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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Mikasa Countryside





 I couldn't help myself. 


As I gather things to take up to our new vacation home I swore I wouldn't buy any more dishes. I own at least 10 sets, but I've been struggling with which ones to take to the new place. Since we plan on allowing vacation renters I need to supply something nice but practical. As  I was at a thrift store this week looking for vintage silver I came across these dishes by Mikasa . Mikasa, a Japanese company has been around for decades and is known especially for their lovely casual dinnerware. In the 1980's they came out with several patterns that are all white on white (meaning they have white embossed patterns). 

 English Countryside 

Italian Countryside

and French Countryside



There on the thrift store  shelf were stacks of 
Mikasa dishes, 11 English Countryside dinners, and 4 fruit bowls. Plus 3 Italian Countryside dinners and 8 salad plates. I ask you, what would you have done? 


So here is my collection of white dinnerware. But now I have to decide which go to the vacation house and which stay home. As you can see, there were only 3 Italian Countryside dinner plates. This is the pattern my daughter chose when she got married a couple of years ago, so I 'll save those for her. she says she has enough salad plates.

These are the every day white ironstone plates that I got for my wedding, Johnson Brothers Heritage. I have 16 plates, bowls, bread and butter plates and a few mugs.



I'm kind of liking the way the English Countryside dinners layer with the Italian Countryside salads, then topped with English Countryside fruit bowls.

But I also need to supply soup/cereal bowls so I've added in the Heritage bowls. 

It's quite a bit of mixing and matching, what do you think? 

 I am such a fan of white dishes, I never tire of them.
Oh, and all of these plates cost less than $40. Yippee!

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26 comments :

  1. Great styling with mixing the patterns of the white ironstone. I love that idea!

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  2. What a steal!!! I love all the textured edges. They mix and match beautifully.

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  3. Perfect for layering. I would love for you to share on my Chic By You Link Party @ http://chicbytab.blogspot.ca/2014/03/chic-by-you-wednesday-link-party-2.html. Hope to see you there!

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  4. I love them layered together, such beautiful patterns. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  5. Wish I would find nice sets like those at the thrift store. I use the French Countryside for our everyday dishes.

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  6. I am so pea green with envy right now. I just today bought some English countryside plates and I know I paid a lot more than you did for yours. But I did get an entire set of white Nikko Classic Collection octagon shaped dinnerware (looks brand new) for about fifty cents a piece at the Salvation Army Family Store today. I guess you win some and loose some.

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  7. I am your newest follower too!! Number 146!! Have a wonderful day......... Candy

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  8. Wow. What a great find. I have Italian Countryside and I still think it is so pretty every time I use it. White dishes always look good. Kathy

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  9. I love them all. Great neutral patterns. I do love the English Countryside. Mikasa makes beautiful china. I enjoyed how you displayed them all.

    Janet

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  10. I love the way you have mixed the patterns. I have the Italian Countryside and would love the Vintage Countryside. White dishes are so useful and simply match everything!

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  11. I was lucky to find 4 dinners in French Countryside while junking one day several years ago and have used them almost daily. They look lovely with jewel colors like Fiesta ware and are a wonderful versatile everyday set! Such beautiful finds... love English Countryside too!

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  12. I was lucky to find 4 dinners in French Countryside while junking one day several years ago and have used them almost daily. They look lovely with jewel colors like Fiesta ware and are a wonderful versatile everyday set! Such beautiful finds... love English Countryside too!

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  13. Love the layering they all mingle so nicely together. If your using in a vacation rental it would be easier to replace pieces if you went with a mix-match theme. And then you can enjoy more patterns!!! Just discovered your blog ~ I'm now a follower.

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  14. There is nothing better than white plate of all shapes, sizes and patterns...they look awesome all mixed together. Great ideas! I would love it if you would come join us for Centerpiece Wednesday on my blog and share your creativity with us. http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2014/03/centerpiece-wednesday-115-see-and-share.html Hope you will come and party with us.
    Karin 

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  15. You can beat the classic elegance of white on white. These pieces are lovely mixed together. What a terrific find!

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  16. I love mixing the different patterns - I think they look fabulous. You have a great collection.
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

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  17. Karee, these are beautiful. What a wonderful table this will make! Thanks for sharing your wonderful find with us. Carolyn and the Bears from Warm Heart Bears

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  18. Those whites are all gorgeous. How to choose? Good luck!

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  19. O my what a large decision.. they are look wonderful to me. I think I would have a hard time deciding .. New follower.. with love Janice

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  20. I highlighted this post tonight on Centerpiece Wednesday!!
    Karin
    Www.thestylesisters.blogspot.com

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  21. Stopping back by to pin this beautiful stack of white. I spotted Mikasa English Countryside at Tuesday Morning last week. I was buying white cabbage leaf pieces and couldn't justify both. Now that I see your gorgeous stack again makes me regret my decision. Ha!

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  22. Awesome collection! Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - Alma, The Tablescaper

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  23. I love your unique way of mix matching sets. I have an awesome collection that I would like to sell.

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  24. I am IN LOVE!!!!! I have the Heritage set, and the Italian Countryside....The Heritage dinner plates are smallish, so I usually mix the IC plates into the setting. I also have Adams "Empress" ironstone, and I love the bread and butter plates...they are so delicate and pretty. My table is always a mix-up of dishes, so mix away..I will be admiring from afar :^)
    Blessings,
    J

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