Maybe it’s the promise of sunshine. Maybe it’s all of the attention the city receives around the Oscars. Or, maybe it’s my upcoming vacation there that can’t come soon enough. Whatever the reason, lately my mind has been on lovely Los Angeles.
Growing up in Northern California, my family took an annual trip to L.A. and we often stayed (much to my delight!) at the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel.
I have fond memories of our visits there, and – in recent years- it’s become a fast favorite with my own little ones. It seems that my children take kindly to “the star treatment,” including red carpet arrivals:
and pint sized plush robes for wearing en route to the pool. If you’re considering staying at The BHH with children, be sure to check out the “Little Legends” package — which includes all of these amenities and more.
My recent visit to the legendary hotel renewed my love for the crisp cabana stripes, dramatic palm print wallpaper and punchy pink & green color scheme. It also sparked the idea for the Beverly Hills Hotel themed preview party that I co-chaired for the Greenwich Historical Society’s Winter Antiques Show.
Dubbed “90210 meets 06830” (a catch phrase splashed on pink cocktail napkins used at the party), the event saw the rather utilitarian Old Greenwich Civic Center
…transformed into the distinctive Hollywood landmark thanks to the help of a talented set designer. Here, by day:
…And then at night:
To further set the scene in “Old Hollywood,” guests passed by this beauty on their way into the party…
And followed signs advertising “Maps to the Stars.”
The foyer of the Civic Center -which typically welcomes seniors and students participating in community programs-
Was made over to resemble the hotel lobby…complete with wallpaper panels
A statement floral (and playful pink sunglasses for the stylish starlets)
and a “reception desk” that doubled as a check-in for party goers.
The Civic Center gym played host to antique vendors and a lovely crowd.
A long, uninviting hallway was spruced up with striped linens and more palm print wallpaper
The coat check/”Soda Fountain”
And, “The Polo Lounge”
…where guests enjoyed browsing antiques, sipping cocktails
and taking in a performance by none other than Frank and Marilyn!
The Antiques Show is held over the course of a weekend and following the Friday night Preview Party, the lounge was reconfigured to host two exciting designer events.
Fittingly, Los Angeles based interior designer – Mary McDonald– served as Honorary Chair of the Antiques Show and treated design enthusiasts to a highly entertaining lecture and slideshow presentation showcasing her work. Mary is talented, funny and real. We chatted about our shared infatuation with California surf culture and here she is signing my copy of her book with the inscription: “From one surfer chick poser to another.” Love it!
If you weren’t able to make it to the Antiques show and don’t have plans to head out West, you can embrace the Beverly Hills aesthetic with these fun pieces from Furbish Studio. Love this cheerful headboard for a whimsical guest room.
And this tropical tray is high on my list of summer entertaining must-haves:
Finally, I’ll leave you with a photo of yours truly standing in front of our BHH repro the night of the Preview Party:
and a fitting parting shot from the real McCoy.
Happy Spring Break!!!
Photos: CT, Fairfield County Look, Rifle Paper Co.
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