Follow the Barefoot Contessa’s lead with this timeless china.
There are two unavoidable truths about watching Barefoot Contessa: One, you will immediately muster up the cook inside you and start planning your next multi-course dinner party. And two, you will go down a treacherous mental rabbit hole considering if you quit your job and bought a food shop in The Hamptons, would you basically become Ina Garten?
While the odds of you becoming the next Food Network star may be slim, there are certainly some ways you can adopt some of that effortlessly elegant Contessa—even if you don’t have a man named Jeffrey in your life.
Ina may experiment with ingredients and recipes, but her serving and dinnerware almost always stays the same, and for her, it’s classic, plain white dinnerware. A natural choice for a cook who wants her food to be the star of the table. Just take a look at how good her tablescapes—and shelves—look with a fresh white palette:
And even better with food:
Choosing plain white dinnerware as your everyday china is a smart decision for plenty of reasons—they’re timeless and won’t go out of style; if one breaks or chips it’s easy to replace; you can switch up the color of your placemats, drinkware, flowers, etc. without fear of clashing...we could go on and on.
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If you’re looking for a Barefoot Contessa-approved set, check out the Maison pattern from Crate and Barrel, a mainstay Ina has said she owns over the years. Another, pricier option is the White Dinnerware set from Pillivuyt, a French brand Ina recommends for serving ware as well. Aside from the simple, clean lines, both sets are dishwasher-, microwave-, and oven-safe, a must in Ina’s—and our—book.