The House Book is no longer in print, but used copies abound online, and of course there's always the library. In the meantime, here are a few bits of advice we'll pass on from our copy:
• On finding space for a home office: On the (stairway) landing, an unused patch of space can be adapted into a study as long as you can keep out of draughts, and don't need absolute privacy.
• On less-than-attractive children's toys and furnishings: To ban everything that you don't consider impeccable does not guarantee that they'll grow up with faultless tastes of their own; they're that much more likely to rebel against yours as soon as they have the opportunity.
• On working with what you have: Matching sets of towels and flannels in good strong colours revive a dreary bathroom.
• On eating comfortably in limited space: Free-standing benches seat more people than do chairs. They are best used with tables with a central support.
• On being flexible with your furnishings: Living-rooms work well only if they are given a chance to evolve. Each new acquisition will suggest changes—some small, some large—in the surroundings.
Are you a devotee of the original 1974 House Book? Share your favorite quotes and bits of advice below!
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