Farmhouse style complementary vintage dishes

Vintage Dishes – Farmhouse Style

Look through any decorating magazine these days and you’ll probably see what I’ve seen: articles and product showcases to help you create farmhouse style in your home.   Many of these spreads feature a lot of white, cream and wood tones. The cabinets and table clothes are white, sometimes the painted chairs and upholstered furniture, […]

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Vintage dinnerware retro style

Vintage Dishes – Seen in a Magazine

When I’m shopping for vintage dishes, I sometimes buy old magazines as well. Many home publications contain how-to articles that are just as “evergreen” as my favorite vintage dishes. I can see why writers, photographers and food stylists choose to use vintage classics to show off the food in a recipe story, or illustrate the […]

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Christmas Tree dessert tray by Spode

I Shop Vintage Christmas in July

Vintage shopping for Christmas in July? No problem! I had a great time visiting just three of my favorite thrift stores to see what I could find to add to my collection of holiday dinnerware. Why should new goods shoppers have Christmas in July all to themselves? I have noticed that some thrift stores create […]

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Retro china and stoneware

More Pleasure – Vintage Dish Shopping

Any time is a good time to shop for vintage dishes, and especially now, when there seems to be more and more available in secondhand marketplaces. Where I live, there are new stores that have opened, and the regular thrift shops are often stuffed to the max with vintage wares. I handle my shopping via […]

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Vintage dinnerware favorite patterns

7 Vintage Dinnerware Favorites

How to make a list of only a few special patterns? This is a challenge. I decided to review prior posts that have gotten the most comments so far, over the 8+ years that I’ve been writing on Diary of a Dishie.   I enjoyed this review of favorite wares. It was like stopping by […]

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Corelle plate Country Morn

7 Reasons Why Corelle Keeps Its Popularity

Corelle dinnerware has been popular since its early days in 1970. At our house, Corelle is the workhorse dinnerware we use first every day, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We use it to serve food just cooked, as well as warming leftovers in the microwave. We like the Country Morn pattern. Corelle is practical, hands […]

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birthday cake inspired by dinnerware

Happy 8th Birthday – Diary of a Dishie

  The cake is eaten, the dishes washed. It was a lovely birthday cake, and delicious, too. I asked the bakery to use the motif and colors of the dinnerware as inspiration for the cake, and they did a wonderful job (thanks, Adam’s Cake Shop!). The plate is from the Meadow pattern by Corelle, which […]

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Meadow by Corelle vintage dishes

Vintage Corelle Dinnerware Old Friend

  I’m reaching for my Meadow pattern by Corelle most often these days, when I go to my dish cabinet and pull out a vintage dish to use. It’s a pretty spring pattern with pastel colors and bright green details. It was one of the early Corelle patterns in the 1970s, and it was my […]

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Elegant china Noritake Sakura pattern

Are Downton Abbey Dishes Your Style?

Why I won’t have a Downton Abbey dinnerware set, but you might want to. I like mixing my collection of vintage dinnerware and glassware, to create different table settings. That doesn’t mean I don’t use classic china dishes, just that my party style is eclectic. One important element of an authentic Downton Abbey table is […]

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Back to school dishes

Best Vintage Dishes for Back to School

What vintage dishes would work well for a student going off to school? I was poking around a thrift store recently, in company of some folks who were looking to outfit a grandson for his first college apartment. They were shopping for cookware. Someone else had the dinnerware checklist. A lot of people are looking […]

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Country Diary Edwardian Lady Noritake china

Noritake China Inspired By a Diary

Even if you know of the book, The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady, you might not know that this classic inspired a dinnerware set, made by Noritake in the 1980s. The book was a publishing hit, when it came out in 1977, in a facsimile edition of the naturalist diary of Edith Blackwell Holden […]

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