Friday, January 17, 2014

Wanted: Decorating Tips

So the VERY OLD piano has been moved to the foyer.

Picture taken from the dining room looking at the foyer…


(The Texas Star use to hang on the wall before we moved the piano there.)


Picture taken from the kitchen/ living room area looking at the front door…


I am really not sure how to decorate it since it is in the foyer.  I want things to flow smoothly, not look out of place.  I have seen pictures of pianos in foyers…but not like this foyer.

I wish I had a interior decorator fairy.  Please help :)

AFTER THOUGHT::  I also need a piece of furniture of some sort to hold piano books.

~  Patty  ~

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  1. I am no decorator fairy, but my first thought when I looked at the picture was what about a low book case or something no too deep or high that sits perpendicular to the wall and defines the actual entry area as different from the piano area. You could use one side for piano books and the other for cubbies for shoes or purses or whatever (library books and things to go out the door). Does that make any sense?

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    1. I like that idea, the only problem is that there isn't much room for some defining piece between the piano and when the front door swings open. The tiles are 16" square.

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    2. What about a wall clock? I small clock for the piano? A small clock for the wall or one of the big ones (Hobby Lobby has them)?. Something Hobby-lobby-ish.

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  2. A decorator I am not, however, I am getting pretty good at organizing/storing stuff for multiple kids. I have these hanging on the wall to help organize piano books. It works well for us.

    http://www.target.com/p/metal-mesh-hanging-file-sorter-silver/-/A-13429673#prodSlot=medium_1_7&term=wire+mesh+hanging

    Although I like that above comment about the double sided bookcase or cubbies. Make sure to take some pictures of whatever you decide to do! Good luck!

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    1. Thanks for the tip, Heather! Those are really neat. I could actually use those metal files upstairs in the school room!

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  3. What about black and white photos with black frames, maybe white matted? You could put pics of their hands on the keys, or just black and white pics of the kids...you could do an Art Wall...like my stairway (only with your kiddos Art!)

    Here: http://makemeasaint.blogspot.com/2013/12/thankful-part-i.html

    It's a long post, and I've hung more Art there...but you get the idea....
    You could do a mix of their Art and B&W pics of them....

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    1. See! I need a staircase like yours with the perfect nook to slide the piano into! Problem solved. I love your pictures. I read somewhere that you should always have something black to anchor a room…i.e. picture frame, lamp, decoration. (I love the palm trees in the sand picture, btw!) If you could see the rest of my house, I have pictures strategically placed on the walls so if I add more…it will be over kill. But! What about one big framed piece of art or a mirror?

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  4. Oh, Wal-mart has these cheap black frames, that you can easily put Art into...

    You don't need to spend a ton to make it homier...you could even do hooks between the door and the piano...I do like the idea of a shelf with my idea....:)

    OH, and I am not a decorating fairy either...

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    1. I had great luck with a black frame I needed for Clementine & mommy pictures. One hallway, leading toward our master bedroom, houses all of the baby & mommy frames…they are all black. it looks really neat! Some of the frames David made for me and I painted them black. Yours are so attractive especially against the wall color you have.

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  5. Hmm....I am no decorating diva, but I do like all the ideas. I would lean toward an inexpensive art piece or a mirror. What about a canvas art piece that you have photographed yourself? You are a talented photographer and I think you'd have a great scenery photo to frame. I have done some faux canvas pics done at Walmart and love them. I also did mounted canvas as Christmas gifts this year, also from Walmart, and they turned out really nice. As for the piano books, some type of covered basket/storage item in kind of a walnut brown color? I'm better Hobby Lobby would have something amazing like that. I think something that sits along side the piano to 'add' to the foyer look but not be awkward like 'hmm, why is that there?'

    Ok, probably not so helpful. Be sure and share what you do with the space. Can't wait to see it!

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    1. Canvas sounds like a great idea! Maybe some Texas natural landscape… Thanks for the compliment on the pictures as well the suggestions. I always admire the furniture at Hobby Lobby. I should keep an eye out for their furniture sales. Thanks, Sarah!

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  6. I'm not a decorator either, my house is pretty bare bones - especially right now, but what about a tall, narrow bookshelf to the left of the piano? You could put piano books and perhaps some cookbooks in it - isn't that space right by the kitchen? And put some other trinkets in the books shelf too.
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/377246906257178322/
    Put some kid books at the bottom for Miss C and stick a bean bag for a little "reading" nook? A tall plant with some twinkling lights?
    I'm sure you will think of something great!

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    1. I was thinking about a narrow book shelf, too. I like that idea, but it would definitely need to blend in. I was running an errand to Target and saw the cutest accent cabinet. It was a paprika red with window pane glass. So cute. I was not sure if the window panes would make it too busy.

      http://www.target.com/p/threshold-windham-accent-cabinet/-/A-14500789#prodSlot=medium_1_1

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  7. Ok... Loving all these comments... Here is what I think...( no professional decorator here! )

    On the one side away from the door, how about like a taller container of like branches...you could put white lights on or and keep it lit. I think lights are so welcoming!

