Committing to a set of dishes is a big step. How do you choose the china pattern that is right for you? The FLOWER editors and stylists have identified personality types that align with seven styles of fine china. Whether you are artsy, a nature lover, romantic, a downtown diva, preppy, a classicist, or boho, there are options just for you. Browse the collection a see which tableware pattern best suits your temperament or—dare we say—dish-position.
THE NATURE LOVER
You’re a nature girl who loves nothing more than spending Saturday on a walk through the woods or hanging out at the hunting camp—but make no mistake, you consider that perfect shade of Bobbi Brown nude lipstick a must-have component of any survival kit. And you’ll happily trade in the hiking boots for heels to go out for a night on the town. When entertaining at home, mixing rustic and refined elements on your table comes just as naturally.
We think you’ll like: Country Estate by Juliska and Woodland by Spode
THE ARTSY ONE
You’re happiest when exploring your artistic side, whether museum-hopping in Manhattan, arranging the gallery wall at home, or editing your Instagram feed online. Your wardrobe is a carefully curated collection of black, with occasional brushstrokes of Mondrian-worthy colorful accents. And when friends come over for dinner before viewing the latest blockbuster exhibition, they’re sure to find a table setting that is a masterpiece on its own.
We think you’ll like: Allure by Olivier Gagnère for Gien
THE ROMANTIC CHARACTER
You’re an anything-but-hopeless romantic. Heathcliff, Mr. Darcy, and Rhett Butler may be a few of the good men of your dreams, but lest anyone fear your potential Romeos are firmly stuck in the past, either one of the Ryans (Gosling or Reynolds) would fit the modern-day bill quite nicely. At work you are the queen of the boardroom and after 5:00 the princess of any party, but on a sunny Sunday afternoon you can be found reading a tattered copy of Pride and Prejudice, tending your David Austin roses, or inviting a few friends over for afternoon tea on the porch.
We think you’ll like: Paradis by Fromental for Raynaud and Camellia by Marchesa for Lenox
THE DOWNTOWN DIVA
As a modern maven, you’re always in the know, from the latest must-go restaurant to the fashion label soon to be the next big thing at Barneys. A single calla lily shares the bedside table, right next to your Apple watch and Kindle, where you’re reading Marie Kondo’s book on the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing. You keep things simple but stylish when entertaining, serving the cocktail of the moment along with recipes from grandmom’s cookbooks (after all, anything retro is cool again).
We think you’ll like: Seven—Floral Blue by Sieger by Fürstenberg
THE PERENNIAL PREPSTER
The Official Preppy Handbook was your style guide during college days—no matter that your alma mater wasn’t Ivy League. Although you’ve since sworn off the add-a-beads, whale-patterned cords, and lockjaw affectation in the voice of your youth, pink and green still permeate the Lilly shifts you wear to summer lawn parties. And you’ll always be mad for a good monogram, refreshing gin and tonics, and Mumsy’s garden roses.
We think you’ll like: Rose Park by Kate Spade for Lenox and Frivole by Bernardaud
THE CLASSIC CHOICE
You’ll always go for a classic combination, whether it’s a blue-and-white decorating palette, Bogie and Bacall on the silver screen, or the surf-and-turf dinner entrée at the country club. You’d rather be timeless than trendy, though you’re just as likely to pair the cashmere and pearls with well-worn jeans as a pencil skirt. But even if you spend more time in the carpool line than lounging by the pool at The Breakers, you wouldn’t mind if every life moment looked as if it came straight out of a Slim Aarons photograph.
We think you’ll like: Apsley by William Yeoward and Chinese Bouquet by Herend
THE HAUTE HIPPIE
You’re the modern-day equivalent of a flower child, so it’s no surprise that the recently reissued albums of ’60s icon Françoise Hardy dominate the current soundtrack of your life (or that she serves as a style muse, too). Friends raid your closet for Ulla Johnson peasant dresses and Frye boots, and know that you can’t pass up anything beaded, fringed, or embroidered. From Suzani pillows on the sofa to Liberty London’s floral prints to batik scarves picked up on a vacation in Bali, it’s rare to meet a pattern you can’t embrace. That goes for the dinner table, too.
We think you’ll like: Bahia by Alberto Pinto and Gibraltar by Mottahedeh