Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Mixing China Patterns & Vintage Bliss Tuesdays Linky Party #34


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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9 comments:

  1. Hi Joann, I mix and match a lot of kitchenware, vintage and newish (is 1970 newish?). Have a great week.

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    1. Hi Joy, I think even my wedding china is heading towards vintage...ha ha. ;)

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  2. What a gorgeous collection of China you have! I would love to mix and match if I had some. They are so perfect for a weekend brunch! Maybe I need to go to our antique fair this month and get me some =)

    Juju Sprinkles
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    1. Thank you! I definitely think you need to go get yourself some china! Lots of it! ;) Jo

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  3. I am definitely a pattern mixer like you. There are too many beautiful patterns out there to pick just one. I have always favored brown transfer ware, but since moving to France I have found an appreciation for so many patterns. I usually come back to brown in the end. Thanks for sharing, you have a beautiful selection.

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    1. Yay to the pattern mixers, Amy! ;) I don't actually have brown transfer ware, but I love that too - now I need to get some. ;) I think I also need to go to France...

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  4. I think mixing patterns is wonderful. I would do it if I would set a nice dinner table but it is usually just eat on the same old dishes. LOL!

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    1. I understand. We tend to use the same dishes most days too. But it's fun to mix it up once in a while! :)

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  5. I had a LOT of mixed pieces but recently bought a whole set of white dishes. A HIGE set too, I'll never have to mix and match which means I'll enjoy it so much more!

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