Searching for the show house
Anyone who has toured the Junior League of Buffalo's Decorators' Show Houses knows that it takes a special house to fit the bill.
Finding homeowners willing to move out of their home for three months and give carte blanche to interior decorators and designers is just the beginning.
That's why the search is on now to secure a home for the 1999 Decorators' Show House, the 10th show house since its inception in 1981. The show house, which is a showcase for local designers and decorating trends, is held every two years and is co-sponsored by The Buffalo News.
"It's difficult to convince someone to give up their house, but it's a wonderful way to contribute to the community. The funds go back into the community for a project that is selected by the Junior League by vote," said Janice Worobec, chairwoman of Show House '99.
More than $1.5 million has been raised since the first Decorators' Show House opened its doors, benefiting such projects as the Waterfront Performing Arts Concert Series, the Kleinhans Music Hall kitchen restoration, the Hospice Education Center and others.
Selection of a Show House is based on a number of factors, such as attractiveness, square footage, curb appeal and lot size. The house should also have interesting architectural features, an easy interior traffic flow and a second staircase, so that guests aren't bumping into each going up and down the same stairs.
In addition, the house has to have space for a boutique and cafe and plenty of convenient parking.
Interested owners of a house that meets the above criteria -- or anyone who knows of possible homes -- may call the Junior League of Buffalo at 884-8865.
If you're a fan of photographer William Wegman and the weimaraners he poses for pictures, don't miss the April issue of House & Garden magazine.
In this series of photographs, his dogs are encouraged to get on the furniture.
In one photograph, they sit politely on a brown chenille sofa and chaise; in another, one tries out the swivel shelf of an entertainment center. In a third, titled "Party of Three," a trio gathers around a round table wearing crowns.
What a treat.
Get with it
What looks hopelessly dated this spring?
Family Circle magazine has come out with a short list of what's "out" for the months ahead: micro-mini skirts; acid-washed denim; appliques; skinny eyebrows; skunk-stripe highlights; belly-baring crop tops; severe bangs; clunky shoes; heavy eye shadow; oversize shoulder pads; white tights; completely matte makeup, and perfectly coiffed hair.
Paul and Linda McCartney's names certainly are familiar enough. Now daughter Stella is becoming famous.
No, not as a rock 'n' roller. She's a fashion designer.
Earlier this month in Paris, Ms. McCartney, 26, unveiled the fall '98 collection she designed for Chloe. This is her second year with the French fashion house; last April, she succeeded Karl Lagerfeld in the role.
Her clothes have been described as fun and pretty with lots of sex appeal -- and a little "rock chick" thrown in for good measure.
A graduate of London's famous St. Martin's School of Fashion, Ms. McCartney drew plenty of applause from the crowd at the close of her show.
As "Live and Let Die" blasted on the soundtrack, her proud father led the cheers, "tossing yellow flowers into the air as she swept past his chair while making her runway bow," one observer wrote.
And finally . . .
"Please order me a pair of alligator shoes size 10A -- medium heel -- slender -- pointed shoe but not exaggerated -- no tricky vamp business -- you know what I like -- elegant and timeless."
-- Excerpt from a letter written by Jackie Kennedy to a Bergdorf Goodman consultant about her fashion needs as first lady.