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The House in Good Taste Hardcover – June 12, 2004

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About the Author

Elsie De Wolfe (1865-1951) was the first woman to create an occupation as designer where none had existed before. In her quest to be admitted to the highest ranks of society, she introduced some of the most stylish and tasteful ideas into the American home.


Chuck Fischer is one of the most talented and sought-after product designers in the United States. For the past fourteen years, Fischer has been painting private commission creations for some of the finest residences in the world. His work is displayed in the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum.
Albert Hadley has been an interior designer for sixty years. In 1962, he partnered with Sister Parish and founded Parish-Hadley Associates, the legendary design firm synonymous with classic American elegance. His clients have included Brooke Astor, Happy Rockefeller, Oscar de la Renta and Diane Sawyer and Mike Nichols. He now operates a smaller, more streamlined design firm known simply as albert hadley inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; 1st edition (June 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847826317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847826315
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.9 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elsie De Wolfe is acknowleged as the first woman to make a fortune as a decorator and can be called the first life style maven of the 20th century. Her opinions on home decor were eagerly seized upon by millions of aspirational women around the country. She wrote The House in Good Taste 90 years ago but it's just as fresh and suitable now as it was then.
I can't bring myself to agree with her on patchwork quilts, lace curtains or rocking chairs but she's absolutely correct in her advice on wallpaper, paint and apartments. It's amazing how much this delightful and informative book still has to teach us.
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By DanR on April 5, 2005
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I bought this book when it first came out. I tried reading it, was (too) quick to call it 'trite' and gave it away. Later my boyfriend gave me a copy (not knowing that I'd tried it before) so I had to slog through it. I am so very glad I did. Ms. DeWolfe has a unique style of writing that must be understood before you will truely enjoy the book. She has a wit and charm that is backed by such sincerity that few designers today could pull this level of writing off. The book will make you want to find more by or about this stylishly pragmatic decorator
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This book was a surprise. Written in 1914 it seems current. I had delayed reading this classic, to my regret. De Wolfe's wonderful book is back with an updated introduction and several additions in the note section at the back that refer to today's decoration. It also includes the reasons behind her dislike of Eastlake furniture--which is just fabulous stuff, especially when re-upholstered in a updated print (the same goes for most Victorian furniture). I agree with her on her dislike of brass beds and lace curtains...but she also disliked rocking chairs...and for that, one must consider she never had a baby...

First, a lot of what she said is relevant then, as it is today. There is a big difference though, and that is simply put, people do not have her kind of money...so in some ways her advice has a bit of Marie Antoinette feeling to it. That shouldn't surprise as she lived across the street from Versailles.

Her writing is vibrant,and conveys the person behind the taste. She loved chinoiserie, fireplaces, leopard print, stripes, chintz and trellis. Would she fit into a Nate Berkus world...no...but decorating tastes move on and one can see a hint of Elsie here and there. Though I still prefer Sister Parish by far...Elsie is a close second.
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This is a directly useful collection of magazine articles that have been well organized into a book and published originally in 1913, and then republished in 2005. I read it first cover to cover but am re-reading each chapter in detail making design notes for remodeling my current home, and will also use when designing the next. It's about how to design, trim, and furnish a house to make it beautiful, useful and livable, and its VASTLY more useful than anything you see on HD's bookshelf's. It's the only reference of how to properly use picture rail that I've found. Wilkinson has inserted a few footnotes that help to understand de Wolfe's viewpoints. The text is written in a conversational and feminine tone that's enjoyable - a talented woman just talking to you. There's a strong correlation between this book and "The Decoration of Houses" by Wharton and Codman which I recommend too. There's dozens of references that were unknown to me so I kept a brouser open while reading. She's directed me to a few interesting publications, historic homes, and artists that were new. Apparently based on comments from others the original had color illustrations; all of the illustrations in this edition are B&W. Overall, the book is two afternoons or mornings of very enjoyable and beneficial reading plus it's a guide that I'll keep handy on my Favorites shelf.
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This is a fun period piece and a look into another era. Elsie doesn't like central heating but prefers an open fire to heat each room . I guess she had the staff to make that feasible ! Her love of pale colors and simple window coverings is surprisingly modern considering she is writing these articles in the Edwardian era. Worth a look.
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This is an authoritative well written book, offering sound advice. However, there are no photos of any of the rooms, if you have a visual imagination you'll be fine. If not, you will have to turn to secondary resources to see the interior decor photography.
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