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Would You Believe These Decorative Pieces Are Budget Finds From Divisoria?

None of these sophisticated decorative items are above P500, some are below P20! A designer shares how to choose and style these budget pieces.

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Photography: Dairy Darilag Styling: Dagny Madamba

We asked interior designer and stylist Dagny Madamba to take on a challenge: to style three different vignettes around the house using home accessories—rugs and pillows included—that don’t exceed P500 in price.

Instead of being daunted (pillow cases in department stores already cost P500 per piece!) our intrepid designer and self-admitted bargain hunter hit the streets of Divisoria, Dapitan, and Dangwa to search for cheap but sophisticated budget finds. We couldn’t believe she bought most of these for a song.


Here’s how she styled each one:

Layer the pieces and play with height.


Follow the “triangle method” of styling (one tall object, 2 smaller ones), and layer the decorative items, placing them one if front of the other, and adding height by way of pedestals or books. Mix rough and smooth textures, opaque and transparent items for visual variety, and add fresh flowers and leaves. “The shorter eucalyptus sprigs in Dangwa are more affordable,” shares Dagny.

Natural Wood Base, P120, Canvas (used as tablecloth), P50/yard, Metallic Geometric Décor, P50, all from Divisoria; Clear Narrow Bud Vase, P100, Egg Tray, P120, Carved Wood Stump, P100, Faceted Glass Candy Jar, P100, all from Dapitan Arcade; Mums, P80/bunch, Berries, P50, Eucalyptus Sprigs, P100, all from Dangwa Market

Light it up.


Votives and pillar candles can add warmth and sophistication to a space and can put people in a festive mood, but if you’re worried about fire safety, go for battery operated ones, which are just as lovely. These artificial candles are much cheaper at Divi, than those at hardware stores. The finishing touch: a faux fur throw. “It’s the priciest thing in the vignette, but it’s worth it because it adds texture and it’s pretty,” says Dagny.

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Battery-Operated Candles, P60 (small), P130 (tall), Wired Glass Beads, P100/pc, Clear Glass Vase, P250, Old-fashioned Tray, P300, all from Dapitan Arcade; Metallic Geometric Décor, P45-P50, Bulb-Shaped Vase and Wood Finial, P60-P100, Wood Trunk Base, P80, Faux Fox Fur, P450 and up, all from Divisoria; Berries, P50, Eucalyptus Sprigs, P100, both from Dangwa Market

Choose neutrals and sophisticated hues.


Bright, primary colors scream “cheap,” so if you’re getting budget finds, go for subtle and elegant neutrals in cream, beige, white, and natural wood, with accents of sage green. “Most of the wood bases and pedestals that they sell in Divisoria are freshly cut santol or mango wood,” Dagny says. “To keep these from getting moldy, dry the pieces under the sun before using them.”

Throwpillow covers, P300/pair, Natural Wood Base (for candle), P80, Faux Fur (used as rug), P395/yd, all from Divisoria; Faux Candle, P65/pc, Wooden Pot, P150, Dapitan Arcade; Hurricane Glass, P250, Dangwa Market

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