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RL Spotlight: An Artist and Calligrapher's Favorite Things

Paper goods designer Fozzy Castro-Dayrit shares the simple things that bring her joy at home

Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions Styling: Dagny Madamba

Read the original article in the October 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.

Favorite Object on the Night Table

“Whatever I'm currently reading. I love books and I actually sniff the pages like it's my happy drug. Well, it really is.” 

Favorite Recycling Trick

“I'm a sucker for old wood and reusing them to mix with contemporary pieces. Our front door is solid narra from an old house and my desk is made out of old wood slabs.”

Find secondhand wood along Laong Laan St., España, Manila.

Favorite Home Scent

“Simoy ng Haraya's Lemongrass & Citronella. I love its freshness! Having citronella also makes me feel better given the rainy season mosquitoes.”

For orders. visit or contact 0917 861 2101

Favorite Area in the House

“My daughter Hero's reading nook. She has a small shelf for her books and toys. I'm hoping to the heavens she never outgrows her fondness for reading!”

Favorite Home Design Book

“Design Sponge and Domino. The ingenuity of how they put together elements gives me so much inspiration in my work.” 

Favorite Home Gadget

“The coffeemaker. Without it we'll have chaos and maybe war.”

Philips Saeco Xelsis, available at Rustan’s Department Store

Favorite Home Accessory

“Our gray chair. It's the first thing my husband and I bought for our condo, even if it wasn't turned over yet! I'm so emotionally attached to it, it's crazy.”

Find similar pieces at Our Home.

Fozzy's Work

Visit Fozzy’s website:

Her paper goods calligraphy prints are available at Heima, 3 Brixton St., Kapitolyo, Pasig City. Follow @thefozzybook on Twitter and Instagram. 


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