"This time of year, everyone is thinking about entertaining. A white background makes you appreciate every detail. Bring it to the table by using linen tablecloths and napkins. People do lots of home cooking during this season and white dishes showcase the food you’re serving. You can get them very inexpensively. You can mix all periods, shapes and materials of white—earthenware or porcelain, a simple shape from IKEA or an over-the-top piece from Sevres, your grandmother’s Wedgwood vase mixed with a Crate and Barrel piece—it works beautifully well."