I love that the Philippines is catching up a little in the online retail market and starting to see local brands set up shop online. I remember a couple of years back, how frustrated I was browsing through the Ikea website, knowing that it’s not reasonable to purchase items because the shipping costs are ginormous. One night when I couldn’t sleep and was feeling a bit sad, I swiped my card to buy an Ikea furniture (this red Ikea rexbo ladder, which is now phased out) and had it shipped from China. Naturally, I felt remorse the following morning when I realized what I had done. The shipping cost was more than the price of the furniture, ack.
That was then, and this is now. Years later, I am no longer a reckless, impulsive online shopper who didn’t think too much about how she spent her money. No credit to my own self-control really, none of this was my doing. I think it’s more of a natural (and divine!) coming of age. Because of my new role and my new life as a wife and mother, I am forced—and I use that word in a good way—to try to be responsible and think many times over before purchasing anything at all.
Good thing is, a lot has changed in the (local) online retail scene too and now, we can canvass home interior effects online from brands like Heima and, my most recent favorite, Mandaue Foam. I love how I can check out their items without leaving my desk and put into consideration the prices at the same time. Tonight I allowed myself to indulge in a little “cyber window shopping” and bookmarked some items to put in my “consider” list.
On a totally related note, we’re moving to a new apartment soon, and we’re currently in the process of purging, re-assessing what we want to take with us to the new place and what we have to let go of. The twins are 2 years old now and our family dynamics are changing. Remember when I was nesting and getting our house ready for their arrival? I’m kind of in the same phase right now, except I would love our home to be more for all of us than just for the twins. For the past two years it did feel like the entire house was their nursery, if you know what I’m saying.
Which explains my more “matured” preferences in the board above. I picked basic items that are neutral in color so that I can just easily change accent colors any time we feel like it. Like maybe these:
I think I also prefer earth tones now more than those bright colored hues I used to pin lots of.
Don’t you just love adding up little details—pillow cases with pretty patterns, or some colored pots, or maybe a new set of curtains—to change the look and feel of your space? An inexpensive “tweak” too, I must say.
Items on the board are all from Mandaue Foam: black retro chair / black desk clock / blue throw / succulent / black chevron pillows / table lamp / book case / love figurine / bird of paradise / red chevron throw pillows / yellow geometric patterned trow pillows / brown and yellow ikat pillows / teal geometric patterned pilllows / orange cylinder pot / yellow pot