Choosing Your Everyday China
When my mother was in college, she traveled to Europe for the first time. She was an interior design student and had an excellent eye for treasures. Instead of typical souvenirs, she bought special things–an Hermès scarf, a watch, and china.
I grew up using the china she bought on her trip as our “everyday china,” something that elevated even the simplest meals. I’ve been trying to decide on everyday china of my own, for my family–something that looks lovely on display, but isn’t too precious for everyday use.
I’ve, admittedly, been stuck on which pattern to choose. I have a few pieces from Villeroy & Boch’s “French Garden Fleurence” pattern, and while I like it, I’m not quite sure it’s “me” enough for everyday use. I find myself increasingly drawn to my mother’s pattern, but I’m not sure pink is the right color for us, either (as much as I love it!) I love my Delft mugs, like the one pictured, but I like collecting those for special occasions. So I’m in a bit of a holding pattern while I browse and try to decide what’s best for us. I don’t want to use my great-grandmother’s china, which I’ve inherited from my aunt, for everyday–at least not at this season of my life. So a nice but practical everyday china is on the list for now.
Do you have an everyday pattern for china, and if so, did you choose it yourself? Was it given to you? And please do share your pattern with me!