Plato-Platuhan: Modern Filipino Style Breakfast

Setting up the dining table for breakfast is a ritual for me. It’s one of those things that I do at the start of the day to set the mood.

Table setting is often overlooked but its importance should not be minimized. Having a nice table setting affects your enjoyment of the meal which can even affect how well you digest your food.

For most mornings, I use my everyday white fine bone china. I use a colorful placemat to jolt my senses, silver or bamboo handle flatware, a big, clear glass tumbler for chugging water and a cup and saucer for the much-needed caffeine dose.

I woke up today craving for some Filipino breakfast. I thought I’d use one of my favorite plato-platuhan to complement my meal.

It’s a little mismatched and probably not my typical minimalist style table setting but I played with textures and made it more modern by using metallic touches such as the vinyl metallic placemat, bamboo design flatware and my favorite Alessi napkin ring:

I super love these banana leaf plates that I bought in Gourdo’s years ago! I use them for Filipino or Asian style tablescapes.

A touch of floral print cup and saucer

The best part about table setting is the food the go on the plate! This morning’s breakfast fare is Spicy Boneless Daing Flakes and…

White rice!

A little bit of effort goes a long way.

Have an inspiring day! Good morning!!!

Plato-platuhan breakdown:

Banana leaf ceramic plates: Gourdo’s
Bamboo design flatware and placemat: Rustan’s
Clear drinking glass: MUJI
Kenzo cup & saucer: Online find
White with floral design table napkin:
The Landmark
Napkin ring:
A di Alessi Girotondo Napkin Ring, Girl

Easy Sunday

Sundays are either about nursing a hangover (haha) or spending time with the family. Whatever it is, it’s one day where everyone should take a break and relax; no need to stress about family lunch or brunch with friends.

I believe that Sunday’s should be spent leisurely but civilized. Meaning, we all deserve to sleep in and do “nothing” but making an effort to make a decent brunch, setting up the table and spending time with the ones we love make Sunday extra special.

Sundays at Maison Epperson is easy:

Casual brunch table setting. Mix & match plains, prints and colorful tableware, cotton placemats and napkins make a fun and no-fuss tablescape.

The smell of Sunday morning. Nothing beats bacon. Nothing.

Start Sunday fresh and healthy. Freshly squeezed OJ is worth getting out of bed for.

Be organic. Sunday is also about giving back Mother Nature. Start your own compost pile on bare earth. Chop the leftover orange peels and add to the compost to make fertilizer. It’s the key ingredient to organic farming.

Click here how to compost.

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The easiest dish: Crispy hash browns

1. Peel and grate  2-3 potatoes 2. Fry them in a pan with 2 tbsp. oil 3. Add salt and pepper 4. Cook till golden brown on both sides

Indoor games. Badminton is an outdoor sport. Tell that to my boys. Ugh.

Sunday’s best. Eat. Nap. Repeat.

Have a relaxing Sunday!

Take Me To Palm Beach, Slim Aarons!

The weather outside may be frightful but inside my head, I’m dreaming of sunny skies, azure water, lush palm trees and a cocktail on hand somewhere in Palm Beach.

The Town of Palm Beach (called Palm Beach Island or the Island of Palm Beach to differentiate between the town and the county) is an incorporated town in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. The Intracoastal Waterway separates it from the neighboring cities of West Palm Beach and Lake Worth. - Wiki

I’ve never been to Palm Beach, Florida, but I know it by heart through Slim Aarons’ books. I first came across the photographer’s tome ‘Once Upon A Time’ in 2003 through Amazon. I was drawn to the beautiful and grand cover. Since then, I’ve bought some of his books.

For someone who has worked from a very young age, the idea of jet setting around the world at a drop of a hat and simply doing fabulous things in fabulous places is alluring to me. To quote Slim Aarons, “Where else are you going to find the people who have the time and money to be anywhere they want to be? Where would you go?”

Having children, managing the house and my business makes it challenging to find time to travel. Maybe after the kids have grown, Tom and I can proceed with our travel plans. For now, I’m happy looking at Slim Aarons’ images of an iconic time capsule of a bygone era.

