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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Sneddons – Heating & Cooling

There’s nothing better than when you see a thriving family business, and Sneddons is such a place.

Located in Melbourne’s west, the business started over 30 years ago, and grew and evolved over time, from picket fences initially to period mantelpieces, fireplaces and fittings.

Four years ago, the business passed to the next generation – Susie and her husband Chris. With a fresh perspective and experience from other industries, Susie and Chris laid out a plan for the business to take it from a local fireplace and period fitting store to a business that serves customers from all over Australia, online and in store, selling the best brands.

Expert Advice on Fireplaces

What really has really set Sneddons apart from the rest was their decision to invest in educating their staff so they can educate the customer. As Chris explains;

“We don’t really believe in selling, what we want to do is give people as much information as they want, and answer all their questions.”

Sneddons now focuses on the modern fireplace – and there is definitely a lot to learn about their range. The team of twelve needs to keep up to date on all the latest in gas fireplaces, ethanol fireplaces,...


Sneddons – Heating & Cooling

There’s nothing better than when you see a thriving family business, and Sneddons is such a place.

Located in Melbourne’s west, the business started over 30 years ago, and grew and evolved over time, from picket fences initially to period mantelpieces, fireplaces and fittings.

Four years ago, the business passed to the next generation – Susie and her husband Chris. With a fresh perspective and experience from other industries, Susie and Chris laid out a plan for the business to take it from a local fireplace and period fitting store to a business that serves customers from all over Australia, online and in store, selling the best brands.

Expert Advice on Fireplaces

What really has really set Sneddons apart from the rest was their decision to invest in educating their staff so they can educate the customer. As Chris explains;

“We don’t really believe in selling, what we want to do is give people as much information as they want, and answer all their questions.”

Sneddons now focuses on the modern fireplace – and there is definitely a lot to learn about their range. The team of twelve needs to keep up to date on all the latest in gas fireplaces, ethanol fireplaces, and wood heaters, across nearly twenty brands and countless models. “Our team needs to have really good product knowledge, so that they can confidently answer our customer’s questions.” explains Chris.

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The Sneddons Showroom Experience

Walking into the store the other thing that stands out, is just how many fireplaces are set up and installed. “We like to think that we have the largest range of installed and working gas fireplaces in Melbourne, probably Victoria, so who knows, maybe even Australia.” says Chris. What this means for a customer is that you can walk in and get a real understanding of how the fireplace you are interested in looks, and operates – which if you have trouble imagining things is a real bonus.

Tips for Buying a Fireplace

“Buying a fireplace can be a really big decision for some people. We see people who are in the market for three months. They might make multiple visits to the showroom, or call up with questions. We want people to feel comfortable, to know that there is no silly question, and to get the answers and knowledge that they need to be comfortable with their decision.” Chris explains.

For others, it’s a straightforward purchase, recommended by their builder or architect. When the decision is made though, everyone wants the same thing – a smooth and hassle free install. As Chris explains, this is a part of the business that they’ve really invested in.

We asked Chris for his top three tips for people in the market for a new fireplace:

  • Ask as many questions as you need to – a good retailer should be happy to help you understand the product and take the time to explain answers to you.

  • Find a showroom that has the unit you like on display, and go and see it working.

  • Get your retailer to make sure that the fireplace you’ve chosen is going to suit your home and that there will be no surprises when your gas plumber is onsite and waiting

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The Benefits of Shopping with Sneddons

Smooth installation process

Sneddon’s goal? To come up with an install process that runs as smoothly as possible. To live up to that promise, Sneddons do installations differently. “One of the things that we noticed across the industry was that there was this real disconnect between how the customer was treated before the sale and after the sale” explained Chris, “and we saw that as an opportunity to do things better.

We felt that all this time was invested in building trust and confidence with the customer, and then just because things weren’t organised properly, customers felt let down, or confused during the install process.”

Single point of contact

Enter Amanda. Amanda is the single point of contact for a customer after they’ve decided on their unit. She organises a site visit at the customer’s home before booking in the install. The purpose of the site visit is quite simply to make sure that everything goes smoothly on the day of the install. “That way our customers know well ahead of the trades being onsite if there is going to be anything slightly out of the ordinary.”

Airconditioning, Door Hardware and Period Home Fittings

Sneddons understand what their customers want. It’s this attention to detail, (and thinking about what will work for their customers), that has seen Sneddons really blossom since Chris and Susie took over. From growing the fireplace side of the business, and adding air conditioning, as well as rethinking how they sell their range of door hardware and period fittings.

As Chris explained, ‘with our fireplace and air conditioning offering its important to us that we offer a complete end to end service – from showing people our range, to answering technical questions, right through to a seamless install. But with our period door hardware and fire place accessories we recognised that we could service way beyond Melbourne, so we’ve invested in building a really easy to use website and are now shipping everywhere.

”We are all about people being comfortable in their homes” explains Chris. ”So whether that’s heating or cooling - we’ve got all the options”.

”We’ve got indoor and outdoor fireplaces and heaters. We’ve got airconditioning. And we’ve got all of the fittings –the door handles, and hardware that add character to your home.”




We hope you found this article helpful. If you are ready to start building your wish list of products, then be sure and check the Sneddons heating range.


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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."