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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 New Pet Parents - Essentials for 1st time Fur Baby Owners

So you have decided it’s time to adopt a fur baby. Congratulations!

Owning a pet for the first time is an amazing feeling and exciting time! However, with it comes a big commitment and a great deal of responsibility.

Along with all of the love, patience, attention and daily care that a pet requires, there will be some hefty initial costs to outlay, along with ongoing costs for the duration of your pet’s life.

Pet products, food, vaccinations, registration, vet visits, kennel fees (if you intend to take a holiday) are all financial constraints associated with owning a pet. Despite the costs however, most pet lovers all agree that it’s all absolutely worth it for the companionship and happiness that they bring!

Before you bring your new pup or kitten home it’s important to be ready and be fully equipped with everything you need to take care of them. So what are the essential supplies for first time dog and cat owners?

To find out we sought the advice of Andrew Lewis from D&C Lifestyle - a supplier of some amazing modern pet furniture that you will love. Here’s what he shared with us.


Tips for the New Dog Parent

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Dog Food & Water Bowls

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 New Pet Parents - Essentials for 1st time Fur Baby Owners

So you have decided it’s time to adopt a fur baby. Congratulations!

Owning a pet for the first time is an amazing feeling and exciting time! However, with it comes a big commitment and a great deal of responsibility.

Along with all of the love, patience, attention and daily care that a pet requires, there will be some hefty initial costs to outlay, along with ongoing costs for the duration of your pet’s life.

Pet products, food, vaccinations, registration, vet visits, kennel fees (if you intend to take a holiday) are all financial constraints associated with owning a pet. Despite the costs however, most pet lovers all agree that it’s all absolutely worth it for the companionship and happiness that they bring!

Before you bring your new pup or kitten home it’s important to be ready and be fully equipped with everything you need to take care of them. So what are the essential supplies for first time dog and cat owners?

To find out we sought the advice of Andrew Lewis from D&C Lifestyle - a supplier of some amazing modern pet furniture that you will love. Here’s what he shared with us.


Tips for the New Dog Parent

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Dog Food & Water Bowls

First up, you need to have adequate food and water bows…the water bowl should be placed near the food bowl especially if you serve dried food. Make sure the bowl you buy can hold the sufficient amount of food to feed your sized dog.

Dog Beds

Dogs are not as fussy as cats as they often sleep anywhere on the floor…however, it is good practice to have two beds in two different areas of your home so that they can have variety, always be close to you and be comfortable.

For more information on dog bedding see our Dog Bed Sizing Guide.

Dog Leads

You will need a good collar and leash which is compatible with the size and weight of your dog…they need plenty of walks….also make sure they have an ID tag…dogs have a tendency to wander.”

First Time Dog Owner Shopping List

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Tips for the New Cat Parent

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Cat Bedding

Cats are creatures of habit and if you do not give them their own personal space they will soon choose their own space within your household. Providing a bed which can be perched above the ground which is enclosed or has cushioned walls is preferable.

Cats do not like sleeping on the ground or in heavy traffic, windy areas. Therefore you need to find space for them to spend the most part of their days resting in a secure place.

For more information on cat beds see our Cat Bed Sizing Guide.

Litter Box

There are a few things that you should buy in preparation for your kitty. A good litter box (and litter) is essential. By training your cat to toilet themselves in a secure place you will rest assured that not only will you have a happy cat but also a clean home.

Scratching Lounge

Scratching lounges are also advantageous by preventing boredom, naturally sharpens their talons and prevents furniture from being scratched. The great thing about a corrugated cardboard scratcher & lounge is that they attract cats due to their scent of the outdoors i.e. cardboard comes from trees. So cats are naturally attracted to them.

Cats secrete oils from there talons which means that they will go back there time and time again as they have marked their territory. It is often worthwhile to have more than one scratching post for variation. Plus, they use these loungers to stretch out and nap on….warm in winter and cool in summer.

Cat Food & Water Bowls

Food and water bowls should be the correct size and placed next to each other. It is a good practice to have freshwater nearby especially if you use dried food.

Cats can also suffer from a condition called ‘Whisker Fatigue’. This can happen when the cats bowl is too narrow or too deep. This squashes their whiskers against the side of the bowl and can be stressful for them. A cats whiskers are very sensitive. This is because they act like an antenna which help them to protect themselves, find food and detect predators. For your cat’s comfort choose a bowl that is wide and shallow.

First Time Cat Owners Shopping List

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We would like to thank the following retailers who's lovely pet products feature in this article.

  • D&C Lifestyle
  • Co.Co
  • Simple Form
  • Sebastian Says
  • Suki McMaster
  • Pickawall

We hope you found this article helpful. If you are ready to start building your wish list of products, then be sure to check out our pet furniture products 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."