williams sonoma registry winner

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Thank you to everyone who entered the Williams-Sonoma gift card giveaway! I’m happy to announce that we’ve found a winner via Random.org. Sarah, contact me to collect your prize!

registry style: whiteware

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

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.

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{image #1 via eddie ross; image #2 via Country French Antiques, image #3 via country living}

The brilliance of whiteware is that you can mix and match. Here are a few patterns that would be good starters for a collection…

Macy’s: scalloped edge, montmartre & kensington, all by Martha Stewart; antique whiteware by Mikasa; country heritage by Villeroy & Boch

Pottery Barn’s Great White

Queen Anne at Williams Sonoma

Match Pewter and Juliska’s “berry & thread” at Michael C. Fina. Both are also available locally for registry at Fraiche.

Anthropologie: paper pretender

Crate & Barrel: century (originally designed by Eva Zeisel)

williams-sonoma giveaway winner

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Congratulations to our Williams-Sonoma winner, Lindsey! And thank you to everyone who entered! Lindsey, email me at courtney@merrimentevents.com to claim your prize.

williams-sonoma registry giveaway

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

I am so looking forward to the wintertime, when my schedule will slow down a bit and I’ll be able to enjoy some of the things that make me happiest…making home cooked meals (more than once a month!), entertaining, cooking for friends, and flipping through cook books for inspiration. If you love cooking & entertaining as much as I do, then I’m sure you’re going to love this giveaway: a $150 gift card to Williams-Sonoma.

Some of my favorite things from Williams-Sonoma are the Bonjour French Press, pantry dinnerware, the Breville Juicer (trust me, it makes the best juice you’ve ever had), anything (and everything) Laguiloe, and their amazing selection of cookbooks.

"registry ideas"

So, how can you win? First, visit Williams-Sonoma and create your registry. Then, come back here and leave a comment, letting me know that you’ve created your registry and telling me about your favorite item on your registry. This contest is open to anyone with a *wedding* registry.

If you’ve already created a registry, just add one more item to your registry, then leave me a comment mentioning what you added.

The contest ends on 9/7 at 5 PM EST. The randomly selected winner will be announced on 9/8. Good luck!

dish queen confessionals #4

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Blue and white china is absolutely a classic, and I love it because it’s easy to mix and match patterns since the color palette remains a constant. Accent your collection with pretty antique flow blue pieces, and use newer pieces day to day, like these.



{Camille pattern, Kado Rice Bowl and Flower dish all at Crate and Barrel, Calvin Klein Bayard at Macy’s, Spode Blue Italian at Macy’s, Something Blue at Pottery Barn}

dish queen confessionals #3

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

I love these look-for-less dinnerware sets at Target. From the top, the Medallion set, which looks a lot like this set, no? The black and white Museo Mundo Collection and the Carmin Blossom pattern. I’ve also noticed that Target has done a good job of replicating the Lenox Chirp pattern (one of my favorites) at a pocket friendly price.

dish queen confessionals #2

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Here are my thoughts on dinnerware, dear ones. Feel free to object, but I feel 100% positive that you can’t go wrong when you go with white or off-white everyday china. The white dish is a hard-working best friend. It’s flexible. It can be modern or it can be traditional. It does the work of a thousand sets of dishes. Save patterns for accent pieces that can be rotated in and out and lean on the white dinner plate for everyday sort of occasions.

My favorite sources for inexpensive white dishes, or any dishes for that matter, are World Market, T.J. Maxx and Marshall’s, but there are so many lovely patterns all over the place! Check out these.

The Nantucket set at World Market. We have this pattern for our dinner plates. I’ve mixed in salad plates and bowls that I found around town. That’s the great thing about white – you can mix and match to your heart’s content.


I also love the Boxwood set by Ralph Lauren. Love it so much that I have the bowls from this set that I snatched up for, hold onto your sets, $2.99 a piece at where else? T.J. Maxx. (I promise this isn’t a canned endorsement of that store. Cross my heart.)
The Regalia Porcelain set at Bed, Bath and Beyond is simple + beautiful. And, you can’t beat the price: $49.99 for forty six pieces. Yummy.

dish queen confessionals

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

I’ve finally diagnosed my condition loveys, not that my husband needed any confirmation via the NY Times that his wife has a problem, something he knows full well. I am, in fact, diagnosable. I am a dish queen. Thank you to Mr. Peacock for pointing out the condition that he shares with me. Our cupboards do runneth over.

So, bad blogger that I am, not posting anything until mid-way through the week, I think I’ll spend the rest of the week focusing on my obsession: dishes. First up, Jessica Rust designs. Jessica, a graduate of Parson’s, makes the most beautiful personalized dinnerware.
The love bug collection would be sweet on a dinner table or hanging on a wall, don’t you think?While the sweet birch tree collection reminds me of those pretty little note cards (favorites of mine) from Silhouette Blue, no?
And, speaking of silhouettes, how lovely is this set?
Jessica also offers a collection of family tree dinnerware to celebrate the coming together of two families in marriage.

Or, you can commission Jessica to artistically immortalize your newlywed love nest.

Frances Palmer pottery

Friday, August 8th, 2008

image via Frances Palmer

image via Frances Palmer

image via Frances Palmer

image via Frances Palmer

image via Frances Palmer

image via The House

image via HGTV
I leave you for the weekend with images of pottery made by one of my favorite artists, Frances Palmer. From her Connecticut studio, Palmer crafts both custom pieces, which are handmade one by one, and the Frances Palmer Pearl Collection, a lovely collection of tableware, which you can see on her site or at Michael C. Fina. You can also see Palmer’s work in Richmond at Quirk Gallery.

And, look how pretty her cake stands are…

images originally from MS Weddings found on Frances Palmer
Hope you have a lovely weekend!

mud australia

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

I love these porcelain dinner plates by Mud in Australia.