22 July 2010

Well Said: Anita Loos

"I've had my best times when trailing a Mainbocher evening gown across a sawdust floor. I've always loved high style in low company."

So said Anita Loos (1888-1981), best-dressed writer and wit and author of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes."

12 July 2010

Well Said: Min Hogg

 Min Hogg in a photograph by Peter Schlesinger, 1978. Image from "A Chequered Past" (Thames & Hudson, 2003).

"Why does everything have to be so perfect? Nothing in real life is, you know."

So said Min Hogg, the founder and former editor in chief of The World of Interiors and a firm believer in stylish rooms filled with endearing mistakes, sleight-of-hand solutions, camouflage decorating, and such.

06 July 2010

Well Said: Betty Sherrill

Interior decorator Betty Sherrill of McMillen Inc at home in New York City. Photograph by Jeffrey Hirsch, from an article published on New York Social Diary.

"I skipped to school. Nobody skips anymore do they?"

And frankly, more's the pity.

05 July 2010

Traffic Report

I hate to be a bore but as this blog comes slowly back to life, some road work is necessary. Namely comments must be from registered users. I do apologize for this inconvenience, which will require users to jump a registration hurdle. It's all due to one particularly annoying Anonymous, alas, whose clockwork nastiness wears down one's soul.