The dining room is an integral part of the home. This is the place where family and friends gather, and is also often the hub for entertaining while sharing a meal. I, for one, certainly love a good dinner and have made the commitment to rediscover the pleasure of entertaining at home. There is just something about the imperfect charm of doing something from scratch that makes the whole experience even more special. But what I really love most about having guests over is setting the table, as well as the accoutrements that come with it. I find joy in experimenting with different combinations, depending on the ambiance that I want to create. I like to think of dining as a multi-sensory experience, where visual appeal plays a big part in the equation. We live in a generation where sharing a meal has taken on a whole new meaning. More than ever, people have become more conscious about dining in style. Thanks to social media, a good number of us have become instant food stylists, who can make tablescapes out of virtually anything in front of us.
In some ways, this phenomenon has its own merits, as it has dramatically increased the public’s interest in making the ordinary look extraordinary. For this issue, we uncork the essentials on how to get your party started, with tips from some of the industry’s most stylish hosts. Malu Gamboa, general manager of four family-owned restaurants housed in one building in Makati, talks about her love for entertaining and being consistent in the food business. Meanwhile, style figure and entrepreneur Trish Panlilio of nawwTy’s kitchen shares her passion for cooking and entertaining by showing us different ideas on how to dine in style for any occasion. Part of living well is relishing life’s greatest pleasures, and we have just the right recommendations to achieve that. We are putting the spotlight on Unit 27 Apartment Bar + Cafe, a hip and well-designed brunch spot in BGC. We also got first dibs at The Lind Hotel, the newest gem along the white sand beaches of Boracay. Of course, this issue will not be complete without our featured homes and our usual design solutions in our monthly sections.
Lastly, join me in welcoming our new managing editor, Geraldine Verga, as she brings her experience as an interior designer and in home retail to our editorial team. We are thrilled to have a new member on board, and we cannot wait to share our intensified content in our upcoming issues.
Sit back, take some notes, and enjoy yourselves.
Written by IDr. Joy Merryl Ngo I Photographed, by Mark Jacob of Studio 100 Additional photos courtesy of Crate and Barrel, Eco Chic, and Ethan Allen.
The fast-paced environment that we currently live in makes it a luxury to take a break and relax in the comforts of home. Sea-inspired furniture pieces and accessories are slowly making it into our dwellings, as their designs are able to provide a resort-like ambiance that we often yearn for. Replicas of beach corals and fossilized water elements also make for great alternatives to preserved underwater creatures. Choose colors that reflect the calming hues of the sun, sea, and sand to give your space a serene and refreshing ambiance. dfs
Atelier Aguila Suite 121 LRI Design Plaza, Nicanor Garcia St., Bel-Air II, Makati Mobile0917 300 2750, 0917 582 2176 Websiteatelieraguila.com Crate and Barrel 4/F Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, EDSA corner J. Vargas Avenue, Mandaluyong Phone (02) 942 0771; 942 0794 Website crateandbarrel.com Eco Chic Website ecochic.com.au Email firstname.lastname@example.org Ethan Allen Twenty-four Seven McKinley, 24th Street corner 7th Avenue and McKinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig Website focusglobalinc.com The Pietro Collection La Fuerza Compound, 2241 Don Chino Roces Ave., Makati Phone (02) 215 5755, 310 5164 Emailthepietrocollection@gmail.com OZ Gallery 3/F LRI Desigr Plaza, 210 Nicanor Garcia St., Bel-Air 2, Makati Mobile 0917 824 7544 Email email@example.com