The word 'Art' is most commonly associated with pieces of work in a gallery or museum, whether it’s a painting from the Renaissance or a modern sculpture. However, there is so much more to art than what you see displayed in galleries.

The truth is, without being aware of it, we are surrounded by art and use it on a continual basis. Most people don’t realize how much of a role art plays in our lives and just how much we rely on art in all of its forms in our everyday lives.

The Joy of Art

You may be wondering why all of these things are so important to our daily lives and that you could probably survive just fine with essential items that were non-artistic. That is just the reason why art is so valuable! While art may not be vital to fulfill our basic needs, it does make life joyful. When you look at a painting or poster you’ve chosen to hang on your living room wall, you feel happy. The sculpture or figurines on the kitchen windowsill create a sense of joy. These varieties of art forms that we are surrounded by all come together to create the atmosphere that we want to live in.

Art and Music

The importance of art in our daily lives is very similar to that of music. Just like art, music can make life extremely joyful and can have a huge effect on our mood. In the workplace in particular, music is something that can help people set the mood for what they are about to do. If you have something hard or difficult to work on or are feeling tired, an energetic song will likely wake you up and add some enthusiasm to the situation. Similarly, when stress is high, many people find that relaxing to calming music is something that eases the mind.

Inspirational Art

Inspirational art, such as posters are often found in work spaces to encourage employees to continue being productive. There is now an increasing amount of companies using art in their offices, as well as playing background music, as it is proven to actually work in making end results far better quality. There may be a piece of art that you own that you personally find motivational. Perhaps a print with a positive affirmation or quote beautifully scrolled on it or a painting of a picturesque scene of where you aim to travel to one day.

SOME REASONS WHY ORIGINAL ART IN THE HOME IS AS IMPORTANT AS A BED

1. Creates Mood
2. Adds Personal Character to the Home
3. Makes Memories
4. Provides a Colour Palette
5. Makes a Room Feel Finished
6. Inspires and Fosters Creativity
7. Conversation Starter
8. Supports Artists
9. It is an Investment
10. Creates a Livable Environment
11. Keeps the Brain Active
12. Relaxation
13. Curating Your Own Gallery is Fun!

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How to Keep Your House Warm

Brrrr. The cooler weather is here so it’s time to prepare your home so that it stays warm and inviting, We have some tips that will help you on your way to keeping warm and comfortable.

Keeping Warm in Winter Tips:

  1. Heater Service
  2. House Insulation
  3. Window Coverings to keep the cold out
  4. Reverse ceiling fans in winter
  5. Reduce Draft from Windows & Doors
  6. Drink Red Wine to help warm you up

Get a Heater Service

Prior to winter arriving, it’s advisable to get your heating system serviced by a professional. Depending on what your heat source is will of course, depend on who will be required to service it. The State Government of Victoria provides advice on servicing gas heaters here. If you use a fireplace and timber as your home’s heating source, arrange for a professional chimney sweep to visit and service the flu and chimney to avoid any unwanted fire.

House Insulation

When renovating your home, efficient insulation in the walls and roof is a must for any dwelling. By not doing so will leave you vulnerable to not only inadequate heating in the winter, but insufficient cooling in the summer. Sustainable Energy Authority Victoria have a terrific information sheet on insulation...


How to Keep Your House Warm

Brrrr. The cooler weather is here so it’s time to prepare your home so that it stays warm and inviting, We have some tips that will help you on your way to keeping warm and comfortable.

Keeping Warm in Winter Tips:

  1. Heater Service
  2. House Insulation
  3. Window Coverings to keep the cold out
  4. Reverse ceiling fans in winter
  5. Reduce Draft from Windows & Doors
  6. Drink Red Wine to help warm you up

Get a Heater Service

Prior to winter arriving, it’s advisable to get your heating system serviced by a professional. Depending on what your heat source is will of course, depend on who will be required to service it. The State Government of Victoria provides advice on servicing gas heaters here. If you use a fireplace and timber as your home’s heating source, arrange for a professional chimney sweep to visit and service the flu and chimney to avoid any unwanted fire.

House Insulation

When renovating your home, efficient insulation in the walls and roof is a must for any dwelling. By not doing so will leave you vulnerable to not only inadequate heating in the winter, but insufficient cooling in the summer. Sustainable Energy Authority Victoria have a terrific information sheet on insulation types.

