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The Best Reason to Splurge on a $9 Mug
That chevron-print, monogrammed mug you love doesn't have to stay on the store's shelves just because you can't afford a full set. It may work better on its own, as a pencil holder on your desk. In fact, you can revamp your whole workspace just by shopping the other rooms of your house. A brass planter serves as a way to corral all of the Petersiks' chargers and cables and a padded storage ottoman tucked under the desk takes the place of a filing cabinet. Little, homey touches can make getting down to business feel less like work.