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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Easy Home Hacks & Home Improvements

Somehow the month of December snuck up on us deciding quickly this year. With Christmas now behind us it’s time to focus on New Year’s resolutions and honour all of those promises we made to ourselves throughout the course of the year. This year my New Year’s resolutions begin at home.

Having a home to be proud of is essential in creating a sense of well-being and is a great starting point for helping to achieve personal goals.

The home should be a place to re-energize and renew, however, inevitability over the course of a busy year, clutter tends to build up things can get a little bit out of control. A home that is tidy, organised and functioning well will motivate and inspire.

Now is the perfect time to take a good hard look around your home to work out what needs improving. With plenty of sunshine and daylight hours, summer is the perfect season to de-clutter, clean and transform your house into the home you've always dreamed of.

The great news is turning your home improvement aspirations into reality isn't as tricky as you might think. There are many simple and affordable ways to freshen up your home with style and ease. Check out our simple home improvement ideas...


Easy Home Hacks & Home Improvements

Somehow the month of December snuck up on us deciding quickly this year. With Christmas now behind us it’s time to focus on New Year’s resolutions and honour all of those promises we made to ourselves throughout the course of the year. This year my New Year’s resolutions begin at home.

Having a home to be proud of is essential in creating a sense of well-being and is a great starting point for helping to achieve personal goals.

The home should be a place to re-energize and renew, however, inevitability over the course of a busy year, clutter tends to build up things can get a little bit out of control. A home that is tidy, organised and functioning well will motivate and inspire.

Now is the perfect time to take a good hard look around your home to work out what needs improving. With plenty of sunshine and daylight hours, summer is the perfect season to de-clutter, clean and transform your house into the home you've always dreamed of.

The great news is turning your home improvement aspirations into reality isn't as tricky as you might think. There are many simple and affordable ways to freshen up your home with style and ease. Check out our simple home improvement ideas and easy home hacks below.

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1.) Clear Out Your Closet

The wardrobe is the staple piece of any bedroom. Not only does it help keep your clutter at bay, but it also can serve as one of the focal points of any room, however if you are finding that yours is bursting at the seams a little, it might be time to assess your storage situation.

If your wardrobe no longer meets your needs in terms of available space, it could be time to invest in a custom-built wardrobe system. A custom closet can be optimised with ease in both large and small areas to fully maximise the amount available space and can't be designed to suit your exact requirements.

Alternatively, introducing some clever wardrobe storage insets may be all you need to make better use of the available space. Adding a set of internal drawers, shelves, shoes racks or baskets can make a big difference! Remember you can store anything in a wardrobe, from memorabilia to towels and documents. Be creative, and you’ll discover that your wardrobe may just become your best de-cluttering weapon.

Wardrobe Storage & Accessories

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2.) Update Your Living Room In One Go

How can you update your living room in one go, you ask? Well it’s as easy as finding a rug that is both fabulous and affordable. Rugs are an ideal solution for hiding any imperfections in carpeting or hard timber floors.

These days you can find a rug to suit all looks and styles from Bohemian, traditional, tribal to sleek and modern. They come in all shapes and sizes, so whether you live in an apartment or country estate you will be able to find something attractive and welcoming for any space. Team your rug with some new cushions and a throw blanket for an instant and inexpensive transformation!

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3.) Easy Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Whilst a complete makeover of your entire kitchen may be desirable, a few simple tricks can help you update your kitchen using minimal effort and expense.

If you’re after a quick update, consider changing up your tapware or cabinetry doors and drawer handles with fabulous, on-trend ones. Introducing a stylish splashback or some eye-catching accessories and plants can help to add life to a plain kitchen. For more ambitious renovators, simply changing outdated counter tops for something more modern will definitely turn your kitchen from drab to fab.

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4.) Update Your Lighting

Nothing transforms a space like a new addition or overhaul in lighting design. 2017 lighting trends focus on functionality and modernism combined with natural elements and a hint of glamour. Having the right type of lighting can make or break a space. Whether it be a striking floor lamp, table lamp or ceiling pendant light, updating your lighting is a chic and easy way to makeover a tired looking space.

When updating your lighting design, consider natural light if possible. Installing a skylight in a stairway, bathroom or hallway is a quick and simple way to brighten up a space, while placing a mirror opposite a window can dramatically change the amount of light present in a room, immediately transforming it.

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5.) Ideas For Decorating Your Walls

If you spent last year staring at your blank walls trying to put them to good use, then now is the time to be proactive and make those changes you've been yearning for. By including your walls in your redesign, you can immediately transform a space - and the best part is, there are so many simple, effective solutions to achieving this! If you’re hard pressed for storage, installing some wall shelves can help alleviate clutter or display your prized possessions.

Another excellent idea for updating blank walls is by creating a charming, gallery-style wall of art or personal photos. With a few frames and some imagination, you can create a collage of different art, inspirational text, prints or photos to transform any blank wall.

If hanging art isn’t your style, try removable wallpaper as an alternative. Today’s removable wallpaper comes in an endless array of patterns, styles and colours, and can even be custom printed. Bold patterns and textures can be purchased with a feature wall in mind, while more subtle styles can be used to update entire rooms. The best part is, because they are so simple to install and remove (without damaging the wall beneath), they are perfect for first time renovators.

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6.) Replace Your Mattress & Bed Linen

Many of us this year will set ourselves a New Year’s resolution of bettering ourselves by being healthier. It's less often considered that our mattresses are just as important and beneficial to our health as diet and exercise.

A great bed promotes better quality, restorative sleep, which allows your body to fully recover whilst you are sleeping. This means that you can wake up feeling refreshed and energetic rather than tired in the morning. There are so many excellent options on the market, perfect for any budget, so you’re bound to find something suitable.

Nothing beats fresh new bed linen, team that with gorgeous textured accent cushions, a cuddly, cosy throw and an area bound rug to create the ultimate soft soft place to land.

If you 're eager to start off the New Year with a fresh home, then these projects are the ideal starting point! Taking on too many New Year’s resolutions at once can be overwhelming, so you might want to consider taking it one project at a time.

Remember, just have fun and enjoy yourself. Before you know it you'll have an inspiring and fresh home that you love and can then spend the rest of the year relaxing and admiring your rejuvenated house!


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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."