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Barbara Thornburg
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From 1989 to 2009 Barbara Thornburg was with the Los Angeles Times.  At the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine she was Senior Style Editor.  She joined the newspaper’s Home Section in 2008.   For the Times she wrote and produced more than 500 articles, internet videos and blogs covering trends in home design, architecture, gardens, food and entertaining.  From September 1994 to May 1995, she was Acting Style Editor, coordinating and producing stories on fashion and beauty, as well as home and garden design.  Many of her stories were syndicated: Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Harford Courant, The Morning Call, Daily Press, Orlando Sentinel, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, The Providence Journal, TheDay, Winston-Salem Journal and the Standard.  From 1983 to 1988, Thornburg worked as West Coast City Editor for Metropolitan Home magazine where she produced stories on interior design and home entertaining.  She has written articles for: Brand X, Outside's Go, Baja Breeze, Angeles and California magazines.  She has styled and produced stories for:  Working Woman, Cosmopolitan, Regional West, Flower, Family Circle, Working Mother and the Herald Examiner. 

She authored the book “L.A. Lofts” published by Chronicle Books in 2006.  She has written, lectured and participated on panels and juries on interior design for the last two decades.  She appeared on three programs for the new cable network HG-TV, “Rooms for Improvement.”  Program topics included: furniture as fashion; personal style in interiors; and trends in interior design.  She was the talent interviewing homeowners for another HG-TV program, “Celebrity Gardens.”  In addition, she has appeared as a guest on the “The Christopher Lowell Show” as well as Kitty Bartholomew’s “Your Home”, featuring her restored Victorian home. She has lectured on design to various groups, among them I.S.I.D., A.S.I.D., The L.A. Furniture Mart, The Harvard Alumni Group and the L.A. Antique Show.  She participated in a panel at West Week at the Pacific Design Center, “All About Style,” with designer John Saladino and editors from Metropolitan Home, Town and Country, and Traditional Interiors.

Prior to her writing career, Thornburg worked as an interior designer in New York City and Los Angeles.  As a community activist in the early 70’s, she served as President of the Los Angeles Conservancy, an umbrella-organization for Los Angeles’ preservation community.  She has also served as President of The Carroll Avenue Restoration Foundation and project coordinator for the MacArthur Park Art Program.  In 1978 she conceived and produced the 1978 winner of the National Trust for Historical Preservation annual film competition for best preservation-in-action film, “A Moving Experience.”

Thornburg grew up in California, Colorado and New York, graduating from UCLA with a B.A. cum laude in Spanish and also attended the New York School of Interior Design.  She lives in a restored 1887 Eastlake Victorian house on historic Carroll Avenue with her husband Andrew and Great Dane Cleo.  Cleo stared in "Shop 'Til They Flop!", an article and a poplular Los Angeles Times web cast about large dogs shopping in Beverly Hills.

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