CONSIDER THE ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENTS. When designing the setting here, Peribere opted to echo the whimsical character of the two Fandango lights designed by Danny Fang that hang above with their muslin cotton petals. “This led me to create a “botanical” centerpiece with layers of fresh flowers and cotton, mixed with artificial branches and leaves,” Pereribere says. The artistic character of the lights led her to look for plates that are pieces of art themselves, hence her choice of this Fornasetti “Eve” set. Whatever you choose to display, consider how the elements work with the light fixtures and overall design elements in the room. november/december 2014 129 It’s that time of year when everyone wants to show off their fine china and become the ultimate host and hostess, and it’s no wonder. What better time to step up the effort to wow guests (and perhaps even yourself) than the holidays? Following are a handful of tips for setting the perfect holiday table: OPT FOR SIMPLICITY SOMEWHERE. Even a table setting that resembles a work of art, like the one here designed by Isabelle Peribere, the mastermind behind L’Atelier Isabelle Peribere, a full-service residential interior design firm, knows when to hold itself back. In this case, Peribere opted for a color palette of crisp white, silver and gold. The trio manages to exude both elegance and the holiday spirit at the same time. If your color preferences are more bold, it’s best to pare down the number of items you place on the table. You want a look that’s sophisticated, not overthe top — people are there to eat and enjoy conversation, after all. SPEND AS MUCH TIME IN THE DINING ROOM AS IN THE KITCHEN. Raised in France by a mother who considered entertaining a religion and dressing tables an art, Peribere often relies on her mother’s advice. “She used to say, ‘If it doesn’t look great, it doesn’t taste as good,’” Peribere says. “You taste with the eyes before your mouth. As a result the time I spend in the kitchen usually equals the time I spend in the dining room aligning silverware, arranging flowers and compulsively putting the final touches on the table settings.” A Seat at the Table TABLE DESIGN BY L’ATELIER ISABELLE PERIBERE L’Atelier Isabelle Peribere is a full-service residential interior design firm located in Miami Beach, Florida, that specializes in contemporary interior design, architectural and decorative lighting, art curating and turnkey project management. For more information regarding her full suite of services, visit latelierisabelleperibere.com or call 917.208.8137.
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