Do you like to mix china patterns in your table settings? Or maybe you're an all-one-pattern kind of table decorator? I definitely lean toward the former - perhaps it's because I have so many colours and styles of dishes to choose from. Mixing them up allows me to get more use out of them. I like to play around with the different patterns, tying them together with a cheerful colour scheme.
I also like to mix brand new dishes with vintage dishes. For my breakfast table setting, above left, I mixed our wedding china, Wedgwood Mistral, with various blue and white pieces I thrifted or got as gifts from my mom.
I have four main china patterns - the wedding Wedgwood, Johnson Brothers' pretty pink floral pattern (above, top right), Johnson Brothers Old English (above, bottom right) and my grandmother's Midwinter Burslem Porcelon china (not pictured). Beyond that I have all kinds of odds and ends, including many blue and white plates - those are some of my favourites.
So, are you a pattern mixer or a traditionalist?
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