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 Hygge in the Garden

Have you heard of Hygge? If you follow our blog, it's likely that by now you are an expert on the subject. However, did you know that practicing the art of Hygge isn't just limited to spending time indoors? It's also about connecting with nature.

To fully embrace the Danish Hygge lifestyle, one must also venture outdoors. What better place to start than in the garden?

In fact why not start with a little garden soiree? Whether it be during winter, spring, summer or autumn, Hygge can be applied to all the seasons by finding a way to really enjoy and make the most of your free time. The garden is a perfect place to surround yourself with things you love and people you care about most.

It’s so important in this day and age to take time out, to slow down, to relax, and to spend time among nature. Whether it be through organising a get together with family and friends, or even just spending time alone enjoying the sunshine with a good book and cuppa to relax and reflect. This a way of life that has become an inherent part of the Danish culture and is an important element of Hygge.

Origins of Hygge

Originating from Denmark, many other European countries have adopted this concept...


How to Hygge in the Garden

Have you heard of Hygge? If you follow our blog, it's likely that by now you are an expert on the subject. However, did you know that practicing the art of Hygge isn't just limited to spending time indoors? It's also about connecting with nature.

To fully embrace the Danish Hygge lifestyle, one must also venture outdoors. What better place to start than in the garden?

In fact why not start with a little garden soiree? Whether it be during winter, spring, summer or autumn, Hygge can be applied to all the seasons by finding a way to really enjoy and make the most of your free time. The garden is a perfect place to surround yourself with things you love and people you care about most.

It’s so important in this day and age to take time out, to slow down, to relax, and to spend time among nature. Whether it be through organising a get together with family and friends, or even just spending time alone enjoying the sunshine with a good book and cuppa to relax and reflect. This a way of life that has become an inherent part of the Danish culture and is an important element of Hygge.

Origins of Hygge

Originating from Denmark, many other European countries have adopted this concept and have made it their own, and now it's has come to Australia. Pronounced Hue-gah, Hygge is a beautiful way to approach life by focusing on what makes you happy and content. Hygge celebrates simplicity and appreciation the small but truly important things.

This article will guide you through 4 simple ways to make the most of your outdoor area and how to create a warm, cosy and welcoming space that reflects the essence of Hygge.

Bring the Inside Out

While Hygge-ing the garden is about experiencing the sight and sounds of nature, it’s also about getting cosy. The most sure fire way to make your garden feel more Hygge is to bring some of the inside out.

Create an Outdoor Living Area

It all starts with a comfy outdoor lounge setting. Layer it up with cosy blankets and cushions. Make sure you have a place to place a drink and a good book with either a side table or coffee table. Anchor these elements with a lovely outdoor rug, and don’t forget to bring out the hot water bottles.

Create an Outdoor Dining Area

If sharing meals is more your priority, then an outdoor dining setting is a must. When hosting a meal, drape a warm blanket over each dining chair and make sure you have an outdoor heater to keep everyone warm. Dress the table with natural looking linen and dot a few little vases of wildflowers. This will keep it looking simple but sweet.

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Get Cosy Around a Fireplace

Firepits are one the easiest and nicest ways to warm up your outdoor area or patio. Nothing beats gathering around a fireplace to sit and chat, roast a few marshmallows or chestnuts and toast to life’s little pleasures.

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Embrace Outdoor Activities

Outdoor Cinema

Hygge is all about raising the spirits and what better way to do so than organising some fun activities outside. Hosting an outdoor movie night is such a fun way to have a get together. All you need is a projector (which can be rented), a big white sheet, picnic rugs, bean bags, cushions, blankets and big bowls of popped corn and steaming mugs of hot chocolate for some good clean fun!

Star or Sun Gazing

Get romantic by snuggling up under a big blanket (with a hot water bottle or wheat sack) and gazing up at the stars with a glass of red. Or how about rising early to catch the best part of the day and watch the sunrise will a well-deserved cup of coffee.

Wine & Pizza Night

Nothing beats the glorious smells and wonderful flavours created from baking a wood fired pizza, although it can be even more perfect when paired with a good red. There are so many scrumptious recipes out there including dessert pizzas and the best thing is they are so simple to make. Wood fired pizza may not be Danish but it’s certainly a great reason to spend time outside.

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Decorate Your Garden

Candle Light

In order to Hygge well one must have candles and oodles of them. Candles contained within hurricane lanterns are your safest bet, although a few tea lights dotted about shouldn’t pose too much of a safety risk. Adorning your outdoor space with flickering flames is the first step to creating the right Hygge atmosphere.

Fairy Lights

Mood lighting is an essential element of Hygge as it creates a beautiful, warm and inviting ambience. Fairy lights really help to create a sense of magic and are easy to hang overhead to create a twinkling starlight effect. Battery powered twinkle light is clear glass jars or vases are also a great way to create a feeling of warmth.

Pretty Pot Plants

It goes without saying that every garden should have plants but it’s always nice add a little extra to create a little botanical oasis. There are so many cool plants and funky plant pots out there and pot plants are a great way to spruce up the garden and bring a sense of fun to the back yard.

Below is a snap shot on how to enjoy Hygge outdoors - all year round.

AUTUMN / WINTER:

  • Fire pits

  • Cozy Blankets

  • Outdoor Rugs

  • Fairy Lights

  • Marshmallows by Fire

  • Wine by the Fire

  • Wood Fired Pizza

  • Candles

SPRING / SUMMER:

  • Barbecues

  • Afternoon Teas

  • Games in the Garden

  • Making Punch

  • Lazing on a Blanket

  • Reading

  • Garden Picnics

  • Lazing in a Hammock

We hope this article will help you to create the perfect outdoor Hygge moment and enjoy life’s everyday pleasures. If you could like to find out more about the Danish concept of Hygge visit our article Learn more about Hygge.


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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."