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Friday, March 28, 2014

My New Favorite Dishes – Q Squared NYC

The giveaway is now closed, but please keep reading to check out this great company and read my interview with the founders!

Today is FUN because I get to introduce you to a super cool company, share a fun interview AND do a giveaway!

Q Squared NYC Montecito Dinnerware from @janemaynard

Q Squared NYC recently reached out to me about working together. Now, I get a lot of emails about a lot of products everyday, but Q Squared really stood out. I clicked through and discovered a small company with really beautiful products as well as a fun story. I was super excited to find out more about them and was so happy that they got in touch with me!

Q Squared NYC Montecito Dinnerware from @janemaynardI don’t know, guys, but these just might be my two most favorite plates ever in the history of the world. Just sayin’.

First, before we get to anything else, just look how cute their dishes are. Q Squared sells melamine dinnerware, drinkware, flatware and great serving platters. Everything is beautifully designed and appeals to all kinds of aesthetics, from classic to modern. I am a firm believe in using beautiful things on a daily basis, plus I have kids, so beautiful dishes that are also practical? BINGO. We also love eating outside. Q Squared’s dishes really are perfect for our family!

Q Squared NYC Montecito Dinnerware from @janemaynard

All of the dishes you see in today’s post are from the Montecito line, which I can’t get enough of. We already have white and blue dishes in our everyday collection, so I knew that Montecito would fit right into our kitchen. The Provence blue flatware and blue tumblers also go perfectly with these dishes and I’m loving it all. You can tell that the products are high quality – nice and sturdy with a good feel. I’m ready to party!

Q Squared NYC Montecito Dinnerware from @janemaynard

Q Squared NYC Montecito Dinnerware from @janemaynard

I mentioned that Q Squared has a fun story. The company is founded by a mother-daughter team, Nancy (the mom and former Glamour editor) and Alaina (the daughter). I had the chance to do a little interview with them and would love to share it with you. I especially love the story behind the inspiration for starting the company. So cute!

Interview with Q Squared NYC founders and mother-daughter team Nancy and Alaina from @janeymaynard

Q: What inspired you both to start a company making dinnerware? Do you love cooking or entertaining or was it just a fun way to channel your creative energy?

The answer is a little of both, plus a third reason.  We do love cooking and entertaining, and we both feel very creative. Alaina has a critical eye for art and Nancy is a fan of fashion. The third reason, though, was not being able to find beautiful products that were practical and affordable.  After college graduation, we went shopping to set up Alaina’s first apartment. She has a very high standard aesthetically but was on a low budget. Everything we came across that had an aesthetic Alaina liked was either China or Porcelain, with the China Cabinet price tag to match – so we created our own company and products to fill that need!

Q: Your about page says that while you have complimentary styles, they are distinct. What are Nancy and Alaina’s different styles?

Nancy is modern and minimalistic, while Alaina is classical and ornate.  Nancy likes bold colors and Alaina likes more muted colors. Combining the two styles results in our refined look that bridges a generation gap. We like to call them generation-less.

Q: What is your design process like?

Alaina is the Creative Director, so the designs originate from her and her inspiration. Her inspiration comes from the past, whether it is history in general or her own personal history. Nancy’s input to the designs helps guide the collection toward what would be most widely appealing to our consumers.

Q: Do you see yourselves moving beyond dinnerware one day?

Yes, absolutely!  We are launching our first new product category (home fragrance!) in Summer 2014, with the continuing expansion into Fall/Winter 2014. Looking into 2015 and beyond, we will continue to introduce more home decor products, including gifts, decorative accents, textiles, etc.

Q: What is the best part of working together?

The synergy that we feel together, knowing that the results are bigger and grander than each of us alone. Oh and there’s always the perk of having a mom in the office (for the occasional old-fashion PB&J!)

I hope you’ve enjoyed being introduced to this great company, its founders and their beautiful products. Good luck with the giveaway!