Palm Beach through the lens of Slim Aarons:

Palm Beach Queen CZ Guest with son and dog

Every hour is cocktail hour at Palm Beach!

Circa 1960: Afternoon tea round the pool on a cold day at the home of interior decorator James Pendleton in Beverly Hills. A Wonderful Time - Slim Aarons (Photo by Slim Aarons/Getty Images)

According to Slim Aarons, “they used their pools as a kind of conference room and stage, showboating their assets, whether it was beachfront property, beautiful homes and even prettier girls. Business deals were brokered poolside, alliances made, feuds began and settled. ”

Lilly Pulitzer

Palm Beach fashion

Drinks on lawn, circa 1982: Three women relaxing in front of a white clapperboard house in Palm Beach, Florida. Left to right, Hilda Juliette Arias de Rey Millet, Maria Victoria Herrera de Reynolds and Serina Bradley Martin Sanchez (Photo by Slim Aarons/Getty Images)

Pool life

Jim Kimberly and his wife, with his white sports car and white boats moored on Lake Worth. A Palm Beach socialite, he acts as Honorary Consul of Jordan. Original Artwork: A Wonderful Time - Slim Aarons (Photo by Slim Aarons/Getty Images)

This is how the folks from Florida roll

Life is a hammock—swing all day, swing all night.

Photo taken using Instagarm

If I can’t be at Palm Beach, plates with palm trees will do for now. To quote Jim Rohn, “Be grateful for what you have, while in pursuit of what you want!”

Stay dry everyone!

‘Plato-platuhan’: Hula Hoop

Corelle, the trusted and world-leading dinnerware brand launched it’s newest collection: Hula Hoop

Corelle Hula Hoop is a colorful play of bold and bright bubbles of appetizing red, orange, blue and green that is sure to transform every meal into sunny, pleasurable dining. The contemporary design and the contrasting hues can spark up any rather ordinary table top, giving you a high-impact table setting that is sure to impress your loved ones and your guests.

Perfect for Sunday brunch!

Corelle Hula Hoop’s brilliant splash of colors is available in a variety of shapes and sizes that fit your lifestyle and needs. Its pristine white landscape blends perfectly with other table setting scheme and flatters every culinary work of art.

Corelle rocks: Thin, stackable and oven, microwave and dishwasher safe, Corelle Hula Hoop is also perfect for modern ladies and young households—deliberately designed for convenience.

Love it: Hula Hoop also features the signature Vitrelle glass of Corelle dinnerware in a three-layered sandwich construction, making it lightweight yet resistant to breaking, chipping and cracking. Its non-porous surface also resists bacteria, stains and odours, making it a healthy and safe dinnerware to serve your family and loved ones’ favorite dishes.

Dylan: What are you doing, mom?
Me: Taking photos for my blog. Don’t touch the bread.
Dylan: OK… What are you doing, mom?
Me: I said, I’m shooting.
Dylan: Can I have the chocolate bread?
Me: It’s called Pain Au Chocolat.
Dylan: Oh… Chocolate bread!
Me: I’m shooting…
Dylan: I’ll count! One, two… *grabs the bread*

Haaaay Dylan!

Corelle Hula Hoop is available at all Raffles branches and via Independent Distributors nationwide and at Kitchen World, Eastwood Mall. It comes with a one-year warranty from thermal breakage. For more details, call (+632) 687-4715 to 16 local 33 or 34, send SMS to 0999-8254-838. Raffles and Company, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of world renowned houseware brands—CORELLE, CORNINGWARE, VISIONS and PYREX.

Table Setting: Zebra

The zebra stripes have become my signature print. Whenever my family and friends see the animal print, they think of me — “very Jenni Epperson lang!” LOL

So when Crossings Department Store got their zebra print plates, guess who Xandra Padilla-Ramos called?

Let’s play plato-platuhan, shall we?

Fierce plates

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French style trompe l’oeil placemat

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Carabao horn utensils

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Glass tumbler

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Fresh flowers

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Crystal vase

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 Table for two

Tip: Whether in fashion or home styling, mix animal prints with neutrals like khakis and whites to balance the look. Add metallic accessories in silver or gold for the final touch.

The zebra plates and placemats are available at Crossings Department Store.

