If I were an interior decorator, I’d probably drive the architect nuts with my specifications. Fortunately for them, I’m not. So it was just me that I drove crazy when we were buying accessories last year prior to moving to this house. I was so particular about everything that I started wondering if I was a control freak. Not just any pendant lamp would do for the stairs, not just any table lamp and floor lamp would do for the living room, not just any piece of furniture, not just any color for the walls…
Down to the minutest detail, my specifications had to be satisfied — even with the door knobs, cabinet door handles and drawer pullers. Because I wouldn’t delegate the job of choosing them to the real estate people, Speedy and I had to comb through the home depots and builders’ supply stores to find something that would satisfy me. No white metals (they remind me too much of surgical tools), no bright shiny golds (overly bejeweled matrons come to mind) and definitely no antique/filigree style designs (eeeww). I wanted clean lines with brushed brass finish. It took a long time and several trips to various stores to find what I wanted and I wasn’t even fully satisfied.
I would have preferred that everything matched but the harsh and maddening reality was that every time I saw a design I liked, there wouldn’t be enough stocks. I remember going to Ace Hardware at SM Megamall, immediately spotted a drop dead gorgeous cabinet door handle, only to be told that only three pieces remained in stock. So, I had to make second, then third, choices. And there still weren’t enough stocks. It was tempting to tell the store manager to shut down the store but that wouldn’t have helped me. So, I had to buy the cabinet door handles and drawer pullers in several designs.
That’s the reality of shopping for home accessories in the Philippines. Unless you’re willing to order the stuff and go back to the store again and again (and you can’t even be sure if your orders will arrive on schedule, or even arrive at all), you have to content yourself with what’s available. The trouble really is that manufacturers and importers don’t sell directly. They sell to dealers who sell to wholesalers who sell to retailers who sell to the public. When the retailer says they’ll order an out-of-stock item for you, that means they’ll get in touch with the wholesaler who may not have the item in stock so he’ll have to go to the dealer and so freaking on, and so bloody forth. No online ordering either. To make a long story short, at least, I did manage to get everything all in the same brushed brass finish.
Above and below, the round handles for some of the overhead kitchen cabinets and the shoe cabinets.
Above, the interior door knob of the front door.
The matching dead bolt and handle on the outside.
Above, the door handle with lock on all bedroom doors. Got these, as well as the front door set, from Wilcon Builders. That’s our bedroom door above…
… and that is Sam’s. Yes, yes, a red door. Her room has a black, white and red motif and it looks fantastic.
The same door handle went into all other interior doors including the one the leads to to second floor veranda, above. Unlike Ace Hardware where there weren’t enough stocks of anything, Wilcon had sufficient stocks so that all interior doors have the same handles. I mean, wouldn’t it look awful if the doors in the same corridor all had different handles?
Above, what went into the doors of some closets and the rest of the overhead kitchen cabinets.
That’s the design I liked most, but there were less than a dozen pieces left at Ace hardware, so they could only go on the drawers of the kitchen island.
When we furnished the study/office, the custom made book shelves, drawers and desks came with handles and pullers. Fortunately for me, despite my disappointment with the quality of the woodwork, the handles and pullers went with the color and motif of the rest of the handles and pullers that we had previously installed all around the house.
It’s not like everything’s complete. There are still some cabinet doors without handles (told you, stores don’t often have stocks) while the others have the old stuff that came with the house. I’m hoping that I can complete all the handles and pullers, and have them installed, before the end of the year.