Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A home decorated by interior designer Maurice Padovani

Today I am loving this cool and modern home decorated by French interior designer Maurice Padovani. The home is light and airy and I love the high ceilings. My favorite feature of the home: the stairs. Isn't it stunning?
All images via WhiteZine. 

Monday, July 18, 2011

Fab find! Old mixed folk tiles wallpaper by Louise Body

I am so excited about this next find I almost fainted when I found it! I love the look of old mixed folk tiles like the ones you see in old Portugese or Spanish homes. I love the nostaligic look they have and they bring colour and warmth to a home. And it reminds me of Spain where many years ago I lived for a few months as an exchange student and fell in love with the country. So, imagine my excitement when I found these wallpapers over at Louise Body.
I remember many years ago there was a home make-over show here in the Netherlands where one family had their home redecorated in a morrocan style. One of the main features in the home was a wall in the livingroom(!) completely coverd in these type of tiles. And I thought it looked spectacular!!! I never forgot it. So, ever since I've been in love with these tiles. Now, covering an entire wall with tiles is a bit drastic and a hasle when you want to change things. So, how fab is it that you can create the look with these wallpapers?

Louise Body is a designer of wallpapers and fabrics based in the UK. The designs all have a little nostalgia to them and have a bit of a romantic look. Visit the online shop to have a look at the rest of the collection or to order.

I would love one day to have a very modern kitchen with these tiles as a backsplash. You could also cover the backsplash with wallpaper and then putting a protective layer over it. My favorite ones are the one all the way up in the first image, called Mixed folk, and the one with the yellow tiles called Dhalia.
All images via Louise Body.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Modern and elegant home in the south of Spain

I hadn't planned on surfing the internet today because I have a list of other things to do before tomorrow and going online always ends up taking so much more time than I intended. But, I did go online and found this beautiful home that I had to share with you. Very modern yet so elegant with a classic feel to it. This home is located in the south of Spain and I must say, I think the Spanish have great sense of style. I love the living room, I really love the artwork and the bedroom is a dream. How about that side table? I want one just like that. Ok, I'm signing off to do other useful things. I'm really really going. I swear! Have a wonderful sunday!
All images via nuevo-estilo.es.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Mocca & Me weekend quick list - week 27/2011

Hello my dears! It's that time of the week most of you have been wainting for, friday. Which means the start of another weekend. I'm leaving you with a quick list of links to enjoy! Have a wonderful weekend!

Be happy and stay safe,
Natascha xoxo

Eye candy
Do I really need to explain why this room is eye candy of the week? Didn't think so. It's pretty obvious why. Oh, and that velvet sofa, to die for! 

Quick blog tip
Check out this great interior design blog Bright Bazaar. What is great about this blog? It's written by a guy(!) and features great posts on interior design, decorating ideas, shopping tips, home tours, etc.

Photography tip
I am amazed at the fantastic photographs by Mathieu of Krizalid, a french expat living in Japan. Every photograph has so much character. If you're into photography, you'll LOVE these images.

House tour
Here is a tour of the New York loft of french designer Valerie Pasquiou.

Easy DIY
Looking for an easy and unique way to display your art on the wall? Hang it with cloth hangers!

15+ online magazines
One of my favorite blogs - 79 Ideas - posted a list of over fifteen online magazines! YES! I didn't even know there were that many. The mag's vary from design and shelter magazines to food and fashion. Check out the list here.

Guest post
In case you missed it, I did a guest post about what is Bright, Bold and Beautiful to me. Click here to read.

Listen to
Who remembers 80's pop duo Eurythmics? I recently stumbled upon their biggest hit and have played it over and over again - Sweet dreams. Love it!

Source image unknown.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Blog alert! The Design Files

I am SO excited about this next blog, called The Design Files, I can hardly contain myself. When I stumbled upon this blog a few days ago I a felt a a little rush of adrenaline go through my veins.You know, the kind of rush you get when you unexpectedly find something fantastic? I knew immediately I was going to be hooked. I spent hours reading every single post and it's now one of my daily reads. This blog is a true gem among all the other blogs out there in blogsphere.
The Design Files was founded in 2008 by Australian set dresser and stylist Lucy Feagins. The blog covers articles about design, architecture, interiors, art, craft and graphic design and it has regular features like interviews and guest blogs. Main focus of the blog is Australian design but you'll find great stories about international design as well.
What I love about this blog is that every topic of every post is so interesting and fresh and I actually read all the text of every article. There are blogs I visit where I don't really read the copy, I just scroll through the images. But The Design Files reads like a magazine and there is so much interesting information and little facts in every article.
My favorite feature is Australian homes where you can visit the homes of Australian residents and read about the people who live there. The homes are stunning and I am now convinced that Australians have a fantastic sense of style.
All images via The Design Files.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Check out my guest post on Bright, Bold and Beautiful.

I was asked by the wonderful and talented Laura Trevey of Bright, Bold and Beautiful to do a guest post on her blog and I immediately said yes. Bright, Bold and Beautiful is a wonderful blog with inspiring posts about beautiful homes, decor and living. Click here to read my guest post about what is Bright, Bold and Beautiful to me.

