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The Colour of Home | A Collection by Mocka

Life is full of colour and this season we present The Colour of Home, a curated collection of new season product designed in Australia and inspired by joyful living, celebrating self expression through colour, texture, function and form.Styling your home with colour requires balance and a bold approach so we sat down with Mocka’s Creative Lead, Kate Lewis and our colourful friends at Kip and Co, Australian brand and colour icon, to discuss the biggest trends in colour this year and all the vibrant ways you can bring colour home. Tip: Start With One Colour When it comes to adding colour to your home, it’s essential to begin with hues that resonate with you. Your home is a personal sanctuary, and the colours within should reflect your unique style and personality. If your space currently features a neutral palette, Kate suggests experimenting with various shades of a single colour to maintain a cohesive yet dynamic look.“I would start by considering what colours you enjoy,” says Kate. “Your home should be a reflection of you and your style. If you are starting from a neutral palette, I would explore shades of one colour to create colour in a safe, cohesive way. You can layer with soft decor in various shades of the one colour or, if you are looking for a statement in your room, use a solid colour piece of furniture. You can always start small with a pop of colour in a side table, cushions, and art. These items are small and affordable to experiment with.” Don’t Overwhelm The Room Adding bold colours can elevate a space, but balance colours can be the challenge, to avoid overwhelming the room. Neutral tones on walls and flooring can create a calming backdrop, allowing bold accents to stand out without clashing. Kip & Co recommends incorporating colour into your home with soft furnishings. “Use cushions, throws, or wall artwork to introduce vibrant hues gradually. Balance these bold elements with neutral tones to create a harmonious look, and consider using bold colours on a single feature wall or in smaller, less permanent ways that can be easily updated. Other items can include single statement pieces like a rug, lamp, or large vase to add a pop of bold colour without overwhelming your space.” Start With A Bedroom Bedrooms are ideal for experimenting with bold colours. These personal sanctuaries can benefit from the vibrancy and depth that colour brings. From bedding and cushions to wallpaper and furniture, the bedroom offers numerous opportunities to play with colour and texture.“Bedrooms are the perfect place to start!” Kate enthuses. “These are rooms just for you that you can experiment with and enjoy the vibrancy and play of colour. Bedrooms have so many layers and textures and ways to add depth and create colour through decor, textiles, wallpaper, furniture, and paint! Kids’ rooms and nurseries are perfect to let your inner child and imagination run wild. The home office is also a great space to be bold and creative for a fun, productive space!” Kip & Co adds “Choosing colourful bedding that resonates with your personal aesthetic and preferences, will allow you to transform your bedroom into a rejuvenating haven that promotes better sleep and energises your overall well-being!” “Colours like blues and greens can promote a sense of calm and relaxation, which is beneficial for winding down before sleep. On the other hand, warmer tones like oranges and yellows can evoke feelings of warmth and comfort, making your bedroom a cosy retreat!” Blending Colours and Patterns For those looking to break all the rules and joyfully mix patterns and colours, both Kate and the Kip & Co team have some encouraging words. “Colour clashing is all about joyfully breaking all the rules, celebrating colour, and creating a home that is an expression of you,” Kate says. “Mixing and matching patterns, colour, fabrics, and textures bring life and personality to your space. Play with all of these elements for a colourfully cohesive look that adds depth and warmth to your home.” “We’re big believers in print clashing,” adds Kip & Co. “So we say go BOLD or go home! Don't be afraid to mix and match – experiment with mixing checks and stripes, large and small florals, and any other combinations that might seem unconventional. There is no right or wrong! Don’t be shy to introduce some floral pillowcases or striped Euros to your current bedding setup. Otherwise, keep your linen plain and add the finishing touch with prints or bold coloured throws and cushions! A trick for first-timers who aren’t used to breaking the rules is to pick one colour and explore mixing and matching similar shades within it. For example, cool tones – consider lighter shades of blue anchored with a royal blue and dark navy.” Cost-Effective Colourful Changes Adding colour to your home doesn't have to break the bank. Here are some budget-friendly ideas from Kate to help you live more colourfully: Use decor and soft items like throw cushions and ottomans, these items are more affordable and interchangeable with trends. Upcycle an old piece of furniture with a new coat of paint Update a room with a feature wall or half wall of colour A statement bedside table or side table in a solid colour will bring a pop of colour to your home without breaking the budget Thrift shop for second hand objects with personality and shop digital art for an affordable pop of colour to suit your style. Final Thoughts Transforming your home with colour is an exciting journey of self-expression and creativity. Start with colours that make you happy, experiment with different shades and textures, and don’t be afraid to be bold. Remember, your home is a canvas – have fun painting it with the colours of your life. We hope these tips inspire you to bring the joy and vibrancy of colour into your home.