Shoppingero/shoppingera, visit Crossings Department Store for fun, fab and affordable furniture and other home décor!

Bahay-Bahayan | French Style Décor

If you’re following me on Twitter, you would know that I have been decluttering for the last few weekends now and our home is more organized and spacious. I thought I’d spruce up the place a bit and give it a minor makeover.

Since I’m not an interior designer, my home design process is very much like a fashion stylist — I accessorize and layer textures to bring a space together the way I would style a look.

Bagsful of goodies I got from Our Home.

La “Maison Epperson’s” decorating style is all about “glamfun” — eclectic mix of furniture, a touch of luxury, lots of art, and interesting home accessories.

Moodboard: It’s a mad, mad, mademoiselle world!

Paris when it sizzles

Score: Chic throw pillows that channel the French grain/flour sacks

I absolutely adore old French grain sacks but my gosh, they’re expensive! Look what I found at Our Home:

The pillow cases are made from soft woven fabric.

Decorative throw pillows are like jewelry when placed on couches as they enhance the look of the furniture.

Puma-Parisian, noh?

Tip: One of the easiest way to change the look of your couch or the look of your living room for that matter is change your throw pillows. They are a terrific way to tie a room together, plus affordable too.

"Sophistication and spectacle" - Coco Chanel

I went for a monochromatic look but added some textures to my couch — I mixed a studded bolster pillow I got in Thailand with the Our Home throw pillows.

Coco Chanel would be proud. Haha!

Aryanna approved

My sleeping beauty

Even my dahlin’ Dylan looks good next to the Our Home throw pillows! Haha!

Dylan watching one of his favorite DVD shows "Veggie Tales" on our newly spruced up couch.

Score: French style damask and gingham placemats

Tablescaping is probably one of my favorite things to do at home. If I’m not styling celebrities or working on fashion editorials, I’m creating different looks with our tableware or on our coffee table.

To keep within my French style décor, I also got some lovely placemats and table napkins from Our Home.

Our everyday white fine bone China plates get a cheery vibe with mismatched placemat and table napkin.

Tip: Mix and match prints

When mixing prints, stick to one color.

2 in 1. The floral print placemat is reversible.

Bonjour! Brunch set-up

As you can see, I also used the vintage-inspired French grain/flour sack throw pillows for our dining set.

Score: Chic black and white curtains

You may come to realize over time that I do fancy black and white when it comes to interiors.

Tip: Curtains are like clothing for your windows — whether it’s a little black dress, a cocktail dress for your living room, or a simple curtain for your dining room — you need to try it on. Buy two panels or a few yards of fabric first (make sure to ask about the return/exchange policies of the store) and hang them up to see if they work with the look of your place.

I love this black and white curtains — striking and bold, and yet somehow they don’t dominate the room. By the way, we're hanging more art on the wall this week for some pop of colors.

Score: Decorative ceramic figurine

Home accents such as decorative figurines add personality to one’s home.

Unlike the other stuff I bought from Our Home, this particular Lady Jade figurine was a bit of a splurge. As most large-sized ceramic or porcelain figurines, they cost a fair bit.

Just like some people name their yachts and guitars, I name my ceramic figurines because not one decorative animal or figurine should live with me at home without a name. LOL

Meet Coco, my Lady Jade in waiting. Haha!

Giving your home some minor makeover can really make all the difference. You don’t need to spend much to create a stylish interior all you need is some creativity and a whole lot of fun!

Happy home, happy life!

Shoppingero/shoppingera, visit SM Our Home now!

Find your nearest Our Home store here: http://www.ourhome.ph/store-locations/metro-manila

My Big Problem

I want some pieces from Missoni x Target. Do any of you know how to order them online and deliver it to Manila? Please help me!

The Missoni for Target collection is TDF! I am especially in love with the homeware!

According to Margherita Maccapani Missoni, it is the biggest designer collaboration Target has ever had with around around 400 pieces!


See the Missoni for Target collection in action – and learn about the history and traditions of Missoni.
 

As a plato-platuhan collector, this would be a chic (and cheap) addition to my growing collection!

I can imagine these in the master’s bedroom and bathroom.

