Saturday, February 14th, 2015 | Respond

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.




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