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Nursery Chairs: Creating Comfort and Style for Your Baby's Room

Designing a nursery for your little bundle of joy is an exciting and important milestone for every parent-to-be. From selecting the perfect cot to choosing adorable wall décor, every detail is essential in creating a cosy and nurturing environment. One piece of furniture that often gets overlooked; is the nursery chair. Discover why a nursery chair plays a crucial role in enhancing both comfort and style to your nursery, what are important factors to consider when choosing one, and some trendy options available at Mocka. Why are Nursery Chairs Important? Nursery chairs serve as a sanctuary for both parents and babies alike. They are where you will spend countless hours feeding, soothing, and bonding with your little one. Comfort is of utmost importance during these moments, and a good nursery chair can make all the difference. It provides proper support for your back, arms, and neck, ensuring you stay relaxed while attending to your baby's needs. Additionally, a well-designed chair can contribute to the overall aesthetic appeal of the room, making it a stylish addition to your nursery decor.   What to Consider When Choosing a Nursery Chair Comfort: The primary factor to consider when selecting a nursery chair is comfort. Look for chairs that offer good back support with cushioning and padding. You'll want a chair that allows you to sit for extended periods without feeling discomfort or strain. Size and Space: Nursery chairs come in various sizes, so it's important to consider the available space in your nursery. Measure the area where you plan to place the chair to ensure it fits seamlessly into the room without making it feel cramped. Style and Design: While comfort is the main priority, style should not be overlooked. Consider the design aesthetic you want to achieve in your nursery and choose a chair that aligns with that vision. From classic and traditional to modern and sleek, there are plenty of options to suit any decor style. Trendy Nursery Chair Options at Mocka Now that we have covered the importance of nursery chairs and what to consider when choosing one, let's explore some trendy options available at Mocka, a trusted name in stylish and affordable furniture. Hamptons Rocking Chair: For those seeking a classic touch in their nursery, the Mocka Hamptons Rocking Chair offers timeless elegance. Its gentle rocking motion helps soothe your baby to sleep, while its cushioned seat and backrest provide comfort for parents. This chair also comes with a matching ottoman for added relaxation. Felix Teddy Occasional Chair:The Felix Occasional Chair is a perfect blend of chic style and comfort. With its mid-century and urban design, this statement chair is spacious, providing ample room to snuggle up with your little one, while transforming your nursery into an inviting oasis. Asta Recline Chair: Super comfortable and flawlessly stylish, this recliner chair showcases the best in Scandi-inspired, modern design. With its recline and rocking functions, this chair allows you to find the perfect position for both feeding and relaxing. Its modern design and soft fabric upholstery make it an attractive addition to any nursery. To summarise, nursery chairs are an essential part of creating a comfortable and stylish space for you and your baby. Their role in providing comfort, support, and aesthetic appeal should not be overlooked. When choosing a nursery chair, consider factors such as comfort, size, style, and cleaning ease. Mocka offers a diverse range of trendy options and designs to cater to different needs and design preferences. Image credit: oh.eight.oh.nine

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Nature's Palette: Introducing Green to your Home

