Please tell me you read the last page of House and Garden (actually, please tell me you are now reading it cover to cover since for the last two years this magazine has been ON FIRE and it's quickly becoming as lust-worthy as Elle Decor...lil' miss perfect editrix Margaret Russell is like the Tracy Flick of shelter mag editors... she couldn't put together a bad issue if she tried, but she should watch out because H&G is nipping at her heels, as is the pre-school younger sister Domino, of course).
Rus, I think, used to be the editor of Interior Design magazine, and he first made my heart flutter when Sheila Bridges did a quick feature on him during her short-lived and much-missed "Designer Living" show on Fine Living TV. He had that kind of campy and fabulous NY apartment where people live in 400 sq feet of space, and because they have no possible reason to splurge on, say, a car, they buy ridiculous things like $1200 Hermes ice buckets. I LOVE that shit. It's like using Le Mer on your cracked heels. BECAUSE YOU CAN.
Rus is your classic over-the-top design hag ready with a drink in hand and a bon mot to keep you laughing. His editorial hand is all over H&G magazine, but it's his raucous and bitchy "Testy Tastemaker" column at the back of the H&G that really kills me. I love him.
You can read him here
Rus should be more famous.