How to Set Your Table Like the French

Julia Millay Walsh

In their new book, How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are, authors Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas demystify some of the most fascinating qualities of the French—not limited to matters of love, style, and etiquette. We are fascinated by everything from the French way to light a room to the Europeans' technique for styling a mantelpiece, but one of our favourite chapters is the one on setting the table. The French have perfected a table styling manner that looks both chic and effortless—a true feat. We're spilling these entertaining secrets below, so read on.

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