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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D.I.Y Macrame Gift Ribbons - Square Knot Net

Welcome to Part 2 of 3 in our series of articles on how to make D.I.Y Macrame Gift Ribbons

This is the second tutorial which follows on from our lesson on how to make The Nautical Knot. The Square Knot Net is our favourite macrame style ribbon as it allows for a lot of creativity and experimentation with the designs.

It's quite therapeutic to make this one as you really get into the zone once you start. There's nothing better than switching off and focusing your mind to use utilise your hands to make something of beauty. You will love this one!

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Square Knot Net

Skill level: Beginner

What you’ll need:

  • Rope
  • Scissors
  • Creativity

Step 1

Place a length of rope around the top of the present and secure this in place with some sticky tape or tie it tight enough so it stays.

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Step 2

Depending on the width of the area you’re working with, you’ll need at least 4 lengths of rope on each side of the present you wish you decorate. Ensure that the amount you want to work with is in multiples of 4. With this present, we’re working 6 lengths of rope on each side (12 in total). The skinner the present, the easier!

To measure the length of...


D.I.Y Macrame Gift Ribbons - Square Knot Net

Welcome to Part 2 of 3 in our series of articles on how to make D.I.Y Macrame Gift Ribbons

This is the second tutorial which follows on from our lesson on how to make The Nautical Knot. The Square Knot Net is our favourite macrame style ribbon as it allows for a lot of creativity and experimentation with the designs.

It's quite therapeutic to make this one as you really get into the zone once you start. There's nothing better than switching off and focusing your mind to use utilise your hands to make something of beauty. You will love this one!

coastalboho_lr-77-jpg

Square Knot Net

Skill level: Beginner

What you’ll need:

  • Rope
  • Scissors
  • Creativity

Step 1

Place a length of rope around the top of the present and secure this in place with some sticky tape or tie it tight enough so it stays.

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Step 2

Depending on the width of the area you’re working with, you’ll need at least 4 lengths of rope on each side of the present you wish you decorate. Ensure that the amount you want to work with is in multiples of 4. With this present, we’re working 6 lengths of rope on each side (12 in total). The skinner the present, the easier!

To measure the length of rope that is hanging vertically down, measure the present in the same length plus 10% and then double this over. This will help create the flowy overhang.

Or you can have it shorter if you don’t want to have them hanging too long!

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Step 3

We’ll be attaching these vertical strands of rope with a Lark heads knot - keep in mind there is no back or front to this knot, so try to keep the design consistent by tying it all the same way.

Take the length of vertical strand, fold it in half. Where the midpoint is, place this section under the secure rope and feed through the end of rope through the loop and tighten.

Continue this for all your vertical strands of rope.

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Step 4

Divide the strands of rope so that each section has 4 individual strands. We’re going to have two outer strands and two middle strands.

Step 5

The outer strand to the left, you want to create similar to a figure 4 shape.

Step 6

The outer strand on the right, you want to place this on top of the horizontal section.

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Step 7

Feed that outer strand on the right, under the middle strands and pull through. You’ve now have half of the square knot - Halfway there!

Step 8

Hold the middle strands and pull the knot up. Leaving a little gap between the larks head and this knot.

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Step 9

Repeat creating the figure 4, but now it’s flipped to the other side. Create a figure 4 with the outer strand to the right. Bring the left outer strand over the horizontal section, and feed it under the middle strands. Pull through to complete the knot and tighten by pulling on the strands.

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Step 10

Move onto the next section of 4 strands and repeat the square knot.

Step 11

Now for the second row. Grab 2 lots of 4 strands, essentially the 8 strands that are neighbours. You want to locate the middle 4 strands. You now have your new two middle strands, and two outer strands. Yes, you will have 2 strands left out on the side, we’ll get to those later.

Step 12

Continue your second row of square knots. When you encounter a corner, don’t worry! Keep on knotting.

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Step 13

Third row. Those 2 strands you had left over from your second row, you’ll pull them back in so that they become your 4 strands of rope to start a square knot.

Step 14

Repeat until you’re happy with the pattern you’ve created.

This is another example I have done where I’ve chosen to create a waterfall type of pattern. I’ve completed the square knots on the outside, worked my way in and left them incomplete as I worked down each new row.

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We hope you found this article helpful. We would like to thank our very own Bee Nguyen who is the creator and maker of these wonderful macrame designs.

If you missed Part 1 or would like to move onto Part 3, see the articles below.

Part 1 - The Nautical Knot

Part 3 - Simply Square Knots


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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."