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15 Best Living Room and Bedroom Pieces To Invest in

There is even a sofa bed in here for less than P20,000!

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Photography: Kurt Alvarez (products), JP Meneses (photo collages) Styling: Dagny Madamba and Kamila Arianna Garcia

Do you still have a bit of money leftover from your 13th month pay or Christmas bonus? Instead of blowing it on a new cellphone, perhaps you should set it aside for a wiser investment: a quality piece of furniture for your home.

In our third installment of the RL Awards 2017 series, we got our regular Real Living interior designers and contributors Dagny Madamba and Vera Villarosa Orila to scour the stores and sit, lie down, and test these furniture pieces. Here are their picks, which they based on the quality of workmanship, style, and value-for-money.

BEDROOM



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1. Bed: Odda Bed, P34,998, Blims Fine Furniture

“The headboard of this queen-size bed is sure to add character to a bedroom, and it is more affordable because it uses a mix of solid wood and medium density fiberboard. It also comes with a night table that complements the style of the bed frame.” —Dagny Madamba, interior designer and stylist

2. Wardrobe: Bay Armoire, P42,450, Philux

“Louver doors allow for ventilation inside the cabinet, and the rich mahogany wood finish gives a warmer feel, which sets this piece apart from the usual laminated wardrobe types.”—Vera Villarosa Orila, interior designer

3. Armchair: Metropole Chair, P169,990, Crate & Barrel

“This classy armchair can give a lot of oomph to any bedroom or living area, if you are willing to spend a little.”—VVO

4. Mattress: Sealy Mattress, price available upon request

“A good quality mattress also means good quality sleep. The Sealy mattress can offer the best support for your body, since the foundation is good and springs are connected and designed to counter your weight—meaning it won’t sag easily.”—DM

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5. Area Rug: Decoliving Manila, price available upon request

“This is a statement rug with a pattern that is not readily available off the floor. Although Decoliving carries a higher price range, the services that the brand provides—like mock-ups and after-sales-services—are top-notch.”—DM

6. Bed: Stockholm Queen Bed, P62,950, Philux

“Evident in the use of materials and natural finishes, this bed has a modern-Filipino twist to it. It can stand as a piece de resistance in the bedroom, loft, or even in a studio unit.”—VVO

LIVING ROOM



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1. Media Storage: Wyatt Media Console, price available upon request, Crate & Barrel

“This solid wood media console is warm and elegant with its beautiful wood grains matched with an iron frame and antique-finish cabinet pulls. There’s enough storage for players and gaming consoles and other items. It also has cutouts at the back for cord management.”—DD

2. Armchair: Eiffel Dark Gray Accent Chair, P169,990, Crate & Barrel

“The look of this accent chair is charming and nostalgic. The plump upholstery is surprisingly comfortable, especially when you rest your head on the backrest. The recline of the chair is perfect for lounging or reading a book.”—DD

3. Area Rug: Allta Multi Rug, P38,999, Crate & Barrel

“This striking, graphic rug can be used both indoors and outdoors. It is 100% polypropylene, which means it could withstand high traffic areas, and is easy to maintain and clean.”—DD

4. Lighting Fixture: Nola 6L, price available upon request, Home Cartel

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“Rooted from a mid-century style, this light fixture can complete the look of your living or dining room, or even bedroom. It will look good in any interior, with Nordic, industrial-chic, mid-century, and a little bit of Scandinavian-glam styles.”—VVO

5. Coffee Table: Linton Center Table, P19,998, Blims Fine Furniture

“The versatile design of this center table makes it a good choice, regardless of the style of your other furniture pieces. The satin metal finish of the base can give your space a bit of glam, as well.”—VVO

6. Editor’s pick for sofa: Vienna Sofa Bed, P29,998, Blims Fine Furniture

This sofa bed has two great things going for it: the tufted, midcentury-style design, and the drop-down backrest that immediately transforms it into a single-size bed.

RUNNERS-UP

1. Coffee Table: Perth Coffee Table, price available upon request, EDIA


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“This coffee table is also a space-saving piece, as it can also function as a dining table or workstation. They used hydraulics to lift one portion up and transform it into another function. There is also enough storage inside for small items like remotes, laptops, and books.”—DD

2. Sofa Bed: KX Izzy Sofa Bed, P19,950, SM Home


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“This budget-friendly sofa can seat up to three people, but when you want to get more comfortable lounging or watching TV, you can pull down the middle portion of the sofa and it turns into a small table for drinks or snacks. Unfold the sofa and you get a double-sized bed with two loose cushions, to boot.”—DD

3. Armchair: RG279 Relaxer Manual Standard, P79,950, SM Home


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“This lounger is as relaxing as any other lounger, without the massive bulk. You can adjust the recline and footrest easily using a lever on the side of the chair. It comes in two shades: gray and brown.”—DD

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