Roundup: Everyday White Dishes

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The search for the perfect everyday white dishes is as hard to find as the perfect white paint color. We started our search for everyday white dishes over a year ago, with only a few criteria in mind: durable (microwave, oven and dishwasher safe), slightly organic shape (not perfectly symmetrical, with a handmade feeling) and deep bowls (we make a lot of ramen in our house). We found it best to buy a single set of your potential everyday white dishes (one setting: dinner plate, salad plate and bowl) to use for a few weeks before committing. This will give you an opportunity to see if the size, weight, durability, color and material meets your expectations. Are they too heavy once food is placed on them? Are they big enough for the food portion size you usually eat? Do they work well with your glassware? Do they wash well? Are they too delicate when thrown in the sink with other dishes? Does the color look nice on your dining table or favorite table-cloth? Here is a roundup of our top contenders.

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HomeStories | Cast stoneware made in Portugal, the simple matte white dishes are oven, microwave and dishwasher safe. The slight grey-white color feels modern yet timeless.

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Serax | Designed by Piet Boon, the bone white porcelain dishes have high thermal stability and is free of lead and cadmium.

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Brickett Davda | Hand-made in the United Kingdom, the shapes of each dish are conceived and designed from pure, functional objects, cherished and worn by use. Dishwasher safe at low temperatures.

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Mud Australia | Artisanal-made dishes made from porcelain sourced from Limoges, France. No two dishes are alike. Dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe.

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The Maryn Shop

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My dear friend, Michelle Adams has created outstanding interior imagery in her own home and for many interior design publications and now turns her talents to her own shop, The Maryn. “I learned as a magazine editor that trends are fleeting,” she explains, “so I’ve curated pieces that are here to stay—the kind you will love today, and years down the road.” An ethos that is true to my heart as this is the same approach I have when designing clothing for DE SMET. It was hard to edit down my wish list, but after a few hours, these are my must-haves from The Maryn.

Art lives in our home as another member of the family. This print, Untitled (orange), by Pavel Feinstein reminds me of 17th century food paintings. The moodiness of the print would add a much-needed dark layer to our stark white walls.

 A reinterpretation of the Bolshoi Theatre chandelier in Moscow, this delicate, organic structure would add ceiling interest without creating clutter in our Brooklyn apartment.

Black spice bowls add a sculptural element to any table. I especially love that they are all made right here in New York and each one is slightly different. These are the items that make a space feel like a home.

We have been on the hunt for the perfect reading chair, our criteria was simple: comfortable enough to read in, but not too comfortable that you might fall asleep. We also didn’t want anything too chunky. The cognac club chair by Taylor Forrest meets all of our requirements while adding extra style to the room.

The Anderson ottoman by Hawkins New York is a generous size which allows it to double as a side table. I especially love that the founders of Hawkins New York, Nicholas Blaine and Paul Denoly split their time between Brooklyn, New York and the historic Hudson Valley. We spend most of our time between those three locations as well.

Cy Twombley is a favorite artist of mine. I especially love his ability to move seamlessly from one medium to another. His blurry photographs in this book feel real and mysterious. A perfect coffee table book.

We all have them: stacks of magazines taking over entire corners of rooms, filling every inch of table space and stacked as high as I am tall. In my mind, a magazine rack allows you to keep a small edited assortment of the best magazines. Overcrowding a well-designed magazine rack like this one would be sacrilegious.

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HEA Ceramics

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In a city like New York, we come across many multi-talented people on a daily basis. I met Hana El-Assad on a video shoot that I was styling, she was doing makeup and we started discussing what it was like to have something of our own. She went on to tell me that she was a graduate of culinary school and showed me a few photos of her handmade mugs. It’s been a while since our paths have crossed, but I was thrilled to come across this image on my instagram feed featuring her work for HEA Ceramics. With organic shapes and speckled glazes, HEA ceramics add an element of warmth to any tablescape. Shop HEA ceramics here or follow along on instagram to explore Hana’s process.

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Interior Inspiration: Santa Clara 1728 Hotel

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Apologies for the temporary pause in posting. Today I am dreaming of a tranquil, relaxing getaway to Lisbon, Portugal. The Santa Clara 1728 hotel is located in the old cultural quarter of the city. The 18th century building offers an old world feeling while the interior’s modern amenities make guest feel right at home.

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Read more about this hotel on Trendland or make reservations here.

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Repaired Beauty

In an effort to reduce waste, I always aim to repair things before replacing them. From holy sweaters to broken dishes, there is a subsequent beauty in repaired objects. Romy Northover explores the beauty in the broken dishes of her series entitled Fracture. Shop the entire Fracture collection at The Garnered. The best part, there are no two dishes alike.

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