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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Summer Outdoor Entertaining Must-haves

“Summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ― Henry James

With winter officially behind us, we can look forward to the most exciting time of the year! The season for pool parties, impromptu BBQs and backyard grills, brunches, cocktail soirees and alfresco dining is upon us!

Dining and relaxing in the garden or on the patio is the ultimate way to celebrate the arrival of the warm weather. It’s the best way to get re-acquainted with nature while enjoying the company of family and friends over a lovely meal and a crisp, cold glass of wine while of course making the most of Australia’s fabulous climate.

Nothing beats a meal or beverage in the sunshine or under the stars and it’s never been easier to cook and entertain for guests. What could be more Australian than having a barbecue in your backyard? Of course, you need the right ambience to have the perfect place to BBQ, not to mention the right outdoor BBQ for your patio or garden, along with some hot cooking accessories to make you look like a pro!

We have captured a selection of outdoor entertaining must-haves to help you create the ultimate casual party vibe and...


Summer Outdoor Entertaining Must-haves

“Summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ― Henry James

With winter officially behind us, we can look forward to the most exciting time of the year! The season for pool parties, impromptu BBQs and backyard grills, brunches, cocktail soirees and alfresco dining is upon us!

Dining and relaxing in the garden or on the patio is the ultimate way to celebrate the arrival of the warm weather. It’s the best way to get re-acquainted with nature while enjoying the company of family and friends over a lovely meal and a crisp, cold glass of wine while of course making the most of Australia’s fabulous climate.

Nothing beats a meal or beverage in the sunshine or under the stars and it’s never been easier to cook and entertain for guests. What could be more Australian than having a barbecue in your backyard? Of course, you need the right ambience to have the perfect place to BBQ, not to mention the right outdoor BBQ for your patio or garden, along with some hot cooking accessories to make you look like a pro!

We have captured a selection of outdoor entertaining must-haves to help you create the ultimate casual party vibe and make your summer evenings a huge success.

Prepare yourself folks, summer is coming….

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Cooking Companions

Be the envy of all your friends with a barbecue worth boasting about, there’s some pretty impressive designs available but how about going one even better and surprising your guests with a pizza oven, a a spit roast, or wait for it – an outdoor kitchen?! Variety is the spice of life after all and nothing beats the aroma of a freshly baked pizza or sizzling spit roast!

“Grilling takes the formality out of entertaining and everyone wants to be involved”. – Bobby Flay

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Keep Cool and Cosy

You may also wish to consider a sun umbrella and stand, a sail, or a portable pull out shade cloth such as an awning. When spending time outdoors in the summer it is important to have shade. Not only to protect your family but your furniture also. It’s always a good idea to have protective covers for all outdoor furniture, this will maintain and keep your furniture looking new, and protected from all elements of mother-nature.

And of course don’t forget the outdoor heater for the cooler evenings. Sometimes when the sun goes down you can really feel the temperature drop. Outdoor heaters and fire-pits are a great way to ensure your guests stay warm and happy.

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Set the Mood with Outdoor Lighting and Music

You can’t have a successful soiree without ambiance or mood lighting. Turn your garden into a magical space and create a cosy atmosphere with mini lantern strings, fairy lights or small pendant lights or garden spikes.

Music is an equally important element in creating a fun atmosphere. Music soothes the soul and having tunes you love playing in the background really does change the way a home can feel. Having a great quality sound system really does make all the difference in creating a party vibe.

Summer Outdoor Entertaining Must Haves

Outdoor Dining Decor Essentials

Impress your guests with some striking décor to add the finishing touches to your party table. Outdoor entertaining should be relaxed and fun, with a kind of casual elegance that takes ques from nature. Think natural materials such a wood and team with bold pops of colour to create an exciting party vibe. For extra glam, brass décor can add a lovely touch of sparkle and shine.

Don't miss our tasty Summer Cocktail Recipes.

For more fabulous ideas visit our article Tabletop Inspiration for Summer Entertaining.

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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."