Layered Place Settings

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Recently I shared a DIY on How to Create Fabric Covered Chargers. I wanted to show you what I did with the chargers. I have a slight obsession for dishes and I tend to collect dishes, both new and antique that I can mix and match with other patterns. It’s a pretty well known fact that I’m not into matchy-matchy. So, the idea of taking different fabric covered chargers and pairing them differently with unique plate patterns, really led to an entire afternoon of playing with my table.

There are a few things to keep in mind when mixing and matching patterns and textures on a table, so that your final tablescape has a sense of cohesiveness.

TIPS:

1. Have a subtle color scheme in mind. I used: Cream, white, gold with a slight pop of blue/green.

2. Look for variations in plate rims for added texture.

3. A pop of a darker color (in this case, dark gray) can be grounding for your overall look. It adds depth to your table.

Setting 1: Crocheted charger with gold, cream and slight pop of blue, wheat patterned, vintage plate.

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Setting 2: Linen and gilded charger with all cream embossed, antique plate.

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Setting 3: Grounded gray pinstripe charger with cream and blue/green patterned antique plate.

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Setting 4: Linen and gilded charger paired with vintage, gold wheat patterned plate.

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Setting 5: Linen charger with limoge, antique plate with subtle floral motif and that pop of green/blue.

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Setting 6: Grounded gray pinstripe charger with cream, embossed antique plate

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In between the charger and the plate, I used a white Pier 1 white, plate. This helped bring a common thread to each place setting. Then I finished each setting off with an antique linen napkin (each one different) clipped onto the plate with a vintage clothes pin.

The effect was elegant and homespun, finished yet comfortable.

It’s that juxtaposition at a table, that makes each guest feel like their place setting was created just for her (or him).

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Just curious, which place setting is your favorite? That way, the next time you visit, I’ll make sure to pay attention to that detail.

 

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  1. I do the layered thing, too! It’s fun to mix and match!!!

    In fact, I was just talking to my mom about this regarding china. My sister and other friends opted not to register for it when they got married, but as an entertainer, I can’t imagine NOT having it. Several years ago, as the oldest unmarried girl, I received my grandmother’s wedding china. It’s not perfectly my style, but I decided that I could add more contemporary pieces of my own one day and still use them!

    • Yes Jen! I can’t get enough of the mix matched patterns. I’m a little bit of a hoarder, ask Chris Ann. I love the idea of “registering” for vintage plates in a certain color palette.

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