Discover your personality in porcelain! Do you think you are a Glamour Girl or a Purist? A Chic Fashionista or a Savy Southern Belle? Read my latest article, pg 34-36, in 360 West Weddings, a fabulous guide, for the finest of Texas brides, in the Fort Worth area.

The have-to-know content is orchestrated by the very talented Editorial Director, Nancy Myers. I had the pleasure of working with Nancy, years ago, for the premier, fashion E-zine, Pink Memo. Nancy and I had not met…she was a freelance editor and we worked together via email. I was instantly impressed with her talent to refine my work. I learned a lot from her and suggested we meet live! My grandfather always told me, “The harder you work, the luckier you get.” And I know that’s true. Taking the time to get to know the face-behind-the-email led to this wonderful opportunity!

The best thing about being a modern bride is that there are no rules! Of course, you don’t even have to be a bride to discover the passion of collecting and combining china patterns in a new way. I adore traditional patterns, such as Herend, but also go mad for more contemporary designs like the L’Object and Vera Wang examples above. I especially love to pair old-school pieces with funky new ones for a classic-with-a-twist approach.

This unique, Asian-inspired combination is a favorite I created for a dinner party in my own home. The pinstriped charger, a thrift-store find, is the foundation for a traditional Spode “Blue Colonel” dinner plate, trimmed in yellow gold. The trio’s topper features a wildly fun, hand-painted dragon motif (I am crazy for Foo Dogs, dragons and serpents!) that I could not resist, by Fitz and Floyd.

DO try this at home! No matter what dinner service you currently have, dine with it! Mix and match with confidence. And by all means, use the good stuff more often- what are we saving it for? To get started, read pages 34-36,  “Perfect Settings” by Shelly Rosenberg.