The colour green, with its timeless appeal and numerous benefits, incorporating shades of green can instantly evoke a sense of connection to nature, making your home feel more inviting and comforting. In this blog, we'll explore the various ways to bring green into your home decor. From delicate touches of green in accessories to larger-scale applications like wall colours, we'll provide tips and insights on how to seamlessly integrate this versatile hue into your living space. Helping you navigate which shades of green work best in different areas of your home and how they can complement your unique design aesthetic. The Benefits of Green: Green is known for its dynamic force that brings vitality and harmony into any space. Understanding the psychology behind green reveals why it works so well in home decor. Associated with nature, green evokes feelings of growth, renewal, and tranquillity, making it an ideal choice for creating serene and inviting environments. Whether you opt for a soft sage green or a vibrant mint green, this versatile hue seamlessly integrates with a variety of colour palettes and design styles. Its calming effects make it particularly beneficial in the living room, office, bedroom, and dining room, where relaxation and comfort are paramount.   Finding Which Green is for You: Olive Green: This classic hue, often associated with mid-century design, adds a timeless elegance to any space. Products like the Velvet Ottoman, Serpentine Queen Bedhead, Nolan Office Chair, and Jamie Bar Stool showcase the versatility of olive-green in-home furnishings. Serpentine Queen Bedhead - Olive GreenJamie Bar Stool - Set of 2 - Olive GreenNolan Office Chair - Olive Green Sage Green: With its soft and muted tones, sage green brings a contemporary flair to modern coastal and contemporary designs. Explore the Eros Sage Green Range, Frida Dining Chairs and Brennan Knit Cushion Cover for inspiration on incorporating sage green into your home decor. Frida Dining Chair - Set of 2 - Sage GreenBrennan Knit Cushion Cover - KhakiEros Buffet - Sage GreenHenley Teepee - Khaki Mint Green: Vibrant and refreshing, mint green injects a playful energy into colourful contemporary or maximalist designs, perfect for kids' rooms or eclectic living spaces. Check out the Sonata Range, Pippin Range, and Mocka Cotton Change Mat Cover to infuse your home with the lively charm of mint green. Zander Entertainment Unit - BlackMocka Cotton Change Mat Cover - Sage GreenSonata Bed - Single - Sage GreenPippin Bedside Table - Green Optimising Natural Light and Incorporating Other Natural Elements: In addition to green hues, optimising natural light and incorporating other natural elements such as plants, jute, or timber can further enhance the calming and refreshing ambiance of your space. Large windows, sheer curtains, and strategically placed mirrors can maximize natural light, creating a sense of openness and vitality. Introducing indoor plants not only adds a touch of greenery but also improves air quality and brings the outdoors inside. Natural textures like jute rugs or timber furniture add warmth and earthiness, complementing the soothing effects of green in your home decor.   Painting Your Walls: Selecting the perfect green for your walls can feel overwhelming, but with a few helpful tips, you can confidently choose the right shade for your space. Start by sampling various shades on different sections of your walls to observe how natural light catches the colour throughout the day. Darker greens can add depth and drama to a room, while lighter shades like sage or eucalyptus provide a safe and soothing option for first-time painters. Consider the balance of green in your space when painting walls. If you're incorporating green statement pieces, opt for neutral wall colours to provide contrast. Conversely, if green is the dominant colour, neutral furniture can help prevent the room from feeling overwhelmed by too much green. Here are some examples of how green walls can be incorporated into your space and the effects it can create be choosing specific walls to paint. Incorporating green into your home decor not only adds visual interest but also promotes a sense of tranquillity and well-being. Whether you prefer the timeless elegance of olive green, the contemporary charm of sage green, or the playful energy of mint green, there's a shade of green to suit every style and space. Embrace the transformative power of green and create a home that reflects your unique personality and design aesthetic. With optimised natural light and the addition of other natural elements, you can create a harmonious sanctuary that rejuvenates both body and mind. Image credit: marigold

Embracing Bouclé: The Timeless Trend in Interior Design

