Text by Linda Wright / Photography by Marcy Black Simpson
Winter white is always a safe choice for a table setting, but you can change it from safe to standout by adding contrasts in materials and colors.
We usually classify silver as formal and wood and stone as casual, but mixing these elements results in a delight of differences. With no place mats or cloth, the dark surface of the table contrasts nicely with the white Italian stoneware resting on the silver-colored wooden charger. This counterpoint of light and dark also accentuates the casual and formal variances. Silver containers, flatware, and napkin rings shine, while stemware both clear and purple (light and dark) add a sparkle to the tablescape of contradictions.
The popular trend of mixing and matching pieces of antique cutlery has been sending collectors scurrying to flea markets and yard sales. Now you can buy sets of antique-like mismatched pieces without the hunting.