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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Convert Your Console Table into a Beautiful Bar Cart

Spring time has arrived and with it comes warm weather, celebrations and a lots of entertaining!

The team at House of Home absolutely love entertaining! As such, we have been thinking of ways to ‘wow’ and impress our guests at our next Spring or Summer soiree. After little debate we all agreed that serving delicious cocktails is the best way to make guests feel special and there’s no better way to create a sense of occasion than to serve a signature cocktail.

Bar carts are hugely popular at the moment and look fantastic when styled. However, while they can make a great talking point at your next party, we understand that not every home has space for one, or if serving cocktails isn’t something you do that regularly it can be a bit of an investment piece.

The good news is a console table can be easily converted into a cocktail serving station! You can style your console glam for the festive season and once the celebrations have come to an end, your trusty console can go back being its sensible self, displaying lamps, décor and the like again.

Whether you are styling a bar cart or a console table we have put together some tried and tested tips on how style them both...


Convert Your Console Table into a Beautiful Bar Cart

Spring time has arrived and with it comes warm weather, celebrations and a lots of entertaining!

The team at House of Home absolutely love entertaining! As such, we have been thinking of ways to ‘wow’ and impress our guests at our next Spring or Summer soiree. After little debate we all agreed that serving delicious cocktails is the best way to make guests feel special and there’s no better way to create a sense of occasion than to serve a signature cocktail.

Bar carts are hugely popular at the moment and look fantastic when styled. However, while they can make a great talking point at your next party, we understand that not every home has space for one, or if serving cocktails isn’t something you do that regularly it can be a bit of an investment piece.

The good news is a console table can be easily converted into a cocktail serving station! You can style your console glam for the festive season and once the celebrations have come to an end, your trusty console can go back being its sensible self, displaying lamps, décor and the like again.

Whether you are styling a bar cart or a console table we have put together some tried and tested tips on how style them both fabulously!

The trick is to create a vignette with your bottles and barware acting as the hero pieces. Vignettes are a collection of items grouped together in a visually pleasing arrangement that tell a story, evoke a feeling or set a mood.

How to Style Your Bar Cart

Pick a Theme or Style

Think about what theme you would like to create. Is your theme Christmassy, or tropical, vintage or glam, feminie or masculine. Vignettes are a collection of items grouped together in a visually pleasing arrangement that tell a story, evoke a feeling or set a mood.

Choose Your Poison

Select bottles that work back with your theme. For example, don’t just buy any bottle of vodka, look at the options and select a bottle design that works back best with your style and choose spirits that fit your theme.

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Invest in the Right Equipment.

Fake it till you make it. If you want to look like a pro mixologist you’re going to need to the tools of the trade.

  • Cocktail shaker

  • Strainer (separate from cocktail shaker top).

  • Muddler

  • Jigger (An hourglass-shaped stainless-steel measuring device).

  • Corkscrew

  • Bar Spoon

  • Serving Jug

  • Glassware

Colour it Up

Colour texture and pattern can be introduced through accessories such as glassware, straws, coasters, napkins, serving trays. A little colour goes a long way, try experimenting with 1 hero colour and 2 accent colours.

Bring in the Bling

Don’t go overboard. Just a touch will do the trick. Introducing brass, copper or silver accents is a great way to create visual interest and will work really well with other materials such as wood, glass and metal. Combining objects with both matte and shiny finishes will help to create a balance. These finishes can be brought in with champagne buckets, servingware, candle holders etc.

Get Fresh with Fruit

Depending on your choice of cocktail, adding a bowl or small platter of fresh-cut fruits such as Lemons, Limes, watermelon or berries with add colour create a delicious scent to tantalise the taste buds. Whole pineapples can look great for decoration.

Keep it cool

Serving warm drinks is the number one no-no (unless they are tea-tails) and no bar cart is complete without wine cooler, champagne bucket, funky shaped ice cubes or whisky stones.

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Brandish with Books

Introducing a variety of shapes will help to create interest, adding a cocktail recipe book or three with look great stacked on your console or bar cart will bring in another shape and is of course essential to perfecting your favourite cocktails and learning how to make new ones.

Add Ambiance

Some tea light candles will add a soft glow and help to create a warm ambiance. Perfect if you’re serving Smokey cocktails with whisky and cinnamon spices. Don’t forget the Finger Food. It’s always a good idea to serve drinks responsibly. Styling with a few simple snacks is a cost effective way to add texture and interest to your bar cart. Think nuts, gourmet chips, dried fruits, wasabi peas crudities, strawberries etc. Try presenting them in little cylinders or cups on a tray.

Don’t forget the Finger Food.

It’s always a good idea to serve drinks responsibly. Styling with a few simple snacks is a cost effective way to add texture and interest to your bar cart. Think nuts, gourmet chips, dried fruits, wasabi peas crudities, strawberries etc. Try presenting them in little cylinders or cups on a tray or a trivet.

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Finish with Florals

Add plants or flowers for a beautiful natural element. Flowers look and smell amazing and are great for adding a pop of colour, while a plant is great for a tropical theme to create a welcoming oasis!

If your'e thinking about buying a bar cart for your home, check out these beauties below.

For some fabulous cocktail recipes to inspire your next gathering visit our articles below:

Perfect Summer Cocktails.

Fun Summer Cocktail - French 75.

A Classic Gin & Tonic.

The Best Version of a Negroni.

For more advice on styling your console table after the festive season check out our article How to Style a Console Table

Image credits: popsugar.com & all other images styled by the team at House of Home.


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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."