Dish It Out

One of the things I used to enjoy changing up in my home before I was married were my dishes. Every 4 or 5 years, I would donate my current set to family, friends or goodwill and buy a new set. My ex prefers to keep dishes much more long term, so we’re still using the dishes from our wedding registry eight years ago. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, and some might think I’m crazy, but there’s just something about changing up dishes that makes things feel so fresh and it’s a big “bang for the buck” alteration.

Today I received an email from Crate and Barrel featuring the dinnerware set above, called Spool, and I was immediately drawn it. When I went to their site to check it out, I read the description and was so happily surprised to read that the designer, Olivia Barry, had worked side-by-side as assistant to Eva Zeisel, one of my absolute favorite designers. There are a few living legends that I have on my bucket list to meet and Eva Zeisel is at the top of the list (along with Leonard Cohen.) I was surprised to read that, but yet, it made so much sense all at the same time.

The description also read, “The Spool design’s creamy English earthenware shapes feature distinctive carved rims inspired by the natural lyrical patterns drawn in sand dunes by the shifting desert winds. The play of light and shadow on the surface frames the culinary center of attention with a festive energy.” I just love that. : )

The other set that I’ve been coveting, albeit for a bit longer, is the David Stark Wood Slices dinnerware set from West Elm. It’s been there for a few months, so I’m afraid it won’t last too much longer. Crate and Barrel definitely keeps their dinnerware for a healthy amount of time, while West Elm is a bit more “out with the old, in with the new”, so it may not even be a choice when the time is right.

About a month ago, I purchased a set of 12 new placemats from CB2 (see pic below). They’re made from old billboard advertisements from all over the world (the backs are a hoot!) and the front lists various cities. And get this – they were on sale for $0.95 each. Quite the steal!! Here’s a pic that my friend, Aracely, posted on FB. I immediately fell in love with them and asked her where she had purchased them. I was thrilled that they were still in stock…and on sale!


I think either set would work beautifully with the placemats, it’s just a matter of deciding whether I want something more simple and clean or something more stylized. If they’re both available when I’m ready to replace my dishes, I’m not sure which way I’d go, but I’m thinking it will come down to what’s available versus being able to choose. And, of course, what else I happen to discover over the next few months. Either way, I’m super excited!

Until next time,

xo ~ t