Tips and Guides

5 Specialty Shops that You Need to Visit Over the Holidays

Don’t walk—run to these five specialty home stores


If you’re the type of homeowner who cannot spare an extra minute thinking of which home store to go to, then it is best to head to a specialty shop instead of wasting countless hours browsing through all-in-one home stores.

Here’s a quick guide to five stores that cater to a very specific style, décor piece, and market—no second-guessing allowed here!

All photos courtesy of the author, the Real Living Team, and Paolo Feliciano (Chrysara Nest).


For gifts for the person with everything

Shelter is a jewel of a shop filled to the brim with vignettes of luxurious, colorful, and unique items that will please even the poshest homeowner. Make a beeline for the Christian Lacroix notebooks, Dior scented candles, Jackie Shapiro dinnerware, and stacks of beautiful design coffee table books. Don’t forget to sneak a bite of the delicious cupcakes from the in-store café.

Shelter, 6th floor, East Wing, Shangri-la Plaza, Mandaluyong City.


For unusual but affordable kitchen accessories

H&M is known for their fast-fashion finds, but some branches carry a tightly edited collection of homeware that have that trendy, magazine-worthy style but at extremely affordable prices.

Vintage-printed aprons for less than P400? Cups and saucers for P250? Printed bulldog paper napkins for P150? Count us in!

H&M Home, Robinsons Magnolia, Dona Hemady Ave., Quezon City. 


For massive, sculptural pieces

Dumaguete artist Karl Aguila is known for his massive, sculptural furniture and accessories that are practically works of art. Weathered solid wood, bone, antlers, and natural stone all figure in his pieces.

In their bigger, newly relocated showroom in LRI, you can find more of these dramatic pieces in the form of doors, pedestals, center tables, and chairs along with tribal bags, buffalo horn accessories, and photographs by Anna Barlund.

Atelier Aguila, G/F, LRI Design Plaza, 210 N. Garcia St., Makati City |


For religious and vintage-style figurines

This Pampanga-based, long-time exporter of lovely handmade décor with a vintage touch has opened a retail store in Mandaluyong in recent years. 

Browse their delightful shop for intricate religious décor and saints, antique-style poupettes, 1930s-inspired dollheads, and many more interesting figurines.

Chrysara Nest, 776 Col. Buenaventura St., Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City. Tel. (02) 724-0172. 


For Boho-Asian décor

The Inspiration Seekers Charlene Carlos and Leona Panutat have already made their mark as the purveyors of colorful, laid-back, Southeast Asian fashion and décor with a contemporary Bohemian touch.

Check out their Instagram account for up-and-coming workshops, special sales, and new collections.

L’Indochine is at SM Aura and Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall | Instagram handle: @theinspirationseekers.

For more secret home stores, read the April issue of Real Living magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

More on

5 Shops that You Need to Visit this Weekend

4 Pinoy Plant Shops on Instagram

RL Picks: Shopping in Divisoria, Dangwa, Dapitan Arcade, and more


Latest Stories

IKEA PH To Open Soon!

The Swedish furniture giant finally found a local partner

This Mom Built Her Kids a Tree House in Their QC Backyard

Read on to find out how she did it—you can do this, too!

You Can Earn An Extra P20K Every Month By Managing a Home

Discover how one Pinay does it

3 Bathroom Styles We Can Learn from Kris Aquino

From colorful to masculine—we’ve got looks that can spruce up even the tiniest of T&Bs

A Tiny Studio Unit Becomes A Hotel-Style Home

In another makeover marvel by Elle Uy, the decorator transforms a dark studio unit into a chic and airy space

Get the Look of Iza Calzado’s Bedroom

Give your sleeping space an easy, dainty makeover with the right pieces

5 Amazing Closet Cleaning Tips You Can Try

Achieve your dream wardrobe with these handy tricks

How To Vacuum Your Home Properly

Here’s how to avoid all the usual vacuuming mistakes. Plus, learn about a revolutionary new material that will help you bust all that dirt at home.

A Cozy and Modern Family Home in Quezon City

Works of art, beautiful fabrics, and a mix of old and new pieces bring this townhouse to life

5 Things To Never Clean With Baking Soda

This finely milled powder has its downsides, too

There's An Affordable Way To Keep Your Home Smelling Good 24/7

Say no to artificial fragrances with this three-step hack

A KonMari Reality Show Is Coming To Netflix

Will de-cluttering diva Marie Kondo's new show spark joy?
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!