Amalfi Coast on Pinky Tobiano’s mind and tablescape

PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF WEST ELM CHEMIST and TV host Pinky Tobiano.

The picturesque Amalfi Coast located in Italy’s Sorrento Peninsula, is a place that chemist and TV host Pinky Tobiano imagined to be the perfect vacation spot for her favorite people. Known for its stunning coastline beautifully set along the cobalt blue Tyrrhenian Sea, Amalfi has a mild climate that is perfect for get-togethers.

Apart from its natural and cultural wonders, Amalfi is also known for its own variant of lemons. That was developed as a cross between the local lemon and bitter orange, which makes it sweeter, juicier and more aromatic than the regular lemon.

Pinky’s recent Tablescape is the centerpiece of her exclusive shopping party with Williams–Sonoma brands Philippines, where she gets her tablescaping essentials and furniture from WSI Brands such as Pottery Barn and West Elm.

Collaborating with West Elm is always a breeze for Pinky, now tagged as the queen of tablescaping for her widely-followed “TablelovebyPinky.” West Elm, has new collections every season, an artist’s dream for every a tablescape. Inspired by how the Amalfi lemon satisfies the senses, that was how Pinky got her big idea for an extra special table.

Using fresh local lemons (Amalfi lemons are hard to find in the Philippines) in her suspended tablescape, the citrusy aroma instantly filled the area and got her guests all refreshed and excited to move on to the table underneath.

Pinky used local lemons since Amalfi lemons are hard to find here in the Philippines.

As her base, Pinky picked West Elm’s beautiful and durable Keira expandable dining table for its cool walnut finish that will undoubtedly make the centerpiece and flowers pop. The table is made of solid, kiln-dried acacia wood, which Pinky paired with West Elm’s Outdoor Slope Woven Dining Chairs to give the set a bit of a fresh and al fresco feel.

For her centerpiece, Pinky used bouquets of baby blue hydrangeas that tower over bright yellow lemons as glass vase fillers. Using West Elm’s Pure Foundation Slim Vase, she added small branches filled with olives to evoke an Italian feel.

In true TableLovebyPinky fashion, Pinky used the most unlikely things as tablescape elements. She filled Aaron Probyn Jiggers with baby’s breath to give an element of surprise. She also made use of a wooden divided tray full of hearty grains to factor more earthiness into the setup.

To top it all off, she added lemons cut in half and squeezed one across the whole table for that extra olfactory treat.

She picked the Silver Metallic Woven Placemat as a stark contrast with the warm wood finish of the dining table. She also used the Kaloh Stoneware Dinner Plates which have an organic, modern, earthy feel; Aaron Probyn Melamine Plates for that burst of color; and Horizon Flute and Red Wine Glasses and Stone Coasters in Chartreuse Onyx that elevate the whole look and remind her of Amalfi’s rocky shores.

Pinky’s family and friends loved the themed tablescape she created for them. Her guests know that tablescaping is how she expresses her love and gratitude for all of them. In TableLovebyPinky, she always loves doing tablescape ideas that surprise.

Hence, when life gives you lemons, make a tablescape.


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