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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

Pfaltzgraff Dinnerware Color Band Patterns

Pfaltzgraff Mountain Shadow

A reader asked me about one of the Pfaltzgraff china patterns that I showed in a prior post.

Thanks, Annie! I hope you found the color match you were looking for.

Here’s the prior post: Complete Your Pfaltzgraff Dinnerware Collection.

If a sleek, round and simple dinnerware fits your style, you might enjoy some of these Pfaltzgraff patterns. Many of them are more than 20 years old, and at least two of them, Ocean Breeze and Juniper, are still being made.

Mostly in the mid-90s to early 2000s, Pfaltzgraff produced several patterns using the same shapes. Some patterns early . . . → Read More: Pfaltzgraff Dinnerware Color Band Patterns

Vintage Pfaltzgraff Dinnerware New Old Friends

Pfaltzgraff Village vintage dinnerware

Old friends come in the form of vintage dinnerware, as well as people. They are the china and dishes that you remember from childhood, from grandma’s house, or those pieces and patterns that connect to happy memories from days gone by.

Pfaltzgraff makes a number of patterns that have been made for more than 40 years, including the Village pattern platter in the photo.

This warm custard yellow china platter, with a brown verge and folk art-inspired motif, is just one of my “finds” from recent thrift store shopping.

I like the inviting colors, which work well with a . . . → Read More: Vintage Pfaltzgraff Dinnerware New Old Friends

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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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

Vintage Pfaltzgraff Piggin Shape | Wall Pocket

Yorktowne china piggin Pfaltzgraff

Pfaltzgraff is one my favorite dinnerware brands. And, finding unusual dinnerware and tableware pieces is part of the fun of scouting for dishes.

It took me a while to identify this unmarked piece. I could tell by the glaze that it was probably a piece of Yorktowne by Pfaltzgraff. But what?

Solving the mystery is also part of the challenge.

Then I stumbled upon the shape while looking through a listing in Pfaltzgraff’s Gourmet Brown pattern. And that led to another question: What is a piggin?

One good search leads to another. A piggin is a small bucket, with one . . . → Read More: Vintage Pfaltzgraff Piggin Shape | Wall Pocket

Use Pfaltzgraff Dinnerware for Traditional Table Setting Ideas

Pfaltzgraff Tea Rose canister

Think of New England, Early American or traditional design, and your mind can easily conjure an image of a comfortable home with rooms filled with folk art and rustic antiques from more than 200 years ago.

This look is not for everyone, but for those who own homes that fit this style, setting a traditional table with the right china and stoneware can add a special touch to your family get-togethers and events.

Pfaltzgraff has been called “America’s potter” because the company has a long history. Five generations of family ownership over more than 150 years saw the company . . . → Read More: Use Pfaltzgraff Dinnerware for Traditional Table Setting Ideas

Pfaltzgraff Love: Tips to Complete Your Dinnerware Collection

Detail Valley View Pfaltzgraff dinnerware

Pfaltzgraff china fans are passionate. They love their dinnerware patterns. Dish lovers of all kinds understand when Pfaltzgraff owners change out their kitchen cabinets, bringing in their spring, summer, fall or winter china patterns when the season change, like the rest of us ordinary folks change our clothes closets.

Dishies understand, too, about owning several sets of china.

Some Pfaltzgraff lovers have decorated their kitchens with their special patterns, right down to the rugs, the breadbox and the light switch plates.

People who enjoy Pfaltzgraff appreciate the classic patterns and sturdy manufacture of the stoneware. This china was American made . . . → Read More: Pfaltzgraff Love: Tips to Complete Your Dinnerware Collection

Yummy dish for a yummy dish

Pfaltzgraff Jamberry butter dish

Pfaltzgraff has a discontinued pattern called Jamberry. It makes my list of dinnerware patterns that are sweet for this time of year, when my craving for fresh fruit pops up as quickly as daffodils on a warm spring day…

The Jamberry pattern of stoneware china includes dessert bowls (the small ones for applesauce or fruit), and a larger salad or cereal bowl in the table setting.

Rhubarb shortcake is at the top of my dessert list for April. At home, Mom made Rosy Cobbler. The recipe probably came from the Bisquick box.

Rosy Cobbler is . . . → Read More: Yummy dish for a yummy dish

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