How to up­date a ta­blescape while us­ing your vin­tage dish­ware

VIN­TAGE This is­sue, we’re putting a mod­ern spin on clas­sic hol­i­day ta­ble set­tings. How can I up­date my ta­ble set­tings while still us­ing my vin­tage dish­ware this hol­i­day sea­son?

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If you’re lucky enough to have a set of pretty vin­tage china, this is the time to use it! Up­dat­ing the look is easy: The trick is to in­cor­po­rate some plain dishes into the mix. Make sure ev­ery place set­ting has at least one mod­ern and one vin­tage piece. Layer ev­ery­day white plates with smaller pat­terned ones on top, for ex­am­ple, or pull a colour from your china and match the hue in a con­tem­po­rary plate or bowl. You can also press sin­gle un­matched pieces into ser­vice to hold dips, sauces and top­pings on a buf­fet, or scat­ter a few vin­tage dishes down the cen­tre of your ta­ble. How­ever you choose to in­te­grate your fine china, the most im­por­tant thing is to ac­tu­ally use it— don’t let your trea­sured pieces sit in the cup­board gath­er­ing dust. Uti­liz­ing them can bring back fond me­mories, and cre­ate new ones.

With Ann Marie Favot OUR HOME & STYLE DI­REC­TOR IS AN EX­PERT AT FIND­ING SMART SO­LU­TIONS TO YOUR DEC­O­RAT­ING DILEM­MAS.

Villeroy & Boch An­mut $28, the­bay.com. DIN­NER PLATE,

Maxwell & Wil­liams Charm­ing $76/4-piece set, the­bay.com. DIN­NER PLATE,

DIN­NER PLATE, Stac­cato $20, crate­and­bar­rel.ca.

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