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Lamps, Shades, and Illuminations

My dad was into old stuff during his lifetime. And I’m not talking about the Kap kind of old -those are downright junk, lol. We’re talking about VINTAGE. The classy, antique stuff that brings klazz to a whole new level.

I used to not like antiques. Hated them when I was little, in fact. I found them eerie. It’s like those beady eyes are following you just about everywhere. And someone very very dead is about to pop out from the dresser mirrors. But then, I grew up. And I learned about their value. And my, it’s value with a CAPITAL V. And so, I started liking the stuff. Partly because of the legacy & story behind each piece, but mostly because they came with hefty price tags hehe! :P

Being the only girl in a female-dominated, single-parent household -and the eldest, I’ve always had the task of packing & making a home. I was 18 when my family & I uprooted from chinatown in Manila to a whole new community down south. My mom was a very busy woman, and so I was tasked to supervise the whole move. I grew up quickly, and I learned quickly too. At 18, I was building our nest, picking out wallpapers, furnitures, fixtures. Talking to contractors & making big decisions. Adulting, for short.

Now, several decades later, I’m once again moving out my mom’s furnitures & belongings -most of which used to be my dad’s, left behind, as she transitions to make the big move with me. One nice thing about packing for someone else is you get cast-off good stuff. :P Because she doesn’t require much, she finds it in her benevolent heart to bestow some of her valuable things to me.

One of the nicer things I recently inherited is this pair of chinese statue that she got a while back from my dad upon his demise.


He was a collector of fine & beautiful objects. As I was carefully wrapping these in towels, I asked her where she wanted them displayed when she makes the move. And she just outright gave them to moi. Happy is me! <3 She had no use, she said, and asked if I wanted them. Of course I did. And I knew exactly what to make of them..

Keystone Lamps & Shades

2/F CW Home Depot  +63 2 844 1793

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I chanced upon this lamp shop when Kap took us to Home Depot for tile & fixture shopping. It was purely accidental as I was searching far & wide for lamp makers. Voila, heaven (or is it my dad) directed me to the perfect place! They make custom lamps & shades. Yay! \m/ And special thank you goes to my Bae for always taking care of me & my needs. <3 She is such a guid P.A.



It’s like a build-a-bear store & I was super excited to go inside and play! You get to choose the base, the color, the body, the lamp, and the lighting you want. All to your own specification. How cool is that?



Because she’s the expert, I asked for her advice. And I was quite happy with what she offered.



Not so much with the price though. I was hoping for muuuuch less. But then again, kailangan bumagay. Beauty for beauty, and so I agreed. 7,200/lamp huhu.

This is what it looks like now, and will be displayed in my mom’s bedroom in our new home. The set will serve as her reading lamps enveloping her bed, and also to guide her around when she wakes up in the middle of the night & has to get around or gets disoriented. Simply gorgeous, don’t you agree?


Kap & I are making her a nice little balcony overlooking our peaceful street just outside her door window so she & MIL can sit there, chat, have their tea, and people-watch in the afternoon. There is a gentle but generous breeze blowing in that particular area, can’t wait to show you guys how it turns out. I hope she’ll be happy in her new place with us.


And whad’ya know? I also found a little something for myself! <3 I’m more into european pieces when it comes to decor, if you have noticed my taste in furnitures. I’m not normally attracted to chinese objects, but I think I am slowly evolving. Hindi ako maka-get over this piece that I actually had to buy it for my bedside table to keep my day-to-day jewelries & other buntings. Hay naku, parang chopsuey na talaga ang bahay namin hahaha! :P #Eurasian



And a big something too from the store next door hehe. ;) This is why Kap doesn’t want me window-shopping! Hong gondoh dibooooh? <3



Golden hues, golden years. I wanna glow old with you Kap my Kap! <3


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  • Reply jo

    ang galing naman! and so sweet…glow woith Kap! :)

    February 3, 2016 at 11:05 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      yes hanggang pagtanda. ;)) Palitan kami ng pustiso hehe.

      February 3, 2016 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply Jay

    Love the lamps! Nice repurposing of those pieces. I’m in a renovation mood myself and just realizing how tiring it can be. So many choices! I’m tempted to get an interior designer to cut down on the work.