In the ever-evolving landscape of interior design, where trends often flicker and fade, there's one fabric that has firmly rooted itself as a timeless favourite: bouclé. Pronounced ‘boo-clay’, this textured wonder has woven its way into the hearts and homes of design enthusiasts, offering a perfect blend of comfort, style, and sophistication. The Origins of Bouclé:   The story of bouclé begins with its French roots, as the word itself translates to ‘curled’ or ‘looped’. Originating in the mid-20th century, bouclé made its debut in the fashion world, courtesy of the iconic Chanel. Its association with luxury and elegance was soon translated into furniture design by visionaries like Eero Saarinen and Florence Knoll. What sets bouclé fabric apart is its distinctive texture, crafted from looped fibres that create a mesmerizing 3D surface. Why Choose Boucle?  Everlasting Appeal: In an era where blending classic charm with contemporary flair is celebrated, bouclé effortlessly bridges the gap. Its timeless allure ensures that it remains a chic choice for generations to come, lending a touch of nostalgia to modern spaces. Versatility: Bouclé furniture isn't confined to a particular style or era; it transcends boundaries with ease. Whether adorning mid-century modern classics or avant-garde creations, bouclé adds a touch of elegance and refinement to any piece. Comfort in Style: Comfort is paramount, and bouclé never fails to deliver. Its plush, inviting texture beckons relaxation, creating a sanctuary within the home. But comfort doesn't come at the expense of style; bouclé seamlessly marries both, catering to the discerning tastes of homeowners. Caring for Boucle:  To ensure your bouclé furniture retains its allure for years to come, proper care is essential. Here are some tips: Spot Clean Only: Use a clean, damp cloth to gently dab away spills immediately. Avoid rubbing vigorously, as bouclé is delicate and can be easily damaged.  Regular Vacuuming: Keep your bouclé pieces free from dust and dirt by gently vacuuming them with an upholstery brush attachment. This helps maintain their pristine appearance.  Protect from Sunlight: Direct sunlight can cause damage to bouclé fabric over time. Use curtains or blinds to shield your furniture from harmful UV rays, preserving its beauty for longer.  Handle with Care: When cleaning, avoid using abrasive detergents or chemicals that could harm the fabric. Instead, opt for mild solutions and blot gently to remove stains. Bouclé transcends being just a fabric; it's a declaration of enduring sophistication and unrivalled comfort. Its seamless integration into modern interiors is a testament to its lasting appeal. Undoubtedly, bouclé is a fixture in interior design, imbuing spaces with its undeniable charm and allure. Embrace its warmth, revel in its comfort, and let bouclé elevate your living space into a sanctuary of style and refinement.

The Ultimate Baby Checklist

Expecting a new arrival is always an exciting time! With so much to do when it comes to planning for a new baby in the family, it can be easy to overlook an important purchase, or conversely end up with unnecessary items due to over-enthusiastic shopping! We thought we would make it easier to stay on track in the run-up to the birth by providing an easy-to-use newborn baby checklist. This simple list incorporates everything necessary for baby's first few months. Use it to ensure that when baby arrives, you've got everything you need on hand. download checklist now >   COTS Available in a wide range of styles and materials, cots can be used for baby to sleep in from birth. Make sure that any cot you purchase complies with AS/NZS 2172:2003 safety standards. Cots are traditionally made of wood and feature slatted sides to allow adequate ventilation and for baby to be able to see out.   COT MATTRESS Important for a good nights sleep, cot mattresses must meet a strict set of safety standards. Make sure you choose a cot mattress that fits your cot well!   MATTRESS PROTECTOR To fight the inevitable spills and stains, make sure you invest in a simple mattress protector. This should make cleaning up much easier! BEDDING A wide range of baby-friendly bedding is available across Australia, however make you sure you read all current safety advice regarding bedding for infants. DRAWERS Keeping everything together makes caring for baby more straight-forward. Particularly in the early days, an organised storage space can help enormously when it comes to making sure you've got everything you need at the ready! Depending on the amount of space and the amount of baby equipment you have, storage can range from a simple chest of drawers through to a full shelving system, chests, cupboards and more. CHANGE MAT Not only is a change mat more comfortable and hygienic than using a plain surface, it also enables baby to be changed on the floor, which is often a safer alternative than changing on a table, bed or other raised surface. SWADDLING WRAPS A great alternative to sheets and blankets during the early days, wraps can be used to carefully swath babies ready for sleep. Available in a selection of patterns, colours and fabrics, swaddling babies carefully with wraps can help babies feel safe, as well as encourage them to sleep on their backs.     