May 12, 2012

beverly hills hotel celebrates 100 years

The iconic pink and green
Beverly Hills Hotel

turns 100 today.

Originally the hotel was white.

Many weddings have taken place here at the BH Hotel, including my best friend, Lisa's.

1948: The hotel is painted pink, dubbed the "Pink Palace,"
as part of a redesign during the 1940's by  architect Paul Williams.

The famous banana leaf wallpaper is just as iconic as the hotel itself.

The red carpet is rolled out all year .

Poolside circa the 1950's.

The exterior of the hotel was featured on the album cover art
of the 
Eagles' 1976 LP "Hotel California". 

Svend Petersen, the pool manager at the hotel for 42 years, had notably opened up the pool after
 hours for 
The Beatles and taught Faye Dunaway to swim a freestyle crawl for Mommie Dearest.
Faye is pictured here, the morning after she won an Oscar for the film Network in 1976.

One of my favorites, Rita Hayworth posing during the 1940's.

Dean Martin and his posse photographed at a wedding (his perhaps).

The sand and pool club opened in 1938.

The umbrellas are so cute.

Harold Lloyd on the lush hotel grounds.

The drive leading to  the hotel is breathtaking.

Another one of my favorites Carol Burnett.

An Easter egg hunt.  

Cesar Romero and Carole Lombard

1942: The  El Jardin restaurant is renamed the
Polo Lounge, in honor of polo players.
 (Marlena Dietrich at the Polo Lounge)

1957: Gregory Peck and Lauren Bacall's film "Designing Woman"
 is shot at hotel's pool, Cabana Club.

Peck and Bacall poolside during a break in filming.

1959: Marilyn Monroe  relaxing and on a break,
 while filming  "Let's Make Love".

ciao! fabiana

May 11, 2012

first impressions - the entry

Like it or not, first impressions are made in a home's entry.  Is it neat and tidy, stylish and organized or just a dumping ground for everyone's stuff? 

An entry should be functional as well as beautiful. Start with great table, a lamp or two, fresh flowers, a small tray to drop your keys and maybe somewhere to hang your hat...   

ciao! fabiana

photo credit: pinterest


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