life in a tiny apartment.

August 15, 2012
plates

Tip #26: Sometimes, too much is okay, too.

since our recent nuptials (thank you for all of your v. sweet notes) we have become the proud owners of a near-to-complete set of beautiful, made in the usa, absolutely delightful in every single way, dishes. they aren’t fancy, but in our eyes they’re perfect. we cannot wait to use them for sunday brunches and thanksgiving dinners and celebratory lunch-e-ones, and all those sorts of things that dishes in sets of ten are useful for. for now though, we’ve been using them mostly in pairs. two bowls, two plates, maybe an extra here or there for side dishes or salads. one night last week my sister came for dinner. we were three and for the hell of it, i’m pretty sure we used about four dishes, each.

here’s the thing: i know that it doesn’t make practical sense to cram a dinner service for ten into 240 square feet. but if you recall my love-hate relationship with our cabinets, you know that we have kitchen storage in abundance and with the moving around of a few jars of lentils, we managed to find a place for everything. we made sure to keep just a few dishes in places that are easily reachable and to stash the rest in more difficult-to-access corners. they were empty anyway, so i’m chalking this all up to using every available inch. don’t worry, we’ve not taken to storing dishes in the shower.

ps. on the morning before the wedding i did a little radio piece. you can listen here, if you’d like. forgive my rambling.

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6 Comments

  • Reply Carrie | acookgrowsinbrooklyn August 15, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Those dishes really are delightful. Kitchen storage is SO clutch – whether you're in 240 or 2400. Nothing more annoying than having precarious stacks of pots and pans and baking dishes for the world to see.

  • Reply Lisa-Marie August 15, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    They are gorgeous! Our 'wedding china' is Denby. Not fancy, but sturdy and beautifully made.

    I am of the opinion that you can't have too many plates. Starting with 1 settings means breaks won't mean you don't have enough, and means you can have lots of people over without worrying. Important in life.

  • Reply Alexa August 15, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    these are really lovely! simple and perfect. and i'd purge other things from my small space before i'd skip a set of wedding dishes. they are so special and it's not every day that you get married 🙂

  • Reply Mary August 15, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Congratulations on your nuptials! (i'm behind in my blog reading.) Here's to years of beautiful happiness. Glad you found space for your new dishes. It can be a challenge to find room when one accumulates new, and wonderful, btw, things. Very nice dishes indeed. Much bliss to you. XX

  • Reply TL August 15, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    she ended it so abruptly..almost like she cut you off :/

  • Reply Cara of Big Girls, Small Kitchen August 22, 2012 at 2:58 am

    the dishes are gorgeous! well-chosen! i'm totally with you on sometimes wanting full sets of things that shouldn't technically fit. it's like a space indulgence.

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