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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How to Decorate with Australian Wildflowers

Australian Native Wildflowers are incredibly beautiful. They not only bring a vibrancy of colour and texture, but also a fresh, rich and fragrant scent to our homes.

In Australia, we are so fortunate to have access to an abundance of gorgeous native foliage and flowers. There are literally thousands of different varieties to choose from - it's no wonder they have become the celebrated bloom of choice for Spring and Summer.

Wildflowers have becoming increasingly popular with the rise of the Boho and trend and are now popping up not just in floral arrangements but also a home decor accents such as artworks, textile design and more. We just can't seem to get enough of them.

Another great advantage of wildflowers is that they don't cost the earth. Buying them not only helps to support our local growers, it's also a much better choice for the environment as they produce less carbon emissions than imported flowers.

At House of Home, we adore our Aussie natives and wanted to learn more about the most popular species and how to best style them. We reached out to our friends at Daily Blooms to seek the expert advice of owner and florist Courtney Ray. Courtney has shared with us...


How to Decorate with Australian Wildflowers

Australian Native Wildflowers are incredibly beautiful. They not only bring a vibrancy of colour and texture, but also a fresh, rich and fragrant scent to our homes.

In Australia, we are so fortunate to have access to an abundance of gorgeous native foliage and flowers. There are literally thousands of different varieties to choose from - it's no wonder they have become the celebrated bloom of choice for Spring and Summer.

Wildflowers have becoming increasingly popular with the rise of the Boho and trend and are now popping up not just in floral arrangements but also a home decor accents such as artworks, textile design and more. We just can't seem to get enough of them.

Another great advantage of wildflowers is that they don't cost the earth. Buying them not only helps to support our local growers, it's also a much better choice for the environment as they produce less carbon emissions than imported flowers.

At House of Home, we adore our Aussie natives and wanted to learn more about the most popular species and how to best style them. We reached out to our friends at Daily Blooms to seek the expert advice of owner and florist Courtney Ray. Courtney has shared with us some invaluable tips and tricks below.

Step by Step Guide to Making a Wildflower Bouquet

You will need: A vase or vessel, Waratahs, Billy Buttons, Paper Daisies, Gum, Eucalyptus, Boronia, Wax Flowers, a Banksia and Woolly Bush. See our helpful visual guide below.

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Step 1: Start with selecting a beautiful pot, vase, jar, or vessel that you love

Step 2: Add Gum

Step 3: Add Wooly Bush

Step 4: Add Boronia

Step 5: Add Paper Daisy

Step 6: Add Waratah

Step 7: Add Banksia

Step 8: Add Billy Buttons

Step 9: Place in your favourite spot to admire. Somewhere with filtered light is ideal.

Step 10: Be sure to replace with fresh water every day

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Click on the video to see this bouquet come to life!

Q&A

What are the most popular or common types of Australian native flowers & foliage?

Oh wow – this is a big question. People are absolutely loving natives at the moment, especially Eucalyptus, Waratahs, Billy Buttons, Wattle, Banksia and Wax Flower.

What are some other nice seasonal varieties that may not be as well known?

There are loads of gorgeous lesser known natives such as Boronia, Flannel Flower and Hakea.

Which native flower varieties work best with each other?

In my opinion Eucalyptus works with anything. But I love mixing gum foliage with small delicate blooms like wax flower and then larger focal flowers such as Waratahs or Banksias to create an interesting contrast in shape and form.

What are the various price points for these?

Gum Foliage and Wax Flower are fairly inexpensive and look fabulous en masse. Waratahs on the other hand have a relatively short season and can be quite expensive on a per stem basis. With that said, they have a long vase life so well worth the investment.

What is a nice combination for those wanting to splash out and for those who are on a budget?

If you feel like splashing out it is great to use a mix of really interesting and uncommon foliage and blooms such as Macrocarpa Eucalyptus with Billy Buttons, Flannel Flower and Banksia victoriae to make a big impactful arrangement.

If you have a more modest budget you can get a great affect using Blue Gum with Wax Flower or Thryptomene.

For something in between, the arrangement is below is a great mid-point price option.

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What tips can you share for creating floral arrangements with natives?

The more wild, the better. It is so easy to create great impact with a tall vase overflowing with branches of eucalyptus and some big architectural blooms like Banksias. Eucalypts have such a fabulous scent and create a beautiful vibe for any home.

What are the different types of arrangements that can be created?

Natives can be used for any type of arrangement from bridal bouquets to small bedside table vase arrangements and even big installations for events.

My favourite is to use a big vase of natives on a mantlepiece to create a dramatic focal point for the room.

What’s your favourite combination?

I absolutely adore the vibrancy of wattle and I enjoy using it with muted tones and interesting forms such as spinning gum and the beige palette of Banksia victoriae.

How would you recommend using native flowers to decorate a home?

The great thing about natives is that they require very little styling to make a great impact. Placing a bunch of mixed natives in any vase on a kitchen bench will look and smell wonderful.

What's a nice mix of wildflowers for the Xmas season?

Last year, we made some beautiful Christmas Wreaths with Everlasting Daisy (Strawflower), Tetragona Nuts and Billy Buttons. It felt like such an Australian Christmas celebration.

At Christmas time I think it is important to use blooms that reflect our climate and relaxed lifestyle.

What other tips and tricks can you share with us?

Natives are very thirsty and require lots of water so be sure to check on them every day. Natives typically have a very long vase life and they look beautiful as dried flowers.

If you want your floral arrangement to look professional and held in place, using a floral foam such as Oasis will help to keep them supported and well hydrated for around 7 days.


A huge thank you to Courtney of Daily Blooms for taking the time to share her awesome wildflower floral knowledge with us.

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Image Credits: Photography by Julia Chapman. Floral arrangements by dailyblooms.com.au.


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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."