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Should We Buy Authentic or Replica Designer Furniture?

Like I’ve said before, I recently just got interested in interior design after designing our Kingdom Hall stage and ladies’ bathroom. For about six months now, I’m continuously trying to educate myself about interior decorating, from space planning to furniture terms. Believe me, even though I’m a Fine Arts graduate, it’s not helping much. I still have a long, long way to go.

And since I’ve been shopping for furniture for my sister-in-law’s condo, I accidentally got introduced to designer furniture. Originally, I wanted a transparent dining chair for her. (I recently found out that the correct term for ‘transparent’ when it comes to furniture is lucite.) A victoria ghost chair from Dexterton costs P16,000 whereas the same chair from Uratex Warehouse costs less than P4,000. I would have bought that one if only my sister-in-law didn’t worry about it getting all scratched up and yellowish in time. I agreed because I know that it’s what you’re going to get for over P10,000 savings.

But what if we really like the design and can’t afford the real thing? It’s just the same as the LV bags you can buy in Greenhills, right? I swore to myself that I will never, ever buy replicas of designer bags. If I can’t afford it, then I won’t have it. But I’m starting to have a different principle when it comes to furniture, thinking that no one will even know that it’s a designer chair unless they are interior design enthusiasts.

So guilty as I am, I bought a couple of replicas of Jasper Morrison Air Armchair which an authentic one costs more than $180 but I got it from Uratex Warehouse for P2,400+ (including 10% off.) Since it’s not one of the really expensive designer items, I wouldn’t feel guilty adding some DIY touch to it.

What do you think? Is it ok to buy replicas considering all the effort the designers have put into their work and them being deprived of the royalty fee they so deserve? Being a designer myself, I would certainly hate it if someone would make money out of my own artwork. But those furniture are beautiful and classy and when there’s one that’s not a whole month’s worth of salary, we ache to grab it.  And of course, a lot of us are probably unaware that we are already buying fakes. There’s even a site that sells replica furniture. So tempting!

If you’d like to read more thoughts about the topic, I say this is a good read: Say No to Fake Designer Furniture!

Free Printable: Life’s a Beach

Last Friday, I finally got my much-needed doze of sun and sand. The past few months had been exhausting to the point that my brain could no longer pump up any creative juices, I was about to implode anytime. Add a bit more hassle from my daily chores  which, a couple of killer PMS during deadlines and a whole bunch of everyday conflicts… I just had to get away for a while.

I’m sure the rest of you have worse troubles than I had. Life can really be a b e a c h! If we let he sun get us, we’ll never totally enjoy the beach. That’s why there’s sunblock that shields us from the harmful rays. Sun burn is painful right? So chill, don’t absorb every single negative thing life throws at you. I know you know what I mean. 🙂

Click here to download your free printable (Size: 11″ x 15″)

Ikea Hack: Faux Native Table

I’m still working on having a beached-themed living room and the process is taking so slooooowly that’s why you’re not seeing further updates. From the rate I’m going, the big reveal might probably come mid-next year or worse, end of next year. I just hope not. Anyway, here is one accomplished task (out of 500, kidding, kinda…)

I can’t buy any new furniture right now so I just have to make-over my existing ones to match the theme I’m going for. I have an Ikea Lack table that just looks lousy but I can’t part with it because there’s hardly any furniture in the house. For the longest time, I’ve been thinking of what I can do with it like decoupaging it with fabric (can’t find the right fabric), painting it (looks tacky and plain), adding mosaic (not too beach like). Then one day, while window shopping in Landmark, I found this nylon woven placemats that will look great with the table. I want something similar to a wicker chair or basket and like I said, I can’t afford anything right now. I have the rest of the materials like the sisal rope I bought months ago in Quiapo so I grabbed for of the placemats and went home excited to start a new project.

See, it’s ugly now so I need to act quick. The process is pretty self-explanatory so I’m just posting pictures. But feel free to ask me if anything is unclear.

White glue works well for the table top. I tried using it on a leg but failed, unless I want to hold the placemat around the leg and wait for the glue to dry. Contact cement (rugby) works better. Just apply thin, even coats on both surfaces (the leg and the placemat) and allow a few minutes for it to dry. It will stick flat and perfect. I even attempted using white glue for the rope. I didn’t know what I was thinking then…

Four placemats were exactly enough for this table. I wrapped rope on the uncovered part of the leg to remedy the damaged bottom. I don’t think a damp mop can do much harm now.

I just love the texture, so native and local. I wish I could finish the living room so you could all see my table with the rest of the gang.

Oh, while editing the images, I asked my 3-year old son which looks better, the old one or the new one. He likes the old one better. 🙁 I don’t care, I still think it’s beach-y.

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