In the 1930s, using stone quarried from his nearby ranch, silent-movie actor Francis Lederer finally made noise building a horse stable for his wife, Marion. Over the years, the site became a historical and cultural monument that now houses the Hidden Chateau & Gardens, an event space rented out for weddings and parties. Outside the chateau's impressive façade, swatches of greenery trim stone paths, and sprays of water trickle down the tiers of garden fountains. Towering shade trees wrapped in twinkling lights and lush, verdant flora sprout throughout the 1.5-acre property.
Inside, under a Spanish-style roof, two private rooms ensure brides and grooms don't see each other before their blind date down the aisle. Aside from weddings and other private parties, the gardens also play host to public events such as wine pairings, art shows, and bridal expos. Additionally, an onsite boutique collects everything from furniture to work by local artists, with some items available for rent for events that take place on the property.
From intimate VIP dinners to pro-football events for thousands of people, the team behind Barcelona Event Planning has the experience to coordinate a successful gathering of any size. A division of marketing virtuosos Barcelona Enterprises, they can create lighting designs and special effects, custom chuppas, and floral centerpieces that make parties both personalized and glamorous, much like a red carpet woven out of the guest of honor’s hair. Their event expertise has fueled shindigs ranging from St. Patrick’s Day festivals and pirate festivals to charitable events that benefit animal shelters and children’s hospitals, including the Beverly Hills Wine Festival and the Indulge Los Angeles Chocolate Festival and Pastry Show.
In 2009, after scouring domestic interiors for more than 20 years, the staff at Little Piggies Green Cleaning committed itself to wielding only nontoxic, green cleaning products. Today, none of its products contain synthetic, petroleum-based chemicals or emit volatile organic compounds, freeing the technicians to scrub and scour without worrying about the health of their clients, the environment, or themselves. They sanitize showers, tubs, and sinks, dust and vacuum bedrooms, and render kitchens immaculate by shining appliances, wiping countertops, and clear cupboards of squatting ex-dinner guests.
Life becomes a lot harder without electricity. Air conditioners stop blowing cool air. Internet connections go down. Families build campfires to light their refrigerators. Luckily, USA Electric's licensed electricians travel to homes 24/7 for emergency repairs. Inside their trucks, they have access to more than 5,000 parts necessary to keep currents flowing. They can also rewire homes and install new systems for TV, Internet, and phones.
Hye Lighting showcases numerous lighting fixtures, hand-tailored lampshades, and other home adornments inside a newly remodeled showroom with more than 7,000-square-feet of floor space. Breakfast nooks and Keebler-elf ballrooms shimmer with elegance when lit by mini candle chandeliers ($98 each), and living rooms flaunt a refined ambiance when softly illuminated by wall-hung single glass sconces ($39). Customers can highlight cherished family portraits with a polished-brass picture light ($45.10) or mount their mailbox atop a decorative sandstone column ($106). Visitors can peruse Hye Lighting's easily accessed holdings inside the roomy showroom, or they can converge in the meeting room to discuss décor ideas with the store's on-staff consultants or host a séance to summon the spirit of Thomas Edison.