Travel Inspo | Biltmore Resort in Scottsdale, AZ

Travel Inspo | Biltmore Resort in Scottsdale, AZ

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Inspiration feels all the more impactful when you’re not seeking it out. That’s what happened to me this last weekend when I went on a girls’ weekend trip (read: bachelorette party) and stayed at the Biltmore in Scottsdale, AZ. I knew nothing about this resort prior to, but quickly learned of its rich history, including the fact that it is a famous Frank Lloyd Wright design… sort of. More accurately, the hotel was designed by Albert Chase McArthur, one of Wright’s draftsmen and protégés. However, Wright did serve as an official consultant on the project. FLW’s influence is unmistakable throughout – stain glass motifs, “textile block” construction, and of course a seamless integration with nature. The space is at once unique and timeless, the results of a strong, clear architectural vision.

When the Biltmore opened for business in 1929, the exclusive, invite-only party lasted for days on end and officially put Scottsdale on the map as a travel destination. Of course, nearly one hundred years later, there have been numerous renovations and expansions, but the original integrity of the structure is still very much so intact. I highly recommend a trip to this desert oasis. Read more about the history of this architectural gem here

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The Biltmore is created entirely of what has been deemed “Biltmore Blocks.” Molds were used to cast 34 different blocks with art deco motifs, inspired by the surrounding palm trees.

The Biltmore is created entirely of what has been deemed “Biltmore Blocks.” Molds were used to cast 34 different blocks with art deco motifs, inspired by the surrounding palm trees.

Marilyn Monroe reportedly cited the Biltmore’s Catalina pool as her favorite.  

Marilyn Monroe reportedly cited the Biltmore’s Catalina pool as her favorite.  

A very Art Deco rug. 

A very Art Deco rug. 

The most Frank Lloyd Wright waterslide that ever did exist.

The most Frank Lloyd Wright waterslide that ever did exist.

Commercial Design | Residential Influence

Commercial Design | Residential Influence

Buying Vintage | Can't Stop, Won't Stop

Buying Vintage | Can't Stop, Won't Stop