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The stuff we bring into our homes tell our stories in many ways. Even though these are just things and they do not own us, they may hold a tale about our adventures,  or reflect a particular time in our lives, an emotion or person we were with when we acquired an item. Perhaps I am being overly sentimental about things but I really do believe that things should be a physical aide-mémoire to our lives. Like a pop-up scrap-book of life.

In our home at least, our personalities are splashed all over the place like graffiti across every corner. It is quite plain (if you know us even a little bit) to make a guess as to who bought what into the flat. 

For instance, these little dishes have me written all over them!

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Dishes by Bordallo Pinheiro
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Hand painted earthenware cantaloupe bowl by Bordallo Pinheiro. Glass and plate by Alessi. Spoon by Ittala.
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Celery sticks + miso mayonnaise.
Hand painted earthenware fish dish by Bordallo Pinheiro.
Shopping in Vista Allegre, Porto.

Gorgeously boxed by the lovely staff in Vista Allegre.

I bought these dishes in Vista Allegre, a fabulous ceramics shop in Porto. The dishes themselves are made by Bordallo Pinheiro who's history starts way back in 1884. The designer was Raphael Bordalo Pinheiro who was an artist known for his illustrations, sculptures and ceramics.

I was totally charmed by these ceramics. I enjoy cooking and eating and love it so much when my food comes in a considered dish. After all, we eat with our eyes before we do with our mouths and these dishes really brighten up even the most simplest things. I really like the way that Raphael Bordalo Pinheiro took inspiration from the everyday things around him - things so usual in Portuguese life, and made them into charming and somehow quirky items.

I actually have my eye on a few more Bordalo Pinheiro bits. Like THIS aubergine salad dish!

Much to Hiro's despair I have spotted some of these dishes in London at A Portuguese Love Affair on Colombia Road.

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  1. These dishes are gorgeous! I'm really loving the cantaloupe bowl...it is so unique!

  2. I would buy those too! I love dinky little plates. They're so lovely for dinner parties but I also just like looking at them! That fish bowl is just so fun and sweet.

  3. Oh my! If Bordallo Pinheiro makes a watermelon bowl, I shall have to have it. Funnily enough, I don't actually like watermelon but when I was a little girl I had a purple watermelon t-shirt and since then, people have always bought me watermelon things - dresses, pants, socks, hair scrunchies, and the list goes on. At the moment I don't have any watermelon things and have been on the hunt for a new one. I think a bowl just may be it! Or a tea cup - wouldn't that be charming?

  4. you must have a fantastic selection of plants and bowls! the fish one is so cute!

  5. Oh, I love these dishes, they are the cutest! I'd definitely buy some myself :))) xx

  6. How beautiful. That fish dish is giving me all kinds of happy feelings : )

  7. i love how there is a story to everything. makes the items in our lives that much more precious.

  8. I always get excited at restaurants or cafes when the food comes out in an unexpected way, often played largely by what it's served in. You inspire me to up my bowl game, that cantaloupe bowl is so sweet!

  9. Thanks Sandra! That fish is lovely - they do a red and black version too but this one seems to a bit of a rare version. I love it!

  10. Have you seen their website Kizzy? I think you would scream with delight!

  11. It makes for plenty to tell at dinner parties!

  12. I love this little bowl - Hiro thinks its stupid but seeing me love it so much makes him smile :)

  13. that fish dish, that shade of blue. perfection!

  14. They're lovely! I can picture a gobo salad on the fish one.

  15. Loving those ceramics! It makes me happy when my food is being placed on something truly beautiful.

    Katrina Sophia


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