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What Your Home Needs For a Quick 2018 Update

This is what we are seeing in the latest furniture collections: Scandinavian design, bold patterns, and bright colors. There's one here for every budget!


We always try a new haircut, or a totally different makeup color to charge up our New Year. Why not give your own home the same boost for 2018? You don’t have to change an entire room—all you need are one or two accent furniture pieces, or if you are on a budget, small accessories in on-trend shapes and colors.

Here’s what to expect this year from the popular furniture stores, locally, categorized per spending budget:


US brand West Elm’s 2018 collection is luxe but cozy, and soft and fuzzy, with a lot of blush tints and muted metallics. Case in point: the art deco-ish Thea Chair in lovely blush upholstery (US$699):

We also can’t get enough of their rose gold accessories and cutlery. Their rose gold flatware is currently 20% off.

West Elm’s Fairy Tale collection of dinnerware and ceramics (US$29 and up for the vases) has whimsical, hand-painted designs that remind us of Picasso’s early works:


For Habitat, young designers play with the “haute couture” concept, and Habitat’s Paris-based Design Studio corralled a group of young designers, who infused fun patterns, vibrant color, and midcentury forms into their 2018 collection of accessories and furniture.

Finnish designer and illustrator Janine Rewell used simple shapes and a happy mix of mustard, blush, and eggplant colors in her modern soft furnishings (very Scandinavian, indeed). The Janine rug seen here (P19,800) would definitely brighten up a neutral room, and the Janine cushion (also seen in top photo, P1,745) would do the same to a white sofa.

French graphic designer Floriane Jacques designed this vibrant, almost tropical-looking foliage pattern for Habitat Design Studio. The Kilys lampshade is P2,500, duvet cover is P6,950, while the pillows range from P1,195 to P3,250.


Many shoppers would be surprised to find out that you can buy an on-trend pillow, storage basket, or bed linen at H&M Home, just a few steps away from a rack of dresses! What we’ve been seeing at H&M lately: flora and fauna, and a lot of green, as seen in this Leaf Print Duvet Set:

H&M’s printed porcelain plates are adorable, especially with these vintage-style animal illustrations. You can even hang these on the wall as décor!


Moving on to a local brand, we were so delighted to find out that visual storyteller Ito Kish curated Robinsons Department Store’s home and living section, coming up with designer-style pieces at very affordable prices. We love his Cool Life collection, which is filled with crisp, blue-and-white pieces, like this set of wooden trays, which only cost P699 for all three:

There’s a distinct “Icelandic” flavor to these vases and pillows, with its vibrant colors and distinctly Scandinavian patterns. The vases go for P349 to P549 each, and the pillow costs only P299 and up.

Where to buy:


  • 3/L Abenson, 5th Ave. & 28th St., BGC
  • 2/L Glorietta 3, Ayala Center, Makati City
  • 2/L UP Town Center, Katipunan Ave., Quezon Citu

H&M Home

  • SM Makati, Ayala Center, Makati City
  • Robinsons Magnolia, New Manila, Quezon City
  • SM North EDSA – The Block, Quezon City

Robinsons Department Store

Click here to see a list of branches

West Elm

Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Meralco Ave., Pasig City

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