Lights, Camera, Action

It’s been a week since I got back from L.A. Sadly, I wish I could say I was out there for the Oscars. Having to endure watching the “Red Carpet” action on a big screen inside a cocktail party just minutes away from the Oscars, was like…well I can’t think of anything that really describes that feeling other than it just plain stinks.  L.A. was fun, fun, fun, and I totally enjoyed meeting the masterminds behind some of my favorite blogs. So the night before I left, while all my fellow bloggers were off at the Traditional Home cocktail party rubbing elbows with the elite of the design and blogging world, I stayed behind because I was just plain pooped and my poor feet craved flats instead of 3+ inch Ferragamo’s. It was the perfect opportunity to spend a few quiet moments wandering (and just walking on air) through some of the rooms that have seen more famous people than the sidewalk on Hollywood Boulevard. I talked (begged) hotel security  into unlocking some of the ballrooms in the hotel so that I could snap some pics, and trust me this hotel was the Terra Firma version of the Titanic. Built in the early 1900’s and having the distinction of hosting the Oscars for 13 years, it wasn’t difficult to allow myself to be transported back to an era when glamour, opulence and an air of mystery ruled the day. So here is a peek into the amazingness that is the Millenium Biltmore in L.A. (www.milleniumhotels.com).

Now this is the way to make a grand entrance…

The original lobby, which welcomed Presidents, Royalty and moi′.

This hallway was truly fit for a king (or queen), and yes I “worked it” on this marble catwalk when no one was watching. The handpainted Frescoes on the ceiling are by Giovanni Smeraldi.

 One of the banquet rooms that welcomed Oscar guests back in the 30’s. If only these walls could talk…

The details are just plain amazing…

 Sometimes photos just speak for themselves, the colours on the ceiling are nothing short of breath-taking.

The elevator lobby that also lead to a balcony which overlooked the original lobby. Maybe for a moment I pretended that I waved to all my famous friends before decending the staircase, hey a girl has to dream right? After all this is Hollywood…

Part of the stage for the guest speakers at the conference, I was absolutely obsessed with the Zebra print chaise…it was just divine. (Sigh).

The lighting in the hotel was just beyond fab…The ornate Rococo style fixtures were totally befitting grand old Hollywood, and the walls well.. that lovely patina only shows that walls can age gracefully too.

Just beautiful…

This chandelier just had the right amount of Oscar sparkle…and yes I actually laid on the floor to take this shot (no snickering from the “Peanut Gallery”), and to just take in the ceiling detail…

This is one of the stairwells…just plain grand

I hope you enjoyed this little blast into the past…if you ever get out to L.A. and want to bask in the glamour and elegance of old Hollywood you won’t be disappointed. I believe that there is beauty and inspiration everywhere, you just have to look, and I was so thankful that I had a chance to do just that.

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“Dreaming about being an actress is more exciting than being one.” Marilyn Monroe

Be amazing…

Vicki “The Ace of Space”

Bolick Interiors, LLC

Farm Living is the Life for Me

If I could choose any place to live it would be on a farm, hands-down, with Mr. B, the “Metro Man”, kicking and screaming all the way to the barn door. It would be a permanent “hay-cation.” My parents both grew up on farms, and I grew up in a converted farmhouse in Upstate N.Y. near Canada, (eh)! My dad’s office was actually located on the property in a early 1800’s renovated barn. To be honest, it was the worst thing that could have happened to me as a teenager. My dad’s secretary was definitely a covert super spy, because my dad knew everything that was going on around the house even when he was in another state

It was an amazing renovation, complete with exposed beams, cathedral ceilings, original heart of pine floors, white washed walls and ghosts. During a renovation of the house, they found tombstones underneath the front porch, now that is a great example of re-purposing/recycling. Just the thing to make me sleep like a baby at night…

It was and still is a great example of historic preservation, and proof that barns aren’t just a place to keep the cattle or store hay. They can be successfully restored and converted into amazing one-of-a-kind living spaces.

 Photo/Freshome

Now this is the one… 

 This barn was featured in Freshome (www.freshome.com). I love this Gambrel beauty with the tin roof, and the large paneled windows to let all that country sunshine in…

I saved this in a file called “European Farms For Sale” in the event Mr. B wanted to buy me a barn located far…far… away in another land. This converted, stone structure is in Hesket, UK and was once for sale. It was a steal at $480,000 US… Not alot of windows, but at this point I’d be living out my dream so we could always add more…

Alright, technically this isn’t a barn, but a silo, brilliantly designed by Gigaplex Architects of Utah into a hip and modern galvanized steel abode. I just hope they don’t get a lot of rain, because I can’t imagine how soothing that would be on metal siding. But, what a cozy spot. Did you notice the  2 chairs in front of the fire-pit? Me and Mr. B…

This triangular renovated barn is the home of Vincent Herbert, CEO of Pain Quotient. It’s the perfect blend of modern rusticality (did I just make up a word?). Need I say more?

Photo/Martha Stewart

Okay, Martha you have been touting farm life for years (in a good way), so I feel obliged to mention you. Unfortunately, if I bought your property I would immediately convert this stable into a residence. From the paved courtyard to the stacked stone, it just screams “barnyard chic.” Martha and I have two things in common; love of farms, and love of the colour grey. I would say cooking too, but that would be a big stretch…

Photo/Freshome

 Now this is what I’m talking about…I am absolutely bubbling over for this barn re-design. Love the re-purposing of materials, and of course the layout is perfect for this chick, you roll out of bed right into the bath. Brillant!!!

Photo/Freshome

I am absolutely dying to stay in this home/barn. The floors and exposed siding gives the space rustic warmth, and of course I love the mimimalist look of the furnishings, it just works.

Photo/Russell Grove Architects

Did your mother ever ask you when you were young if you lived in a barn? Well…don’t you just wish you could say “yes”? Because this is exactly what I pictured when she asked me (just kidding). But, if only I could say it now “Yes, I actually do live in a barn”..

 This is the eating area, don’t you just adore the fact that they kept the exposed beams and the ladders which at some point lead up to the “hay loft?”  It’s so refined, yet rustic which is the perfect storm in my opinion.

Photo/nationalgeographic.com

 Mr. B. knows that someday, I will at least have chickens, a la Martha Stewart. Let’s face it Martha makes them look like the cutest things to ever cluck on this green earth.

Photo/Martha Stewart

These eggs are just pure colour inspiration, unfortunately I can’t imagine doing anything but leaving them in this milk glass bowl as tabletop decor.

I am so thankful to those who follow my blog, and have supported my efforts. As some of you know I was in L.A. over the weekend, and was a finalist for The Best New Design Blog. It was such an honor to have this distinction along with four other amazing women from all over North America. I have to say that everyone was just too much stinkin’ fun! The shoes, outfits and handbags were amazing, and next year I am totally rethinking my wardrobe, seriously it was like being at Fashion Week!!!

See what I mean about the shoes? The girls in Cali. were all about the Jimmy Choo’s, but my new buddy Iggy was totally about rockin’ the neon. 

 It has been such an incredible journey over the past year, and so many amazing opportunities have come my way, of which I am beyond thankful for. To think that I get to do what I love everyday and be surrounded by such amazing people is more than this girl from a small town in Upstate New York could have wished for. So I came back from L.A. full of inspiration, encouragement and excitement for the future. I’ll continue to keep you posted on all things big and small. So a big warm heartfelt thank you, and heaps of gratitude to all…

There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”- Henri Matisse

Be Amazing…

Vicki “The Ace of Space”

Bolick Interiors, LLC