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“Have I Lost My Actual Mind?” Exploring The Return Of Real Whimsy

Have you ever looked at a pile of your recent purchases and been like, “uh…wait…am I okay?” Because that’s been my internal monologue recently, and I’d like to talk about it. Historically, I’ve been a little early to new trends, but this one may just be a little too left field (even for me). We photoshopped a few of my latest vintage buys together – maybe you can take a peek and then hit me with your diagnosis, yeah?

Because guys, here’s my initial diagnosis: I’VE LOST IT. The past year and a half has broken me, and now the only thing that can make me feel joy are 1950s lamps shaped like poodles made out of broccoli and 1960s soup tureens shaped like rabbits made out of cabbage. Do I need to drink out of a glass shaped like a waffle cone? Apparently, the answer is ABSOLUTELY. And like…who wouldn’t enjoy using Pierre the Sommelier to open up a bottle of wine? (Please don’t actually answer that if you hate him – my ego is fragile. I’m feeling vulnerable!!!)

See, I’ve been lusting after true antique furniture pieces lately – please throw all your tiger oak and marquetry and cabriole legs my way – but the vintage decor pieces I’ve actually been buying exist in a WHOOOLE other kitschy, fun, whimsy universe. But this whole identity crisis really got me thinking about something Erik said in his dining room reveal about a year ago: “Dressing the table is my love language and it really shows who you are dining with how important that time together is. If you come over for dinner at my place and there are paper napkins and no candlelight, you better eat and run because clearly I’m not your fan. Take the time, especially for supper, and dust off your grandmother’s china and use the nice crystal serving ware. Life is too short to not use your very best stuff. You are worth it.”

And not to get too sentimental over my new/old bowls shaped like cabbage leaves and a cookie jar that looks like a lamb – I know they’re no grandmother’s china or crystal dinnerware – but I think there’s really something here, you know? After all this time dining by myself, I’m SO looking forward to delivering a fun experience for the folks who visit my home. (Even if that experience is them driving home being like, “woah, why is every surface in her home covered in vintage painted ceramics? She does know that she can just buy a regular pitcher, right?”)

As it turns out, though…I don’t actually think it’s just me. See, a lot of these things never actually went out of style – lettuceware, majolica, and ceramic dinnerware are classics for a reason – but I really feel like they’re picking up steam in a way that we haven’t seen before. WHIMSY IS IN THE ZEITGEIST, FOLKS. I’m willing to take a huge risk to prove it: go open Chairish, and check out the New Arrivals page. I guarantee you’ll see at least a few bowls shaped like not-bowls or plates shaped like not-plates. (And BOY, will I feel dumb if you don’t. I’m really gambling here, friends!) Since my word can only go so far, let’s look at some inspo, yeah?

These Bordallo Pinheiro plates are a welcome surprise when you approach the table – they’re perfect for a party but casual enough for daily use, too. I love how lettuceware looks when it’s layered with these more simple pink and white plates, too – it keeps it from feeling too campy. This is definitely the vibe I’m going for in my own home. (And can we talk about the way it echoes the color scheme of the art in the back??? DREAMY.)

via @mumlittleloves

Speaking of color schemes – you can’t go wrong with pink, blue, green, and white. While this definitely skews more traditional with the scalloped placemats and matching napkins, I really like how the playful dinnerware means that the rest of the tablescape can be kept nice and simple. Like a breath of fresh air, yeah?

You may recognize Cassandra from her recent kitchen reveal here on EHD, but I’m obsessed with this bright and happy dinner table she designed. As an additional bonus, this is my actual dining table – it’s this one from CB2 in case anyone is interested and I *love* it – so it’s really helpful seeing how vintage pieces can shine on a glossy, modern surface. It’s a mix that still looks really natural, which makes me feel like I’ll be able to pull it off in my own home, too.

Switching it up a little and breaking out a new shape: the flower!!! I wrote about the Italian plates I grabbed on our last EHD team trip here, but I’m excited to try layering them on top of a complimentary plate like I showed ya in the first photo. But the real reason I wanted to highlight this one – how sweet are those little tiny ceramic vegetables decorating the table? There’s a tiny radish on the left above the napkin, a tiny eggplant near the top right, and I’m like 60% sure that’s a pickle directly above the knife. Beyond that, how special are the engraved wine glasses? They really do add a little something special.

