How To Use Shelving Units As Room Dividers To Maximise Space And Storage

How to use shelving units as room dividers to maximise space and storage

The idea of open plan living is that it opens up a small space to make it feel larger and give you greater flexibility over its use. However, sometimes it can have the opposite effect.

The problem with open plan spaces is that because you have fewer walls, there’s often less space for storage. In turn, that can have a knock on effect of making your home look more cluttered – especially if it’s a small apartment.

Then there’s the issue of privacy. Sometimes we would prefer to sit in a secluded corner of our home. You might want to relax in the evening with a book or watch a film without a view straight across to your kitchen. Or want a measure of cosiness that an open plan room doesn’t always provide.

Shelving units can be the answer to both these issues. In addition to being a storage solution, you can use them as room dividers to zone up an open plan space. So in one fell swoop they solve two design dilemmas.

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Introducing A New Interior Design eBook About Small Spaces

Interior Design ebook - Move Into A Bigger Place Without Moving At All - Small Spaces - Mocha Casa

What is the biggest interior design dilemma you have with your home?
If it’s to do with not having enough space, then you’re not alone.

A study carried out by the University of Cambridge found that homes in the UK are among the smallest in Europe with the average new build now covering just 76 sq m!

And when I sent out a survey to some of our blog readers and customers, asking a question in a similar same vein, the replies I received correlated with this.

The question I asked was: “If you could make some changes to your home, what would you choose?”
The number one answer was more storage space, followed closely by get rid of clutter and in third place, to have bigger rooms.

It was because of those replies that I finally decided to write a book I had been considering for a while. An interior design ebook giving you space saving ideas and storage solutions to make your home look bigger and maximise your space.

So I’m delighted to announce the launch of: Move Into a Bigger Space Without Moving at All – 52 ideas to make your home look bigger and maximise your space.

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Urban Jungle Bloggers: Kitchen Greens & Fresh Herbal Tea

Fresh herbs for herbal tea - Urban Jungle Bloggers kitchen greens

I rotate my plants from time to time, sometimes placing them on the kitchen worktop to catch some sun. Although, up until now, none of them have been permanent residents.

However, when I saw this month’s topic for Urban Jungle Bloggers – Kitchen Greens – it occurred to me that yes, the kitchen is the ideal place to display plants. Especially edible ones.

In addition to adding some green decoration helping to make your home feel more biophilic, you also get to enjoy your home grown produce. What could be lovelier than growing fresh herbs in your kitchen to enhance your dishes?

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Biophilic Architecture: When Design Meets Nature

Biophilic architecture - mirrored installation by Anish Kapoor

Architectural shapes have always fascinated me. Especially when they are juxtaposed with nature.

I never realised there was a name for this synchronicity of design and the natural world working together. But then I learnt about the concept biophilia, and it all made perfect sense.

When you set architecture against the sky, like the Anish Kapoor installation above, or Santiago Calatrava’s Chords bridge (below) the effect is quite dramatic.

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Urban Jungle Bloggers: Planty Wishes For 2016

Pyramid Phone Holder and plant

I took this photo to share to Instagram of how my phone sits on the Pyramid beside a plant on my desk. Looking at the picture again I suddenly realised that it tells a whole story in and of itself.

How, through the power of the internet and with the help of technology like smarphones, we are now able to connect and communicate with each other – wherever we are in the world.

As a result, I’ve been able to get to know (and make some friends along the way!) with other like-minded people who share a love for plants and design, nature and beautiful interiors. Amazing people such as Igor and Judith for example! And because of them I became part of the Urban Jungle Blogger community, which I’m so happy to be a part of.

I’m also so thankful that it enables me to share with you plant and interior inspiration, as well as our own homeware designs. And grateful for your input and feedback whether by email, social media, the online store or this blog.

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12 Nature Themed Gift Wrap Ideas

 

Rustic autumn leaves, twigs and kraft paper gift wrap

You may have noticed that plants are having a big moment right now in interiors. And biophilic design – the innovative design concept that blends nature together with interior design – is more popular than ever. So this festive season, when wrapping your gifts, why not create a crossover by integrating some natural elements to your gift wrap?

As well as being bang on trend, it will give your gift wrapping a slightly unusual twist that is bound to be a hit with everyone who receives a present from you.

Here are some creative nature themed gift wrap ideas to get you inspired and are easy to re-create. But for a new take on it, go for a walk outside in a park or green open space and see if you can find any original natural elements that you can incorporate.

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10 Beautiful Bedroom Ideas Inspired By Nature That Will Boost Your Mood

Bedroom inspired by nature with cute white dog

Your bedroom is the most personal space in your home and although it isn’t on display as much as other areas of the home, how you choose to decorate it is really important. Perhaps even more so in the winter.

On cold, dark wintry evenings your bedroom should become an inviting haven to cosy up in. And on gloomy mornings, be an invigorating space in which to wake up and boost your mood for a great start to the day.

Incorporating  nature into the decor of your bedroom by using elements of biophilia can do just that.

Here are some beautiful bedrooms inspired by nature which may give you ideas on how you can incorporate elements of biophilic design to enhance your sleeping area, turning it into a space that lifts the spirit.

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A Day Of Design In Dublin

River Liffey Dublin - Day of Design

A few days ago I had a rare treat – and a very special day trip. I went on my first ever visit to Dublin (together with my parents), to see the city where my mother spent much of her childhood.

It was still dark when we left London and as we flew towards the coast of Ireland morning was just breaking.

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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.

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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.

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