Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Winter Entertaining

Because so many of us are already decorating our homes for the holidays, I figured that there was no time like the present to start writing about Christmas table settings. While rifling through my holiday files over the weekend, I found this Veranda article about Christmas entertaining in the Paris dining room of Barbara and Didier Wirth.

I think that the first thing one is struck by is all of that fabulous red blanketing the room. Come December, Barbara hangs custom-made red fabric panels over the room's green and white tile walls. A red tablecloth and red taffeta blinds add to the color theme. What's nice, though, is that blue is used as an accent color on both the table and the mantel, something that gives the room more of a wintery feel rather than a holiday one. And the table itself is perfection when set with Venetian stemware, silver candlesticks and chargers, Malbranche embroidered napkins, and lampwork figures placed around the table. (The figures, made in Nevers during the 18th century, were made from glass softened over an oil lamp flame.)

Coincidentally, I happened to find other photos of the Wirth's Paris apartment in the book
Paris Interiors. I'm not sure if this is the same apartment or not, but the photos are so attractive that I wanted to include them as well. You can see the Wirths' entrance hall and study below.

Dining room photos from Veranda, Thibault Jeanson photographer. Remaining photos from Paris Interiors, Eric Adjani photographer.


  1. Anonymous11:05 AM

    I love all the interiors you post. Could move into any of the above rooms, happily!

  2. You've got it right, this is indeed the flat of Brabara and Didier in Paris. The room with the books is a smaller study, while there is a much bigger salon adjacent. They're friends of mine and I've dined there many times. We're friends because we share a great love of gardens. They have Chateau de Brecy and we met in my garden here in Lucca, Villa Massei, several years ago. They are both artists of genuine talent and I admire them enormously.

  3. Paul, Thank you for the clarification. I suspect that you too are an artist of genuine talent!

  4. I enjoyed this beautiful post!

  5. Beautiful table setting dahhling.. thanks for sharing.

  6. Anonymous10:00 AM

    Great posts! Regarding the fez: once common in Turkey, it is seldom now seen. Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey, banned the wearing of it decades ago, in an effort to make that country more "western".