Dinner is served. And deciding what it’s served on may prove more difficult than settling on the meal itself.
There have never been more dinnerware options. High-end serving plate not for you? You’re in luck. How about serving your lemon baked cod atop a rainbow fish platter or nestling your freshly basked gingerbread cookies in the comforting arms of the North Pole’s own Santa Claus instead?
As I recently perused a friend’s wedding registry I was surprised to find a set of vibrant, multicolor dishes and bowls requested in place of formal china. The set was chic and high-quality, but quite a deviation from the iconic crisp, porcelain china of registries past. Where is the silver gravy boast? The crystal drinkware? I began to wonder: has formal china become passé?
We all have that friend who is always taking photos of things. Maybe you, like me, have become everyone’s spontaneous personal photographer. I can’t say that I mind.
Like most millennials, I thoroughly enjoy taking photos. Whether I’m clad in my real-deal DSLR, enjoying the spontaneity of old-school Polaroids, or simply armed with my camera phone, you can guarantee that I’m snapping away at something. I love to capture objects, places, and things that are both meaningful and visually intriguing, aiming to take away a photographic memento from each day.
I’m a proud digital photo hoarder, a lover of memories. But with so many photographs, how do I appropriately savor and showcase all of my favorite daily portraits and picturesque landscapes?
The Window Pane Photo Display is the perfect solution. The instant I saw it, I had to have it. Fashioned in the style of a rustic viewport, this multi-photo frame is great for displaying all of the highlights of a particular photographic collection. Decorated with a host of my most cherished candid snapshots, this intelligently designed display gives me the ability to offer guests a rare window into my daily life. With 16 square photo slots, this collage frame is also oh-so perfect for the avid Instagrammer. House your most popular grams in this charming frame and your friends will heart them even more in real life.
And what about those extra stunning photographs that deserve to stand on their own? For those special gems, I’d opt for this gorgeous Rustic Belle Frame. This beautifully antiqued Victorian-inspired frame is ripe with old world sophistication. Bordered by this floral encrusted vintage-style frame, your all-time favorite snaps will feel more like timeless works of cherished art. I’d love to pick up a collection of these frames, mount them throughout a bare hall space, and arrange an impromptu home gallery.
Okay, I’ll admit it: I love coffee. It’s hard for me to start my day off on the right foot without my morning cup of joe. (Black. No cream. No sugar.) And with coffee being a staple in my morning routine so too are the mugs that transport my precious daily dose of liquid caffeine. I’m a bit of a sucker for a cute and kitschy coffee mug—one that embodies the perfect balance of style and character. I figure, why not inject a little fun and variety into your usual daily routine? I like to keep my living space clean and contemporary, which leaves room for a little bit of fun when it comes to my decorative additions.
Dot and Bo has a particularly great selection of fun mugs. Their College Ruled Mug, decorated with binder paper–esque line patterning, would have proved an appropriately themed go-to cup during my many college all-nighters or early morning prep for a dreaded 8 a.m. class.
An enthusiastic lover of the rustic aesthetic, I’m always down for a splinter-free taste of the great outdoors. I’ve fallen for this ceramic mug set with its cool wood grain-like texturing. This modern woodland-themed Antler Mug also delivers a subtle bout of character with its charming handle design.
Chic and quirky, these designs are also conveniently dishwasher safe—a quality I tend to look out for. And while I enjoy indulging in this useful luxury, I’ll cave in and habitually hand wash a truly special vessel. This Peanuts Flying Ace Spinner Mug from Houzz is one such worthy piece. An avid fan of the iconic comic strip and its associated gang of characters, I couldn’t help but ogle over this themed mug. Decorated with a delightful comic-style landscape and a spinning aviator Snoopy, I know this cup will help start any day off on a happy note.