May 7th, 2014
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A New Setting

Like many brides, when I married, I picked out two sets of china. The set for everyday use is the same pattern as my mother’s, Wedgewood Edme, and a formal set of Limoges white plates with a blue and gold rim for entertaining. I’ve added a few pieces here and there, but have not bought a complete new set of fine china since my wedding.

After seeing this story by Sofia Coppola in her special edition of W, I am completely inspired to shake up my dish ware.

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  • Too Sun King for these perilous times.

    SamanthaMay 7th, 2014  9:28 AM

     
  • Tableware is one of my weaknesses, my cupboards are bursting at the seams. I’m now craving that gorgeous Meissen in the first photo. I love your “everyday” set as well, and my mother has that, along with many other sets. Beautiful layout in W.

    KathyMay 7th, 2014  10:39 AM

     
  • Beautiful! I’m inspired by the colors, they are stunning, but I love nothing more than pure, clean white for everyday and fine china. I prefer to add color via linens and flowers.

    A Note On StyleMay 7th, 2014  11:45 AM

     
  • Lots of lovely tabletop things on ebay and in resale/consignment shops, big believer in recycling everything! And the custom of passing on to the next generation…

    CindalaMay 7th, 2014  12:11 PM

     
  • This was my favorite story in this issue.
    Like you, I’ve always favored plain, simple diningware for its versatility — but this makes me want to embrace color.

    C.MicholMay 7th, 2014  1:23 PM

     
  • I have the Herend Queen Victoria luncheon plates paired with Haviland Oasis dinner plates. I always feel like I should have picked something less girly but then when I set it all out it takes my breath away! You gotta eat – no harm in making it pretty!

    LizMay 7th, 2014  2:20 PM

     
  • I too have a weakness for nice dishes. Like stylish clothing, if I see a pattern or piece I really like, having it becomes a priority. In recent years I have become more practical about it. I don’t buy entire sets, because I don’t live that way. I have a good white set and purchase patterns and different colored pieces I love in plates, serving pieces. cups, etc, all that compliment each other in color and style. No matching required or desired. I end up with many options and a casual, yet elegant and co-ordinated look that works for any size gathering. Not for everyone, but works for my lifestyle.

    AprilMay 7th, 2014  7:37 PM

     
  • My approach is similar to April’s–I am blessed to have my mother’s entire set of French limoges, which is pure white with a beautiful gilt edge, hand painted. This set includes old fashioned serving pieces, fruit bowls, soup bowls, lidded vegetable bowls, platters, gravy boats, etc. Used en masse, it is stunning. But I have collected many other patterns in partial sets over the years, in new, vintage, and antique. I have dessert sets, salad plates, dinner plates, demitasse cups and saucers, all in a variety of patterns. With my mother’s china, I can mix them in, change up the linens, and never set the same table twice! China is glorious, connects us to a more civilized and dignified time in history, and no matter what a woman’s budget, she needs to run a gracious home/apartment, which means setting a pretty table now and then. Handwashing them, alone in the kitchen or with my sister or daughter’s help, is a quiet pleasure I quite enjoy.

    PaulaMay 8th, 2014  2:39 AM

     
  • I inherited several sets of china that I seldom use. I have considered selling some of it on ebay, but I just can’t. Maybe I can give some sets to my nieces (I don’t think my son really cares).

    joannawnycMay 10th, 2014  11:24 AM

     

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