L’Indochine Workshops: Beyond Selfies, Travel Edition

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Last September 3, we teamed up with photographer Sheila Catilo on L’indochine’s very first mobile photography workshop entitled Beyond Selfies: Travel Edition at our Mega Fashion Hall store. The workshop aimed to equip our participants with skills to master the features of their phones as well as provide them with professional tips on composition, lighting and getting that perfect travel shot.

Photographer Sheila Catilo preps the materials for the workshop. Photo by: Jorem Catilo

Photographer Sheila Catilo preps the materials for the workshop. Photo by: Jorem Catilo

All our participants were provided with travel friendly, pocket sized Moleskin notebooks!

All our participants were provided with travel friendly, pocket sized Moleskin notebooks! Photo by: Sheila Catilo

Aside from the very informative presentation, each of our guests were provided with handouts to help them practice and further hone their skills at home.

A few of the shots by our workshop participants.

A few of the shots by our workshop participants.

In between the class and exercises, we feasted on delicious eats by our generous food sponsors:

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Yummy asian fare by Tray Bien Ph.The spring rolls were fresh and absolutely tasty! Photo by: Sheila Catilo

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Cookie shot glasses with ice cold milk? Yes please! These sinful treats from Cookie Bar Manila were a favorite during the workshop. Photo by: Sheila Catilo

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Amazing muffins by Mama Chows! Photo by: Sheila Catilo

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Cupcakes that were “almost” (they were wiped out!) too pretty to eat by Khay’s Desserts. Photo by: Sheila Catilo

Too add a bit of fun and a slight competitive edge, we unveiled prizes from our partner sponsors for the best photos.

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Prizes from Moleskin, Happy Skin and Heyjow were given out to the best mobile phone photos!

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Sheila and Jorem go through all the entries and select their favorites.

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One of our winners took home this embroidered L’Indochine bag with Indian tassel details. Photo by: Jorem Catilo

Of course, no workshop is complete without a few treats from our partner sponsors. Each participant took home these awesome goodies.

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 Favorite travel essentials were included in the workshop kits. Leather card holders from Niqua Shop, Pocket notebooks from Moleskin, Nail polish from Girl Stuff, Bam balm, and Sea Salt spray from Beachborn and travel fund jars from Paper Straw Love.

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Our lovely participants at the Beyond Selfies: Travel Edition Workshop. Photo by: Jorem Catilo

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With THE Sheila Catilo, one of our absolute favorite photographers who we are fortunate enough to call our friend.

 

To learn more about our L’Indochine Workshops, follow us on Instagram @theinspirationseekers and Facebook: ShopLindochine

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Chic Peek: Stephanie Zubiri-Crespi

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Stephanie's Portrait by: Magic Liwanag

Stephanie’s Portrait by: Magic Liwanag

We’ve been fans of Stephanie Zubiri-Crespi’s boho-luxe aesthetic for quite some time. From her penchant for mixing prints and patterns to her effortless entertaining style. The multi-talented chef, writer and host welcomed us into the home she shares with her husband Jonathan and their two boys Sebastian and Maximilian. Take a tour of their gorgeous art-filled abode and get a tip or two on creating a perfectly lived in yet sophisticated space.

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Describe your style.

Although it’s probably one of the most overused words in decorating I can’t think of any other word more perfect to describe my style than – eclectic! I love contrasts and I find that there’s nothing more beautiful than something ornate against something sleek and contemporary. I’ll mix an old persian carpet with a glass and chrome table, or an antique chinese cabinet with a modern painting. I want things to tell a story and that each piece that has a story manages to stand out rather than drown in a blah world of same-ness. I’m drawn to mid-century pieces, global accessories, antique chinoiserie, anything ikat or paisley and have a penchant for contemporary abstract art. I also love blue and in general primary colors. Lately I have also been embracing wholly tropical living and anything with palms or leaves, bamboo… I just love it.

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The painting was the first piece of art that Stephanie ever bought with her own money. She immediately fell in love with the colors, vibe and image of people dancing upon spotting it at the Edgar-Quinet Arts and Crafts Market.

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The stunning living room has been a constant work in progress. “It took a long time to get these pillows right, literally five years!” Stephanie says with a laugh. The overall effect is sophisticated, worldly, chic yet totally relaxed just like the homeowners. The leather club chairs are from the 1930s and were picked up by the couple from a flea market in Paris.

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The wall is peppered with art from various artist markets as well as pieces from her mom’s collection. Pillows are from Pottery Barn, Raffles, L’Indochine, Tadeco Home and Bhutan.SZC0089_IMG_3779

No plastic tables and chairs here, the kids dining area is a chic as the rest of the house. The customized set is from Kahoy World in Quezon City.

