December 6, 1992 |
It would be sacrilege to say that Dorothy Parker could improve on the meaning of a phrase in the Bible, but in one case she actually did: Parker and Clare Booth Luce were engaged in a running feud. Meeting in a doorway one day, Luce stepped aside for Parker with the stinger, "Age before beauty." Parker's famous retort: "Pearls before swine."
February 8, 2001 |
Wouldn't it be fun to peek inside the homes of home decorators? After all, it's one thing to see professionals' handiwork in clients' abodes, but what do they do in their own sanctuaries? This is the question posed by author Claire Whitcomb and the editors of Victoria magazine in "Designers in Residence" (Hearst Books), published this month. The book looks inside the homes of 18 decorators, all of them women.
HOME & GARDEN
April 10, 1993 |
Gianna Majzler's world is filled with teapots, birdhouses, scented potpourris and seemingly anything with a Victorian or whimsical look. As the owner and creative director of Gianna Rose, a Fountain Valley-based company that specializes in everything from fabric designs to velvet pincushions to doorknob sachets, Majzler is surrounded each day by new designs and new items that she will incorporate into home decor items. "On a recent trip, I found these great cast iron tassels.
HOME & GARDEN
February 11, 1995 |
The figure lurking in the shadows at the top of the stairs or in the corner of the bedroom may be no more ominous than an antique dressmaker's form. It's another case of yesterday's necessity turning into today's conversation piece. "The old dress form has a different function today, as a decorative stand for jewelry, such as necklaces or brooches," says Nancy Lindenmeyer, editor of Victoria magazine.
August 26, 1999 |
"Oh, thank you" she exclaims, clutching the bouquet of roses. "They're beautiful." And then she holds them out for you to smell. This is the problem, the smelling. This is the genesis of the uncomfortable little lie. Because, sniff as you will, you cannot smell a thing--certainly nothing more florally fragrant than your weed-filled yard. And you didn't pay $79 for the weeds. So you fib. "Mmmmm," you nod. "Smells nice."
November 3, 1989 |
Add this to the mounting evidence that women are tired of the more predictable parts of modern life: a little hat shop--Patina Millinery--tucked between a bakery and a swimming-pool supply on North La Brea Avenue. Patina Millinery is the vision of artists-turned-milliners Jodi Bentsen and Katrin Noon, who have filled the high-ceilinged, garret-like space with custom-made, one-of-a-kind hats that evoke another era.