Opening Up My Cabinets

Life has been so incredibly frantic and crazy busy as of late (hence why this post is going up so late- currently typing from my car in between meetings!)  One things that happens to me when life gets like this is that I find myself desperate to streamline the “things” in my life.  Too much stuff taking up space physically and mentally just adds to the clutter of life.   As of late I’ve wanted to streamline my casual tableware- I currently have such a mish-mash of stuff and I hate it.

What’s hard is editing out things that have emotional significance- hand-me-downs from family, coffee mugs that remind you of times past and stuff that is too new to toss but create no joy in your life (I think I need to read Marie Kondo’s book STAT). So I’m opening up my cabinets (some more embarrassing than others) and trying to find a way to clean them up and make things simpler visually (I find that when things are tidy visually, my mind feels calmer!)

This is my “nice” cabinet- vintage glassware, items from my line with Jill Rosenwald, my wedding china (maybe used twice in 12 years) and some heirloom Herend dessert plates from my other in law.  This cabinet doesn’t bother me so much, but really I could put my nice china in storage until the day I have a formal dining room to create some more room.
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My New Collection With Jill Rosenwald!

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I am SO excited to finally launch my new collection with my friend and incredible ceramicist Jill Rosenwald!  You may have seen me instagramming it in the past couple months as we developed it and FINALLY it’s available to order! Recently we did a little shoot with Sarah Winchester to show off the wares in use, and I am thrilled with the result.  I wanted to do a modern, painterly take on classic blue and white china patterns like Blue Willow and Royal Copenhagen.  I LOVE the loose, fun quality of these pieces (all hand thrown and hand painted in Boston) and the gold rims just add a little extra sparkle.

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Granny Chic.

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I’ve found myself drawn to some rather granny-esque items lately. I don’t know why- but I’ve purchased a dusty old portrait and a pair of Staffordshire dogs in the past couple weeks alone.  I love antiques and classic, traditional design, but am appreciating the more really old school Americana like pieces. Including spongeware (or “graniteware” or “spatterware”).  And good thing, I’m not alone!  A few designers are into it too- like Tory Burch, who released a spongeware collection this year.  It’s such a fun pattern (and best in blue and white, of course) and adds a little pop of color to tables or displayed in collections.

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A Green Tabletop

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day to my fellow Irish-folk. :)  While I’m not one for green beer or cabbage, I do enjoy some cabbage leaf style dinnerware.  So I thought today was a good day to discuss the new tabletop collection from Tory Burch and famed Palm Beach potter Dodie Thayer.  Now, I totally can see what some people would think this stuff is heinous, it’s not for everyone, but it in small doses on a springtime table I think it’s quite charming!  Not to mention the history behind it.  There is a great article from the Wall Street Journal about collecting these famed lettuce-leaf pieces, especially the originals signed by Thayer herself.

An Inspired Thanksgiving Table

I ordered the new Markham Roberts book last week and finally got some time to flip through it yesterday.  It’s a fascinating study on traditional decorating with an edge- full of bold color and mixed patterns.  One image, of the author/designer’s own upstate home, totally inspired me palette wise. Chartreuse and beige, baby!  I thought why not make an unexpected Thanksgiving table out of it? No one said you have to use orange and red and turkeys on T-day!  I wanted to incorporate gold, wood, color and some old school patterns together with modern touches to craft something really fun but formal enough for a family celebration.

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