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You may have seen the faces of the Traditional Homes editors smiling at you from the pages of our January catalog. They shared the items they’ve been dreaming of adding to their home, so we sat down with them to talk about their choices...


You may have seen the faces of the Traditional Homes editors smiling at you from the pages of our January catalog. They shared the items they’ve been dreaming of adding to their home, so we sat down with them to talk about their choices.

Jenny Bradley, Senior Design and Lifestyle Editor, loves toentertain! Because of thatnursery lumbar pillow, she loves to have lots of dinnerware she can mix and match together to create new, unique looks. We asked her to share how she started her collection and what her entertaining philosophy is!

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Ballard Designs: Mixing and matching dinnerware and linens is such a great strategy, but how do you shop for pieces that coordinate?

Jenny Bradley: I’m always on the prowl for new dinnerware. I like a collection that feels as though it’s been collected over time, so I look for common colors and patterns that work together but still offer contrast. I also like to mix more streamlined, contemporary pieces with family heirlooms to keep things fresh.

BD: What pieces do you need first in your growing collection?

JB: I started with dinner and salad plates in the same pattern, but different colorways. It makes sense to start with the basics and then add some mix-and-match pieces from there. You can also never go wrong with traditional crystal stemware.

BD: You must entertain a lot to always be setting the table! What are your go-to gatherings?

JB: There’s always an excuse to entertain! That said, we like to keep things very simple, and often set up a buffet for a more casual setting. We stock up on serving pieces like tiered stands and platters in neutrals—primarily wood and white—so as not to compete with the gorgeous colors and textures of the food.

BD: What entertaining must-haves or must-dos are top of mind when you’re inviting friends or family over?

JB: We try keep things pretty casual when entertaining. The only rules we tend to follow are pretty straightforward: Never skimp on food and beverages, and always expect the unexpected. You never know what a guest may request and it’s important to be prepared. Otherwise, just go with the flow!

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For quite a while now, I have been seeing the most adorable “printables.” If you are not familiar with the term, I can tell you that they are basically fun graphics or words that you print out and pop in a frame. Easy, peasy. They are all over Etsy and Pinterest. I even PAID for some printables for Etsy for my family room {PS- The family room reveal will be coming at the beginning of the year and it will blow your socks off. That's not bragging, because it's true!}.

Remember how it was only like 2 weeks ago that I announced here that we had our 4th little baby and time stopped so I could snuggle on that wee boy day after day? Ohhh, those were some precious days…..but it hasn’t only been 2 weeks, and that wee child isn’t so wee anymore. Oliver is a huge 19 month old now and is as full of fire as they come!? Ahhhh, the sass of the youngest child is a real thing, my friends….but wow, we can’t get enough of him and constantly laugh as he figures out his own little personality each day.

Ooh la la!? There’s nothing like a pair of gorgeous drape panels to complete the look of your nursery.

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