Introducing Freedom To Make

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

You may not know this, but my original background is in PR, marketing and writing. And well as working on Mocha, I also work on a freelance basis with other creative companies.

For a long while I had an idea to start a website specifically to help other designers / makers who want to grow their own businesses selling products online. And for bloggers who would like to turn their passion into a career.

And now I’ve finally realised it with the launch of Freedom To Make.

So if you’re a creative entrepreneur (or would like to be), then please check it out. And if you know any other designers, makers or bloggers, please pass this onto them.

Right now there are articles on The only way to begin is begin and How to use Pinterest to promote your creative business or blog. And there will be plenty more valuable articles coming soon.

If this is your passion, please also consider signing up for updates on website. You won’t want to miss a thing!


Is Your Home Making You Feel Negative? (And What To Do About It)

delete the negative, accentuate the positive

Do you have objects around your home that you dislike?

Perhaps you keep them around because you feel you have to. Or maybe out of a sense of guilt because they were gifts?

How do they make you feel each time you look at them? Do they bring back bad memories or make you feel negative?

When used as positive anchors,  home accessories really can make you feel happier. But conversely, if they have negative associations, the opposite is also true.

Your home should be a place than nurtures you. A sanctuary that makes you feel safe and happy. A base where you can get energised and inspired, to take you forward on exciting new journeys in your life.

Home accessories that act as negative anchors or that are associated with bad memories will only hold you back. Little by little, they’ll weigh you down and sap you of energy. Sometimes you may not even be consciously aware that they are doing so.

So take them out of your home and don’t feel bad about doing so.

But if you feel you can’t get rid of them completely – just store them in a “guilty box” somewhere out of sight.

Instead, surround yourself with home accessories and decor that you love. Objects that make you smile. Motivational messages and good memories.

And make your home into your happy haven.

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Beautiful Outdoor Living Rooms

outdoor living rooms from Mocha

Picture this. It’s a hot summer day and you’re sitting in the garden on a comfy sofa, shaded from the sun. You’ve got a good book in your hand, and an ice cool drink on the table in front of you. What could be more perfect? While writing the recent post on Mediterranean living room [...]

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Urban Jungle Bloggers: There’s Biophilia In Store

Biophilia in retail design - Urban Jungle Bloggers

A few weeks ago, when I received the email from Igor and Judith about this month’s Urban Jungle Blogger’s topic, my first thought was: where could I go to find some inspiring ideas? Because the theme for May is “Greens in cafés, shops & restaurants”. And then I remembered some photos I took one very rainy [...]

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How To Use Biophilic Design In Your Home To Increase Happiness And Well-Being

Biophilic design in the home

Biophilic design is far more than just another passing trend. Designers and architects increasingly recognise both the importance and benefits of combining nature with design. And biophilia is fast becoming an integral element of interior design, architecture and planning. As well as improving the look and feel of your home, biophilia can also increase your [...]

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What Is A Shelfie?

Shelfie Bark Floating Shelves from Mocha

First there was the Selfie. Now the latest trend to hit social media is the ‘Shelfie’. What is a shelfie? You may be asking. It is a picture taken of your artfully styled shelves. Or a selection of your books displayed on your bookshelf. The image is then shared on social media (Twitter, Instagram or [...]

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