There’s little more cheery and character-ful than a dresser filled with multi-coloured Fiesta dinnerware. These typical ceramic ware is distinctive with the brilliantly coloured and glazed and small circles. Fiesta ware do not do muted. Even the shade for their cream coloured dinnerware is a rich version.
Some images just stay with you and the wall of cooking paraphernalia littered with Fiestaware in the Mandy Moore and Diane Keaton movie, Because I Said So, is one of them. I love the casual piles of these beautiful ceramics and used in the movie for dinners, brunches etc. I’m not sure how many is enough!
(What’s with the doll amongst all that cookware and dinnerware!?)
The great thing about selecting Fiestaware or similarly coloured dinnerware is that because it’s so colourful, nothing stands out. It’s ALL colourful. It’s ALL vibrant. Everything works. Cookbooks, glassware, packets of dry food… and it all goes.
Colourful flasks, enamel cookwares and jars. mmm
So evocative! Small dishes arranged on a black wall-mounted plate rack against the orange wall. So warm, so vibrant and so colourful.
I’d love to ditch all my chinaware and start afresh. I’d fill my kitchen with vibrant Fiesta dinner pieces. In all shades. Maybe I can start my own collection. In small steps. If I break something, I’ll replace it with a Fiestaware or something similar.
Hmm. Something similar… maybe that won’t work. A jumble of vibrantly coloured dinnerware by a myriad of makers and brands will show to be exactly that – a jumble.
I think this kitchen in Because I Said So works because while the shelves are interspersed with different things–enamel colanders, tins, bags, paper bags, books etc–the dinnerware is standard. The dinner plate stack are of the same size and colour. The pasta bowls are vermillion. They all are. They are all the same make, so when they stack, it’s uniformed. The jugs are yellow. The little dishes are differently coloured, but the ones of the same size are of the same colour. It creates symmetry in amongst all that other stuff.
I can’t tell you about the kitchen and Fiestaware image permanently etched on my mind without actually discussing Milly Wilder’s (played by Mandy Moore) eclectic and warm polished cement apartment. According to her mother, Daphne Wilder (played by Diane Keaton), it is an overpriced apartment, but what a gorgeous space! Brick walls, warm colours, vintage accents, open spaces…
The rest of the kitchen:
I love the idea of covering the refrigerator with green chalkboard paper. Behind Milly Wilder, you can just see a Grocery List happening. I’m not sure how practical that is… husband and I have had grocery list apps and whiteboards but the only thing that works are those magnetic tear off pads. Atm, I’m liking See Jane Work‘s Don’t Forget the Milk pad.)
The orange is not my favourite, but in this warm home, it works. And the vintage pistachio oven shows Milly’s eclectic home off perfectly. The galley kitchen counter goes right down the long wall, and at the end there is a vintage orange lamp. It echoes the orange wall.
I think the only thing I’d change about this kitchen if it were mine would be to install glass sliding doors on the wall shelving. While open shelving like this is so pretty and usable, I’m not sure how people with open shelving in their kitchens keep the dust at bay! And I don’t see a rangehood! I need a kitchen that does Chinese cooking with a powerful rangehood. Jus’ saying.
This area is on the other side of the kitchen counter. The vintage mid-century dining suite and sideboard are right near that wall with sparkly colourful fairy lights. I LOVE THAT IDEA. I think the multi-colours works with all those strong colours of the dinnerware. I think the lights are against a wall with a surface that reflects some light (so not brick). Looks bronze-like.
In front of the colourful fairy lights is a seating area. To the right area is a wall of the lights is a wall of glass leading outside to the garden area. I would have loved to see that wall of glass opening to the garden courtyard.
The area is delineated by a warm, colourful rug in tones in reds and yellows. The seating is also in reds and yellows.
Doesn’t that rusty red, velvet Chesterfield lounge look comfortable. With yellows, reds and oranges as accents in cushions, rug, flowers, vases and other chairs.
On the opposite of the lounge is the coffee table and TV area.
All vintage pieces, with a supersized art propped up against the brick wall.
This is sooo good to know that there are people in this world who constantly move furniture around, especially when they’re stressed and upset!
Next to front door
Next to front door is a collection of vintage green lockers that is right opposite the bedroom. I think the lockers is her clothes storage. Her wardrobe.
I also love that brass pineapple lamp next to the lockers.
Back to Fiestaware collections:
I could start small. If I want something like Milly’s Fiestaware collection. I think I could save up and purchase 8 plates of the same colour and then start saving for the next 8. I think 8 is a nice number. 6 is too small and 10-12 too large. 8 for a set sounds feasible. What do you think?