GAH. LOVE. So maximalist, so fun. I know it may be a little much for every day, but wouldn’t it be a treat to eat here with friends? Again, the layering of the plates is just sublime and it’s SO CREATIVE to use a few table runners across the length of the table instead of the width of the table. Put that tip in your back pocket for Thanksgiving if you have a huge family, yeah?

design by christopher spitzmiller | photo by william waldron | via architectural digest

What an impactful collection – it’s clean without feeling cluttered. MY ACTUAL DREAM – bumping up the impact while limiting the amount of dusting needed. Even though there’s a shelf in front of the window, the lettuce ware really brightens up the whole area, right??

So sweet, so fun. This is ~technically~ an Easter setup, but swapping out that tablecloth would make it work for any holiday. I also love the look of using your decorative plates on the bottom – it feels really clean and thoughtful, despite being pretty easy to achieve at home. Plus, why NOT try dipping a toe in the majolica waters with some sweet little asparagus salt and pepper shakers?? They’ll be sure to bring a smile to all your guest’s faces 🙂

photo by erik kvalsvik | via d. porthault: the art of luxury linens

The marble fireplace surround, hand-painted wallpaper, super gorgeous moulding, and dark wood marquetry dining table could make this space feel super formal, but the bright green dinnerware REALLY brightens it up and makes it feel much less precious, right? With fine china, I’d be terrified of spilling or breaking something in this room. But when the plates made outta fake lettuce? I’m ready for a fun brunch with pals!

photo by marty baldwin | via better homes & gardens

Again, nothing more classic than pink and blue (and catch that green glass in the upper right!). The bowl is such a happy and bright touch and it’s SO easy to mix and match with your existing dinner sets.

design by cathy kincaid | photo by miguel flores-vianna

You see that wall? It’s not wallpaper – it’s a mural that was hand-painted in the 1930s. This is another case of the table settings really brightening up the space – nothing says “come relax for a while” like a big cabbage-shaped tureen filled with soup/mac and cheese/other foods you put in a tureen.

I had to drop these two in here for some holiday inspiration. Like, nothing says “ready for summer” like a whole buncha lemons, right? And I love how the lettuce plates on INSTANTLY holiday-appropriate when paired with red and tartan plaid. Am I winning you over yet? They feel a little less niche to me, and hopefully to you, too 🙂

Just had to do ONE more lemon tablescape for you – that ceramic napkin ring is so simple but so graphic, especially when mixed with those sweet clippings in a variety of glass vases. It’s like dining on the surface of the sun, but in a nice and happy way. So much life and cheer!!!

design by caroline gidiere | photo by david hillegas

Please look back and take a note on HOW MUCH MIXING is going on here. We see the rug, the seat cushion, the tablecloth, the charger, the lettuce ware plate, the dinner plate, the salad plate, the napkin…and almost ALL of them are different colors. Let this be a lesson (mainly to me, TBH) that when you mix what you love, it’ll always turn out.

And I had to close with these shots from Tory Burch – she launched a line in conjunction with Dodie Thayer, the potter who originated the Palm Beach lettuceware trend in the 60s after being inspired by 18th century majolica pieces – and man, aren’t they just stunning? I’m a vintage gal at heart – I love the hunt – but if you’re the type to prefer your dinnerware new, you can’t go wrong with any of these pieces.

But I actually *did* want to pull a few of my favorites for y’all, straight off my own Etsy and Chairish favorites. These are the pieces I’m dreaming about adding to my collection – do any strike your fancy?

1 Strawberry Majolica Plates | 2. Vintage Strawberry Jar | 3. Geranium Plates | 4. Ed Langbein Melon Bowls | 5. Italian Cherry Topiary Lamp | 6. Italian Rabbit Tureen | 7. Italian Lemon Pitcher | 8. Vintage Flower Plates | 9. Watermelon Slice Lamp |10. Italian Zebra Covered Dish | 11. Italian Lemon Bowls | 12. Mid-Century Glassware

Fun fact: that’s the cabbage version of #6 up at the top of this post – I actually found mine after favoriting this one on Etsy, which made my in-person purchase feel even more special. For what it’s worth, these are all a little pricey, but I SUPER encourage poking around Etsy for a second – maybe search for “(your favorite food) + (dish/bowl/pitcher/jar)” or just “vintage dinnerware” or “vintage barware.” There are a TON of affordable options out there – these are just the ones that I’m obsessed with right now, ya know?

