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A Bedroom With a Sleeping Porch

In Which are Presented Some Helpful Suggestions for the Country or Suburban House

Designed by Una Nixon Hopkins: With Drawings By Frances Lauderbach, Ladies Home Journal, May 1911

1911 Bedroom

A Cheerful and at the Same Time a Most Restful Color Scheme for a Bedroom

Could anything be more comfortable or more ideal for a country home than such a charmingly furnished bedroom with its adjoining porch which may be used either as a living-porch or a sleeping-porch?

The glass doors at the end of the room may be opened their full width, thus making the bedroom and living-porch one big, airy room. Each door not only opens in the middle, but the doors as a whole are so arranged that they fall back from the center, allowing this end of the room practically to disappear. This is done by first locking the end doors so that they will swing easily. Next the bolts are slid, which fastens the center door to the floor and to the casing above; then half of this door goes to the right and half to the left.

If one chooses to sleep outdoors the beds may be easily moved out on the porch in the evening and back again in the morning. In this way the porch serves as a sleeping porch by night and a living-porch by day. It should be screened in the summertime, and for winter use it may be inclosed with glass, and in such a bright room there is no reason why one should not have flowers blooming all the year round.

1911 Stencil Trim

Upper Stencil Design for the Walls, Curtains and Pillow-Shams; Lower Design for the Bed Covers

A nasturtium with its leaves was used as the motif for the stencil decoration for the bedroom. The same design which is used for the decoration beneath the picture moulding is also used for the curtains and for the pillow-shams, but for the side of the bedspread the shaped design is better.

Both the curtains and the bed coverings are made of a very fine scrim which takes stenciling admirably, but the bedspread and the sham should be lined with either cambric or silk.

Shades are hung at the windows and at the folding doors, so that the light can be excluded if necessary. At the folding doors, however, the shade fixtures are placed on the casing above the doors, rather than on the door frame, as they would interfere with the folding back of the doors.

Out on the porch a heavy grass rug covers the floor. The most comfortable of wicker furniture is also to be found here: a couch with many pillows, an extension-chair, a tea-table with a basket tea-caddy to keep the tea hot. And best of all are the bright, blooming flowers.

1911 Sleeping Porch

A Porch Like This Might Often be Built Over the Front Entrance Porch or Over a Rear Screen Porch


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