Rineke van Daalen Houses and their interiors provide a rich picture of the lifestyles of their inhabitants.
They also represent and objectify the social relations of the people that designed them, built them, and used them.
Changes in these respects, such as the death of a parent or the formation of a new household, are reflected in changes in dwelling spaces.
Nearly all people spent all their lives in small groups.
Apart from going to church, people attended only gatherings that could assemble in ordinary houses, which were also the scenes of labor.
The function of domestic interiors as a display of status became more important as affluence increased, differences in power decreased, and status rivalry intensified.
Emulation and competition are driving forces in the development and spread of styles and fashions.
They lived in humble cottages whose construction cost less than three years' income.