    February 3, 2016 at 1:00 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      But it’s so much more personal & rewarding if you do it yourself Jay. ;) Altho, if I had a budget, I would so love to work with a designer. Le sigh.

      February 3, 2016 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Kei Aclaro

    I love how the Chinese statues turned out to be elegant lamps! Ang galing, Ms. Jane! You made something useful out of something vintage and valuable plus may sentimental value pa!

    Your bedside lamp is functional talaga ang elegant too… Really, really nice!

    Can’t wait to see your house in all it’s finished glory… :)

    February 3, 2016 at 8:07 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      Hopefully soon Kei! :-* Thank you mwah.

      February 4, 2016 at 8:44 am
  • Reply med

    You’re a genius!!!!!!!!!! Super luv luv luv luv your idea to turn the statues into lamps!!! May purpose na hindi lang para magcollect ng dust, hehehehe!!! I also luv luv luv your mini cabinet/bedside lamp – it’s similar with Shang’s mini-desserts cabinet (yung kino-covet natin) – remember when you had high tea with the girls?!?!? Can’t wait to see your new mansion!

    February 4, 2016 at 10:20 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Eh when are you inviting me naman to your new home sweet home abeeer? I’m also excited na to see! Lezzgo aircon shopping twogether meding? Lagot ang mga kaps HAHAHA! ;))

      February 4, 2016 at 1:20 pm
      • Reply med

        Might transfer in April. IKR!!! They are fixing pa, too much dust. The ID is metikuloso so may mga pinatatanggal siya. Nasa stage 1 pa lang kami – furniture layout. So many things to do, so little time!!!!!!!!!!!!

        February 4, 2016 at 6:18 pm
  • Reply med

    Ohhh BTW I hope you find more “treasures” from your mom & dad’s collection. I find them very interesting! #oodemandingakonakikibasanangalangeh

    February 4, 2016 at 10:25 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      lika sabahan mo akong magkalkal meding! one man’s trash is ALL MY TREASURE hehe. :P

      February 4, 2016 at 1:21 pm
  • Reply Noel Q.

    (take two, hehehe…)

    -ako din hindi mahilig sa antiques dati… just like you, it creeps me out! May GF ako dati, nung nagpunta ako sa bahay ng tito niya sa Greenhills, kinilabutan ako kse puro antiques! Couldn’t wait to get out of that house. Pero ngayon may profound appreciation na ako for antiques. Iba nga naman pag tumatanda na, hahaha…
    -ANG GANDA NG KINALABASAN NG LAMPSHADE!!! Ang galing ng naisip mo. Although medyo mahal nga yung P7,200 per lamp. Heniways, beautiful naman ang finished product.
    -must take note of that store, para kung ipa-renovate ko na itong munting dampa ko, pwede akong magpa-customize ng lamps
    -that lamp you bought with the drawers is to die for! Nice choice!

    Lapit na birthday mo!!! Yahoo!!!

    February 5, 2016 at 12:16 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      May GF. Gusto kong pagusapan yan ng matagal-tagal next time natin magkita. Wala na akong na-zone in na iba HAHAHAHAHAHA! Ready to spill? Soon! ;))

      February 5, 2016 at 6:50 pm
      • Reply Noel Q.

        *bzzzzt* *sizzle* Hel… *bzzzt* …lo… *spzzt* *spzzt* Jane… *bzzt* *bzzzt* Medyo *szzzztt… szzzttt* pangit *bzzzt* ang connec… *bzztttt* …tion… *bzzzt*

        *toooooooooooooooot* (dial tone… hahaha…)

        February 6, 2016 at 3:49 am
        • Reply sugargospice

          HAHAHAHAHA! Wala kang kawala. Meet up asap!

          February 6, 2016 at 7:24 am
  • Reply anna

    ganda miss jane ng lamps!! may i request for a side and back shot please??

    February 5, 2016 at 3:37 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      I will. Soon. Naka-box na kasi at tinalian ng pagka-kapal kapal hehe. Thank you anna! :-*

      February 5, 2016 at 6:52 pm

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