Dare to be Eclectic

I’m often inspired by things I see while traveling or visiting with friends.

Several years ago, we had lunch at our friends’ – Claire and Matt – flat in London and I recall loving Claire’s eclectic mix of antique dishware. She served lunch on a variety of colourful antique dishes that were collected, by her aunt, over the years from different antique markets across the English countryside. I’ve always admired friends, like Claire, who have an eye for incorporating eclectic housewares into their decor and day to day living. I’m decidedly less adventurous in my collection of housewares. If you opened my cupboards, you would find stacks of classic white and pale blue bowls, plates and platters.

Feeling inspired by Claire’s beautiful collection of English dishware, I wanted to search for a couple of special pieces to bring back home. On my trip to London last spring, and at the recommendation of a friend, I found myself in the quaint village of Woburn (approximately 1 hour north of London) searching for dishes at two antique shops on Woburn Village High Street. The hunt for antiques is good fun. I was energized by the idea of finding a gem. You never know what you’re going to find!

After exploring the antique shops, I found 2 blue and white “Devon” patterned dishes made by Minton and Boyle in the 1836 to 1841 period. I love my new (old) 19th century dishes and can’t wait to use them to serve macarons and biscuits at our next brunch!

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