Designer Hutton Wilkinson's 4 Tips For A Unforgettable Home

Hutton Wilkinson2 100x100 Designer Hutton Wilkinsons 4 Tips For A Unforgettable HomeLonny’s September 2012 issue featured a spread on Hutton Wilkinson’s grand estate located in Beverly Hills that once belonged to mentor Tony Duquette. The lavish home is whimsically decorated with bright colors, rich accessories, and 18th century venetian baroque antiques.

Hutton Wilkinson gives Lonny a couple of designer tips to consider when creating a home that is unforgettable:

1.  Layer your rooms; don’t just paint them. Paint your walls, then cover them with fabric, then hang strips of a different fabric over that, then place framed pictures over the strips. Or, you could also mirror a wall, then hang paintings or framed mirrors on top of that mirror, then place a folding screen or an antique tapestry in
front of that, then stick a nail through the tapestry and hang a big modern painting on top of that, or a whole collection of prints on the folding leaves of the screen. Layer atop layer; pattern atop pattern; contrasting color atop color. Layering is not for the faint of heart, so it’s best to bring in a professional if you’re the least bit frightened. This kind of decorating requires boldness.

2. Start with the floor.  Wood, marble, or even wall-to-wall carpet can be layered with antique nigs, skins, or furs. Don t be afraid to mix styles and eras from different regions or to use nontraditional materials to achieve traditional effects.

3. Dining rooms should he versatile and double as libraries or sitting rooms.
Elsie de Wolfe once declared. ‘The most useless room in the house is the dining
room.’She found it much more fun to set up tables in the garden, on the ter-
race, in the upstairs hall, or all over the house.

4. Rooms look beautiful when painted in clear jewel colors; Coral, Amethyst,  Citrine, Imperial Yellow, Emerald green, Ruby red.

See more of the interview and pictures at Lonny Magazine

Hutton Wilkinson is a designer of interiors, and and one-of-a-kind jewelry sold at Bergdorf’s, Saks and Istdibs. He is also the creative director and president of Tony Duquette, Inc., president of The Anthony and Elizabeth Duquette Foundation for the Living Arts as well as The Elsie de Wolfe Foundation. Author of Tony Duquette, co-written with Wendy Goodman in 2007, is now in its fifth printing, and his More Is More.

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Tony Duquette was a native of Los Angeles, California and an internationally acclaimed artist and designer. Duquette was awarded scholarships at both the prestigious Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles and the Yale School of the Theatre. After graduating from Chouinard he began working in promotional advertising, creating special environments for the latest seasonal fashions. He also began to free lance for well-known designers such as the legendary William Haines, James Pendleton and Adrian.

Upon moving to Los Angeles, Tony was discovered by Lady Elsie de Wolfe Mendl, the international arbiter of taste. Through the patronage of Sir Charles and Lady Mendl, Duquette was able to establish himself as one of the leading designers in Los Angeles, where he worked increasingly for the film Industry, creating beautiful costumes and settings for many Metro Goldwyn Mayer productions. During the 1960’s and 70’s the Duquettes continued to travel extensively, working in Austria, Ireland and France as well as New York, Dallas, San Francisco, South America and the Orient. Duquette created elegant interiors for Doris Duke, Norton Simon and J. Paul Getty, a castle in Ireland for Elizabeth Arden and a penthouse in the Hawaiian Islands. His interiors for commercial and public spaces are well known, notably the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Sheraton Universal Hotel, and sculptures and tapestries for the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Chicago.

Up until his death at the age of 85, Tony Duquette continued creating magical interiors, extraordinary one of a kind jewelry and works of art. Final projects, which he completed with the assistance of his business partner and design collaborator of 30 years, Hutton Wilkinson included interiors for an 18th century Parisian apartment located on the historic Place de Palais Bourbon in Paris and creative interiors for the historic 12th century Palazzo Brandolini on the Grand Canal in Venice. As per his wishes his design business continues under the direction of his business partner Hutton Wilkinson, President and Artistic Director for Tony Duquette Studios, Inc.

Duquette’s extraordinary house in Beverly Hills, Dawbridge, continues as the headquarters for the design organization and will serve unchanged as an inspiration for the creative works to follow. Hutton Wilkinson continues to present collections of fine jewelry and home furnishings inspired by designs which he and Tony Duquette created together over their thirty years of artistic collaboration. These creations are currently available through select Saks Fifth Avenue stores including, New York and Palm Beach.

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