With the warmer weather Paul and I have been entertaining at home quite a bit lately. The odd friend or two over for dinner, boisterous groups over for cocktails and nibbles on the roof deck and houseguests who deserve (and receive) a good breakfast on a Sunday morning. Handing out all of this food on our very boring dishes has me once again focusing on new table settings.
My adoration for Royal Copenhagen has in no way diminished over time. I still swoon over those sugar bowls whenever I see them and linger over the display cases when I'm shopping in a store that carries the blue fluted pattern. So you can I'm sure imagine the joy that this new derivation of the old favorite pattern brought me:
Aptly named Elements, I spent quite some time in Barney's the other day absolutely overcome by the sweetly creeping branches of the fluted pattern in the loveliest tints...even orange made an appearance! But for everyday dinnerware they are perhaps a bit precious.
I could go the faux route with this pattern:
At a fraction of the price of the real thing I could use it with impunity, whether it be bleary eyed in the early morning or after one too many glasses of wine in the evening. But I've never been one for fakes...they tend to make me want the real thing even more.
So perhaps the answer is to go a bit tongue in cheek.
The pattern is blue after all, and there is the requisite crown...but the top and bottom of the plate are flipped which I find quite cute. Crown on the top rather than the bottom, and giant octopus engulfing the plate on the bottom rather than the top! I love a china pattern that makes me smile.