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DIANNE B STORE

 

Dianne always liked to do things differently than most everyone else and this characteristic has manifested it itself in her life, in her homes, in her career and in her gardens.   Her fashion calling spanned the 70s, 80s and inched into the 90s and was filled with firsts.  This image is the 5000  square foot concrete Comme des Garcons store opened in 1983.  It was her third store: the first Dianne B opened on Madison Avenue in 1976, the second Dianne B in a primitive SoHo in 1982 — when SoHo was nothing but artists’ lofts and a few galleries.  Her stores each caused quite a stir.  Art + Fashion did not mix as freely then as it does today.

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DIANNE B BEST

 

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LONGHOUSE

 

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WATERMILL CENTER

 

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GARDEN CONSULTING

Dianne is available for garden style consultation in The Hamptons. Her specialty is glamour and drama and she will help you find the special plants and trees that you won’t see in everyone else’s garden. Don’t forget the accessories ⎯ be it a stone animal or a specimen tree.  Dianne considers herself a garden stylist, she does not do the planting or the maintenance of the garden (except her own); her forte is ideas and garden style.

Dianne's passion for gardening began more than twenty years ago when she acquired her first house in East Hampton. What started as a weedy, woody tangle was turned into a garden-tour-worthy shady exotic acre.  The details were documented in DIRT: The Lowdown on Growing a Garden with Style, an inimitible gardening book/memoir that has become a gardening cult classic.  Dianne loves to write about gardening and lifestyle, for years the highly-irreverent, though immensely practical Garden Pundit for Hamptons Cottages and Gardens Magazine, she now writes and photographs for her blog, DIRTIER, which is the basis for her next book.  Her unique artistic gardening vision, as well as her dramatic decorating style, has been editorialized countless times.