Please share 5 decorating tips that you swear by:

1. Follow your impulses – When I pick up something it’s usually because I absolutely love it. I don’t think oh, I need this for here or this would fit there. I feel like sometimes that makes for contrived spaces. I’ll buy something because I love it and eventually it will find it’s place. Then in the end your home is filled with things you absolutely love.

2. Edit – when you’re always following your heart sometimes you have to accept that certain things just don’t belong, so it’s ok to put them away and save them for another time. A good example is my sofa – I have this Inigo Elizalde pillow that I love but eventually I transitioned into warm and richer colors and it no longer has a place. However by changing colors I unearthed another old pillow cover that I purchased ages ago in Singapore that finally fit perfectly. This is something I often do, I store and rotate and lots of things eventually find their perfect spot!

3. Be patient – It’s in our nature to want to finish something right away and we end up with things that are less than great or not quite want you want just to fill in the gaps. It literally took five years for me to get the right composition for my throw pillows! I’d rather have a blank wall than stare at artwork I’m not all that fond of (like hotel artwork which is usually just neutral and there to fill up space!)

4. Decorate to suit your lifestyle and personality- I have a friend that has a gorgeous home where nothing is out of place and as much as I would love to have a home like that, I’m a little too messy for it. It would look like a wreck in just under a week! My space always needs to feel a little lived in and that it’s ok if there’s a bit of disorder here and there. You can also apply this principle to each room – some rooms can be more formal while others just more relaxed to play with the kids and hang out.

5. Use fresh eyes to work with what you have- When I first started out, I had an entire house to fill up so it was natural that I took a lot of odds and ends form my parent’s bodega and made it work for me. A great example is this stone inlaid chinese dowry chest which I thought was so beautiful but I really didn’t know what to do with it. I had a glass top made for it then added some plastic padded stickers and it’s now a great side table. Another example is this wooden console by the hallway. It was bought in one of these furniture markets and had some very frou-frou carvings on one side that looked nice in the original setting. When we moved it just looked too much where we it was so I simply turned it around. The back side wasn’t carved and it gave the piece a new lease on life with a more contemporary feel. Just by turning it around!

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The bar is one of the couple’s favorite pieces of furniture. “It miraculously never goes empty inspite of all the entertaining we do.”

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A painting by Arturo Luz looks over the bar scene.

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The whimsical Fornasetti candle, picked up while on holiday in Hamburg depicts drunken monkeys with books and champagne. “I love that they look like they’re up to no good.” says Stephanie.

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A piece of the Berlin Wall.

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The couple have seen their plants flourish ever since they placed the giant Buddha head at the centre of their garden. The beautiful piece from Myanmar was purchased from a close friend.SZC0078_IMG_3768

The Crespi’s relaxing outdoor living area is where a lot of weekend entertaining takes place. The handpainted Indonesian masks were purchased, funnily enough at the old Caticlan airport in Boracay and like most of Stephanie’s pieces have an interesting tale behind it.

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Watercolor painting by Stepanie’s mom, Vicky Zubiri.

Do you collect anything?

I suppose you can say I collect tableware. I’m obsessed with plates, flatware and glassware. Table linens and the like. I’m extremely talented at wrapping them up and taking them all home in my suitcase. I once bought a ton of bowls in Ben Tanh market and managed to take them all home unbroken in my suitcase wrapped in clothes. Same with some vintage Baccarat champagne coupes. I actually had a night mare where I broke one and woke up in a sweat! My husband thinks I’m crazy and that we have too many plates. He keeps joking that we will throw a russian party one day so we can smash them while dancing! Heaven forbid! I’d have a heart attack!

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The formal dining area is one of the most often used rooms in their home. The glass dining table is from Restoration.

A peek into Stephanie's famous tablescapes. Photo from instagram: @stephaniezubiri

A simple yet stunning table set up by Stephanie to host dear friends. Photo from instagram: @stephaniezubiri

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A vintage Korean cabinet houses serving dishes and showcases various “momentous bottles from momentous occasions.” Whether it be her sons’ baptisms or intimate family traditions. “Jonathan and I have a tradition, every Valentine’s day, we would splurge on a rockin’ bottle of wine, and we just stay in and drink it.”

The newly painted blue wall serves a s a perfect backdrop to the bold painting by Risa Recio. Burmese Lacquer pieces were gifted to Stephanie by an old mentor.

The newly painted blue wall serves a s a perfect backdrop to the bold painting by Risa Recio. Burmese Lacquer pieces were gifted to Stephanie by an old mentor.

