At Room Sauce, I like save you time and sanity by scouring the internet for home products, so that you don't have to. You also get a glimpse into my process for design choices and product selection. For the first post in this series, I’m on the hunt for everyday bowls.
Bowls. There are literally thousands of them for sale on the internet. When you type in “cereal bowl” into Amazon, this is one of the first results. So, if you think about it, I’m literally saving you from a “cereal killer.” You. Are. Welcome. Read on to save yourself.
Here’s how this process got started. When it comes to everyday kitchen items, I tend to use things until they are so chipped or actually broken that they are unusable. So when all of my bowls had died a slow painful death and I found myself eating cereal out of tupperware…I knew that a critical point had been reached. Time to shop.
My existing plates are organic-shaped black stoneware from West Elm that you can see in the above photo. Those plates were discontinued, but this is a similar one from Target (I know, I know, it's SHOCKING my plates are black ceramic!).
The Challenge: find Dishwasher-safe bowls Under $10 that are Good for Daily use.
First up, inspiration. When I am designing or searching for a product, nine times out of ten I will start on Pinterest and Instagram to look for inspiration. There are thousands of bowls available and I needed to narrow things down a bit.
Inspiration: I wanted to find photos showing neutral bowls that would compliment black stoneware.
For everyday dishes I typically like to stick to a neutral palette. The main decision here was whether to pair my already dark plates with contrasting lighter bowls...
...or stick with the dark tones for the bowls as well.
After searching, I narrowed it down to six picks for neutral bowls. I love these and wish I could get them all!
As much as I like the pattern on the Anthro bowls, I think it can be tricky to pair matte and glazed dishware.
If I had different dishes, I think these would have been my first pick because I love them. But, they are also the most expensive at $16 per bowl, and I wanted to stay closer to ten bucks. Sorry Vector bowls, you're out.
One Down, Four to Go
I ultimately decided that I wanted a bowl that wasn't quite as deep as the two Crate and Barrel options or the World Market black bowl.
Down to the last two! How do I choose?
And the winner is...
I like the World Market sage bowl, but in the end I thought it wouldn't go as well with my existing plates. I decided to go with a little contrast and texture and ordered four of the gray bowls from CB2. I will follow-up in an Instagram story or post with a review, but I'm really excited about these! And best of all, they are dishwasher safe and under budget at $7.95 each. For daily dishes, I try to keep costs as low as possible, so that I'm not upset when they inevitably get worn from a lot of use. Hopefully these hold up and I will keep you posted. Thanks for following along on my decision process!