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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.

Shopping Guide: Fabric in Manila

I love fabric even though I don’t know how to sew (but I will soon, that’s in my list, right?) so I’m doing this post as a reference for myself and for fabric lovers like me.

Ilaya St., Divisoria (The fabric haven of the Philippines)

If you’re looking for curtains and upholstery fabrics and are buying in bulk, this is the place to go. The 60″ width linen fabric ranges from P45-80 from the street vendors. You can also score fabrics for just P20/yard. Behind the street vendors, there is a cluster of stalls which sells a wide range of 120″ width fabric for P100-150. I usually go to VJ Textile on the left side of the street (this is next to a store that sells shoes) for my upholstery needs and for my blackout curtains. The street vendors also have blackout curtains but the price is usually the same and VJ Textile has more color variety. I bought 12yards for my condo project for P100/yd (originally P120/yard but I bought 20 more yards of another fabric. Always try to haggle especially if you’re buying in bulk).

You can also find a stall on the left near VJ Textile that sells zippers, thread, yarns, buttons and other sewing notions. And if you already bought fabrics for your curtains but don’t know how to sew, there are stalls on the right side that accepts customized curtains for P100/panel (grommet curtain heading). For more information about Ilaya St., you can visit this post.

Fabric Warehouse

If you’re just buying a yard or two of fabrics and you are not up to tackle Divisoria, then Fabric Warehouse is probably the most ideal place to go. Their branches are conveniently placed in malls like SM North and Megamall, Glorietta 5 and. Greenhills. Their Libis branch is probably the biggest.

Carolina’s Lace Shoppe

As the name says, they have all kinds of laces, from ribbons to fabrics, beads, button, sequins, etc. A perfect place to go if you’re sewing your own dress or gown. They also have different colors of felt and organza fabric for P60/yard. They also have quilt batting and fiber fills. You can visit their site for branches and other information.



Cotton Depot

I’ve been to their branch in Glorietta 5 and scored a very cool striped canvas fabric. I can’t remember the price though (probably P150-200/yard). You can check out their website for more information.

Megamall Basement

The basement of SM Megamall Bldg B. is lined with fabric shops including Fabric Warehouse although I don’t often go here. Most of the fabrics here are good for dresses but if you’re looking for linen type or upholstery fabric, they have quite limited choices.

Glorietta 4

Like the basement of SM Megamall, Glorietta 4 below the food court, has its own cluster of fabric stores. I love graphic fabrics and there is this store that carries a wide range of Moda Japanese Fabric for P300/yard and up (although I can’t remember its name.)

Larry’s Curtains and Upholstery Supplies

If you’re looking for fine leather and leatherette, every color of linen or cotton fabrics for your upholstery and curtain needs, this is the place to go. Most of the fabrics here are imported so the price is quite above average. A yard of plain leatherette starts at P600/yard and a solid color linen is around P400/yard.

Market! Market!

Another favorite of mine for fabric shopping. There’s this store called Cloth Craft that sells Moda Fabric from Japan for P200/yard which is way cheaper than the stall in Glorietta 4 that also sells Moda Japanese fabrics for P350/yard and up. Their selection is limited though compared to the Glorietta 4 store.

There’s a lot more so I’ll be updating this post soon. Feel free to add your favorite fabric stores. I’d really appreciate the extra information.

Shopping Guide: Plastic Rocking Chair

I can still remember the days when we used to play by our grandparents’ antique rocking chair (tumba-tumba, as we called it). We were kids then so we didn’t really use the rocking chair for relaxing, drinking coffee in the morning while reading a newsletter kinda of relaxation. Anyway, rocking chairs seem to be on trend right now and if only our house has floor as nice as the image above and if Bryce were a bit older (because for sure it would become one of his toys instead), I’d definitely buy one.
 

For those of you who are interested, here’s where you can find the cheapest one I found (in the Philippines).

It’s actually P2,999.75 at Uratex Warehouse: 32 Miller St., San Francisco Del Monte, Quezon City (Sorry for the fuzzy image. I only had my phone with me when I visited the warehouse)

I also found someone, Marykay Cherry in Sulit.com.ph selling the same Uratex chairs for P4,500. If you live down south, I guess the trip to Quezon City would be worth it especially if you’re saving P1,500 for this cute accent chair.

Baxton Studio White Plastic Rocking Chair: $179

If you’re not in the Philippines, Amazon.com probably has the cheapest one for $115.00 and I found one from eBay for $129.00 and Walmart for $129.99