About

C a t h y  W h i t l o c k

Photo Credit: Russ Harrington

I am an international speaker,  book author, print and digital feature writer and editor, and content developer. My passion for travel, film and design reflects throughout my work.


Books:  I am the author of Designs on Film: A Century of Hollywood Art Direction (Harper Collins) and re-de-sign: New Directions For Your Interior Design Career (Fairchild Books).


Editorial:  As a contributing writer for The Hollywood Reporter, Architectural Digest, American Airlines Celebrated Living, contributing design editor for Traditional Home and features editor for Array, I specialize in film, travel, set, costume and interior design, lifestyle and celebrity profiles. I have covered celebrities from Meryl Streep and Javier Bardem to Bradley Cooper and Sidney Poitier and my travels have taken me everywhere from Australia and Ireland to Tahiti and Sri Lanka.


My work also appears in Vanity Fair, Veranda, Elle Decor, Better Homes and Gardens, British Glamour and Atlanta Homes, and I write the blog Cinema Style that celebrates and chronicles trends, inspirations, and designs in movies and television. I have been profiled in numerous outlets from the Wall Street Journal and NPR to Italian Vogue and The Hollywood Reporter.


Digital Content:  I have written travel features and marketing materials for Regent Seven Seas Cruises, interior design and culture pieces for the e-commerce antique site ArtOrigo, and served as Editor-in-chief of LuxPop! and content developer for RubyLux.


Lectures:  As an international speaker and panel moderator on the subjects of production design and set decor on film and television, I speak at museums, universities, film and design schools, women's clubs, corporate, charity, design and film industry events. I am fascinated by how the medium influences and ultimately shapes our lives, and my purpose is to educate, entertain and inspire while pulling back the curtain on how movies are made.  


In My Past Life:  Formerly with Universal Pictures and the late British film producer Sir Lew Grade's ITC Entertainment, I was also Manager of Consumer Card Marketing at American Express where I worked on the original "cause-related" marketing campaign. In addition, I was a frequent on-air personality on HGTV's "Decorating with Style."


My Interests:   The fact I have a TV remote in every room, my motto is Have Passport - Will  Travel, and March Madness is a hallowed event pretty much says it all. I am also a self-professed political junkie and have never missed an Oscar telecast.