So, I was setting up a post about vicarious pleasures – accessible and fantasy. Then, I had to deal with something regarding the dog which completely soured my mood. End of vicarious pleasures. Sigh.
Instead, let’s try something else.
Are you a matchy-matchy person or a mixy-matchy when it comes to kitchen/dining – eg, do you have one set where all the plates, bowls, etc, are the same or do you have random things you’ve bought at different times that having nothing to do with one another?
I’m decidedly in the mixy-matchy camp – which, it appears, upsets the project manager for the work on my house (he’s the architect’s husband – she seems a lot less rigid, but I guess you want someone rigid to bother the builders).
Anyway, particularly with regard to the kitchen, I buy stuff randomly that I like, and if there’s only one item rather than a set that doesn’t bother me.
My dining plates don’t match my salad plates, which don’t match my bowls and serving dishes. And designs are all over the map.
Two of my favourite dining plates have distinctly different patterns: one is bone china with a John Dory drawing baked on (from a company called Cream Cornwall [https://creamcornwall.co.uk/]; the other, with scalloped edging, has a small design of eggplants/aubergines in the centre.
The salad plates are either plain white or a pasta print, but there’s another one that has got a courgette/zucchini design (that’s from Emma Bridgewater in the sale because her stuff is silly money not on sale).
Cereal/pasta bowls range from more Cream Cornwall sea creatures (cornflakes floating above a squid?) through a couple of plain white Ikea ones with blue bands through a duo of Portuguese ones, one stamped with olives the other with swimming fish that came from a country-side fete of some sort years ago. Choosing a bowl for the morning granola, fruit, nuts and yoghurt can be difficult.
Having said all this, I do, however, have four each of matching red and white wine glasses from Williams Sonoma purchased decades ago when WS was still sort of reasonably priced.
So, which camp are you in – mixy-matchy or matchy-matchy? What are some of your favourite items in your kitchen cabinets?
NB: Photos by cinnamon once again