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Reader Question: What Can I Do With A Mirror Without A Frame?

Discover where you can order customized frames for your frameless mirrors

Photography: Paolo Feliciano

Q: We have an old mirror here (about 2.5ft x 4ft) that doesn't have a frame. I'm thinking of making it the focal point of our room with a custom frame. I'm sure Paete wood carvers can make one for me but it's too far. I hope you can refer Metro Manila-based suppliers. 

A: If you want high-quality workmanship at an affordable price, be prepared for an out-of-town trip. The best wood carvers can be found in Betis, Pampanga and Paete, Laguna. They are skilled craftsmen and can provide you with the type of mirror that you want. It will be worth the long trip to have an instant treasure in your home—something that will increase in value over time.

If you really don't have the time to go to these provinces, visit Tiendesitas for intricately carved wood panels. 

(The made-to-order frames and mirrors in this photo were made by interior designer Elaine Isip-Tiangco's aunt Ophelia. You may contact her at 0917 941 0914. - Ed.)

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Read the original article ("Ask It") in the October 2008 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details. 

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