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Home furnishings Apr 2013 (2)

Spotted at the mall yesterday — chair leg covers! Didn’t even realize these things existed. Bravo Daiso!

I haven’t bought anything for the house in over three months, and I think every homebuilder can relate to this: there just comes a point when you want to put down the builder’s hat and go back to everyday life. This happened for me in a very pronounced way — I quit the hardware store (byebye True Value) cold turkey last December and decided I would stop spending for home renovations or decor.

Yesterday I remembered something a friend shared years ago: once you have a house, you’ll forever be renovating and restyling. So true. Little pick-me-uppers that don’t hurt the pocket are a good way to get into the groove of being a homemaker once again… but this time I’ll go at it slowly and remember to enjoy the process.

I think these leg warmers are a fun alternative to foam pads that come in uninspired white or black.

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Available at the Japan Home Store/Daiso.

Getting the wood grain look

When it comes to finishing my doors and cabinets, am very thankful for Mang Romy, who is skilled in giving any piece of wood that beautiful hardwood look just by painting lines to resemble wood grain or haspe:

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The door primed in yellow before the wood grain finish:
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Stained (first coat):
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Here’s Mang Romy working his magic on shelving in the bedroom:

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He’s also transformed these ordinary wooden cabinet doors into textured ones with a softer and more natural look:

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As an aside, I came across this gem of a document on scribd while searching for the correct spelling of haspe — uploaded by Zy-rah de Chavez (thank you!):

english-tagalog construction terms

Very handy, thank you again to Zy-rah de Chavez for sharing.

The search for that elusive ceiling fan…

…may have just come to an end!

Surprise, surprise, look at what greeted me right in my (our) own backyard:
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Found in True Value Nuvali, my new favorite hang out place in Solenad 2. 🙂

What I have my eye on:
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Good buy already at P4,199.75 !   I asked around and friends who have the same unit say it’s mighty breezy.

The question now is whether to get it in beige or wood:

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Resurrected furniture at 10A Alabama

Apart from being a beloved venue for Handmade Art Fairs in Quezon City, 10A Alabama is home to Resurrection Furniture and Found Object Gallery,  where Leah Sanchez and Binggoy Panlilio play, play, play with old furniture and odd pieces that they bring back from the dead:

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Well worth a visit for any green enthusiast.

I’ve wanted their pink table since I first saw it last May:

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Would make for a good console table don’t you think? 🙂

View more resurrected furniture on their facebook page.

Tile inspiration along the Sta. Rosa road

Our happy find yesterday: Beautiful tiles in such fun, fun patterns and colors!

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I’ve long been a fan of these “painted” tiles– which I mistakenly thought of as Vigan tiles– and first re-encountered them in a boutique shop in Cambodia last March 2011:

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My friends and I fell in love with that place  (we put up Estela Shop right after that trip) — all the colors and mishmash of lines and curlicues were just a feast for the senses!

More recently, I visited a friend’s home in Manila, redesigned with an Industrial-Homey mindset (sounds familiar :P).  Lo and behold he had these pretty handmade tiles lining his foyer, and looked surprised when I had no idea they were called Machuca tiles.

Turns out Machuca tiles are locally-made cement tiles by the Machuca family, with clients such as Antonio’s in Tagaytay:
Antonios Machuca Tiles

These tiles from yesterday, found just along the Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay road, are Malaga Tiles (in Spanish: Baldozas y Azulejos de Cemento)handcrafted designer tiles made by Habitiles, also a Filipino company:

The Malaga Tiles we are presenting here are handcrafted cement tiles. These types of cement tiles were introduced, and subsequently produced by the Spanish colonists in the Philippines during the 18th century. Large scale production of these tiles continued until the 1930’s.

We have rediscovered this old craft and have started producing tiles based on the old methods.

Our wide array of designs includes those of Spanish origin, Islamic influenced patterns as well as antique tile designs from the other European countries. We also execute customers’ own designs.

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Continue reading “Tile inspiration along the Sta. Rosa road”

Other Binondo finds: garden set + ceiling fans

Sharing for interest 🙂  Saw these at the same lighting shop in Binondo.
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Garden sets are my least priority, but mom said this one is already cheap at P6,800.

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Does anyone know where to get nice, reasonably-priced ceiling fans?  This one’s a bit bulky for my space.

My brother said he saw nice steel-wood ones in Home Depot, will check those out, but they already go for about P5,000 to P6,000 each.

Would be grateful for any help!

Bargain hunting for lighting

Took a trip to Binondo with my architect-contractors, Paul and Rommel, to once and for all see the bargain finds for the house that they’ve been raving about.

We went to a lighting shop on T. Alonzo Street…
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…where Rommel excitedly showed me the LED pin lights he planned to use for my house. Binondo Shopping for Fixtures and Lighting (18)
Each set, casing and bulb included, comes out to about P380, which he says is just slightly higher than a standard pin light. Binondo Shopping for Fixtures and Lighting (20)

Because I’ll have LED pin lights, it’ll be more efficient for me to use them as my everyday lighting, and save the cove lighting for entertaining. Yay.

Here’s Paul waiting for his light bulb moment:

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Ang kulet!

