10 Home Stores in Manila That Make You Want to Redecorate
A mix of global chain and homegrown shops for nesters
(SPOT.ph) The Internet has become a repository of images of dream homes: perfect nooks and crannies that got us Instagram double-tapping, Pinterest pinning, and inspiring us to spruce up our own spaces, whether big or small. Then, there are those real celeb homes and georgeous movie sets we could only dream of having all to ourselves (if we happen to win the lottery).
"Home shopping"? These home stores and lifestyle shops might just have that décor or anchor piece you're looking for.
Address: Unit C14 Building B, CW Ortigas Home Depot, 1 Julia Vargas Avenue, Pasig City
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.editionlifestyle.com
Store hours: 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
This little gem of a shop is also home to Habitual Coffee. Have a cup (brewed, Aeropressed, cold-pressed) and lace cookies as you check out their furnishing offerings from impressive local brands like Aeropagita and WareShop and notebooks by Sunday Paper Co. and Paper St. The sunny, casual space is also a good place to meet up with your interior designer or if you're looking for one, inquire about their in-house design studio.
Picks: WareShop dinner plates and placemats with pastel critter prints; Irregular-shaped mirrors; Bone-china deer horns and wings
*Edition Lifestyle has closed.
Address: 3/F SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City; 4/F SM Mega Fashion Hall, Mandaluyong City
Contact: 808-5420, www.facebook.com/ShopLindochine
Store hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sisters-in-law Charlene Carlos and Leona Panutat (also the women behind the style blog, The Inspiration Seekers) handpick gorgeous beaded and embroidered soft furnishings, wooden hand-painted door knobs and wooden trays, and bag charms and purses from India and Southeast Asian countries for their shop, L'Indochine, which has branches at SM Aura and SM Megamall. The patterns are rich but not heady; feminine but not cloying. They also have some plain and printed blouses, kaftans, and scarves with the same casual sophisticated vibe.
Picks: Batik square throw pillows; Burmese lacquerware; Tasseled printed rug
Crate & Barrel
Address: 4/F SM Mega Fashion Hall, Mandaluyong City
Contact: 942-0771, 942-0794
Store hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
A wide, impressive selection of mostly cooking and baking implements and tableware is sprawled in this US franchise's spacious one-level branch. They carry brands like Le Creuset and Lodge for skillets and pots; Cuisinart and De Longhi for coffee machines; Joseph and Joseph and Tovolo for kitchen tools. A kitchen whiz can easily spend hours here. There are also some cookbooks and bar stools for sale, as well as bed and bath essentials.
Picks: HUE and Roscoe mugs, dinner plates, and bowls in delectable colors; Stoneware Studio by JonoPandolfi; Bar glasses and drink-mixing tools
Address: CW Home Depot, Ortigas, 1 D. Julia Vargas Avenue, Pasig City
Contact: 570-4663, 0917-320-0994, www.facebook.com/urbanabode.manila
Store hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Interior designer Kristine Neri's two-level shop is a wonderland of industrial-style and eco-chic furnishings. Here you'll find their signature burlap pillowcases and barn lamps, sawdust trays, and big-ticket items like sofas and tables. They also customize furniture—just inquire with their friendly staff. There are also one-offs like vintage leather suitcases reworked as side tables and small items like room sprays that make a good housewarming gift.
Picks: Malibu Drift coffee table chest; Mikka Geo side table; geometric lamps
Blue Carreon Home
Address: Shop L216 Century City Mall, Barangay Poblacion, Makati City
Contact: 556-7812, 0916-511-2583, bluecarreonhome.com
Store hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Monday to Thursday), 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Friday to Sunday)
New York and Hong Kong-based fashion writer Blue Carreon's eponymous shop exudes modern opulence. Expect classic shapes (quatrefoil), graphic pattern (chevron in black and white) and finishes (mostly antique gold). He designs elegant chairs, stools, dividers, etagere, and vanity trays-which he fills with resin clam shell and quirky plasters of torso and ruined face.
