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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A New Dimension In Fireplace Design - Sculpt Fireplaces

Winter is fast upon us and with the cold season comes a push towards staying indoors with a good book, a pot of tea and nestled in front of the fire for days to come.

Sculpt Fireplace Collection is an Australian owned company, established to exclusively supply some of the world's most sought after high-end luxury fireplaces. Intent on providing Australians with a dynamic collection of luxury fireplaces, over the last two years Sculpt Fireplaces have strategically gathered not only award winning fireplace designs, but also fireplaces that have been manufactured with high quality materials and the best raw steel that is built to last.

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With over 35 years combined experience in the wood heating industry, the team at Sculpt Fireplace Collection has worked to establish a platform of designer fires like no other. Steven, the Managing Director and Founder of Sculpt Fireplaces, has hand-picked an elite team of specialised creative and industry professionals to collectively launch what is sure to be a dynamic and unparalleled industry game-changer.

“Sculpt Fireplaces has enabled us to breathe new life into the at times out-dated world of fireplaces within...


A New Dimension In Fireplace Design - Sculpt Fireplaces

Winter is fast upon us and with the cold season comes a push towards staying indoors with a good book, a pot of tea and nestled in front of the fire for days to come.

Sculpt Fireplace Collection is an Australian owned company, established to exclusively supply some of the world's most sought after high-end luxury fireplaces. Intent on providing Australians with a dynamic collection of luxury fireplaces, over the last two years Sculpt Fireplaces have strategically gathered not only award winning fireplace designs, but also fireplaces that have been manufactured with high quality materials and the best raw steel that is built to last.

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With over 35 years combined experience in the wood heating industry, the team at Sculpt Fireplace Collection has worked to establish a platform of designer fires like no other. Steven, the Managing Director and Founder of Sculpt Fireplaces, has hand-picked an elite team of specialised creative and industry professionals to collectively launch what is sure to be a dynamic and unparalleled industry game-changer.

“Sculpt Fireplaces has enabled us to breathe new life into the at times out-dated world of fireplaces within Australia" Steven | Director of Sculpt Fireplaces

Sculpt Fireplaces sets out with a vision to forget about the standard “black box” design of a wood heater and make it more of a sculptural piece of art that dramatically suspends from your ceiling or spreads out along your wall with a large panoramic view of dancing flames, this is the vision Sculpt Fireplaces sets out for all home owners or commercial clients to achieve.

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“Clients have been searching for products like ours for years but haven’t had anyone within Australia to supply it to them until now” Marianne | Marketing and Brand Leader of Sculpt Fireplaces

Axis, JC Bordelet and Seguin are the pinnacle French brands Sculpt Fireplaces will be exclusively stocking in both Australia and New Zealand. With over 40 years’ experience in hand crafting top quality products between them, Sculpt Fireplaces believe in offering the best quality and technologically advanced wood fireplace products available on the market today.

Axis

Based in the Rhône-Alpes region of France, Axis fireplaces specialise in the manufacturing of designer wood fireplaces and are ranked #1 in France for their high quality steel, advance heating technology and contemporary fireplace designs. Over the last 15 years Axis fireplaces’ have been dedicated to designing and manufacturing luxury steel fireboxes using state of the art technology to laser cut all units which are then tightly mechanically welded to the frame. As a result of this craftsmanship, no warping of the firebox can ever occur.

JC Bordelet

Hand made in limited quantities, all JC Bordelet fireplaces are suspended from the ceiling and aim to dramatically enhance the ambiance and warmth of any living space. When you choose JC Bordelet, you choose one of the leaders in metallic fireplaces for the quality production and the finishing; with original designs, bold colours and flexibility of shapes.

Seguin

Based in the heart of Auvergne, France, Seguin Duteriez fireplaces have been renowned for producing some of Europe’s most revolutionary and sought-after range of elite fireplace products for over 30 years. Artisan engineered and with the use of exclusive materials, Seguin fireplaces are manufactured with 100% pure cast iron and are highly regarded for their durability and increased heating output. These cast iron Cheminee fireplaces are well known for their heat retention even after the fire has dissipated, allowing for a longer lasting heat well into those colder nights. All Seguin cast iron fireboxes come with a damper, air wash system, fire grate and ash pan as standard. Given the high quality raw material, Seguin cast iron Cheminee fireboxes are guaranteed for 10 years.

Bestsellers at Sculpt Fireplaces

From wherever our Bordelet Tatiana 997 suspended fireplace is residing, it will cause a stir of desire that others will crave with its 180 degree viewing area and 360 degree pivot rotation option. Handmade in South of France, the Bordelet Tatiana 997 hanging wood fire is made from hand shaped and spun steel, making this artisan engineered fireplace highly sort after amongst designers and architects alike. Any hanging wood fireplace will create drama and ambiance, but the Bordelet Tatiana 997 has an ambitious je ne sais quoi (quality that cannot be described) that you too can attain.

The Axis H1600XXL contemporary inbuilt wood heater takes the title for being Australia’s largest inbuilt wood fireplace, with an unbelievable 1.7m glass viewing area. With flexibility to be used as an open fireplace or slow combustion wood heater, this designer statement is sure to be a focal point in any grand space. Featuring an exceptional hand-made French panoramic steel firebox with manually assembled interlocking heavy duty fire bricks that retain the heat well after the fire has dissipated.

Trending in fireplaces

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We are seeing a decline in mantel pieces, TVs above the fireplace and stack stone walls. Clients are now interested in sleek, minimalistic panoramic fires with slimline trims and floating concrete or stone hearths. Our freestanding and suspended fireplaces appeal to a wide range of design aesthetics, with a look that suits the trending urban industrial style that is in this season.

Sculpt Fireplaces favourite fireplace

The team at Sculpt Fireplaces favourite fireplace would have to be the Sculpt Fireplaces remote control wood heater - The Seguin Visio 8 Plus with IHS!

“Imagine saying that to your friends? I have a remote control wood heater, it tells me when to load wood and regulates the temperature for me! Amazing!” Hayley | Purchasing Officer at Sculpt Fireplaces

5 top tips:

1) Always use dry hard wood as fuel, as it burns cleaner and for longer, make sure its dry with a moisture content below 20%. Don’t use treated wood or pine as they burn quicker and with more emissions.

2) To easily clean the glass on your wood heater dab some newspaper in cold water, then work using a circular motion, dab it in the ash around the glass until clean. It works a treat!

3) Don’t compromise the look you love because of price, its in your house forever. A fireplace is a permanent fixture and you need to be happy with the look and feel of it in the space first and foremost.

4) Between March and April is the best time of year to buy a fireplace, allowing your installation to be executed just in time for those cold winter nights.

5) If you are looking for that custom design exclusive fireplace you may have to allow for overseas orders, so investigate early for those well planned builds or renovations.

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With revolutionary fireplace designs and technology never before seen in Australia and exclusive distribution rights for Axis, JC Bordelet, and Seguin fireplaces in Australia and New Zealand, there is no doubt that it is worth viewing Sculpt Fireplaces artisan fireplace range.

Shop the range here

House of Home would like to thank Steven, Marianne and Hayley from Sculpt Fireplaces, for speaking to us.


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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."