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An year in pictures: best photos of 2017 📷✨

An year in pictures: best photos of 2017 📷✨

December is a time of assessment. We all think about what we have achieved and what we could have done better. We go through the ups and downs of the past year. There were times when we wanted to close the Company because of poor sales, and times when we received an appreciation from a customer and we thought that we should have gone on. This short post is meant to thank all our customers and followers who have supported us during 2017. A big thanks to our blogger partners and friends, in particular to: Alice, Saghar, Giulia, Cristina, Alessandro. A special mention to Barbara and Rossella. We decided to use some images, which are more powerful then words, to remember this year and to express our gratitude. We have selected some of the pictures that you have most liked on our Instagram and Facebook profile. Twelve photos, one for each month, to celebrate the “best of 2017” collection. Almost every day, we shared love for handmade products and beauty through our social media post and blogs. We tried to make you feel happy and relaxed, surrounded by dreamy table settings and cozy atmospheres. We believe that one could understand what beauty really is only when elegance is added to it. This is what we look and work for. This is our aim for the year 2018. Wishing you and your Family a fun and colorful 2018, full of beauty and love. Follow your dream and follow DishesOnly 😉  !! Featured Image by...

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Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo: set an enchanted Holiday Party table

Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo: set an enchanted Holiday Party table

There is magic in the air during the holiday season. Long-time friends appear suddenly to wish you a happy new year. Unknown relatives (!!) show up for the Christmas Eve dinner. Unused objects, laying in the closet for months, emerge from boxes and old suitcases. Christmas decorations, gilded glasses, silver cutlery. We dust our Christmas carols CDs and play them during our holiday party. We feel that everything becomes possible. As children do, we look forward to turning our desires into reality. Gifts materialize under the Christmas trees, reindeer fly through the night sky, and dishes… 😉     Don’t miss the magic of this moment. Make a wish to set your magical holiday party table and we will deliver it to you, Bibbibi-Bobbidi-Boo! Dishes displayed in the video: Altopiano resin cake stand Lunare resin tray Collier gold rim bowl Forme porcelain plates and...

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How to restyle your tableware at no cost for the upcoming season

How to restyle your tableware at no cost for the upcoming season

When entering in a new season, we all wish to renew our tableware. We look at our old dishes and glasses and we compare them with those glam table settings pictures seen on décor magazines, or on Instagram and Pinterest. Looking more carefully, you may not need a big budget to restyle your tableware.  Why? Have you ever tried to combine different styles and materials together? We have assembled for you, possible combinations to inspire your table décor. Some ideas came directly from our customers. We have also selected three “Jolly” items that will work out your dinner table in any season. Consider them as the Little Black Dress in your closet that fits for every occasion. Discover the potential of your tableware You probably have many different types of tableware: porcelain, glass, ceramic, wood. Each set is different, but it might work so perfectly together if you just break the “matching rule” that is in your mind. Try to create a less ordinary place setting for your next gathering, mixing together old style and modern style dishes, wood and porcelain, glasses of assorted colors and sizes. Even textile, tablecloth and napkins, can have different patterns and colors, as long as they are made of the same fabric (i.e. linen, cotton, …).  Kitchen towels are on trend now: use them as placemats for a casual twist.     Some tricks to restyle your tableware for a Fall/Winter look. These pieces of tableware can be considered as “Jolly items” for every season and occasion: Slates (rectangular or oval; black or red); Wood dinner plates; Tin chargers or tray.   For...

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What’s in-season in September: fruits and tablescapes 🍇

What’s in-season in September: fruits and tablescapes 🍇

September brings a major season change. Fall harvest begins, and it looks like nature knows that we need nutrients to go back to work, or to school, after the summer vacations. In September we find a whole range of anti-stress and reinvigorating fruits and vegetables, full of vitamins and antioxidants.     Cabbage, snap beans, shelling beans, carrots are some of the in-season vegetables.     Although mass distribution and globalization have mixed things up, we still find seasonal produce in our local farmers’ markets. We love to pick fresh fruits and veggies to make our seasonal recipes. Find out which is our shopping list of the best fruit produce available in September. Naturally, produce peaks at different times in different areas, but you’ll likely find these fruits around this time of year. September fruits Blueberries have amazing health-supportive properties of our body systems. They have cardiovascular and cognitive benefits, as well as anti-cancer and eye health benefits.     Pomegranate is excellent for skin and hair health. It also strengthens our heart health, by keeping the arteries flexible and decreasing the inflammation in the blood vessels.   Pears are perfect for a snack. One medium-size pear has about 100 calories. Plus, they are full of fiber and packed with nutrients, such as vitamin C, potassium and folacin (a B-vitamin).   According to us, the queen of September fruits is grape. It has different varieties and colors: purple, red, green, blue, black. Besides other benefits, grapes are a powerhouse of antioxidants; they are a source of potassium, good for the eyes and for osteoarthritis.   As Italians we could...

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5 essentials for a glam BBQ dinner 🔥

5 essentials for a glam BBQ dinner 🔥

A BBQ dinner is one of the reasons to love summer and to be hygge even in the heat. The Oxford Dictionary defines this trendy Danish lifestyle as “a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or wellbeing.” You can be hygge any time as long as you set a cozy and relaxing mood and you enjoy the simple and good things in life. In Italy we adopted a slow-living approach, borrowing from the Slow Food movement  😉 So, hosting a BBQ dinner in your backyard, or on a terrace, or on a beach, and gathering your dearest friends, could be very “hoo-ga” (this is the correct pronunciation of hygge). Just follow these 5 simple rules. BBQ Dinner essentials 1. Light is the key Light is the most important factor to define an atmosphere and the character of a space, indoor as well as outdoor. Use string lights, candles, lanterns or tea lights. You can DIY hurricane candles holders or tea light centerpiece. 2. Fabrics matter To add charm and warmth to your space through around some pillows and throws (if it turns cold late at night) and use linen napkins on the table. Let them hang over from the place setting and choose a rustic pattern: best could be to use tea towels 3. Mise en place Choose your style, whether it is more rustic-chic (Materia or Latte dinner set) or rustic-classic  (Quadrati or Mondrian dinner set). Pair the dinner set with wooden knifes and forks or with black metal cutlery – paying attention to a sharp knife if is a meat BBQ...

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Millennials Lifestyle and Design Trends: 📱& 🌱

Millennials Lifestyle and Design Trends: 📱& 🌱

Last week I hosted for dinner my niece and a couple of her friends. They are all in their twenties, the so called Millennials or Gen Y. We started talking about their lifestyle: what do they like, their favorites TV programs, the best singers, their hobbies. Apparently the three girls had contrasting preferences. They love science fiction and fantasy drama series such as Stranger Things, Sense8 or Games of Thrones . They are fans of Rihanna but also of a songwriter as Ed Sheeran  (which, by the way, I like too). They cannot stay away from their smart phones and social networks, but they prefer to travel with their friends around the world. A must in their bedroom is a PC but, guess what, it could not be missing a picture board with printed photos… the old way… . Even fashion style is an oxymoron: shorts and sneakers with long shirts on top as in the 70’s, as well as jeggings (a mix of leggings and skinny jeans), better if ripped 😉 .   The interesting thing for me is that these girls are able to manage direct opposites; they create harmony between old and new, combining together a sort of vintage charm and crazy patterns from the past, with simplicity and modern lines. They love nature, calmness and they pay attention to live the present and taking time to appreciate the moment. Design trends I was curious to ask them which were the DishesOnly collections they liked the most. The answer was coherent with the latest design trends: they adore the messy beauty of natural and organic shapes, as...

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