Is Your Home Making You Feel Negative? (And What To Do About It)

delete the negative, accentuate the positive

Do you have objects around your home that you dislike?

Perhaps you keep them around because you feel you have to. Or maybe out of a sense of guilt because they were gifts?

How do they make you feel each time you look at them? Do they bring back bad memories or make you feel negative?

When used as positive anchors,  home accessories really can make you feel happier. But conversely, if they have negative associations, the opposite is also true.


My Design Style With Eleni From My Paradissi

My Paradissi EleniEleni is an architect, interior designer and blogger. Based in Heraklion, Crete, she writes the blog My Paradissi. An “online design paradise”, it is filled with stunning images and inspirational interiors (and is one of my favourite blogs).

She also recently started a second blog called Grecian Paradise which is dedicated Greece and its beauties.

With her keen eye for beautiful design and aesthetics, Eleni shares with us here some of her own inspirations and interior design tips.

How would you describe your interior style?
Eclectic, casual, effortless, cozy. I’m attracted to uncluttered, bright spaces with Scandinavian, modern country and global influences.


A Special Giveaway

Mocha Home Accessories GiveawayThe Dunk Mug, Clack Egg Cracker and the Mark Brothers Cable Labels are three of our best-sellers – and it’s not hard to see why. Who doesn’t enjoy some biscuits with their tea or coffee? A boiled egg is probably one of the ultimate comfort foods, but slicing the top off the egg can be a challenge. And at one time or another, who hasn’t pulled out the wrong plug in a tangle of wires?

With the festive buzz in the air, I thought you might enjoy a very special giveaway with a chance to win all three.

Would you like to try and win them? Entering is very easy.


How Home Accessories Really Can Make You Feel Happier

Multi-coloured glassware from Mocha

Can home accessories make us feel happier?

I don’t just mean simply because you like the colour, pattern or design of your homeware. But much deeper than that: could they actually change your mood?

In neuro-linguistic programming there is a concept known as ‘anchors’. These are stimuli that have an effect on our thoughts or emotions and can change our state of mind. This can be positive or negative and the source could be visual, auditory or tactile.

It happens to us all the time. Sometimes it’s subconscious, and we may not even be aware that it is happening.


5 Easy Ways to Add Mediterranean Style To Your Living Room

Living Room Mediterranean Style on Mocha

A Mediterranean style interior speaks of simplicity and a relaxed way of living. It’s a life lived at a slower pace and more in tune with nature.

If you’re thinking of giving your living room a fresh update for summer, how about giving it a Mediterranean makeover? It’s a stylish and laid back look that will make you feel like you’re always on holiday!

Here are five easy ways to bring a taste of the Mediterranean into your living room.


Giveaway: Clack Egg Cracker

Clack Egg Cracker from MochaUKClack Egg Cracker is a sleek gadget that cracks off the tops of boiled eggs perfectly.

A boiled egg has to be one of the ultimate comfort foods. Tasty and delicious. Perfect for breakfast and great for a quick meal any time of the day.

But if you’re fed up with whacking your egg with the back of a spoon and peeling off bits of shell. Or attempting to make the perfect slice with a knife without letting it slip. Then you’ll love the Clack Egg Cracker.


Giveaway: Spaghetti Tower

Spaghetti Tower Mocha UK

Spaghetti is one of those dishes that is always a winner. Especially if you have to make a quick dinner for a few unexpected guests.

Simple and delicious – you can whip up a meal in no time.

But have you ever faced the quandary of getting the quantity right? Have you put too much or too little pasta into the pot?

The new Spaghetti Tower takes care of this for you. Because the storage container has a lid with four different openings, you just select the numbered lid you want, pour, and the correct amount of spaghetti you need comes out. Clever, isn’t it?


Less is More When Two Apartments Become One

Minimalist kitchen dining area

Can a family home be minimalist in design, yet still feel warm and inviting?

Many of us aspire to have a home that is organised and free from clutter. But it isn’t always so easy when you have children. Although you may want to apply the ‘less is more’ philosophy to your home decor, this can be difficult. The “less” is often available space, and the “more” seems to be endless plastic toys.

With the use of some clever design techniques, though, it is possible to create a minimalist interior that still looks like a family home. (Rather than a sterile exhibition space.) As this coastal apartment in Slovenia shows.


7 Things to Love About Autumn

Sunset over the sea end of summer mocha

Summer is coming to an end.

As the weather cools and the nights draw in earlier, there’s a definite feeling of autumn in the air.

The unique colours and scents of autumn make it a feast for the senses. So with this in mind, I thought I’d share with you seven things to love about autumn.