Sunday, January 16, 2011

Tabletop: Mid-Century Modern to Traditional...How do you do that?

 How do you do that? From mid-century modern to traditional. Elsa Peretti’s tablescape works because it is simple,sophisticated, neutral and wonderfully luxurious. The Knoll tulip table and chairs sets the tone for simplicity and doesn’t distract from the “busy”, but effective table decor.
My tablescape, with the Knoll tulip table and chairs sets a different mood, contemporary and yet transitional infused with Moroccan orange, fuscia and pistachio inspired by from Bongenre’s Winchester Mandala Melamine dinnerware and accented with flea-market finds of pottery.
That’s how you start with the same contemporary set and finish with two very different results.
I Love Elsa Peretti’s designs, especially the jewelry at Tiffany’s and that is how I became familiar with her work when I bought my duaghter Kelsey an Elsa heart for her 16th birthday.  Her jewelry led me to the home decor which is interesting because my world is flooring home design.
I purchased my Knoll tulip table and chairs set from a client last summer. I was installing new carpet after their walk-out basement was damaged in the legendary Nashville floor May of 2010. It looked out of place in a uber traditional home and was left over from a mother-in-law hand me down. I probably paid too much, but how much is too much when you want something. 

Does this article inspire you to mix decorating styles?

Elsa Peretti’s Tablescape is featured on page 53 of the Dec. Jan. 2011 of House Beautiful magazine.
The elaborate star used in this pattern is both a Western-style stained glass window motif and an Eastern-style mandala. The pattern comes in a large variety of hues, and the unusual five-piece tray set goes with all the differing versions.