- First, start with a solid color tablecloth, and gather solid (tone on tone is fine) color dinner plates. These do not necessarily need to match in style, but they should match in color and size. I prefer an all-white dinner plate as a base.
- On top of those, place your favorite collected salad plates (from eBay, from yard sales or from my favorite, Fishs Eddy (great place to start your collection). They don't have to match anything but the tablecloth or dinner plate color, and should not match each other. The commonality is the size.
- Do this again with a smaller bread plate. Take inspiration from your collections and your taste; if you are into 50s retro, add some jadeite or maybe a few pieces of of Fiestaware. If you're more of a modernist, go for some graphic pieces or geometric shapes. The idea is to personalize it, yet vary it a bit.
- From the plates, you now have a color palette defined, and use that to choose napkins. As most napkins are the same size, you only need to choose colors and prints. This is a great place for a brighter color pulled from one of the plates or even a stripe that corresponds. Cohesively, the napkins should tell the color story, and you will know how many different ones to use. The idea is to look simple, not overly chaotic.
- Top the setting off with glassware (flatware should be matching) - one water glass and one wine glass. If your palette can handle colored glass, sprinkle a few around the table. Ideally, you will make one of the glasses cohesive throughout, and the other can be variations of the same. Perhaps go for the French look of simple tumblers for wine and vary your water glasses.
|I love this look... it screams "Thanksgiving" to me.|
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- For nursery and children's rooms, I love Duc Duc. Bold, modern and graphic.
- Try Spoonflower if you think you have what it takes to design your own fabric. Get crafty and they will print it up for you!
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