It's the last day of Kitchen & Bath month here at Apartment Therapy, and I thought we'd talk about one of the finishing touches to any kitchen — dishes. I have searched high and low for the past few months for the right set of china to register for — I am getting married in a month and have no dishes! — and would like to share with you the best ceramic, porcelain and china I found on my search...
The trouble I found, was that everyone recommended getting a neutral-colored or neutral-patterned set of dishes to stand the test of time, but we thought plain-jane white seemed too boring. So we hunted for neutral dishes with enough interest to satisfy both practical needs and our desire for creativity.
Our other requirements were that the dinnerware be fine bone china or porcelain, the two sturdiest materials for dinnerware, and that it be a balance of masculine and feminine elements — we didn't want it to scream "bride." We call these options stately.
We did not expect to like Waterford's Ballet Icing from Macy's, but in person, it is pure class and elegance. The mocha bands are what makes this stand out above other patterns. It also comes in ivory, if you would like to mix and match.
Calvin Klein's Mollusk dinnerware from Macy's reminds us of the sea, but only if you know it's called "Mollusk." Otherwise, it's just a great design on great white shapes.
White Pearl dinnerware at Crate & Barrel; The white is versatile, and the dots are slightly feminine.
Jasper Conran at Wedgwood fine bone from Macys; You can choose from a striped option or a basic, glossy white, but both can be matched with his other dinnerware (such as his beautiful Chinoiserie line), which has the same shapes, to up the future versatility.
Are there any other favorite neutral dishes out there?