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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Neiman Marcus or Target???

Neiman Marcus?
Or Target?

Neiman's in Atlanta has on display this wonderful toile pattern dinnerware made my Juliska.  Here's how they describe it:  "quintessentially British stoneware pattern joyfully depicts the narrative of English Country life in a way that is both engaging and timeless".   That's exactly what I was going to say!

The different pieces depict the lovely "Main House" on the dinner plates, the "Conservatory" on the dessert plates, the tranquil "Boathouse" on the pasta bowls, and here you see the "Kite Fliers" in this serving bowl.

The color of the design is called Flint, but it can read as grey, brown, or aubergine.  I love it here with this dusty turquoise.  I've admired it for quite a while, but at $180 for four plates, etc., I've wondered if it is versatile enough to invest in.....especially since I know I would want all of those yummy serving pieces.

THEN.......I saw these plates at Target!!!!  Bingo!!!! Here's my (very) low cost alternative.  I grant you that this is not nearly as fine or beatuiful, and it has no serving pieces, but these plates will certainly give me the basic feel and will be very fun to work with. And they are melamine. Sorry there is such a glare on this photo.

They are called "Toile de Privet" and are from the Privet House designs that Target has introduced in their stores recently.  They are shown on the end-caps of the tableware department with some very cool orange and lime green designs with great graphics like wicker cane.  This Delft-like style is on a cream background with a color that can be interpreted as brown or aubergine, and the back is this great emerald green.  I show it here on a purple(ish) tablecloth that I also found at  Target. 

 I can promise you that you'll be seeing it soon in the garden.  I'm not regretting my decision to pass on the Juliska and "go Target".  It was the right thing to do.  After all, there were lots of other things that called my name at Neimans!


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  1. I would have fun with the Target dishes.Glad to know about them.Yes,the others are fun to dream about esp. if your young.So nice visiting with you.Drop by any time. Denise

  2. I saw these plates at Target yesterday...perfect for outdoor dining with just the right amount of Joie de Vivre!

  3. Here's the deal: If you drop one of those Neiman Marcus plates, you're going to have a hissy fit and stay locked in your darkened room for a month a la Howard Hughes. (Gross, if you know what I mean!) If you drop a Target plate, you're just going to let a minor cuss word slip and move on. I vote Target!!! The Target dishes have a VERY cool pattern that, while not a mirror image, borders on that of the Neiman Marcus version. And melamine...c'mon! How are you gonna beat that??? No muss, no fuss, no cuss! :-)

  4. The Juliska Country Estate plates and serving pieces were the focal point of the St. Margaret's Guild Decorator Showhouse main kitchen. The decorator was speaking, and she designed the whole kitchen around this line of dishes. I LOVED them when I saw them and have been trying to remember the name so I could email you! I knew you would love them, too. Have you seen the tulipiere tower? What a gorgeous centerpiece. Do you think Target has the tulipiere?

  5. You made the right decision, wow, I love dishes, the decorating I could do with those, don't get me started!

  6. So neat. You never know what you'll find at Target. I'd love to have you link to Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  7. I've been smitten with the Juliska Country Estate since I first laid eyes on it. It's absolutely stunning. I think your Target find is a good idea though. It will be perfect for garden dining. ~ Sarah

  8. The Target dishes really are cute! :D I know you will enjoy them.


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