You can see that we gravitate toward certain colors, like greens, pinks, blues and reds, and that is totally reflected in our mix of dishes.
Mike and I both have silver that has come through our family — none of it complete — so we have added numerous individual pieces that have crossed our path. Tonight I’m mixing my parent’s wedding silver with some mother-of-pearl-handled knives from an antiques store. The crystal is mixed as well; although we started with a complete set, years of breakage have taken their toll, and we have embraced that.
Although there are no hard and fast rules, if you’re not sure how to mix, consider combining a floral, a stripe, a solid and a whimsical pattern, as in the combination shown here. Start by mixing three patterns; if you feel brave, go for four or more.
I hope this encourages you to dig through your attic, to haunt garage sales and to let your table settings share your story.
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