NURSERY CHAIR Although parents can feed almost anywhere, a nursing chair can become a comfortable, relaxing environment in which to feed. A nursing chair usually benefits from supportive, comfortable upholstery, the ability to rock, reclining technology and an accompanying footstool. A great place for parents to relax and feed their child.   CHANGE TABLE Although it's often convenient to change baby on the floor, we have included a change table as for some parents it's a lot more comfortable than floor changing. A change table can make life much easier, as bending to the floor with baby isn't needed.   BASSINETS Bassinets, also known as Moses baskets, are small, portable sleeping units for babies. They can be used either on their own for sleeping, or as an addition within the cot. Many parents choose to start their child off sleeping in a bassinet, then move them into a cot as they grow older.   PLAYMAT/PLAYGYM Whether you want to stimulate baby's senses or simply want a bright, colourful tool to entertain them, a playmat and accompanying playgym can work really well.   BABY SLEEPING BAG A purpose-designed baby sleeping bag can be an excellent alternative to sheets and blankets during the first months of baby's life. Again, please ensure you follow all recommended safety guidelines when selecting bedding for your child.   BABY MONITOR Being a new parent can be stressful, which is why some parents opt for baby monitors to keep an eye on their little one. Monitors can provide audio, video, and even movement detection which will help parents sleep a little easier (or not)! STORAGE FURNITURE Babies require a lot of accessories - toys, clothes, nappies, bedding just to name a few! Make sure you have sufficient storage furniture in the nursery to deal with the mess. NIGHTLIGHT Given how many times you will go in and out of the nursery in the night, a nightlight can help you prevent crashing into anything in the baby's room - but beware, once your little one is used to a nightlight, removing it can be difficult! TOYBOX To store the fast-growing number of toys, a simple toybox is a good idea to help keep the room organised - particularly as your baby starts to become more mobile. TOYS A few quality toys are a great addition to a nursery, but don't get too many before baby is born as you will no doubt be inundated with toys from well-meaning friends and family! NEW PAINT/ WALLPAPER Turning an old bedroom or study into a nursery is always a challenge. There's nothing like a lick of fresh paint and some new wallpaper to transform a room into a very special nursery indeed. ONESIES You can never have too many onesies! Baby will need several changes most days; an adequate supply of onesies is an absolute wardrobe essential for any newborn.   BODYSUITS WITH SLEEVES Always a favourite, these garments can be used over a onesie to provide versatile baby outfits. Make sure you have a range of fabrics here, for example merino bodysuits for winter and cotton versions for the warmer summer months.   SLEEVELESS BODYSUITS Particularly during the warmer months, or if baby tends to push and pull at a sleeved garment, a sleeveless bodysuit or two can be the perfect addition to their wardrobe.   SOCKS Little feet are vulnerable to the cold, so a pair of socks can make all the difference. You can also get socks with grips on the bottom to help aid their movement when they start crawling!   PANTS Baby pants not only look adorable, they also allow children to develop their walking more easily. Whether you opt for a simple pair of leggings or warmer pants, these items are highly recommended for trips outside in the colder months.   