“There are those who spend lifetimes in houses that have nothing to do with who they really are. They may be perfectly designed, yet if they fail to reflect the personalities of the people who live in them, the very essence of intimacy is missing and this absence is disturbingly visible.” -Rose Tarlow
My friend Charlotte has this interesting little book sitting on her coffee table one day and once I opened it up, I found it completely intriguing. She told me that she had to read The Private House
in design school so I figured that maybe it was worth buying for myself. The book published in 2001 is a summary of what Rose Tarlow taught at the UCLA School of Interior Design. I’m not sure if she still teaches or not.
I didn’t really know much about Rose Tarlow before I bought the book. According to her bio, “Tarlow’s design career started small, with the opening of her shop, Rose Tarlow Antiques, in 1975. Today her Los Angeles—based company, Rose Tarlow—Melrose House, is renowned for its reproduction—or, in many cases, adaptation—of antiques, as well as its more modern designs.”
She describes her style as “fresh, clean, contemporary furniture and art mixed with wonderful old pieces—and a very definite edge of eccentricity.” That’s something I can definitely relate to.
Her book is filled with beautiful images and I’m looking forward to sitting down to read it thoroughly when I have the time. It sounds like she has great advice for the amateur and professional designer alike.
I can already tell that the chapter entitled “Confessions of a Shopkeeper” is going to be my favorite. It starts with her saying, “One of my great challenges in life is controlling the temptation to purchase everything I fall in love with. Once I discover a treasure, I am compelled to find it a home.” A woman after my own heart!
She recently sold her company, Rose Tarlow – Melrose House
, that produces furniture and textiles but I can’t imagine her sitting around counting her money. I’m sure she’s out shopping somewhere and giving her amazing finds a very happy home!