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In his new book, Dior Couture (Rizzoli), famed fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier photographs roughly 150 dresses, suits and coats, all made by Dior ateliers from 1947 to 2011…using modern day models, the early pieces come to life once again…their timeless beauty just as chic today as they were decades ago…from Christian Dior’s early work to John Galliano’s fall 2010 couture show, the book offers an artful look at the history of this remarkable couture house…in an interview with Cathy Hoyrn for the NY Times, Demarchelier speaks about his humble beginnings and his passion for his craft…to see the inspiring video interview, click here

above ~ Patrick Demarchelier’s photograph of John Gallino’s fall 2010 couture show

below ~ Photographs from Patrick Demarchelier‘s fine art collection

Christy Turlington, British Vogue, New York, February 1992

Nadja Avermann, Harpers Bazaar, Paris, October 1994

Nadja Avermann, Harpers Bazaar, New York, January 1995

French Vogue, October 2007

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rose tarlow ~ melrose house

Let’s continue our journey down Melrose Avenue in sunny Los Angeles! Next stop, Rose Tarlow Melrose House

Designer, author, philanthropist and dog lover, Rose Tarlow prides herself on creating warm and relaxed environments…having been in the business for 35 years, she’s and expert when it comes to style and comfort…take for example her line of furniture and textiles for her namesake, Rose Tarlow Melrose House…inspired by her passion for antiques, her pieces echo the beauty of the past but with a twist all her own…crafted in Los Angeles by local artisans, using age old techniques, every piece emerges as a work of art…heirlooms that can be passed down from generation to generation…beauty meets form and function…

Please enjoy this intimate visit to Melrose House

“To me, sophistication is a perfect marriage between intelligence and simplicity.” ~ Rose Tarlow

“Furniture and accessories must be considered with great care and attention, but must not seem so.” ~ RT

“I have always had a aversion to the concepts of in style and out of style.” ~ RT

“If my rooms were food, they’d be something comforting like macaroni-and-cheese with a crusty top. Or toast.” ~ RT

“Ollie, my eight-year old poodle, is my favorite possession. To be honest, I don’t know if he’s mine or I’m his. Someone asked me if he was a rescue dog, and I said, Yes, he rescued me.” RT

photos from Rose Tarlow Melrose House

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Every month I look forward to Elle Decor’s feature titled 12 things he (or she) can’t live without! This month, we discover some interesting tidbits about one of Hollywood’s most beloved stars, Diane Keaton…notorious for flipping houses, Keaton includes The Melrose Project, located on Melrose in Los Angeles, on her short list of favorites…

“The Melrose Project is a unique collection of the country’s most distinctive and distinguished dealers and artists from the world of antiques, fine art, rugs, and contemporary furnishings.  With pieces from each contributing member thoughtfully installed in a single shared space, curators Tommy Clements and Kathleen Clements present new stories month after month outside of the literal boundaries of design.”

Please enjoy some inspiring vignettes from this ever changing world of art and design!

photos from The Melrose Project

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Tomorrow, Saturday November 26th, is the 2nd annual Small Business Saturday! It is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year…small businesses create half of the jobs in the private sector, in fact, they have created 65% of the net new jobs over the last 17 years…if we support independently owned small businesses in our community, we can truly make a difference…today’s post is a tribute to twelve of my favorite small businesses in the Boston area…from colorful silk scarves at Artisans Way in Concord to a wooden box of chocolate mice from L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates in Cambridge, these lovely shops are filled with unique gift ideas for everyone on your list!

Wishing you a glorious holiday weekend! Happy shopping!

Artisans Way, fine art and contemporary craft ~ Concord, MA

Nesting on Main, antiques, home and garden ~ Concord, MA

West Concord Five and Ten, old fashioned five and ten (perfect for stocking stuffers and wrapping needs!) ~ Concord, MA

Didriks, home accessories, tableware and outdoor furniture ~ Cambridge, MA

L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates ~ Cambridge MA, Walpole NH, New York NY

Reside, specializing in vintage mid-century modern furniture and home accessories ~ Cambridge & Boston, MA

Good, jewelry and accessories ~ Boston, MA

Hudson, furniture, home accessories and vintage items ~ Boston & Wellesley, MA

Neil Devlin Antiques, antiques and decorations ~ Wellesley, MA

Lakota Bakery, homemade cookies, brownies and bars ~ Arlington, MA

The Elephant’s Trunk, children’s bookshop ~ Lexington, MA

Andrew Spindler, antiques and decorations ~ Essex, MA

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O Lord that lends me life,

Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness

~ William Shakespeare

Detail of The Marriage at Cana by Paolo Veronese (c. 1560)

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More glorious dining rooms to whet your appetite! Enjoy!!!

photos from Elle Decor and Metropolitan Home

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dining rooms ~ part one

from a stylish urban townhouse to a rustic country cottage, these artful dining rooms are sure to inspire delightful conversation and exceptional cuisine…more tomorrow!

photos from house to home

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