From 1989 to 2009 Barbara
Thornburg was with the Los Angeles Times.
At the Los
Angeles Times Sunday Magazine she was Senior Style
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.
1983 to 1988, Thornburg worked as West Coast City
Editor for Metropolitan Home magazine where she
produced stories on interior design and home
She has written articles for: Brand X,
Outside's Go, Baja Breeze, Angeles and
has styled and produced stories for:
Working Woman, Cosmopolitan, Regional West,
Flower, Family Circle, Working Mother and the
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
She appeared on three programs for
the new cable network HG-TV, “Rooms for
Program topics included: furniture as
fashion; personal style in interiors; and trends in
She was the talent
interviewing homeowners for another HG-TV program, “Celebrity
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
She participated in a panel at
West Week at the Pacific
“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
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
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.