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Thursday, April 28th, 2016 | Leave A Comment

May 14, 2016 ‘Los Colores’, The Virginia Robinson Gardens Garden Walk

One week from this Saturday, May 14, 2016  –  ‘Los Colores’ .

We are happy to announce we have been asked, for yet another year, to decorate the VIP concierge lunch tables for the Robinson Garden’s Garden Walk



The theme this year is ‘Los Colores’, a Spanish Childrens song about how the world is made of many colors.

While visiting a dear friend in Akumal, Mexico this spring, I was inspired by her beautifully embroidered table runner of many colors.




I thought that this might be fun to use for the Garden Walk.

I photographed the individual flowers and when I returned, I enlarged them.




With the help of co-chairs Patty Elias and Marian Power, we enlisted the help of the lovely ladies of Robinson Gardens to help with the construction.




Patty graciously hosted the three work days and treated us to wonderful lunches.




We are so appreciative of all the support to make a really special installation.




Now that the flowers are assembled, we will be installing them over the long seating tables  in a hanging installation styled with a nod to glass artist , Dale Chihuly.

We are excited for you to see the table when it is finished.

There are still tickets available, which can be purchased on line.

Please come Saturday May 14, to visit the private gardens that are on display, for that day only, and the Robinson Gardens Estate and well as all the special  floral tributes to ‘Los Colores.’

Tickets available at   click on link.



Saturday, February 14th, 2015 | Leave A Comment

Valentine’s Day at Historic Dawnridge


Valentines day at Tony Duquette’s, Dawnridge will be an evening to be remembered.






There is nothing like experiencing Dawnridge at night.  Guests were greeted by the fragrance of gardenias and the red glow of candles as they entered the main salon.






Champagne and hor d’oeuvres were served as guests arrived.




Dawnridge is filled with wonderful treasures everywhere you look.   I just love this giant garden snail lamp.




Tony’s mantra embroidered on a pillow, More is More!, couldn’t be more true.





Because it was unseasonably warm, guests were able to enjoy a walk in the exotic garden filled with so many treasures both imported and fabricated artifacts.





Tony’s famous sculptures are even more magnificent  illuminated at night.





There is a feeling of being transported to an exotic land, far away from Beverly Hills.





Dinner was arranged in intimate Monkey Room, which is lined in Indochine tapestries accented with architectural corbels of hand carved and painted monkey heads.





The tables were set with an interesting frayed check pattern table cloth.   Hutton Wilkinson’s newly designed line of china for Tony Duquette in green malachite, gold bamboo designed flatware and hammered brass water glasses created an elegant table.   The seats were covered in Tony Duquette’s iconic green Malachite design.






Using the original Duquette candelabras dripping in pale amethyst crystals, we embellished them for our version of Valentine’s Day.   Red ostrich plumed finials and floral garlands spiraled down to the gorgeous table.





This creative garland was composed of  Lord Rothschild’s Vanda orchid hybrids and hundreds of coral dyed leather straps, re-purposed into spiraling coils.






Rock quartz crystal votives and coral filled nautilus shells filled the center of these lavish tables to complete the “More if More!” evening.

A big thank you to Hutton and Ruth for their hospitality and to our friends at the Robinson Gardens.