Real Living (Philippines) - - Rl Entertains - by RACHELLE MEDINA, editor in chief

“I dress in black more than half of the time, but when I need a lit­tle visual pick-me-up, I throw on a fun printed skirt or shoe, and I mix pat­terns with aban­don. I’m also ob­sessed with Fin­nish tex­tile brand Marimekko’s graphic prints—they are whim­si­cal, in­spired by na­ture, and modern all at the same time. My peg for my ta­ble set­ting is the Si­ir­to­la­pu­u­tarha print for Marimekko by Maija Louekari, a vi­brant, in­tri­cately-drawn flo­ral pat­tern with six­ties-in­spired col­ors.”

STYLE IT “I used geo­met­ric, flo­ral, and ab­stract pat­terns for the dinnerware and linen. It all seems crazy, but the trick here is to stick to one color pal­ette. The Marimekko tex­tile has retro-six­ties col­ors, so I used a pal­ette of oranges, reds, and dark and turquoise blues, with a touch of black. The gold-plated cut­lery adds a bit of el­e­gance. My fin­ish­ing touch is a hand-drawn place card with a Si­ir­to­la­pu­u­tarhain­spired il­lus­tra­tion.”

GOOD FOR “Mixed pat­terns like these work best for ca­sual lunches or din­ners with friends, hence, the in­for­mal set­ting.” Bistro White Salad Plate, P250, Habi­tat • Anju Ta­ble Run­ner (used as place­mat), P1,949; Geodot Ap­pe­tizer Plates, P899 per set of 4; Arte­sia Nap­kin Ring, P249; Dot­tie Aqua Drink Glass, P349; Shore Round Plat­ter, P2,379; Saw­tooth Grey Nap­kin, P199; Emory Gold 5-Piece Flat­ware, P3,449; Stump Place­card Holder, P279, all from Crate & Bar­rel • Small Blue Plate, price avail­able upon re­quest, a11

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