ELSIE de WOLFE
also known as Lady Mendl,
was an American actress, interior decorator and
the author of the influential 1913 book
The House in Good Taste.
According to The New Yorker,
"Interior design as a profession was invented
by Elsie de Wolfe,"
although the praise is not strictly true.
De Wolfe was certainly the most famous
name in the field until the 1930s
but the profession of interior decorator/designer was recognized as a promising one as early as 1900.
In 1905 she received her first official commission,
The Colony Club in New York.