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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Forte Green Smoothie Recipe

If you’re looking to feel amazing over summer start your day with our beyond delicious (and super filling) forte green smoothie recipe.

This super duper healthy smoothie recipe was created by House of Home’s Senior Creative Sarah Radhanauth who swears by this concoction and has been adding it to her morning breakfast regime for years now. It's not only delicious and filling, it gives you energy and makes you feel great!

You can never really get bored of smoothies as they offer an opportunity to get really creative with the recipes. It's fun to experiment with different fruits and vegetables and create new taste sensations. Plus you can make them look pretty and colourful! A great way to start the day or inject some fun into an afternoon snack.

Benefits of a green smoothie.

Smoothies are great grab-and-go solution for those on the run but don't wan't to skip the most important meal of the day. Swapping out your standard toast breakfast for this smoothie a few days a week can leave you feeling less bloated, give you more energy and should help improve your skin, nails and hair. All while filling your body with nutrients and essential vitamins and minerals.

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Forte Green Smoothie Recipe

If you’re looking to feel amazing over summer start your day with our beyond delicious (and super filling) forte green smoothie recipe.

This super duper healthy smoothie recipe was created by House of Home’s Senior Creative Sarah Radhanauth who swears by this concoction and has been adding it to her morning breakfast regime for years now. It's not only delicious and filling, it gives you energy and makes you feel great!

You can never really get bored of smoothies as they offer an opportunity to get really creative with the recipes. It's fun to experiment with different fruits and vegetables and create new taste sensations. Plus you can make them look pretty and colourful! A great way to start the day or inject some fun into an afternoon snack.

Benefits of a green smoothie.

Smoothies are great grab-and-go solution for those on the run but don't wan't to skip the most important meal of the day. Swapping out your standard toast breakfast for this smoothie a few days a week can leave you feeling less bloated, give you more energy and should help improve your skin, nails and hair. All while filling your body with nutrients and essential vitamins and minerals.

Every ingredient in the smoothie has been chosen for its health benefits, for example;

  • Bananas are a powerhouse of nutrients. They are a great source of potassium and iron and vitamins and minerals such as potassium, calcium, manganese, magnesium, iron, folate, niacin, riboflavin, and B6. B6 can help to boost serotonin production (the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter).
  • Spinach is a true super food. It's of course if packed full of iron, high in niacin and zinc, as well as protein, vitamins A, C, E,K, B6, thiamin, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese. Flavonoids in spinach act as antioxidants to keep cholesterol from oxidising and protect your body from free radicals. Studies have also shown that spinach helps maintain your vigorous brain function, memory and mental clarity.
  • Avocado is also considered a super food that provides you with more potassium than bananas and Vitamin K, C, B5, B6 and E.
  • Coconut Oil is fats can boost fat burning and provide your body and brain with quick energy. They also raise the good HDL cholesterol in your blood, which is linked to reduced heart disease risk.
  • Turmeric contains curcumin, which has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
  • Cinnamon is an antioxidant that like Turmeric contains anti-inflammatory properties, it fights infections and viruses, along with diabetes and defends against cognitive decline while protecting brain function and promotes heart health.

How to rehydrate

While preparing your smoothie it’s good to start the day with a warm water with freshly squeezed lemon juice. This helps to create a more alkaline environment in your tummy and can help to flush the digestive system and rehydrate the body after sleeping for 8 hours without a drink.

Below is everything you need to create this wonderful breakfast bevy.


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Green Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients

(Serves 2 and a bit in a mason jar or 3 in a normal glass)

Smoothie

  • 2-3 Bananas (depending on if they are small or large)
  • 2 Cups of Fresh Spinach
  • A Third of a Cucumber
  • 1 Celery Stick
  • Half an Avocado
  • A Sprig of Mint
  • A Quarter Teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • A Quarter Teaspoon of Nutmeg
  • Half Teaspoon of Turmeric
  • A Pinch of Cayenne Pepper (this helps to boost metabolism)
  • A Teaspoon of Freshly Chopped Ginger
  • Half Dessert Spoon of Almond Butter
  • Half a Teaspoon of Coconut Oil
  • I serve of Vanilla Protein Powder
  • A Third of a Cup of Chia Seeds
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • 3 Ice Blocks

Garnish

  • A Handful of Blue Berries
  • Sliced Kiwi Fruit
  • Strawberries
  • Blackberries
  • Coconut Flakes
  • 2 Bamboo Straws
  • Lemon Juice Preparation time: 10 minutes without garnish or 20 mins with.

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Preparation

  1. Start with the chia seeds. Put in a dish with a squeeze of lemon juice and soak until they become like a pudding. (They will be done by the time your finish preparing your fruit and veg). This could also be done the night before. Mix with blended blueberries if you would like to add some colour to them.
  2. Rinse vegetables.
  3. Dice banana, celery and cucumber, avocado and ginger.
  4. Place all ingredients (except your chia seeds) into blender & blend! It should have a reasonably thick consistency.

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Presentation

Now here’s the fun part!

  1. First layer your chia seeds at the bottom of your glass.
  2. Slice Kiwi Fruit into circles.
  3. Then cut a lemon in half and rub it around the perimeter of your glass. This will help the kiwi slices to stick.
  4. Place Kiwi fruit slices around the side of your glass, the chia seeds will help to keep them in place.
  5. Pour blended mixture into glass.
  6. Gently push strawberry over straw, follow with a blackberry and a slice of cucumber or mint leaf.
  7. Scatter some blueberries on top and sprinkle some coconut flakes.

Hey presto your green smoothie ready. Enjoy - it won’t be too long before you start feeling the benefits and seeing that green smoothie glow!


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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."