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  • He glanced at the cretonnes and colored prints in her living-room, and gurgled,

    Babbit 2004

  • There are linens of all prices, and cretonnes, both the inexpensive kind and the wonderful shadow ones; there are silks and velvets and velours, aurora cloth, cotton crêpe and arras cloth, and a thousand other beautiful stuffs that are cheap or medium-priced or expensive, whose names only the shopman knows, but which win our admiration from afar.

    Furnishing the Home of Good Taste A Brief Sketch of the Period Styles in Interior Decoration with Suggestions as to Their Employment in the Homes of Today Lucy Abbot Throop

  • If variety in the colour-scheme is desired, it may be introduced by means of cretonnes or silks used for hangings and furniture covers.

    The Art of Interior Decoration Grace Wood

  • Cavencliffe was a great, roomy country-house, in the Colonial style, furnished in chintz and cretonnes, light and airy, with wicker furniture and bird's-eye maple throughout, save in the dining-room, where there was the slenderest of old Hepplewhite.

    In Her Own Right John Reed Scott

  • With cretonnes we made pillows, stuffed with prairie grass; hung bright curtains at the little windows, which opened by sliding back between strips of wood.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh Edith Eudora Kohl

  • If colour is to play a conspicuous part, brightly figured silks and cretonnes being used for hangings and upholstery, the floor covering should be indefinite both as to colour and design.

    The Art of Interior Decoration Grace Wood

  • Gay cretonnes hung at the windows, the shades of the several lamps about the room were of delicate silk; the rug was deep and soft.

    Keeper of the Keys Biggers, Earl Derr, 1884-1933 1932

  • In fact, I think we both were observing each other more closely than the cretonnes.

    The Fifth Wheel A Novel Olive Higgins Prouty 1928

  • It was furnished charmingly in cretonnes -- pink, with roses and trailing vines.

    Blue Bonnet in Boston or, Boarding-School Days at Miss North's Caroline E. Jacobs 1924

  • What comradeship they had had, they two, what theatre trips, what summer days in the car, what communion over the first baby's downy head, what conferences over the new papers and cretonnes for Home

    The Heart of Rachael Kathleen Thompson Norris 1923


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  • "Those living abroad often tried to anglicise their dwellings in an effort to recreate a little corner of England.... 'clung rather pathetically to every tradition of Home, disguised their cheap furniture (hired from the Government or a dealer in the bazaar) with flowered cretonnes and made their bungalows look as English as they could'."

    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 68

    May 5, 2010