SEPTEMBER 2009 — “The requirement of a house of charm is that it shall be completely satisfying to live in.” So wrote American etiquette expert Emily Post in September, 1943, for the National Real Estate Journal. “Comfort …means perfect adjustment to whatever it may please you to have or to do…it means the adaptability of the surroundings that are yours, to your family and to you.”
“Beautiful objects contribute to a beautiful house,” Post wrote, “and yet, cost as a standard of beauty could not be a less accurate test. Many simple little houses that have scarcely an object of value are utterly friendly, convenient and delightful. Many great houses are so austerely unwelcoming and so obviously uncomfortable, it is a wonder that their owners can bear to live in them.”
Post also favored a house with a lived-in look. “Evidences of a family’s pursuits contribute a quality which many people fail to appreciate. The sewing basket…the book on the table, with the pair of glasses beside it…a doll in a chair…a collection of pipes. It is the ‘lived in’ and ‘taken-comfort-in’ evidences that breathe life into what is otherwise only a house, and transform it into that loveliest place in the world- the place that is really HOME.”
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