"If everything is vintage, it looks like a jumble, Guérard says. "Layering in contemporary elements keeps things clean, and then the special pieces can really stand out."
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"If you've got beautiful old things, use them!" Guérard says. "Mi in new pieces helps heirlooms feel not too precious." Green Steuben tumblers, Boeltz gilt-bronze candlestick, and other vintage items: . Crafted plate chargers in Gray, $48 each: . Welcome wineglasses in Grey, $15 each: .
The clean lines of modern flatware complement antique pieces. See more sleek spoons:
Tronada flatware, $58 for a five-piece setting.
Castle Peak flatware by Kate Spade New York, $70 for a five-piece setting. .
Kobenstyle flatware by Dansk, $52 for a five-piece setting. .
Ellipse flatware in Matte Stainless Steel, $95 for a five-piece setting. .