CARDIGANS An investment in case there's a cold snap, cardies are also a great way to add a finishing touch to any outfit. If you are lucky enough to have a relative who knows how to knit, a handmade cardigan is one of the best gifts you can receive for your newborn. BEANIES Babies can feel the cold, so a beanie when they're out and about can be an excellent idea. Remember to remove beanies as soon as baby is indoors in the warm, in order to reduce the risk of overheating. SUNHAT A sunhat is a must for any baby growing up in Australia, as the sun can be particularly harsh on newborns. Be prepared with a sunhat, and keep it in your baby bag!   SHOES/BOOTIES Although the experts recommend that babies remain without shoes on their feet for as long as possible, there are always occasions when a pair of shoes are necessary. To make life easier, there are some gorgeous first shoes on offer - frequently made of soft leather, these gently enfold the foot without crushing or pinching.   MITTENS There are two types of mittens which are commonly available: in addition to the popular mitten that's used to keep fingers toasty during the cooler months, scratch mitts are also available. Scratch mitts make it harder for unwanted itching to occur. Scratch mitts are used if baby has eczema or some other itchy complaint and won't allow the affected area to heal without scratching.   SPECIAL OUTFITS For special events like meeting grandparents for the first time or photo opportunities, you may wish to have one or two special outfits on hand. But don't spend too much, as your baby will grow out of them before you can blink!   JACKET Keeping a jacket handy can be a good idea for when bubs gets out and about. Blankets keep them warm in most situations, but its best to be prepared with a cosy jacket if possible! Make sure you choose a jacket that's easy to get on and off.       BIBS It is sometimes hard to believe just how much mess a small baby can generate during a feed! From plentiful dribble and regurgitated milk in the early days through to pureed food during the later months, a baby bib protects clothes from the worst of the spills and stains. Make sure you have plenty of bibs, as you will need every one of them.   HIGHCHAIR As your baby moves onto solid foods, a good highchair is essential for mealtimes. Look for highchairs with good reviews from other parents, and make sure the highchair is suitable for your dining area. Choosing your material is important, as there are wooden and plastic highchairs to consider. A good highchair will need to last you several years, so ensure you get one that is adjustable as your little one turns into a toddler!   FEEDING BOWLS/ SPOONS Because it can be hard to predict when your baby will be ready for solids, having a supply of feeding bowls and spoons handy is a good idea.         BREAST PUMP A convenient option for expressing breast milk when your baby needs nutrition and you're not available to do it.   BOTTLES Designed specifically to provide a safe and suitable way for babies to drink milk, they can be used to hold breast or formula milk. Bottles are usually made from plastic and are offered with a selection of different teats. This ensures that baby is able to use a teat which is a good fit and comfortable for them. If required, bottle sterilisers are also available.   FEEDING SUPPORT PILLOW It doesn't matter whether you're breastfeeding or bottlefeeding, it can get uncomfortable quite quickly. A support pillow can help give your arms a break and make feeding time a little more comfy for both parent and child, especially if your baby is a slow feeder.   TEETHING AIDS Intended to bring comfort to babies and younger children, medical opinion is conflicted regarding how useful teething aids can be. If you have a child who is restless and doesn't sleep during the night, a teething aid could be the answer, however always seek professional advice first. NAPPIES Parents may choose to opt for easy-to-use disposable nappies or washable cloth (non-disposable) options, or use a combination of both types. Cloth nappies are available in a selection of different styles and sizes and are often felt to be a greener choice than disposables. An important consideration to keep in mind is that many newborns require around 10-12 nappy changes a day.   WIPES Absolutely invaluable to keep baby clean and fresh during nappy changes or as a quick clean up alternative when out and about. Be sure to dispose of wipes in changing bins, or look for those which are proven to be biodegradable or flushable so as to help prevent environmental pollution.   