Tuesday, June 28, 2016

HOME TOUR || Modern, chique and a touch of rustic

Dropping by quickly to share this beautiful home. It's modern and chique and the exposed untreated wooden ceiling beams give a rustic touch. Now how fab is green couch? Doesn't look too comfortable, but it's unique and has character. Enjoy!

Images via Coco Lapine.

Friday, June 10, 2016

ROOM CRUSH || Week 23/2016

Hello! May I ask a moment of silence for this fabulous dark bedroom? Take it in...

Source Historiska hem

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Happy anniversary Mocca & Me ♥

It's time to celebrate, lovelies! Mocca & Me turns seven this month! It all started in 2009 with a laptop and a desire to create an online space for myself to collect interior design inspiration and a way to connect with other like minded peeps. And it has been such a lovely ride so far! I do have to admit, at times it was real challenge to find time and inspiration to blog. Life happens and you just get caught up in the daily to-do's and what not. But blogging gave me so much joy and so I always found my way back to the blog sphere. Thank you all, dears, for reading my little blog.

Cheers and love,
Natascha xoxo

Thursday, March 31, 2016

HOME TOUR || Fresh and bright Paris apartment

How gorgeous is this Paris apartment? Beautiful wooden floors, high ceilings with pretty ornaments and all those big windows, pouring in light. I love the fact that the owners choose a very subtle shade of light blue/grey on the walls, allmost white but not quite. Keeps the home fresh and bright without looking too clinical. Love the basic furnishings, use of natural materials and the art on the walls give the apartment its cool character. Enjoy the tour!

Images via Vogue Australia.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

INSPIRATION & ME || Photography inspire sessions

Last week I did something quite exciting! My friend Lia and I joined the inspire sessions organised by the talented interior stylist, photographer and blogger Holly Marder of Avenue Lifestyle and visual storyteller and wedding photographer Hanke Arkenbout. Together with a bunch of other creative ladies we spent an afternoon shooting pictures of Holly's beautiful home in Delft and sharing tips and ideas.
Many of the ladies there were professional photographers or at least very experienced photography aficionado's. So, there I was... holding my DSLR camera in my hands for the first time in two years and feeling a bit out of place. You see, I'd become a bit lazy lately and usually I just grab my iPhone to take pictures. Not much wrong with that, but I was wanting to photograph again with my DSLR. So, this session was just what I needed to spark my enthousiasm and get going again. The pictures I took aren't epic, but that's okay. It's a start. And I recieved valuable tips to help me along the way. My favourite: edit, edit, edit! Just like with content writing (what I do a lot in my day job), you edit and take away what is not necesary or relevant. Turns out that the same principle applies to photography! Determine what you want to photograph and what you're going to include in your frame, then just take a good look at it all and: edit, edit, edit! Might sound like a big 'duh' to most of you, but it wasn't that obvious for me.

Another thing I learned is that, no matter how crappy you think you are, you can get better. You can even become fantastic, just practice, practice and practice! Another 'duh' there, right? Not when - like me - you think that you need a load of talent or some kind of special 'eye' to take fab pictures. I thought I was lacking talent or that photography 'eye', but what I learned is that all these amazing photographer ladies worked at their craft and practiced, a lot. And read all about how to improve their skills, asking others for feedback, studying images they love and just practiced, for years. And they became fantastic at it.

And that's it for my recap on the inspire session. If you're looking to improve your skills and to get a boost of inspiration, join a session like this. It's always fun to connect with like minded people and it'll get your creative juices flowing. Read more about the inspire sessions on Holly's blog Avenue Lifestyle.

All images are photographed by me, with my iPhone (still have to transfer the ones of my DSLR to my PC) and shot at Holly Marder's home (thanks Holly).