Our Favorite Everyday Dishes

February 16, 2021

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When it comes to our home, one of the best things we’ve invested in is our everyday dishes. We use these dishes on the day-to-day and they have stood the test of time. We’re talking white dishes that don’t scratch (no to those gray scuffs!!), versatile bowls (I love a coup plate that can double as a bowl), cups that are handy for adults AND kids, not to mention quality silverware with a nice weight.


Did I mention they’re pretty too? Everything stores away beautifully in our seeded glass-front cabinets, always on display. This might just be my favorite corner in the kitchen. Fun fact, these glass front cabinets used to be next to the range! You can see more of our kitchen makeover here.

I really preach investing in things that add aesthetic value to your life and your home, without compromising on function, and we really try to incorporate this down to everything and the kitchen sink – and all the dishes it washes. Cue a roundup! These are the dishes that we use on the daily. They’ve served us well (love a good pun), and we don’t plan on breaking up with them any time soon.

1. 20-Piece Brushed Silver Flatware $59
2. Lunea Melamine Diner Plate $4
3. Cereal Bowl $14
4. 12-Piece Glass Tumblers $20
5. Wren Gray Low Bowl $6
6. Gravy Bowl $29
7. Porcelain White Bowls (set of 2) $12
8. Tondo Bowl $6
9. Ivory Soup Plates (set of 4) $39
10. Mini Black Bowl $2
11. Handled Platter $20
12. Melamine Stone Dinner Plate (set of 4) $27


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  1. Melissa says:

    Do you put the C&B and West Elm melamine dishes in bottom rack of dishwasher? Websites say top rack only, but that wouldn’t be practical for me. Thanks!

  2. Jill says:

    This is a great round up. I absolutely love the Hearth & Hand dishes I bought from Target. They are uneven, with a beautiful glaze. And the harvest grain bowl size is so versatile for soups, salads or dinner. But after a year or so of use they are definitely getting those grey scuff marks on the glaze. So sad, because they are perfect in every other way!

  3. Sachka says:

    What advice would you give when styling your glass front kitchen cabinets?

    • Julia says:

      I prefer glass that is a little more translucent. Ours is seeded glass. And then I, honestly, worry less about styling. I do keep our bright plastic kids plates and cups in a lower cabinet, at their level–but everything else we use is here!

  4. Michelle says:

    What are the dishes with the beige bottoms? Could you give a highlight for those too? Thanks!

  5. JessB says:

    My favorites are the Aspen line from Crate and Barrel. Timeless shapes, affordable and super durable!! I’ll never have anything else.

  6. Brittany says:

    Genuinely curious- the only plates you use, even as adults, are melamine?

  7. Kathryn says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! I’d love to hear more about what plates and bowls you use for what foods to get a better idea of how you would match or pair the dishes together (I.e for a dinner setting).

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