SPINOFF: China/Dishes - where and do they still 'fit' you
beaglesdoitbetter's thread about her china and china cabinets got me to thinking about where I'm eventually going to put my china and frankly, WHEN I'm ever going to get around to using it.
I chose our pattern based on our 1929 Spanish Colonial in San Diego. It's not what I'd call formal at all. My then-boss's wife purchased the entire service. I found out when my cousin emailed "could you please add more things to your registry? Everything is gone." That had me perplexed as I had JUST a few hours earlier posted my registry. I then received an email from my then-boss's wife saying she loved it, it reminded her of Italy and "...consider it yours". OMG!
That poor china has moved across the country and has never been properly displayed nor have the pieces seen much use (some none at all!).
I still haven't unpacked it. It still fits our personality and thankfully, I haven't strayed too far from these colors in our house - Gien Toscana:
Our "casual" pattern is Villeroy-Boch Cellini which isn't really casual and yes - it's packed away as well!
I have actually mixed the 2 pieces together to break up all that colorful pattern and I like how they work in that way.
With 2-preschoolers and a DH who has hand dexterity issues, fine china isn't very practical. Right now, we're using a mish-mash of Pier 1 Import pieces I bought 20 yrs ago, a couple of Corelle bowls for DH and a mish-mash of Disney plates and Ikea colorful plastics. And of course, the circa 1960s "cereal" bowls in pink melamine that DH grew up with.
What do you have? Where do you store/display it? Has it influenced your decorating style at all?