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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9 (Actually) Life-Saving Christmas Day Hacks

Hosting a get together around Christmas is one of the most satisfying and stressful things one can put oneself through. The guests, the prep, the cleaning, the clean up, it can all be a nightmare if you’re not well-versed in the art of effortless entertaining. So we’ve put together 9 easy things you can do to make your life less stressful on Christmas Day. That don’t involve any crafts or toilet paper rolls.

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Image via Ruffled Mag


1. Clever Seating

Unless you’re one of those effortlessly chic families that entertains large groups regularly, you’re going to need to assess your seating situation. Stackable or folding chairs are a great thing to have a stash of. You can haul them in when the time requires and quietly pack them away when the dust has settled. For the kids’ table? Invest in 4-6 stools which can function as kitchen stools or plant stands afterwards.

If you’re short on space, we love the idea of double-use furniture. Ottomans and benches can be used as guest seating, kids nap spaces and storage spaces. Have some trunks or heavy boxes? Chuck a throw and some cushions over them and you’ve got extra kids’ seating!

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9 (Actually) Life-Saving Christmas Day Hacks

Hosting a get together around Christmas is one of the most satisfying and stressful things one can put oneself through. The guests, the prep, the cleaning, the clean up, it can all be a nightmare if you’re not well-versed in the art of effortless entertaining. So we’ve put together 9 easy things you can do to make your life less stressful on Christmas Day. That don’t involve any crafts or toilet paper rolls.

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Image via Ruffled Mag


1. Clever Seating

Unless you’re one of those effortlessly chic families that entertains large groups regularly, you’re going to need to assess your seating situation. Stackable or folding chairs are a great thing to have a stash of. You can haul them in when the time requires and quietly pack them away when the dust has settled. For the kids’ table? Invest in 4-6 stools which can function as kitchen stools or plant stands afterwards.

If you’re short on space, we love the idea of double-use furniture. Ottomans and benches can be used as guest seating, kids nap spaces and storage spaces. Have some trunks or heavy boxes? Chuck a throw and some cushions over them and you’ve got extra kids’ seating!

2. Quick Storage

Whilst we always want to have everything tidy and organized prior to hosting, the reality is that this rarely happens. A fantastic way to do a lightening-tidy beforehand is to grab some attractive reed baskets and chuck any itinerant pet or kids toys, objects, files, unfinished projects in there to create space. Grab one or two to keep in the corner of each room, and you’ll be able to easily find everything afterwards. They also function as great gift carriers to and from friend’s houses or as baskets to place unwanted Christmas wrapping.

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Image via Lonny.com


3. Keep Your (Drinks) Cool

The number one rule of an Aussie BBQ – never let the drinks get cold! However often our fridges are at capacity as is, with all the salads, stuffings and seasonings- so trying to fit in a slab and 6 bottles of champagne is a challenge. A fantastic gadget to have on hand is an automatic bottle cooler, which will cool down any bottle within a matter of minutes.

Have a bath? Create an ice filled insta-moment by placing all your wines in your bath, and ask guests to bring a bag of ice each. That leaves the fridges for the beers and also will remind guests to grab a new bottle every time they go to the bathroom! Make it chic by sprinkling some flowers from your garden around and placing a vase of flowers nearby. And you won’t have to worry about putting your hand into an icy sludge at the end of the day, as your tub will drain away and melted ice.

4. Plan For All Weather

The one upside of Southern Hemisphere Christmas is that we get to enjoy the sun on Christmas Day. If we’re lucky that is. The weather gods often play pranks on us on Christmas Day, making it either searingly hot or rainy and wet. Plan for both by making sure you’ve got outdoor heating and umbrellas installed which will both shade and protect from rain. Now you can ease the space pressure inside and guests can freely float in and out, extending your living space.

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5. Think About Plates

Especially if you’re serving multiple courses, you will eventually run out of plates. Have a dishwasher? Clear it before everyone arrives and use plates that serve multiple courses. Pop them in the dishwasher as soon as the first course in done and by the time you hit dessert you’ve got a whole new bunch of fresh plates! Oh and there’ll be a lot less washing up… Be strategic about when to clear plates, and remember that serving food sharing style in the middle of the table will save you from needing to change crockery so often.

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6. Tell Mess Not To Mess With You

It’s Murphy’s Law that as soon as you do the big pre-guest house clean, it will revert to it’s pre-clean status thanks to exuberant kids, dirty pets and the general mayhem of Christmas. Keep a dust-buster handy to clean up messes and spills as they occur. Feeling clever? Tell your kids whoever fills the bag up the most by the end of the day wins a prize. It will also make the post-lunch clean up that much easier. Trust us.

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7. Water Your Guests With A Well Stocked Bar Cart

It can be a mad task to ensure all your guests’ glasses are filled. Take the pressure off yourself by creating a bar cart stocked with everyone’s favourite tipples, and inviting guests to help themselves. Perhaps even suggest everyone brings a bottle to add, and that way Uncle John won’t polish off your favourite single malt! Keep mini bottles of water on the bottom of the cart for kids and to keep hydrated.

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8. Multi-Purpose Glasses

Although it can be extremely satisfying having a different glass for every kind of drink, the reality is it’s just not practical on Christmas Day, especially when people are all drinking different things! Choose neutral glasses that can host wine, water, whiskey, soft drinks or cocktails, and give everyone two. They won’t die if they have to rinse it between drinks! We love a stemless wine glass or a cute tumbler.

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9. Keep Corners To Kip In

The post-lunch-siesta is a fantastic tradition, and also helps guests snooze off some of the booze. Find spaces in your house that can double as beds for guests if they decide to stay over. There will inevitably be an unexpected out-of-owner, a kid who’s over-tired or a granny who falls asleep. Day beds) and ottomans are perfect for this, as are waterproof beanbags for outside or a nice hammock (although we suggest your guests move inside over night!!).

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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."