The start of my new smallware collection.
In the first place, it took me forever to figure out what design or aesthetic I liked. Dainty floral-print English-style? Or earthy handmade pottery like what my mother collects? Clean, minimalist?
I found beautiful white handmade plates by Lanelle Abueva in Crescent Moon during our last visit. The edges were in a sort of raw fish print. They didn't look like fish at all exactly, but I thought they were beautiful. Based on photos I've bookmarked or table settings I'm drawn to, aside from the floral prints in the picture above, I apparently also like "organic minimalism" (a term I picked up online). It's the stark opposite of dainty tea-set types for sure, but I think getting those Lanelle plates would be a start. I don't want anything too exotic, too dark, and I'm not inclined to get Asian-themed. I'd like pottery, but preferably in white or light colors. (Good luck to us, Pao!)
As a guide, I like to refer to Kinfolk (here and here), this Pinterest board, and this and this article with photos of table settings I like.