NAPPY RASH CREAM Even with regular changes and good hygiene, nappy rash can still be a painful problem. Using nappy rash cream at the first sign of nappy rash symptoms can help to ensure baby stays comfortable..   BABY BATH Ideal for safe bathing, a baby bath has the right dimensions for your baby to get clean while at the same time allowing you to easily hold them in order to ensure they stay safe. These can be used within an empty standard size bath, or simply on the floor (but have some towels handy!).   FACE CLOTHES Just the thing for gentle washing and rinsing after a fun day of playing. You can never have too many baby cloths around your home, so stock up on these ones too as you will go through them quickly.   TOWELS Soft, fluffy towels that are kind to baby's delicate skin are an essential item on any new baby checklist. You can also get hooded towels to keep your newborns head warm if desired. BUCKET WITH LID Things get messy with a newborn. To help deal with all sorts of situations, make sure you have a bucket with a lid on hand! This can store dirty clothes, nappies and linen until they get a chance to be washed - without stinking out your whole home. The lid also helps to keep the contents safe from baby as they get more mobile.   BABY WASH Although not essential in the early days (babies can get perfectly clean enough from water alone), a gentle, delicate baby wash can add a touch of luxury to the bath time routine. Some body washes can be found which contain relaxing chamomile or lavender. These can help to promote sleep in some children, providing a soothing fragrance.   BATH TOYS As your little one becomes more comfortable in the bath, you may wish to add in the fun of bath toys. Just make sure you check that they meet safety standards, and check them regularly for mould building up inside. You also don't need fancy toys, a simple plastic cup from the kitchen can provide hours of fun!   BABY HAIRBRUSH For those infants who have been blessed with a lot of hair, a baby hairbrush can help to tame the locks after bathtime, or before a big event.   NAPPY BIN Perfect for putting reusable nappies in, nappy bins typically have a tight-fitting lid to ensure hygiene and prevent any odours escaping.       PRAM It goes without saying that a pram is needed in order to get the new arrival from A to B. There are numerous styles and designs on the market, ranging from traditional prams through to travel systems, racing buggies and many more options. With so many options on offer, it's essential to shop around before you buy to maximise the chances of finding something which is going to be exactly right for you and your baby.   INFANT CAR SEAT An infant car seat provides the additional safety a little one needs, and allows baby to sleep on undisturbed in your car in comfort. Some prams also come with detachable car capsules, which clips into a base which is permanently located in the car, instead of a dedicated infant car seat.   BABY BAG Don't leave home without it! A staunch ally for any new parent, the baby bag is a general carry-all for nappies, wipes, spare clothing, bottles, anything else your child is likely to need in order to remain contented while you are out and about. Many parents keep the baby bag permanently on standby, ready for a quick exit from the house when necessary. CAR WINDOW SHADES An easy item to overlook - but if you plan on taking your baby anywhere in the car, make sure you get a good set of window shades to protect them from the suns' glare.   BABY FRONTPACK/ BACKPACK With many experts believing that a baby frontpack or backpack enhances bonding and helps baby feel more secure, a baby frontpack is a great way of getting baby from A to B at the same time as keeping both hands free for other things. A good fit is essential to promote spinal and shoulder health.   PORTACOT A portacot is a simple travel cot that folds down to a compact size for travelling. If you are planning on staying at a hotel or motel it pays to check ahead first as most accommodation providers have portacots you can use!   PRAM SUN & RAIN COVERS Make sure that when you find your perfect pram, you get the sun and rain covers to go with it. You will be grateful the first time you get caught in a rainstorm miles from home!   BABY BLANKET Most of us had a baby blanket when we were little - and when you're a parent, you understand why! Baby blankets are great for travelling, as they give the baby comfort and familiar smells, regardless of where you are staying.    

