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Dear Jenny,

I am about to move into a new apartment on my university campus in August. However, I fear that it's going to turn into a bachelor pad (which from what I know, isn't impressive when I have a date over.) Luckilly, I recently had a turn of fortune, and I have an ample budget ($3,000-$4,000) on which I can spend on furnishings.

I'm trying to figure out exactly "what" it is I want in the living room. It's a fairly large room 11 by 17 with one medium sized window. I was thinking some sort of a pre-World War I, 1910s-era style of decorating. I am a particular fan of early 20th century post-Victorian style decor. I HATE Victorian. I don't like the flowers. But when I think of this room, I'm thinking of a stately, upper-middle class study in England. The best example I can think of is those first class staterooms on the Titanic, if you've ever seen pictures of those. I want deep colors and woods...mahogany and cherrywood are my favorites along with dark reds and blues.

If there is any direction you can give me -- tips, advice....what exactly this "style" of decor is really called, etc., it would be of greatest help.

Thanks so much,


Your description sounds very classic in style, and I agree about that choice for your 'bachelor's' pad.  Seriously, take a look at a couple of online sites and request catalogs from both: and  Both of these entities have the style you are looking for in furniture and accessories, and they will fit well within your budget.  

Manly, classic - priceless.


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