Look inside Crate & Barrel at Mega Fashion Hall

It’s a great time to be a home owner in Manila.
After the opening of Pottery Barn in Taguig last July, this November saw the opening of H&M Home at Robinsons Magnolia and Crate & Barrel at Mega Fashion Hall.
Crate & Barrel comes to the Philippines through a partnership with SM Retailer subsidiary HMS Development Corporation. Based on this agreement, the next Crate & Barrel stores will open in the country during the first quarter of 2015.
I was lucky to have been invited to its launch last November 19 at the 4th level of Mega Fashion Hall.
I arrived before ribbon cutting.

Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall
Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall

Standing by were Crate & Barrel and SM support team along with SM Prime Holdings President, Mr. Hans Sy (who wears the most perfect suits sans tie) and his mother Felicidad Sy.

Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall
Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall

I made sure to stand right in front of the ribbon to be the first customer inside.

Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall
Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall

And I was, hehe. I started on the left side where all the kitchen stuff are

Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall
Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall

Not that I need any more kitchen stuff. I did pick up two recipe books here

Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall

There are lots of plates, glasses and tableware to choose from

Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall

White is always nice and classy

Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall
Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall

Chopping boards

Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall

Pretty cake domes

Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall

Tea lights and candle holders

Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall
Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall
Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall

I love the display

Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall
Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall

A selection of dining tables, ranging from the glass

Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall
Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall

To the space-saver

Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall

which opens up to half or this

Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall

These are good, solid wooden tables, benches and dining chairs

Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall
Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall

Coffee tables

Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall
Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall

And this couch, which is seriously the best thing in the store

Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall

My friend Grace adores this bar cart

Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall

I love this compact desk hutch

Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall

which opens up to this study table/home office

Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall

Pretty filing cabinets

Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall

Cool tool with hidden side table

Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall

This bed I want in king size

Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall

A small closet

Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall

I love book cases

Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall

An easy chair

Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall

Side tables

Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall
Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall

Little knickknacks for dog lovers

Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall

and other gift items

Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall

What I bought: a pair of outdoor stools for our courtyard. Nice price, at three or six months to pay, 0% interest.

Crate&Barrel opens at SM Fashion Hall

Opened in 1962 in Chicago, Illinois by Gordon and Carole Segal, Crate & Barrel was inspired by the simple, well-designed, affordable products the couple had purchased during their honeymoon in Europe.
The Segals called their home furnishings store ‘Crate & Barrel’ after the shipping crates and barrels, which brought their inventory and became their first store fixtures.

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Working directly with European ateliers and factories to import their products, Crate & Barrel was among the first retailers to make modern tabletop and kitchenwares affordable to American consumers.
Today, Crate & Barrel is internationally known for exclusive housewares and furniture designs, excellent value and superb customer service.
Owned by the Otto Group of Hamburg, Germany, since 1998, the company operates stores in most major North American markets as well as international franchise locations in Dubai, Singapore, Mexico, and now in the Philippines.

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel now open at the 4th level of Mega Fashion Hall.
To know more about the brand, go to http://www.crateandbarrel.com.

H&M Home opens in Manila

And just like that H&M home opened at Robinsons Magnolia. I did not expect it at all.
Last week I even asked my friend Rem to buy me H&M Home stuff in New York, where most of the stuff I wanted were sold out. So Rem only got two items for me.
Then I found out H&M Home was opening at Robinsons Magnolia today.
I am not a morning person but I woke up early and was there to take pictures before it opened to the public at 11 AM.
Here’s what I saw: Christmas items, like throw pillows, napkins, sacks and ornaments

H&M Home
H&M Home
H&M Home

Tabletop and party ware

H&M Home
H&M Home

Beddings

H&M Home
H&M Home
H&M Home

Cushion covers and inserts

H&M Home
H&M Home

Bath towels and rugs

H&M Home

Gift boxes and gift cards

H&M Home

And many other gift items, just in time for Christmas

H&M Home
H&M Home
H&M Home
H&M Home

I don’t think you will ever see AFAMs* manning the cash registers anywhere else in Manila

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Friendly H&M staff like Joey and Joe, who are part of H&M’s global setup team

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More AFAMs shopping

H&M Home

Two people I need to thank: Alexei Villaraza of Bridges PR (left) who helped me shop, and H&Ms PR Responsible, Dan Mejia who carried my bags

Alexei and Dan

Success!

Dan Mejia

The H&M Home concept is part of a two-level 3,000-square-meter H&M store at Robinsons Magnolia.
Apart from Home, H&M’s second location in Manila carries the brand’s full assortment for women, men, teenagers and children, as well as H&M Sport and Mama.
To know more about H&M Home and what you can expect, click HERE.

*AFAM = a foreigner assigned in Manila

Giveaway: Win free tickets to #cinemajam2014 #makeastatement

November is perfect for a night out under starry skies.
Treat yourself and special someone to a midnight concert, outdoor movies, zip line, and wall climbing on November 29, as Cinemajam 2014 happens at Greenfield District Central Park in Mandaluyong City.
Movies lined up are Letters to Juliet and Now You See Me, and concert features Franco, Urbandub, Imago, Itchyworms, Cheats, Chocolate Factory, Autotelic, Group Hug, Pedicab and Banda ni Kleggy.

