The Home: Room for Every Taste

Next to the cost of the house itself, the single biggest family expense for many middle-and upper-class Americans is the furniture and decoration that go to make the house a home. Nor is it any longer a once-in-a-life-time investment. "Forty years ago, you furnished a home and were done with it," notes Robert Lauter, vice president of Manhattan's R. H. Macy Co. Today, one out of five families changes residence every year, and it is a common pattern for a married couple to start off in a small apartment, move to the...

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