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Home Factory Outlets Grand Opening Sale!

11780657_10204925856889047_810970512_nLooking for the perfect place that provides quality yet affordable home furniture and furnishings? Head over to the Grand Opening Sale of the Home Factory Outlets, and save up to 60% off on over 3,000 sqm of items. Sale is from August 7 until August 16, 2015.

Get great deals at the BLIMS Fine Furniture Outlet Store, Sogo Home and Office Clearance Outlet, Elba Outlet Store and the Collins Clearance Outlet that carries a wide array of brands including Dowell appliances, Thermos and Eglo Lifestyle Lighting.


Visit the Home Factory Outlets at #14 Williams Street, Highway hills, Mandaluyong City (between Sheridan and Pioneer street, behind UNILAB), open from Mondays to Sundays 11 am – 8pm.

Grab your chance to own the last piece of amazing items from the BLIMS Outlet Store which offers products that would bring class and beauty to any home.

For furniture packages fit for the budget, the Sogo Home and Office Clearance Outlet carries numerous designs that would surely suit your preference and budget.

11778110_10204951643413694_1047455871_nAnd where else can you find ovens and microwaves that combine the factors of functionality and design? The ELBA Outlet Store guarantees to provide great value that would surely entice you to spend more time in the kitchen.

Lastly, don’t miss out the opportunity to avail of discounted prices from renowned brands like Dowell, Thermos and Eglo at the Collins Clearance Outlet to complete your home furnishing needs.

Visit us to enjoy these amazing deals! Plus! Be one of the first 100 customers to come in to the store on our Grand Opening Day on August 7 and get a free Php 500 Home Factory Outlets Gift Certificate. So line up early! Store opens at 11am. (Terms & Conditions apply)

Going Crazy Over Patterned Tiles: A Glimpse of How Baldoza Tiles Are Made

I have known these Spanish-looking patterned tiles ever since I was young because my grand aunt used to have them in her house where I was a constant dweller. I really didn’t have much appreciation for old-fashioned materials until I became interested in decorating. So when my client showed me a photo of a kitchen with colorful patterned backsplash, I told her that it was Machuca tiles that she wanted. I was hesitant at first, but immediately searched online, found their website and inquired about the tiles. It turned out that these tiles are made-to-order and I need at least 100 pcs to get a good price. (I only needed about 84 pcs but I planned to frame the others for the bathroom.) The price was waaaay beyond our budget but the client really wanted to push for it and so I ordered. Unfortunately, it will take 21 working days to fabricate the tiles or 14 days for rush job. We’re already done with our first week in construction and even if I had them rushed, we would be almost done with the construction. I asked another company but the best they could do was 10 days.

We were ready to find another alternative when she learned somewhere online that Machuca Tiles sells overrun/rejected pieces for P60 each (almost 75% off the design she wanted). Pretty good deal, right? The catch? You have to go through this lot to find the ones you can use. Good thing I had my anti-histamine the night before. Hehe!machuca-tiles8Since I was already in their factory, I decided to just take a mini educational field trip for myself and for everyone interested in how these tiles are made. I found out that Machuca is actually the surname of the owner who pioneered in making these tiles here in the Philippines. The correct term is baldoza tiles.

These hand-made tiles are made from compressed cement that is about 3/4″ thick. There are steel plates and molds to begin with as seen the pictures below.machuca-tiles3First, special pigments are poured into the steel mold followed by the cement.machuca-tiles4The tile is then pressed by the huge rotating machine and the tiles are left to cure for 9-15 days.machuca-tiles5For more information, you can visit Machuca Tiles FAQ page.

machuca-tiles7What I love about these tiles is that the colors don’t fade easily since they pigment is about a quarter of an inch thick. The can be polished like regular cement flooring too using wax and your good old polisher.

Here are some ideas where you can use assorted Machuca tiles in your home.louisville-tile-Eclectic-Bathroom-Designs-London-660x600 a60926c0f6b5ddcc85b8c2d7ac34f665

What do you think? Are patterned tiles old fashioned or modern quirky?

For more ideas, you can visit my Pinterest board. :)

Real Living Partners With Avida to Style A Model Unit

Last Thursday, July 23, I got a chance to see the 1-bedroom unit in Avida Showroom, Vertis North, designed by up-and-coming designers. I already saw the winning designs in July issue of Real Living Magazine and so I was excited to see the actual unit and meet the designers in person. I really wish I took up Interior Design instead of majoring in Advertising Design. Haha!

In June, Real Living paired three interior designers fairly new in the industry — Gino Eraña, Jane Karla Samson and Joevie Andrew Tuquib — with seasoned professionals — Kristine Neri-Magturo, Hannah Acab-Faustino and John Vigilia — who served as their official mentors throughout the design process. Each designer was assigned a section in the Avida Towers Vita at Vertis North showroom and given a P100,000 budget, as well as access to the large selection of coating solutions from Nippon Paint Philippines and appliances from Electrolux.

A panel of judges from Real Living and Avida evaluated each designer’s work based on their originality, resourcefulness, as well as overall “wow” factor of their space. The winning designer, Gino Eraña, was named to the magazine’s Real Living Next Gen: 25 Creatives to Watch” list which appears in Real Living’s July 2015 issue.

BEDROOM by Kristine Neri-Magturo (Mentor) & Gino Eraña

Kristine and Gino drew inspiration from the young newlywed couple’s fun and active lifestyle as seen in its modern, chic and fresh, Scandinavian theme inspired interior. The furniture pieces exudes elegant simplicity and practicality and color palette offers relaxing and airy tones, making the bedroom the most ideal place to rest after a long day’s work.

Gallery-A Gallery-GLIVING ROOM by John Vigilia (Mentor) & Joevie Andrew Tuquib

John and Joevie opted for element that are modern and functional, without sacrificing style. They found the right balance between straight and curvy lines, with a healthy mix of the old and the new. By combining wood with various fabrics and textures, the living area gives off a cozy vibe, with masculine and feminine touches to suit the homeowners’ personality. Practicality is still the key component of the space, with every furniture serving a purpose.

Gallery-EKITCHEN/DINING ROOM by Hannah Acab-Faustino (Mentor) & Jane Karla Samson

Drawing inspiration from the Northen Lights phenomena in Scandinavia, Hannah and Jane selected design elements that are reminiscent of awe-inspiring dancing lights as well as the region’s lush natural environment. Soothing hues of indigo, jade, plum, and emerald encourage peaceful thinking, while the rhythm and the playful use of materials and colors help inspire creative ideas.Gallery-FI’m sure you love the design as well as all the furniture and decor pieces in the model unit. You can have a chance to own all of these by simply scheduling a visit, any day until the end of September, to Real Living Open House to join the raffle. Just go to Avida Open House microsite to pick a schedule and register.

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