Mixed pattern on the table can include the tableware and cotton napkins selections
Next time you set the table, mixed pattern dishes, silverware and linens help create a unique dining experience. Of course, a unifying thread will pull things together. This outdoor table is set for a casual afternoon meal with handmade dinnerware by Austin ceramicist Claudia Reese.
Various patterns are combined in both the tableware and cotton napkins selections. The centerpiece bowl, covered with fresh lettuce leaves, contains colorful vegetables – a nice variation from the typical floral arrangement. I couldn’t help but notice the evergreens in the background; an airy contrast to the heavy wood table.
During much of the year, a screened porch is another perfect dining spot. A beautiful lace tablecloth is placed across an old iron table. Place settings are a mixture of Fiestaware colors. Vintage linens add softness, along with the pitcher of dark blue hydrangeas. Don’t miss the comb-painted checkboard pattern floor.
A sunroom containing outdoor furniture features a round table covered in a striped tablecloth, which repeats the lines of the French garden chairs. Cabbage leaf plates, matching napkins, whimsical napkin rings and beautiful flowers compliment the live greenery without overpowering.
The mixing of all things blue creates a charming atmosphere in this breakfast room. Mismatched pieces of antique blueware rest on layered blue and white tablecloths. Even the chairs surrounding the table are a mix of flea market finds. Vintage tinware and blue spongeware adorn the wall, while a pink accent is brought to the table with the floral filled pitcher.
The extra time it takes to mix textures, patterns and colors creates personality in any setting and, not to mention, it’s more fun.
(Sources: Formal Country, Cera-Mix Studios, The Homer Laughlin, Bordallo Pinheiro, Laurel Leaf Farm)
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