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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A Coastal Boho Christmas

Waking up on Christmas morning is always such a treat!

The anticipation of the day ahead and spending time with our nearest and dearest brings so much happiness to a home. In my house, the festivities always kick off with a freshly brewed cup of coffee while preparing a magical but light breakfast that will provide sustenance for the gift unwrapping session ahead.

A formal lunch with all the trimmings is usually served late afternoon so having a nice but easy meal together in the morning allows us to really make the most of our whole day together. It’s also a nice way to casually ease into Christmas day before the hustle and bustle of the rest of the family arriving begins.

One of the nicest ways to bring everyone together is to venture outside before the heat of the day. Sitting down to a nice but casually set table, taking some time to share a bite and to appreciate each other before diving into the presents is a great way to start the day.

To help get your Christmas day off to the best start possible we have come up with a super easy to make light breakfast recipe, along with a super easy to style casual Christmas table setting. Both guaranteed to wow your family and...


A Coastal Boho Christmas

Waking up on Christmas morning is always such a treat!

The anticipation of the day ahead and spending time with our nearest and dearest brings so much happiness to a home. In my house, the festivities always kick off with a freshly brewed cup of coffee while preparing a magical but light breakfast that will provide sustenance for the gift unwrapping session ahead.

A formal lunch with all the trimmings is usually served late afternoon so having a nice but easy meal together in the morning allows us to really make the most of our whole day together. It’s also a nice way to casually ease into Christmas day before the hustle and bustle of the rest of the family arriving begins.

One of the nicest ways to bring everyone together is to venture outside before the heat of the day. Sitting down to a nice but casually set table, taking some time to share a bite and to appreciate each other before diving into the presents is a great way to start the day.

To help get your Christmas day off to the best start possible we have come up with a super easy to make light breakfast recipe, along with a super easy to style casual Christmas table setting. Both guaranteed to wow your family and leave you feeling very pleased with yourself.

 

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Coastal Boho Styling

Let’s start with setting the scene for your morning family gathering. Keeping it casual means a stress free Christmas. Fortunately one of the biggest style trends of the season is Coastal Boho. This aesthetic is laid-back but fun and can be easily introduced to any home – both indoors and out.

Everyone loves that feeling of being by the beach. For this reason many head to the sea side for a quick dip and to relax on Christmas day. However, wouldn’t it be great if you could bring that casual coastal feeling to your home? Well the good news is you can and all it really involves is introducing few scatter cushions, a floor rug, a coffee table and some coastal boho inspired dinnerware.

 

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Coastal Christmas Colour Schemes

Gone are the days of the traditional reds, greens, gold and silver colours schemes. Coastal Boho brings just enough colour to have fun without being over the top. A light, neutral palette can be punctuated by accents of brighter (yet still calm) shades of blues, aqua, blush, taupe and metallic highlights of rose gold or brass.

Coastal Boho Furniture & Lighting

Wicker and rattan and lighter woods such as oak, teak, limed washed or painted white furniture all work well in for a coastal boho setting. For our vignette we chose a beautiful hand carved whitewash coffee table made from recycled Teak from Bali Abundance.

When in comes to lighting, hurricane lamps and storm lanterns will create a beautiful outdoor ambience - even in the day time. We used the Naresh table lamp in white wash with flower-in-square etch from Sugar Cane Trading.

 

 

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Coastal Boho Décor

When it comes to cushion fabrics, coastal Boho is all about adding textures with macramé, poms, weaves and knits. Anything chunky and tactile is a must. Patterns can vary and anything goes, however, ethnic motifs such as Moroccan or Aztec are a signature look of Coastal Boho.

Look for decor that comes from nature such as shells, star fish, white pebbles or items made from driftwood. The coastal boho style is about creating a relaxed and welcoming vibe so just remember to keep the colour palette softer in complementary tones if using a lot of pattern. Nothing to loud or intense - select colours that complement not clash.

For our casual dining setting, we chose to mix floor and throw cushions in varying sizes, patterns and textures to create a sense of softness and laid back comfort. Placing a rug below helps to frame the setting and link all the items together.

 

 

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How to Style your Christmas Table

Colour and texture make a winning combo for a coastal boho table setting. Take colour inspiration from the sea-side with Capri Blue, Turquoise and Sand or Taupe coloured dinnerware. Our beautiful setting is part of the Ladellle Catalina, Cove and Tapas collections.

We added texture with a macramé table runner and a little touch of sparkle and shine with rose gold cutlery to highlight the setting. Brass is of course another lovely option.

 

 

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Create a Gift Vignette

Spend the morning enjoying your Coastal Boho setting by adding to it. Create a seperate little area to open presents and bask in the warm sunshine while enjoying the sounds of nature. I can't think of a better way to spend Christmas!

We laid out a Roundie Rug from Collective Sol and placed our presents. We wrapped our gifts with macrame ribbons to reflect the coastal boho theme. If you would like to learn how to make this ribbons to add to your own gifts follow the links below.

You could add a few scatter cushions here too if you like and don't forget the snacks, because today is an eating day after all.

 

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Christmas Breakfast Recipe

So now that you have the recipe for successfully styling a Coastal Boho table setting, it's time to introduce the main act;

 

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Boho Berry Waffles

So incredibly quick and easy to make, our Boho Berry Waffles not only look and taste scrumptious, they are perfectly fitting for a coastal boho themed breakfast. Here’s what you will need.

Shopping List:

(Serves 4)

  • 2 Packet of Waffles
  • 1 Punnet of Raspberries
  • 1 Punnet of Blueberries
  • x 4 Passionfruits
  • x 1 Ripe Peach
  • Fresh Mint for Garnish
  • x 1 Vanilla Pot Set Yoghurt
  • Honey or Maple Syrup

Cooking & Food Styling:

  • Warm waffles by toasting or frying them in a pan
  • Rinse Fruit
  • Cut peaches into slices and place 2 slices on each waffle
  • Scatter berries across the warm waffles
  • Place berries in a bowl (to have extra for the table)
  • Cut passionfruit in half and add 2 halves per plate
  • Add a generous dollop of yoghurt to each plate
  • Add a sprig of mint to garnish and sprinkle some chia seeds or cinnamon if desired
  • Serve honey or syrup from a little pot with a drizzler

 

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Hey voila! You now have everything you need to get your Christmas boho brunch ready.

If you would like to learn more about the Boho style or discover the best places to shop for Boho furniture and decor don't miss our articles below.

Creating Boho at Home

10 Best Stores for Boho

 


We hope you found this article helpful. We would like to thank the following retailers and brands for providing us with the their gorgeous products for our shoot.

 

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  • Bali Abundance
  • Collective Sol
  • Kas Australia
  • Ladelle www.au.ladelle.com
  • Lekkel & Co.
  • Pillow Talk
  • Sugar Cane Trading
  • Yogini Diving Living Co. www.yoginidivinelivingco.com

 


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Image Credits: Photography by Jonathan Ho & Julia Chapman. | Furniture & Decor selections by Sarah Radhanauth | Styling by Sarah Radhanauth, Julia Chapman & Carlinea Williamson | Food Creation & Styling by Carlinea Williamson | Macrame Gift Wrapping by Bee Nguyen.


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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."