As one who loves to cook and bake, I’m smitten with all kitchen accoutrements. My mantra is “shiny things good” 🙂 Introduced to me by a friend, my new love is the Sophie Conran for Portmeirion collection. The collection includes the usual mugs, bowls, dishes, as well as a gorgeous cake stand I’m coveting and decent sized creme brulee ramekins (go big or eat something else!) The pieces are not almost free, but reasonably priced and are dishwasher and microwave safe.
In Vancouver, I recommend visiting Cookworks for their great selection of Sophie Conran pieces (along with great sales!)