the piano nook

This was our piano nook yesterday morning.


Nothing terrible about it, but pretty hum-drum.

This is it today:


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


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


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.


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.




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.






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.

zig zag

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.

:: 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:


Appropriately called the ‘nonna wreath’



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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