I’m on the fence when it comes to the new age, power of positive thinking many bloggers seem to embrace heartily. I had a dose of it at Camp Mighty and when I made my life list, but I can’t say it’s a regular part of my life. I’m not discrediting it, I’m just saying I don’t put enough thought or action into the practice to form much of an opinion. Speaking of my life list, I need to get on that. I need to review it every now and then and see what I can chip away the same way I do here weekly with The William Morris Project.
Maybe that’s why I can’t entirely discredit the idea that thoughts become things. When I wrote my intentional home list in January, I considered it a list I would take years to tackle. But here I am, every week–every day, really–thinking about my house and what will make it a home. And somehow, things are happening. I’m thinking things into existence (new age) or my commitment to the project makes me act when normally I wouldn’t (practical). All I know is that I was thinking about the living room a few weeks ago, and how I would love for it to have an upright piano. Then my carpool partner dropped Mikey off from school. I went out to greet her and, knowing her mother plays the piano, asked her to let me know if she hears of anyone looking to sell an upright.
Her eyebrows shot up and she said, “You can buy ours. My brother just gave me his latest hand-me-down, so I’m looking to get rid of the one we used as kids.”
She sold us her piano for $100.
Those of you familiar with pianos will recognize this is a modest piano. We bought this piano for Nicholas and it’s perfect for our needs. We hope to start him in lessons this year or the next. Either way, it’s his and piano lessons will be his thing, the thing Mikey can’t take over. I love my Mikey, but his personality is like a vacuum. It draws everyone in. It commands attention. He is smart and athletic and creative, and I think Nicholas sometimes gets the shaft as the younger brother to someone who lives as large as Mikey does. I would like for Nicholas to do something that doesn’t require him to follow in his brother’s footsteps.
This is how the piano normally looks. The candle and vase are up there because that’s where the Mister places them. They didn’t bother me enough to move them, though they won’t always stay there. The rest are cards from Mikey’s 8th birthday last week. 8!
Yesterday I played around with the styling, trying to see what I want to do in the future. I always imagined large scale photograph on that wall.
I propped my landscape and brought over two brass candlesticks to see how it would look, but the painting is too small in scale and the overall look is too traditional. I don’t have any large scale photography right now, but I grabbed some framed prints and did a mock-up to get a feel for how it would look. I would hang whatever I decide on for the final product, of course.
It looked okay, but the scale is still off. The frame is too tall, perhaps not wide enough. The pictures on either side were also distracting me. I wouldn’t leave them up if I hung a large scale photograph over the piano, so I took another picture cropping them out.
It’s better, but I think it’s still too tall and narrow.
I’m not sure if it’s because the scale looks better with the candle and vase or if it’s the power of groups of 3, but I think this looks better. I’ll keep playing around until I find the magic. So, I purchased a piano. I can strike that off the list! Of course, I just added “Style the piano” to the list. Maybe I wasn’t that far off when I thought The William Morris Project would take me years.
Edited to add: Hah! Two people in the comments reminded me that you don’t style pianos that you play. I had a piano growing up and played for over 10 years…the top was always kept clear. I’ve been reading blogs too long, thinking the piano needs to be styled! Well, that just makes finding the right scale photograph/frame all the more important–relatively speaking.
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