Excellent Mugs

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The best mugs to get this autumn

A mug is typically used to drink something hot, like coffee. And the best mugs in the market this season all feature beautiful illustrations.

Moomin 70 years Special Edition mug by Arabia at The Offical Moomin Shop
The mug features a beautiful illustration of the Moominhouse – the place that the Moomins call home; the Moomins are fictional characters who had first appeared in a 1945 book by Tove Jansson.

McLaggan Smith Educational Dinosaurs Mug at John Lewis
The mug features remarkable illustrations of a bunch of dinosaurs along with their names – the mug is just perfect for anybody who is fascinated by dinosaurs.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Mug at shopDisney
The mug features beautiful artwork of characters from the Disney film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms; the illustrations are pretty colorful and the mug also has a lovely golden handle.

Disney The Seven Dwarfs’ Grumpy Ceramic Mug at Hallmark
The mug features a sketch of a dwarf from the Disney film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Grumpy; Grumpy is an ill-tempered but efficient dwarf.


The Home Office

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How to decorate your home office

In my outlook, the perfect home office is one which has a big desk and a comfortable-enough chair. A large desk is really useful if or whenever the nature of your work is such that you must reference many books or other similar materials to get it done – this is because there is enough room on the desk to spread items all over. Also, when you have to spend many hours working, a comfortable chair will ensure that the experience does not become an extremely tiring one.

Gavin Desk at Pottery Barn
This is a black desk which has striking handles and enough drawers plus shelf space to provide ample room for your storage needs.

Hayes Tufted Swivel Desk Chair at Pottery Barn
The desk chair is padded which means that it will provide an ample amount of comfort; the chair is also upholstered in a material which is light in color, has a frame and legs that are crafted from brown solid birch and moves on casters.

Gacinia Desk Lamp by Uttermost at Concept Furniture
The desk lamp is plated in brass and it has a hanging glass globe – it is just perfect for whenever extra light is required to get work done.

Nemesis Now Wyrm Dragon Desk Tidy at Amazon UK
The desk tidy features a sitting green-colored dragon which is simply amazing in design – use it to store pencils, pens and rulers on your desk.

The Art Deco Dining Table

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How to dress an art deco dining table

If you have a very good art deco dining table in your dining room, then it gives off the impression that you like contemporary design. To dress such a table, choose plates (and a drinking glass) which exude a certain richness in color.

Exceptional French Art Deco Style Dining Table at 1stdibs
I like this art deco table because it has a multicolored design on the sides and a glossy slope base. It’s very nicely minimalist; it does not require any tablecloth to look great in the dining area.

Reproduction French Louis XVI Style Hand-Carved Dining-Chair with Rush Seat at 1stdibs
The chair is very different in design from the table because it is more traditional: the chair’s upholstery is in a good cream shade and its style and its style is a little ropey; the chocolate brown shade of the wood is nice too.

Mister Berwyn Circus Tiger Plate at John Lewis
The plate features a sly-looking jumping tiger against a white backdrop; it also has a beautiful red rim.

Molly Hatch Flower Salad Plate at John Lewis
This stoneware salad plate features flowers in colors such as red and blue; it has a double-colored rim in black and red.

Boston Colored Highball at Villeroy & Boch
The highball crystal glass has a honeycomb design – get the red colored one to drink from.

The Antique Coffee Table

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How to decorate an antique coffee table

The greatest thing about an antique coffee table, arguably, is that it can act as a standout item in your house because there is a certain history attached to it. Add to that a few great decorative items, such as a figurine you really admire, and the result is a coffee table that will be remembered by your guests for years and years to come.

Carved Victorian Coffee Table at 1stdibs
The antique coffee table has a remarkable tale of its own: it has been reconstructed from an old English ottoman from the late 19th century; it is built of rich mahogany wood and has an intricate carving (inclusive of a flower) on each of its four legs.

