Elsie De Wolfe

[Lady Mendl]

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Elsie de Wolfe (also known as Lady Mendl) (December 20, 1865? – July 12, 1950) was an American actress, interior decorator, nominal author of the influential 1913 book The House in Good Taste,and a prominent figure in New York, Paris, and London society. According to The New Yorker, "Interior Design as a profession was invented by Elsie de Wolfe." During her married life, the press ... more »

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  • ''It is the personality of the mistress that the home expresses. Men are forever guests in our homes, no matter how much happiness they may find there.''
    Elsie De Wolfe (1865-1950), British actor, hostess. The House in Good Taste, ch. 1 (1920).
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