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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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 life. It's a reflection of the world around me and the moments that have left a lasting impression. Each piece carries a narrative inspired by culture, personal connections, and the evolving journey of my life. For instance, the transition into motherhood has significantly influenced a few of my more recent collections, evident in the subdued colours and gentle shapes that echo the serenity of that phase. What emotions or feelings do you intend to evoke through your artwork?  In my studio, I find solace and purpose. My aim is to translate the positivity, contentment and empowerment that I feel with each brushstroke. Through vibrant colours and thoughtful compositions, I hope to elicit a sense of joy and tranquility in those who engage with my art. I endeavour for my art to create a serene and uplifting atmosphere in any space. What Inspires You?  My inspiration stems from a variety of sources - from my travels around the world to the natural beauty of my coastal home on the Sunshine Coast. Additionally, the experience of motherhood has added depth and introspection to my artistic expression. Every encounter and observation becomes a potential muse as I strive to capture the essence of these experiences on paper or canvas, transforming them into visual narratives. Where is the ideal space for this piece in people's homes?  My art is designed to be versatile, fitting seamlessly into various living spaces. Whether it's a focal point in a living room or a subtle accent in a bedroom, each piece is crafted to enhance the ambiance of its surroundings. With a range of sizes available, there's something suitable for every corner of the home, creating a cohesive and inviting atmosphere. How do you select your colour palette?  My colour choices are guided by intuition and mood. Bright and vibrant hues may be chosen to reflect a sense of energy and vitality, while softer neutrals evoke a feeling of calm and reflection. I enjoy the process of mixing and blending colours to capture the essence of a moment or emotion, translating it into a visual language that resonates with me. Love Erin's Art as much as we do?  You can browse and shop her full collection at:  Erin Bacchi - Artwork by Erin Bacchi

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Add Style and Space to your Home with Mocka

Decorating your home with stylish furniture and organising the items in your rooms is the easiest way to maximise the space and add value to your home. This doesn’t mean that you have to throw away the bits and pieces lying around your home that make it look untidy. The best way to decorate your [...]

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