Dutch design label DE JUUL

Today I'm presenting you a young Dutch design label called DE JUUL. The woman behind the label is Juliëtte van der Hulst and she says her furniture is authentic, elegant and timeless with a touch of vintage. Her designs have a bit of a Scandinavian look to them too. Freshly graduated from design school Van der Hulst decided to take the prototype of the chair she made for her graduation project and start her own label right away. If you have a good thing in your hands then why wait, right? www.dejuul.nl*.

 A simple but strong design with clean lines made with quality materials. That is the strength of the designs of DE JUUL. For information about points of sale or to order an item directly visit the website* (shipping in the Netherlands only).

Since the launch of the label the collection has been expanded with a lounge version of the chair, a side table and a collection of cupboards, dressers and CD/DVD cabinets. Pretty cool, huh?

*website is in Dutch only.

All images via DE JUUL.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Dutch photographer Jeltje Janmaat from Jeltje Fotografie

I am so happy to post about Dutch photographer Jeltje Janmaat, the woman behind Jeltje Fotografie! She's a young (1982) very talented photographer and very well known here in the Netherlands. I've seen her work in numerous Dutch interior and decor magazines and have been a huge admirer of her work ever since. So, when I discovered that she also has a blog where she posts about her work I could just kick myself with excitement! In this post I'm sharing some of her work with you. But on her blog you'll find more eye candy to drool over, check out  www.jeltjefotografie.blogspot.com. You realy must visit her blog! You can also visit her website www.jeltjefotografie.nl for more info about her and her latest photography project called White.  

 All images by Jeltje Fotografie.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

And here it is, my painting...

I've spent my sunday afternoon painting. And I promised to share it with you if it wasn't too bad. And so, here it is, the fruit of my labor, my very own self made painting. It's no masterpiece and it didn't take much time to make, but it's not too bad. I'm content with it. So, what do you think? Honest opinion please (and you don't have to like it, that's o.k.).

Here the painting was just finished and not dry yet. (Sorry for the image quality, photo's were taken with my phone). 

The materials. I used acrylic paint on painting paper. The white base colour I used is just regular latex wall paint (I know, fancy huh :-P ).
And here it is signed and framed and hanging on my livingroom wall. I've noticed that when the paint dries the colours change, the colours become paler. That was a bit disappointing. But oh well, I'm o.k. with how it turned out. A happy sunday to you all.

All images by me. 

Sunday inspiration - a bit of art

Today I'm posting about something a little different. I'm doing an artsy post. I've always wanted to have a beautiful piece of art in my home and I love looking at paintings in online galleries. Buying a painting from an artist can be quite a costly matter and that's why I still have not bought anything. But then I thought, why not make something myself? I used to make pretty decent work in art class in school when I was younger. So, I have been collecting images online of paintings that I like for inspiration. These are a few of my favorites. Today is sunday and I'm staying in and decided to try a little painting... Wish me luck. If it's not too bad I might show you the result ;-) So, how about you? Do you have art hanging in your home?

Images via Elizabeth Schuppe, unknown, Apartment Therapy, unknown, Mimi&Meg.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Mocca & Me weekend quick list

Hi there! How is your weekend going? I have been doing some work around here on Mocca & Me (hence the lack of posts) and you might have noticed some changes. They are few though, but I hope that this way it'll be easier for you to find your way around this blog. I've changed templates and the biggest notable change is that I've added an extra column on the left. What do you think, better? If you have any other suggestions for improvement, please don't hesitate to e-mail them to me.

Meanwhile, take care and have a sunny and happy weekend!
Natascha xoxo

Eye candy
It's summertime so I'm looking for inspiration for my little balcony. I love how simple and cozy this balcony looks. And those chairs look so comfortable. I think I could spend hours in that chair with a book and an ice-tea.

Quick blog tip
Looking for a laugh? Check out the funny blog If the lampshade fits! I have it bookmarked.

Check out
Wovox is a Dutch site where companies and organisations showcase their workspaces. There are some quite nice offices to check out.

Always wanted that cool screensaver on your computer that shows that old school flip clock? You can get it right here and all you have to do is download it. I've downloaded it on my laptop and it looks really cool.

Meet the Blogger Amsterdam
Last weekend, on the 25th of june, the first Meet the Blogger Amsterdam took place. I had registred myself early on, but I wasn't able to go. I wasn't feeling well and had to miss it. I was sooooo bummed. I had been very excited to meet everyone and to meet Holly Becker from Decor8. Here and here you can read about the event posted by Lise from Urban Style Vibes - initiator of the event. And here you can read Holly's impression of the event. Wish I could've been there...

Online mags
And it that time again, a few of our favorite online magazine have published their latest issues! Good thing it's the weekend and you have all the time to read these. Click on the following links for the latest issues of Ivy & PiperHigh Gloss magazine and Dabble.

Listen to
It's a bit of an oldie this one, Rock that body by the Black Eyed Peas. Still rocks though!

Image via Dabble magazine.