Archives for the month of: February, 2013

musicroom_beforeandafter copyMy pal Dan just bought a gorgeous upright piano and decided to transform an unused dining room in his house into a music room. He didn’t have too much money to spend on the transformation (he did just buy a piano, after all), so he asked what we could do with the 8×8 room for only $100.

And, (partially because Dan is a dead-ringer for Neil Patrick Harris), my only response was:

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It was certainly a challenge. Dan’s only worthy decor included the piano itself and a framed Hatch Show Print of Duke Ellington (which wasn’t even hung up!). To give you an idea…

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Good looking piano (though a bit messy…)

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Gear everywhere. AH.

Dan’s only requirement is that we have enough room for a couple guitar players to sit and jam. So, my priority was to increase seating (armless chairs for guitarists), and to add just a few pieces of character in order to make things interesting without crowding the small room.

At an antique store, I found two great mismatched cane chairs on sale for $25 each – They were actually in great shape and didn’t have any holes in the cane- what a steal! And, then I also found a small cork checkerboard ($6) and an old washboard ($12). Dan’s a good Virginia boy, so I loved these Southern touches. I rounded it out with a small black side table ($15, Wal-Mart) that could act as another stool during a jam session, a few candles ($3 each, Wal-Mart) and a hilarious book full of black and white cat photos ($3), including a cat playing a piano (oh, Goodwill).

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Staging everything in my backyard.

I excitedly brought all the goodies over to Dan’s place and began to set everything up! I hung up Duke Ellington and the washboard on the wall, and I used his guitar amp and acoustic guitar to fill some corners. I love having instruments showcased in a music room; to me, they make the room look like someone actually uses it!

Here’s the finished product:

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Note the cat at the piano. On the piano.

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I told you he looks like NPH! Happy in his new music room!

I love the simplicity of this room, and I told Dan he had to invite me over for the first jam sesh! Would love to know what you think!

I found an amazing Mid-century desk for a friend of mine on Craigslist recently:

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Adorable, right? And, it reminded me that while I tend to shy away from Mid-Century pieces in my own home in favor of more traditional, French provincial and southern fare, there are certain pieces and shapes that I absolutely adore from Mid-Century collections. I love the clean lines of this desk, and I love how masculine it is (I mean, if this desk asked me out, I would say yes).  Here are a few of my other favorites from this design era:

I find the right angles and simplicity to be very refreshing in this credenza (Source).

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This chair provides a fun, retro accent to a room without being over-the-top. I think subtlety is key when going retro, let your house transform into a carbon copy of a funky vintage store (Source).

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I saw this great chair in an antique mall here in Nashville, and I fell in love with the plaid! And, again, the right angles are so appealing to me!

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I think when I pictured my dream house when I was a little girl, the entire kitchen was this pale yellow (Source).

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And, yet again, Anthropologie inspires lust within my heart (Source).

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Upholstery Class- can’t wait!

There are some marvelous perks to living in such an arts-focused community. On such perk is establishments like The Skillery – a place where you can take classes in any number of areas. For me, it’s Upholstery for Beginners in March! I am SO excited!

I have been restoring furniture for a while now, but I’m always somewhat afraid of projects that will be heavy on the upholstery side. Sure, I can staple fabric to a chair cushion, but show me a beautiful chair that needs a whole new upholstery job, and I will run away!  Hopefully, this class will give me a few tricks to help me face that fear!

I have been wanting either a stool or a bench or a little pouf for in front of my bedroom mirror for quite some time. Then, this week I found this gorgeous short stool at an antique mall for $95, which is a little more than I was hoping to pay for it, BUT I fell in love and love is blind to prices. The needlepoint work is in perfect condition, and the base only had one tiny little chip on one foot. Love.

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Here it is in the store.

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View from the top

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At home in front of my mirror. Naturally, the pugs had to investigate!

So, I found this gem on the Craigslist and just KNEW I had to have it. So, I dragged my friend Gor with me to meet the seller at (I kid you not) a truck stop north of town. It was slightly scary, but 100% worth it.photo(21)photo(20)

When I got it home, it was fairly disgusting. Covered in dust and things I don’t really care to identify. When I’m tackling a serious cleaning project like this, I like to use DL Hand Cleaner. This magic potion is my mother’s secret trick for getting rid of years of grime from furniture. I have no idea where to buy it except via Amazon. Trust me, this is the best $12.46 you will ever spend. After about two hours it was ready to prime and paint.

Primed Record Cabinet

Primed with Gripper.

Fabric removed and first coat of paint!

Fabric removed and first coat of paint!

I opted for a dark blue from Martha Stewart – Wrought Iron, and I found a great replacement fabric in a green/blue tweed. I’m so proud of the results! I had to add a shelf to the record player side, and I decided to use my leftover fabric to cover the shelf. It’s a happy little surprise when you open the lid 🙂

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Hello! I am excited to start this blog…this is an idea that has been rolling around in my head for quite some time, but today I finally decided to take the plunge!  I am always trying new DIY projects, trying new recipes and planning events that I would be thrilled to share with you. Let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see here!

-Lindsay