How To Decorate Your Home With Pantone’s Serenity Blue

How to decorate your home with Pantone's colour of the year 2016 Serenity Blue

You may remember how I recently gave you some decorating ideas using Rose Quartz around your home. This time I’m going to show you how you can decorate with Pantone’s other colour of the year 2016: Serenity blue.


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.


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 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?


Beautiful Outdoor Living Rooms

outdoor living rooms from Mocha

Picture this.

It’s a hot summer day and you’re sitting in the garden on a comfy sofa, shaded from the sun. You’ve got a good book in your hand, and an ice cool drink on the table in front of you. What could be more perfect?

While writing the recent post on Mediterranean living room ideas I came across so many beautiful outdoor living spaces.

Spaces where the decor had been as well considered as any interior.

Throughout the Mediterranean, it’s common to find the garden or any outdoor area transformed into an extra living room for the summer months.


The Secret To A Luxurious Home

Luxurious bedroom with four poster bed

What makes a home feel luxurious?

I recently had a really interesting discussion with a friend on this very subject. And we realised that it isn’t just one obvious thing.

Sometimes, you walk into a place and it feels right – it just works. A home doesn’t have to be large or have expensive furnishings.

On the contrary, a house can be big, yet feel cavernous and cold. Or it can still look a cluttered mess, despite its size. Whereas a small space can have a luxury boutique hotel feel about it.

An interior filled with opulent furniture isn’t always a luxurious one. Sometimes, it can have the opposite effect. Have you ever walked into an ostentatiously decorated room that made you feel uncomfortable, and perhaps a little overwhelmed?

The secret is that there are several elements that can help give a home an air of luxury. And I thought I’d share with you how to make your home feel luxurious.


My Design Style With Igor From Happy Interior Blog

Interview with Igor Happy Interior Blog for Mocha blogIgor is a design and interior blogger – and passionate traveller – based in Munich, Germany. He writes  Happy Interior Blog, and features beautiful home accessories, travel pieces and everything you need for a happy home. It’s a blog that can’t help but put a smile on your face!

With his infectious upbeat style, Igor shares with us here some of his own design inspirations and styling tips.

Describe your interior style in 5 words or less.
Colourful, unpretentious, personal and happy!

What is inspiring you right now?
With the dawn of a new season I am largely inspired by nature. The first sun rays after weeks of grey skies, the first signs of awakening in parks and gardens, the colourful blooms on the market stands.

I feel inspired by the refreshing power of upcoming spring and want to embrace the season through little tweaks in my home decor, too.

Which designer or designers most inspire you – and why?
I do admire the ‘old classics’, the big names such as Eames, Wegner, Jacobsen. I admire them for their visionary approach to design, for envisaging and pairing the aesthetics of form and function.

I also love Alexander Girard for his playful designs. But I also admire younger designers and design labels such as Konstantin Grcic, a Munich based industrial designer, for his sharp eye and edgy approach to design.


7 Design and Decorating Links Worth Reading

3D origami featured on Design MilkIf you’re looking for decorating ideas for your home, or just a bit of design inspiration, there are some really creative interior blogs to discover around the web. I’ve compiled for you here a selection of some of the best blog posts I came across this week.

A Colour Scheme of Black, Grey and Tea Rose Pink

Will of Bright.Bazaar has a real knack for putting great colour combinations together in ways you may have never thought of. But that really work. This week, he showed how black, grey and slate can be combined beautifully as a colour scheme. The more industrial looking black and greys are softened by adding accents of soft tea rose pink. Creating a good balance and original colour palette.


Secrets Of Interior Stylists: How To Display Your Collection

Bags on Bark Shelves - MochaWe collect objects that are beautiful, have meaning, stories or good memories associated with them. Or simply because they make us smile. Together as a group, with a common theme, they become a collection.

But there’s an art to displaying your collections.

Done correctly, a collection adds interest to your home, giving it personality. And keeps your interior from feeling too stark. Even if you usually prefer minimalist interiors, a well considered display will enhance your decor.

Done badly, however, and it can look rather like a cluttered mess.

Once you learn secrets of what makes a good display, you’ll be able to arrange your collection just like the stylists do. And with clever styling even every day objects can be turned into an art installation.


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.