Shopping Guide

RL Picks: 5 Essential Pieces for the Home

These basic pieces will take you through each stage of your life


Invest in clean-lined but stylish furnishings that are so versatile that they can take you from bachelor couch crashing to moving into a family home, and are neutral enough to blend in with any style. 

Picks and Styling by Issa Villar and Dagny Madamba. Assisted by Tala Singson. Photographed by Paolo Feliciano.

Read the original article ("5 Easy Pieces ") in the July 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details. 

Make sure you have these:

A set of lamps

These lamps, with their unique shapes, can be used either as ambient side lighting or as regular pendant lighting. 

Framed Poster

Artwork adds a finishing touch. A simple framed poster is affordable, and can be mixed with other wall hangings. 

Sofa Bed

Get one of good quality—and in a neutral color—to last you through the years.

A Console Table

More than just something for the foyer, a console table is quite versatile, as it can be a dining table, double as an occasional table, and help define or enclose an area.


A sturdy and comfortable upholstered armchair can serve myriad purposes: a chair for lounging in a bedroom, as a kabisera in a dining room, or as an accent chair in a living room.

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