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Baleigh Mug. Courtesy Jack Wills
Baleigh Mug. Courtesy Jack Wills
Eco Rose. Courtesy D. Tales
Eco Rose. Courtesy D. Tales
Non-Slip English Rose Doormat. Courtesy Dotcomgiftshop
Non-Slip English Rose Doormat. Courtesy Dotcomgiftshop
New Missoni Home collection. Courtesy Missoni Home
New Missoni Home collection. Courtesy Missoni Home
Magnolia Cushion. Courtesy digitexhome.com
Magnolia Cushion. Courtesy digitexhome.com

The Hot List: Moody florals

Embrace the dark side of florals for a look that is striking and evocative.

1. Flexible fabrics

The new 2013 Missoni Home collection, Margherite, is now available from Harvey Nichols Dubai. The collection features an eye-catching combination of striking florals and textured fabrics, with everything from pure cotton to jacquard and organza.

Margherite, price on request, Harvey Nichols Dubai, Mall of the Emirates

2. A great cuppa

There's nothing more British than a good cuppa, so why not have yours in a mug from the "fabulously British" Jack Wills. We'd go for the stylish Baleigh Mug, which will look just as good sitting on your counter as it will when it's filled with tea.

Dh60, Jack Wills, The Dubai Mall and Mercato Mall, Dubai

3. Dynamic doormat

Great style should start at the front door, so make a good first impression with the non-slip English Rose doormat from the Dotcomgiftshop.com. The mat is made from rubber-backed coir, a natural fibre extracted from coconut husk.

English Rose doormat, Dh115, www.dotcomgiftshop.com

4. Eco-friendly wallpaper

We love the oversized roses and deep, moody hues of this wallcovering by Eco Wallpaper. The company is committed to minimising its impact on the environment at every stage of the manufacturing process.

Price on request, D. tales, DIFC, www.design-tales.com, and selected distributors

5. Rhyme and reason

The front of the Magnolia cushion features a print from best-selling photographer Barbara Chandler's new Bloom collection, while the back features a quote by the Victorian poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The cushion is made from a moleskin fabric, and we want one.

Dh230, www.digetexhome.com

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