"An Afternoon at Dawnridge . . . "
It was the Academy Awards weekend in Southern California. And with the exception of the Vanity Fair Oscar party, it might have been one of the hottest tickets in Los Angeles last weekend. Even better than an invitation from Elton John, it was an invitation from Ronda Carman. I was pleased to be included amongst a gathering of designers who had all been invited for a luncheon to celebrate the 120th anniversary of SFERRA. On a bright, beautiful Sunday afternoon, there was a combination of great friends as well as designers whose work I have always admired - with the spectacular Hutton Wilkinson as our host and guide through his historic home in Beverly Hills - simply known throughout the design world as Tony Duquette's Dawnridge.
(Truth be told, I actually have a few friends that DID get invited to Elton John's party. And frankly, I'm totally jealous. lol)
|Hutton Wilkinson, giving us some history on the grand house.|
|Stacy Kunstel, Clinton Smith, Ronda Carman, and I gathered in the drawing room.|
A little history on SFERRA -
SFERRA now serves more than 600 of the finest luxury specialty linen and home accent stores worldwide who carry its premium Italian sheeting and top-of-bed lines. Within North America, SFERRA is proud to count Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Horchow, and Bloomingdale’s among its stable of discerning customers.
|Ronda Carman and Jan Showers.|
|Stacy Kunstel and Clinton Smith. |
(How amazing is Stacy's outfit! Seriously!)
(and, yes, Clint looks adorable as well!)
|The Drawing Room at Dawnridge.|
|Another view of the Sunroom.|
|The table all set for the outdoor luncheon.|
|Bright table linens - and custom monogramed cocktail napkins provided by SFERRA for each of the guests.|
|A delicious luncheon. And sparkling company.|
There's something somewhat magical about spending an afternoon with such an army of creative people. Sharing inspirations. Laughing. Toasting each other's successes. Lending advice. And basking in the glow of our amazing surroundings.
|There are few people on this Earth more charming than Hutton Wilkinson.|
|Clinton Smith, Kyle Knight and I just after our delicious lunch.|
|Tobi Fairley and Jan Showers.|
|Tracy Porter and Ronda Carman.|
(Totally loved Tracy's vintage handbag!)
|Tracy Porter, Ronda Carman, Hutton Wilkinson, Lori Dennis, and I.|
|Barclay Butera and Suzanne Rheinstein.|
|Anne Sage, Paloma Contreras, and Tracy Porter.|
|Cheers to an amazing afternoon.|
(Photo Credits - "SFERRA’s 120th Celebration at Tony Duquette's Dawnridge" Photos by Andreas Branch for Patrick Mcmullan for SFERRA.)