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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10 Best Stores for Boho

Are you a lover of the beautiful and bright Boho style?

We are! The team at House of Home can't help but fall in love with this unique style over and over again. Free spirited and unrestricted, we are in constant awe of the many eclectic looks that Boho can bring to a room.

No two Bohemian inspired interiors are ever the same and this is one style where you can really unleash with a lovely layering of colour, pattern, texture, along with a wonderful mix of furnishings and decorations throughout the home.

Having recently published an article on Creating Boho at Home, we now bring you a list of our 10 favourite stores with an amazing range of Boho inspired furniture and homewares.

Find all the inspiration you need and get the creative juices flowing with the following stores below.

  • Lekkel & Co.
  • Ishka
  • Eco Chic
  • Zohi Interiors
  • Life Interiors
  • Collective Sol
  • Naturally Cane
  • Sugarcane Trading Co.
  • Cane Wicker Industries
  • Established for Design

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LEKKEL & CO.

Lekkel & Co was established in Melbourne Australia in 2014 by husband and wife team, Kel & Ross; who enjoy an outdoors lifestyle with family and friends. They wanted to design durable fabrics and furnishings that would...


10 Best Stores for Boho

Are you a lover of the beautiful and bright Boho style?

We are! The team at House of Home can't help but fall in love with this unique style over and over again. Free spirited and unrestricted, we are in constant awe of the many eclectic looks that Boho can bring to a room.

No two Bohemian inspired interiors are ever the same and this is one style where you can really unleash with a lovely layering of colour, pattern, texture, along with a wonderful mix of furnishings and decorations throughout the home.

Having recently published an article on Creating Boho at Home, we now bring you a list of our 10 favourite stores with an amazing range of Boho inspired furniture and homewares.

Find all the inspiration you need and get the creative juices flowing with the following stores below.

  • Lekkel & Co.
  • Ishka
  • Eco Chic
  • Zohi Interiors
  • Life Interiors
  • Collective Sol
  • Naturally Cane
  • Sugarcane Trading Co.
  • Cane Wicker Industries
  • Established for Design

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LEKKEL & CO.

Lekkel & Co was established in Melbourne Australia in 2014 by husband and wife team, Kel & Ross; who enjoy an outdoors lifestyle with family and friends. They wanted to design durable fabrics and furnishings that would not cost the earth both in a the financial and ecological sense, and would outlast any outdoor living scenario.

Their collection includes inspired indoor and outdoor furnishings, that are bright, durable and versatile to cater for the whole family. With all of their products designed in Australia, Lekkel's mission is to make quality products that will stand the test of time, by hand, the old fashioned way.

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Ishka

Ishka was inspired by the vision of Michael Sklovsky, a local craftsman with a passionate belief that the sustainable and ethical international trade of handcrafted products would greatly empower and assist third world communities.

With perseverance and dedication, Michael’s humble dream has since evolved into a wide-ranging and wonderfully exotic collection of traditional handicrafts sourced from third-world communities and villages around the world. By working with artisans in developing countries over the years, ISHKA has contributed to the progress and empowerment of international communities in need.

A passion for international trade and deep respect for village communities is central to the ISHKA ethos and informs the spirited range of environmentally friendly and ethically-sourced furniture, clothing and homewares which can be found in our many stores throughout Australia on the House of Home markletplace.

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ECO CHIC

Eco chic is a furniture store highlighting eco-friendly and homewares throughout Australia. They offer a comprehensive furniture selection from sofas to accessories, lamps to bedding...a complete one-stop home furnishings shop.

They adore home furnishings, but are aware of the impact they can have on the environment. Not wanting their customers to sacrifice on style, Eco chic have curated a unique range of modern lines to vintage pieces that compliment each other and can be mixed and matched!

When you buy eco-friendly furniture from Eco Chic, it is a sensitive purchase, but sexy at the same time. Eco chic believe It is high time people were offered quality furniture that is responsible and want their customers to say, ‘it’s gorgeous,’ and then feel good about the fact that it's green furniture and an earth friendly product.

