In a sense, the first bite we take is with our eyes. What you serve something on, or in, sets up your expectations for what’s to come. Am I’m exaggerating? Think about it: A salad served from a ratty, stained plastic tub won’t seem nearly as delicious as the same one served from a beautiful ceramic bowl.
That’s why we value beautiful yet functional tableware almost as much as we value the ingredients that go in them. And we value those stores that make shopping for such homegoods a breeze.
Luckily for us, Portland has no shortage of these stores, one of which, Noun, is high on our list. It offers a great mix of artisan-made goods and antiques, so everything has character, and there’s always something new to discover. (Plus, the front of the store has Sprinklefingers, an outpost of Quin candy and Saint Cupcake, so we always leave with a treat).
Our latest finds are these cool modern felt trivets. Needless to say, they’re miles better than our cork standbys from Ikea. They make a much more stylish statement on the table, but they’re similarly lightweight, easy to store and easy to keep clean.
We also fell in love with these ethereal ceramic flowers. They make beautiful napkin rings for any occasion or season. Even better, you can pile them in a bowl on the table and turn them into decoration.
Noun: A Person’s Place for Things
3300 S.E. Belmont Ave.
Portland, OR 97214