Tuesday, January 23, 2007


This month's Trend Alert of Elle Decor (US) features the most exotic texture for interiors and fashion--Fur.

About two years ago, in one of my regular visits to my home town- San Jose de Buenavista in Antique, I happen to drop-by (I make it a point to drop-by actually, everytime I go home) the public market and got to check the relip stalls. In Baguio, they call it Ukay-ukay. Relip from the word 'relief' meaning second hand items given to the third world by first world countries as donations and upon reaching the provinces, becomes a large scale industry made legal by the local government. Anyway, going back, it was the time that I was checking through the bed sheets sold (mostly silk, mind you!) and I saw this authentic sheep's hide. Not knowing the value of such, the tindera tagged it at thirty pesos. Got it for twenty.

A year has passed and I almost forgot about it until I saw one of those faux skins sold by carpet world. The texture is almost like the real thing yet it's too clean and cut in almost-same-shape-but-not-so kind of thing. Punchline-- it's priced more than four thousand pesos. I need one for my plastic study chair at home. But I will not pay that much for some acrylic blend.

I asked my mom about the rug I bought and she told me they threw it away since it was already disintegrating.

Then I saw one in About Home Furnitures (I'm no Jean Edades but I sure know there is no such word as 'furnitures'). The kind owner priced it at six grand. It's the real thing. Complete with irregularities in color and texture. I'm so tempted, yet I was out of cash during that time.
But I saw another hide in Shell Canvas in Glorietta. Its fox with the head. A bit scary though. Though a number of it, if you remove the head, would make a good rug.

As I was contemplating about it, I saw this video in the net on fur farms in china.

I think, I should go with the acrylic blends.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Changing Chandeliers

Admit it, most of us like chandeliers! For so long a time, they are standard lighting pieces in a home of the upper class and one of the most coveted in those trying so hard to become one. Chands are one of the more ornate types of a common drop light. Take it from the word-- Drop Light, it drops from the ceiling on a certain height. Meaning- you have to have a high ceiling to accommodate it (yes, just like the picture above).

In a lot of homes now, standard ceiling height would be 9 to 10 feet. A common chands would be 2 feet in height. Drop it a foot from the ceiling ang that leaves you at most 7 feet head room. If your chandelier is more that 3 feet in height, this is especially true for the cascading ones prevalent during the seventies and eighties, what headroom is left?

Do the math!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Not to insult but to improve...

A friend has been asking me for the longest time to make a blog about design. Afterall, that is what I do. And I would always contemplate about it and decide not to because I am not a writer. So how can I possibly make an essay about a certain tea-pot designed by some blond lashed genius who doesn't even know where Manila is or if ever, still calls the Republic of the Philippines - P.I.? Po*#-i*& sh*t!

On the other hand, on our private moments, we will always talk about the common sins prevalent inside our homes. Yet we can't find a public venue for it.

Ok, I have to write this disclaimer---

Whatever is written here is not meant to insult but to correct. It is not written to ridicule but to improve. And yes, if you commit a crime as defined in this blog, you will never go to jail!