Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Thinking About: Fine China

When James and I were first engaged some 5+ years ago, I began to think about and look for the perfect china pattern. I knew it was common for people to choose a pattern and possibly register for it for their wedding day. Obviously, there is no rule that says you have to own fine china, but I certainly liked the idea of having a "special" set of dishes. Finding the perfect pattern proved to be difficult, and nothing really grabbed my eye.

After a good deal of searching, I finally found a pattern that jumped out at me. It was the Jasper Conran Chinoiserie Dinnerware, available through Wedgwood. I saw it online and fell in love with it. 

I had the chance to see the china in person about a year after we were married, and unfortunately, I didn't like it as much in person. I still think it's nice, but I don't like it enough to own a whole set of it. So, back to square one! 

Over the last few years, I've become more drawn to the vintage china patterns out there. When I first began my search I didn't really want anything that looked like china, but I've since warmed up to more traditional-looking patterns. Vintage china has a certain nostalgic look and feel to it. It has that unique factor since it's often hard to come by, and it's completely and totally pretty! (That's probably the biggest draw for me.)

Anyway, I found a great source for vintage patterns at Antiquaria. They carry an ever-changing selection of vintage china and other lovely things. 

I've found some patterns I like, but it's still hard to choose just one. That got me thinking... perhaps I could mix a few different patterns. This new idea makes me both nervous and happy. Nervous that I won't find a good mix, but happy that I won't have to choose just ONE pattern. I still need to give some thought to it. In the meantime, I'm looking around for some mismatched inspiration. Here's what I've found so far. 

It seems to me that as long as you stick to a similar colour scheme, it works! 

Having mismatched patterns definitely lends a more casual air. Not sure how I feel about that. I would also need to decide just how mismatched I'd want to go. Hmmm.

What are your thoughts on the whole fine china thing? Those of you who chose one pattern years ago and still love it... I want to be like you!


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  1. I *love* the idea of mismatched china...and for someone who changes their mind as often as I do, that is absolutely perfect! I never did pick out a set of china and that might be why (c: These pictures are absolutely gorgeous and I'm dying over all that pink china...GUH.

  2. I also love the idea of mismatched china... Buying what you love & using it all together.

    I too have never bought a whole set of china. We have one set of dishes that we use all the time. Perhaps this is something I could start collecting? October 1st, there's a flea market coming to town. That may be a good beginning.

    Of the vintage patterns you posted, I quite like the green lattice pattern. Oh, and the depression glass! Gorgeous colours!

  3. love your assortment of photos. so pretty to look at! i love china and so did my grandmothers. i have gotten their collections and so my china collection is out growing my 3 china cabinets. egad!

  4. I suppose that's a nice "problem" to have! Thanks for stopping by.

  5. I love mismatched china - i grew up where we used mismatched "fancy" dishes as everyday dishes (in both my mom's home and my gramma's) and for my wedding i'm collecting various pieces to use for the dinner instead of renting the traditional white stuff.
    However, i do love the look of a glass fronted china cabinet with a full matching set displayed - and i have three sets (so far - im always keeping my eye out for more) that i rotate when i get bored of the current ones lol. These are the "good" dishes for sunday dinners and such.

    Anyways, i guess what I am getting at is why not have both? do the mismatched ones as "everyday" dishes - that way if one gets broken it's easy to replace. and then search auctions and antique stores (or charity thrift stores - i work for one, and you'd be amazed at the amount of grandmother's china that gets donated because the grandkids don't want it - and we sell it super cheap) until you find a pattern you'd love to display. Or 3 or 4 lol.

    Good luck!


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