the stars who’ve called a luxury hotel home

Marilyn Monroe outside Bungalow 7 at the Beverly Hill Hotel - 'The Beverly Hills Hotel: The First 100 Years' by Robert Anderson
Marilyn Monroe outside Bungalow 7 at the Beverly Hill Hotel – ‘The Beverly Hills Hotel: The First 100 Years’ by Robert Anderson

While there may be some trepidation about what it will feel like to stay in a hotel – grand or otherwise – post-pandemic, there is also a palpable excitement that finally, for the first time, we can actually consider doing so. Because nothing beats a few nights in a really good one, where you feel welcomed, cared for, and cosseted, in an unapologetically no-strings-attached way.

This can’t have escaped Liz Hurley’s ex, Steve Bing, the enigmatic multi-millionaire real estate tycoon, film-maker and political donor who fell to his death from his 27th floor apartment in Century City, Los Angeles earlier this week. Famously commitment-shy, Bing checked into the Hotel Bel-Air for a night in the early 1990s and stayed for nine years.

Grace Kelly had already paved

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Tour a Brooklyn Brownstone With Equal Parts Tradition and Whimsy

Louetta R. Clark

Interior designer Gillian Dubin and her husband, civil rights and criminal defense attorney Josh Dubin, feel a deep connection to Brooklyn. The couple has not only lived in the borough for the past 20 years, but Josh comes from a long line of Brooklynites. “My great-grandfather was a tailor in East New York, and my grandfather was a photographer in Flatbush,” he says. “I’ve always been fascinated by the history of Brooklyn.” When he and his wife began searching for a new home in Park Slope, they were drawn to a brownstone from 1903, the kind of construction that gives the neighborhood its quintessential residential charm. “The house was not in good shape—it had been converted into three units—but it maintained most of its original details, and I really appreciated that,” says Gillian, who established her namesake design studio three years ago. 

<div class="caption"> “Things we didn’t know we really coveted: a fireplace in the bathroom,” notes Gillian. What was formerly a bedroom on the second floor became the master bath, which has two marble-topped sinks with tapered legs from <a href="https://sinklegs.com" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Palmer Industries" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Palmer Industries</a>. </div>
“Things we didn’t know we really coveted: a
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See How This Blah Bedroom Was Transformed Into a Boudoir-Inspired Retreat

Louetta R. Clark
Photo credit: STACY GOLDBERG
Photo credit: STACY GOLDBERG

From House Beautiful

Spunky, sassy and sexy: Those are just a few of the design directives Washington, D.C.-based designer Zoe Feldman followed to transform a 1913 rowhouse for a well-traveled, thirty-something client. Now filled with Mid-Century pieces, an extensive art collection, and wallpaper patterns galore, the home wasn’t quite in tip-top shape when Feldman signed on—especially when it came to the master bedroom.

While it had plenty of potential, there were a “few awkward moments, like multiple closet doors and a funky tray ceiling,” recalls Feldman. She began by simplifying the space, replacing the three doors with two, then sourced pieces that fit easily into the quirky layout. Her inspiration: a retro (but not cliché) New Orleans-style boudoir. Read on for the before-and-afters—and for Feldman’s top transformation tips

Go With a Custom Bed

Custom pieces make a big impact and are a great way to work

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Gravity Blanket Taps Ron Chereskin for Its First Design Collaboration

Louetta R. Clark

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In a time of stress and uncertainty, consumer behavior has undoubtedly shifted, looking to find comfort at home to adjust for new daily routines. From adopting a casual bottoms wardrobe to giving the home a more functional or relaxing environment lift, consumers’ spending behaviors saw a large change.

A consumer favorite in the industry, Gravity, the original weighted blanket that uses SleepScore by ResMed technology, has been a source of comfort to many since coming to market. In 2017, Gravity came onto the market after raising more than $4.7 million in a Kickstarter campaign with a single product as a science-driven wellness brand. Previously, while weighted blankets were most commonly found being used by occupational therapists who were working with children who had been diagnosed with autism. Research showed that, for anyone, sleeping with 10 percent of your body weight on top

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