In an average household, we are beset by bits and pieces of dinnerware. I’m lucky enough to have sets of plates and bowls of at least four per item, but they aren’t anything fancy. Anyone would want to have a really expensive set of plates for the special occasion. Many of us these days cannot afford the $400-500 price tag for a gorgeous dinnerware set.
The image below inspired me to think differently but smartly:
Two gorgeous plates here, two fine bowls there and suddenly you have a mixy-matchy-but-still-an-expensive-set look that is cohesive!
The Starting Point
I’ve been on the constant search for a contrasting pattern in pinks or yellows to liven things up. Any suggestions?
I’ve also found this gorgeous photo below:
How sweet is this? Smart: picking pieces that kinda go. Similar motif, colour and size.
I can afford the set of two expensive china during sales. In time, if I think carefully and gather smartly, I might have a fancy looking eclectic-but-intentional set of dinnerware to drag out during special occasions!
Oooh! I just found this image by Martha Angus and had to share! What an extremely striking dinner setting. I love the green tablecloth and the vibrant oranges!
According to interior designer Martha Angus, the tablecloth is actually remnants of de Gournay wallpaper, draped over a classic Parsons table. I have to get meself some verdant green tablecloth! Stands out so prettily against dark (and light) wood.
Oh Hang On! Today I found in my forgotten stash of fabric this gorgeous verdant green silk fabric remnant. Not large enough for a tablecloth, but is great as a striking table runner!
I allowed myself an hour of play with my china, trying to decide on shape and pattern of the contrasting china I’m hunting for (and what I’m not):
Sorry about the unironed table cloth. I mainly wanted to see if the fabric would work and how what I’d planned and the pieces I had would look against the green.
Instead of a setting for tea after dinner, I tried preparing a setting for coffee instead, with one of my favourite black and white polkadot coffee sets. I maintained my Johnson Bros saucer underneath it all just to maintain the octagon shape.
I had another two patterns to try out… both were pretty!
I think of all the options available to me, I preferred the Royal Albert Serena above the others.
But what of just coffee and cake?
Or coffee and ice cream or apple and rhubarb crumble?
I had fun playing and know at least, I want a round contrasting plate for my setting. I also know I definitely want to source some pretty dark green fabric.
Do you have photos of your pretty fine china to share?