The 15 Best Home Stores in Manila

Whatever your style, you'll love these shops for their furniture and decor.

PHOTO BY Urban Abode Instagram / Habitat website

(SPOT.ph) There’s something about home and design stores that makes you look forward to becoming an adult—that is, minus the humdrum responsibilities that come with adulthood. You pass by that gorgeous window display and eventually make your way inside the shop itself, then try to imagine all the beautiful things you could fill your future home with. Whether you’re still waiting for that dream apartment or house, or you’re already living the life you’ve always wanted, here are 15 home stores in Manila that could easily fill up any homeowner’s wish list.

Urban Abode

If you remember the houses outside Manila that you used to visit as a kid, or even your own childhood home, chances are you’ll find some of those vintage pieces reinvented with a contemporary look or pop of color at Urban Abode. This local design and lifestyle brand is the brainchild of interior designer Kristine Neri-Magturo and Michael Magturo. It was established in November 2013, with a focus on bespoke furniture as well as imported and local décor. They’ve also established partnerships with local brands such as Gouache, Bow House, and Simoy ng Haraya for design collaborations and other retail projects.

Urban Abode is at CW Home Depot Ortigas, 1 Doña Julia Vargas Avenue, near corner Meralco Avenue, Pasig City.

Crate & Barrel

When Crate & Barrel opened shop in Manila in 2014 (along with Pottery Barn and West Elm), homeowners found another good excuse to up their design game with some contemporary pieces for their space. Each well-curated section of the brand’s sprawling showrooms will make you want to redecorate your abode or find a housewarming gift for friends and family. They’ve thought of every detail you could add to your home, from sleek kitchen products to elegant bedroom fixtures and modern living room items.

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Crate & Barrel is at Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City; SM Makati, Makati City; and SM Aura, Bonifacio Global City.

PHOTO BY Ian Santos

Artesania

Fans of Mozaic Living in Mandaluyong breathed a sigh of relief when the furniture showroom and café moved to Makati and renamed itself Artesania. It keeps the same cool concept that made it a big hit among office folk and homeowners alike: While sipping on your coffee or having a quick meal, you can consider any of the pieces around you as they’re all available to take home for your own space. You can pair that jolt of caffeine with a couple of beautiful home pieces, which is a win-win situation in our books.

Aretsania is at 910 Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City.

Habitat

From monochromatic dining sets to sleek vases, a trip to Habitat will always be a highlight of your shopping day. The London-born shop is where you’ll find muted colors and modern pieces that will help make your space stay on point. Habitat launched in Manila in 2015 as part of the brand’s international expansion, with other showrooms popping up in the same year in China, Thailand, Doha, and Guatemala. Pro tip: Their design specialists can help you create your dream space. Just send them a layout of your home or apartment, shop for pieces that you like at the store, then you’ll get recommendations from their team. You can then have your choices delivered to your home and assembled on the same day.

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Habitat is at 5th Avenue and 28th Street 3/F Abenson (beside Ascott), Bonifacio Global City; and 2/F Glorietta 3 Ayala Center, Makati City.

Commune Home

Commune Home is a Singapore-based shop that was founded in 2011 and arrived in the Philippines just this year, 2018. They place a high regard for quality and sustainability, with designs that use eco-conscious wood and timber from sustainable sources in the U.S., Europe, and Southeast Asia. They focus on creating furniture that’s modern, comfortable, space-saving, and functional—perfect for the Metro’s urban dweller. A walk around their showroom (which also has its own café) lets you in on a variety of moods and styles, ranging from Scandinavian to midcentury modern and industrial pieces.

Commune Home is at 6/F East Wing, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City.

Heima Home & Lifestyle

Quirky homeowners found their haven when Heima opened its doors in 2009. The home and lifestyle store takes pride in “building happy homes” with their range of vibrant products which includes tables, seating, storage, accessories, and lights, as well as scents, prints, and paper goods. Partners Bong Rojales and interior designer Rossy Anne Yabut Rojales were inspired by their love of music, design, and travel when they established the brand, which aims to introduce a touch of warmth and welcoming air to any home.

Heima Home & Lifestyle is at Unit 103 Three Brixton Building, 3 Brixton Street, Barangay Kapitolyo, Pasig City.

