These American-made Caskata Blue Lucy porcelain canapé plates (above, $109.95 for set of six) feature a playful deep blue octopus image in keeping with Seattle’s nautical nature. Pick them up—as well as additional pieces introduced this spring—at Tim De Clue’s elegant showroom (downtown, 1124 First Ave.; 206.762.0307).
Photograph by John Granen Photography/Rosanna (salad bowl, bowles); Jonathan Adler (pitcher/butter dish); Susan Wheeler (glassware)
Put your vegetables front and center with this stunning porcelain salad bowl trimmed in gold ($120) from Tidal (above, left), available at Rosanna Inc. (Georgetown, 6755 East Marginal Way S; 206.204.0588). It’s special enough for guests, but so simple you could use it any day.
Jonathan Adler is a preeminent designer of quirky, colorful home decor; our favorite pieces right now are these high-fired stoneware whales (above, center) made in Peru and available at West Seattle’s Click! Design That Fits (West Seattle, 4540 California Ave. SW; 206.328.9252). The 72-ounce pitcher ($98) works equally well for water and big-batch cocktails, and the butter dish ($68) begs for some Sea Wolf Bakers sourdough beside it.
Colored glass can come off as gauche, but this vintage 1930s blue opaline glassware (above, right) from France has a modern appeal that adds a pop of color to any table. Susan Wheeler (Georgetown, 5515 Airport Way S; 360.402.5080) stocks a rotating assortment among her excellent antique finds; look for coupe glasses to fill with ice cream and berries for dessert, and goblets in various sizes, perfect for drinks.
Photo by Brackish
You needn’t be a bona fide bartender to treat guests to a cocktail at home, but you’ll look like a professional if you have somewhere classy to store your booze. This made-in-Seattle industrial bar cart ($1,200) from Brackish (Capitol Hill, 1525 Melrose Ave.; 206.641.7646) is just the thing to wheel out before dinner. Reclaimed fir flooring and a blackened steel frame come together in customizable sizes and wheel options.