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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Christian Cole Furniture

Started by nature and finished by hand. Christian Cole Furniture Makers design and hand craft beautiful furniture in their Melbourne factory using sustainable timber and age-old techniques.

Owned by husband and wife team Christian and Fiona Cole, who have built their business based on their life values: You should love what you are doing every day and make life enjoyable and rewarding for the people around you.

Sustainable Timber Furniture

Christian Cole pride themselves on their sustainable practices to create their timber furniture.

The timber they use is sourced from either sustainable commercial plantations, bought from farmers who reclaimed the timber years ago, saved from flood waters or is salvaged from existing structures like bridges and old houses, which would have otherwise been destroyed.

Each piece has its own story and Fiona and Christian take the time to learn about the individual heritage of each tree. Indeed, Fiona often photographs the timber when it is found so you can be sure that it has been sourced in a sustainable way.

Once the timber makes it to their factory, it is laid out in storage to be kept and dried for many years, this ensures that the...


Christian Cole Furniture

Started by nature and finished by hand. Christian Cole Furniture Makers design and hand craft beautiful furniture in their Melbourne factory using sustainable timber and age-old techniques.

Owned by husband and wife team Christian and Fiona Cole, who have built their business based on their life values: You should love what you are doing every day and make life enjoyable and rewarding for the people around you.

Sustainable Timber Furniture

Christian Cole pride themselves on their sustainable practices to create their timber furniture.

The timber they use is sourced from either sustainable commercial plantations, bought from farmers who reclaimed the timber years ago, saved from flood waters or is salvaged from existing structures like bridges and old houses, which would have otherwise been destroyed.

Each piece has its own story and Fiona and Christian take the time to learn about the individual heritage of each tree. Indeed, Fiona often photographs the timber when it is found so you can be sure that it has been sourced in a sustainable way.

Once the timber makes it to their factory, it is laid out in storage to be kept and dried for many years, this ensures that the timber is not used until it is ready and then the furniture or joinery being crafted will last a lifetime.

The pieces of timber will be raised either higher or lower to the ceiling, depending on what moisture it has retained, this process will protect the timber from drying unevenly or prematurely.

This level of expert knowledge comes from Christian’s years in the industry and his genuine love for preserving quality timber and designing beautiful furniture pieces.

By salvaging old timber and re-crafting it into useful furniture and joinery, the lifetime of the timber is extended and enjoyed for generations to come.

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Traditional Craftsmanship and Joinery

The team at Christian Cole use traditional craftsmanship skills when building furniture and joinery, using time honoured techniques such as Mortice and Tenon or more popular Dovetail joints. This ensures the longevity of their designs and upholds the standard that Christian Cole Furniture has established. Every team member in the manufacturing team is an expert in timber and joinery artisan.

This passion for timber and beautiful furniture stems from both Fiona and Christian's childhoods. Fiona was a farm girl who would restore and repair old furniture with her father. She was able to learn and develop age-old techniques. And, Christian found his appreciation for timber through carpentry classes at school. Completing his apprenticeship 16 years ago, he specialises in the construction of solid timber kitchens and large commercial projects.

Custom Timber Furniture Makers You Can Trust

Christian Cole Furniture was established 13 years ago and now has a loyal following around Australia and abroad.

Their furniture can be bought directly from their existing furniture range or you can sit down one-on-one in their beautiful office and design a custom piece to suit your space and personality.

Christian and Fiona both believe that furniture should not only be beautiful but it must serve a purpose and function exceptionally well.

All their designs are thoroughly planned with day to day use in mind and they work with their clients to achieve a design that will operate perfectly, last a lifetime and fit beautifully into their interior.

I absolutely love what I do so when a customer acknowledges the work I have put into their piece I feel great! I have a great relationship with many of my customers because I’ve made them a number of pieces over the years. Most people know what they want and they want it done perfectly. They can’t make it themselves so they have to rely on me. I look after them.

This care and precision from day one of the design process is what makes Christian Cole Furniture stand out from the crowd.

So much so, that their furniture pieces have been featured numerous times on Channel 9's The Block and further they worked closely with renowned interior designer Darren Palmer to create an enchanting custom range of furniture for the television show's executive producer's new home.

Their architectural joinery is also very well regarded. Recently they were commissioned by Ferrier Hodgson to complete an office refurbishment. The results speak for themselves!

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Sustainable Factory and Showroom

Christian Cole Furniture is by the far the most warm and inviting factory and showroom we've ever come across it feels more like a family home then a showroom.

The factory is open and airy and comes complete with a chicken coup and vegetable garden, including its very own scarecrow, the chickens roam free in the garden which is filled with fruit, vegies in handmade tubs and olive trees.

There are also bundles of timber off cuts stacked up in the front garden, for passers-by to use for firewood.

The area is happily maintained by the team, who get to reap the fruits of their labour by freely taking home eggs and produce that is grown in the garden.

Next to a giant Apricot tree (Fiona’s favourite), are custom built tin sheds which house beautiful pieces of reclaimed timber.

The timber is being dried and reserved and used for projects in years to come. Each piece timber has an engaging story to tell, whether salvaged from an old bridge, reclaimed from a flooded forest or purchased from a farmhouse way out in Gippsland, every piece is absorbed in character and rustic charm.

It is this philosophy of sustainability which is at the heart of Christian Cole Furniture.

The Christian Cole factory is in a modest street, amongst various factories and manufacturing businesses, at 5 Dairy Drive in Coburg. Stepping into the factory you are welcomed by the smiling faces of the Christian Cole team as they hand craft each piece of timber furniture with immaculate precision. The workroom is filled with laughter and a sense of community, and this harmonious atmosphere is reflected in the quality of the work they produce.

The showroom begins on the ground floor. Here, you will discover all of the magnificent custom timber furniture pieces that are awaiting delivery to their new homes as well as some pieces ready to purchase.

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The showroom extends all the way up to the next floor where a kitchen, large office space and bathrooms are fitted out in custom made Christian Cole joinery and furniture crafted from 100% reclaimed timber, runs adjacent to the timber cabinetry. They truly have everything you need!

Start building your wish list and discover the wonderful custom furniture range available from Christian Cole today.


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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."