of John Barrington Bayley President of Classical America “this book has charm The Decoration of Houses brings to mind the pictures of Walter Gay There are the reflections in looking glasses and on parquet and the garnitures of chimney pieces boiseriers the odor of wax; outside the tall glazed doors there is a sunny silent terrace we are now at Mrs Wharton’s Pavillon Colombe—a well laid out parterre a rose garden and an orchard of Reinette apples and luscious double cherries” One of the classic works on interior decoration Edith Wharton’s The Decoration of Houses offers a comprehensive look at the history and character of turn of the century interior design Co written with architect Ogden Codman Jr this invaluable reference provides us with numerous keen and practical axioms for house design such as 1 The better the house the less need for curtains and 2 the height of a well proportioned doorway should be twice its width In the words of John Barrington Bayley President of Classical America “this book has charm The Decoration of Houses brings to mind the pictures of Walter Gay There are the reflections in looking glasses and on parquet and the garnitures of chimney pieces boiseriers the odor of wax; outside the tall glazed doors there is a sunny silent terrace we are now at Mrs Wharton’s Pavillon Colombe—a well laid out parterre a rose garden and an orchard of Reinette apples and luscious double cherries” One of the classic works on interior decoration Edith Wharton’s The Decoration of Houses offers a comprehensive look at the history and character of turn of the century interior design Co written with architect Ogden Codman Jr this invaluable reference provides us with numerous keen and practical axioms for house design such as 1 The better the house the less need for curtains and 2 the height of a well proportioned doorway should be twice its width In the words of John Barrington Bayley President of Classical America “this book has charm The Decoration of Houses brings to mind the pictures of Walter Gay There are the reflections in looking glasses and on parquet and the garnitures of chimney pieces boiseriers the odor of wax; outside the tall glazed doors there is a sunny silent terrace we are now at Mrs Wharton’s Pavillon Colombe—a well laid out parterre a rose garden and an orchard of Reinette apples and luscious double cherries”