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 is 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 — a cross between the local lemon and bitter orange, which makes it sweeter, juicier and more aromatic than the regular lemon.
Tobiano'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."
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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 Tobiano got her big idea for an extra special table.
She used fresh lemons in her suspended tablescape, taking her art to another level. The citrusy aroma instantly filled the area and got her guests all refreshed and excited to move on to the table underneath.
For this event, however, Tobiano used local lemons since Amalfi lemons are hard to find here in the Philippines. As Tablescape artists, it is necessary to be resourceful and adaptable.
As her base, she 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 she paired with West Elm's Outdoor Slope Woven Dining Chairs to give the set a bit of a fresh and al fresco feel.
Moving to her centerpiece, Tobiano 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, she 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.
West Elm is also known for its unique, modern tabletop items. Tobiano 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 paired with Aaron Probyn Melamine Plates for that burst of color.
Completing the dining unit are the Horizon Flute and Red Wine Glasses sitting on top of Stone Coasters in Chartreuse Onyx.
Tobiano'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.