Rose Tarlow

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Rose Khedouri
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationEmerson College and the New York School of Interior Design
OccupationInterior Designer and Author
Barry Tarlow
(m. 1971; div. 1980)

Rose Tarlow is an interior designer, a furniture and textile designer, and an author based in Los Angeles, California. She is known for having designed elegant residences for a small number of notable clients. She is the author of Private House, a memoir of her interior design activities, first published in 2001. In 2004, the magazine editor Marian McEvoy wrote that Tarlow, along with Albert Hadley, Jacques Grange, Michael Taylor (designer)|Michael Taylor, Renzo Mongiardino, and John Stefanidis, were "six design superstars who have had an enormous impact on me and practically everyone else in the design world."[1]

Interior design

Tarlow is known for creating rooms with highly refined wood, plaster and stone finishes, furnished with antiques (typically English, French, and East Asian), and infused with a personal blend of classicism, minimalism, and romanticism. In her own house in Bel Air, she clad her dining room floor with reclaimed stone from France, installed wide wood floor boards made from 17th-Century French oak in her living room, and added ceiling beams throughout, taken from an 11th-Century church in Kent, England. Like much of her work, the house has a romantic character: in 1994, the writer Susan Orlean opined that "the place had the rugged, sunny, otherworldly ambience of a California mission."[2] In 2001, the architecture critic Julie I. Iovine wrote of Tarlow's passion for creating "rooms of haunting luxury packed with enough rarities and idiosyncratic touches to upstage a Zeffirelli opera set."[3]

Representative projects

  • Rose Tarlow Apartment, Belgrave Square, London (interior design, completed 1988, with Livio Cumbo, architect).[4]
  • Rose Tarlow Residence, Bel Air, California (interior design, completed 1990, with Larry Totah, architect).[5]
  • Barbara Walters Residence, Bel Air, California (interior design, completed ca 1990).[6]
  • Eli Broad|Eli and Edythe Broad Residence, Brentwood, California (interior design, completed 1992, with Frank Gehry, architect and Robert E. Langdon Jr.|Langdon & Wilson Architects).[7]
  • David Geffen Residence, Beverly Hills, California (interior design, completed ca 1995, with Deborah Nevins, landscape design).[8][9]
  • Eddie Lampert Residence, Greenwich, Connecticut (interior design, completed 2001, with Michael Middleton Dwyer|Michael Dwyer, architect).
  • Sunshine Ranch, Aspen, Colorado (interior design, completed 2016, with Arthur Chabon, architect).[10]

Written works

  • Rose Tarlow. Private House (New York: Clarkson Potter, 2001).

Early life and education

Tarlow graduated from Emerson College in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science in Theater Arts.[11] She married in 1961,[12] after which she attended classes at the New York School of Interior Design and the Parsons School of Design, and established an interior design shop in Englewood, New Jersey.[13][14] In 1971, having divorced and moved to California, she married the lawyer Barry Tarlow.[15] She established R. Tarlow Antiques in 1974, and Rose Tarlow Melrose House in 1981.[16]

In the media



  1. Marian McEvoy, "Observations on Designers," Veranda, May–June 2004.
  2. Susan Orlean, "This is Perfect," The New Yorker, April 18, 1994, page 56.
  3. Julie V. Iovine, "Perfect Taste And a Client List To Prove It," The New York Times, December 6, 2001.
  4. Elizabeth Lambert, "On Belgrave Square," Architectural Digest, March 1989.
  5. Michael Webb, "California Pastoral," Architectural Digest, June 1991.
  6. "Decorating: Rose Tarlow Sees Beauty," Los Angeles Times, December 7, 1994.
  7. Mayer Rus, "Brentwood Estate with a Museum-worthy Art Collection," Architectural Digest, August 2015.
  8. Susan Orlean, "This is Perfect," The New Yorker, April 18, 1994, page 52.
  9. Anne Raver, "The Sage of Luxury Landscapes," The New York Times, October 2, 2004.
  10. Norman Kolpas, "A Back-road Masterpiece in Horse Country," Colorado Homes and Lifestyles, August 2016.
  11. Emerson College Yearbook, 1960, Rose Khedouri.
  12. Manhattan Marriage License #1905 (1961).
  13. Julie V. Iovine, "Perfect Taste And a Client List To Prove It," The New York Times, December 6, 2001.
  14. "Decorating: Rose Tarlow Sees Beauty," Los Angeles Times, December 7, 1994.
  15. California Marriage Index, 1971, Rose Khedouri.
  16. website.

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