Pretty in pink

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Interiors -

Made in Stoke-on-Trent Bri­tish-made Brank­some China is a two-tone porce­lain that is back in vogue – hav­ing first found favour with Queen Mary in the 1940s. The vogue for all things pink has moved from walls, so­fas and bed linen to the ta­ble where its Blos­som Pink din­ner set will make any­thing you serve look good.

You can buy a whole din­ner ser­vice in this shade; round din­ner plates cost about ¤22; dessert plates about ¤19.50; an oval din­ner plate that dou­bles as a serv­ing plat­ter costs about ¤49, or you can in­tro­duce con­trast; the cov­ered serv­ing dish has a white base and a coloured top and can be pre-or­dered. It costs about ¤72 or you could mix and match the ser­vice – the han­dled soup bowl, pic­tured in Arc­tic Blue costs about ¤21. (brank­somechina.com) A lit­tle linen helps turn a sim­ple repast into a mem­o­rable sup­per. Next Di­rect sells cotton/linen mix table­cloths in three sizes; medium, ¤39; large, ¤46 and ex­tra-large, ¤53 as well as sets of four easy-to-laun­der nap­kins in the same mix for ¤15.50. Add sim­ple plat­inum-banded din­ner­ware, ¤56 for a 12-piece set, some ribbed red wine glasses that feel good to hold, ¤26 for a set of four and a Coun­try Luxe can­dle and serve.

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