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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Step Inside the Mitchelton Winery Estate

From what was once a worn and weary estate to one of the premier winery destinations in Australia – we take you inside the sophisticated restoration of this stunning winery in regional Victoria.

Mitchelton Winery, an easy 90-minute drive north of Melbourne, is an Architectural icon. With its striking 55-metre tower, the architecture of the building was originally conceived by Robin Boyd CBE, and completed in 1974 by renowned Australian architect Ted Ashton.

Purchased by the Ryan family in 2011, the winery was tired and unloved, so the family engaged interior design powerhouse Hecker Guthrie to restore the building’s interiors. The resulting renovation is simply breathtaking, and has re-established the venue as one of the premier winery destinations in Australia.

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The Design

The design brief for Hecker Guthrie was essentially to make Mitchelton Winery the destination that it was originally designed to be. The Ryan family wanted to take a custodian approach to the site, restoring the key original architectural elements of Robin Boyd but adding beautiful joinery pieces within the various spaces. The design elements needed to be contemporary in their approach, but rustic...


Step Inside the Mitchelton Winery Estate

From what was once a worn and weary estate to one of the premier winery destinations in Australia – we take you inside the sophisticated restoration of this stunning winery in regional Victoria.

Mitchelton Winery, an easy 90-minute drive north of Melbourne, is an Architectural icon. With its striking 55-metre tower, the architecture of the building was originally conceived by Robin Boyd CBE, and completed in 1974 by renowned Australian architect Ted Ashton.

Purchased by the Ryan family in 2011, the winery was tired and unloved, so the family engaged interior design powerhouse Hecker Guthrie to restore the building’s interiors. The resulting renovation is simply breathtaking, and has re-established the venue as one of the premier winery destinations in Australia.

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The Design

The design brief for Hecker Guthrie was essentially to make Mitchelton Winery the destination that it was originally designed to be. The Ryan family wanted to take a custodian approach to the site, restoring the key original architectural elements of Robin Boyd but adding beautiful joinery pieces within the various spaces. The design elements needed to be contemporary in their approach, but rustic enough to sit well in the winery’s stunning rural surroundings.

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Sophisticated and warm, the renovation personifies the Nordic concept of Hygge living – with rich timbers and a limited palette of natural materials creating a beautiful and inviting space.

As the winery is a draw card not only for wine and food lovers, but increasingly for corporate functions and weddings as well, the floor plan was changed to include a cellar door, function space and private dining room.

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Materials & Finishes

The main finishes are American Oak and blackened steel. Copper is also used extensively, and its warm, honey tones complement the refined use of robust materials.

“It was important to be respectful to the architecture, while bringing the textural elements to life through new robust, timeless joinery pieces, and refined country styling.” - Andrew Ryan, Owner | Mitchelton Winery

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Design Elements

The sophisticated floating cabinetry – which looks weightless, but can in fact hold two-and-a-half-dozen bottles – sits on a stunning copper backdrop. The over sized copper bulbs suspended above the displays work to accentuate the warm tones of the timber and copper. The strong design of the joinery units is both elegant and timeless.

The scale of the space is quite striking. The generous volumes of space allow for the use of big sculptural elements, like the spectacular five-metre long leather sofas that define the entry area.

Sitting alongside the sofas are simple yet refined occasional tables made from locally sourced tree sections, as well as striking black domed lamps. The tan leather butterfly armchairs in the function rooms blend well with the surrounding timber and copper tones, and are grounded by beautiful, large grey wool rugs. Owner Andrew says that “the joinery units in the Print Room and Montage Room are probably my favourite elements”.

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All together – from the Ryan family’s initial brief to Hecker Guthrie to the opening of the new Cellar Door and Event spaces – the renovation took eight months. The partnership was so successful that the design firm have been engaged to work on the next piece of the puzzle for the estate – a 58 room hotel, complete with day spa and 20-metre swimming pool.

With the winery already offering a Cellar Door, Restaurant, Chocolate Factory and Café, 55-metre high observation deck (not to mention beautiful natural outdoor spaces), the inclusion of the hotel will set a new level of accommodation for the area. One side of the hotel will overlook the Goulburn River, and the other the estate’s amphitheater and vines.

The hotel is due to open in September 2017, so stay tuned for another Step Inside of what will undoubtedly be a stunning addition to the region.

When you're next visiting wineries in regional Victoria, be sure to pop into Mitchelton Winery and enjoy the stunning venue and views. Don't miss their annual Chocolate Festival held in conjunction with the Ministry of Chocolate in August.

Mitchelton Winery | 470 Mitchellstown Rd | Nagambie | Victoria

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House of Home would like to thank the Ryan family and Hecker Guthrie for allowing us to step inside their beautiful renovation of Mitchelton Winery.

We would also like to thank our guest writer Annabel Foster for profiling this amazing wine estate for 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."