About the Author
Born in New York and raised in Los Angeles, Tara Riceberg is a well-traveled art enthusiast who knows how to throw a great party. There’s more to this Californian than first meets the eye. Tara is a cosmopolitan girl with plenty of business savvy.
Tara’s introduction to the design and entertaining world came through Tesoro, her family’s home design store that specialized in unique, handcrafted items from artisans around the world. For nearly ten years, Tara showcased talented house- ware designers, advised customers on home décor, entertaining, and gifts, and traveled abroad sourcing stunning one-of-a-kind items. Now, Tara offers advice accessories through her styling company, TWEAK.
Tara not only introduced her style to Tesoro, but also has lectured on tabletop design at the Pacific Design Center and has appeared on radio and television shows for NBC, Style, and USA networks, as a lifestyle expert. Her focus was entertaining on a budget with designed “tablescapes”. She specializes in using products in ways for which they were not originally designed, like a silver ice bucket as a wastebasket.
Now with TWEAK, Tara has found the ideal outlet for her various passions: home design, entertaining and travel. “A home, and the art and objects within it, should reflect and compliment the lives of the inhabitants,” she says. “As they evolve, so should their domestic accoutrements. I love helping clients enhance their homes and their lifestyles with accessories. It’s amazing what a big difference a small change can make.”
Today Tara not only styles homes for clients in Los Angeles, New York and Washington D.C. but also has a pop-up retail store in Los Angeles. TWEAK was selected one of the 50 best and brightest US retail stores of 2008 according to Home Accents Today and earned her a seat on their retail advisory board. For the ‘09 holiday season, she launched TWEAK99, Value Smart Design, a $99 and under only store. In 2011, she was selected to be Party City’s Celebration Expert.
She's an avid world traveler who speaks multiple languages. When she’s not on buying trips abroad or visiting far-flung friends, Tara likes to give dinner parties like a recent Mexican-themed birthday for which she sourced authentic costumes and decorations, of course. A professed homebody, Tara enjoys relaxing in her objet-filled home with the devoted male in her life, her black Shih-Tzu Domino.
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