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Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971. The home decorator and color guide by Rockwell Kent - Page 2. 1939. Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room, William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 9, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/aapamphlets/item/2115/show/2088.

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Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971. (1939). The home decorator and color guide by Rockwell Kent - Page 2. Architectural Retail Catalog Collection. Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room, William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/aapamphlets/item/2115/show/2088

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Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971, The home decorator and color guide by Rockwell Kent - Page 2, 1939, Architectural Retail Catalog Collection, Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room, William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library, University of Houston Libraries, accessed December 9, 2021, https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/aapamphlets/item/2115/show/2088.

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Title The home decorator and color guide by Rockwell Kent
Creator (LCNAF)
  • Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971
Publisher Fairfax Bros. Co.
Date 1939
Description A 24-page booklet published in 1939 called “The Home Decorator and Color Guide” by Rockwell Kent. Content includes paint swatches, color illustrated text on home decoration, colored drawings of living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, and kitchens.
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Color in interior decoration
  • Interior decoration
Subject.Topical (Local)
  • interior designs
  • house designs
  • color guides
  • painting
Subject.Name (LCNAF)
  • Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971
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  • pamphlets
  • catalogs (documents)
Language English
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Original Item Location NC975.K3 H6 1939
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b5662044~S11
Digital Collection Architecture Retail Catalog Collection
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/aapamphlets
Repository Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room, William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library, University of Houston Libraries
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Transcript under family feasts, and games, and pounding fists in argument? Banish our handy little white oak, woven - swamp - ash - bottomed chairs that twenty years of sun and rain and furnace heat and tilting smokers haven't sprung? Not on your life! It's something—maybe—to be smart and modern; but happiness comes first. And of happiness the prescription lies all but hidden in that old cliche: "I don't know anything about art but I know what I like." In art (what kind of house we live in, how that house is furnished, decorated, what pictures we will hang upon our walls, what books are on our shelves, what music we will hear), in life (what we will do, how live, what friends we'll have), in art and life let's find out what we like; and by all power inherent in us, get it. And having gotten it, take care of it. Get it—take care of it. If I were wise in human relations I would tell—for I want this little book to be of use—how to make marriage last and friendship grow; how be the perfect host. If I knew more about art and music and literature than merely what I liked, I might be foolish enough to say what others should like. But about life in general I may venture this — this from my heart: First, own a house. Then make that house be HOME. The making of a home (incidentally the most difficult and most important business of life), having, in practice and wisely, been allotted to women, a man may hardly venture to say more than what he fancies; and, when he gets it, pay for it. It is in such a reticent spirit that I have made the water colors and assembled the photographs that fill this book. They are not meant to be examples of what in any absolute sense is best in architecture and decoration. Some of them are of houses that I'd like to live in; some, that I'd like to visit; all are houses that I'd like to see. They suit, in varying degree, my fairly average taste. That average taste in houses may be summed up as follows: Houses that are unpretentious; that fit their regional environment and site; houses that are well groomed— for in houses too, cleanliness, outside and in, is next to godliness ; order within—but not such order as invites constraint; integrity in everything so that, for good or bad, the house will mirror those who live in it; comfort and convenience in furnishings; and such harmony and taste in the decorative scheme as, like quiet music, will bring peace to the spirit. Being a painter by profession and one who in his work employs color for effect, I have shown a few color schemes that might, in their right place, be good to live with. But every room presents its own problem. Elements of the problem are the room's exposure — North, East, South or West — its size, its use, and, first and last, what you who live there like. So intimately personal is everything that has to do with the home, that even the most experienced of home decorators should do no more than help those less experienced to find themselves. Toward that end, the houses shown in this book may help a little, the color charts will help a lot, while the painting instructions printed on the last page of the book may be accepted, kept, and followed as the gospel of good practice in painting. There is an old Dutch proverb: "Good Paint costs nothing." This is no more true in Holland, where outside woodwork must be painted against North Sea fog, than in America where, looks aside, we must protect our houses against the endless devastating cycle of the seasons' elements. "Good Paint costs nothing"? Let the Dutch say that. Here in America we say: "Paint pays."