My Search For The Best Everyday Dinnerware

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Chipped dishes, scratched-up dishes, mismatched dishes…after spending so much time eating at home this year, I was just over all of it.

I had some cute stoneware dishes I loved the look of, but they were scratched beyond belief and made a really awful, pull-your-hair-out squeak when your fork hit them just right. OMG, we do not need these extra things to get on our nerves this year, friends.

Finding The Right White Dinnerware Set

It was time for an overhaul. So, the search for a forever set of dishes began. I’m an air sign, so we’ll see how long “forever” means to me, but I wanted dishes that:

  • I won’t get tired of quickly
  • are clean and modern in design
  • don’t scratch
  • are easily replaceable, open stock
  • porcelain

I quickly learned that what I wanted is porcelain instead of stoneware. Love stoneware, but don’t love my teeth hurting from fork sounds during EVERY MEAL. I asked my friends and fam on Facebook (obviously, how one does for ‘research’ in 2020) and got many recommendations, from IKEA to Crate & Barrel. Here’s where I landed.

Time for an overhaul, so the search for a forever set of dishes is on. We're going porcelain, Williams Sonoma & white for our next dinnerware set. Here's why.

Williams-Sonoma Open Kitchen

My Final Purchase: Williams Sonoma Open Kitchen Porcelain Dishes

After polling lots of friends and some Insiders, too, I landed on the Williams-Sonoma Open Kitchen porcelain dishes. What first drew me to them was their design, as I wanted a more modern look than your traditional lipped style. I love the flat plate with a vertical edge. They do have a more traditional option too though, if you prefer that.

I also love the fact that I can buy these open stock (if one gets chipped or broken) and the matching giant coffee mug options for Pinky, my husband. He honestly just needs an IV of coffee, but they don’t offer that add-on. I love the giant mugs for my tea, as we all don’t need me that caffeinated from coffee, trust me.

I did a mix of the Open Kitchen Edge and Open Kitchen Sonoma styles, all porcelain and white. They have quite a few options in the Open Kitchen line though, which is another bonus.

Time for an overhaul, so the search for a forever set of dishes is on. We're going porcelain, Williams Sonoma & white for our next dinnerware set. Here's why.

large coffee mug | Edge salad plate | dip bowls | dish towel

Time for an overhaul, so the search for a forever set of dishes is on. We're going porcelain, Williams Sonoma & white for our next dinnerware set. Here's why.

cereal bowls | pasta bowls | salad plates | dinner plates

Time for an overhaul, so the search for a forever set of dishes is on. We're going porcelain, Williams Sonoma & white for our next dinnerware set. Here's why.
Time for an overhaul, so the search for a forever set of dishes is on. We're going porcelain, Williams Sonoma & white for our next dinnerware set. Here's why.

large coffee mug | Edge salad plate | dip bowls | dish towel

Also, if you love this gorgeous dish towel, you can grab one for yourself or gifts from my friend Janelle at All Roads Design. She makes phenomenal weavings and home goods with her partner Robert in the beautiful desert outside Joshua Tree, CA. You may recognize some of her designs from Anthropologie, too!

Shop Open Kitchen Dishes From Williams Sonoma

These are the pieces I bought below. They do offer a set that I didn’t get, but I know sometimes that makes it easier to get started. It doesn’t come with the Edge dishes, but they’re still a lovely white porcelain option that has the pieces you need to start your collection.

Shop More Favorite Porcelain Dishes

Of course, many people I asked were super-opinionated about their favorites. Haha. There were many votes for Crate & Barrel dishes, and I do adore their kitchen items. I recently bought this set of Bodgea glassware from them, and I’m in LOVE.

I’ve included some new favorites here at TME, too. Em has and recently reviewed the Our Place dishes, and they look amazing. I have their Always Pan and omg everything just slides right out of that beauty. Love that company.

Dishes are such a personal preference, but I’ve been so super-happy with these so far. We’ve had them for over a month now, and I still get excited about using them, so that tells me something.

No scratches, not easily chipped (besides the one I literally RAMMED into the other one putting it back in the cabinet…GAH…but I can easily replace the single) My husband is less than careful with everything in his life, and he hasn’t damaged a single one. He’s on dish duty here, so this is also saying something.

Happy Delicious Food time of year, friends! I hope you can enjoy all the lovely comforts this season has for us. And because I can’t finish up a dishes review post without some actual food talk, here have been my favorite things lately to put ON the dishes:

Smitten Kitchen Grammercy Tavern Gingerbread Cake & The Kitchn’s How To Make A Fritatta…the cake is insanely Christmasy and gorgeous (gah, it smells SO good) and the fritatta recipe is game-changing, if you’ve ever been less-than-impressed with frittatas. Don’t skip the thinly sliced potatoes that line the bottom. Omg.

xo,

L

Hey, hey from Portland, OR. Would love for you to follow me over on Instagram @laurajansenstyle for all things rad-casual mom wear, lots of foodie pics and donuts, kitchen dance parties and some social justice. xo

Lovely photos by Posy Quarterman Photography

Oh hey, Pinners…

Time for an overhaul, so the search for a forever set of dishes is on. We're going porcelain, Williams Sonoma & white for our next dinnerware set. Here's why.

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