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Impulse Buy - Dinnerware

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Stephenhdmrs, Apr 27, 2012.

  1. Stephenhdmrs

    Stephenhdmrs Member

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    So... I've been reading a lot about home items in anticipation of moving out onto my own again. I'm 22 and wanted to fill my apartment with some nicer things. I'm not much of a partyer so I'm not worried about anything breaking. Boy has it been a challenge finding nice things at an affordable price. Much harder than clothes.

    Anyways, Neiman Marcus was having a home sale and I picked up some plates and forks impulsively that I really really liked.

    Dinnerware Set - Caff Ceramiche

    Flatware - Ricci Silversmiths

    I got 25% off but I have no idea if the quality matches the price. I figured I should splurge because plates and flatware are something that SHOULD last a really long time if you care for it. Plus I cook, so everyday I will be looking at those. Thoughts on quality and style? I hate overpaying for junk, so it's not too late for me to cancel. I couldn't even find one review online about the company so i'm asking the experienced members of the forum to help. If you have experience please let me know.
     
  2. username79

    username79 Senior member

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    You're 22 and worried about chintzy "dinnerware" from Neiman Marcus while living in apartment? What the fuck? Wait till you're old and married and let your husband play Martha Stewart for you.
     
  3. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    I wont make any judgements about your decision to buy dinnerware. I'm not keen on the style. I have a couple sets of plates. My Favorite being from villeroy and Boch's top end collection. Silverware is 19th century american in sterling with mop handles and the glasses are Bacarrat. If I could justify it I probably would have gone with Hermes for plates, but they're out there with pricing.


    One good place setting for 8 or 10 will be enough for a Long, long time. Buy a nice bar or credenza to store everything and make certain to get a big set of champagne glasses. They're the glass you kick yourself for not buying.
     
  4. Stephenhdmrs

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    I looked at Villeroy & Boch and they have some very nice designs. I like that some of them are bone porcelain. I have grown fond of the feel of bone china with mugs. The silverware sounds very nice.

    Good call on the champagne glasses. I didn't really think about that. The Hermes plates are interesting but I don't know if I could ever justify spending that much on plates.


    Where I live has nothing to do with dinnerware. I make dinner at home, therefore I need dinnerware. Because I live in an apartment does that mean I shouldn't buy nice clothes? I plan on cooking for the ladies and with food, every chef knows presentation is as important as the food itself.

    Otherwise I would buy paper plates for life and throw them away after each meal because that would be easy. But I don't think women appreciate paper plates. Thanks for your comments.
     
  5. SkinnyGoomba

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    Keep it simple for your first set, you never know where you'll end up, what kind of table you'll have, ect. If you are fond of neimans I would suggest Haviland Clair de lunE uni, very simple. That won't look out of place anywhere.

    If you want to impress buy some white linen napkins and a white linen table cloth or place settings if you have a nice table that you would like to show off.

    I don't care for mugs at dinner, I like china for tea and coffee but prefer crystal for dinner drinks. Nice wine glasses make a good presentation, stick to something reasonably priced but nicely shaped. Th glasses I break are often wine glasses.
     

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