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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Three Quirky Christmas Tree Designs

This year our Christmas decorating style is about defying convention and creating unique Christmas tree themes with daring décor that will amaze, delight and are totally unexpected.

At House of Home we love little surprises, and not just when it comes to receiving gifts! We got to thinking about how we could create an alternative Christmas tree that could function well in any type of home, from established family homes to apartments and holiday homes. We considered that not all families spend Christmas day the same way. While some host Christmas lunch or dinner, others travel, some dine out and some spend the day hopping from the in-laws to the parents and so on. Not everyone wants or needs a fully-fledged Christmas tree.

Many families and couples tend to go away over the Christmas break and don’t have the time to invest in putting up and taking down a tree. Then there’s the folks who are just like the team at House of Home who love to create something that is unique that no one else has.

With that in mind, we have come up with 3 super simple ways to create an out-of-the ordinary Christmas tree that can be put together in just 10 minutes or less (we timed it) and taken...


Three Quirky Christmas Tree Designs

This year our Christmas decorating style is about defying convention and creating unique Christmas tree themes with daring décor that will amaze, delight and are totally unexpected.

At House of Home we love little surprises, and not just when it comes to receiving gifts! We got to thinking about how we could create an alternative Christmas tree that could function well in any type of home, from established family homes to apartments and holiday homes. We considered that not all families spend Christmas day the same way. While some host Christmas lunch or dinner, others travel, some dine out and some spend the day hopping from the in-laws to the parents and so on. Not everyone wants or needs a fully-fledged Christmas tree.

Many families and couples tend to go away over the Christmas break and don’t have the time to invest in putting up and taking down a tree. Then there’s the folks who are just like the team at House of Home who love to create something that is unique that no one else has.

With that in mind, we have come up with 3 super simple ways to create an out-of-the ordinary Christmas tree that can be put together in just 10 minutes or less (we timed it) and taken down in just seconds with minimal effort required.

Unconventional Xmas Tree Styling Pickawall 1000 x 600

Look 1:

The Instant Christmas Cheer Tree

Introducing the easy, breezy, (take me with you anywhere) tree. Great for families who are going away over Christmas or don’t have the floor space at home for a conventional tree. The ‘Instant Christmas Cheer’ tree is exactly as the title implies – it’s almost instant and completely effortless to put up and take down!

Imagine a tree that is super lightweight, removable, can be rolled up and stored in a drawer or cupboard until the following year and can easily fit in the boot of a car! Another little added plus for those with small children is that this tree can be easily cleaned and is it’s completely wipe-able.

So what is the magical tree made of I hear you ask? Well, it’s actually a removable wall covering made by a company named Pickawall who happen to be Australia's largest wall mural company. They offer fully customisable made-to-order murals – with a variety of designs to choose from. Their library partners are Getty Images and Alamy, providing Pickawall access to 80 million high resolution images which you can use to create your very own tree wall mural. The sky is the limit with this roll on xmas tree option!

Unconventional Christmas Tree Styling Botanical Oasis HOH

Look 2:

The Angular Advent Tree

Using plants instead of pine needles and triangles instead of a tree, the ‘Angular Advent’ tree creates a beautiful oasis of botanicals for a tranquil, Bohemian inspired Christmas feel. Yule love this option called the ‘Trilogy’ Plant Hanger by Capra Designs as it can be hung up in the home all year round.

The triangles are interchangeable and come in black and white powder coated steel with silver c-hooks. Usually the middle triangle is hung upside down but for Xmas we just turned it around to create a tree-like silhouette. We chose blush pink pots with a touch of gold for warmth. Both the plant hanger and pots are available from Luum. The plants are a combo. of two Mistletoe Cacti with a Curly Spider plant from Zachloe.

The Angular Advent tree will breathe life into your interior, to purify the air and create a beautiful, soothing sanctuary that will help to balance out the chaos of Christmas. Its so simple to make and the result is so effective!

Unconventional Xmas Tree Styling Mexican Inspired

Look 3:

The Festive Feliz Navidad Tree

Summer is the perfect season inject your home with vibrancy, personality and flair and this Summer’s decorating trend is all about going bright and bold with colours that are vivid and adventurous. So what could be more fitting than a little Mexican Fiesta inspired decorating theme?!

It seems somewhat strange that Aussies continue to celebrate Christmas the mainstream way with a traditional snow flake covered fur tree. Sure it looks magical and cosy which is perfect for cold climates, however this style tends to clash with the usually stinking hot Decembers that we endure across the country.

As Aussies don't have seem to have a Christmas style to call our own, we thought why not swap the customary Christmas theme for a style that better suits our desert climate. That’s when we felt a Cacti moment coming on, however we wanted something that would be no mess and fuss free. Que the ceramic Cactus!

We went on a pilgrimage to Zachloe in search of the Serax cactus. Traditionally a vase, we converted it into a fancy Christmas cactus full of colour by adorning it with some bright and bold, orange and pink pom poms and BOOM the Festive Feliz Navidad Tree was born!

Here’s what you will need to get the look:

Look 1: The Instant Christmas Cheer Tree

x 1 Removable Wall Paper Tree. Available from Pickawall

x 1 'Simple' Side Table with white top. Available from Luum.

x 1 Ceramic Plant Pot. Available from Luum.

x 1 Flax Dip Cup and x 1 Side Plate in Duck Egg Blue (for Santa's milk and cookies). Available from Zachloe.

Look 2: The Angular Advent Tree

x 3 Trilogy Suspended Plant Holders. Available from Luum.

x 3 Pots to Fit. Resin Pots available from Luum.

x 3 Pots Plants – we have used x 1 Curly Spider Plant, x 1 Mistletoe Cactus No. 13, x 1 Mistletoe Cactus No. 15. Available from Zachloe.

x 2 SoH Melbourne Candles in Brass and Rose Gold. Available from Zachloe.

x 1 Rope to suspend the top triangle. Available from Spotlight.

Look 3: The Festive Feliz Navidad Tree

x 1 'Serax' Ceramic Cactus. Available from Zachloe.

x 2 Pop pom trims in pink and orange. Available from Spotlight.

Individual Pom poms in pink. Available from Spotlight.

x 1 Simple Side Table with White Top. Available from Luum.

x 1 SoH Melbourne Candle in Rose Gold. Available from Zachloe.

x 1 Copper Star Ornament. Available from Spotlight.

We hope you have lots of fun creating your very own unconventional Christmas Tree! Merry Christmas!


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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."