5 Things To Love About This Window Seat

Window seat with bookshelves and storage on mochacasa blog

Do you like window seats?

For me, they are one of those dream home features that hold such appeal. But when I came across the image of this one, I was completely smitten. It has all the ingredients for a perfect window seat.

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7 Good Reasons To Have Plants In Your Home Office

Desk shelves in a home office filled with plants and flowers

Do you have plants in your home? Perhaps fragrant fresh herbs growing in the kitchen, a collection of sculptural little succulents, or some lush trailing plants in your living room?

Plants are now a familiar feature in stylish interiors and practically considered an essential home decor element. We’re re-discovering the beauty of bringing nature into the home and embracing biophilic design.

Plants and Pacco Monitor Stand and Drawer on a minimalist desk

But often our desk or home office gets neglected. When in fact it’s just as important – if not more so – to have some plants where you work.

There are so many benefits to having them in your work space and it could help change the way you work. Yes, really!

So now it’s time to take things a step further by bringing some biophilia into your workplace.

Here are seven reason to add some plants to your home office today.

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How To Decorate Your Home For Spring With Pantone’s Rose Quartz

How to decorate your home for spring with Pantone's Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz is one of Pantone’s two colours of the year for 2016. This light blush pink is reminiscent of the blooming of a flower bud or soft clouds at sunrise. In colour psychology pink is considered a warm colour that signifies hope. And studies have even found that being exposed to pink can have a calming effect on us.

All of which makes it seem like a good colour choice if you’re thinking about adding some fresh updates to your home for spring. It can imbue your interior with a relaxed atmosphere and positive feel.

A little admission: pink isn’t a colour I’d have usually chosen for decorating previously. But this more restrained shade has made me reconsider. As you’ll discover, it can work really well in a minimalist or Scandinavian style interior. It adds touches of warmth and interest, without being overbearing.

Here are some ideas on how you can add decorate with rose quartz or use it as a subtle accent colour around your home and give your home a new look for spring.

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Home Tour: How An Apartment Was Transformed From Small To Spacious

The living room and kitchen area of a small apartment transformed from a studio to a one bedroom apartment by Sfaro Architects | Full story on mochacasa blog

What do you do when you need more space in your home but soaring house prices make it too expensive for you to move?

This is the dilemma one resident living in a studio apartment in Tel Aviv had when she found that her home had become too small for her needs. Although only measuring 40 square meters in size, she wanted to turn it into a one bedroom flat and increase the storage space – all on a limited budget.

In other words, she wanted to move into a bigger place without moving at all.

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Urban Jungle Bloggers: Botanical Zoom And Fractals

Urban Jungle Bloggers: Botanical zoom - a close up of the leaf on a pothos plant

This month’s topic for Urban Jungle Bloggers is Botanical Zoom. It’s all about zooming in and taking a closer look at our plants.

Donkey Tail succulent close up - Mocha Casa for Urban Jungle Bloggers

Something fascinating happens when you look at plants from close up – as I discovered when I began zooming in and photographing of some of mine.

You realise there’s more to them than first meets the eye. You find new details, patterns within patterns, hidden exquisiteness that’s not apparent at first glance. It gives you a fresh perspective and it’s mesmerising. I found myself staring in wonder at the beauty of nature.

But there’s something else too …

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5 Ways To Use The Grass Floating Shelf

Grass Floating Shelf from mochacasa

Do you want some extra storage space around your home? And would you like to bring the outside in by adding more greenery to your interior? If so, then the new Grass Floating Shelf will tick the boxes for you.

Just launched online in the Mocha Casa store, this versatile, organically shaped floating shelf will add some verdant green to your walls. It’s a great way to add an element of biophilic design. But even more, it can be used to serve many different functions.

Here are five of the ways you could use Grass Floating Shelves in your home.

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The Perfect Pairing That Is Bookshelves And Stairs

The perfect pairing that is bookshelves and stairs - on Mocha Casa blog

Stairs are a fascinating architectural element.

Always dynamic, they transport us from one place to the next, from one floor to another. A staircase can be a design feature in its own right.

Much like stairs, books also take you on a journey. They can transport you to another place, another world or another time. Which may be why, when you blend the two together you have the perfect interior pairing. And the resulting staircase bookshelf is something magical.

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7 Alternatives To Bedside Tables For Small Spaces

Pacco Floating Drawer bedside tables from mochacasa.com

If you have a small bedroom it can be a challenge to find bedside tables that will fit the space. Naturally, though, you’d still like a place to store your book, cup of water and all the other essentials that you keep next to your bed. So what’s the solution?

Here are some alternatives to standard bedside tables, that can perform the same role beautifully, without taking up too much space. And moreover, they’ll also add some style and interest to your room.

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How To Give Your Living Room A Fresh New Look With Biophilic Design

How to give your living room a fresh new look with biophilic design

One of the key interior trends this year is biophilic design.  And with spring on the way, it’s the perfect time to give your living room a fresh new look. So why not add some elements of nature to your decor to bring the outside in?

More than just a visual makeover, biophilia has been shown to relieve stress and promote relaxation. Meaning not only will your living room look great, but give you a sense of wellbeing too.

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10 Interior Design Trends for 2016

Interior design trends 2016 from Mocha Casa

We’re now well into the new year, and 2016 has firmly established itself. As the days get longer, making us feel more energised, this is usually the time when we begin to look around our homes with fresh eyes. We get into the mood to declutter for spring and start thinking about making some new new updates to our interiors.

So you might be interested to know: what are the interior design trends for 2016?

Here is a round up of some of the key elements and looks that are set to be popular for this year and beyond. The interesting thing is that there are common threads that connect and run through each of them, as you’ll see …

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