the piano nook

This was our piano nook yesterday morning.

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Nothing terrible about it, but pretty hum-drum.

This is it today:

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Color, texture, pattern – a little crazy, but a fun change.

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I have been waiting for inspiration to strike, and it came unexpectedly when I found this book:

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I bought it a few months ago on clearance because the cover was torn. It has great illustrations and I figured I could use the pages as art.  On a whim, I cut out the pages and started randomly sticking them to the wall above the piano.

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I used glue dots to attach them to the wall . I’m not exactly sure how the wall will hold up when I remove the pages, but sometimes you just have to go with it and deal with the consequences later.

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Adorning the piano is a new frame of our family initial with date we were established. Love how it turned out.  And next to it is a favorite verse.

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I’m not sure how long the birds will live on this wall, but for now, they add some life and color to an otherwise boring space. 

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One more thing today … I posted this one year ago, but it seems appropriate to post again today!

You hear stories all the time about terrible mothers-in-law. They are overbearing, protective of their sons, want to tell you how to be a wife or raise a child, how to cook a meal or make a bed.

That is not the case for me.

I have a mother-in-law that I not only love, but I genuinely like.

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:: She accepted me the first day we met {with her love of girly things and the fact she had two very un-girly boys, I think she would have loved any girl that walked through the door!}.

:: She adores her grandbabies. She is the kind of grandma who lets the kids dump out the entire lego bin, gives them a full ball of yarn to create spider webs in the living room, and provides them with their own mini shovels to help her dig in the garden.

:: She has given me over half of what I have in my house {pretty much all the cool stuff}.

:: Every time we spend the night, she gets up with the kids. For someone who loves sleep as much as I do and gets as little of it as I do, this is the best gift ever.

:: She dealt with a horrible first marriage and raised her two boys on her own and really doesn’t hold bitterness for a situation that would have ruined the average woman.

:: She gave me my amazing husband.

I love you Grandma Nonna.

You probably love her too because she inspired some of the best projects ever:

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Appropriately called the ‘nonna wreath’

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the flower pin.

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70 Responses to the piano nook

  1. Nancy williams May 20, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    I love the lamps! Where can I buy them? Thanks for sharing all your great ideas and spiritual thoughts. You are so inspiring.

  2. Tammy May 20, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    Where did you get the little brass label plate on your monogram frame? I have been looking for them but not sure exactly what they are called, which makes a search difficult

    Im glad you recognize your amazing mother in law :) I feel so lucky to have such a nice, accepting and generous one too. We are expecting our first baby in a couple months, who will be her first grandson – only girls in the family so far. She has already started buying mini swim trunks and other adorable boy things, I am so excited for our boy to have her as a grandma :)

  3. Christene {WhipperBerry} May 20, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

    First, can I just say I aspire to be like your Nonna is for you when I grow up. Thank goodness for beautiful, good women to look up to. Thanks for sharing her with us! I love your piano nook and how you redid it. It’s lovely and full of color. I also love your initial. Love it!

  4. Jaelyn Simmons May 20, 2011 at 10:02 pm #

    I, too, have a fabulous mother-in-law!!

  5. Holly May 21, 2011 at 6:02 am #

    I love how colorful the birds are! Very cute! Also happy birthday to your Nonna! She sounds wonderful!

  6. Emily Dinwiddie May 21, 2011 at 7:10 am #

    How refreshing to hear of a mother-in-law who has a wonderful relationship with her daughter-in-law!! I have 4 boys (ages 2,4,6,8). I have already started praying fervently for my daughters-in-law. I want to have a fun relationship with them. I am such a girly-girl, yet God chose to bless me with these amazing outdoorsy boys!! Your blog is refreshing. I am drawn to the underlying scriptures you put in nearly every post. THANK YOU!!!

  7. Tricia May 21, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    In the first picture of your piano I can see the pictures you hung on the wall going up the stairs. How did you start that? I have a long hall way I want to do something like that with but am not sure where to start or how to go about it. Any suggestions?

    • Tricia May 21, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

      Also, are all the pictures black and white?

  8. Quiltrobin May 23, 2011 at 4:06 am #

    I love, love, love what you did with the bird illustrations. It looks fabulous!

  9. Shelley Heck May 23, 2011 at 8:21 am #

    I can relate to how you feel about your MIL. I feel the same about mine. I love that tribute to her. Very sweet. Tell her thanks for the Nonna wreath and flower pin! =)

  10. Kathleen May 23, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    You inspire so many people! I love looking at your site. I visit almost everyday. Okay, I DO visit everyday. You are wonderful!

  11. sharon June 3, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    awwe this reminds me of my MIL. I don’t even like to call her an in-law she is so sweet! super girly and raised one girl who only wanted to be like her other 5 brothers. haha she was an event planner and DIYs everything. Couldn’t be a more perfect fit. :)

  12. Ande August 27, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    PAINT IT!!!!!!!!!! IT’LL LOOK FAB!

  13. Grace August 27, 2011 at 10:59 pm #

    Leave the piano as is! It’s got character and you can never go wrong with mahogany can you?

  14. Meg Ahrens September 1, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    I love your “L” established on frame. Where did you get the brass plate at the bottom?

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