Nothing. I'm just trying to select an appropriate china pattern for our Chewish household.
|Teacups for our Chinese Tea Ceremony|
You see, when we got married, we registered at Michael C. Fina, which has a "consolidated registry program." That's fancy talk for their being willing to convert all the items guests purchase for you off your registry into a gift certificate that you can use -- for pretty much anything at their store -- at a later date.
This was really useful for us because a) we hadn't yet moved into our new house and had no room to store anything, let alone fine china, and b) it allowed us me to defer the decision about china patterns. And if you know me, I'm all about deferring decisions.
But now that it's almost a year after our wedding, deferral time is over. Boo.
What I want is something that is stylish, fresh, and modern, without being so crazy that my kids aren't going to want this stuff 30 years from now. Something that is timeless but not boring.
Here are the top contenders:
|Oberon by Wedgwood|
1) Oberon. When you first look at this pattern, you'll probably say, "Blech. This looks like it came from the place where country decor went to die (i.e., the Christmas Tree Store). What's wrong with you?" But I like the chinoiserie feel of the peaches, which are a classic Chinese motif. And I swear that the longer you stare at the pattern -- the gold and sage scroll work, the little black flourishes, the dimensionality of the peaches -- the more you'll like it.
|Vera Lace by Wedgewood|
|Lattice Blue/Orange by J. Chew|
3) Lattice Blue/Orange. This pattern is the Chewi-est of them all. Not just because it's made by J. Chew (whom I can only guess is fab), but also because it's "influenced by [a] passion for ancient Chinese ceramics along with modern elegance." My fear with this set is that orange and blue are very "off the moment" colors: in 30 years, am I going to think about this color combo the way we now think of yellow and brown (which I'm sure was groovy in the 70s)?
|Song Vermillion by J. Chew|
|Lotus Pavilion by J. Chew|
Which one would you pick? Do you also have fantasies about giving your children china, or is the whole idea laughable?