That Shabby Chic Feel at Rustic Mornings

I don’t know if it comes with age but I really find myself getting more and more attracted to anything shabby chic. Be it a piece of furniture, wallpaper, designs, theme, or even with restaurants.  Turning wikipedia on, shabby chic refers to an interior design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique.

Am I slowly getting antique-ish? 😀

My latest shabby chic find is located in San Roque, Marikina City. The place is called Rustic Mornings and they serve brunch food from 8am-4pm. By 6pm, the place suddenly turns into a romantic, rustic style restaurant popularly known as Isabelo Garden.

The excitement to experience Rustic Mornings starts once you enter the gate and have an initial view of the mystic-like garden.


The place is very homey and welcoming and will not give you even a hint of intimidation. You can opt to dine either inside, which could give you a feel like you are inside an old country house, or at the garden where you can enjoy intimate talks with family and friends since there are tables for small groups to big groups artistically positioned a little far apart from each other and divided by different kinds of plants, trees, vines, pearl curtains, and some with recycled bottles strung together to make a curtain to give that more intimate and snuggy feel.

Having a penchant for old and recycled stuff, I love how the place is not only a hungry-tummies’ haven or a romantic spot, but it could also pass for an artist’s sanctuary. The eclectic arrangement of the things inside the place put forth a different kind of spunk to the place’s shabby chic nature.








The reason why I’m raving so much about the facade and the interior design of the place is because that’s exactly what I’m dreaming my own house to be when I’ll have my own family someday 😀 I love that the place looks so humble and simple (at least for me). I love the country feel it invokes with some old Hispanic touches.

And the food! The stuff we ordered were all good! I could say they were all worth journeying to Rustic Mornings!


Frankfurter, cheese omelet and garic rice (P220)

Gourmet hotdog sadnwich with chili con carne and sunny side up egg (P240)

Gourmet hotdog sadnwich with chili con carne and sunny side up egg (P240)

Creamy tomato curry kofta balls (P300) - good for sharing

Creamy tomato curry kofta balls (P300) – good for sharing

Frozen brazo de mercedes

Frozen brazo de mercedes

Plus, a Mother’s Day treat freebie for my Mama since it was Mother’s Day when we dined there! FRee baby pancakes!


It was indeed a lovely experience dining at Rustic Mornings. The staff were all nice and accommodating. If you need something from them, you just have to tap the bell located on the table to call their attention.

Rustic Mornings is one of those restaurants which you would really love to go to over and pver again–either with family and friends or just by yourself to enjoy some quiet time alone. It could also be a very perfect “wedding proposal” place especially for those ladies who love shabby chic and rustic designs (*wink*).

I really hope this place would maintain that “hidden garden” feel because it really adds magic to it. Finding it is like finding your own sanctuary which you want to keep a secret so it could preserve its mystic charm.

But since I want other people to experience Rustic Mornings as well, here’s how you can go there on a commute:

If you’re from Manila, you can ride LRT2 and get off at Katipunan Station. From there, ride a jeep going to Calumpang and ask the driver to drop you off at the Marikina Shoe Museum. You can easily see the Rustic Mornings banner there with an arrow pointing t0 where the resto’s located.


Penchants and Fancies

This is some random thoughts of someone who’s supposed to write something but is presently being walloped with writer’s block. Might as well just blog it away.

Oh well. These are the things that I’m very much fancying at the moment:

Wooden clothespins.






Pastel checkered patterns.



Wooden planks.




Hanging banners.

Hanging photos.

photo courtesy of Stacy’s.

And just about anything that’s hanging.

Candy Jars.

Recyclable glass bottles

Dotted Cloth Strips

Tin cans for recycling.

Country style houses.

White interiors with some pastel colors for accent.

Wooden park bench.

Wooden park bench facing the lake.

And I’m still loving peppermint! Anything minty at that.

Okay, so after posting the first 12 photos above, I’m feeling frenzied now to do some crafty stuff. I was never creative–I don’t even know how to cut a straight line!. Perhaps being a preschool teacher inspired me to be one. That’s why I love my job ultimately. It allows me to think out of the box when it comes to designing the classroom and providing art activities for the kids. However, this could also mean that I have to keep every box given to me and every ribbons of every gifts I received and even some paper bags and every piece of loose button I could find on the floor. But I love that I’m enjoying doing crafts now— even if I don’t really know if I’m good at it. What matters is i’m enjoying what I’m doing and it also serves as my relaxing pill.

The last 4 photos….I just feel good whenever I browse for photos like those. I would want them to be part of my future 🙂

Creative juices all rising up now. Better start writing now!