Believe me....we must clear our houses of troublesome superfluities that are forever in our way..
If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it. Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful .
He continued: ..and if we apply that rule strictly....we shall surely have more money to pay for decent houses. (I like that last point, and I had not heard this part of the quotation before.)
So, is it useful? Is it beautiful?
If yes, keep it, if no, let it go. After all, why would you want to keep things which are useless and ugly!
In the same lecture Morris stated 'If I were to say what is at once the most important production of art and the thing most longed for, I should answer, a beautiful house.'
..tomorrow Making Winter again....