In college a friend from Tanzania gave me a choker strand of malachite beads as a Christmas gift. At the time, I didn’t think they were all that pretty. Cold and marbled green, they were much more exotic than my gold chain and fake pearls.
While I was in Los Angeles for the Design Bloggers Conference it was an invitation by Ronda Carman, the brand ambassador for Sferra and of All the Best Blog to Dawnridge, the famed former home of Tony Duquette, that has taught me to appreciate malachite in all its glory.
Dawnridge, now the home of the grandmaster of all things fabulous, Hutton Wilkinson (who is also the author of both books on Tony Duquette), gave us the grand tour of the house and gardens perched on the Beverly Hills hillside.
After an amazing lunch hosted by Ronda, Hutton and Sferra Linens, we retreated to the garden for dessert. Did I mention that my dining partners were none other than Jan Showers, Barclay Butera, Clint Smith and Scot Meacham Wood to name a few? I was in heaven.
But back to this new malachite obsession. As I wandered through the rooms that day, I got a much better look at the malachite rug in one of the rooms facing the garden.
A few nights later at the invitation of Bethanne Matari of Currey & Co. I found myself at the home of designer Marjorie Skouras. I walked into her all-too-fabulous pink living room with her famous turquoise chandelier and lo-and-behold, there was a malachite rug to match her malachite-patterned pants!
I’m wearing the malachite beads now. I wonder how that malachite rug would look on the East Coast? Luckily, Roubini is reproducing it.