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ZOHI INTERIORS

Zohi Interiors aim is to inspire their customers to create a beautiful life. The name “Zohi” (pronounced Zoe) means life in Greek. It not only means physical life, it also means spiritual and abundant life. Each and every piece in their collection has been carefully handpicked by their interior design team to offer the very best in style, design, and quality.

Global and artisan, their collection is sourced from around the world with iconic pieces hailing from India, Morocco and beyond. The range is inspired by many interior styles including; hints of coastal, boho, Hampton’s, exotic tribal as well as contemporary stylish designer pieces.

Zohi Interiors is an online store and that is always open Based in Sydney, they ship Australia-wide and pride themselves on their great level of customer service.

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LIFE INTERIORS

Founded in 2006, Life Interiors is a Sydney based furniture retailer with a focus on delivering fashionable and contemporary furniture to style-minded Australians. Featuring a wide range of exclusive Australian and imported brands, their ethos is to provide everyday Australians with designer furniture at an affordable price.

They have a huge 800sqm showroom full of interior inspiration in the heart of Alexandria, and a beautiful light filled showroom in Abbotsford Melbourne that is open 7 days a week!

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COLLECTIVE SOL

Collective Sol is a brand about bringing together unique homewares and lifestyle pieces that are designed locally and sourced ethically & sustainably from makers around the world.

Their collection ranges from hand tufted statement rugs, fair trade baskets, hand knitted throws, hammocks, everyday towels, and other unique pieces designed for women and their tribe.

Collective Sol look for those statement pieces that are hard to find, unique, and make you look twice and to be enjoyed for years to come. They like things that are a bit different and we love seeing the marks of the makers in their pieces.

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NATURALLY CANE

Established in 1984, Naturally Cane Pty Ltd is a leading designer and manufacturer of cane furniture in Australia for residential and commercial applications. Working with sustainable, renewable, natural materials including rattan, manau, abaca, lampakanay, kubu, seagrass and often combining with wrought iron, aluminium, stainless steel, and timber they produce an extensive range of traditional and contemporary furniture for every room and situation.

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SUGAR CANE TRADING CO.

Sugarcane Trading Co nurtures this truth with rugs meticulously handmade from upcycled clothing offcuts, boasting vibrant colours, and striking patterns.

Their experience is built on three generations of family retail and textile trading, and they also descended from sugarcane farmers! Sugarcane Trading Co is a fresh new brand grown from a passion to live life with intention and purpose.

They are inspired to bring the best of artisan created homewares to people who share the Sugarcane Trading Co values… of sustainability and social responsibility through high quality, design-led homewares.

To support artisans, they have established a charity, The Sugarcane Trust, in India to help enrich the lives of the artisans and their families. Each time you buy a Sugarcane Trading Co product, you will contribute to the artisan communities who created it.

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CANE WICKER INDUSTRIES

CANE WICKER INDUSTRIES is a family owned company and was incorporated in 1989 by the Wang family which has more than 55 years’ experience in retail and wholesale. Principal products handled by the Group are Cane and Wicker Furniture, Cotton and Polyester Napery, Photo Frames, and Giftware.

The Wang family has a tradition in the cane furniture industry of more than 55 years and subsequently a special division Cane Wicker Industries was established. The company specialises in superior quality cane and wicker furniture predominately using the wicker process that is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

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ESTABLISHED FOR DESIGN

The name says it all, a project born out of love for design, an appreciation for function, quality, craftmanship and aesthetic value. Established for Design aim to showcase the very latest in homewares and lifestyle products designed by creative people from all around the world with a strong emphasis on products designed in Australia. EFD is proud to support emerging independent designers who create one of a kind, small run, or limited-edition products.

Their carefully chosen collection of artwork, luxury homewares, furniture, gifts, and jewellery provide quality design that is affordable and accessible. For those that are unable to visit their store in the pretty little shopping strip of Malvern East, they take complete care to ensure their online inventory is always up to date so that you can enjoy our products anywhere and anytime.


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 Boho inspired 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."