This post was sponsored by Q Squared NYC. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

I think it’s time for a giveaway! One lucky, randomly-selected person will win 1 Large Cool Montecito Tray along with 4 Cool Montecito Tapas Plates. Here is how to enter the giveaway! (Comments must be left by Thursday, 4/3 Midnight PT.)

The winner of the giveaway was Debbie Rough, who said, “Love this same pattern you have. Need a new tray”¦ Mine just broke!!!! Woohoo hope I am a winner” Congratulations to Debbie! You will love your items!


  1. 1
    Rose Marie


  2. Those are just gorgeous!! Love the primrose! 🙂

  3. 3

    They look so pretty!

  4. 4

    Very cool! I love the Diamond Red 🙂

  5. These are great! I am always attracted to bold colors and patterns, however, the Essex collection is really striking.

  6. Everything is so beautiful. I love the Heritage Collection!

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    I like TWFD on Facebook!

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    I follow you on Pinterest!

  9. 10

    So cool!

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    I love the heritage line.

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    I follow TWFD on FB.

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    I follow TWFD on pinterest.

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    Kati Koster

    Such beautiful pieces!

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    Kati Koster

    Followed on Facebook

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  16. I would love to win some dishes!

  17. I follow This Week For Dinner on Pinterest.

  18. I follow This Week For Dinner on FB.

  19. I follow Q Squared on PInterest.

  20. 21

    Love the Montecito and of course the diamond red.

  21. 22

    These dishes are beautiful !

  22. 23
    Fatimah S.

    Wow I love love love these dishes the designs are so pretty I could take great photos of food with these !

  23. 24

    cool montecito, so lovely!

  24. 25
    Katie B.

    So Pretty!!!

  25. Love the Ruffle set. Every single thing is gorgeous. Loved the interview too. I love that their two styles compliment each other.

  26. 27

    There isn’t anything like pretty dishes!

  27. 28

    These are gorgeous! I’m so glad you shared about this company!

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    Shelby Fowler

    I hope I win! I just ordered some salad plates and I can’t wait to receive them! Love this company! Thank you for introducing me to them!

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    Fiona Walker

    What a great product! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  30. 32
    Fiona Walker

    And I already flow you on FB!

  31. 33
    Fiona Walker

    (That would be “follow”)

    And on Pinterest too 🙂

  32. 34

    Wow! Cool company – hard to pick a favorite pattern. It’s between Sanibel and Pembroke. Oh and Heritage! 🙂

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    Nicki Burnett

    I liked you on FB and I follow you on Pinterest. My dishes are all chipped so these would be nice.

  34. 36

    I am in love with these!! I am loving the Sanibel collection! Beautiful!!

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    I “Like” Q Squared NYC on Facebook!

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    I Follow Q Squared on Pinterest!

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    I Like This Week for Dinner on Facebook!

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    I Follow This Week for Dinner on Pinterest!

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    April V

    I love the Pembroke!

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    April V

    FB fan of QSNYC

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    April V

    Pinterest follower of QSNYC

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    It is all beautiful! I wonder where the Mont. name came from?

  43. 45

    Love these!

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    Kay Gee

    I like pink so the Primrose is nice but the patterns on the Montecito are great!

  45. 47

    Essex is exquisite!

  46. 48

    so beautiful!

  47. 49

    following twfd on pinterest

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    following twfd on facebook

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    Barbara Baker

    Hello, Ms. Jane,
    thank you for bringing this company to the forefront! the plates are charming. Haven’t checked out their sites yet, but definitely plan on it.

    Pick me!!

  50. 52

    Love the oranges and blues in sanibel collection!

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    Following you on pinterest!

  52. 54

    So cute! I would love to win!

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    I like you on Facebook!

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    I follow you on Pinterest!

