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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!


Shopping Guide: Ultra Affordable Decors For Your Home

I am not the kind of girl who is into fashion accessories, probably because (1) I hate having too much stuff on me. (2) I’m reckless. By the end of the day, I’d probably just have half of what I had earlier in the day because I either lost the other half or damaged it along the way. (3) I’m just not comfortable wearing things other than clothes (top, bottom and undies). I can’t even keep my wedding ring on for an entire day! And (4) I don’t think accessories are worth spending for. Yes, I’m that cheap!

So when it comes to home accessories, I kinda feel exactly the same way but having No. 4 as the main reason followed by No.2. Anything more than P1,000 is considered expensive to me that’s why I’m resorting to DIY. But I love vases and decors and lamps and beautiful rugs. I want to have my shelves properly styled and I know I need stuff. That’s why I am so glad when a friend told me about Uniwide Warehouse along Quirino Avenue.

The first time I visited the place, I felt like I was in shopping heaven. There was a lot of beautiful vases, similar to what can be seen in malls but way, way cheaper. I’m not talking about 50% cheaper but rather just a quarter of the mall price, even lower! If you have a thousand bucks to spare, it is possible to have a cartful of stuff.

Here are some proofs:

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Table lamps for P599! There are smaller lamps for P99. Personally, I don’t like the current designs but with some spray paint, fabric and ribbon trims, these lamps can be oh so awesome. Such a DIYer’s delight!marbles

These porcelain marbles cost more than P100 in malls but you can get these balls for much, much less!marbles2

See? These can be good for DIY projects as well.pitcher

I am so in love with these ceramic pitchers! Use them as vases or group them together to adorn your kitchen cabinets.

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