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 Pitcher for Your Favorite Summer Drinks

Vintage glassware pitcher for lemonade

I find vintage glass pitchers like this one pretty often in my travels. They come in handy on hot summer days, to serve some lemonade or iced tea.

There are many sizes and styles to be found. For beverages, the larger ones are designed to hold enough of your favorite drink to serve several people.

This one is called an “ice lip” pitcher, due to the extra glass around the spout, which keeps larger ice cubes in the pitcher as your pour.

A pitcher like this has a large capacity, more than 2 quarts before the ice. Some models . . . → Read More: Vintage Pitcher for Your Favorite Summer Drinks

Colorful Valentine American Whitehall

Whitehall by Colony candy dish

When I saw this teal green glass bon bon dish in the Whitehall pattern by Colony, I had to have it.

It was sitting on a glass shelf in a secondhand shop window, highlighted by the afternoon light coming through. I had already succumbed to weakness and bought the heart candy box for the BOX.

I was charmed by the colors.

The pattern of this glass dish is sometimes called American Whitehall due to its similarity to the American pattern by Fostoria. This rich teal color screams the retro 70s era to me, so I’m sure that Colony is . . . → Read More: Colorful Valentine American Whitehall

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

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!

Vintage Noritake China | Old Fashioned Hermit Cookies

Hermit cookies recipe and vintage Noritake china

I think it is fun to serve cookies on a plate that goes with them. Vintage Noritake china often makes that easy, with so many beautiful patterns to choose from.

I know that Cookie Monster would not be so picky. Probably wouldn’t even bother with a plate, let alone choose one that makes the cookies look especially tasty. But when you have the choice of so many pretty china patterns, why not?

The vintage Mardi Gras pattern by Noritake has great warm colors, on white, in late 1960s to 1970s vintage style. This dinnerware features design that is just as . . . → Read More: Vintage Noritake China | Old Fashioned Hermit Cookies

Bold Colorful Dinnerware | Mikasa Bokhara China

Retro Mikasa china Bokhara pattern

In one of the prior economic downturns, in the mid-1970s, bold colorful dinnerware was also in fashion.

A friend gave me some old home decorating magazines from the 1960s and 1970s, days I remember well.

It was fascinating going through them, looking at the designer rooms, tableware displays, and the advertising from those decades.

I couldn’t help notice the similarities to some of the most modern dinnerware from the present, such as the Missoni for Target dinnerware that I wrote about recently.

Everything Old Is New Again

One vintage dinnerware pattern from the 1970s is Bokhara by Mikasa. This china . . . → Read More: Bold Colorful Dinnerware | Mikasa Bokhara China

Vintage Glass Retro Style | Soreno Green

Soreno green glass snack sets Vintage

Green glassware can mix and match with lots of different tableware patterns, both glass and china. Vintage glass in the Soreno Green pattern by Anchor Hocking was created in the late 1960s and has classic retro style that is still relevant to today’s table settings.

This pattern was made in multiple colors, in addition to the avocado or olive green. These include clear glass, clear iridescent, aquamarine and amber gold. These colors can mix with each other as well.

The line also included a number of piece types. Standard drinking glassware such as tumblers, juice and old fashioned . . . → Read More: Vintage Glass Retro Style | Soreno Green

Vintage Wedding Dinnerware | A New Tradition

When it comes to vintage wedding dinnerware, there are lots of ways to create a wedding using it, to incorporate this china into the plans surrounding your special day.

I think that meaning is the single most important factor. How does the dinnerware fit with the theme, or even form the basis for the theme?

Considerations for choosing vintage dinnerware

Motif: a certain flower, a garden theme, nautical or lighthouse designs – any of these can be found on dinnerware, and used as part of the wedding celebration if they are relevant to the bride or groom Colors: a favorite . . . → Read More: Vintage Wedding Dinnerware | A New Tradition

Green and Yellow Vintage Dinnerware | Cheerful Wedding Colors

There are lots of choices when it comes to green and yellow vintage dinnerware sets.

Floral motifs, abstract and geometric patterns – with so many pleasing tones in these colors, dish designers have made them long-time favorites.

So, it was no surprise when looking through the real weddings on the vintage wedding blog Ruffled, I saw a lot of occasions where green and yellow figured into the color scheme.

Check these links for a few examples:

Romantic Chic Atlanta Wedding Yellow New Mexico Wedding Green and Yellow Rustic Wedding from California

Those bright and sunny colors provide lots of options . . . → Read More: Green and Yellow Vintage Dinnerware | Cheerful Wedding Colors

Fall Dinnerware Colors | A Contemporary Spin

Franciscan dinnerware vintage patterns

How to get a fresh face for your selection of fall dinnerware colors? How to use vintage dishes, yet maintain a contemporary color palette for your table setting?

I’ll bring a couple of idea threads together here, and let them blend.

First, a friend of mine told me about a wonderful wedding blog called Ruffled. (Okay, in full disclosure, it’s a relative of hers. I’ve checked it out thoroughly and it is a gorgeous site, highly polished, with lots of juicy content.)

Ruffled states that it is a wedding blog for vintage brides. It has lots of beautiful photos . . . → Read More: Fall Dinnerware Colors | A Contemporary Spin

Brown Vintage Glassware | Retro Style

Vintage Libbey glassware Impromptu and Accent in tawny brown

Out scouting today, I found some brown vintage glassware, the kind I especially look for. I love the sleek shapes of this glass, as do people who are looking to set a retro-style dinner table.

Brown is a great color for fall, and it trends in and out of fashion in general. Now it is on the “in” swing.

This color was also prominent in the 1970s, and the retro glassware in the photo is from that era.

A soft nut brown color, dark or light, is sometimes called “tawny.”

Note the similarity and differences in the shapes, as well . . . → Read More: Brown Vintage Glassware | Retro Style

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