So now, I rest my case. What say you – have I lost my marbles, or are you hopping on the whimsy train with me??? LET’S DISCUSS, PLEASE.

Opening Image Credits: Design by Christopher Spitzmiller | Photo by William Waldron | via Architectural Digest

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Diane
24 days ago

I’d just read this post and returned to some basic social scrolling, the images of your lettuce plates and your question, “Have I lost my mind?!” still bouncing around in my brain. And within 2-3 thumb flips, I found this: “I like people who have a sense of individuality. I love expression and anything awkward and imperfect, because that’s natural and that’s real.” -Marc Jacobs. And I think that is the perfect answer to your question.

Heather A
19 days ago
Reply to  Diane

Love!

Molly
24 days ago

You are a big sweetie! Something I have realised as I have got older is there are things I have loved for a long time and will always love. You might see them when they are a trend (and buy) or get it vintage but you will really start to hone your style. What is trending won’t bother you and you will be known as this awesome chick who has her own style!

24 days ago
Reply to  Molly

I find this to be true, too!

Elaine
24 days ago

Nope, you have not lost your mind! In fact you are so in your mind that you are bordering on creative genius…at least that’s what I tell myself when I use my cabbageware! I love this post, so much inspiration and I totally get that setting a table/cooking food is an expression of love. It also seems to me that although the Caroline Gidiere setup looks like a happy accident it’s really very cleverly considered and well coordinated based on the colours of the dinner plate. Another reader commented a while back to the effect that her table setting is a mix of styles but all in a coordinating colour scheme…and I think that’s definitely key to intentionally mixing and mis-matching tableware and why the examples in this post work so well. By the way though, your glass-shaped-like-a-waffle-cone isn’t so much for drinking as it is for eating a knickerbocker glory!

Lindsay
24 days ago

Why, oh why, didn’t I find Pierre the Sommelier first? He is perfection.

Paula Carr
23 days ago

The $39 one is a bottle opener, not a corkscrew (I googled as soon as I read this post), but there are several corkscrews in $80 to $125 range, if he have to have that particular function.

Erin Dae
24 days ago

I’m not in the market for dinnerware etc. But I loved this article and the images really sparked my creativity in terms of color schemes and whimsy. Thanks Caitlin! PS – I’m dying for details on the light fixtures in the Nell Hills lemon tablescape photo. I audibly gasped when I saw them!

Jacqueline
24 days ago

I LOVE this Caitlin! I too fancy a dash of whimsy in my decor. I am particularly taken with the Pierre the Sommelier, and need one in my life. What a wonderful way to enhance an already enjoyable task of opening a bottle of wine.

Beth
24 days ago

Great post!

Karla
24 days ago

I have that Otagiri sheep cookie jar! Along with 37 other cookie jars, lol. Several years ago my hubby and I were discussing ‘if we won the lottery’ dreams. He’d want a huge mansion with different themed rooms for all his interests. I prefer smaller living and said if I did live in a mansion I’d only want a room of vintage toys. When Marie Kondo hit I realized how little most of our mass produced decor “sparked joy” and that I didn’t have to wait for a winning lottery ticket to buy vintage toys. I massively decluttered and have since been decorating with vintage toys and other original or limited edition art. And of course, the cookie jars which line the tops of our kitchen cabinets. I love decor that is fun and not too serious so I’m totally down for adding whimsy. 🙂

Heather
24 days ago

The tiny pickle. Ha! Think I could achieve the same effect if I raided my kids Melissa & Doug wooden food collection? Maybe?

Ann
24 days ago

We have the waffle cone glasses. My husband got them from his grandma and we use them for ice cream sundaes.

StephanieZ
23 days ago

Funny enough, I have a cabbage soup tureen on my shelf in the kitchen. I felt I needed it because I live in a small neighborhood called Cabbagetown in Atlanta.

Christina
23 days ago
Reply to  StephanieZ

This post took me right to Etsy to find some cabbage leaf plates that I didn’t know I needed until now, but I hesitated because I’m also in Cabbagetown! Thank you for your comment because it’s obviously a hilarious and great idea to have cabbage-themed dinnerware in our neck of the woods.

