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Shop of the Week: Chrysara Nest

Find unusual home decor in this store owned by National Artist for Dance Alice Reyes

Photography: Paolo Feliciano Pictorial Direction: Nat M. Clave

For over 30 years, Chrysara has been exporting handcrafted home décor items. Whenever Chrysara would join exhibits and furniture expos like Manila FAME, clients would always ask if there’s a local store they could go to. “Prior to opening Chrysara Nest, our local clients find us at Manila FAME, and beg to come visit the factory because they aren't allowed to buy the items on display,” says Rhea Dumdum-Bautista, Chrysara’s PR Consultant.

To meet the growing demand for interesting pieces, Chrysara owner Alice Reyes and her daughter, Sara Upton opened Chrysara Nest in July 2013. Alice is very hands-on when it comes to design conceptualization, which leads to highly original, quirky, but charming pieces. 

Meanwhile, Sara serves the sales and marketing director. “She is very involved in that she and a team are the ones who go to trade shows around the world, and she deals with local and international clients," says Rhea.

“Chrysara's local patrons are interior designers, shop owners, and people who love things with personality. Our roster of clients include high society, artists, and designers,” she adds. Now that the company has finally opened its local store, that roster will surely expand.

Photographed by Paolo Feliciano.

Read the original article (“Shop of the Month”) 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. 

Chrysara Nest is located at 776 Col Buenaventura St., Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City. 

RL Picks

Most of the items in Chrysara are made of resin, wood, metal, or papier mache, or a combination of all these materials. There are also items made of more organic materials like shells and abaca. All materials are sourced locally. 

Dog Bookends, P3,800; Clyde Cat Box, P1,100; Moliere Figurine, P900; Lorraine Doll, P2,200; Yuan Empress, P8,000; Cameo in Wooden Finish, P5,800; Baby Shoe, P500

Sunburst Mirror

If you were to pick just one accent piece, a mirror in sunburst frame will do the trick. Toscana Mirror Frame in Antique White, P12,000; Sta. Rosalia on Cloud Base, P6,500

Alice's Living Room

In the home of Chrysara Nest owner and National Artist for Dance Alice Reyes, white design elements have turned the living area into a calming and relaxing space.

The clean look is made interesting with printed throw pillows, a glass-topped coffee table with a wooden elephant base, and home accessories from Chrysara Nest.

See more photos and view the full home here:

Alice's Dining Room

The dining area is furnished with pieces that Alice and her siblings grew up with such as the dining table and the cabinets. On both ends of the table are antique bishop chairs that Alice has owned for years.

See more photos and view the full home here:

Alice's Bedroom

Soft blue walls are a soothing sight to behold at the end of a long and tiring day. It makes the space the perfect spot for deep and fulfilling slumber. The room is filled with more antique furniture and Chrysara Nest accessories.

See more photos and view the full home here:

Shop Info

776 Col Buenaventura St., Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City
(02) 246 8347

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