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



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