It sure is nice to come home to a well-lit and nicely decorated home after a long day at work.
American psychologist Abraham Maslow was on to something when he said that shelter is one of man’s basic needs, along with air, water, and food. How else would you explain the sense of relief and relaxation you get simply by lounging at home?
At ShoppersGuide, we help you make your house a home. Whether you’re going for a Pinterest-worthy shabby-chic look or a more high-end, luxe aesthetic, we have the information to fill your home décor needs. Here’s a list of mid-level to high end stores where you could get your furniture and furnishing goals fulfilled.
Obsessed with cosmopolitan-looking furniture? The latest addition to furniture stores that will surely satisfy your obsession can be found on the 4th level of Shangri-la Plaza’s Main Wing in EDSA. Ego Italiano
recently opened on June 02, 2016 offering 100% Italian sofa—for the first-time in the Philippines.
Opening of Ego Italiano store at Shangri-La EDSA on June 2016
100% Italian sofa—for the first-time in the Philippines
On display in their shop are corner sofas, sofa beds, accent chairs, and coffee tables, which can be perfect embellishments for home interior. While their styles vary from edgy to curvy, each product is crafted meticulously to indulge their clients’ needs and preferences. They accept customized orders as long as clients are willing to wait until the requested product is shipped to the Philippines straight from Italy.
With more than 1,000 items in stock, Furniture Republic
is a provider of high-end furniture at a reasonable price. They offer furniture and furnishings to spruce up your bedroom, living room, dining room, and even outdoor space. For the home or corporate office, they also have office chairs, tables, and desks.
The Furniture Republic branch in Lucky Chinatown Mall, Binondo, Manila
Furniture Republic has branches in Pasay, Muntinlupa, Las Piñas, Manila, Quezon City, Laguna, Batangas, and Cagayan de Oro.
As a manufacturer and exporter of furniture and lamps, Locsin International
showcases the Filipino flair in furniture-making before the global stage. Their outdoor swings and hammocks made of synthetic fibers evoke an understated elegance, while their rattan pieces for indoor furniture are interesting conversation starters.
Locsin International booth
Locsin daybeds: a study in Filipino craftsmanship
Locsin has branches in Mandaluyong and Makati.
Urbanites who favor contemporary and functional designs might find what they’re looking for in Open House
. On display at their shop in Bel-Air, Makati are chairs, side tables, lamps, and other pieces from Manila’s up-and-coming interior and industrial designers.
The Open House showroom in Makati
Accents like plates, tea towels, and clocks are also available for those who just want to add a touch of something new to their home. Open House also offers customizable modular kitchens and walk-in closets.
Looking for a piece that is one of a kind? Then, you might want to check out Urban Abode
at the CW Home Depot in Ortigas. They specialize in custom-order furniture as well as home accessories done in the “warm-industrial-meets rustic-chic” aesthetic.
The Urban Abode Malibu Drift collection (Photo from Urban Abode)
Expect to find unique pieces like burlap pillows and coffee tables made out of repurposed wood. If decorating an entire space all by yourself seems like a daunting task, they also do custom installations for homes and businesses.
With luxe pieces sourced from the United States, Canada, and Italy, the Shelter showroom on the 6th level, East Wing, of the Shangri-la Plaza looks like a fashionista’s dream home.
The Hyde couch and area rug from Shelter (Photo from Shelter)
Their range of furniture and home accents come in clean lines and classic colors. Surprisingly, they also offer books that would be welcome additions to any coffee table. If you’re going for the ultra-modern and sophisticated look, this is the place to go.
Multi-awarded Filipino designer Ito Kish describes his style as “modern global Filipino.” That’s why indigenous materials like rattan, mahogany, and bamboo take center stage in his designs. He breathes new life to these materials, resulting in pieces that are truly Filipino while having a contemporary look and feel.
The La Union console table from Kish (Photo from Ito Kish Home)
With the recent completion of their rebranding initiative, Kish now covers three distinct areas. Ito Kish is the retail arm of the brand, offering a curated mix of furniture and accessories sourced from all over the world. Ito Kish Home is the designer’s own line of furniture and furnishings which pays homage to different Philippine regions. Kish Interiors, lastly, offers personalized interior design services.
showroom is located at Nicanor Garcia St., Bel-Air, Makati.
Simplicity and subtlety are at the forefront of Zen design principles, which are fundamentally the Japanese principles of design. It is no wonder, then, that Muji
retail stores are designed in a minimalist fashion. Now you can bring a similar calm and simplistic look into your home.
Dual-purpose table from Muji
Aside from their usual line of clothes, toiletries, and stationery, Muji also carries furniture in selected outlets. To keep your home organized, they offer storage solutions such as transparent acrylic cases and ash wood shelves that can be used individually or stacked together. They also have no-frills dining ware and kitchen utensils that are meant to make the food the real star of your meal.
For a successful home décor project, first determine the aesthetic you’re going for. Is it minimalist, shabby chic, or vintage, perhaps? This way, you can narrow down your choices and not be overwhelmed with what’s on the market. You can also draw inspiration from TV shows, magazines, or the Internet before hitting the stores. Then, set up a budget
to keep your spending in check.
When visiting home décor shops, ask the staff a lot of questions about the product you’re eyeing. They can advise you of its material, finish, and tips for proper maintenance.
As we, Filipinos, become more exposed to global influences, we also get to have more interior design styles to choose from to suit our tastes. And with lots of furniture and home décor shops in the metro, it should be a breeze to find the perfect pieces to make our homes a comfortable, don’t forget stylish, way to stay in.
All photos are from establishments’ official websites and Facebook pages.