Picks: Chevron-patterned furniture pieces; Blue Chippendale-style chair; Palm Beach mirror
Address: Central Square, Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City
Contact: 950-8187, www.facebook.com/PotteryBarnPH
Store hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Monday to Thursday), 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Friday to Sunday)
Think of Pottery Barn as an upscale department store for the home. It can be quite overwhelming at first so allot enough time to leisurely explore the corners and tableaus of this two-level US franchise. On the first floor, you'll find an assortment of tableware, most of which can be bought separately, placemats and table runners. There are also cabinets, sofas, and even outdoor furniture sets. Soft furnishings, lamps, vases are abundant. On the second floor, there's Pottery Barn Kids, bed and bath sections, and a selection of wall and floor coverings.
Picks: Mini cheese board with tools; bulldog and chihuahua salt shakers; printed duvet cover sets; perhaps everything from the kids' section (Too cute! And there some items you can snap up for yourself.)
Open House Manila
Address: Unit 320 LRI Design Plaza, 210 N. Garcia Street, Makati City
Contact: 0917-541-2671, email@example.com
Store hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Monday to Saturday)
Open House Manila offers an edited selection of exquisite furnishings by industrial designer Gabby Lichauco, who's also one of the store owners, Lilliana Manahan, SC Ruiz, and SC Vizcarra. The designs are timeless and no-nonsense, ideal for discerning new nesters who want to invest in good-quality furniture that would stand out. They also customize modular kitchen and shelving units. Not yet ready for a big purchase? Check out their tea towels and placemats by Evrywhr and painterly plates and saucers.
Picks: Bialetti armchair; Coco sofa; colorful pendant lamps by SC Vizcarra
Address: G/F SM Makati, Ayala Center, Makati City
Contact: 893-1612, www.hm.com/ph/department/HOME
Store hours: Mall hours
There's another reason to troop to H&M's SM Makati branch aside from hitting the racks of on-trend apparels. The home section is teeming with reasonably priced furnishings divided into a few distinct styles. There is a simple chic selection of the everyday things like aprons and tea towels, drawer pulls and hooks. One side is teeming with neutrals, muted tones, and classic prints; and another is stocked with blush tones and florals. There are also small sections for kids, bed, and bath. Other branches are located at Robinsons Magnolia and another one in SM North EDSA.
Picks: H&M Conscious Line of tea towels made of organic cotton; "Standard Goods" tableware; drawer pulls and hooks; wire baskets
Address: 7635 Guijo Street, Makati City
Contact: 0917-663-1011, www.facebook.com/restockph
Store hours: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Monday to Saturday)
A quiet residential street in Makati nestles Restock, a charming little store that sells furniture and accessories for you and your home, designed by local artists. There are leather goods by Lost Nomad, handcrafted jewelry by MISPO, notebooks by Twothirtysixty, watercolor prints by Gel Jamlang, mixed-media art by Geovanni Abing, to name some. Have a paper cup (adorable logo!) of coffee as you look around.
Picks: Newspaper-print chairs; framed papercut art by Lala Gallardo; your own Instagram photos printed onto magnets
Address: Active Fun Building, 9th Avenue corner 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City
Store hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Manila's trendy set was already familiar with Cath Kidston's iconic English floral prints way before this brand from London opened a branch in BGC last year. Indeed, different kinds of dainty floral prints are aplenty here, like cutlery sets and stationeries, laundry bags and tin cases. Not into florals? There are dots, clouds, and prints of the English countryside and London buses. The items here are pretty and meant to be seen, not kept.
Picks: Three-tier Clifton Rose cake stand; adjustable aprons; knitting and sewing bags; onesies and nursing capes
Photographs by Kathleen Valle, Jo Manalastas (Crate & Barrel), Loren Evangelista (Cath Kidston), and from the establishments' official websites, Facebook pages, and Instagram accounts