What are your favorite shopping haunts in Manila?

I love going to Ito Kish for inspiration, Philux for classic pieces, LRI has loads to offer, L’Indochine of course! and how can you resist Pottery Barn’s throw pillows and Crate and Barrel’s tableware??? But my absolute favorite is going to Manila Fame or the specialty bazaars like the Maarte fair or the American Women’s Bazaar where you have all sorts of great stuff that are locally made or imported from exotic places. Online sellers through IG also have great things now!

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The office which doubles as the guest bedroom is done up in calming colors as opposed to the rest of the house. The couple spent on a beautiful and comfortable sofa bed from Pottery Barn and filled up the rest of the room with pieces that they already owned. The lamp is from Triboa Bay Living and the shelves are from F1srt by Ito Kish.

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A close-up of the shelves from F1rst by Ito Kish filled with books, gifts and other keepsakes picked up from various trips.

The map is from Paris and is an original dating back to 1832. "I like it because the Philippines is in the middle." says Stephanie.

The map is from Paris and is an original dating back to 1832. “I like it because the Philippines is in the middle.” says Stephanie.

Where do you get decorating inspiration?

Definitely from my travels. Spaces I encounter that are not necessarily just homes but could be coffee shops, libraries, museums… I like that old world traveler aesthetic… If I could I’d have a room full of curios like beetles and bugs, corals and shells! Oh and in this digital age – interest is awesome! I am also currently obsessed with India Hicks and her home in the Bahamas.

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Jonathan’s sitting area is flanked by beautiful Ang Kiukok prints and a Van Hagen etching.

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A Romulo Olazo painting from Stephanie’s mom is perched on top of a beautifully carved table from India which houses books and favorite framed photographs

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The carved statue which symbolizes eternal happiness was givem to Stephanie by one of her best friends Rocio Olbes on her 30th birthday.

Tips on decorating kid’s rooms:

Kid’s rooms are my absolute favorite to decorate! They are just too much fun! Start by choosing a theme and work around it but try not to go too overboard. I like rooms with character and that don’t look like they came out of a catalogue so even in a kid’s room you should have these unique pieces. I also like to keep them a bit sophisticated, a space where even I would like to stay in. Sometimes people tend to overdo the “kiddie” aspect. I believe when a room is truly beautiful with nice things the children will learn to appreciate it and respect their environment.

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What theme does a Gypsetter go with for her first born’s room? Vintage Travel of course! The gorgeous Fornasetti wallpaper from Studio11 was well worth the splurge. “I think for kids rooms, fun wallpaper, they don’t get bored of it. It excites their imagination. Sebastian likes to point at the images and asks, what’s that mama?”

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The boat is from Sebastian’s ninong, Jonathan’s childhood friend and was brought in from France. It sits a top vintage trunks from Apostrophe.

 

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Stephanie had the chair custom made by Philux to her exact specifications. It is now a permanent part of their collection and is called the Sebastian chair. Lamp is from Segunda Mano in Makati Cinema Square.

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In keeping up with the theme, Stephanie chose vintage inspired images from all posters.com “I chose posters of the places that I would like to go to.” Customized changing table by Philux. Batik animals from L’Indochine.

Vintage Airplane Mobile by Restoration Hardware.

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Stephanie wanted Maximillian’s room to have the same sense of adventure and went with Jungle Safari as the theme. She chose a more neutral and earthy palette but accented it with pops of nave blue.

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The dresser was originally a buffet table from Philux’s Scandiniana collection but was customized to fit the room’s needs. “Buy furniture that’s not necessarily meant for a kids room, you can use it again later on in different parts of your home.” The poster from Etsy is one of those pieces that just ties the room together. Stephanie recalls talking to baby Maxi in her tummy while waiting for the print, ” Don’t come out yet, your poster’s not yet here.” The poster arrived on time but Maximilian decided to stay in for almost a week after his due date!

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The beautiful daybed is also from Philux’s Scandiniana collection.

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Wall paper is from Cole and Son also available at Studio 11. Animal prints are from Etsy.

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As a baby shower present, Stephanie’s girlfriends all pitched in so that she could take home the beautiful leather Zoony Animals giraffe from Felix Home. “They teased me about really using the money to buy the giraffe and not a nice pair of shoes!” Lamp is from Triboa Bay Living.

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Ceiling lamp is from Habitat.

Interior photos by: Caren Carlos-Tordesillas 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gather and Inspire by: Steph and Lady Badoy

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Soulful Tips for your Next Home Gathering

Hi, Steph and Lady Badoy here of Boqueria Lifestyle Market. When Char and Leona invited us to collaborate with them, we immediately agreed for we love everything at L’Indochine! When we met, we discovered that we have a lot in common including our penchant for interesting things and a style that’s chic, playful, fun and out-of-the-ordinary.

