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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How To Style A Bar Cart

The 6 Things You Need To Style A Bar Cart

1. Drinks

Arguably the most important part of the bar cart, more important than the bar cart itself, even, is the booze. Whatever tipple titillates your heart, this is it’s time to shine. Whether you’re a single malt on a single rock kind, or the deliciously dirty martini kind, your bar cart is your shrine to this drink. You may even wish to use it as a champagne or wine cart when you have guests over.

Your bar cart can go one of two ways – it can be your home bar on wheels, or it can act as a showcase for one or two drinks. If you go with the former option, you’ll need a big bar cart, or even a sideboard or console table to do the job. Organise your drinks thematically. White spirits together, dark spirits together, and then go with what looks good. Whilst there is a loose formula for putting together a bar cart,

Chances are when you’re 4 cocktails in you’ll forget where you originally put everything anyway.

If you have more limited space, and have chosen a theme, arrange the bottles in a little cluster on the top shelf. Tall at the back, short at the front. Group them like a much better looking family Christmas photo. This is...


How To Style A Bar Cart

The 6 Things You Need To Style A Bar Cart

1. Drinks

Arguably the most important part of the bar cart, more important than the bar cart itself, even, is the booze. Whatever tipple titillates your heart, this is it’s time to shine. Whether you’re a single malt on a single rock kind, or the deliciously dirty martini kind, your bar cart is your shrine to this drink. You may even wish to use it as a champagne or wine cart when you have guests over.

Your bar cart can go one of two ways – it can be your home bar on wheels, or it can act as a showcase for one or two drinks. If you go with the former option, you’ll need a big bar cart, or even a sideboard or console table to do the job. Organise your drinks thematically. White spirits together, dark spirits together, and then go with what looks good. Whilst there is a loose formula for putting together a bar cart,

Chances are when you’re 4 cocktails in you’ll forget where you originally put everything anyway.

If you have more limited space, and have chosen a theme, arrange the bottles in a little cluster on the top shelf. Tall at the back, short at the front. Group them like a much better looking family Christmas photo. This is your time to show your worldly cocktail and liquor knowledge.

Time to show off that you know what vermouth is.

Choose your most beautiful bottles and don’t look back. Maybe you’re more of a jack and coke kind of guy? No reason you can’t have a beautifully put together bar cart, but perhaps you’d like to make use of a decanter? Not only do crystal decanters look chic as, they’re an excellent way of hiding the fact you prefer Bundy to Belvedere. Not that there’s any shame in that. ~cough~

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2. Glassware

Whilst chugging straight out of the bottle is indeed satisfying, especially around stressful Christmas periods, you’ll want some glassware for your guests. If you’ve gone with the whole hog, choose 2 of a few classic glass categories. Maybe two highballs, two martini glasses and two rocks glasses? Think about what you make most often and arrange accordingly.

If you’ve got a theme, obviously stick with the glassware you’ll need for those cocktails. Filled your cart with Malibu and Rum? You’ll want a tiki glass and some highballs. Always carry at least two of each, because whilst there’s nothing wrong with drinking alone, you’re more likely to be doing that out of the bottle or a mug aren’t you?

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3. Garnishes and Mixers

Without mixers and garnishes, a cocktail is just a shot, so these are very important. They’re also an excellent chance to add some variety and color to your cart. Martini gal? Have some preserved olives, lemons and toothpicks. Old fashioned? Sugar cubes in a glass box and bitters. Mohito maven? Maybe even a pot of live mint.

The most common garnishes are citrus, sugar, bitters, salt, maraschino cherries and cinnamon sticks, but you can dress up your cart with whatever your heart desires. Try going to your local foreign grocer to stack up on exotic cans with beautiful labels (we love Mount Elephant tinned lychees). A little more sexy than SPC.

Ice is an extremely important cocktail ingredients, as

No-one likes warm drinks except university students and the strange people that enjoy mulled wine.

It does however go without saying that this should be stored in the freezer where it belongs. If you will be making a lot of drinks, or are inviting guests to help themselves, you may wish to place an ice bucket on your cart, replete with tongs. However we recommend keeping the ice frozen otherwise.

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4. Barware

Another excellent way to show off you know what you’re doing is to wield a boston shaker with finesse.

Nothing is more satisfying than shaking a cocktail to the gasps and sighs of admiration from your guests (note if this is because they’re wiping espresso martini from their eyes it might not be your time to shine yet).

It is well worth investing in a quality cocktail kit, including a cocktail shaker, stirring rod, strainer, muddling stick, shot measurer (aka a jigger) and tongs.

Many cocktails call for citrus zest or juice, so it’s also worth having a good quality paring knife and small chopping board in your kit. If your house is filled with little paws (human or not) that like to stick thinks in their mouth, maybe leave these in the kitchen.

5. Art

“Mixology is an art” is not only something handle-bar-moustached hipsters have on their instagram accounts, but it is also a fact. Pair art with art and hang a favourite piece above your cart. Choose something that speaks to your drinking style. If you love a Negroni, try an erudite abstract print in warm tones. Are you a cosmo fan? Maybe some pink and purple geometry. Like a dry martini? Try a black and white photograph.

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6. Something living

This shows that your bar cart is not relegated to the back corner of your sitting room, only to be dusted off when heavy drinking relatives arrive. Show that you tend to your drinking habit by placing fresh flowers, a pot plant or hey, even a pet fish on your cart. It will remind you that a bar cart needs as much love and attention as a plant. It may even help remind you to water your plant as you water yourself.

Maybe some orchids if you have a tropical theme, or a monstera if you have liquor on your cart 90% of people won’t recognize. If you choose a bunch of flowers, choose an appropriate vase to go with the rest of your cart.

7. Knick Knacks

Just as cocktail drinking is an utterly unnecessary but scintillating part of life, so are knick knacks. Assemble your favourite quirky odds and ends on your cart. This may be a stack of art books, that weird antique doll you found at an auction, or an inherited heirloom you wish to celebrate.

Think of them as the garnish for your cart.

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And there you have it, a beautifully styled, personalized bar cart. Happy Drinking!


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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."