    Then on the floor of the other side...a wooden crate of some sort to hold piano books?

    And above...you are an awesome photographer. I'm with Sarah. Get some canvas prints made and then hang some small musical notes ...black ones among the prints...

    Am I making sense?? Probably not!

    Good luck! : )

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    1. You know, Haunani did something really cute with a lit tree/ plant in her foyer. It wasn't your typical approach, but very attractive. I think she may have used branches in a tall vase if my memory serves me correctly. I told Jen that I saw a cute, red, accent table at Target. It had paned, glass doors on the front. I LOVED the color and have a matching chair in my living room. But I wasn't sure if the window panes were make the area too busy. If you have a chance, take a look at it here…

      http://www.target.com/p/threshold-windham-accent-cabinet/-/A-14500789#prodSlot=medium_1_1
      Thanks for the ideas!!

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    2. Oh! The piano notes on the wall. That is such a GREAT idea! I'll need to look for those… someone has to have them, right?

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  8. Oh love this kind of stuff! Love the ideas so far! My first thought was that you need a splash of color. I'd say pick your favorite color (ex like a teal blue?) and then a matching color...maybe light gray? I'd paint the back of your front door teal blue to make it bright, the foyer walls gray and then add a pretty hall runner rug that matches those colors. Add a large circle mirror (or the black/white photo idea) above the piano. Isn't your hub good at building? Maybe ask him to build a new piano bench that can also function as storage for the books and then you could add a pretty cushion on the bench that incorporates the teal blue/gray colors. :) Good luck!

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    1. It DOES need a splash of color! I have a paprika red, wooden chair in my living room that I painted. It added that pop that was needed. I would love to find a piece of red furniture for the side of the piano. I put the link up in Jen's and Billie Jo's response. If you have time, take a look at it. It is from Target. I wasn't sure about the glass window panes making it too busy or not. But I love it!

      I am wanting to paint, but that wall runs all the way through to the living room. That complicates things. There is no cut off to the left of the piano. :(

      But the door! Now THAT can be painted indeed.

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  9. Sorry, I had to look. Liked these:

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/303007881149596207/

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/285626801337242357/

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/243124079854931016/

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    1. Oh my gosh! Those colors make me want to scrap my entire interior and start over. Gosh! I wish I had an endless budget. LOL

      Blue is my FAVORITE color. But I'm saving that for our bedroom and bathroom. Which is a whole other topic! LOL

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  10. Make the hall way about music, my mother-n-law did that and it was truly lovely. Music notes on the walls and possibly framed sheets of music. I also love seeing piano scarves like this one:

    http://www.catholicembroidery.com/mantle-piano-scarf/

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    1. That idea of framed sheet music is a great idea as well! Even if it is just a small one off to the side of the piano or displayed on a book shelf (if I go that route.) Thank you for the lovely ideas!

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  11. OK, I'm back, these comments are so fun to read!!

    I can see you really are leaning towards that cabinet, get it, it seems like it's what you really want, then that mirror idea or any one of these ideas are great!

    I heard once that a mirror is most appropriate in the entry way of a home, because when guests come in, the first thing they see is a friendly face! hahaha, isn't that funny?

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    1. I love mirrors near the entry way!! My mom has one next to her front door. It is so pretty there. I have a mirror on a wall very near to the piano, in the dining room. I read that a mirror should be hung where the reflection across from it is pretty. If I hung it above the piano, I'm afraid I'd be at the reflection of my neighbor's double air condition unit. Ha ha! Do you have a mirror by your front entry way? I don't remember. I think in the nook area by your staircase would be a perfect place….if my memory serves me correctly!

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  12. Step one: I'm going to have a canvas print made of some beautiful Texas landscape…a field of bluebonnets and red paintbrushes that I shot photos of about four years ago. Thanks for the idea on that!!

    Once it is hung, I'll post a pic and then try to figure out step two.

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  13. Haven't read all the comments yet (middle of school day! :o) ) but I think a nice plant or two would look lovely, add color, and soften the smooth, hard lines. Maybe in a colored pot as well. Large narrow floor plant, or on the top of the piano. A soft, textured bench cushion would be a nice addition, too. I would say to find a few ways to add a little color, texture, and shine. I'll have to revisit to read everyone else's ideas, fun!! :o) Becky in OR

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    1. a coat rack? would add some vertical interest, and can put soft/colored/textured jackets or sweaters on it. Again...think of having your solid base (you have that already) and adding some color, texture, and shine. (mirror is great for the "shine," or some metallic piece(s) like a vase or picture frame) :o) Becky

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    2. The bench was in a different spot and I just threw it next to the piano. I really want another chair though, especially since Miss Clementine fell off backward the other day and hit her head directly onto the tile. I would still love to throw a cushion on that bench, but where do you find them? What about a coat tree to the right of the piano?

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