American Woman's Home - Country Home

"So far as circumstances can be made to yield the opportunity, it will be assumed that the family state demands some outdoor labor for all.
...Every head of a family should seek a soil and climate which will afford such opportunities. Railroads, enabling men toiling in cities to rear families in the country, are on this account a special blessing. So, also, is the opening of the South to free labor, where, in the pure and mild climate of the uplands, open-air labor can proceed most of the year, and women and children labor out of doors as well as within."

Like those made in the Treatise, the recommendations for interiors in The American Woman's Home focus on efficiency and taste. To maximize space, trundle beds and movable screens abound, while crevasses are filled with statuettes, pictures, etc. Below are several examples.

"Fig. 1 shows the ground-plan of the first floor. On the inside it is forty-three feet long and twenty-five wide, excluding conservatories and front and back projections. Its inside height from floor to ceiling is ten feet. The piazzas each side of the front projection have sliding-windows to the floor, and can, by glazed sashes, be made green-houses in winter. In a warm climate, piazzas can be made at the back side also.

In the description and arrangement, the leading aim is to show how time, labor, and expense are saved, not only in the building but in furniture and its arrangement."

"The entry has arched recesses behind the front doors, (Fig.2,) furnished with hooks for over-clothes in both -- a box for over-shoes in one, and a stand for umbrellas in the other. The roof of the recess is for statuettes, busts, or flowers. The stairs turn twice with broad steps, making a recess at the lower landing, where a table is set with a vase of flowers, (Fig.3.) On one side of the recess is a closet, arched to correspond with the arch over the stairs. A bracket over the first broad stair, with flowers or statuettes, is visible from the entrance, and pictures can be hung as in the illustration." [Beecher/Stowe, 25-7.]