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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 13, Issue 11 (January 1, 1939)



The types of wood most used are Jacobean oak, natural waxed or limed oak, figured walnut and sycamore. Various combinations of woods are used. I have seen an oak suite with cross-grain banding in oak, and a waxed oak with walnut banding. A light-finish suite has dark handles and plinths.

All styles of dressing-tables may be seen: the three-drawered, flat topped table; the kneehole type with drawers at the sides and a shallow top drawer for beauty requisites. Mirrors are single (round or oblong), triple, or of the cheval type. Some triple mirrors have a curved outline. A mirror of triptych style may stand on a flat table. In modern sunk-centre tables a fairly narrow glass shelf is placed handily below the mirror.

Wardrobes and chests are more or less elaborately fitted according to the price one wishes to pay.

In furnishing the bedroom, don't forget day-time comfort. Have an occasional chair, perhaps with curved wooden arms. If you have a large room, you may like a bay-bed as well. Smart dressing-table stools may have panel ends, a shaped frame, an upholstered seat. The pedestal cupboard or bedside table should incorporate a bookshelf. For the double-bed, one can plan a head-piece built in, one with the table and shelves at either side.