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In David Copperfield, the materials and textures used to create and adorn the walls often appear to reflect the character of the inhabitants. We focus here on three of the wall treatments Dickens described in the novel—each from a place visited by David and each dear in some way to his heart—as well as some tips and techniques for bringing them home to stay. : These include: Stucco, rough plaster and whitewash, Stenciling, and Wallpaper.
Given the period, as well as the information supplied by Dicken's writings, Aunt Betsy's perfumed garden might have been either a soothing, somewhat formal garden or a robust cottage garden where herbs, flowers and vegetables ran riot. Suggestions for creating such a garden are adaptable to the needs of varied climates and the aims of personal tastes. Recommended plants would have been available to Aunt Betsy. Also described at length is what, at that time, was known as the still room, which was part chem lab, part apothecary, part pantry, part cosmetics counter, and part summer kitchen.
By Nancy Young
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By Al R. Young The David Copperfield issue of The Storybook Home Journal is now available from Al Young Studios. This issue features these regular sections:Decorating - On the Wall (6 pages)Kitchen - The Pleasant Tea (2 pages)Garden - The Perfume of the Flowers (9 pages)Workshops - With a Long Pen (2 pages)Garret - Catastrophe at Deeping Marr (4 pages)David Copperfield is the 106th issue of the Journal, published bi-monthly since November 2000. All 105 previous issues remain in print and are available individually or in customer-defined groups directly from Al Young Studios... Read more »