Dress Up Your Apartment With Etsy.com! Handmade Mugs and Tigerwood Mirrors

Since everyone liked our décor tips from Etsy last time, we’re doing it again!

On tap: 5 more hand-picked hand-made crafts you might be happy to have around your apartment.

I went back to Etsy and started searching for “home decoration” items. The search was too vague… until I came across a mug rack. The mug rack turned out to be a decal (utility score: a big fat zero), but it got me thinking: real mug racks are functional and can be attractive.

My favorite mug rack of all time was at Wayside Café in Fallbrook, the town where I went to high school. Regulars at the café were allowed to store their mug in the rack. The best mug was a certain, unassuming yellow one. Compared to bigger mugs in the rack, the yellow mug seemed boring and wimpy. But if you walked up to the mug and turned it around, you’d read a simple statement: “You’re a nosy little f+*#er, aren’t you?” Heh.

I found no mug racks I liked. But did find this stunning mug, which can be made for you for only about $20. It can also be used as a beer stein, which immediately made me like it more. Mugs are great for decorating because they’re functional.

It’s rare you can take all your furniture with you when you move, which is why I’m wary of even looking, but I surprised even myself!

Check out this really gorgeous mirror, made of sustainably-harvested tiger wood. Its warm tones and rich variation in color, together with the solidity of the thick frame, are both grounding and invigorating.

Mirrors can make your apartment look bigger, they’re useful, and they can even –  according to fung shui principles and common sense – change the energy of your apartment. Think about it: they multiply the present light, they help you see behind you, they let you see yourself. As Sylvia Plath wrote, in Mirror:

I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions.

Whatever I see, I swallow immediately.

Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike

I am not cruel, only truthful –

The eye of a little god, four-cornered.

Another way to change the light in your apartment? Color the light.

You might not be one to buy a $400 stained glass Asian luna moth online; neither am I. And yet: the Asian luna moth beckons.

Its utility, I have decided, is in how it will add the whimsy and mystery of a green-and-yellow guest to your apartment or home (remember: your apartment’s attitude should not be neglected when considering your decoration scheme).

My favorite part about the design is the graceful overlap of the two wingtails, like the feet of a ballet dancer up on her toes.

The thought of shipping more glass things after my theoretical purchase of a glass butterfly AND a mirror has me all nervous about shipping, so, perhaps in response, I am drawn to the basket section.

Etsy has thousands of baskets. What I’m looking for in a basket, I decide, is one with a lid. Because otherwise you can’t use it for storeage of things that aren’t pleasing to the eye. I finally found a winner in this duck basket.

It looks elegant yet strong. And the lid is attached to the handle so little kids and puppies can’t run off with it.

Interested in purchasing any of these items? Let us know and we’ll hook you up with the artists! Have your own Etsy favorites? We’d love to hear about them – let us know here or on our Facebook page!

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