5 Steps To Collecting Table Top Treasures
April 4, 2020
How do you set a table?
Do you set your table with a matching set of dishes or china?
I have multiple sets of dishes and one set of fine china.
You know the white china with the gold trim? I do love that set.
I also have a set of Blue Willow dishes which are a collected set.
A collection of mismatched Blue Willow dishes, some old and some new.
While I adore my white china, I have found that at times it can be a bit boring to set an entire table with the same pieces.
I love to collect vintage china and pretty dishes. My collection has grown!
Since collecting these new pieces, I love to set a table with mismatched pieces of china.
Let’s face it… a collector of pretty dishes never stops collecting!;)
I adore vintage china or in other words… table top treasures;).
So Where Do I Go?
I will take to thrift stores and antique stores on the hunt for vintage china.
I love the thrill of the hunt, looking for various pieces and usually wanting them all.
My Insider Tips
#1: Begin with Basic White
While I love combing the thrift stores for beautiful plates and saucers,
I also think it’s important to have a foundational set of china or dinnerware.
That set could be as simple and as beautiful as a set of
white dinnerware (which is so versatile!) and easy to incorporate with the mixing of patterns. Begin with the basics.
#2: Mix Vintage & New
I love the adventure in the mix!
I look for the uniqueness of a piece and it’s beauty to add to my collection.
When finding incomplete sets, I enjoy mixing pieces together to create a different look.
Advice? Don’t be afraid of mixing vintage and new when it comes to a table setting.
It brings interest, charm and a little whimsey.
#3: Pick a Color
Another way to unite a mismatched table setting is to pick a color scheme and run with it!
For example, pair mismatched plates with a black and white and gold theme to them.
(Maybe, pair it with black stem ware.)
Stick with the same color scheme or coordinating colors.
Unite a mismatched table setting by picking a pattern element that your dinnerware may have in common.
For example, a vintage floral pattern with a gold trim can work nicely with silver rimmed stem ware.
A cream colored, gold trimmed cup coordinates well with the black and gold plates.
Many different, but similar florals can come together nicely.
I am talking all about mixing and mingling to get that collected look and uniqueness.
#5: Layering Patterns
Layer different patterns and colors!
Different patterns can play nicely together to create a lovely layered effect.
Try mixing a small print with a larger pattern or band of color.
I always seem to be drawn towards vintage china
and especially pieces with pretty floral patterns.
I just love mixing vintage and new,
especially those pieces that are pretty and romantic.
I hope that my tips on setting a mismatched table is helpful.
Maybe you prefer an all matching set.
This is how I home.
Some wild west stylin’ for some wild west livin’.
Thanks for stopping by.