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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Mezzo Gas Fireplace by Heat & Glo

So this is the winter that you’ve decided to put in a gas fire – lucky you’ve waited because it’s almost here! The Mezzo from Heat & Glo Fireplaces hits the Australian market this month boasting the most realistic flame patterns, LED lighting and heat zone technology. It’s elegant, clean, discreet and luxurious. We caught up with Mark and Ron from Jetmaster Victoria to find out all about their new flagship model.

Modern Fireplace Design

“Over the past few years we’ve had lots of customers asking for a gas fire that has both great aesthetics and is a really efficient heating unit. People are looking for that long linear shape with a minimal & clean fascia, but they don’t just want a decorative fire. They are looking for a unit that can really heat. We took this feedback to the US and together with their R&D team we came up with a design brief, and now we are really excited because the product is finally ready for release in Australia. This new Mezzo range is the first where the customer doesn't have to trade off looks over heating performance.”

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Wall Mount Fireplace

Available in 3 sizes (1000mm, 1300mm in either single and double sided and the impressive 1600mm), the Mezzo...


Mezzo Gas Fireplace by Heat & Glo

So this is the winter that you’ve decided to put in a gas fire – lucky you’ve waited because it’s almost here! The Mezzo from Heat & Glo Fireplaces hits the Australian market this month boasting the most realistic flame patterns, LED lighting and heat zone technology. It’s elegant, clean, discreet and luxurious. We caught up with Mark and Ron from Jetmaster Victoria to find out all about their new flagship model.

Modern Fireplace Design

“Over the past few years we’ve had lots of customers asking for a gas fire that has both great aesthetics and is a really efficient heating unit. People are looking for that long linear shape with a minimal & clean fascia, but they don’t just want a decorative fire. They are looking for a unit that can really heat. We took this feedback to the US and together with their R&D team we came up with a design brief, and now we are really excited because the product is finally ready for release in Australia. This new Mezzo range is the first where the customer doesn't have to trade off looks over heating performance.”

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Wall Mount Fireplace

Available in 3 sizes (1000mm, 1300mm in either single and double sided and the impressive 1600mm), the Mezzo can be customized with interior options to enhance your home’s décor and your own personal style. As Mark explains, “Previously the widest fire we could offer in a landscape model was 1000mm, and now we can go up to 1600mm wide. This is just perfect for large open plan areas.”

The trim too has completely been redesigned – down from a minimum 100mm previously to a very discreet 25mm.

The overall result is a fire just floating in your wall.

Gas Fireplace for Heat

Flames, lights, reflection and warmth combine to stimulate your senses. But as we all know good looks aren’t everything. If you are installing a gas log fire it’s because you want to keep warm, and that’s where the Mezzo really delivers.

The Mezzo from Heat & Glo Fireplaces is a balanced flue gas fire. It has a really good heating capacity - the smallest unit can easily heat a space of 5 to 6 squares. Being a balanced flue unit it means the flue can terminate either vertically or horizontally.

The Mezzo radiates heat from the front of the unit, and the unit comes standard with another great feature – a heat transfer kit. What is a heat transfer kit? Very simply it takes some of the heat generated by your gas log fire and transfers it to another part of your home. So if you have a really large open plan area you can use a heat zone from your Mezzo to spread the warmth. Or you could place a vent into another room to supplement other heating sources. You also have the option to add a second heat transfer kit to the unit, making this unit the ideal choice for heating larger areas.

Wide Gas Fire

It’s obvious that a lot of thought has gone into the design of the Mezzo. Yes it boasts great styling, and efficient heating capacity, but it also has several other features that really set it apart. Flames float across an illuminated bed of crushed glass combined with black high gloss interior and clear LED lighting adding depth and intensity to the fire.

Interested in Mezzo Gas Fireplace by Heat & Glo?

If the Mezzo sounds just like what you’ve been waiting, visit the Jetmaster Heat & Glo showroom in Richmond, Victoria, to see one of the first installed units in Australia

This article has been updated and re-published from the original version released in February 2015.


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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."