New York-based textile designer Madeline Weinrib recently went shopping with the New York Times for Summer table linens. Given her choices, it's obvious that this designer prefers a diverse mix of linens over a staid matched set. Hopping from store to store, Weinrib grabbed poppy floral Marimekko oilcloth, graphic Missoni napkins, and organic reed and shell placemats.
Going for more of a mix over a matchy-matchy look can keep a table setting fresh, but you have to have an eye for juggling pattern and color to pull off the effect. I've been known to mix and match my linens at home. How about you?