We often eat our main dish in a big bowl, inside of a dinner plate. He often asks to eat on the same dishes than us. But the bowls I use are way too big for a 3 years old. On top of that, he likes green, which is not a popular color for tableware. My collection of Japanese porcelain bowls from Anthropologie comes handy. I love their casual elegance but I want more options for him.
+ Atom Art bowls and Inside Out bowls $8 USD.
So, this morning, I went to West Elm to get him a few bowls. Tableware are at 20% off right now at West Elm. I’m sure that my son will be pleased the next time we eat pasta since he will eat his in a bowl similar to our sage pasta bowl by Sophie Conran. I added bowls covered with the patterns and textures to complete his set.
+ Potter’s Workshop dip bowls and Organic shaped dinnerware in mint.
I can’t wait to see his reaction when I show them to him. I know, I am probably more thrilled than he will be by my purchase. Nonetheless, this makes me happy.
+ top photo: rice bowl from the Organic shaped dinnerware collection.
Like many Alessi products, you may not want to hide this cake stand. Marcel Wanders designed the Fatman cake stand for Alessi. Wanders put a whimsical touch by dressing as a clown the round structure that you see when the three stainless-steel cake platters are folded. I love it! It is fun, beautiful and, as a bonus, it saves space. I might put it on my wishlist for my birthday — which is next month, by the way. Continue Reading
There will be no fight at the table for the salt with these awesome egg cups. They are all cleverly made and unique in style.
The first eggcup that caught my eye is shaped like a birdhouse. The melamine base of the Auerhahn Cocook Egg Cup comes in 6 colors. The perch is an easy to fill, stainless steel salt shaker. Continue Reading
Lately, I have been tired of my classic white ramekins. They work well but the style feels a little bit dated. Therefore, I start a search for more modern options. So far, I found four colourful ramekins that caught my attention. My short list reads like this:
No. 1 – My favorite is a part of the House by John Lewis collection. I love the steel color of this uncluttered ceramic ramekin. Safe up to 200°C (392°F) £3 each
No. 2 – The Rachael Ray Round Ramekins are top rated at Cooking.com. I like that they are oven safe to 500°F. They are available in many colours: orange, indigo blue, green, yellow, chocolate brown. $24.95 USD /$25.30 CAD for 4 at Cooking.com
No. 3 – Another popular model are the Bakeware Ramekins by Chantal. It looks great in lime. It also comes in apple red, indigo blue, vanilla (beige) and plain white. $19.95 USD / $20.15 CAD for 4 at Cooking.com
No. 4 – My last choice might not be as modern but it earns its place for convenience. Like the ramekins by Rachel Ray, the two-tone stoneware ramekins by Trudeau are oven safe to 500°F. $4.95 CAD at Linen Chest
I am still undecided. Therefore, I welcome your input.
photo by Nikki Ritcher for Anthology magazine at the launch party
The Shops at Target is an innovative collaboration project with small boutiques that Target launched in May 2012. The program enables small business owners to sell a collection of products created for Target but at the image of their brand stand. That provides great exposure for the selected shop owners. For the fall 2012 edition, the four small businesses are Kirna Zabete, The Curiosity Shoppe, Odin New York and Patch NYC.
sourcing: Ceramic nesting measuring cups $15 for 4, Silicone baking utensils $9, Milk bottle $15 at Target
I adore The Curiosity Shoppe at Target collection. The dinnerware collection from this shop located in San Francisco’s Mission District is designed around an Americana road-trip. I imagine using them as a basis of an end of summer fun party or a kids birthday theme.
sourcing: America cutting board $25 (photo: Anthology) | Dinner Plate $3, Salad Plate $2.50, Canvas Placemat $4, Acrylic Glasses $2-$3, Novelty Swizzle Sticks $5 for 8
sourcing: The Curiosity Shoppe at Target ceramic platter $25 | Serving bowl $20 at Target
Write down that September 9th, 2012 is the date that their 60 products will become available in stores and online. I did!