Royal Selangor Joker Figurine at John Lewis
I love this pewter figurine (to place on the table) of Joker – one of the most dastardly villains of all time and Batman’s main foe; he is on the brink of breaking free from prison and looks fearsome.

Choudhury Large Sail Model Boat at Wayfair
This is a very big model of a sailboat for the coffee table: it has a deck and masts that are manufactured out of birchwood, whilst the sails look amazing because they are made from a thinly-striped white cloth.

Savoir Vivre by Laduree at Shopbop
This is a book for the coffee table: it is by Ladurée – a premier bakery, and it includes ideas such as what to wear when going to the theater and how to make breakfast; it also features many nice illustrations on its blue cover which includes the Eiffel Tower, macaroons, a wine glass and a heart-shaped ring.

The TV Corner

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How to decorate a corner in your house meant for watching television

Decorating around a television is not hard, even if you have only got a corner in a house to spare for that. You use one wall of the corner for your television – just place it on a corner TV stand, and keep the other wall empty but place a few potted plants on the floor.

Antoinette Loveseat at Wayfair
The loveseat has a beautiful red and gold upholstery, along with magnificent carved designs on the wood; it can seat two people – perfect for a couple.

Kate Spade New York ‘words of wisdom’ accent pillow at Nordstrom
Get two cushions from this range – each of the cushions in it feature an expression, and plop both on the loveseat; get the navy one bearing the expression ‘Lean on me’ and the picnic green one bearing the expression ‘This is the life’.

Seiko Starry Night Melodies in Motion Wall Clock at Hayneedle
A very beautiful brown musical clock that has plenty of Swarovski crystals – place it on the wall and right above your television set.

Kitsch Kitchen Set of 3 Bird Planters at Trouva
The three planters can be used to house your favorite plants; it comes in three separate colors: black, white and orange and features a design by Ingela P. Arrhenius of birds and leaves.

A Dark Reading Space

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How to decorate a reading space with dark-colored interiors

A reading space in a house provides the reader with the sanctuary that he or she needs to read in total peace and quiet. If you have an off-center taste, then use dark colored furniture pieces to decorate it.

Capewood Bookcase With Sliding Glass Doors at Target
The bookcase has glass doors and four shelves to keep books on; choose the red colored one for your reading space.

J77 chair, black at Finnish Design Shop
The chair has been manufactured out of solid beech and is nicely simple; it celebrates Scandinavian design – get a single one to accompany a desk.

Lennox Writing Desk, Ebony at One Kings Lane
The writing desk is black in color and old-fashioned in design; it also features contrasting silver hardware – use the desk (and the chair) to take out books from the bookshelf and read in comfort.

No. 2 Viennese Footrest from Josef Jaworek, 1870s at Pamono
I liked this vintage ottoman because of its color combination – red and brown, and also its snake-like design at the bottom; the ottoman was made by a competitor of the Thonet company and is dated pre-1890 – place it at the foot of the bookshelf to act as an additional seating space for reading books.


The Room At The Dormitory

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What to pack for your room at college

Packing for college is a very simple task. Save yourself time by narrowing the packing down to what you really need to take with you because space at a room in a dormitory can be rather limited; spend more time thinking about how you can make and rule your very own clique at the hall of residence.

Whim by Martha Stewart Collection Set of 2 Paired Pillowcases at Macy’s
Choose the dog print: it is a set of two white pillowcases that together completes an illustration of a dog – simple and beautiful in design.

Cazares Stripe Weave 1200 Thread Count Egyptian-Quality Cotton Sheet Set at Wayfair
The bed sheet has a striped design and comes in an array of colors – choose the sage color for your bed.

Large Trunk at Dormify
A trunk to store all your college essentials: notepads, books, stationary, your favorite audio CDs and so on; choose the striking red one.

Two Tone VelvetLoft Bed Blanket at Berkshire Blanket & Home Co.
Pick the menthol one: the lovely blanket has two separate colors – a sea-blue type color on one side and a shade of cream on the other, it will add a luxurious feel to your new bed.