Rusty
23 days ago
Reply to  Christina

You two!!! I love this!🤗

23 days ago

I have no doubt you are going to make all of these finds look amazing in your space. I too am hopping on the whimsy train but not with cabbage ware. We finally bought our dream house in Maine (on an island! with a bit of a sea view!) and we are renting out part of it on airbnb (I’ll post a link to it below if anyone is curious), and I wanted people to feel a bit like they had gone back in time (with modern comforts of course). For me, part of the charm of a summer place is using kitchenware that has been in the cottage presumably for decades etc. So I’ve been collecting milkware, vintage silver, vintage china etc. My mom thought I was a bit crazy because I’m basically buying stuff that was hip in the 1930s lol. But she sees what I’m trying to achieve now that it is all put together. It has been so much fun!

Annabelle
23 days ago
Reply to  Caity

I’m doing the same with my new old house 🙂

Liz
22 days ago
Reply to  Caity

Welcome to maine! We love vinalhaven! I live in and own two stores in Camden : )

23 days ago

Hm, here is the link if anyone wants to check out our island home in Maine: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/50049162?guests=1&adults=1&s=67&unique_share_id=30a4e45a-113b-4638-a78e-2a3643e893b5

Kelly
23 days ago

I have to admit, I LOL-ed when I first saw your selection of recent purchases, but shortly thereafter became *very* jealous of your finds. That broccoli poodle lamp is dope.

Kathy
23 days ago

I think you meant to say, “LETTUCE discuss, please”????

Cheryl
23 days ago

This is a funny post and I love having a window into your thoughts. My takeaway from all of this is we are all traumatized by the pandemic on some level. Right? It’s not really about a trend, it’s about how were processing the nightmare. The whimsical, charming nature of these moments are the visual equivalent of comfort food. There’s nothing harsh, cold or linear about a table set like Alice in Wonderland. It makes me feel like a kid again. Eating out of a lettuce leaf has a childish charm and that was a safe time right? Your new collection is looking more like a Rorschach test than eclectic finds. It was and still is a hard time. I get it.

And if you were/are a bit lonely in quarantine, well you could strike up a conversation with Pierre or your cabbage bunny and the night doesn’t look so bleak after all. It’s ok. We’ll be ok.

Annie K.
23 days ago
Reply to  Cheryl

This makes a lot of sense! But also there’s been such a minimal, neutral dominant design trend for awhile and we’ve seen maximalism come back recently…and jewel tones…and the 80’s, so I think whimsy makes a lot of sense! As with everything maybe COVID has rushed this trend in when maybe it wouldn’t have touched down for another little while if there wasn’t COVID.

As a mom to a 2 and 5 year old, I’m absolutely delighted by these photos and collections thinking about how delighted my kids (and the kid who’s still a MAJOR part of me) would be sitting at these tables. Dressing a table, however, is NOT my love language – I don’t have that particular gene or ability! Just getting food on the table stresses me out, so if we use paper plates when you visit my home I promise it’s not because I don’t love you.

But yes to whimsy. I’ve actually been on a search for a Cuckoo clock for our kitchen or a diorama for their bathroom, on and off. We’re in it together!

Hana
23 days ago

I don’t think you’ve lost your mind! It’s not my thing but I appreciate people who embrace things they love. I do think a post about how design can influence our sense of calm and well being or vice versa would be interesting. The images in this post gave me so much anxiety, esp. that dinner scene! The white kitchen with the green collection is the only one I could handle but still wouldn’t be my thing. I think people who can handle lots of visual chaos must be very grounded individuals!

Hana
23 days ago

Yes. Please write about that!!

Pearl
23 days ago
Reply to  Hana

Me tooo! I have inherited and gotten rid of tons of this stuff and have no desire to revisit 99% of it. Ugh, wash carefully, stack it all up carefully after you use it, and no, not for me. The photos are really fun however.

Roberta Davis
23 days ago

Gotta have some things that bring whimsy and character! This does remind me of the 80s, though! I agree with you that how you set your table for guests tells how much you care about them! (unless it’s 9 people with 4 kids, one in a high chair, for 5 days- we have to make a few allowances for that).

Kj
23 days ago
Reply to  Roberta Davis

Please, no, how people set the table for their guests tells … only how good they are at setting tables. A skill that has absolutely nothing to do with “love” or “how they feel about you”. Entertaining is difficult enough without conflating these things.

Amanda
23 days ago

YES YES YES

100 – i have been on the dinnerware train……whimsy like crazy – been hosting the same 2 couples each month and using ALL the dining ware to make it feel like a special party – so fun and glad i have lots of space to store it all! now i’m loving/in search of : colored coffee mugs !

