Detail of area in green and white guest bedroom.Beach Style Bedroom, Atlanta
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Rearrange the china cabinet. Pull everything out and lay it on the dining room table. Mix and match large platters on stands, favorite bowls, pitchers and tea sets in a way that shows them off at their best. This may take some arranging and rearranging. Take the time to step back, admire your work and fiddle around with the composition.
How to spot a great piece. First, follow your heart. This is something you will be living with and using daily, not putting on display in a museum, so think of your own needs and style preferences first — and consider any investment value a bonus.Then take a closer look at the piece: Is it well constructed? Does it look like it's been well cared for? Note any wobbly legs, broken pieces, cracks, stains etc. Also be sure to ask the seller about the history of the piece.
Consider putting cabinet items on display. If sentimental pieces of china and serveware you don't use but love are taking up valuable cabinet space, place them where you can enjoy them every day. Check out ideas for how to arrange them and how to hang a plate.
Review the menu and gather all necessary serving pieces and trivets in one spot; use sticky notes to label each platter with the dish it will hold.Polish any silver you’ll be using.If you want to be superorganized, print copies of all your Thanksgiving recipes and put them in a presentation binder with clear plastic sleeves. After the big day, you can add notes and shopping lists, and next year you’ll be ready to go!
1. Spice up plain china with colorful accents. If you're bored with your wedding china or the basic white dishware you bought in your salad days, there's no need to box it up and start from scratch. Layer in plates, cups, goblets and other pieces in bold, fun colors to give the old standbys a new spin. Here, sprightly majolica updates a group of simple serving pieces.
No, this isn't a dining room, it's a guest bedroom. Note the way the designer started out with a background of white platters and plates and added punches of green Majolica pottery. The three small plates across the top add a sense of order, but overall the composition still has a casual feel. This is a balancing act you'll get a feel for as you experiment.