A Young Girl’s Reading Room

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How to decorate a reading room for a young girl

The perfect reading room for a young girl is that space inside a house where she can read all that she wants to in solitude. The space does not necessarily have to be big but it must be decorated with really pretty essentials.

Dollhouse Bookcase at Pottery Barn Kids
This white bookcase is in the shape of a dollhouse and has eight cubes acting as shelf space and two drawers to further hold items as well; each cube can be used to organize reading materials by genre (for example: historical fiction and fantasy) for a child.

Emily & Meritt Sequin Garland at Pottery Barn Kids
This beautiful garland has triangular shapes made out of sequined material in colors such as bronze and silver; it can be hung on the wall to pretty the reading room up.

Disney Princess Kids Upholstered Chair with Sculpted Frame by Delta Children at Walmart
This pink and purple chair features prints of the following Disney princesses: Belle, Ariel and Rapunzel; the chair can be used for a child to sit on and read a book in total peace and quiet.

Wildkin Olive Kids Mermaid Blue Area Rug at Wayfair
This is a colorful rug featuring illustrations of three lovely mermaids and different types of marine life; it can be placed in front of the bookcase to provide a means for a child to browse through the books in the bookcase before selecting one to read on the chair.

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The Study Room

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How to decorate a study room

A study room is that space for a child or a teenager which they can use to learn. It should prioritize comfort but it should also be a room that looks very good.

Stromborg Table at Knoll
This is a very nice table which can be used as a study table: it is sufficiently large and also uncomplicated in design; choose this particular combination – a clear glass material for the top and orange as the rail color.

Audrey Soft at Kartell
The ‘Audrey Soft’ chair from Kartell comes in more than ten colors: choose the black and red color chair to pair with the table to have a study chair which is very remarkably bright and bold.

Ridge Road Décor Ship 2-Piece Wood Bookend Set In White at Bed Bath & Beyond
This is a very beautiful set of two bookends; its design consists of a classic ship which is split in half – a student can use the bookends to arrange their school books every term.

Refresh & Reboot mixed A7 exercise books – set of 8 at Paperchase
A set of eight exercise books in various colors, like yellow and green; they are numbered 1 to 8 and also stitched in design – they are perfect to use for both schoolwork and homework.

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 RIBA Stirling Prize 2018 Shortlist

Which buildings made the shortlist this year?

The buildings shortlisted for this year’s Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize, the winners of which will be revealed in October, were an interesting mix of beautiful design and eccentric ideas. The six buildings that were chosen are as follows:

Storey’s Field Community Centre and Nursery (Cambridge, England): a personal favorite; the cream-colored building will be home to staff at Cambridge University in an economical way.

Bloomberg (London, England): the building is the British publishing house’s headquarters and is a contemporary marvel, in my outlook, with its slanted bronze shapes on the exterior of the building.

The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre (Oxford, England): the building has a series of columns which looks very interesting because of their very thin shapes but otherwise the architecture, in my outlook, really lacks pizzazz.

New Tate St Ives (Cornwall, England): I love the extension at Tate St. Ives – the roof includes a view point and the location of the building offers a spectacular view of the coast, plus there are blue-colored mirrors on the exterior of the gallery.

Chadwich Hall, University of Roehampton (London, England): the university hall is intriguing in design because the walls look incomplete and cheap but the building is surrounded by a garden and architecture from early 18th century to mid-19th century.

Bushey Cemetery (Hertfordshire, England): this is a Jewish cemetery and its design replicates what the burial rites of the faith constitutes in its design – plain and brown.