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RL Spotlight: Patsy Paterno's Favorite Things

This mom, Papemelroti co-owner, and crafter shares lovely home picks that reveal her creativity


Read the original article ("My 10 Favorite Things at Home”) in the August 2014 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 home design idea

"The ideas I am attracted to are usually hand-painted or quirky or crafted by hand. Most of the furniture in my living room are samples from our stores hand-painted by my brother Robert [Alejandro]. I love them! I enjoy seeing mismatched chairs and odd color combinations.”

Visit Papemelroti at Korben Place, 91 Roces Ave., Quezon City

Favorite pick-me-up treat

“I love to paint, sew by hand, make brooches from scrap fabric and old buttons, and experiment with scrap materials. I do not like to buy expensive things, and I just love it when I find a bargain.”

Favorite home accessory

“Do books count? I love books and have so many. They are everywhere! I do not have enough shelves!”

Favorite home scent

“What I love are the cooking smells that emanate from Lucy’s kitchen! I don’t cook, and usually cannot tell what is on the stove…but I love coffee in the espresso maker! And my husband Luigi’s concoctions, like pizza with chorizo from the Salcedo market.”

Try the scent of herbs and spices from Karmakamet,

Favorite home gadget

“I love my Hurom Juicer. Every morning, our househelp Lucy slices apple, mango, orange, singkamas, carrot, cucumber, and I put them into the juicer with some lettuce leaves and celery. It tastes so good, and I feel so healthy!” Available at leading appliance stores

Favorite object on the night table

“A gift from my brother Robert, The Little Book of Saints. It’s a beautiful book, and he gave it to me because I told him I wanted to make a book with paintings of saints and write interesting things about them.” Find a similar book at St. Paul’s, 2/L SM North EDSA, Quezon City 

Favorite area in the house

“My very messy craft room. I don’t have time to clean up, so I tend to leave things lying around even if there is no space to walk on.”

Favorite recycling trick

“One of my best memories is going to the mountains or the beach to pick up seeds, twigs, flowers or branches…to make into wreaths, mobiles, etc. My mother used to make stuffed toys out of scrap cloth to sell. My sisters and I are all basureros at heart and we collect bottles, corks, old clothes, and others.” Check out to see Patsy’s crafts

Favorite travel destination

“I would love to go any place where they have a huge flea market! My dream destination includes scrounging around mounds of inexpensive, interesting, broken, and strange stuff!”

Check out UVLA, Cubao X, Gen. Romulo Ave., Cubao, Quezon City, mobile 0917-351-6871


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