Really cool and (mostly) cheap ceramics I found on Etsy


I love the look of handmade ceramics mixed in with more modern, streamlined pieces, but dislike how much they always seem to cost when I find them at cute boutiques. So I braved the wilds of Etsy to find some good specimens, starting with this too-cute updated teepee incense burner.

The dot pattern on this bowl almost looks like Marimekko, but is somehow infinitely cooler.

This yellow serving bowl bowl is the priciest item here, but it’s such a little statement.
And yet another serving bowl, this one with a delightfully swirly pattern.
This vase has an appealingly organic shape.
And I dig the preppy feel of these striped planters.

Looking at glassware with my neighbor Michelle



My friend Michelle lives one floor below me and works as an associate at a fancy law firm in midtown, but her company has a very flexible policy regarding working remotely, and occasionally on weekdays, she’ll come upstairs and we’ll have what we call Study Hall.  I am much more productive when another person is in the room, and I am very fond of Michelle, so I enjoy Study Hall a great deal. And when we’re both done working, Michelle likes to help me with posts, and the other day she was interested in glassware, so I went along with it. She likes this this carafe that comes with a serving board—so handy, and really stylish.

Just a spare, elegant Moroccan glass pitcher at a decent price.

These champagne flutes are a little more design-y than I typically go, but I really dig them.

I bought a set of these glasses close to a decade ago at Huset, a cool Scandinavian design store in L.A., and it is a testimony to their durability—given my track record vis a vis breaking things—that I am still in possession of the whole set. I also think they look great.

These super-thin CB2 glasses frequently get cited by interior designers as dead ringers for some very fancy Italian glasses that go for $70 each.

This glass is for serving an Old Fashioned, but I’d use it for juice. At first I wasn’t certain I liked it—there’s a lot going on here for one little glass—but then I decided I really liked it.


Another cocktail glass that would be great for whatever you want to drink in it, and it’s stackable.

Yes, these Fornasetti glasses are pricey, but as Michelle pointed out, “Each one is making a different face!”

We have these Picardie tumblers out in Sag Harbor—they were chosen for their indestructible nature, but I think they’re so excellently French-looking, too.


I do love me some melamine


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Do you ever find yourself obsessed with acquiring certain items for no real reason that you can think of? And if the answer is yes, will you please share in the comments so I can feel like less of a freak? I’m talking here about items you own enough of, but for some reason keep wanting to collect more of—which is how I feel about rolling suitcases (weirdly) and melamine dinnerware, and who even knows why. My favorite melamine plates ever are from the Liberty of London/Target collaboration from way back (I found a few on Etsy just now) and we use them for everything out in Sag Harbor —melamine is so handy  for outdoor dining, which we like to do there. Melamine’s unbreakability is part of the allure, as I am a big fat klutz who breaks dishes endlessly, but they also often come with some standout prints, like this gorgeous floral.


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The concentric circles here are pretty trippy-cool.

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From John Derian: a really elegant tray with a vintage rope print.

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I dig the Shibori pattern on this salad plate.

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And the Suzani print here is so bold and statement-y.

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This splatter print looks so one-of-a-kind.

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There are a few colorways available for this one, but I find the pink and blue particularly appealing.

cereal bowls

A set of cereal bowls that are delightfully matchy-clashy.

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No print here, but I included this plate because it looks so much like a Heath Ceramics plate I own.



Kim France

I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.

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