Styling our homes, setting the table and curating small vignettes with our favorite finds are like second nature to us.  We live to entertain. Sunday brunches or weekend get-togethers with family and friends are moments we look forward to. It gives us reason to play around, get creative or work on those Pinterest – dream pegs to reality.

Planning a small party is fun and exciting and yet for some, it can be stressful and intimidating. So let us try to make it easier for you.

 Theme-matic

Make your guests swoon and your setting Instagram-worthy. Having a theme is basic or at least choose a color palette to guide you.

 

 

Chic-oiserie: a play of blues and whites with hints of pink.

Chic-oiserie: a play of blues and whites with hints of pink. Hand painted bowl with lid, hand painted bowl and Boqueria square plate charger available at L’Indochine.

Summer Breeze: a burst of colors for that does of sunshine

Summer Breeze: a burst of colors for that dose of sunshine

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Botanical Bliss: black and white with refreshing greens. Mint glasses, ceramic animal boxes  and Boqueria bamboo bowl available at L’Indochine.

Eclectic Chic: dainty prints infused with subtle hues

Eclectic Chic: dainty prints infused with subtle hues. Blue plate chargers, carafes, block print quilt (used as tablecloth) and Boqueria gray and white plates available at L’Indochine.

Asian Mix: a mishmash of unique Asian finds.

Asian Mix: a mishmash of unique Asian finds. Sri Lankan candle holders, hand carved wooden vessels, carafe and ceramic animal box available at L’Indochine

Plains and Prints: mix and match of plains, prints, textures and colors

Plains and Prints: mix and match of plains, prints, textures and colors. Pink plate chargers and Leona butter dish available at L’Indochine.

 

Be Playful

Play around with your basic whites. Mix and match. Be adventurous.

 Don’t afraid to combine different materials, textures, prints and colors.

Don’t afraid to combine different materials, textures, prints and colors.

Pair your basic white dinner plate with a colored salad plate or textured bowl.

Pair your basic white dinner plate with a colored salad plate or textured bowl.

This tie-dyed napkin is a perfect add-on to a boring white plate. Add a little pompom trinket for a bit go bohemian flair. Napkin Php 149.75 and Pompom Charm Php 149.75 both from L'Indohchine.

This tie-dyed napkin is a perfect add-on to a boring white plate. Indigo dyed napkin, pompom bag charm and Boqueria white plate available at L’Indochine.

Think Out-of-the-Box

When it comes to styling, sometimes, it is good to deviate a bit from the norm. This will make your tablescape unique, and out of the ordinary.

Trinket boxes can double as dip bowls

Trinket boxes can double as dip bowls. Ceramic animal box, L’Indochine.

Make a DIY napkin holder using rolled copper wire and accent it with a pompom keychain for bohemian flair. Pompom bag charm Php 149.75, L'Indochine

Make a DIY napkin holder using rolled copper wire and accent it with a pompom keychain for bohemian flair. 

 

Use blankets as tablecloths or picnic mats

Use blankets as tablecloths or picnic mats. Navy and fuchsia hand loomed blanket, L’indochine.                                                                                                         Make It Special

Put some thought and share your heart in your table.  This is best shown by adding personal touches like name cards, personalized menus, handwritten notes or small tokens for your guests to take home. Give attention to detail. Small things matter.

Complement your table setting with a printed menu card. A leaf to make it more Pintersting.

Complement your table setting with a printed menu card. A leaf to make it more Pintersting.

Surprise your guests with a trinket to take home. Ceramic Animal Box, Php 249.75 and Mint Green Glass Php 199.75 both from L'Indochine

Surprise your guests with a trinket to take home. Ceramic Animal Box and Mint Green Glass both from L’Indochine

Wow them with a simple amuse-bouche before the actual meal. Leona butter dish Php 249.75 available at L'Indochine.

Wow them with a simple amuse-bouche before the actual meal. Pink plate charger and Leona butter dish available at L’Indochine.

 

Seat plan the chic way. Blue and Whote Ceramic Box, Handprinted bowl both from L'Indochine.

Seat plan the chic way. Blue and white ceramic box, handpainted bowl both from L’Indochine.

 

Break the ice with a simple "Hello".

Break the ice with a simple “Hello”.

So there you go, these are simple guides to making your home gatherings more stylish. May this inspire you to gather family and friends around a beautifully set table, sumptuous meal and engage in meaningful conversations paired with resounding and heartfelt laughter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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