Mind you most of the things for some reason cost a bundle; can't a girl dream... Here is an example of the splurge item in my dream world.
This Ruffoni stockpot can be purchased at Williams and Sonoma http://www.williams-sonoma.com/shop/cookware/cookware-ruffoni/
But, there are a few online websites that have nice serving pieces, like bowls and platter that are affordable, one case in point Crate and Barrel. I got my daughter some white soup bowls and some great multi-purpose glasses for an affordable price.
These are the footed soup bowls and below is the soup tureen.