About Kimbesa

I love dishes, and I continue to haunt thrift stores, estate sales, and other places where vintage china, dinnerware and glassware are to be found.

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Vintage Dinnerware for Bohemian Style

Bohemian style vintage dishes

The first thing I noticed about bohemian style is how much it reminds me of the 1970s. This trend caught my eye the first time I saw it in a decorating magazine.

Many of the photos highlighted “found” items or personal collections based on years of living and travel.

Vintage dinnerware, found in many, many thrift store and estate sale visits. It’s a style that suits all of us who like the thrill of the hunt.

What is Bohemian Style?

There’s a great book about this style, The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes by Justina Blakeney. The sections are . . . → Read More: Vintage Dinnerware for Bohemian Style

Vintage China in Pastels – Bring Spring

vintage china Franciscan 1960s

I just cannot resist those trays of Danish sweet rolls at Costco. And what better way to serve them in sweet, small bites than some vintage dessert plates?

In this case, the plates are in the Maytime pattern by Franciscan.

This is an uncommon pattern, from the 1960s, during the period when Gladding McBean produced Franciscan in the USA. Retro style and pretty colors. What’s not to like?

Why Pastels?

Just some of the reasons I can think of, why pastels remain popular: Light color palette has an open, springy feel Sweet colors complement and soften details of other . . . → Read More: Vintage China in Pastels – Bring Spring

Choosing Vintage Dinnerware | Cloud Nine

Cloud Nine by Franciscan

When choosing vintage dinnerware, it takes only one focal point for an idea to germinate. When I tried this using a real wedding from the Ruffled blog, it was a surprising element that provided my inspiration.

I’ve been exploring the beautiful weddings featured on Ruffled, which I started writing about yesterday, in my post about fall dinnerware colors.

Another of the real weddings particularly caught my eye, the Port Huron Handcrafted wedding.

First, it was in Michigan. Second, the story was posted last month, around the time of the annual Woodward Dream Cruise, a vintage car lover’s dream.

And then, . . . → Read More: Choosing Vintage Dinnerware | Cloud Nine

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