glass cream bottles

glass cream bottles

As winter approaches I start feeling the urge to nest and generally get cozy.  That means baking sweets and sipping warm creamy drinks.  This time of year I love picking up a few chubby pint bottles of cream ~ there’s something so homey about them.

buffalo plates by williams-sonoma

photo:  williams-sonoma.comIt might be obvious by now that my usual dishes of choice ~ for eating on as well as photographing ~ are by Fiestaware.  I love all the colors and how the grooves catch the light in a photo.

That said, it seemed like a nice ivory colored plate would lend itself well to food photography.  Rather than going for more Fiestaware I decided to check out the Buffalo plates by Williams-Sonoma.

Here’s a quote on the history of this classic dinnerware, from their website:

These plates are an authentic bit of Americana. They were originally made by the Buffalo China Co., which was founded in New York in 1901 to produce the plates offered as premiums by a soap manufacturer. That sturdy dinnerware went on to become popular at roadside diners along the new U.S. highways and today it’s a classic. Replicating a style from the 1940s, our dinnerware is creamy white – the natural color of the clay – with a durable, clear glaze.

photo:  williams-sonoma.comSuch a nostalgic feeling, the great American diner ~ and the lovely creamy tone for me is preferable to bright white, while still making the food “pop” in a photo.

So far I’ve purchased the set of 4 salad plates and will post some food shots soon.  I’m thinking about getting the 5-piece setting with the cup and saucer ~ the cups are so cute and chubby and the saucers will come in handy for all sorts of little things.

photo:  williams-sonoma.comAdorable!  Obviously the photographers over at Williams-Sonoma did a fantastic job with what you see here ~ hopefully I will do these plates justice and their creamy colored cuteness will shine through my photos as well.

trying to get the blues

photo: houseofturquoise.comAll my life, if someone asked me what my favorite color is, never would I say “blue”.  As a child my room was done up in pale yellow {not my choice but it was okay} and as I became an adolescent I loved red.  Nowadays I have no favorite color but other than a few select shades I’ve never been a big blue fan.

Recently I was talking to a painter and she said she’s perpetually on a quest for the perfect robin’s egg blue.  Since I do like certain glacier blues and other pale aquas, I was intrigued.  She said mixing paints was one of her favorite pastimes and robin’s egg was particularly elusive.  It contains brown, the secret ingredient to make the aqua more warm and muted.

As a photographer this really got me interested, and as a lover of home decor it got me thinking about wall colors.  I’d never had a blue wall before, what about a really dusty aqua shade of robin’s egg?

photo:  colourlovers.comLeave it to Benjamin Moore to have a few decent options:  “antiguan sky”, above, looks kind of nice.  Pale, soft and would look great with cream colored furniture.

Another color that has caught my eye by Benjamin is “stratton blue”, which is the color in the first photo, and below appearing on design*sponge and was said to be the favorite wall color in the house ~ I love it with the barn red:

photo:  designsponge.com

I’m sure other companies are making some great shades of this complex color.  And now that I’ve started collecting photos like these on pinterest, I might just have to make an entire board dedicated to wall colors and see what turns up.