Inspired Shoestrings: Instruments, Etc

For those of us who don’t shop at Pier 1 or Crate Barrel with any sort of regularity, here is a series on decorating with imagination.  Shopping at Salvation Army (or better yet, shopping from your own basement) may not be incredibly glamorous – but it’s incredibly satisfying.

Inspired Shoestrings, Part 6: Instruments, Etc

Each post in this series has had one thing in common: decorating with things from your own home, showing your own personality and flair.  For Jon and I to do that, we must use music.

Bass, piano, guitar, bits of cello and percussion, and singing are often heard in our home.  Naturally, instruments are everywhere.  Our house has a good number of rooms, but they’re the small rooms of the typical old colonial. 

Hm.  Where to put all those instruments?

My super handy hubby nailed hooks to our living room wall, and….PRESTO!

Who needs framed art?  Playable art is more like it.  🙂

All you have to do is grab this sucker, sit on a speaker or something nearby, and croon.

Or play bass if you’re feeling just a little bit cooler.

It’s hard to hang a cello on the wall, though.  So that sits next to the coffee maker.

Maybe the caffeine will inspire my fingers to play well.  Or not.  It looks pretty though.

If you’re not into music, what else could you hang on your wall?  What couldn’t you? 

One of my favorite movies is The Interpreter, starring Sean Penn and Nicole Kidman.  Kidman’s character grew up in Africa and collected ceremonial masks.  These are hung in her apartment alongside photos of her homeland.  It’s one of the most beautiful and inviting sets I’ve seen – simple and unified, clearly showing her interests.

What are you into?  What’s lurking in your basement, unused and full of potential?  What’s growing in your yard?  It’s time to get creative!

Well, I hope this series has inspired you to try something new or repurpose something old around your house.  I never imagined how much fun it would be to have a place of my own to fill up, mess up, clean, and repeat. 

Hope you’re having fun out there too!  🙂


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