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This undated photo shows a kitchen in Nantucket, Mass., featured in the book "Classical Principles for Modern Design: Lessons From Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman's The Decoration of Houses," by Thomas Jayne.

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Rooms with ‘good bones’: Wharton’s design legacy

Edith Wharton, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author famous for novels set in the late 19th century, also wrote an influential book on interior design, long considered a sort of bible of American decorating.

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