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Mrs. Fix-It

From construction to home furnishing, this one-stop shop has it all


By Paulyne L. Fermin

Our house in the south is a decade old. To date, I’ve had the outer walls repainted thrice, the roof twice, and the master bathroom retiled. The most ambitious undertaking I took on was demolishing our entire back garden in favor of a swimming pool. Best decision ever! Instead of being populated by stray cats and the favorite place of helpers to dry the laundry (sampayan), it is now the perfect venue for entertaining as well as a weekend exercise and relaxation area for the family. It seems, though, that once I’m done with one task, another home project crops up.

It’s a good thing that supply stores are just a stone’s throw away from the village. Last week, I decided to drop by All Home Daang Hari, which is just five minutes from my daughter’s school. I needed cove lights, gloss paint for the brick wall fountain in the pool, square tiles for the gazebo, and wood stain for my sliding doors. Once inside, I felt like a girl in a candy store. (I’m sure I was an interior designer or stylist in a previous life.) The depot had so many beautiful tile choices I wanted to hoard! I also took my time looking at every lighting fixture. My trustee driver-gardener-electrician-pool boy Mr. M reminded me that three lights in our gate needed changing, too. The sales people were more than willing to show us the wares and let us tinker with everything before making our final purchases.

  • Tile Gallery. For your fixer uppers or construction needs, find it at All Home.

  • Home furnishings Bar set with wine rack, decorative vases, and faux foliage to beautify la casa.

  • Kitchen essentials choose from an array of dining ware, baking tools, and colorful jars.

  • Project finished! The author’s daughter by the newly glossed pool fountain feature.

    Since I had time to spare, I walked to other side of the depot. The two-level All Home carries everything one needs for home improvement, DIY, and construction projects. I saw branded cookware, gardening tools, dining sets, kitchen cabinets, and couches of all shapes and sizes displayed on the main floor. The second floor housed curtains and linens, faux flowers, house decors, candles, and more living room furniture. The Christmas section has already been set up with pillowcases, wreaths, and all kinds of knickknacks. By the time I was done shopping, Mr. M had to make space in the trunk for a 14-foot foldable steel ladder,  a dozen lights, vases, paint cans, and a variety of home tools. I needed some more time to decide on the tiles.

    As a homemaker and the one primarily responsible for the upkeep of the house, I like that All Home not only sells the materials I need but also offers a wide variety of choices. What’s more, the prices are very reasonable and some even lower than other depots in the area. I must also commend the sales personnel of each department for being very attentive and helpful. They surely made my search and decision-making a lot easier.

    Now, Mr. M and I are halfway done with our fixer uppers. Everything must be ready before the big Halloween party by the end of the month. That 14-foot ladder will surely come in handy when he hangs the witches and Halloween globe lights on the big molave tree upfront. But first, we have to go back to All Home for some electrical wires, tape, nylon cord, batteries etc. Another day, another project!

    All Home Depot has 12 depots around the country (including Vista Place QC, Vista Mall Taguig, Vista Mall Sta. Rosa, and Daang Hari) with two more opening soon.

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