Attended my first event the other night not as a journalist or magazine editor, but as an events and interior stylist.
I remember being inwardly floored when, at the registration, I couldn’t find my name under MEDIA (which is where I’m usually listed), and found it at the top of GUESTS, with “interior stylist, events stylist” as my designation. I haven’t even formally begun and yet, there it is. Formally written down. At a Real Living magazine event, no less.
I’ve been an RL fan since my post-college years (after ’04). This was the time when I began living on my own, and though I shared my small studio with three other people (a.k.a. budget living), I felt that desire to make our living space more than just habitable. I wanted to make it visually pleasing. At the end of a long day, there is nothing like opening your door to a home that you love being in, that has everything you’ll ever need—physically, emotionally, psychologically. And while my first studio unit didn’t really end up looking nice (1. I didn’t have money, and 2. It was hard to synchronize my own preferences with my other flatmates’), I eventually moved into another apartment with a friend who knew the importance of making your living space look good and its favorable effects on one’s well-being.
So yeah, Real Living was our bible, and has been mine ever since. Foreign magazines were the unattainable ideal, for the obvious reason that we literally could not get the looks they feature in their pages. Real Living was the first ever local magazine that made design and decor so accessible.
Last night felt a bit like sorta coming full circle. From being just a reader, to being a, well, partner. I began writing for RL in 2007, which I consider my first foray into the publishing industry. For the longest time I had just been writing for them, even while I was already an editor with Cosmo, and only recently accepted styling projects. I’m actually quite excited with an upcoming project with them—and terrified and nervous at the same time, because I do wish to make a good impression.
But yeah, on to last night’s event! Real Living partnered with Match Contract Furniture Inc., a new player in the commercial and restaurant interiors industry. While their target market is really designers, business owners, and entrepreneurs, I’m pretty sure homeowners and decorating aficionados will love its good selection of furniture. I don’t think they limit to selling to just business owners and restaurateurs though, because a designer-friend of mine said that she didn’t say she was a designer and she was able to place a minimal order for a client.
Unfortunately for this inexperienced blogger, I was not able to take photos of the showroom. DOH. I only took one photo of one of the table and chairs setup they brought out for the guests.
What’s great about their selection of restaurant tables is that they offer different kinds of pedestal legs. You also have a choice between solid surface tabletops or engineered wood tabletops. They also have office furniture available from their extensive menu of products.
Above are photos of some of their cast-iron table legs and wooden chairs, both of which I got from Match Contract’s Facebook page. I highly encourage you look through the Photos section of their fan page, or their Instagram account, where they’ve posted many of their chair and table offerings, as well as their lamps and light fixtures.
Better yet, go and drop by their showroom at Diamond Concepts, 2100 Chino Roces Avenue, Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City. It’s right behind Roche Bobois, which is just a few meters away from Alphaland Square (corner of EDSA and Pasong Tamo Extension).
They’ve furnished some of the most beautifully designed restaurants in Manila, including The Wholesome Table, Cafe Naya at the Palace, Kafe Batwan, The Brewery at The Palace, The Palace Pool Club, the newly renovated Pancake House, Teddy’s Burger, Sarsa, Susi, among others.
Photos below are from their Instagram account /matchcontract.
Well now who’s been posting two Gal Not Home entries in a row? One more and I should probably change my blog name. Will post something home-related in the coming days. Work has been keeping me out of the house lately!