Courtney
23 days ago
Reply to  Amanda

I have loved both Fiestaware (vintage) and East Fork (new) for colored coffee mugs. They’re different, but both hit a very satisfying “colored coffee mug” button in my soul.

Brittany
23 days ago

I own and love a large bowl that is shaped and painted like a watermelon cut in half. It was a super lucky $5 find at a flea market, and I was so excited because my mom and my aunts all have a watermelon bowl as well! I felt so nostalgic and happy when I served fruit salad in it for Galentine’s Day brunch!

Cris S.
23 days ago

Goodwill in our area tends to have these kinds of things.

23 days ago

I’m into it. Call yourself a maximalist and keep going!!

Sarah H
23 days ago

You definitely haven’t lost your mind and cabbageware etc. is adorable BUT I was lusting after similar pieces too, until I re-read Happy Inside by Michelle Ogundehin. Now all I want is plain white bone china and Duralex Picardie tumblers (which I already have). It was a total palette cleanser for me. I love the images in this post but it isn’t the crockery I’d want to use everyday and I don’t have the space or inclination for multiple sets. Having said that, if this is what floats your boat then go for it!

MJ
23 days ago

Caitlin/EHD – could you guys consider linking to books via Bookshop rather than Amazon (a la Cup of Jo)? I realize people might totally go to Amazon anyway but Bookshop supports independent and local bookstores so it’s one small thing you can do to lead people in their direction rather than Jeff Bezos’s! 🙂

P.S. this stuff is great, not my thing for my personal home, but you’re totally making a case and it’s definitely a real eyeball treat amidst the pervasive TAN/BEIGE in the design world. Thanks for your unique perspective and bring on more whimsy!!

Stacia
23 days ago
Reply to  MJ

Yes! Thanks for the Bookshop.org shout-out! Hoping everyone starts looking out for their local bookstores too! Bookshop.org appears to have been a major support for our local shops surviving the pandemic shutdown(s).

Sarah H
23 days ago

Ah, fab – I hope you like it! x

Suzanne
23 days ago
Reply to  Sarah H

For years, I’ve had simple white French porcelain (Revol) and Schott Zwiesel glassware. I was going for durability and longevity. But I also like whimsy, so I bring in accent plates, linens, and flowers. I like that my foundation is simple. Most of the time, I keep it simple, but I know I can change it up. I’m going to check out the book, too. Sounds interesting.

Meredith
23 days ago

One: I’ve been on this cabbage dishware train for months and I love it. Two: my grandmother literally has sets of all these dishes, and she is faaaancy, so you can forget the ‘not your actual grandmother’s china’ because my Mimi, the queen of fancy whimsy, has been backing you up since 1965. She’s like Auntie Maime, but chubby. She’s amazing. Three: my quarantine realization is that I have no time for elegant taste when I could have joy instead. Elegant taste brings lots of people joy, so I’m not knocking it! Do you, boo. But for me, it’s Tibetan tiger wallpaper and kitschy coconut monkeys from a trip the the DR and these truly insane anthropomorphic dog watercolors I make, and my house makes me so happy now. My husband put it this way when I asked him: “oh, you think our tiger wallpaper is tacky? Our tigers think you’re delicious. Our wallpaper eats you now.” So… that’s the kind of energy we bring. COME HAVE DINNER WITH ME AND MY 30″h WOODEN TOAD SCULPTURE! (Mr. Toad was a gift from Mimi, natch)

Meredith
23 days ago
Reply to  Meredith

Ooooh, whimsical joy-bringing life hack: I bought pink hobnail ice cream dishes from Etsy, because they’re fun and fancy but really thick glass, so my kiddos can use them. Now I drink wine out of them on random nights because it makes me giggle. We refer to the milk they drink out of them as ‘bovine wine’ because, well, we are happy weirdos. But vintage ice cream dishes for cocktails! You will not regret it!

Rusty
23 days ago
Reply to  Meredith

Love your comment.

Meredith
23 days ago

If I ever move to LA or you move to Brooklyn, you can bet your broccoli poodle lamp we would!

Katie
23 days ago

Caitlin, I love this! The Chairish challenge was fun, too: I found two sets of lettuceware, a pineapple pitcher, a bunny-eating-lettuce tureen, and a firescreen shaped like a bouquet of tulips. Delightful!

