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STEMWARE VES­SELS FOR VINO. Add a cou­ple of gob­lets for wa­ter, wine, or other liquors. Don’t limit your­self to clear crys­tal—go for tinted or quirky-shaped ves­sels for fun. Crys­tal Glass, P395, Carafe with Han­dle, P1,980, both from Habi­tat • Black Gob­let, price avail­able upon re­quest, a11

SERV­ING WARE GO FOR A NAT­U­RAL AP­PROACH. Bring out your el­e­gant stew­pots and serve food straight from them. Present a few ap­pe­tiz­ers on rus­tic wooden boards and lay an ar­ray of cheeses on mar­ble or stone

plat­ters. Aca­cia Pedestal, P2,089; Cop­per Soft Cheese Knife, P309, Crate & Bar­rel • Den­ver Stew­pot with Lid, P6,995; Etah Cop­per Bowls, P995, all from Habi­tat • Round Cheese Plate, price avail­able upon re­quest, a11 CEN­TER­PIECE LESS IS MORE. Min­i­mize the frou-frou dé­cor and skip the flo­ral cen­ter­piece. Bring the eyes up with tall but slen­der can­dle­hold­ers that vary in form and height. Cre­ate a ro­man­tic mood with can­dle­light. Em­met Ta­per Can­dle­holder, P899, Crate & Bar­rel • Can­dle­holder Granti Cop­per, P1,250, Habi­tat

DIN­NER­WARE BUILD UP WITH SHAPES. Go for dra­matic stacks of plates and bowls with polyg­o­nal charg­ers, oddly shaped salad plates, and earth­en­ware. Play with ma­te­ri­als, like wood, glazed ce­ram­ics, rough clay with bronze, and sil­ver flat­ware to cre­ate

tex­ture. Ma­teo Salad Plate, P244.50; Fu­sion Tea­spoon, P264.50; Din­ner Knife, P279; Salad Fork, P249.50; But­ter Knife, P249; Mal­lorca Tea­spoon, P264.50, all from Crate & Bar­rel • Black Di­a­mond Tray, P995, Habi­tat • White Din­ner Plate, Dessert Plate with Un­even Edges, Black Soup Bowl, prices avail­able upon re­quest, all from a11 LINEN HAVE A LOVE AF­FAIR WITH LAY­ERS. Layer linen to add depth and a lux­u­ri­ous feel. This will also give your ta­ble set­ting a fuller, more com­plete ap­pear­ance. Then choose a run­ner that con­trasts against your table­cloth. Beck­ett Ta­ble Cloth, P5,539; He­lena Ta­ble Cloth, P4,169; Liam Stripe Nap­kin, P459, all from Crate & Bar­rel

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