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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Coastal Boho Floral Styling Hacks

At Christmas time it's important to use blooms that reflect our climate and relaxed lifestyle.

When it comes to styling your Christmas table, it's lovely to be able to bring everyone together around a gorgeous setting that not only captures the essence of Christmas but that also echoes the beauty of our Australian landscape.

Australian Native Wildflowers

That’s why Australian Native Wildflowers are the perfect choice for the festive season. With so many varieties to choose from, we sought the expert advice of Courtney from Daily Blooms to find out what her recommendations are for styling your home with wildflowers.

Coastal Boho & Christmas Floral Styling

With Coastal Boho being the most celebrated trend of summer, we asked which varieties will best complement this style, but also work well in every style of home.

Courtney and her team nailed the brief and came up with a stunning table centrepiece design that can be enjoyed throughout the day and that can also be repurposed as a departing gift for family and guests to take home in the evening.

What an awesome way to make the one’s you love feel extra special on Christmas Day!

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Inspiration for your...


Coastal Boho Floral Styling Hacks

At Christmas time it's important to use blooms that reflect our climate and relaxed lifestyle.

When it comes to styling your Christmas table, it's lovely to be able to bring everyone together around a gorgeous setting that not only captures the essence of Christmas but that also echoes the beauty of our Australian landscape.

Australian Native Wildflowers

That’s why Australian Native Wildflowers are the perfect choice for the festive season. With so many varieties to choose from, we sought the expert advice of Courtney from Daily Blooms to find out what her recommendations are for styling your home with wildflowers.

Coastal Boho & Christmas Floral Styling

With Coastal Boho being the most celebrated trend of summer, we asked which varieties will best complement this style, but also work well in every style of home.

Courtney and her team nailed the brief and came up with a stunning table centrepiece design that can be enjoyed throughout the day and that can also be repurposed as a departing gift for family and guests to take home in the evening.

What an awesome way to make the one’s you love feel extra special on Christmas Day!

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Inspiration for your Christmas Floral Centrepiece

What You Will Need

The following wildflower varieties:

  • Banksia
  • Carnation
  • Hypericum
  • Joy Berry Foliage
  • Leucadendron
  • Peppercorn
  • Silver Suede
  • White Sock
  • A vase or vessel for the table arrangement
  • Secateurs
  • Floral foam such as Oasis
  • Jars for the gift posies (these don’t have to match)
  • Christmas charms or decorations (to tie around the jars)
  • Rope, string or ribbon
  • Scissors

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How to create your Christmas table centrepiece.

Step 1:

Cut your Oasis to fit in your vase or vessel. For a table centre piece a how height vase is best.

Step 2:

Soak your Oasis in water until it’s completely saturated. While doing so commence custting your flowers.

Step 3:

Cut your flowers on an angle to the correct height for the vessel or jar that you are using. Keep in water until you are ready to place them.

Step 4:

Once your Oasis is ready, place it at the bottom of the vase. Using a floral foam is essential to keep the flowers in place.

Step 5:

Start by placing your foliage first, then add just a couple of each of the different varieties at a time to make sure you have enough space to include all of them.

Step 6:

Once you have added 2 of each variety, look for any gaps that you can further fill and add one more of each variety at a time or mix it up so there are even numbers.

Step 7:

Try not to place flowers all at the exact same height. It’s always looks better to have variation. The floral foam will allow you to adjust these but pulling the flowers up a little or pushing them down a little further.

Once you are done your arrangement should look something like this.

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How to convert your table flower arrangement into a gift posy.

These jars will take about 10 minutes to make so max. You can start preparing them a little bit before you think your guests will be departing, or whenever you find a moment as they will keep well in the water.

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Step 1:

Remove flowers from the table centrepiece and lay out in order of their variety.

This might seem a shame to break up at first but the posies will look just as beautiful and means that everyone gets to enjoy them.

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Step 2:

The flowers may need to be cut down in size a little further to be the right height for the jars.

Step 3:

Fill jars a third of the way with water. As they will be travelling home in a car you don’t want them to be too full and spill.

Step 4: Start by adding the foliage first, then add the flowers.

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Step 5:

Once you have filled your jars, tie a little Boho inspired looking Christmas decoration around the rim of the jar and you’re done.

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Step 6:

Enjoy the surprised and appreciate look on your friends and families faces when you present them with their departing Christmas gift.

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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."