The Victorian Home by Kathryn Ferry is the story of how the evolving middle class lived, their manners and customs, the architecture of their homes, their eclectic tastes in décor, and all manner of small domestic matters from the use of "Bath Stones" for cleaning chores to the favored colors for nurseries. All of this is told in an enjoyable compact book.
The illustrations are well chosen and truly "illuminate" every point. For example a discussion of status seeking Victorians is accompanied by a must-see drawing of a pair of attached houses, not so classy, designed to look like a very large villa, much classier.
In exploring all these subjects the author supplies much additional context to augment her topics.
In her discussion of Mrs. Beeton, famous author of the "Book of Household Management", Ferry adds the interesting information that Mr. Beeton received a complimentary season railroad ticket to London from the owner as a premium when the Beetons rented a suburban house.
Almost anyone can learn something new and fascinating from it. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in the evolution of the middle class family and the antecedents of today's middle class houses.