Image reproduced from R. W. B. Lewis, Edith Wharton: A Biography. New York: Harper & Row, 1975; Fromm
International Publishing, 1985. 
Edith Wharton's New York
This picture of the interior of her mother's house at 28 West 25th Street in New York City in 1884 shows the wealth and sophistication of Edith Wharton's milieu. 

Wharton, who preferred a more restrained and classically elegant style of decoration than this, would later write The Decoration of Houses (1897), a best-selling book on interior design, with interior designer Ogden Codman.

An avid gardener all her life, she designed elaborate gardens for her houses, first at The Mount and later at her houses in France. A niece, Beatrix Farrand, later became a famous landscape architect. 

Satellite view of 882-884 Park Avenue, New York, where Edith and Teddy Wharton lived during the early years of their marriage.