In 2006 R & I had been dating for about 1.5 years when we were invited to a wedding for a friend of R’s. The friend & his fiance were registered at a lovely gift shop here in Charlotte. One that I happened to love window shopping in. So, when R mentioned he wanted me to pick out their wedding gift I jumped at the opportunity. It was during this particular trip to the gift shop that I was introduced to “possibly the most beautiful tableware in the world”, Juliska.
I knew right then and there that THIS was the place setting that I wanted to have when I got married. So, a year later when we were engaged I registered for the Berry & Thread pattern in white wash & pistachio. I also registered for the Graham mouth blown stemware.
I have LOVED these pieces. I love how simple, but beautiful they are. I love how since each piece is handmade they are all just a tad bit different. I love how they aren’t the run of the mill department/mall store brand. I love that they are easy enough for everyday, but still beautiful to serve on to company. I also love that two years later my cousin’s future wife (who has immaculate taste) unknowingly chose the same patterns. I love the family joke that subsequently followed.
What haven’t I loved?
Well….my silverware was leaving unsightly gray markings on all my pretty Juliska. After changing dish washing detergents, washing by hand, etc. I called Juliska to tell them about the problem. They said that I could turn all my pieces into the store where they were bought & get new pieces (pretty awesome customer service) or I could try a product called, Bar Keepers Friend.
Well….fast forward from 2009 to last Saturday when I finally decided to try this stuff out. You see, I knew it would be a project & I knew I needed a time when I was alone in the house to just ‘deal’ with scrubbing all 12 of our place settings & accessories. Then I wanted to switch out our everyday silverware with the nicer stuff that my mom got us for our wedding. I also knew after scrubbing I’d want to run them through the dishwasher. And…I knew R would HATE this project. So, while he went out to dinner with a client & then to get drinks with the guys on Saturday I hunkered down & got to work.
Did it work?
YOU BET IT DID!!! I cannot tell you how happy it made me to see my beautiful plates & bowls again. I had seriously forgotten how pretty my Juliska really is.
I know this stuff can be used for a whole host of other things so lovers of Bar Keepers Friend let me hear what you use it for! I can’t wait to try it in other areas around the house.
Also, if you’re getting married in the future I would HIGHLY recommend Juliska. It can be found at specialty stores, high end department stores like, Neimans & Bloomingdales, and online.
PS – I wasn’t compensated for this post by either Juliska or Bar Keeper’s Friend…I just LOVE both brands.