Cinemajam 2014 lineup

Here’s how to win 2 tickets FREE to Cinemajam 2014:
1) You must have Twitter or Facebook account.
2) Share this entry by clicking on Twitter or Facebook button at the end of this post.
3) Like Cinemajam on Facebook or follow @cinemajam2014 on Twitter.
4) Register HERE until November 25, 2014 only.
5) Ten winners of two tickets each will be selected via electronic raffle.
6) Winners will be announced on this blog and contacted on how to claim tickets.

To know more, go to http://www.cinemajam.ph.

Get ready for Cinemajam 2014

Great music, blockbuster movies under starry skies, exciting outdoor activities, and other surprises all come together at Cinemajam 2014 on November 29, 2014 at the Greenfield District Central Park in Mandaluyong City.
Now on its second year, Cinemajam 2014 has fun activities lined up, including a zip line and wall climbing in the daytime, followed by outdoor movie screenings of Letters to Juliet and Now You See Me.

Now You See Me Letters to Juliet

A midnight jam finale will feature popular bands like Franco, Urbandub, Imago, Itchyworms, Cheats, Chocolate Factory, Autotelic, Group Hug, Pedicab and Banda ni Kleggy.

Franco
Franco

Urbandub
Urbandub

Pedicab
Pedicab

Imago
Imago

Presented by Crizal Traditions lenses, “Cinemajam 2014 aims to promote good eyesight and positivity through a celebration of arts, music, and camaraderie, along with the launch of our latest product Crizal Transitions Signature Green,” said Jinky Navo, marketing manager of Essilor in the Philippines.

CinemaJam 2014 also supports the humanitarian organization World Vision.
“We are very excited to help the beneficiaries of World Vision and we hope to touch more lives in the upcoming years,” said Dra. Emelita Roleda, general manager of Essilor, the exclusive distributor of Crizal Transitions.

Be part of Cinemajam 2014 on November 29, 2014 at the Greenfield District Central Park, Mandaluyong City.
For tickets, call Ticketworld at 891-9999 or go to www.ticketworld.com.ph.
To know more, go to http://cinemajam.ph/
Follow Cinemajam 2014 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @cinemajam2014

CinemaJam 2014 is made possible by C-Interactive, Greenfield District Central Park, Myx, the Official Music Channel, Cinema One, Police, Toby’s, Medicard Philippines, Grab Taxi, the Official Sponsor Ride of Cinemajam 2014, Play FM, and WhenInManila.com.

Up next: How to win free tickets to this event!

Looking for a couch? Furninova is a couch potato’s heaven

I never really knew the importance of a couch until we owned our own home.
A couch is the centerpiece of one’s living room and the rest of the pieces—from the coffee table, rugs, paintings, accessories—usually follow.
When we moved into our own house in 2003, we didn’t have a lot of choices in Manila.
A few years ago I was shocked at the prices of couches being offered in Manila’s better showrooms—who knew Filipinos could drop 1-2 million for a couch?

For those who are renovating, upgrading or starting a new home, luckily there’s Furninova, a Swedish furniture brand that specialises in couches, with prices ranging from Php 70,000 to 200,000.
“Before we brought in Furninova, there were no great mid-range couch brands in the Philippines,” said Joseph Tay, managing director of Dot Mobel Corp., which distributes Furninova in the country.

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Joseph first discovered Furninova in Singapore, when he sat on a couch at a furniture store.
Impressed, he asked where it was made and found out that Furninova couches have a defect rate of .3%, which spoke volumes about the brand’s quality.

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I learned out about Furninova’s showroom through Instagram while we were looking for a dining table.
I am simply amazed how a showroom located at the second floor of Hemady Square in Quezon City, is doing brisk business despite its unusual location.
Clients are mostly young but upwardly mobile couples who live in houses are smaller than their parents’.

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“They want couches they can sit on comfortably. They want something sturdy that their kids can jump and play on, yet attractive and stylish for their guests. They can’t afford the million-peso couches, so they come here and are amazed that Furninova has pieces that fit their requirements,” said interior decorator Dana Uy, business partner of Joseph and his wife Stenie Coyiuto.

Dana Uy, Stenie Coyuito & Joseph Tay
(L-R: Dana Uy, Stenie Coyiuto and her husband Joseph Tay)

At Furninova, customers can choose from any of their 500 fabric and leather swatches for their modular sofas. Furninova Philippines also employs interior decorators who help customers choose the right sizes of sofas and furniture for their homes.
Dana Uy, for one, is studying interior design at the Philippine School of Interior Design. She also designed the layout of the store.

Furninova swatches
Furninova swatches
You’ll go crazy with the swatches

For couch potatoes, Furninova is heaven. Every couch has options for bolsters. Some have pockets on the side for remote controls, magazines, or iPads. You can choose couches with trays for drinks.
Furninova couches all have solid frames and solid foam, not just scraps put together. Comfort level is very high, and each couch is built to last a lifetime.

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“We’re a service-oriented store. Our customers love our personalized service. Despite opening without a formal launch in March 2014, we’ve had a lot of referrals and repeat customers. Because we don’t just sell sofas and other furniture, we will look at your floor plan or your house, and suggest what will work,” said Joseph.

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The showroom also offers pieces from other brands like Conform, Oliver B and Woodpoint.
See for yourself at the 2nd level, Hemady Square, 86 Dona Hemady Street, E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, Quezon City.
For more information, call 975-4470.
http://www.furninova.com

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