2018 was an amazing year for us and we could never of imagined all of the exciting opportunities that the year could bring. We have so many things in the pipeline that we hope to share with you soon!
For now though we are in a serious new year refresh mode. Josie hit her all time record of mince pies consumed over the Christmas period (we are very proud!) and Michelle was lulled into the false sense of security that a Swedish Christmas would magically be healthy...she forgot their reputation for not only immaculate designs but also having one serious sweet tooth by rule as a nation.
We've decided that we need some incentives to get us back on track for 2019 and what better way to encourage you to get into the kitchen than some dinnerware that will make you want to serve up your latest kale concoction and snap those pics for instagram! We've rounded up some of our favourites that we think you'll love too...
1. MIX & MATCH
One of our favourite tableware designers, Marie Daage has launched a new collection which will be exhibited at the Maison et Objet trade show in Paris later this month.
Each of Marie Daage's collections are hand-painted and made to order in any of their array of colours. The concept behind the brand is for all the tableware to be mixed-and-matched with a variety of different designs used in one set, in a selection of colours.
Not only does this mean that you can easily add to your collection when a new design is launched, but it also means that if one or two in a set break, they can be easily replaced with a new design. We love to use Marie Daage's tableware in our schemes as the tableware colouring can be tailored to the colour scheme of the house.
2. NEUTRAL & ORGANIC
The Diamonte collection by Anthropologie is the ideal set for a fresh and rustic look.
Sometimes simple is best! It may be that your home style is slick and neutral all round, or you may be looking for something that is crisp against bolder fabric designs. Either way, we love this and how the stoneware is hand-crafted with an organic effect so that each piece is unique...and just imagine the food colour pop for your Instagram!
3. MILKY GREY
For a darker and moodier collection, we love CB2's 'Froth Grey' design. The name says it all... think rich grey porcelain covered in a milky frothy paint finish, which creates an abstract marble-like pattern to the design.
With the dark grey colouring and natural appearance, this collection will be perfect for a rustic and industrial interior alongside dark metals and recycled timbers.
4. BOLD BLUE
The Italian brand, Bittosi Home, produce bold and striking tableware that certainly liven up a dinner table.
We love the Ceramic Pad plates, available in blue, green and pink. We suggest pairing these with more neutral dinner plates and bowls so that these gorgeous side plates are the centre piece to the set!
If you already have a plainer dinner set, these side plates are the perfect addition to add a splash of fun for your next dinner party.
5. COASTAL CHIC
The Casey tableware collection by Ralph Lauren is inspired by the parasols along the beaches of the French Riviera.
The bold but simple navy and white patterns are reminiscent of Cubism art and will work beautifully in a variety of interior schemes, not just coastal inspired properties.
We would suggest pairing this set with brass cutlery for a more contemporary look which will contrast beautifully with the navy colouring.
6. ELEGANT & WHIMSICAL
For a more whimsical and elegant design, we love the Casacarta bee collection which features artistic gold bees scattered across the fine bone china.
This design combines classic tableware with a modern twist for fun and detail.
This collection would look fabulous in a chic and sophisticated dining space and would be great for both formal and informal table settings.
7. MODERN LUXURY
Casa de Perrin is a US based tableware brand founded by husband and wife team, Diana & Josh Perrin.
Their website hosts a variety of beautiful and elegant tableware designs for the high-end market.
Our favourite is the Carrara collection, created by French designer Coline le Corre. The range features a refined and geometric pattern based on the classic Carrara marble, with gold edging for a more luxurious look. This collection would be ideal for a modern apartment with a contemporary kitchen and dining area.
8. STRIKING MONOCHROME
One of the most successful interior designers in the world, Kelly Wearstler is admired for her bold designs and use of striking monochrome patterns.
The Dot's tableware collection is ideal for those seeking to bring a Kelly Wearstler vibe to their home and would pair beautifully alongside a scheme with plainer fabrics and bold colours.
9. RUSTIC GLAZE
A 'reactive' glaze technique, used on pottery, describes the effect when glazes are applied to the porcelain before the pieces are fired in the kiln. During firing, the glazes reacts and create a varied coloured effect which is unique to each individual piece.
West Elm have launched a reactive glaze collection which features this glazing technique - we love the artistic patterns and colours created by the glazes. This collection would work beautifully in a rural home with a rustic style kitchen.