Thursday, February 16, 2012

Philippine Decor Finds

On our last trip to the Philippines, I mentioned that I did A LOT of SHOPPING. Yes, that includes shopping for decor stuff that I could fit in a balikbayan box ( a huge box that can fit an old-style boxed TV set).

Most of the stuff I bought were from Quiapo Ilalim (remember this beautiful picture?)...

Shopping Haven for natural-based or "Native" decor

Here are some of the stuff I bought there...

Embroidered Placemats..

.. and runner

Actually, these were from my mom. But there were a lot of these over there too.

CAPIZ Tea light candle holder


These cost from around $1 for the small pair, to about $1/piece for the bigger one. I bought several of these because they are just gorgeous and of course, these little beauts would probably cost way more over here.


This one was around $10. It is beautiful as well and goes with the other stuff I bought below...

CAPIZ Plates - not for eating

Mor Capiz plates

The other CAPIZ items I bought will come out come Christmas time since they are, Christmas decorations.

I set most of this stuff in our dining room. And here is the whole set-up now...

 The Capiz balls are actually from TARGET, bought years ago on clearance. The SHELL Balls are from the Philippines. I bought those back in 2008 and they cost me around $1 for 3! The silver tray is a gift. The mosaic bowl is from "Bed Bath and Beyond" , on clearance for $5. The runner is from TJ maxx for $10.

White on white

Simple elegance

I placed the capiz plates underneath the jars and as well as the tray. All 3 jars are from TJ Maxx. The beautiful lamps were from there as well. The mirror, which I luckily found on sale, is from Pier 1 Imports.

Last but not the least, we bought this amazing painting while we were site-seeing in FORT SANTIAGO...


It is a very colorful oil painting that we both absolutely fell for and knew we wanted to take home with us.

I had it framed at "Hobby Lobby", and needless to say, despite the 50% off coupon, the custom framing ended up costing more than the actual painting itself!

But we are happy on how it all worked out and now this art hangs atop our mantle...

Lively Art

Perhaps it was coincidence that the place I bought most of my decor from is the same place depicted in our painting. But then again, one thing for sure, this piece, will always be a good remembrance of home.



  1. The capiz pieces and the art are beautiful. I love how you put them all together.

    1. thank you Donna! I love your shadow boxes too! I have yet to make mine, but your gave me a pretty good idea! :-)

  2. What beautiful pieces! Capiz items are gorgeous :)

    1. Thank you shauna! You have a wonderful blog! I'm sure to check it out often!

  3. thanks you! How I wish I can incorporate so many colors into my home like you do! as you can tell I am a bit of a neutral-aholic! Keep up the great work on your beautiful blog! :-)

  4. well i am very much inspired from your work. you have really done it in very amazing way.
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  5. Love that painting! Perfect wall decor in a living room. Thanks for inspiring! :)

  6. Vel, you has a nice and very informative blog. Being a busy Mom, you still find time to write and share great stuff with us. Philippines handmade is truly world class craft that we could be proud of. Where is the store located? I want to drop-by sometimes and buy some centerpiece home decorator from my home. Home Security | Home Automation


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