Lily Lodge proprietor Ariana Lambert Smeraldo opened the first location of Lily Lodge on Robertson Boulevard in April 2005. The Lily Lodge name comes from Ariana’s ancestral retreat, Lilee Lodge named after her Grandfather Lee and Grandmother Lillian.
An idyllic spot carved out of the dense forest on the shores of Lake Katherine in the North Woods of Wisconsin, this magical retreat was a safe haven for family and friends to come together blurring generations and social conformities.
Ariana Lambert Smeraldo was born and bred in Los Angeles, the daughter of an Art Gallery Owner and a Cinematographer/Pyrotechnic she has been immersed in the arts since childhood. Ariana’s family received The French Legion of Honor for being the first to import French Couture into America for “Blum’s Vogue” which was the leading fashion boutique for couture from the 1920’s through the 1960’s. Blum’s Vogue housed designers such as Dior, Chanel, Givenchy, Oscar de la Renta, Balenciaga, and Yves Saint Laurent. After Boston University, Ariana returned to Los Angeles to become a Fashion Stylist for various entertainment and fashion magazines, celebrities and advertisement campaigns.
In 1998 Ariana took an executive position as the West Coast Director of Stores and Public Relations with Bottega Veneta. After four years she left to concentrate on opening Lily Lodge. In 2002 Ariana met her husband Eric Nero Smeraldo, a long time actor and general contractor. Together they turned her vision of Lily Lodge into a reality. Nero constructed the focal point of the boutique, a floral cooler like no other. An 11 x 16 foot wall of flowers behind glass resembling a museum exhibit.