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My Finds At The Negros Fair

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After our usual family Saturday night mass, we decided to hop on over to the Negros Fair over at Power Plant, Rockwell. Nicky, my brother-in-law, whose roots can be traced back to Bacolod, introduced us to their yummy food some years back. So annually, we make it a point to go and eat Chorizo Pudpud, Chicken Bacolod and yesterday’s best discovery The Freakin’ Chicken! 
With our tummies full, we decided to browse through the tent. Over at the booth of Hacienda Crafts, these gorgeous stools caught my eye:

Pretty stools by the T’boli Tribe

This weave, Tinalak, is centuries old. It reminds me of the popular Ikat prints that is all the rage in home decor and furnishings in the US and Europe. 

These hanging lamps are fashioned out of natural materials.

 Some buri baskets I would love to own. I need more storage at home!

Rafia placemats on top coconut twig placemats. I love the green Chevron-esque designs!

Colorful napkin rings.

I seriously wanted to take this home.


Founded in the early 1990s in Central Philippines, Hacienda Crafts taps Negros Island artistry and sustainable natural materials to create distinctive high quality home decor and furniture. Their hand-crafted designs go beyond borders of culture and taste. Using indigenous weaving techniques, Hacienda Crafts breathe warmth and rustic charm into every contemporary living space.  

Source: Hacienda Crafts Corporate Profile


Hurry! Visit them over at the Negros Fair, Power Plant Mall. Today is their last day.


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Chic Peek: MCQ

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Fellow tennis addict and design authority MCQ recently let The Inspiration Seekers take a tour of the lovely home she shares with her husband and their two charming kids.

This gorgeous Indian door is such a wonderful complement to the modern architecture of M’s home.

We love how the back of the door is just as clean and minimalist like the rest of the house. 

Form and Function. Chair by the artist Ann Pamintuan. 

See more photos and get genius decorating tips after the jump.

Painting by Roger San Miguel, inherited from M’s father-in-law.

Built-in-shelves underneath the stairs showcase Chinese soldiers puchased from Ideas for Living. The painting is by M’s sister-in-law.

A portrait of 5 year old M by Pablo Orandine sits on top of a beautiful cabinet from M’s mother.

Pretty detail on the cabinet.

The two red stools look striking against the stark white wall. They serve as extra seating for dinner parties and play dates.

A fun Christian Tamondong painting in the kids’ bedroom.

Another Tamondong piece in the playroom.

The boys’ toys, books and artwork proudly on display.

Potato head party in the playroom.

The master’s bedroom has a  sliding door which connects to the boys’ room.

A genius shoe closet with natural ventilation.

 An Ann Pamintuan crucifix adorns the beautiful teak wood staircase.

Close up of the Ann Pamintuan Crucifix.

1) Define your style: I don’t really have a particular style. The decor and furniture in our home is pretty much dictated by our lifestyle and personal taste. I like to mix it up. 

2) Describe your home in 3 words: Comfortable, efficient, (our) own.

3) What are your shopping haunts for home decor: LRI, shops and boutiques along Reposo St. in Makati. I also make it a point to visit trade fairs/ and furniture shows like as Manila FAME and Worldbex.

4) Please give us some of your decorating tips:

a. Wherever you can put storage, put storage. You can never have enough. A place for everything, everything in it’s place. 

b. Know your lifestyle. That will help you determine how to plan your space. Always keep in mind your day-to-day activities to assist you in mapping out the flow of your area.

c. Don’t forget your neutrals. Choose colors that you can live with everyday. Always pair something bold with something basic. That way, when you decide to change things eventually it can easily be incorporated with your current elements.

d. Find a place for your shoes. Shoes need ventilation, a place to breath. If you can get a shoe closet, do it. 

e. Invest in the big ticket items that you really really need and love. Pieces that you will hold on to for a long time.Otherwise, if you just pull stuff from the floor just for the sake of filling up your home, eventually you will tire of them and replace them— which will cost you more in the long run.

Photos by C. Words by L.

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