Tea or coffee time is usually an on the go event where the most stylish aspect is the blend or bean. When time affords the opportunity, I bring down from the cupboard the “company” collection of antique and vintage sugar bowls, creamers, flatware and demitasse sets.
Mixing china patterns is a great way to showcase vintage and eclectic items while keeping the accent on unique style.
It’s the perfect time to take decor liberties with “eclecticity.” No rhyme and strictly for the look of it reason sets the table for what coffee and tea time are meant to be, a relaxing break from the routine. Shabby chic boutiques, resale stores, grandmother’s china cabinet, online stores and antique shops are collection creating central.
The pairing of a formal sterling silver with a whimsical white porcelain cow creamer works. I refer to it as the decor Donny & Marie effect-I’m a little bit this and I’m a little bit that. The potential “this is so out of place” impression will be overruled by the pop of color principal. A little something to shake things up promotes the fun factor, and fun should be an integral part of design and decor choices.
At this very moment as I create and type, Dave the Builder announces it is coffee time. The “eclecticity” of this moment will be unforgettable. It is a work day for him, which means he looks the part (in need of coffee). It is also a work day for me, which means I’m decked out in frazzled chic (make mine strong!). I believe I’ll go with a crystal sugar bowl, flow blue creamer, and dollar store gold rimmed porcelain coffee cups. It’s the perfect service to set to help us celebrate the moments of our DIY life.