Her maid had kindled a little fire on the hearth, and it contended cheerfully with the sunlight which slanted across the moss-green carpet and caressed the curved sides of an old marquetry desk. Near the bed stood a table holding her breakfast tray.
In its harmonious porcelain and silver, a handful of violets in a slender glass and the morning paper folded beneath her letters. Side lighting and fabrics were, as we have seen, suspended in swags from the columns to complete the effect.
The central staircase of the store emphasized the vertical nature of its cavernous space while the salon was an equally vertically oriented space of enormous scale but with ceilings painted in the classical manner and paintings covering the walls.