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Space of the Week: Every Cockatoo Needs a Headdress

When design legend Tony Duquette died a decade ago, his friends Hutton and Ruth Wilkinson took over his Beverly Hills home. He would be pleased with what they've done with the place.


During a recent trip to Los Angeles, I had the privilege of dining at Dawnridge, the ever-magical house of legendary designer Tony Duquette. A bit of a renaissance man, Duquette, who died in 1999, was a creative force in everything from set design and interiors to jewelry design and costuming. His adoring clients included the Duchess of Windsor, Elizabeth Arden, Liza Minnelli, Doris Duke, and Sharon Stone. When Duquette passed away, his business partner and protégé, Hutton Wilkinson, and Hutton’s wife, Ruth, bought the house, which is perched over a ravine in Beverly Hills, and have been busily further enhancing the stunning property ever since. (Hutton and I co-authored the book Tony Duquette, published in 2007.)

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