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Mix and Match: Into The Blue


Settle into summer with a French-chic salad plate that lends itself to both the simple and sophisticated sides of entertaining.


THE INSPIRATION

With nods to the natural elements of the French countryside, Gien’s Oiseau Bleu pattern bears a classic 19th-century design featuring a delightful mix of flora and fauna. Gien China Oiseau Bleu Salad/Dessert Plate; Replacements, Ltd. 

 


CASUAL POSSIBILITIES
This rustic setting captures the essence of laid-back summer gatherings—both indoors and out. Pair the salad plate with a wooden charger and an antique-blue dinner plate whose faded sections echo the charger’s hue. Opt for simple silver flatware and stemless blown glassware to continue the theme of under-stated charm. A colorful napkin and fresh-cut hydrangeas add a few notes of warmth.

Gien China Oiseau Bleu Salad/Dessert Plate; Replacements, Ltd. Driftwood Charger, Confetti Stemless Wine Glass in Blue, Coral Paisley Escala Napkin; World Market. Dinner Plate in Indigo; The Good Earth Pottery. Match Daniela Five-Piece Place Setting; Bromberg’s.


ELEGANT OPTIONS

A bit of polish and shine elevates the plate to suit a more formal table. Choose a taupe napkin with a subtle pattern for eye-catching contrast against the design of the salad plate. A white dinner plate with intricate trim, as well as dainty silver details across the table, provide interest without detracting from the color scheme of soft blue and gray.

Gien China Oiseau Bleu Salad/Dessert Plate, Gien China Filets Bleus Dinner Plate, Gorham Rondo Sterling Five-Piece Place Setting; Replacements, Ltd. Bella Notte Penelope Napkin in French Grey, Arte Italica Burano Water/Wine Glass; Bromberg’s.

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