23 days ago

What I hear in this, at one level of abstraction, is a desire for cheerful storytelling in our interiors.

Meredith
23 days ago
Reply to  Lisa

Cheerful! That’s it. It’s lighthearted and cheerful. Also I like the idea of storytelling in interiors. Well said!

Rusty
23 days ago

Your mind is not lost! You are in touch with your authentic self and not afraid to show who you are.

Gimme ALL. THE. DISHES!

When I was leaving a job, my PA asked me if there was anything I especially would like as a gift coz my team were getting me a gift. I mentioned a particluar, hand-painted teapot shaped like a very large plum!
They all hated it, but got it for me and I still love love love it! Every time I see it, it makes me smile.🤗

Cassie
23 days ago

I’m HERE for the kitsch. Please lean in.

Suzanne
23 days ago

I’ve always loved the mixing of dinnerware and layering whimsy. I never end up doing it, because most of my parties are for family and we tend do buffets. While I know some people still set the table, have guests pick up the plates from there, then go to the food, I’ve kept it simple over the years, especially with so many kids. I have fun with tables linens and flowers. However, I’ve pinned a million pretty tablescapes over the years, and really want to do it sometime. Caitlin, please share your table when you do plan and host a gathering. I’d love to see your mix.

Leona Yarborough
23 days ago

Girl, I hopped on the train to Whimsyville about 20 years ago, and never looked back. My younger unformed self wanted everything new and matchy-matchy, mass -produced art hung on the walls, and my rooms looked more like you’d stepped into a furniture store, instead of a home. It all began to change when I fell in love with an old painting of a seaside cottage, discovered at a flea market, for $2! Among my treasures is a mechanical tin donkey that dispensed a cigarette when you lifted his tail, a giant majolica tray in the shape of a Pickle, a white metal sign with black letterering, “RESERVED” and a large “9” below – found on a walk through the woods, and a ceramic alligator souvenir dish with Florida misspelled. Every single one of these makes me smile when I look at them, and really, isn’t that the whole point?

mallory
23 days ago

Loving the “not my jam but you do you” comments. We need more of this spirit! Me, I’m trying to embody my inner Alexis Rose: “I love this journey for you!”

Karina
23 days ago

Definitely in favor.
*sips coffee from blue hubbard squash teacup while sitting in the garden next to the blue hubbard squash vine*

Karen
23 days ago

I read this post, then I took a bike ride. I passed a house in my neighborhood with a bird bath that caught my eye. “Is that a cabbage bird bath?!?” I couldn’t believe it.
After I returned from the pedal, I walked my dog down to this house to get a better look from a senior dog pace. Not exactly a cabbage bird bath 😂 Sometimes kitsch is good, sometimes it might be crazy hehe

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Cris S.
23 days ago

I like some of the over the top stuff from the 80s also. But if anyone starts faux painting ‘Tuscan’ kitchen cabinets, I’m running away.
The lovely author of McMansion Hell recently posted a story of her last apartment and it’s focus on performance living vs an actual place for people to live and feel at home. I think because we’ve all been in our homes for so long now we’ve finally gotten brave enough to say “screw it, I live here and I want to be surrounded by what makes me happy. I’m seeing examples all around of how life is too short to do otherwise.” So go for those happy bowls and I will put floral fabrics wherever the hell I want and maybe even try painting something on my hallway walls because I can’t afford wallpaper. But not an 80’s faux Tuscan village mural. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Rusty
23 days ago
Reply to  Cris S.

Amen!!!

Kelly
23 days ago

Oh my goodness! I LOVE the broccoli poodle lamp. So my question is when has it gone too far? I have been told my house is like Alice in Wonderland meets Harry Potter. I keep telling myself it hasn’t went too far yet. Ha!!

priscilla
23 days ago

If you’ve lost your marbles then so have I. I’ve been collecting whimsical Majolica pieces for over 20 years. They bring me joy. A word of warning, they chip easily 🙁

Samantha Deitch
23 days ago

We had brunch recently at my aunt and uncles’ home – between the setting (outside, off the vegetable garden, surrounded by fig trees and hummingbird feeders) and the company; the whole morning was a lovely experience. The highlight of brunch was this ceramic fish pitcher which made a delightful *glug glug* with every pour. My kids loved it, but my aunt and uncle seemed equally amused by it, too. Whimsy is the gift that just keeps giving.

