Author and former Natipernavigare editor Mary Emmerling sets the table with items from her new line of vintage goods, Mary Emmerling Curated Home. "I want people to use antique china to entertain at home in contemporary ways," she says.
1. Get Creative With Place Settings
Each setting of antique English porcelain is unique. Pieces of a place setting are mixed not by pattern but by color. Mary Emmerling Curated Home China, four-piece set for $195. thevagabondinternational.com
2. Add Wood Accents
The clean lines of contemporary wood-handled utensils marry well with ornate porcelain. Dubost Olive Wood Flatware, five-piece set for $70. surlatable.com
3. Don't Forget a Colorful Base
For meals beneath the citrus trees in her Arizona garden, Emmerling sets up an old French metal table "in a beautiful shade of faded blue."
4. Personalize Your Napkins
Hand-dyeing white vintage linens makes them modern and fresh. Mary Emmerling Curated Home Napkins, six for $240. thevagabondinternational.com
5. Think Casual
"I'm not big on formality," Emmerling says, "but I love pretty things." Add texture and a casual note with the Tumbler with Rattan Holder by Matahari, $10. suefisherking.com
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