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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Our Plan for Christmas Day

Here’s my plan for Christmas

This Christmas I’ve decided I’m going to enjoy it. Sounds so obvious doesn’t it? But like everything in life – you get out what you put in. So this year I’m putting in a relaxed, happy approach with the hope that at the end of Christmas day that’s exactly what I’ll have got out of it – a lovely, relaxed, happy day with friends and family; a Christmas that we remember for all the right reasons.

So what’s my plan? Easy really.

Cook the food everyone loves

I’m most definitely not the cook in our clan, but somehow come big occasions like Christmas I get let loose in the kitchen. Scary really.

This year the menu includes everyone’s favourites (Christmassy or not!) so doughnuts and banana splits are both going to feature, but definitely, definitely Christmas Ham – yes because we all love eating it, but also because my daughter and I prepare it together – it's our Christmas morning thing, and traditions like that are to be treasured.

It’s a pretty simple recipe, if you’d like to try it you can find the recipe here. Plus some oysters to start, lots of fresh fruit, and some interesting salads (served of course with our gorgeous new brass salad...


Our Plan for Christmas Day

Here’s my plan for Christmas

This Christmas I’ve decided I’m going to enjoy it. Sounds so obvious doesn’t it? But like everything in life – you get out what you put in. So this year I’m putting in a relaxed, happy approach with the hope that at the end of Christmas day that’s exactly what I’ll have got out of it – a lovely, relaxed, happy day with friends and family; a Christmas that we remember for all the right reasons.

So what’s my plan? Easy really.

Cook the food everyone loves

I’m most definitely not the cook in our clan, but somehow come big occasions like Christmas I get let loose in the kitchen. Scary really.

This year the menu includes everyone’s favourites (Christmassy or not!) so doughnuts and banana splits are both going to feature, but definitely, definitely Christmas Ham – yes because we all love eating it, but also because my daughter and I prepare it together – it's our Christmas morning thing, and traditions like that are to be treasured.

It’s a pretty simple recipe, if you’d like to try it you can find the recipe here. Plus some oysters to start, lots of fresh fruit, and some interesting salads (served of course with our gorgeous new brass salad servers). We are loving the side dishes featured in the cookbook from Near and Far.

Serve a Cocktail for starters

So I’ve got this crazy daydream that I wake up on Christmas morning to find that Santa has delivered a beautiful bar cart, fully stocked and styled with gorgeous accessories. The reality is that probably isn’t going to happen, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t plan for something special to drink on Christmas day.

I’m still tossing up between a French 75 or an Aperol Spritz. Both great choices and super festive, and the perfect way to kick off Christmas lunch. If you think Santa might be listening to your wish for a fully decked out bar cart, here’s a couple of suggestions, and some fitting accessories.

Write your own wishlist

Speaking of wish lists, it should go without saying the everyone deserves to feel special on Christmas day. So even if you are the designated present buyer in your house, that doesn’t mean that you should miss out come Christmas morning.

Make your own list, but definitely don’t buy your own presents. That doesn’t mean you can’t get proactive though – try going down to your favourite local store and picking out a few things that you’d love to receive and ask nicely for them to be popped aside.

Dispatch your loved ones to that store and let them pick a couple of items for you. You’ll be receiving things you really like, but there is still that element of surprise that we all love about Christmas morning. Alternatively, if online shopping works better – send through a few links of things you really like – there’s still time to get them shipped. Here’s a couple of things that I shared (not so subtly) that I’d love to receive.

Get Festive!

So when it comes to decorating, everyone does it differently – minimalist, fully co-ordinated, or home-made all options. This year I’m just going with what makes me happy – lots of colour, texture and beautiful dinnerware by way of a Coastal Boho theme.

We wish you a happy and merry Christmas – enjoy the day, it doesn’t have to be stressful. Relax, enjoy the people you are with, enjoy some great food and maybe sneak a nap in the afternoon. That’s most definitely our plan.


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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."