Window Coverings to keep the cold out

Interior window coverings such as curtains and blinds are not only a visual focal point for your room, they serve as a great insulator to help reduce heat loss from your room and trap warmth. This in turn not only assists you in saving money on power bills but also reduces your impact on the environment. On overcast, cold days be sure to close your window coverings. However, on those occasional lovely sunny winter days, make the most of the glorious sunshine and radiant heat, by opening your curtains or blinds that are sun facing. Although these may sound like small, obvious things to do, they will help to minimise the need to solely rely upon your heating system.

Reverse Ceiling Fans in Winter

Most ceiling fans have a two-way mode, which reverses the direction that the fan operates. In summer, your ceiling fan rotate in an anti-clockwise direction, this creates a cool downward airflow. In winter, as the hot air rises, the fan needs to rotate in a clockwise direction. This will then push the rising warm air back down from the top of the ceiling to where you are in the room helping to keep you feeling warmer.

Reduce Draft from Windows & Doors

It seems so obvious but draft-proofing a house is an easy way to keep your house warmer this winter, and it’s often overlooked. The easiest way is to close any internal doors to rooms that you are not using and don’t need to be heated e.g. a spare room, the guest room etc. The next easy option is to use items like a fabric snake or under door seals to prevent the warm air escaping or, the cool air coming in. The same with windows – if there are gaps use weatherstrip or foam tape to seal up. And then don’t forget to make sure the windows are all closed.

Drink Red Wine to help warm you up

We all know the mood of a home can help create a feeling of warmth. As the days start to become darker earlier, a glass of red wine is a great way to warm up. Add some great mood lighting, scented candles and floor and desk lamps and your home will immediately feel warmer and cosier. The addition of dimmers to existing lighting can also help create warmth and is great for entertaining as it helps create a mood of relaxation. Soft furnishings like cashmere throws on couches also add to the overall warmth of a room.

We hope you are enjoying a warm home this winter. If you think that maybe you might need to upgrade your heating solution? Learn more about the home heating options available.


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How to Arrange Art

  • "People have a tendency to hang art too high," says Linda Crisolo, Art.com director of merchandising. "The center of the image should be at eye level." In living rooms, people are usually sitting, so artwork should be lower. A good way to ensure you're placing artwork at the right height is to hang it one hand width above the sofa.
  • A common problem when hanging artwork above a sofa or sideboard is that it's not in scale. Having pieces that are too small or too large will make the whole arrangement look strange. "Make sure artwork is at least two-thirds the size of the sofa or sideboard," Crisolo says. "For example, a 9-foot-long sofa should have a 6-foot-wide expanse of art above it."
  • In the bedroom, choose personal art, such as family photographs or your own photography. If you're arranging the pieces in groupings, Crisolo recommends sticking with one color theme, either all black-and-white or all color photographs.
  • "Above a mantel or fireplace is the perfect place to layer pieces," Crisolo says. "A house looks like a home when you can see layers of artwork and accessories."
  • In the kitchen, hang art in a place where it won't get damaged by water or heat. Consider placing art above an office space, near the dining table, or above open counter space. Crisolo also recommends avoiding kitchen art in the kitchen. "I tend to shy away from pictures of asparagus in the kitchen," she says. "Vintage art with traditional frames works in a traditional kitchen. In a modern kitchen, try bright colors with stainless-steel frames."
  • A symmetrical arrangement creates a striking and simple focal point. All-white frames and mats unify this grouping. "I like to use the same frames to create homogeny," says Crisolo.
  • When deciding where to hang images in your home, consider the wall space available and the arrangement of the room. "Use small pieces between windows and doors," Crisolo says. "If small items are in a space too large, the pieces look lost. With larger pieces, allow room for people to step back and admire the work."
  • Artwork collaborates with other accessories and decor to create a visual story. Make sure images, moldings, and shelves all work together. "Hang artwork in front of a bookcase, on the face of the shelf," Crisolo says. "The shelves and ledges become part of a decorating story."
  • Make sure your arrangement matches your decorating style. "Symmetrical arrangements are more traditional or formal. Asymmetrical is modern," Crisolo says. "Also look at the image and style of the frame. For cottage-style rooms, stick with vintage images or botanicals. In modern rooms, choose large and abstract pieces."