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There's a certain "je ne sais quoi" to white serveware. That's French for "kick-ass beauty". Or "something indescribable", I forget which is correct......... Five years of French and I all can recall is how delicious crêpes are.

White serveware in one word: timeless. Classic. Versatile. Utterly captivating in their simplicity. Crap, that's way more than one word. (Looking back, I wish we would have registered for simple white place settings. We're not fine china folks at all!)

I often visit Home Goods during a weekday to avoid crowds and to get first dibs on the new inventory. Armed with my afternoon latte, I wander the aisles and get my white serveware fix. I'm not a gourmet chef/frequent entertainer so I can't justify snagging every piece I lay my eyes on. I just gaze at all of them longingly. It's like Breakfast At Tiffany's except it's Afternoons at Home Goods.

But oh. This one spoke to me in all of its $12.99 glory (The maker is L. Goddinger & Co. Who's that?)

Looking at it now, I can almost hear my BFF-though-he-doesn't-quite-know-it-yet Eddie Ross's approval. Or perhaps imagine my raise-your-own-chickens-so-you-can-have-fresh-eggs-for-your-omelettes-BFF Martha nod and murmur, "It's a good thing." (During her "confinement" I was thisclose to buying a "Free Martha" tee. Yes, they exist.)

I'm thinking I'll use it as a centerpiece for the dining table.

Do you think I should keep it empty or fill it with something?

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Hanging out w/ the cakestand I found in the same aisle last fall.
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35 comments:

  1. My heart skipped a beat when I saw the overhead shot and I almost screamed from my desk "Please don't fill it with anything those details are too perfect to try to take attention from". And then I remembered that I'm not supposed to read blogs from work, so I kept mum. I love your white serveware.

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  2. So pretty!! Did you see the New Orleans dining room your BFF did? He used a similarly shaped centerpiece and put a fern in it and it looked awesome. So maybe fill yours with a plant or flowers?

    And I totally agree about white place settings- we registered for white porcelain and every now and then I buy fun colorful accent plates to mix it up.

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  3. that is so pretty - and looks waaay more expensive that $13! i like the idea of leaving it empty - or if not, i would put something simple in it (lemons or limes maybe, is that weird? i always feel compelled to decorate with them, but never have yet....)

    mmm...crepes...

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  4. Amy~ I did!!!! My BFF can do wonders w/ a fern =) Great idea! Or maybe some sort of succulent?

    Emily~ LOL! I do that all the time, LOL/haveoutburst @ work while reading blogs. And then when coworkers gives me looks, I give them an odd look & act like they just imagined the noisy disruption.

    I know, part of me wants to leave the bowl empty so as not to distract from its hotness.

    Claire~ Why didn't I think of fruit?! Fab! Thx =)

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  5. This is gorgeous! White is so versatile; my husband and I registered for all white dinnerware and haven't regretted it for a second! So classic and timeless :)

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  6. FC I love it!! It's gorgeous! What a steal- I do like it empty but I also think that it would look great with bright green apples, lol. I love the contrast of green and white :) I also agree with the white porcelain. We skipped out on the fine china and registered for the C&B White China (I love it). You can use it everyday and dress it up with a mix of plates as well. Register for a set when you have a baby, hehe!

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  7. Love it! I think it would look great with some lemons/limes/apples in it for a pop of color. :)

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  8. Love it! Very pretty empty, or with something very natural in it.

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  9. LOVE it! The details could cause a girl to drool!! :) If the whole feel of your room is simple, I'd leave it empty or with one color of fruit!

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  10. great eye girlfriend! love those..see now I am gonna look more at that side of the store. THANKS ALOT!

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  11. Green apples. Artichokes. Lemons. It's so pretty.

    jbhat

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  12. Beautiful! I love the little cake stand. I actually have a little bit of an obsession with them. Over on Eddie's page there is a picture that has a collection of white serving dishes like the one you just bought. He went sans fill.

    http://www.eddieross.com/.a/6a00e55391c48e883301156f11fcd1970c-pi

    They are actually reflected in the mirror. I know...I'm totally in love with him and his focus to detail.

