The blog is the paragon of a sophisticated approach to residential decoration, New homes nd de Wolfe's instructions for achieving formal effects in residential spaces are rigorous and complex. Nevertheless, the decorator is still called to rely on his or her taste, converted into the measures of “simplicity, suitability, and proportion- a decorator's version of the familiar Vitruvian trinity of utility, firmness, and beauty. Of other times was replaced by a selectivity which applied not only to costly new furniture but, ironically, to antiques as well, giving rise to the ‘period' room. ? Seale also observed: “A chief influence here was that, generally speaking, the man was no longer the builder of the house or the one who furnished it.
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The case can also be made that domestic-efficiency planning (which began as an exclusively feminine practice based on the study of repeated motions within the household) was the progenitor of the monumentally influential early twentieth-century programs to achieve industrial efficiency, best exemplified by the work of Frederick Winslow Taylor. Far from being dismissed as a superficial, feminine practice (as was the case with decoration), the domestic engineering profession was appropriated by industry with no acknowledgment of its feminine origins; a great irony indeed. The relegation of women to a marginal role was partially a result of their exclusion from other design arenas, as Robert Gutman writes in Architectural Practice, A Critical View:
Beginning sometime at the end of the nineteenth century, women, in particular, who were discouraged from becoming architects or were excluded from architecture schools, began to design interior domestic spaces, often along with furniture. The concentration of women in the field during a century in which the principle of patriarchy dominated membership in the profession inevitably diminished the status of the interior designer. This condition began to change with the rise of industrial design as an identifiable specialty in the 1920s, and the slow blurring of the lines between the design of domestic space by the interior designers and the design of work space by the industrial designers. 10