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn is a shop that could easily be the epitome of your dream house at the Hamptons—that is, if you ever get to afford one. It’s easy to get lost among their striking display of towering bed frames and fluffy sheets, but they do have smaller items you could give to mom or your favorite tita for those very special occasions. Don’t worry if you can’t have that perfect beach house just yet—there’s plenty of design inspiration over here to tide you over until then.

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Pottery Barn is at Central Square, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City; and Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City.

House of Ital

Think of House of Ital as that good friend who will help you and your interior designer choose the right pieces for your space. It’s true that there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to furniture shopping, and House of Ital makes sure that your home isn’t just stylish, but that it reflects your personality above all else. The shop features a mix of high-end furniture, mattresses, and lights that suit a range of tastes and requirements.

House of Ital is at 3/F Uptown Mall, Uptown Bonifacio; and 2/F Ayala Malls The 30th, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City.

H&M Home

You already love their clothes, so why not choose some pieces there for the home, too? H&M Home has plenty of prints and colors to pop up in any abode, but you could also go for subtle hues if a touch of elegance is more your style. They have fashionable vases, linens, plates, sheets, towels, and other options that will have you lingering around the store for hours.

H&M Home is at G/F Robinsons Magnolia, Quezon City; G/F UP Town Center, Quezon City; and G/F SM Makati, Makati City. 

West Elm

West Elm’s pieces will remind you of every well-designed American home you saw in a movie or TV series. This Williams-Sonoma subsidiary brand is all American in look and origin, but has that international design appeal. One of their recent partnerships is with a Bali-based ceramic studio, for a sophisticated stoneware dinnerware set. They hold occasional workshops at the store, such as macramé and stamp carving, in case you just want to be surrounded by their gorgeous pieces.

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West Elm is at Ground Floor, Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City.

Dimensione

You’ll find plenty of home and décor options at Dimensione, from large stylish furniture to small interesting knickknacks. Studio Dimensione features classic pieces to avant-garde and minimalist designs from brands such as Arper, Cappellini, Foscarini, and other notable names. A walk around their showroom will have you dreaming up interesting nooks for your abode, or imagining possible improvements to your space.

See a list of Dimensione branches.

Design Story

If you’re looking for clean lines and cool hues with a touch of Scandi, head towards Design Story at Uptown Mall. The shop carries furniture and accessories from Stellar Works as well as Danish brand HAY. They have standout chairs and sought-after international designs that could very well be the highlight of your living room or study, as well as side tables, light fixtures, or shelves that are functional and one-of-a-kind.

Design Story is at 3/F Uptown Mall, Uptown Bonifacio.

Curio Cavern

We have the Danes to thank for LEGO, but aside from those timeless toy bricks they’re also topnotch when it comes to stylish home décor and furniture. Curio Cavern features Danish brands Gubi, Menu, and AYTM. There’s also South African décor brand Rialheim in their roster. While you may not have the budget right at this moment to score their precious stock, it’s worth a visit for design inspiration as you make a wish list for your own future abode.

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Curio Cavern is at Unit 127, LRI Design Plaza, 210 Nicanor Garcia Street, Bel-Air II, Makati City.

Philux

Philux has been in the business of furniture production for 30 years. Their sophisticated collections are made with premium mahogany, FSC acacia, ash, walnut, and gmelina wood, with form and function in mind. They take pride in their commitment to age-old craftsmanship, which includes using clamps, wood glue, and dowels, and combining these with the latest technology and methods to produce superior pieces at the best possible value. Aside from their regular furniture line, they also provide services for customized furniture, wood refurbishing, and rentals among others. They’ve also expanded the brand with a line for the little ones!

See a list of Philux branches.

Space Encounters

Interior design firm Space Encounters is responsible for a number of attractive restaurants around the Metro, so you know they mean business when it comes to choosing the right pieces for any space. You could take home their mid century modern armchairs alongside vintage items such as desks, coffee tables, lamps, and other accessories. For a brand that has one of the coolest offices in the Metro, you can be sure to grab some curious finds to match your aesthetic.

Space Encounters is at Unit B Mezzanine, Padilla Building, F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

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