NORTHERN CHARM

Real Living (Philippines) - - Rl Entertains - by SUN­SHINE SELGA FUNA, man­ag­ing editor

“Baguio has al­ways been spe­cial to me. I call it my ‘happy place,’ and it’s prob­a­bly the rea­son why I go head over heels for any­thing rus­tic. I love how the city is so charm­ing and invit­ing (despite the hor­ri­ble traf­fic), and how, ev­ery time I go there, it al­ways has some­thing new to of­fer. I wanted to trans­late that ex­pe­ri­ence into this ta­ble set­ting, where guests can feel at home in a laid-back am­biance, talk about any­thing un­der the sun, and sim­ply un­wind in good com­pany.”

STYLE IT “Nat­u­rally, I went for neu­trals and played with or­ganic el­e­ments for tex­ture, like a place­mat made of twigs, sprigs of rose­mary for color, and small stones. Whim­si­cal ac­cents, like the squir­rel place card, add charm. Cut­lery in brushed gold works well with this rus­tic setup. There’s noth­ing too con­trived, re­ally, just ca­sual and spon­ta­neous.”

GOOD FOR “This works best for an in­ti­mate lunch or din­ner (just add tea lights) out­doors. You can also do this in­doors if you want to bring na­ture in.” Bistro 28cm Din­ner Plate, P295; Bistro Salad Plate, P250, both from Habi­tat • Jasper 20-piece Flat­ware, P6,999; Dal­ton Neu­tral Nap­kin, P429; Squir­rel Metal Place Card Holder, P50.70, all from Crate & Bar­rel • Twig Place­mat, find sim­i­lar at Dap­i­tan Ar­cade • Rab­bit Nap­kin Rings (set of two), Vic­to­rian Crys­tal Glass, Mot­tled Glass, prices avail­able upon re­quest, all from a11 • Pitcher, find sim­i­lar at H&M Home

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