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  13. I think it's beautiful. I would put something green in it - like artichokes or something. But, I don't know - that's why I look on your blog, for inspiration!

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  14. wowohwowweee! I either just had a concussion or I fell in love....geesh....if you ever feel like it is too much beauty for you to handle...you know where to find me! LOVE IT!

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  15. It's gorgeous, and you my dear, are too funny!

    It kinda reminds me of my pier one bowl on my DR table.

    And, that second to last shot of it and the two chairs is really pretty. Like frame-worthy pretty : )

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  16. I like it naked. :)

    But I tend to over-simplify.

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  17. LOVE! HeHe @ Martha Stewart! Freaking hilarious! I like it empty, so simple and clean!

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  18. I guess you have to fill it but it's gorgeous on it own. I'm in love. Your blog is fab.

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  19. Oh FC!! That is beautiful!! Wonderful find girl!

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  20. That bowl must be filled with green apples. I knew it the moment I saw it. Or persimmons would look good, but who he hell eats those? Pommogranites? Nah, totally green apples.

    Great find.

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  21. Why can't we have a Home Goods here??

    WHY???

    It's lovely. I love it empty, actually. But, if you put something in it, I will love it to.

    You are kinda like my style idol. There, I said it.

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  22. I say don't fill it, it's just beautiful and sculptural the way it is.

    I didn't realize your kitchen doors weren't shaker style. I like the profile of them. I"m so used to seeing shaker that I forgot how pretty it can be to see the detail.

    Great pics by the way!

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  23. Love them both! I need that white cake stand esp. bc I have this new giant cupcake cake mold - the cake would look so cute displayed on that white cake stand instead of my clear one!! :)

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  24. Beautiful!

    Call me crazy, but cake stands look so much better with an ooey, gooey frosted cake on it, don't you think??? Time to bake!

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  25. It must be true...we are kindred spirits. I have been secretly starting a collection of white serveware. It all started one Christmas when my uncle bought me my 1st piece of Ironstone. I screamed with delight such as a child does with a new toy. As my sister said, "Who knew white dishes did it for ya." Ever since then I have been awaiting the day to display all of them in their glory in a great buffet -- right from the pages of a PB catalog.

    I love it..so crisp..so classic..so perfect!

    Cheers~

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  26. I have a similar bowl, and I think it looks lovely filled with fruit! This week, we have a big bowl of Gala Apples but oranges, lemons, limes, all look fantastic!

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  27. I took Eddie Ross's advice and went to the dollar store to buy my first ever just off white dishes about 8 weeks ago. Eventually, I will hunt down coordinating serving dishes like these.

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  28. I really like it just the way it is. Maybe at Christmas Time some pretty Christmas balls inside. Maybe later on in the Summer time, you could put lemons, limes or anything summery in it. I like decorating the bowls as the seasons change.

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  29. christmas ornaments
    I'd fill it with christmas ornaments today, just to get a peek at the fun to come.

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  30. Love it! I am also drawn to white serving ware and have a cabinet full of them. I like it empty.

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  31. fill it with something red... :)

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  32. check out the post i just did...i have a VERY similar bowl pictured full of bright orange clementines...i've had it empty FOREVER, then recently through a bag of them in their, and LOVE it!

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  33. OMG, I just noticed that I spelled "threw" -"through" and "there"-"their"...I am not a moron I swear! This completely tells me 1. never leave comments while talking on the phone and feeding a toddler while laptop is on ...well my lap..and 2.that I need a much needed mommy break. (this will be a great excuse for hubby to book me a day at the spa) hehe xo grace

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  34. "Five years of French and I all can recall is how delicious crêpes are."

    You kill me. Hilarious.

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  35. Oh and put fruit in it (not Mr FC, but like Oranges or Apples or something)

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