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Coffee Tables 101: A Comprehensive Guide to the Living Room Centrepiece

Image credit: soul.and.habits The Living Room is often the heart of a home—a space where families gather, friends connect, and conversations flow. And at the centre of this social hub sits the unsung hero, the coffee table. More than just a surface for holding mugs and magazines, the coffee table is a key element in defining your living room's style and functionality. In this guide, we will delve into the various aspects of coffee tables, helping you make the right decision, when choosing the perfect centrepiece for your living space. What is the main purpose of a coffee table? Before we get into the vast array of coffee table options, let's understand the fundamental role this piece plays in your living room.  Coffee tables are not just a surface; it's a multifunctional furniture item that serves as a: Gathering Point: It brings people together, creating a central space for activities, games, and conversations. Style Statement: A well-chosen coffee table can define the aesthetic of your living room, whether it's classic, modern, eclectic, or minimalist. Functional Hub: From holding your morning coffee to providing a surface for books, remotes, and décor, it's a practical addition to your space. What Style and Material should you choose? Coffee tables come in a variety of styles and materials, each contributing to a distinct look and feel. Here are some popular styles: Classic Coastal: Timeless charm with ornate detailing, often using light or painted timber finishes to bring the essence of the ocean into your home. Embrace timeless coastal charm in your living space with our  Hamptons Coffee Table, where the quintessential Hamptons design meets a crisp painted white finish, creating the ideal beachside centrepiece for your home. Modern Coastal: Clean lines and a contemporary twist with materials such as rattan combined with warmer timber textures. The  Georgia Coffee Table will elevate your living room with a fusion of modern coastal elegance. Featuring brushed brass hardware, rattan accents, and a sleek white finish, this table effortlessly captures the essence of contemporary coastline style. Mid-Century Modern: A combination of sleek or curved lines, minimal ornamentation, and rich darker timbers define this vintage-inspired style.   Discover the epitome of Mid-Century Modern sophistication with styles like our  Arc Coffee Table. The warmth of timber texture and a distinctive curved base seamlessly blend to create a statement piece that embodies the essence of timeless mid-century design, adding a touch of retro charm to your living space. Urban Industrial: Raw and utilitarian, often featuring metal and raw timber look for a functional aesthetic.    For an urban industrial vibe in your living area, we suggest styles like our  Vigo Nesting Coffee Table. Crafted with the durability and sturdiness of metal legs and enriched by rustic timber textures, these tables epitomize the perfect blend of contemporary style and industrial strength, making them an ideal addition to your modern urban space. Scandinavian: Known for clean, simple lines and a focus on light-coloured woods, contributing to a minimalist yet inviting look.   Experience the essence of Scandinavian design with the Blair Coffee Table. Imbued with timeless light timber texture, sleek tubular legs, and practical storage space, this table effortlessly embodies the simplicity and functionality that define Scandinavian style, making it a chic and functional addition to your living space.  When choosing a style, consider how it complements the overall theme of your living room. What Size and Proportion should you choose? Selecting the right size for your coffee table is crucial. It should be proportionate to your seating area, ensuring a harmonious balance. Here are some guidelines: Height: Ideally, it should be at or just below the seating height, making it easy to reach items. Length: Choosing a coffee table that is two-thirds the length of your sofa, helps maintain a balanced look. Shape: Square or rectangular tables often work well in traditional settings, while round tables can soften the lines in a modern room. Functionality: More Than Meets the Eye Modern coffee tables go beyond being a static surface. Many come with built-in storage, transforming them into practical pieces that help declutter your living room. Consider options with drawers, shelves, or hidden compartments, especially in smaller spaces. Cohesiveness Matching your coffee table to your existing style and addressing specific needs, creates a cohesive and harmonious look in your living space. If your home lacks warmth, consider introducing a timber coffee table to add that natural, inviting feel. Need more storage? Opt for a coffee table with ample storage space to keep your living area organized. Working with a smaller space? A round coffee table might be the perfect fit, offering functionality without overwhelming the room. How to Personalise your Coffee Table Once you've chosen the perfect coffee table, it's time to bring it to life with carefully curated décor items. Consider adding the following: Books: A selection of coffee table books adds visual interest and can be great conversation starters. Trays: Use decorative trays to corral smaller items and create a tidy appearance. Plants: Add a touch of nature with a potted plant or a vase of fresh flowers. Personal Items: Showcase items that reflect your personality, whether it's family photos or unique collectibles. When choosing the right coffee table, consider more than just finding a surface to place your cup of coffee; selecting a piece that enhances your living space. From style and size to functionality and maintenance, each aspect plays a key role. Consider this guide your roadmap to finding the perfect coffee table—one that not only serves your practical needs but also contributes to the overall aesthetic of your home.