In this post: Anyone can buy matching dishes, but by mixing cool plates in interesting patterns you can create a tablescape that’s both beautiful and one of a kind.⇒
Do you always set the same table?
You know… pull out your china, crystal, silver, etc. and set your standard dinner party table.
Or maybe you’re the sort who sees a tablescape you love in a shop and you buy all the components and duplicate it verbatim?
In both cases you’ll wind up with a lovely table. But will it really be expressing your individuality?
Sure, it shows your taste. And not everyone needs to reinvent the wheel every time they entertain.
But for me, setting a table, like decorating a home or dressing for an event, is a golden opportunity to make a unique personal statement.
For this reason I love to mix and match items that were not meant to go together. Often no two elements are from the same place. In fact, half the time they don’t even match in the classic sense.
And the key area I most love to experiment is with layered patterned dishes. Interesting mixes of cool plates are a wonderful way to bring a little bit of edginess to an otherwise elegant table.
For this table I began with these gorgeous Roberto Cavalli jaguar plates that are absolutely stunning. They’re a bit pricey, but oh-so-fabulous. With an animal print foundation, you can go in so many different directions and they’ll look different each and every time.
On today’s table, I mixed them with a pale magnolia floral for a warm weather feel, but I’m sure they’ll be used on many a table in the future in completely new ways.
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Perhaps part of my signature look is the use of casual distressed pieces on the same table as my most precious items, so a rugged ceramic bowl peacefully coexists with linen, crystal and silver.
I begin looking for peonies as soon as the temperature begins to rise, and finding these most lush blooms adds so much to my table. Lovely in pale pink, with seeded eucalyptus added for drape and movement, the centerpiece is simple but among my favorite kinds.
The vase is one I’ve been looking at for quite some time, as it works so well with my crystal goblets.
A vintage silver platter serves up some of my preferred French wines.
The tiny ruffled napkins are among the items I use over and over, this time belted in a leather napkin ring. It works so well with the subtle safari theme hinted at on this table.
The tablecloth is a wonderful washed linen with ruffled edge, very casual in attitude yet crisply white.
Flanking the centerpiece I used bold brass hurricane lamps, another pair of items I’d been eying for a while. The chunky pillar candles are needed for balance.
If you’d like to set your own table to express your personality, begin with a signature pattern and pull the other pieces in from there. It might be an animal print, like mine, or a plaid or floral. Experiment with combinations that may not be so obvious and just make sure the blend is cohesive rather than jarring.
Then sit back and enjoy the finished product and a table you’ve not seen in anyone else’s home!
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