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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Easy Champagne Chicken Recipe

What are you doing for your Mum this Mother’s Day?

Stuck for ideas? Why not surprise Mum this year by preparing a delicious meal for her to enjoy with a glass of bubbles? Gift giving is of course lovely but nothing beats celebrating a special occasion by sharing a home-made meal and spending real quality time together.

One of our favourite recipes is the healthy Chicken au Champagne dish from the blog French Women don’t Get Fat. This dish not only looks incredible, smells delightful and tastes amazing, it is guaranteed to make Mum feel special and appreciated. Being Australian though, we prefer to cook with (& drink!) a lovely Australian sparkling such as Chandon.

Mum may think you have been in the kitchen slaving for hours to create this meal, however this fabulous recipe can be cooked and served in just over half an hour! The best things is there is zero fat added and the chicken cooks in the sparkling wine for delicious flavour!

Cooking with sparkling wine adds flavour, and the calories of the alcohol burn off in the pan. Wine can add depth to a dish, but for elegance of finish nothing beats sparkling and what dish could be more appropriate for such a lovey...


Easy Champagne Chicken Recipe

What are you doing for your Mum this Mother’s Day?

Stuck for ideas? Why not surprise Mum this year by preparing a delicious meal for her to enjoy with a glass of bubbles? Gift giving is of course lovely but nothing beats celebrating a special occasion by sharing a home-made meal and spending real quality time together.

One of our favourite recipes is the healthy Chicken au Champagne dish from the blog French Women don’t Get Fat. This dish not only looks incredible, smells delightful and tastes amazing, it is guaranteed to make Mum feel special and appreciated. Being Australian though, we prefer to cook with (& drink!) a lovely Australian sparkling such as Chandon.

Mum may think you have been in the kitchen slaving for hours to create this meal, however this fabulous recipe can be cooked and served in just over half an hour! The best things is there is zero fat added and the chicken cooks in the sparkling wine for delicious flavour!

Cooking with sparkling wine adds flavour, and the calories of the alcohol burn off in the pan. Wine can add depth to a dish, but for elegance of finish nothing beats sparkling and what dish could be more appropriate for such a lovey occasion?

This is the perfect dish for cooking while entertaining as once you get it going, it needs no minding, giving you ample time to prepare the rest of the dinner and more importantly spend time with mum.

INGREDIENTS * 4 chicken breasts (with skin and bone)

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

  • Chervil, tarragon, or thyme (optional)

  • 1 shallot, quartered

  • 1 cup of mushrooms

  • Sage to garnish

  • Lemon juice

  • Butter

  • 1 cup Sparkling Wine (Chandon Brut recommended)

Yield: 4 Servings
RECIPE Place the chicken breasts in a roasting pan, and season them. Pour 1/2 cup of the Champagne over breasts. Make a slit in each breast and insert a piece of shallot.

Place the pan under the broiler, skin-side up, for 3 minutes, until the skin is nicely browned. Turn and broil the other side for 5 minutes.

Remove the chicken from the broiler, baste with the pan juices, and add the remaining 1/2 cup of Chandon. Adjust the oven temperature to 475 degrees and bake the chicken for 30 minutes, basting once or twice.

Serve over brown rice. Sautéed mushrooms add a special touch and go beautifully with the Chandon. (In a warm frying pan with a touch of olive oil, add clean, roughly chopped mushrooms, and cook for a few minutes. Add a few drops of lemon juice, freshly chopped sage, seasoning to taste and 1 tablespoon of butter.) Pour the cooking juices from the chicken over the meat and rice. Serve the remainder of the bottle of sparkling (about 6 glasses) with the meal.

Now that you have a beautiful recipe to serve Mum, it’s a good idea to have some pretty platters, special servingware and a lovely dinner setting. Below is a selection some of our favourite table top wares all worthy of a Mother’s Day Lunch or dinner.

Looking for more Mother's Day inspiration? Take a peek at our Mother's Day Gift Ideas Guide.


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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."