The piano room is my least favorite room of the house. It's the room that has gotten the least attention and is really a hodge podge of random furnishings that we used to fill the room.
Let's take a look at the before photos. Since a new couch for this room wasn't in the budget, I had to work with just a few hundred dollars to update the room. Sticking with the old, green couch, I wanted to add some coastal touches and make it an inviting space for people to sit and relax.
Here's the old couch with some framed floral prints that I yanked off of an outdated calendar. The rug is the thorn in my side, and comes from my husband's old bachelor pad apartment. It just wasn't working for me. The size was all wrong and the pattern lends itself to more of a funeral home decor. Relaxing? Maybe, if you're dead...
|The old green couch with the old floral prints and the old bachelor rug|
|Our beautiful upright Steinway piano with the antique bow back chair from my parents' house|
|The old floral prints - worked in our last home, but screamingly outdated in this one|
|The bachelor rug, in all its glory|
I randomly searched for "striped rug" and found a lady selling a brand new, still in the wrapping, 5x8' striped wool rug. Apparently she had ordered the rug and the actual color wasn't quite what she was expecting. Since she wasn't able to return it, she was selling it heavily discounted on Craigslist. I hopped in the car, drove about 24 miles north and scored this great rug! Total cost = $150.
|Piano room with new rug - starting to look a bit more updated|
|The updated piano room - Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter on the walls|
|The old green couch, striped rug and bow back chair|
The small frame that sits above our piano was a simple craft that I completed in our old house. I typed out a portion of our wedding vows on printer paper, and then soaked the paper in a pan full of coffee. Basically I stained the paper to look like parchment, giving it an antiqued look A cheap and easy way to bring memories from the past to the present!
|Coffee stained wedding vows, candlesticks and an orchid on top of the piano|
|Seattle Harbor nautical chart|
|Cleveland Harbor nautical chart|
|Chicago Harbor nautical chart|
Tucked in the corner of the room is an antique that my aunt handed down to me. It's a handmade end table, made by my great great ________ on my Mom's side. It's not known whether it was a grandfather or an uncle as there were 10 children in that generation - 5 stayed in Sweden and 5 immigrated to the United States. My brother has the Swedish Bibles that were housed in this great, little piece. It's pieces like these that I absolutely love - the pieces that have a story behind them.
|Handmade Swedish side table - a family heirloom|
As always, thanks for reading! I'll be sure to come back with a few more tours: powder room and mud room are next.