Beyond the Kitchen

My Plates


I don’t have one painting or picture hung on my walls.

I like white walls.   …I also don’t own a hammer.  No biggie.

I do, however, have a kitchen full of pretty plates, little cups, and wooden bowls.

I like to eat off of my art.

Since so many of you have asked me about my plates… well, here’s a few answers.

The answers mostly have to do with the Anthropologie sale table… just so you know.


These plates are the most often used and most often asked about on my blog.

They’re old.  This set was my grandparents’ wedding china… the china they received as a wedding gift waaaay back in the day.  I would love to tell you more about where this set is from, but all it says in the back is Made in China in a weird, fancy font.  There’s no brand name, or design name I can offer you.  Not ideal.  Apologies.


(a)  That stands for Anthropologie.  I get a lot of pretty plates from the sale section of Anthropologie.  It’s the spot.   Check it.

(v)  Vintage.  I find most of these little gems at thrift stores.   They’re usually a dollar.  Bonus.

(gift)s are nice.  I like plates as presents.

(super cheap) plates come from the 99cent store.  I’m not too proud… but why do these stores always smell funny?

(oops)  Maybe I accidentally ‘borrowed’ this little dish from a hotel in San Francisco.  That’s bad.  Don’t be like me.

(wedding)  plates from my grandparents’ and parents’ wedding.  Old and fancy.


Anthropologie plate + Ikea charger + wooden bowl from Whole Foods + random vintage spoon with stars on it = delicious carrot soup.


Tracy sent me a bunch of clever plates for  my birthday.  My favorite is this ceramic egg holder.  It’s totally classing up my fridge.  Thank you, Tracy!!

Speaking of eggs… these Robin’s Egg Wedges are too good.


Pretty little vintage plates + Ikea charger + wrapping paper + linens + old postcard + ceramic chic + baking sheet with used parchment paper = rad food styling?

Not everything has to match.  I’m not a matcher.

I hope this inspires you to

a) hit up thrift stores and garage sales for pretty plates and bowls.

b) buy pretty things from Anthropologie.

c) use wrapping paper as a disposable table cloth.

d)  eat off of pretty things.  every day.  because life is short.  and we can make it pretty.