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Thursday, March 3, 2011

SFERRA’s 120th Anniversary Luncheon at Tony Duquette’s Dawnridge Estate


Last Saturday, I made my way to Los Angeles for the Design Bloggers Conference, where I spoke on a panel with Cassandra of Coco + Kelley, Grace of design*sponge and Tracy Porter on Monday morning. Before the conference, I was able to squeeze in a little fun. On Saturday night, I had dinner with Crystal from Rue and then we went to the HGTV party for Emily Henderson’s new show, Secrets of a Stylist.

Sunday brought one of my favorite experiences in recent memory. Ronda Carman of All the Best and Hutton Wilkinson hosted the 120th Anniversary Celebration for SFERRA linens at Tony Duquette’s incredible estate, Dawnridge. It was a wonderful experience in a magical setting. Dawnridge is unlike any place I’ve ever visited and is a testament to the talent of Tony Duquette and the style of Hutton Wilkinson, who is so charming and tells the best stories. Ronda gathered a group of bloggers and designers and we shared a delightful afternoon. There is something so special about being amongst so many creative and talented people sharing laughs and toasting one another’s accomplishments.


{Ronda Carman, Lori Dennis, Tracy Porter, Me, Anne Sage, Cassandra La Valle}


{The Breathtaking Setting}


{Fun New Friends: Stylist and Editor, Stacy Kunstel and Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Editorial Director, Clint Smith}


{The Fabulous and Talented Tobi Fairley and Barclay Butera}




{Anne, Paloma, Tracy}


{This seems to be the running theme at Dawnridge.}


{There are beautiful malachite touches throughout the home. Our first course was even served on malachite-pattern plates.}


{Lovely Ladies: Ronda Carman and Jan Showers}

{Our Delightful Host, Hutton Wilkinson}


{Clinton Smith, Kyle Knight and Scot Meacham Wood}

{Our lunch was served in the garden. Later, we moved down to the lake for dessert.}


{The Beautiful Table Setting}


{Image Credit: "SFERRA’s 120th Celebration at Tony Duquette's Dawnridge"

Photos by Andreas Branch for Patrick McMullan}


meenal @ maison marigold said...

What a glorious estate..everything is just beautiful and exotic...the malachite details are indeed very striking..and those garden shots...just superb!!thanks for sharing, Paloma!! xx meenal said...

What a fabulous soire! So many things to pull inspiration from. All of those creative minds in one room! How fun. I hope you enjoyed your time in LA. Thanks for sharing.

The enchanted home said...

Fabulous pictures and such fun to see the faces behind all the names:) What a glorious setting...the garden is amazing and so lush. Fabulous!Stop by my blog, have a beautiful giveaway, two gorgeous Murano handblown glass

Ronda and Mary said...

Indeed it was a wonderful day. It's always great to spend time with you. I am so please for all you are doing! xo

Design Junkie said...

What a fantastic time THAT must have been! Who loved beauty any more than Tony Duquette?!

Brilliant Chic said...

Looks like such a fantastic day with interesting guests! Some of my favorite bloggers and designers!

Unknown said...

There are some days that are magical and will live in your mind forever....this was obviously one of those days for y'all.

Thank you so much for letting us have a peek at the fun!!

xo Elizabeth

Anonymous said...

Oh that is on my list for my next LA trip.
How fabulous is Tracy at pattern mixing?

LiveLikeYou said...

That would be my dream!! How magical and fun.

Luciane at said...


You looked beautiful! There's something so sweet yet strong about you. And that's a beautiful thing.

Lovely party and wow... you were in great company, huh?


Luciane at

Lilacandgrey said...

So jeal!

designstiles said...

What a stunning experience.

I'm so glad I got to meet and chat with you in person, even if I totally choked from nervousness.

Unknown said...

Wow what a wonderful afternoon! Would love to see a place like that in person! Thanks for sharing!