Urban Jungle Bloggers: Plant Shelfie II

Plants on Pacco Floating Drawer from Mocha

Last time I took part in the plant shelfie challenge for Urban Jungle Bloggers, I created a little indoor garden scene on a shelf in my home office.

This time around I thought it might be interesting to create a few different vignettes and experiment  with  different shapes and textures. Especially as I just picked up a collection of new plants yesterday for a photo-shoot for the launch of our new shelf.


Easy Ways To Add The New Minimalist Look To Your Home

Minimalist living room with plants

When you picture a minimalist interior, what comes to mind? Perhaps it’s an all white room with a sterile feel; the kind of look that was popular back in the nineties.

Minimalism is back, but this time it is different. Warm and comfortable, it blends a pared-down feel with contemporary, rustic and natural elements. The result is a simplicity that is easy to live with and turns our homes into a sanctuary away from the hectic world outside.

The new minimalist look works so well for the way we live our lives today and it’s easy to add into your home – whatever your interior style.


9 Home Office Ideas To Inspire You

Home Office Ideas To Inspire You

Do  you work from home?

Whether full or part time, more of us are now working from home than ever before. According to a recent report from the Office for National Statistics, the number of people in the UK who work from home has risen to its highest levels since records began.

Whether you’re running a small business or writing a blog you need a space to work from. And having a beautiful, organised space in which to work will help to increase your productivity.

So if you’re about to set up your own home office in a corner of your home, or thinking of redecorating your existing one, here are nine of the most stylish home office ideas to inspire you.


How To Make A Rental Property Feel Like Your Home

How to make a rented property feel like your home

Whether for affordability or flexibility, more of us are now choosing to rent our homes.

However, it’s often the case that the decor of your rental property isn’t how you’d like it. And the drab decoration and furnishings can make it feel like you’re walking into a stranger’s flat. But because it’s a rented property, you’re restricted on the changes you can make to it. Yet, it’s going to be your home for now. So how do you enhance and decorate in order to personalise your space?

With a bit of creativity it is possible. Here are some ways to make your rental feel like a home.


10 Simple Pleasures To Enjoy This Autumn

Ten simple pleasures to enjoy this autumn

Autumn is a season of great contrasts and changes. The trees change from shades of green to hues of gold and bronze. Days get shorter and cooler so we tend to hunker down and spend more time indoors.

While the onset of winter can sometimes make us feel  a bit down, the season also brings its own distinctive joys and a feeling of cosiness. So here is a list of some of the simple pleasures to enjoy this autumn.


Giveaway: Nessie Ladle and Herb Infuser

Nessie Ladle and Herb Infuser Giveaway

When the sun starts setting earlier and the weather feels crisp and cooler, then you know autumn has definitely arrived. And for me, this time of year always has associations with delicious soups. Especially orange coloured soups made with carrots, sweet potatoes and pumpkin that reflects the golden hues of the leaves changing colour on the trees.

While there’s nothing more delicious than a crunchy salad in the summer, it doesn’t always have the same appeal on a chilly autumnal day. We are then more inclined towards warming comfort food. And what could be more warming than a tasty bowl of hot soup? It’s the ultimate comfort food and what’s more, a hearty vegetable soup is nutritious too.

So in celebration of this mellow, golden time of year I thought it was time for a special giveaway of a Nessie Ladle and Herb Infuser. Two essential accessories – with a twist – to help you make and serve your own tempting soups.


The Benefits Of Fruit For Breakfast

A bowl of coloured fruits - the benefits of fruit for breakfast

My grandfather always used to start his breakfast with an apple. And he might have been onto something there.  According to Ayurvedic philosophy, breakfast is the optimum time to eat fruit. Similarly, Maimonides – the famous 12th Century  Spanish physician, writer and scholar – also advised that the most beneficial way to eat fruit is on an empty stomach.

Eating fruit for breakfast helps you start your day with a burst of energy and vitamins!

The trend for smoothies has certainly made fruit more of a trend now (instead of the traditional cereal and milk option). However, the problem with smoothies is that when you blend up the fruit it’s easy to knock back up to eight fruits in one shot. So although you’re getting a dose of vitamins, you’re also getting a large hit of sugar. Plus, you also loose much of the healthy fibre – the component that helps make you feel full.


How To Create A Cosy Reading Nook In Your Home

Reading Nook Scandinavian Style

When autumn arrives and the weather cools we tend to spend more time indoors. So it’s a great time to do some little interior projects in your home.

If you’re a book lover, you’ll know that there’s no better way to escape for a few hours that to loose yourself in the pages of a good book. So why not turn an area of your home into a cosy reading nook; where you can relax on a comfy chair surrounded by some of your favourite novels?


Urban Jungle Bloggers: Plants and Art

Urban Jungle Bloggers Plants and Art from Mocha

I knew straight away which piece of art I was going to use for theme of this month’s Urban Jungle Bloggers which is Plants and Art.

There’s a very special picture that hangs above the sofa in our lounge. It’s an image of a white Spanish style villa, adorned with greenery and and flowering plants.


Mocha Shop Relaunched

Mochacasa mobile responsive website

In case you haven’t yet heard the news, we’ve just relaunched the Mocha online shop. You can now find us at: mochacasa.com

It’s now faster, easier to use and mobile responsive too – making it easier to browse and buy from your phone and tablet.

But this is just the start. There’s still much more to come including new products and some changes on the blog.