  55. I can’t pick a favorite, I want them all! Feels like a Moroccan flavor to a few of the dishes and I love it!

  56. Loved the Hazelwood collection!

  57. Liked Q Squared on Facebook!

  58. And I figured out a way to LOVE TWFD on Facebook.

  59. 61

    Love the gorgeous colors and patterns of the line you photographed! Practicality plus aesthetics = perfection!

  60. 62

    Follow on interest!

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    Follow on Facebook!

  62. 64

    Those dishes are beautiful!

  63. 65

    I like TWFD on FB!

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    I like Q Squared NYC on FB!

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    Lori H

    The Montecito line is gorgeous!

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    My favorite is the Sanibel collection.

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    I liked Q Squared NYC on Facebook.

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    I follow Q Squared NYC on Pinterest.

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    Lynn bb

    I love the primrose.

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    I liked This Week for Dinner on Facebook.

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    I follow This Week for Dinner on Pinterest.

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    Kim from PA

    These are beautiful dishes…..I especially love the trays.

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    Deairdre Miller

    What beautiful dishes! Thanks for the chance.

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    Alice F

    I love China and pretty dishes of all sor. The Primrose pattern is beautiful!

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    Alice F

    I liked Q Squared NYC on Facebook.

  76. 78
    Alice F

    I Facebook like For Dinner This Week.

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    Alice F

    I follow For Dinner this week on Pinterest.

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    Alice F

    I Pinterest follow Q Squared NY.

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    Stephanie P.

    Love the Montecito, but the Heritage looks great too, as well as the Victorian, and the……..ALL of them!

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    Deborah M

    I LOVE the Heritage Collection. Thanks for introducing me to their company!

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    Deborah M

    I ‘Liked’ Q Squared on Facebook! Yay to beautifying my facebook feed!

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    Deborah M

    Following Q Squared on Pinterest(oh my,what an alchemy of beautiful!

  83. 85
    Deborah M

    I Liked ya on Facebook! Fun!

  84. 86
    Deborah M

    Following ya Miss Jane,on Pinterest! Yay!

  85. 87

    Love the Hazelwood and Diamond Red!

  86. What a fun company. How cool would that slate be in pictures!

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    Melanie M.

    Sanibel! So gorgeous!

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    Melanie M.

    Also, followed them on Pinterest.

  89. 91

    fun colors and patterns!

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    Stacy Libby

    LOVE these dishes! My family eats outside often, and the set would be a great addition to our Texas home!


  91. Welcome back Melamine! The are great looking dishes for both inside and out!

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    Nikki CB

    Love that these are beautiful and little kid friendly. Gorgeous patterns and colors!

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    Nikki CB

    Followed Q Squared on Pinterest

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    Nikki CB

    I follow TWFD on Pinterest

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    Nikki CB

    I like TWFD on Facebook (and in real life 😉

  96. 98

    Really beautiful! I love Madison Bloom. The diversity of the designs is wonderful. Would make great gifts too.

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    Marge Andrus

    All the designs would look great on my table!

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    So beautiful. I love the red diamond collection!

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    Debbie rough

    Love this same pattern you have. need a new tray”¦ Mine just broke!!!! Woohoo hope I am a winner

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    Debbie rough

    Liked Q on FB

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    Debbie rough

    Following Q on Pinterest

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    Debbie rough

    Following you on Pinterest

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    Debbie rough

    Following you on fb

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    Ari Johnson

    These are so cool! Love the Sanibel collection 🙂

  106. 108

    Love all of them.

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    Natalie yeoman

    This dinnerware is beautiful

    Email –

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    Natalie yeoman

    I followed q squared on pinterest – Natalie yeoman

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    Natalie yeoman

    I followed this week for dinner on pinterest – Natalie yeoman

  110. I LOVE those colorful plates. I have started an eclectic collection of dishes in an attempt to do away with my need for everything to match and I am doing quite well with that! I love the different colors and designs here. They would be perfect for my growing collection! Speaking of collections…I am torn between Heritage and Victorian.

  111. 114

    Beautiful! Empire is my favorite.

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