by Marian Jane Sanders
or a short stay
in Los Angeles, we wanted a quiet place in or near Hollywood. We also wanted
a place with some character, not exorbitantly priced, and pet-friendly. Amazingly,
we found all that, and more, at the Villa Delle Stelle (House of the
Tucked away just off the busy Sunset Strip, Ville Delle Stelle is a luxurious 6-suite historic mansion owned by Brogan Lane, a former wife of the late Dudley Moore.
has created a gem that
sparkles with old Hollywood
glamour and romance.
Im the house-whisperer, says the ebullient Lane. Houses
talk to me. When I first walked into this house, it said Buy me.
It even told me Write that check now!
Lane has been a designer to the stars, including Jennifer Aniston and Matthew
Perry, for the past decade. At Villa Delle Stelle, she has created a gem that
sparkles with old Hollywood glamour and romance.
Each suite at the Villa has been designed with a Hollywood legend in mind.
The elegant Parisian Suite, where we stayed, was inspired by Grace Kelly.
This 1,000-square-foot space featured high ceilings, decorative molding, crystal
chandeliers, The suites two bedrooms were placed at either endensuring
maximum privacy for guests and separated by a full kitchen, charming
bathroom, and formal dining area.
The master bedroom was a vast expanse of creams and golds. An ornate gilt
headboard topped the king-sized bed; a silk duvet lay at the foot of the bed.
Yards of silk drapes covered the French doors, cascading to the floor like
ball gowns. A potted palm in the corner, a mirror- topped nightstand, and a faux fireplace with a few antique tiles completed the look of a sumptuous 19th century Parisian boudoir.
The second bedroom leaned more toward country French than urban chic. A small
wood chandelier, its bulbs covered by tiny individual lamp shades, matched
the wall sconces, and a wood armoire added to the cozy ambience of the room.
Beautiful silk throw pillows in delicate floral patterns, some fringed with
beads, made this room a perfect little retreat. The other rooms also showed
impeccable attention to detail. The bathroom, for example, boasted hand-painted
wallpaper with a vaguely romantic country scene and an antique vanity stand
that seemed straight out of a novel by Colette.
The formal dining room featured a stained glass window and, off to the side,
a tiny balcony. We used this room only in passing through to other rooms,
but it would be a perfect setting for an intimate dinner at home
for two, or for entertaining a small group in style.
The large kitchen proved convenient for leisurely breakfasts before heading
out to explore the many wonders of Los Angeles: the Getty Museum, Venice Beach,
a tour of the stars homes
But what well remember most is the comfort and splendor of our serene
oasis, the Villa Delle Stelle. We loved it and so did our little dog,
managed to behave himself the whole time: no drooling, no chewing, and no other bad dog tricks too unsuitable to mention. Smart dog he knows a good place when he finds it.
Villa Delle Stelle: 323/876-8100; www.villadellestelle.com.
Enjoys the Good Life
at Villa Delle Stelle
Marian Jane Sanders photo
The Elegant Parisian Suite was Inspired by Grace Kelly
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