White dishes are to your pantry what the little black dress is to your closet. Don’t get me wrong, I bow at the altar of my china, but white dishes are the everyday, every dinner, every party workhorse. With a new napkin color, a new linen or different flatware, I have an entirely new table. It’s kind of like having neutral walls (big fan, by the way) – with little expense you can give a room (or table) new life with different accessories.
The brilliance of whiteware is that you can mix and match. Here are a few patterns that would be good starters for a collection…
Pottery Barn’s Great White
Queen Anne at Williams Sonoma
Anthropologie: paper pretender
Crate & Barrel: century (originally designed by Eva Zeisel)