The music "room" in our home also serves as the front entry. It used to be the dining area, but because it got high traffic, I ended up putting the piano there and moving the dining area to the living area, which was long enough to accommodate it. It has worked much better this way, and I enjoy having the piano in a more open spot.
I "wallpapered" the wall above my 1886 pump organ this fall with sheet music. The only problem is, we see music when we look at the wall not just paper, so it's kind of funny to be standing there reading the music in our heads!
The antique chinese ancestors are here because I really wanted something red as an accent, and they fit that bill perfectly.
My mom bought the candelabra in Lebanon in 1974. It is simply dressed with a tartan bow cut from fabric.
Another of the pieces that influenced my color choice was this antique mission settle that my neighbor gifted to me on my birthday. If you remember, it had been in my great grandfather's house here, but was sold when the house was torn down. It stayed here in the neighborhood and she so graciously gave it to me this August. It is just perfect for this spot. I love having it for the kids to drop backpacks, etc., as they come in but it is also a great place to sit with a cup of coffee, or to listen to whoever is playing the piano. My grandmother's leopard coat, which I wear, just felt like the perfect touch.
Speaking of the old house, my mother found some rare interior photos last Christmas, and I thought it was odd to see my grandmother sitting in a mission rocker in the parlor, thinking all they had was the victorian style furniture that had been passed down. I never knew there was this style furniture in this house, so it was exciting to put it all together when the settle came "home."The tropical fabric, though, has me wondering what she was thinking!
Now you can see why I like the kind of Christmas tree I do:-) I couldn't be happier to have this photo of my grandmother and great grandmother from 1958. And there is that tropical fabric again on the windows:-)
In case you have no clue what I'm talking about, this is the "old house" my dad grew up in which was torn down in the early 1960s. My grandfather bundled and saved everything from windows, wood flooring, doors, etc., and those are the things we have been adding to our house.
Back to my house:-) The other Turkish rug ended up here, and I am loving having it break up a little of the wood flooring.
The piano is on the other side so you can see why the settle is a nice place to sit when someone is playing.
I simply moved the magnolia arrangement I used for Thanksgiving to here, but since I took the photos, I have replaced the apples with nandina berries.
My mom gave me this vintage hobnail decanter set a few years ago, but it had not been out as I was using pink, so I was happy to display it.
I put the J & G Meakin "Romantic England" dinnerware in the cabinet and added old silver pieces as well as the Johnson Brothers "Old Britain Castles" pieces my mom gave me.
I love this little hemlock tree my 8 year old helped me dig up. It is decorated with popcorn, paper fans and snowflakes, vintage Shiny Brites, cinnamon ornaments the children made and wooden Russian ornaments I bought in Germany.
A star my son made in preschool adorns the top.
I'm still waiting for my dad to come over and sit so I can play Christmas music for him. He loves to listen to me play, and there's nothing more I enjoy than having him here to play for:-)
And speaking of Christmas music, my version of "O Holy Night" is available for download on itunes, and you can also watch the video. It is unique in that the high note at the end is -- well, very high:-)
Thanks for stopping by:-)