Look For Less

Good conversations and catching up usually happen over good food, coffee and a cozy place. Mike and I love dinner dates in restaurants which does not only offer good food but a place that can warm the heart and soul. I wanted to do the same for our dining area. An area where my husband and I can have dinner dates at home and do some how’s-your-day-conversations over the table. And probably invite very few friends for dinner. Again we have a very small space so it was really challenging to come up with a floor plan. Finally I decided to put the dining just in between the kitchen and the bedroom. I wanted that area because of the wall. I knew i could do something with it. One of my options was to put a striking wallpaper but when i checked Cebu Home Builders which by the way is the only hardware in Cebu that sells a long range of different designs of wallpaper, it was quite expensive because I have to buy the whole roll and I needed like 2 meters of it only. So another idea came to me while browsing some upholstered headboard ideas in www.bhg.com. I had to do some fabric hunting. Fabric Plus in SM City Cebu is a haven of beautiful fabrics. It was love at first sight, that Fabric from Korea which cost php690 per meter. It’s a little over the top from my budget but it’s double width instead of the usual 60 cm it has a 120cm width(to those who are into buying fabric should know what i mean :) ).  I bought 1 and a half meter and rushed to the upholstery shop to get things done. They were also the one who installed it in my wall. Seeing it glued to that bare wall is happiness. Still i was able to save compared to getting a wallpaper which cost roughly around 3k excluding the installation.

A dining area can’t be a dining area without the Dining Table. Bought this table in Pacific Mall for Php8,000 which is by the way the cheapest among the display. I still find it expensive but I couldn’t also compromise the whole look of my dining area. I have to find something in between expensive and cheapest.hehe Originally, the dining table I bought was all black wood. I wanted to have a restaurant feel so I have it upholstered with an off white leatherette which cost me around Php 2,500 for the upholstering job. The husband complained a little bit of my “ka-artehan” but he finally stopped when he saw the whole look of our dining area. lol I still think that I was able to save with the cost because most of the dining table with upholstered chairs in furniture shop does not go below 20k in their selling price (the really nice ones).

The whole dining setup wouldn’t be complete without my drum pendant light. I’ve searched every mall, every lighting store just to find the perfect and CHEAP pendant light. Without getting any luck I thought of making my own. I found some really easy DIY on pendant light from forums and blogs but I kinda failed with this DIY project. Then I found this really nice lighting store in A.S Fortuna, Mandaue City.  The name is EGLO (www.eglo.com/) an Austria Brand. I fell in love with one of their pendant light which is Php8,000. I am so out of budget for that price. Just in time my sister found this beautiful shop also located in A.S. Fortuna Mandaue City that fabricates ANY KIND and ANY STYLE of LAMPS! The shop is called “LAMPS”. So I finally found my perfect  Hanging Drum Pendant Light. CHEAP and just what I wanted! :)

So with a little creativity, a little research and a lot of innovation, our decorating ideas will surely come in to place that will suit our budget and needs. :)