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The banig (mat) served as my inspiration for my living room, that and the palette Tradition from Boysen Color Trend 2017, not the colors but more the spirit and feel of the palette.

After coming back to the Philippines, I wanted a Modern Rustic vibe for my home in Manila. The banigs came from Bukidnon, and were handwoven by girls. I kick myself for throwing out the tags that came with them because those carried the names of the girls and the patterns they used for the weaves.

I enjoy the colors very much, the cheerful mood they give the living room, and the way they bring the look together. Even the orange Milo Baughman chair (circa 1950s) with the chrome frame fits right in!

Please watch this video about banig makers in Leyte. From getting the sea grass or buri to the finished mat, it takes a weaver about six weeks! Our banigs in the Philippines are completely handcrafted, which is a long and tedious process. When I see a banig, I see not only the beauty of the mat but I also think about the hard labor that a weaver put into it. And we’re not just talking here about the skills needed to make them!

Go to a tiangge and get a couple of these instead of buying a rug.  You hit two birds with one stone: the first is you give your home a happy feel, and the second, you are helping our weavers! That helps to keep this tradition alive.

Here is a stall I found in the Sunday Legaspi Market in Makati. Dino’s place is called Etniko Pilipino. If you frequent bazaars and trade fairs, chances are you’ll see Etniko there.

Caveat: you can slide out from underfoot with the banig so be careful. If you’re the type to run around your home, you can put a rubber backing under the banigs to prevent accidents from happening. I haven’t done it so do tell me if it works!

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Who wouldn’t want to have a gorgeous living room where you can hang loose, enjoy family time, or entertain guests? There’s that huge, inviting, grey sofa where you can plonk into after a tiring day and maybe catch some ZZZZZs, or where you can lounge around in comfortable, ratty clothes while having a quiet conversation with a loved one, or play board games with friends who’ve dropped by.

Then you have that bright yellow wall that just pops, a witness to all that joy in living. It’s a room that holds memories, secrets, exciting stories, or even boredom. Glow with the Flow from the palette Technology of Boysen’s Color Trend 2017 is painted on the accent wall. The yellow and grey combo is a modern and edgy one, with the patterned black and white area rug and the cheeky spatial tilt of the sofa adding to the dynamic feel of the space.

This living room was designed by Morfosis, a multi-disciplinary design firm led by Misty Floro and Pai Edles, It is one of five room vignettes which is part of the Complete Your Home exhibit at the bridgeway in the fifth floor of SM Makati. This is the brain child of Tom Castaneda, SM Home’s AVP-Marketing.

Complete Your Home at SM Home will be there until July 31, so do visit it and catch some inspiration.

Read about other room vignettes by clicking on the links below:
Tinderbox Dining Room for Warm and Intimate Feasts
Your Comfy Bedroom Space Encounter
Techy Romantic Meets Space Encounter in Your Home Office
Glow with the Flow for Your Cheerful Kitchen 

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