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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.    


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.


Mocka Art Series: Supporting Talented Female Artists - Steffi Foo

Steffi Foo We are so excited to partner with the creative Steffi Foo in our three-part local female art series, a celebration in honour of International Women's Day. Learn more about Steffi’s process and the inspiration behind her Art. Her intention is to evoke emotions of unity and connection, bringing a sense of community and belonging through her art. Q: Steffi, tell us about the story behind your art?  A: Of course! For me, creating art has always been a way to ground myself in the present moment and find creativity in the everyday. But it wasn't until 2020, during the uncertainty of the Sydney lockdowns, that my artwork became a way to connect with others while sustaining myself financially. I connected with over two hundred individuals, hearing their stories before creating custom artwork for their homes or as gifts, especially for those they couldn't see. It's been a deeply meaningful and personal journey for me. Q: What kind of emotions or feelings do you hope to convey through your artwork?  A: My intention with my art is to foster a sense of unity, connection and community. I want my pieces to inspire a feeling of belonging, hopefully reminding people that they are not alone in their experiences and that beauty can be found in shared storytelling. Q: What inspires you to create art?  A: One of the biggest inspirations for me is people who use their creative talents to connect with others. I see my art as a platform to spotlight the underheard voices of our world while also educating and raising awareness on important issues through beautiful pieces. Ultimately, my goal is to unite us as humans through the language of art. Q: What space do you envision your artwork fitting into people's homes?   A: As each piece I create is custom-made, they are versatile enough to be placed in any room in the house. Having said that, my living room or bedroom pieces seem to be the most frequently requested spaces. The themes of connection and community often work well in shared spaces and those where we can experience the comfort and safety of our homes. Q: How do you choose your color palette?  A: Naming my color palettes after the cities I've lived in or visited, I draw inspiration from the colours and textures I observe in each place. Clients can select from my existing palettes, or create their own custom one. One of my favorite custom palettes was requested for a piece called "Vancouver", named after the city where a client had his first date with his fiancé. It's this kind of personalised touch that gives me so much joy as an artist. Interested in buying a Steffi Foo Print?  Browse more of her work  Custom Art, local artist, Sydney art – Steffi Foo


Mocka Art Series: Supporting Talented Female Artists - Carrie Broomhall

Carrie Broomhall  At Mocka, we believe in the power of art to transform spaces and captivate hearts. We are proud to collaborate with talented local female artists and invite you to discover the captivating Beauty and Imagination of New Zealand artist Carrie Broomhall. Let her joyful creations spark your own creative journey, and together, let's celebrate the brilliance of female artists and the impact they have on our lives. Q: Can you tell us the story behind your art, Carrie?  A: Certainly! My paintings are a beautiful blend of an imagined space and a nostalgic view of my childhood home on the hill. It holds a special place in my heart as it brings back cherished memories of that magical time in my life. The vibrant rainbow of flowers flowing down the hillside captures the essence of joy and wonderment that I felt during those days. Q: What emotions or feelings do you intend to evoke through your artwork?  A: I aim to evoke pure joy and ignite the viewer's imagination through my artwork. As I create, I pour my own energy and enthusiasm into each piece, hoping that it resonates with others in the same way. My intention is for my art to transport people to a place untouched by constraints, where they can experience a sense of freedom and delight. Q: What inspires you, Carrie?  A: The past decade of my life has been a transformative journey. I faced my own mortality when I battled aggressive muscle invasive bladder cancer, which left me feeling like a mere shell of my former self. However, this experience ignited a new chapter in my life, fueled by the incredible support of my family and my deep love for the life I still have. It is this profound gratitude and appreciation that constantly inspires me to create and embrace every moment. Q: What space do you envision this piece in people's homes?  A: The ideal placement for this piece depends on its size. If it's a larger version, it would be stunning in a kitchen or living space, radiating an abundance of light and becoming a vibrant focal point. It would be exciting to coordinate the colors with cushions or throws, drawing inspiration from the painting itself. On the other hand, a bedroom would provide a dreamy and serene atmosphere for this piece. Honestly, I believe it would thrive in any room, fitting seamlessly into various home aesthetics. Q: How do you select your colour palette?  A: My colour palette selection is influenced by numerous factors. It can vary depending on the season I'm in, my current mood, or even the music playing in the background. I find inspiration in fashion and architecture as well. Oftentimes, I discover colour ideas while flipping through magazines, sipping a coffee or enjoying a glass of wine. It's a fluid and organic process that allows me to infuse my artwork with diverse hues that resonate with my creative vision. Discover more work from Carrie Broomhall  Visit  Carrie Broomhall art, artist, paintings, contemporary, nz art, New Zealand


Mocka Art Series: Supporting Talented Female Artists - Erin Bacchi

Erin Bacchi Mocka proudly invites you to our local female art series, an exciting celebration in honour of International Women's Day! We kick-start this three-part Q&A series by showcasing the immensely talented Erin Bacchi and her captivating artwork that has the power to transform spaces and capture hearts. Join us as we delve into Erin's creative energy, unearthing the essence behind her artistry. Discover the inspirations that fuel her remarkable talent and immerse yourself in the beauty of Erin Bacchi's art, as we celebrate the brilliance of female artists and ignite a passion for creativity together. What is the Story Behind Your Art?  My art finds its roots in the experiences that have shaped my l