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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Timeless White Dinnerware

white dinnerware

The simple beauty of white dinnerware is classic. You cannot go wrong with a table setting based on this elegant color.

Some tones are creamy, some are bright, but no matter the specific white shade, the impression is understated and refined. The differences in the white tones give texture to your table setting, when you mix different wares together.

I also like the way that food looks on white and light-colored dinnerware, because I enjoy how tasty it looks, as a prelude to eating!

Monochromatic color schemes are calming, too, whether on your dinner table or elsewhere in your home.

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Warm Dinnerware for Cool Entertaining

fall dinnerware vintage new

Vintage dinnerware mixes with new china just fine, when it comes to setting your table for the fall season.

Homecoming by Noritake is one of my favorite vintage patterns, and the new pumpkin plate by Better Homes & Gardens works so well with it.

I could bring in some colorful leaves, to add to a table setting in the fall, to go along with dinnerware sets that have the colors and motifs of the season.

Autumn color palettes and motifs are the ideal ingredients for a beautiful, seasonal table setting.

Bold and warm fall colors are popular, and the . . . → Read More: Warm Dinnerware for Cool Entertaining

Garden Dinnerware | Green for Earth Day

Garden theme dishes

Itchy for green outdoors? Start indoors, with a table setting of garden theme dishes!

Earth Day is on Monday this year.

That makes this weekend an ideal time to bring out the summer-y garden and floral dishes, to satisfy your need to enjoy growing things.

Start with any green dishes or glassware you might already have.

Add on the quantity, or piece types, you need based on how you’ll use your dishes, and your menu.

Do you need serving pieces, or just place settings?

All Greens Are Not Created Equal

Most greens can be mixed and matched to create a . . . → Read More: Garden Dinnerware | Green for Earth Day

Happy 4th Birthday, Diary of a Dishie!

Birthday cake vintage Noritake china

This birthday greeting post is a bit late. The real date is in February. But we DID eat cake, twice that month, and pie as well.

The hunt for vintage dinnerware goes on, in many of the same places. Currently, I have no avenue to offer them for sale, but there is work going on behind the scenes. Cannot say when or how, just yet.

In the midst of major change – as many people have seen in the past few years — what is it about vintage dishes that gives a bit of soothing light? After all, they are . . . → Read More: Happy 4th Birthday, Diary of a Dishie!

Older Noritake China | Vintage Wedding Colors

This vintage Noritake china caught my eye the first time I saw it. The dinnerware decorated with a large floral motif in beautiful autumn colors and gold handles — so dramatic.

I’m usually a fan of blue, green and silver dinnerware, but I could not leave this classy china on the shelf.

This china has so many possibilities for a color palette and theme for a fall wedding.

White flowers and background Gold edges and the outsides of the handles Rusty red in the flower buds Warm brown in the twigs Green leaves in at least three tones

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Vintage Noritake… So Charming

Vintage Noritake relish dish

The thrill of the hunt never seems to go away. And I found some beautiful vintage Noritake that I’d first noticed a few weeks ago. Since it was still around when I went back, it needed to come home with me. At least, temporarily.

The relish dish caught my eye first, because relish dishes do, especially the multi-part ones. And this was is especially classic with the handle and the gold rim and trim. Then there’s the stylized pea vine motif. I decided it was a legume because of the tendrils. No name yet found for this pattern, but . . . → Read More: Vintage Noritake… So Charming

Even dishes are Irish

Like food, china and dinnerware can take you places, too.

Take Noritake’s Keltcraft line, made in Ireland in the 1980s and 1990s. Soft, pale colors, as on this darling creamer, speak with charm about a vibrant land. Ireland in the spring is very green to us North Americans. In May and June it’s so green in can make your eyes water.

The Kilkee pattern from the Keltcraft line is pale tan with butterflies and pastel blue flowers. This brings up that Kilkee is a real place, in County Clare, on the west coast of Ireland. West Clare is known . . . → Read More: Even dishes are Irish

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