Social Service League celebrates new design


The Social Service League of La Jolla showed off its newly-decorated digs at Darlington House recently. The mansion - with its elegant interior, stunning patios, fountains, and gardens - is used for weddings and receptions, and constitutes a major source of income for the charitable organization. One thing the League was determined to do was to “treasure the past while embracing the new.” Therefore, the new designs are consistent with the traditional architecture of the historic home.

As designer Patricia Jasper observed, “We wanted everything to be re-done. After all, it’s been 20 years since the house was decorated.” Darlington House director Valmere Knapp summed up the members’ reaction in three little words: “I love it.”

The afternoon reception celebrating the magnificent new decor featured passed hors d’oeuvres, and gave members of the group a chance to admire the new color scheme for the draperies, carpets, wall coverings, and furniture. Some of the original pieces were re-upholstered and refinished, while others were replaced to create the welcoming new look.

Among the delighted guests attending the event were Jerald and Diane Mounts, Mary O’Neil, Diane Hoffingsworth, Nancy Wood (president), Barbara Dudl (first vice-president), Thomas Fiss and his wife Conchita (Thomas was the “Michelangelo” on the job), LaVon Skinker, Mullins, Mary Kinon, Eve Jeffries, Jill Holmes, Genevieve Conroy and Margaret Harris.