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Fabric Shopping: Tutuban Mall

If you hate the busy and narrow street of Ylaya, then these stores outside Tutuban Mall will probably leave you feeling satisfied. These three stores are just almost next to each other so enjoy!

RUBENI TEXTILES

The good news is that they are currently having a clearance sale until the end of December! We went here for Silk Lavender Skin Essentials‘ curtain fabric which we scored for P80/yard.rubeni rubenifabric1I love these colorful linen fabrics for P80/yard. They are perfect as light weight curtains.rubenifabric2The purple one (second from the bottom) was the fabric we used for Skin Essentials’ curtain trims. Pretty color, right?”)rubenifabric3They also have printed cotton for P30/yard. I wish I had cash that day so I could hoard more fabrics!

CENTRO

If you are looking for brightly colored printed fabrics, Centro is the best store to go to.centroThese pretty fabrics can be used for curtains and upholstery. They range from P280-380/yard. centrofabric2 centrofabric1Michelle’s Ribbon and Lace CentermichellesMichelle’s Ribbon and Lace Center is your one-stop store for accessories and other sewing notions. michelles5I have been looking for elastic ribbons/laces so could DIY my daughter’s headbands. Those that can be purchased in malls are ridiculously expansive and I know I could do one in under 5 minutes. Like I have said, I didn’t have enough cash with me so I wasn’t able to buy anything. But I now I know where to look, I will definitely be back for some serious hoarding! Haha!michelles4They also have ready-made bias tape in satin (P20/pc and P200/box) and cotton piping in wide variety of colors (P16/pc and P155/box).michelles3Feast your eyes on these sparkly trims and floral patches. My head was spinning from continuous surges of DIY ideas! Haha! Taking photos inside the store is actually not allowed but I was able to take a few shots before the security guard informed me that it is prohibited. SHHH! :) michelles2Some people were asking me where to buy tulle in Divisoria. Well, I now have the answer. Here in Michelle’s! Apparently, they have two kinds: the ordinary (P30/yard) and soft tulle (P60/yard).

Next time, I will explore the fabric stores inside the Tutuban Mall.



Shopping Guide: Affordable and Decorative Items To Organize Your Home

Like I have said before, I hate clutter. Since you can’t hide everything away inside the cabinet, something decorative yet highly functional is always needed in the home.

I’m a fan of baskets especially wicker ones. I bought mine from different stores like Rustan’s/Crossing’s, Landmark, SM Department Store, Kultura Filipino and Dapitan Arcade. The one’s from Dapitan Arcade were cheap (P100 for a 15″x8″10″ one) but don’t expect them to be perfect. Most of the baskets there are factory over runs. Wicker baskets from malls, however, range from P300-P1000 depending on the size. If you have time, you can also check out Quiapo Ilalim (stores under the Quiapo bridge) for better quality baskets and other native handicrafts.

Since I’m due to give birth anytime, I can’t go out window shopping anymore (which I really miss)… So, I shopped the web for some affordable and decorative items ways to organize your home. If only we have IKEA here (as cheap as US Ikea), our lives would be so much easier…

1. Hampton mini cabinet with wicker baskets from Party Fairies. These shelves and baskets are perfect for kids bedroom and home office. Just add DIY labels in front for more personalized look.

Specifications:

  • Laminated particle board
  • Assembled dimensions 300mm W x 235mm D x 795mm H
  • Assembly required
  • Comes with 3 pieces matching color wicker baskets (black, white, beech)
  • Price: P1,200 for 2-tier, P1,500 for 3-tier and P1,800 for 4-tier

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Check out their store at 2nd Flr. San Pio Exhibit, CIRCLE C MALL, Congressional Ave., Brgy. Bahay Toro, Quezon City. You can send them SMS (09175323089) to confirm availability of the product.

2. Toscana serving tray. Trays are often used by designers when styling homes. It holds small knick knacks together so they are perfect in the living room as well as you bedroom. Like this DIY gold tray below.

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Specifications:

  • Made from sabutan (natural fiber)
  • Dimension:48.9 x 36.84 x 5 cm
  • Price: P665.00

You can buy this on sale in TasteCentral.com

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3. Towel Hooks can be boring. Why not add a little fun to it, as well as to your bathroom with these cute carved wooden letter hooks from Cashcashpinoy.com?

Specifications:

  • Wall mount painted wood
  • Dimension: 58 cm x 18 cm x 2 cm
  • Price: P399 (6 hooks), P499 (8 hooks)

You can also check out the other quirky hooks here.

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For more organization ideas using baskets, please visit my Pinterest page.

Oh Such Happy Colors and My Recent Fab Finds

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Today is exactly my 37th week of pregnancy and that means I’m already full term. I really hope we can see our new bundle of joy next week.  So, exciting!

And since there’s a new girl joining the family soon, I really want to inject more bright colors into our home. And now having a balance in gender (2 boys and 2 girls) means I can add more pink, coral and orange. It’s taking me quite slow to achieve though because I don’t go out a lot and it’s hard to find fabrics with the colors and patterns that I want. That’s why I was so glad when I found these cute and really cheap throw pillow covers in Landmark Department Store more than a month ago.

Also, in the picture are three of my fab finds. I wanted to add greens in the house but I still don’t have the guts to go for live ones for fear I’m gonna kill it again (waste of money). Artificial ones from the malls cost P3,000-4,000+ each. Uh, no thanks! So when I went to Mandaue Foam (Quezon Avenue Branch) after our Tagaytay break to buy a rug, taking advantage of their annual sale, I found this artificial plant for P1,500 with 30% off. I bought it without second thoughts since I already scored the bamboo rug (160 cm x 220 cm) for P1,750.00. I originally had a budget of  P3,500 for a jute rug which I was waiting to be on sale in Landmark, but now I know better. I’m going to wait for Mandaue Foam’s sale so I can buy a rug for the dining room and Bryce’s room and more artificial plants for our house.

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By the way,  the native pouf was from Silang, Cavite. If you are on your way to Tagaytay, you surely wouldn’t miss the stores on either side of the street that sells reclaimed woods and antique furniture. Keep on the watch for this store on the left side of the road (on your right if you’re on your way back to Manila). It is the only store (I found so far) that sells banig ottomans, basket and bags. I asked for the store’s name, but unfortunately, I forgot. It’s no use though even if I told you the name because it wasn’t displayed on the store anyway. Just keep your eyes open if you want to buy one. I bought the medium one for P700 (haggled from P750).

Anyway, here are some interior pics with such happy colors. I wish someday we would have a sun-filled house so I can have white walls and plenty of brightly colored furniture and accessories to go with it.
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happ2Have a happy, colorful weekend!


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