Sunday, October 26, 2008

Stick A Fork In Me, I'm Done

For the last ten years, I have been using my great-grandmother's sterling silver for everyday use. In the beginning, it made me feel special, elevating all of those takeout moments into something a little more highbrow. But this morning when I reached for a spoon, all I found was an unappetizing black film coating dull and lifeless metal. I know my silverware needs to be polished, but didn't I just labor over that chore a couple of weeks ago? I can't take it anymore. Today I broke down and ordered dishwasher safe, stainless steel flatware. Convenience winning out over style feels kind of like trading in the convertible for a minivan, but I am hoping that I can satisfy both the angel and devil sitting on my shoulder with this Kyoto Flatware from Crate and Barrel. I already had a few rogue pieces of this pattern floating around, and I like it for it's similarity to Tiffany and Co.'s 1961 sterling Bamboo pattern below. (The pattern is discontinued, but can be still be collected via Replacements).


The good news is that my old silver will be polished and ready the next time I need it. In the meantime, I may take a cue from the Asian motif and incorporate orchids into the holiday table as Cottage Living has done.

31 comments:

a. said...

Love your silver pattern but nice choice with the new! It's such a pain to polish all that!

style and grace said...

I love the crate and barrel set!!! great choice!

Ivy Lane said...

I absolutely love the fact that you have been using that gorgeous silver ware for every day use! I use my Grandmother's china from time to time on a whim...It really does make take out special! :)

I think orchids for the holiday table would be so unexpected..but lovely.

Fun post!

Style Court said...

Well, I love your old heirloom stuff as well as the new. Very chic choice. Not a surprise that I like the bamboo :)

I totally agree about the Tiffany connection.

Brilliant Asylum said...

I feel lucky that I have two patterns from which to choose. If stainless does not do it for me, I can always go back.

viera said...

How I love this set!!!. Now I have to find the way how to ship it to Australia. Bamboo is really working for me. Thank you for the tip.
XXX.V

viera said...

Me again, just to let you know I've "pinched" this beautiful set for my entry. I hope you don't mind.Thank you a lot.
V

hello gorgeous said...

I am with you. I used to use silver everyday - ending with the same result. Love the new pattern!

LindsB said...

I LOVE that pattern!! While using your Grandmothers set is oh so chic, having something else to use everday that can be thrown in the dishwasher is a good thing.

beachbungalow8 said...

I love that bamboo, target actually has a, fairly heavy line of bamboo flatware (for anyone who wants it as maybe a spare collection to have on hand)

Down Comforter said...

I love what you do!

Sara said...

Beautiful choice. I want the same flatware set now, too!

Laura said...

Old silver is the best! Were you handwashing that stuff everyday?!!? Love the new choice, too.

Last Christmas my mother, who tends to move pretty fast when cleaning and store things like sets of silver wrapped in paper towels in large ziploc bags, was convinced she threw out a set of 8 place settings. Fortunately, I found that set a couple of weeks ago in a random location at my parents (in a cabinet on top of the stereo they never use) so it's ready for holiday use again.

Ashley L. said...

loving the first pic!

•ciaotay• said...

love the bamboo! ciao.

Jennifer said...

I absolutely love that you were using your silver every day. Mine is in a box. Alas.

What do you use to clean and polish the silver?

No.35style said...

How lucky you are to have that gorgeous set of your grandmother's! I like your new set, too.

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