It would be nice to have some of these pieces too:

I know this is pushing my luck but I. WANT. IT.

Help.

Missoni for Target will be available on September 13

Plato-platuhan: Heirloom Set

I know, I know… I have so much ka-platuhan!

Not to be defensive, but let me just say: I may be a hoarder but I use everything I own. I enjoy every piece of item I buy. I’m also not attached to my things. Promise! I’ve always played a scenario in my mind: if all my stuff burned in a fire, what would I miss?

Not one of my top ten answers has anything to do with fashion, beauty, or any of my collection. It would be my computer (all my photos and important documents are there), Tom’s handwritten love letters, photographs, artworks, aryanna’s drawings, etc.

The point is, I use all my stuff: heirloom pieces, collection, etc because I want to enjoy them. What’s the point in owning things you can’t experience and love?

Happy meal

That’s why today I busted out Baby Dylan’s Tiffany set, a gift from my friend Divine Lee during my baby shower. Dylan loves dinosaurs so this dinnerware set is perfect! Look at the adorable dino details!

Thank you tita Divine!

Shoppingera, scour your homes for old gifts and purchases! You never know, you may find some precious stuff hidden somewhere there! Use them and make memories out of them, after all, it’s the memories that will really last you forever. ☺

Plato-Platuhan: Fashion Plate

Being stylish doesn’t have to stop with just clothes. Plate up a serving of fashion with bold and sexy, black and white plato-platuhan!

My latest acquisition to my plato-platuhan collection are sets of Vera Wang Naturals Chalk Stoneware in Graphite (gray) and Leaf (white). Thought I’d share with you some of my favorite table settings at home.

I like minimalist tablescape using monochromatic hues and with a touch of whimsy. I hope this inspires you to create your own table setting at home.

Tip: Try stacking up a mix of black and white plates! These solid and classic colors make it so easy to make dinner look super “bongga”!

MIX AND MATCH. Play with colors and textures.

KEEP IT PRACTICAL. Use stainless steel utensils instead of silverware. The key is in the design of the flatware.

MAKE IT FUN! Add a touch of whimsical element to your table settings.

Topped with my signature Epperson napkin fold, a simple bowtie in the center of the plate, it gives a high fashion feel to our dining experience. Naaaaks!

CLASSIC WITH A TWIST. Mix modern pieces with classic designs.

PERSONALIZE IT. The bow napkin is a signature Epperson touch.

Start busting out your heirloom pieces and enjoy them with your loved ones!

Remember: “LIVE STYLE”

 

Vintage Shopping

Famous quotes from the movie “High Society”:

Tracy: Are you learning anything about the idle rich?
Mike: Yeah, they drive too fast. Where are we headed anyway?
Tracy: The graveyard.
Mike: I’m not ready.
Tracy: I thought I’d show you the playground of the rich, the graveyard of the wealthy.
Mike: Well, for that I’m ready.

What Tracy Lord (Grace Kelly) was referring to as the "graveyard of the wealthy" was the derelict mansions repossessed by the government due to high taxes.

 

Some people may see auction houses as “graveyards” of the rich, I see it at as a shopping haven! I mean, even if you can afford, where else can one find an original Amorsolo painting or a pair of vintage xx-Carat emerald earrings in this day and age?

Auction houses like Salcedo Auctions provide a venue for sellers, shoppers, and collectors. Think of it as a soshal swap market! Haha!

I have experienced bidding at Salcedo Auctions for a set of Limoges (LEEmozh) dessert bowls and I can tell you that bidding for it was exciting! It’s like playing poker — you have to bid with a poker face and hope to bluff the other bidders. It’s nerve-racking especially when someone is trying to outbid you! I swear, you want to take the paddle and hit them for bidding against me! LOL

 

The Limoges dessert bowls I won at the auction!

 

I am happy to report that I won the bid for the Limoges and I got them for a very good price!

 

An heirloom set I could pass on to Aryanna plus, an exciting story to tell my future grand kids on how I got them... Which will be 80,000 years from now because Aryanna is way too young! Haha!

 

This time, Salcedo Auctions presents: “Jewels and Timepieces”


Collectors, are you ready?

Shoppingero/shoppingera, visit Salcedo Auctions now!

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