Last year I had the pleasure of going on my first Virginia Robertson garden tour. It was a feast for the eyes and I detailed everything about it in these two posts (#1,#2) At the end of post #2, I mentioned I wanted to go again the following year, only this time I was going to stay at the Beverly Hills hotel and make a whole weekend of it. And guess what? I did! It was a belated 40th birthday present from my mother who can be seen second to the left. The group included my sister (first on the left), my BFF (second from right) and my sister-in-law (first on the right). We were all in desperate need to get away from our regular lives and have a weekend full of fabulous glamour.
There is a fine line between sharing and bragging, and I am afraid of falling into the later. So I decided to keep this post to the garden and home tour which inspired our weekend. But if you want to see some of the pictures I took during my stay, you can find them on my Instagram. As I mentioned last year, Virginia Robertson was a Beverly Hills socialite who entertained for the rich and fabulous from the 40s through the 60s. According to our tour guide, she played tennis with Charlie Chaplin and just about every movie star from those decades had been to her house. Supposedly she was beside herself when Mae West came to one her parties with not one but two male escorts. The following party, Virginia put her foot down and told Mae that under no uncertain terms was the third escort, which Mae had dared to bring, to set foot in her home.
How amazing is this bar, which is hidden behind cabinet doors? I am so putting something like that in my new home!
Apparently we are now calling our dressing tables, “battle stations”. This kidney shaped one is very elegant. I could be very happy putting my makeup in that setting! Then again, who couldn’t?
The house is decorated by the most well regarded florists and party planners in Los Angeles county, and I am pretty sure they are allowed to do just about anything they want. This designer covered a table in roses and petals and added a house of cards. It was strange, but very striking.
Another designer was obviously inspired by the floral garlands found in India.
All of the furniture was originally owned by Virginia. Isn’t it exquisite? I am not a collector of antiques because I find them to be too stuffy for my more casual lifestyle, but I can appreciate them in other people’s homes.
Once again I was blown away by the opulence of old Hollywood. The birthday weekend was perfection, and I am now counting down the days until next year’s tour. Only this time we will be staying at the Hotel Bel Air!