As far as light bulbs go, this one below was by far our favorite.  Made of cut up steel pipes, it certainly is a curious piece:

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Downside, apart from the price, is that it uses halogen lights– not very green 🙁

If you’re more adventurous you can go for a red bulb, maybe to help ignite those passion projects– it’s a great find at P1,020! Binondo Shopping for Fixtures and Lighting (28)

Other pieces I found interesting: Continue reading “Bargain hunting for lighting”

Solar garden lamps for P488

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Found in Binondo last Saturday!

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Price was slashed from P850. Such a steal.

Got four for the roofdeck and two for my front porch. Will be good for ambient lighting at less than 1 watt per lamp.

More on lighting and fixtures shopping Binondo later.

Hurry to Megatent– last day today for 36 mos 0% installment!

Appliances shopping (1)

A quick post to give you all a heads up on a super sale at the Megatent in Ortigas– we went there last night (2nd to the last day!) and were so happy with the promo terms we got.

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Refrigerator, aircon, washing machine all checked off my list now.

If you’re looking to buy appliances for your house, make time for this sale– our bill was a little over P110,000 but our cash out is P3,000 a month for the next 3 years.

Can’t be beat.

P.S. Purchases must be made via HSBC credit cards.

Appliances at 0% interest anyone?

Normally I ignore promo emails, but any ad on buying appliances on installment at 0% interest will make any homebuilder stop and listen.

Big ticket items on my appliances checklist:

  • Washing machine
  • refrigerator
  • airconditioners

Gadgets particular to raw food:

  • vitamix

  • dehydrator
Now you know what’s on my Christmas and birthday wish lists.
What’s on yours? 🙂

Ready for furniture shopping at Manila FAME

So excited for this!  It will be my first time at a CITEM trade show, and what a first time it will be– I’m coming in as an actual buyer and not just an usi or usisera.

Thanks again to my trusty friend, Claudine, for the heads up! 🙂

The fair will run for four days starting this Sunday, October 16, 2011.   More info and online registration at the Manila FAME International website.

UPDATE: Just called the Manila FAME Sectretariat (833-1258) and was advised that pre-registration to the trade fair is now closed.  Admission is at P500/day.



Architectural Components

Interior/Exterior Architectural moldings and millwork, columns and capitals, balustrades, wrought iron components, pressed tin and stamped steel ceiling tiles, brass tubing and fittings, period and contemporary hardware, plaster architectural elements, fireplace surrounds, etc.

Arts & Crafts

Local items including handicrafts, textile/fabrics for product applications (merchandise, both fashion and non-fashion, that uses indigenous materials made from natural fibers), handmade paper (made from handmade paper that uses natural fibers and recycled paper), basketry, and woodcarving, among others.


Movables that are both functional and decorative that distinguish the various settings of the home or any building structure (home/office); includes household, office and contract furniture, as well as furniture components.

Garden Accessories

Items for the garden such as tools, planters, pots, decor items.

Home Décor

Items for home interior that are functional or decorative. Dividers, door/floor mats, umbrella stands, decorative wall hangings and antique reproductions, among others, excluding picture and mirror frames, and art objects.

Kitchen & Tableware

Articles for the kitchen and dining table that are either functional or decorative.

Lamps & Lighting

Lamps, lighting fixtures and accessories to illuminate the home which can be both functional and decorative. Mirror & Picture Frames Home accessories for the living room, kitchen, bathroom, etc. made of wood, metal, plastics and natural materials.

Visual Arts

Paintings, framed pictures and sculptures.



Containers, storage, packaging materials, etc.

Christmas & Other Holiday Decorations

Seasonal decorations with designs associated with holiday occasions such as Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Easter, etc.

Gifts and Premium Items

Generally given as a gift or items used as souvenirs and tokens for any occasion, including gift packaging materials.

Stationery & Desk Accessories

Table/desk accessories like pencil holders, filers, notepads, stationery sets, as well as writing instruments.

Toys, Games & Dolls

Merchandise for entertainment, education and recreation of both children and adults, including collectibles like model cars and others.

Personal Care Products

Personal care includes products as diverse as colognes, deodorant, eyeliner, lipstick, lotion, makeup, mouthwash, pomade, perfumes, shampoo, shaving cream, skin cream, cleansing pads and wipes, lip gloss, and toothpaste, as well as handmade soaps made of natural materials.

Votives and Candles

Votives or candles that are decorative/ functional articles in homes and spas.

Spa Products

Restorative merchandise of marine origin both natural and processed: aquatic plants, salt, dirt, components of marine animals, as well as other natural products, such as plant extracts, essential oils, enzyme, vitamins, food supplements, etc.


Costume Jewelry

Body adornments made of materials other than gold, silver, and precious/semi-precious stones.

Fashion Complements

Fashion enhancers, usually worn in parts of the body or attached to clothing, they may also be carried as part of an overall look or may serve practical purposes.

Fine Jewelry

Body adornments made of gold, silver, and precious/semiprecious stones.


Fashion wearable for men and ladies made of leather, manmade materials, or indigenous/natural fibers.


Fashion enhancers made of leather or combining leather and natural/synthetic materials; may also be carried as part of the overall look or may serve practical purposes.

statement lamps

Love these lamps– naughty but still nice, haha:
Design inspiration

Design inspiration
P3,500 each, found in Greenbelt 5

Also like these round floor lamps, but each bubble has its own plug, so for safety reasons, it’s a no go for me (imagine the electrical tangle!).
Design inspiration