Mix, Cook and Serve apron | Bright Kitchen apron – both by Ladelle
I was overdue for an apron showcase. I usually opt for a modern design when I buy an apron that I will wear everyday. I own several since I like to vary my look. Maison Simons (in Montreal and Quebec City) carries some kitchen linens by the Australian brand Ladelle but I did not see these models. The Mix, Cook and Serve is my favorite due to the darker color and large pocket. Simons still sells the Geisha apron by Ladelle that I bought several months ago.
When I host a party, I want to look fabulous in the kitchen. I keep a selection of feminine, vintage style aprons for when I entertain. For those aprons, Anthropologie is my place to shop. Anthropologie always carries a vast selection of fabulous aprons. These three are on my short list to be added to my collection.
Fiammetta Apron $32 | Cuisine Couture Apron $32 | Tea and Crumpets Apron $32 at Anthropologie
What is your favorite apron of the moment?
London 2012 Olympic Games Union Jack Egg Cups £12 | Mug £4 | Bowl £5 | Teapot £16
Tableware are more my type of memorabilia. London won more points with their Summer Olympics collection. I like the stylishly cheerful design that they gave to the Union Jack. Awesome!
There is nothing like great patterned platters to cheerful an outdoor table. Two of of three would make a cute Father’s Day gift that the kids could give to their dad.
Kärringen mot Strömmen Tray $32 USD at Huset | French Bull Multiplaid Platter $18 USD | Striped Carnival Tray $9.99 USD at World Market
As a bonus, I suggest BÄRBAR, a cute birdie tray by IKEA. I received it at an event earlier this year and love it. BÄRBAR won’t break too much the bank of the kids.
It is no secret that I love orange as much as I love modern style. I like so much the clean lines of the city tea towel that I present you to way to mix geometric patterns with it.
Shown here: City Series Tea Towel $22 USD at Lekker Home | Blocks Fabric from Melinki Two collection by Scion (part of Harlequin Group) | Circa Aqua Bowl $9.95 USD at Crate and Barrel
Shown here: City Series Tea Towel $22 USD at Lekker Home | Studio Oh! Heavyweight Paper Placemats $19.99 USD at Amazon.com | Atom Art Bowl $8 USD at Anthropologie
Which board do you prefer?
Sometimes, you simply need to adapt the shapes of everyday objects to create new ones. If we omit the handmade process of the making, this is basically the visual approach of Lucirmas, a Barcelona-based glass studio. Lucirmas uses 100% recycled glass to create tableware. Take for example, the Pure Bottle. Lucia Bruni imagined a cleverly designed 3-piece table set that is made from a single recycled wine bottle.
After five steps (cutting, hand polishing, fusing, thermal tempering and sandblasting) what you get is a glass, a lantern and the most unusual spoon that I ever saw. I especially enjoy the look of the lantern.
The spoon is sure to be a conversation piece. But I feel that it could be awkward to eat with it. Is it just me? I guess that it is one of these things that you need to try before you are convinced.
On the end, they did a good job with their toothpick holder. It’s a fun, simple design!
For the moment, a small numbers of European retailers carry their products. But if you don’t mind the shipping fees, Lucirmas operates an international online store.
+ Pure Bottle €41 at Lucirmas
+ Toothpick €13 at Lucirmas
+ via MOCO LOCO on Facebook
Shown here: Party Glass $5 USD
Fish Eddy introduced a new line of party glasses that are simply too adorable to ignore. I imagine myself drinking juice or iced tea in any one of the 4 cheerful mod tumblers this summer.
I compiled the things I like for a cozy brunch at home from a metropolitan look to the girl ion the garden. I love the golden yellow of the egg tray holder.
Shown here: Take 5 Dishtowel Pair $14.95 USD | Golden Egg Holder Tray $9.95 USD | Milk Bottle Robin Egg 8 oz $6.95 USD | From the Charley Harper Collection designed by Todd Oldham for Fish Eddy School of Fish Tray $32.95 USD, Sunset Glass $5 USD Charley Harper Orange Fish Coupe Plate $14.95 USD | Take 5 Mug $10.95 USD and plate
Shopping at Fish Eddy is definitively on my to-do list for my next trip to New York City. They are located on Broadway at 19th Street. If you do not live in New York, you can always shop at their online store.