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 Store Wine without a Cellar

Let’s be honest, for centuries drinking good wine has been and continues to be one of many people's favourite pastimes.

Whether you have an interest in the art of wine making or not, most of us do have a great appreciation for the taste of wine and for the experience of enjoying a glass among friends. There’s nothing more satisfying a glass of red or white in the evening with a nice meal, or popping the cork off a bottle of bubbly to celebrate a special occasion.

Choosing Wine

When it comes to choosing wine, there's many types at various price points in an assortment of vintages. One would expect that the more money spent on a bottle of wine, the better it will taste. Disappointingly, this isn’t the case.

You may be surprised to learn that the flavour of even the most expensive of wines can be dramatically affected if not stored and served at the right temperature. Meaning that bottle of wine you recently splurged on may not be delivering the best taste experience possible. Isn’t life too short to not be getting the best from your bottle? The team at House of Home think so!

We believe that wine should be enjoyed to its full capacity. In fact, so much so, that we took our...


How to Store Wine without a Cellar

Let’s be honest, for centuries drinking good wine has been and continues to be one of many people's favourite pastimes.

Whether you have an interest in the art of wine making or not, most of us do have a great appreciation for the taste of wine and for the experience of enjoying a glass among friends. There’s nothing more satisfying a glass of red or white in the evening with a nice meal, or popping the cork off a bottle of bubbly to celebrate a special occasion.

Choosing Wine

When it comes to choosing wine, there's many types at various price points in an assortment of vintages. One would expect that the more money spent on a bottle of wine, the better it will taste. Disappointingly, this isn’t the case.

You may be surprised to learn that the flavour of even the most expensive of wines can be dramatically affected if not stored and served at the right temperature. Meaning that bottle of wine you recently splurged on may not be delivering the best taste experience possible. Isn’t life too short to not be getting the best from your bottle? The team at House of Home think so!

We believe that wine should be enjoyed to its full capacity. In fact, so much so, that we took our investigations further and sought the expert advice of Matthew Gerard from Grand Cru Wine Fridges.

Matthew is highly knowledgeable in the field of storing wine. He can recite off the top of his head what wine should be stored at what temperature, which glassware is best for serving wine and what food pairings work best with different dishes.

Matthew was kind enough to share his expert insights with us about how to store and serve wine correctly without a cellar. Here's what he shared with us.

Wine Keeping 101

“Wine, unlike spirits, comes with its own set of rules. So much so that I believe it needs to be consumed with the same measure of elegance". Matthew Gerard | Grand Cru Wine Fridges

"There are a few do's that can help improve your experience: Ensure your wine is at the right temperature. If your wine is too cold, you won’t be able to taste the flavours, and it is too warm, your wine may get flat".

White Wine Storage Temperature

"Ideally, white wine should be consumed at 11 degrees Celsius for whites and sparkling wine at six degrees Celsius.

Red Wine Storage Temperature

"Six to 18 degrees Celsius is best for reds. Do allow some red wines to breathe. Open the bottle and keep it still for some time or pour the bottle into a decanter to speed up the process.

You could also simply rotate the wine in your glass to enhance its offerings to you. Wine opens up as it comes into contact with air and releases otherwise hidden aromas".

Wine Serving

"As much as the temperature is important, serving it in the right glassware can change the way this peculiar beverage tastes. When it comes to wine, the shape, size and thickness of the glass matters".

"If you are going to pursue discovering wine, I would recommend spending some money on good glassware. Incorrect glassware can destroy even the best of wines. If you intend to build a collection at home, it would be wise to buy a wine fridge to store your wines at the right temperature.

Do not keep your wines at the back of your cupboard, where they can be subjected to 40-degree heat.” Matthew Gerard | Grand Cru Wine Fridges

Below is a selection of Grand Cru's Wine Storage Fridges.

If you would like to learn more about wine storage and find more tips on how to enjoy wine, visit the Grand Cru blog or visit the Grand Cru website.

We would like to thank Matthew for his expert tips on how to enjoy wine at it's optimal level and have the tastiest wine experience possible.


We hope you found this article helpful. If you are ready to start building your wish list of products, then be sure to check out our Glassware and Wine Serving product ranges.


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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."