"[He] stopped before a heavy rosewood door ... pushed open the door ... It was a gigantic room--that was the word that occurred to her as most fitting, and the vast space of it was emphasized by the almost complete lack of furniture. A very small ebony writing table, two very small chairs, and a long and narrow black cupboard fitted into a recess were all the furnishings she could see. The high walls were covered with golden paper. Four bright red rafters ran across the black ceiling; the floor was completely covered with a deep purple carpet. ... [a] man stood with his back to the tiny fire that burned in the silver fireplace."
From The Three Just Men by Edgar Wallace