mix and match tableware 
So, another tableware capsule collection…

Yes, this is a different take on tableware: more colourful and more romantic, but no less modern. Because let’s face it, ‘traditional’ is not for me. This goes for art, design, and fashion, as well as tableware. 

You probably know that I’m not too keen on florals, yet I totally fell in love with the abstract rose pattern on these cups (KoKo by Arabia). I only have 4 of these cups (of course), and 3 of the bigger, turquoise plates (I broke one years ago). I also have 4 much bigger plates, which I hardly ever use (because they’re too big for the dishwasher).

Anyway. I won’t be adding any new pieces to this ‘capsule collection’. First, because I hardly ever entertain at home (and won’t need more dishes than I already have), and second, because the line was discontinued years ago. I guess you can still buy the plates, just not in this colour. But the coffee cups are no longer in production. The same goes for the Marimekko glasses: they’re no longer available in this colour (I only have these two, but I have 4 more in another colour…)

tableware 1 1300 x 800

tableware 1 1300 x 800


By the way, the pastry is called laskiaispulla, and it’s typical for this time of year (i.e. Fat Tuesday / Shrove Tuesday / Mardi Gras or whatever you want to call it). It’s a sweet bun cut in half and filled with either strawberry jam or almond paste, according to your preference (I prefer almond paste) and whipped cream (lactose-free, of course).

And the Chinese plate? Well, I have no idea where it’s from (there’s a stamp ‘made in Hong Kong’), but it appears to be old and hand-painted. I inherited it from my mother, and I’ve kept it because I sort of like it. Even though it’s not dishwasher safe… Which is why I hardly ever use it.

I’m not sentimental: I don’t keep stuff just because I inherited it from someone. Especially if it’s not ‘my style’. And my mother’s style was very different from mine. While I like everything streamlined, minimalist and modern, she preferred romantic and traditional. And anything romantic and traditional gives me the creeps. I think I might be allergic or something… 


tableware 1300 x 1000

What’s your style: traditional or modern? Romantic or minimalist?

Or a little bit of everything?


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  1. 28 February 2019 / 2:06 pm

    The floral cups are so pretty and I like the turquoise with them. Such a nice pastry too, looks delicious!

    • Tiina
      1 March 2019 / 6:24 pm

      Thanks! I like these cups, too. And I don’t usually go for anything ‘pretty’. Hmm, I guess there’s always an exception, right?

  2. Almuth Gillam
    28 February 2019 / 4:40 pm

    What a pity you hardly ever use the Chinese plate . Not dishwasher safe means only that the colours will fade but that will take some time. People are so timid with their crockery. I have put my good English gold rimmed plates from Aynsley into the dishwasher for over thirty years.Use your stuff. your collection looks very nice.

    • Tiina
      1 March 2019 / 6:27 pm

      OK, that’s good to know. But given that everything else here is dishwasher safe, it’s not too big a job to wash just one plate. So, yes, definitely, I should use the plate more. After all, what’s the point fo having stuff I never use?

    • Tiina
      1 March 2019 / 6:28 pm

      Thanks, Rosie. I love mixing and matching, too, whether it’s plates, bowls, glasses or clothes.

  3. ARlene
    1 March 2019 / 4:06 pm

    Another beautiful table setting! Those cups are so pretty! I’m not in favor of florals usually but these are so modern looking in a way that I love them. Arlene from NJ

    • Tiina
      1 March 2019 / 6:31 pm

      Thanks, Arlene! I don’t usually go for florals, but I’m learning that there’s an exception to every ‘rule’ or ‘policy’ I set for myself. So, I do have some florals (clothes, scarves, dishes) that I like. But they all tend to be rather modern in style.

  4. Arlene
    1 March 2019 / 10:37 pm

    Forgot to mention that the pastries remind me of the ones they make here once a year on St. Joseph’s day. Actually, that’s what they are called: St. Joseph day pastries. How original is that? Ha Ha! They’re filled with cannoli cream (Italian pastries) and are delicious. Arlene from NJ

    • Tiina
      4 March 2019 / 10:27 am

      How cute! This pastry, ‘laskiaispulla’ is very common in the Nordic countries, so maybe it’s the Lutheran version of St Joseph’s?

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