A useful book-on more than one score. Anyone interested in making the best use of inherited (or acquired) antiques, in restoring an old house for modern living without sacrificing its charm, will find this -- both in text and photographs (by Samuel Chamberlain) chockful of suggestions. Through studying period backgrounds and appropriate furnishings, it is evidenced here that a judicious combining of overlapping periods makes for appropriate beauty borrowed from earlier days. New England interiors have been selected to illustrate; expanded captions point up the important details. An introductory section briefly summarizes the basic factors in successive periods from ""early American"" to ""Gothic revival"". If at times there is an over-elaboration of the points stressed- this in both photographed details and text- perhaps it will appeal to a wider range of interests.