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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Wicker, Wood or Wire? Find your perfect outdoor chair.

We are loving the more relaxed look that’s coming through in outdoor furniture & the design of outdoor entertaining spaces. We’re seeing a lot less stainless steel and hard edges, and loving the organic curves of wicker and cane, the honesty of wood, particularly when it's allowed to weather gracefully, and the lightness of woven wire seats.

This is all about natural fibres, organic curves and shapes that invite you to relax. This collection brings together a broad collection of styles; the great thing is that they mix and match, together and with outdoor furniture you already own, to create a relaxed and inviting vibe.

There is a real sense of relaxation in so many of these seating options – the invitation to slow down, relax and watch the world go by as you put your feet up.

Here’s our round up of 24 of the best:

Wonderful Wicker & Rattan Chairs

Wicker, Rattan and Cane are some of my favourite materials. Natural, organic, timeless and really durable, they are a great option for outdoor chairs. Happiest living on a verandah, porch or somewhere undercover, they will last for years & years.

If you don’t want cushions, then make sure you choose a fine weave of rattan or...


Wicker, Wood or Wire? Find your perfect outdoor chair.

We are loving the more relaxed look that’s coming through in outdoor furniture & the design of outdoor entertaining spaces. We’re seeing a lot less stainless steel and hard edges, and loving the organic curves of wicker and cane, the honesty of wood, particularly when it's allowed to weather gracefully, and the lightness of woven wire seats.

This is all about natural fibres, organic curves and shapes that invite you to relax. This collection brings together a broad collection of styles; the great thing is that they mix and match, together and with outdoor furniture you already own, to create a relaxed and inviting vibe.

There is a real sense of relaxation in so many of these seating options – the invitation to slow down, relax and watch the world go by as you put your feet up.

Here’s our round up of 24 of the best:

Wonderful Wicker & Rattan Chairs

Wicker, Rattan and Cane are some of my favourite materials. Natural, organic, timeless and really durable, they are a great option for outdoor chairs. Happiest living on a verandah, porch or somewhere undercover, they will last for years & years.

If you don’t want cushions, then make sure you choose a fine weave of rattan or cane for your outdoor chair, otherwise if you love the broader weave wicker chairs, you’ll definitely need a cushion to get really comfortable and relax.

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Best Hanging Chairs for Hanging Around In

One of the favourite spots to sit in our house is the hanging chair outdoors on the deck. Whether its catching an after lunch nap in the sunshine, or relaxing after school or work, it’s a popular spot with both the adults and the kids.

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Lazy Loungers & Outdoor Day Beds

Nothing says summer, holidays or relaxation like an outdoor day bed or sun lounger. There’s not even an expectation that you are going to sit up! These beautiful outdoor chairs are strictly for reclining – and if that is closely followed by a nap, then all the better! Cushions and comfort are definitely important.

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Dining Chairs for under the sun

There is nothing better as the days warm up and start getting longer, than cleaning off the outdoor table and having your first meal outdoors – it truly feels like the start of summer. If you’ve got the table, but maybe need to update your outdoor chairs, here’s a selection of the comfortable & gorgeous. Choose a set, or mix up the styles for a more eclectic look. Either way – choose what’s comfortable & enjoy those long lunches & evening meals outdoors.

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Perfect Benches for the Porch

When was the last time that you just sat and watched the world go by? Maybe it's time you tried it? Here’s our pick of outdoor benches that will look great on your front verandah or porch, as well as being a comfortable spot to sit, watch and contemplate as the world goes about its business.

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Our favourite Summer Outdoor Cushions

Even if you’re not quite ready for a new outdoor chair, there’s nothing like some fresh cushions to brighten up your space or update the look.

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Enjoy your Summer, and make time for relaxing in a comfortable chair.


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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."