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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Delicious Springtime Poke Bowl Recipe

We all love recipes that are healthy, taste delicious, quick to make and look amazing.

With the change in temperature the team at House of Home were discussing what new dishes we could make to move away from the hearty, heavy, warm meals of Winter.

While searching for dishes that were light, fresh and lovely to look at, we came across a sweet little book from our retailer Coco called ‘Poke: Hawaiian-Inspired`Sushi' Bowls’ by (authors) Guy Jackson and Celia Farrar.

Poke Bowls

Poke (pronounced POH-key) is a delightful dish that originates from the tropical islands of Hawaii. It’s a sushi bowl inspired dish that can be served for lunch or dinner and is one of the hottest food trends around.

Poke bowls are great as they can be easily customised to suit your taste preferences, they can be fresh and fragrant, zingy and zesty, or spicy with flavours that pack a punch! No matter what your taste preference Poke bowls also provide an opportunity to get really creative in the kitchen. They can be served in beautiful bowls and designed to look nothing short of spectacular.

This is certainly one dish you can impress your guests with, however, they don’t take too much time to prepare...


Delicious Springtime Poke Bowl Recipe

We all love recipes that are healthy, taste delicious, quick to make and look amazing.

With the change in temperature the team at House of Home were discussing what new dishes we could make to move away from the hearty, heavy, warm meals of Winter.

While searching for dishes that were light, fresh and lovely to look at, we came across a sweet little book from our retailer Coco called ‘Poke: Hawaiian-Inspired`Sushi' Bowls’ by (authors) Guy Jackson and Celia Farrar.

Poke Bowls

Poke (pronounced POH-key) is a delightful dish that originates from the tropical islands of Hawaii. It’s a sushi bowl inspired dish that can be served for lunch or dinner and is one of the hottest food trends around.

Poke bowls are great as they can be easily customised to suit your taste preferences, they can be fresh and fragrant, zingy and zesty, or spicy with flavours that pack a punch! No matter what your taste preference Poke bowls also provide an opportunity to get really creative in the kitchen. They can be served in beautiful bowls and designed to look nothing short of spectacular.

This is certainly one dish you can impress your guests with, however, they don’t take too much time to prepare and the best thing is there’s no slaving away at a hot oven involved! We fell in love with one of the recipes in the Poke book but decided to experiment and change it up a little to put our own take on things.

And now drum roll please... Introducing the Salmon Poke with Ginger Chive Pesto.

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Salmon Poke with Ginger Chive Pesto

Poke Bowl Shopping List

  • 4 Fillets of Sushi Salmon
  • Cucumber
  • Pesto
  • Ginger
  • 1 Bunch of Radishes
  • Fresh Chives
  • Fresh Coriander
  • Short Grain Brown Rice
  • Rice Wine Vinegar
  • Sesame Oil
  • Mirin
  • Sea Salt Flakes
  • Raw Sugar

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Poke Bowl Preparation

Serves 4

Pickles

  • 60ml (1/4) cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp raw sugar
  • Pinch of sea salt flakes
  • 1 Bunch of radishes, stalks and leaves removed. Finely sliced.

Base

  • 240g (1 cup) short-grain brown rice

Pesto

  • 4 tbsp finely crushed fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 4 tsbp thnly sliced fresh chives
  • 10 g (1/4) cup finely chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • Pinch of seas salt

Poke

  • 4 freshly slices salmon fillets, cut down the middle.
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil. (The spicy ginger and chive pesto cuts through the oily salmon a treat).

Cook the rice as per the cooking instructions and leave to cool. For the pesto, sweat the ginger in a saucepan over low heat with the vinegar and mirin for 25 – 30 minutes (until the liquid has mostly evaporated). Cool. Stir through the chives and coriander and season with salt.

Take the salmon and remove the skin, then slice the fish into 1.5cm cubes. Combine the sesame oil.

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Poke Bowl Assembly

To assemble spoon the cooled rice into bowls and place the salmon on top with the pesto, coriander and pickled radishes.

Try pimping it up with coriander cress, pickled cucumbers and an edible flower.

This is a seriously tasty comfort food that everyone will love and is perfect for both Spring and Summer time entertaining!

Looking for sneaky pre-meal cocktail? Check our Signature Spring Cocktail - Bloody Floradora recipe.

How about a delectable but guilt-free dessert to follow? You don't want to miss our Easy Peasy Watermelon Pizza.


We would like the thank the following retailers who's products feature in our shoot.

  • Poke Bowl Recipe Book - Coco
  • Serving Bowls - Mud Australia
  • Serving Tray - Skultuna via. Designstuff
  • Soy Sauce Pourer - Bridget Bodenham
  • Brass Vase - Zakkia via. Designstuff
  • Chopsticks - Vintage
  • Flowers by Fowlers Flowers
  • Artworks - Petal & Pins
  • Side Tables - Triple J Furniture
  • Back Drop - Pickawall designed by Julia Chapman Illustrations


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Image Credits: Photography by Julia Chapman, Styling by Sarah Radhanauth, Julia Chapman & Carlinea Williamson, Furniture & Decor selections by Sarah Radhanauth.


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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."