My husband and I were at the mall last week to buy a new Calphalon griddle at Williams-Sonoma (on sale for $30), when I suggested we stop in Pottery Barn to have a look around. Not intending to make any purchases, we left with eight sets of new flatware and a large picture frame. Funny how that happens.
The flatware we've been using for most of the 17 years of our marriage is actually a mix of two patterns. One had belonged to my parents and dates back many years to my childhood. It's a very simple style and we really love it, but over the years a few pieces were lost, leaving an incomplete set. We've been supplementing with another partial set in a pattern we don't care for.
We had looked at Pottery Barn's flatware in the past and were both drawn to a pattern called Arctic. We prefer simple styles and straight lines -- things with a slightly modern look. The feel of a fork or spoon handle is also very important, and Arctic feels good in the hand. The best part? It's currently on sale!
Like most things I buy, I expect this flatware to last a long time (if you're a follower of My Little Bungalow, you probably know that I keep things until they wear out, like my last car, which I had for 16 years). Arctic is made for Pottery Barn by Towle Silversmiths, is 18/8 stainless, and has a lifetime limited warranty. Hopefully we'll have this set for many years to come.
A footnote about the other items shown: the nubby table runner, green dishes and floral-patterned green wool rug are all from Pottery Barn (dishes and rug no longer available). The cloth napkin is by Tag; I purchased a bunch of them at our local Ace Hardware, of all places, just before Thanksgiving. They are nice and soft, and very reasonably priced. The dining table was purchased from Room & Board several years ago. It's excellent quality and we're very happy with it. Their Howe table is a similar style.