Paula Carr
23 days ago

Reminds me of when I was a kid, and we had milk delivered in half gallon glass bottles. When the bottles were full/near full the milk would make that glug glug sound, too, but we kids called it “blub blub milk” and fought over who got to pour the blub blub milk. With four kids, there was always ALL kinds of competition!

Viv&bone
23 days ago

I LOVE cabbage ware/lettuce ware! I love using the dinner plates with my Lenox Christmas pIates! I have many serving pieces including the soup tureen! I buy them anywhere-tjmaxx to flea markets lol! And yes, I own a lemon pitcher!

Annie
23 days ago

The top photo makes me smile, but the rest is too much pattern for me. But I’d like to come for dinner and take it in for a few hours! And yes, 100%, you should be surrounded by objects that give you a little joy!

Amy Elizabeth Jones
23 days ago

Well, you weren’t wrong about Charish. I opened new arrivals and went to ‘decor’ and the first page alone had 10 items that you would love! Who knew?! Oh wait, you did!

Kara
23 days ago

When you posed this as you losing your mind, I was definitely expecting something more out there! I feel like all of these things are pretty classic and traditional. Perhaps that’s influenced by the fact that my oldest friend’s mom was an interior designer who leaned traditional and her spaces were filled with these kinds of items, so I kind of associate them with fancy spaces.

Elise
23 days ago

Fun post, Caitlin. I’m not into vintage but do love the cabbage bowls/plates. I couldn’t handle a whole set on the table but either a plate or bowl at each place setting would be fun.

Nancy
23 days ago

My diagnosis is too much whimsical kills the whimsical. Doesn’t it?

Cathy
23 days ago

If you have lost your mind you have company! My husband and I just bought a second home, and I am doing everything I can to make it colorful, happy, and whimsical. I would welcome any of these purchases. When I am gone I hope my grandkids say, “Do you remember her OTHER house?!”

Amanda
23 days ago

Hi. I think the original ‘lettuce plates’ as you call them were Carltonware from England. They were made to look like cabbage leaves.

Rusty
23 days ago
Reply to  Amanda

I collect Carlton Ware, Australiana series.

Cretee
23 days ago

U just made my day. I LOVE all things that are old and have soul. I’m sooo BORED with all white and all gray and minimalistic NOTHING!!! It all looks the SAME. No personality! So Instagram! Big YAWN!!!!! Fabulous post. I’m archiving it

Vanessa
23 days ago

Oh, I love these!! My mom has some salad plates she bought in paris in the 60’s that look like soft colored pansies. So pretty!!

Lee
23 days ago

I think people are just tired of the past five years of boring minimalist white/black/beige/brown interiors. All the pandemic did was make everyone spend more time in these bland modern farmhouse interiors and realize, “Dang these rooms are boring as sh*t.”
So long as your home doesn’t look like one of those overcrowded, disorganized musty antique shops, a great poodle lamp mixed in with modern pieces can brighten anyone’s day.

Bridget Berry
23 days ago

YES MAJOLICA. YES LETTUCEWARE.
I am an American ex pat in England (approaching a year of residency here) and I am constantly trolling eBay and FB marketplace for majolica dream pieces. They abound here but I have never come across something as majestic as the broccoli poodle lamp- that is sublime.
I have never stopped with the maximalism and it slightly panics me to think there will be more competition for these pieces if this “trend” hits over here too… but it also has never left the UK (albeit it’s more of an older, wealthier vibe from what I can tell- the people shipping me things from eBay are all 60s and up!)

How many sets of beautiful plates and china is too many? The limit does not exist.

23 days ago

I don’t think you’ve lost your mind at all. You might enjoy following a.n.r.experiences on Instagram. It’s entirely dedicated to table scapes and the account belongs to a brilliant interior designer in Singapore so he has access to a lot of beautiful Peranakan China. I can’t figure out where he stores it all.

Kelsi
23 days ago

One time years ago I smoked a joint with a work friend, then we went thrifting together. I brought home a pile of junk thinking I was a damn genius, then the next day looked over my purchases wondering why in hell I bought a NASA poster and a stuffed raccoon. Never again.

Rusty
23 days ago
Reply to  Kelsi

Bahahaha!!!🤣🤣😅😂🤣😂🤣

Christa
22 days ago
Reply to  Kelsi

Pretty sure that’s also how I ended up with a NASA poster. LOL

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