To be honest, I am one of those people who started giving our house (starting from my room) a revamp during the pandemic because of this Facebook Group called Home Buddies. It’s one of the greatest “budol” of the century that it even got a lot of us wrapping our stuff at home with wallpapers. One of the home design trends that I’ve been following since I joined the group is that of the Rustic Boho aesthetics. The community calls the enthusiasts of this design “Team Kahoy”. Just this year, I found these shops in the south where I bought stuff that would give my room that “Kahoy” look.
A Wonderland for Team Kahoy from the South
We were driving south from the metro when the displayed baskets in these stores beside the highway caught my attention. They were of different sizes and designs and totally an eye candy for Team Kahoy. We pulled to the side and went on a walk around. But then, budol gaming came strong, you would know. I came back to the car with a big rattan hamper, a round woven mat, a big smile in my face, a nervous heart for my bank account yet a great vision of a beige rustic Boho-styled room ahead of me. That’s when it all started.
ABJ Wood Carvings and Antiques
One of my go-to shops in the south for these Team Kahoy essentials is ABJ Wood Carvings and Antiques. It’s literally a wonderland as it has almost everything in all shades of brown – from furniture, fixtures and displays for all the rooms in your house.
The store is located in Brgy. Tartaria, Silang, Cavite. If you’re driving to Tagaytay City via SLEX and CALAX, you’d surely pass by the shop. You would know that you’re approaching the right place when you see lines of antique shops and wood carvings on both sides of the highway. On the other hand, if you’re coming from Aguinaldo Highway, turn left at the rotunda and take the Tagaytay -Calamba road. You may also pin Tartaria on the maps if you are unsure about the spot.
I have added to cart several similar items from different online shops and of course, tried comparing its prices. After several visits and unfailing budol, I can say that their items are much cheaper than the ones sold online. For instance, I saw these cute baskets online for around Php 500.00 per piece. After adding it to cart, I visited Tartaria to compare its price. I actually got three of different sizes from ABJ for only Php 1,200.00. They have actually given me a discount even before I could haggle.
Some of the items though may seemed to be unreasonably priced. For example, I got this foldable Abaca food dome for Php 430.00. Price range I might say is a 3 out of 5; 1 being extremely expensive and 5 as affordable.
Team Kahoy Lookbook
I know you might be curious about what they offer so I took several photos to show you what they sell in the shop. Here they are!
wooden plates and bowls food domes or tents spatulas, ladles, bowls and more! placemats and table runners coasters wooden mugs pretty abaca bags abaca beach hats Multipurpose rattan tiers wooden bowls and round rattan mats rattan table runner
ABJ Wood Carvings and Antiques also posts their products on their Facebook page. For the prices of the items, you may send them a direct message. They only accept cash in the store. Might as well take enough cash with you not just because they don’t accept other modes of payment but because you should control yourself from buying a lot. I warn you, it’s hard to resist.
These shops in Tartaria are open in all days of the week. I’m not really sure about the operational hours but we could observe that some of them are open from 9:00 AM until few minutes past 6 in the evening.
I am so happy with how my room turned out perfectly fine after all those mindless checking out of these items. It was even cozier and homey compared to how it was before. Gladly, there are such stores where we could all go for cheaper options.
Are you a part of Home Buddies’ [almost] 3,000,000,000 growing and highly engaged community? In which team do you think you belong? if you’re from Team Kahoy then save this post for reference!