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 | www.atelieraguila.com.
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.
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