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 - The Nautical Knot

Welcome to our series of D.I.Y Gift Wrapping using Macaramé knot making techniques.

Have you noticed that Macrame is back in a big way? You may be familiar with Macrame from the boho inspired aesthetic of the 70's, however, you may be surprised to learn that it's actually been around since the 1300's and was also really popular during the Victorian era.

Given it's continuing popularity It's unsurprising that this trend should be gracing the pages of interior design magazines, pinterest and Instagram again in the 2000's. We just can't seem to get enough! From cushions, to wall hangings, plant hangers, table runners and more this hip textile is cropping up everywhere so we thought we would put our own spin on macrame and knotting techniques with some gorgeous gift ribbons.

We have created 3 different ribbon designs that are all beginner level for you to try. Click on the links below to skip ahead to the next design.

Gift 1: Nautical Knot

Also known as Josephine Knot Double Version - This Knot has two ends, the image below shows the back of the parcel, while the image under Step 1 shows the front of the parcel.

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Gift 2: Square Knot Net

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D.I.Y Macrame Gift Ribbons - The Nautical Knot

Welcome to our series of D.I.Y Gift Wrapping using Macaramé knot making techniques.

Have you noticed that Macrame is back in a big way? You may be familiar with Macrame from the boho inspired aesthetic of the 70's, however, you may be surprised to learn that it's actually been around since the 1300's and was also really popular during the Victorian era.

Given it's continuing popularity It's unsurprising that this trend should be gracing the pages of interior design magazines, pinterest and Instagram again in the 2000's. We just can't seem to get enough! From cushions, to wall hangings, plant hangers, table runners and more this hip textile is cropping up everywhere so we thought we would put our own spin on macrame and knotting techniques with some gorgeous gift ribbons.

We have created 3 different ribbon designs that are all beginner level for you to try. Click on the links below to skip ahead to the next design.

Gift 1: Nautical Knot

Also known as Josephine Knot Double Version - This Knot has two ends, the image below shows the back of the parcel, while the image under Step 1 shows the front of the parcel.

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Gift 2: Square Knot Net

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Gift 3: Simply Square Knots

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Nautical Knot Gift Ribbon

Skill level: Beginner

What you’ll need

  • Rope
  • Scissors

Step 1

Wrap your present. For our gift wrapping we chose to use just a simple brown paper that would allow the ribbons to be the focal point, however you can select any type of wrapping paper your heart desires.

Measure your present with your rope, enough that it wraps around in both directions plus an extra 10% for the knot and enough to tie off at the end. If you have extra rope, then it’s more to play with! Whatever you have measured, you’ll need to double this. This is how we get the double version.

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Step 2

Take your length of rope and fold it in half. Fold it in half again. Keep in mind your midpoint will be wrapped behind your present so start your knot a bit further down. When you are looking at your rope in this position, you should see a total of 4 lines of rope, 2 to the left and 2 to the right.

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Step 3

Loop your left side.

Step 4

Bring the Right side so that it sits under your loop.

Step 5

Carry the Right side over, so that it lays over the top L1 and under L2.

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Step 6

You continue to carry the right side rope over L3, under R1 and over L4.

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Step 7

Breathe. You got this! Position the midpoint in one corner of the present.

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Step 8

Start to pull the lengths of rope taunt slowly. Ensure that your top still stays in the corner. By pulling gently, you can adjust the ropes accordingly.

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Step 9

Place the knot in the middle or slightly off center

Step 10

Turn the present around and match up your lengths of rope to tie them together.

Step 11

Play around with your knots. Unravel the ends of the rope to create a more fun appearance, you can also knot off the ends if you wish.

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Hey presto! Your first gift is done! Now if you would like to move onto the next two ribbon styles, visit the articles below:

Part 2 - The Square Knot Net

Part 3 - Simply Square Knots


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, along with the following retailers for providing us with the their gorgeous products for our shoot.

  • Bali Abundance
  • Collective Sol
  • Pillow Talk
  • Sugar Cane Trading
  • Ladelle www.au.ladelle.com


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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."