My great, great amie Jeanne-Aelia Desparmet-Hart, an elegantly creative interior designer and divine inspiration behind the blog Through the French Eye of Design -- where she shares her sophisticated French inspired (she's French after all) ideas for us to appropriate -- graciously agreed to help inspire us in our holiday decorating this year. What she says and does is so gleaming, glistening, glamourous it takes one's breathe away.
I hope you enjoy her ideas and are inspired as much as I am.
I received such a kind and flattering invitation: My talented friend Letitia** asked if I would share a few ideas for a Holiday decor. Bien sûr!
The implied brief was carte blanche. I like that.
I plunged into the challenge at the first opportunity. This is what I would, will, might do if and when I decide to send some invitations.
MY operative word: PRETEND Holiday decor...thus little inconveniences like price and such? just not part of the picture.
GRANDES IDEES POUR UNE PETITE FETE D'HIVER
What is the magic formula for decorating a spectacular Winter Wonderland dinner party?
Lots of white, lots of silver, lots of crystal and glass. And a few little details more.To be applied everywhere.
Start with the mantle, the buffet, the consoles; take your inspiration from the enchanting postcard pictures of Vermont in December, let's say.
When that is done, all the attention turns to the table. A crisp white antique table cloth will be spread, and for added drama, a silver brocade shawl or a rich sari becomes a stunning runner.
Let's not forget the fine embroidered napkins waiting in the drawer. After all, c'est la fête!
The house's most precious glassware will be needed. Lalique or Baccarat a plus.
Crystal plates will be piled on top of simple white and silver china.
And of course, what would a Winterfest be without candelabras; statuesque silver or tall lacy Murano will do just fine.
The ornate family silver will lend some old world richness.
Mercury glass is the absolute best for making it all sparkle.
To be displayed generously; no limit.
For added drama, a large piece of rock crystal or two in the center of the table will bring on an inevitable ovation.
With all this grandeur a bit of whimsy and fun must not be left out. Artificial snow and Lapland fauna: the Alps or the Rockies have come... inside.
A few faux snow balls will round off the Wintery recipe.
A fete without flowers? of course not. Keep them white, keep them grand.
Now all that is left is one's personal interpretation. As in all formulas, a little tweak here and there will do no harm. Adapt, adapt, adapt.
Most of all,
Have a great time!
**I left in the compliment for which I am most grateful considering the source. Merci Jeanne-Aelia. I trust you'll run right over to meet her if you're not already addicted to her sumptuous style.