To decorate or not to decorate- this is the question! I think I've finally come to a conclusion on the best way to decorate my piano.
Here's the deal- I teach some young children who in the past have been very distracted by all of my musical knick-knacks that lined the top of my piano. It wasn't cluttered- but that little pan flute just screamed to be tried out, and the little grand piano that rings when you push the keyboard- well, it was meant to be pushed! Not just pushed, but pushed every 5 minutes! And the old fashioned school bell- everyone wants to hear that sound again. You get the picture.
SO. I decided that a more 'grown-up' and less-appealing-to-the-childish-eye decor was in order. And you know what? It's working! Not a single child felt drawn to the top of my piano last week during lessons.
Here's a peek at what I did:
I found this candle holder at Value Village for $3. It was exactly what I had in mind when I went to the store to look- I actually looked twice to make sure it was really there.
I found this candle at Wheaton's, marked down to just under $3. I had in mind a more beige shade of colour, but this works just fine since much of the other decor (and the wood of the piano) has brown tones.
On the left I put a vase of pine cones leftover from Christmas, along with my wooden baby grand and one of the inspiring wood blocks I got at a craft show for $1.
On the right is another inspiring wood block, and a lantern that I've had for ages but still love. That lantern has graced many places in our home since we've been married.
Intertwined around my decor is some greenery- I was actually looking for ivy, but couldn't find it, (except for the starter vine growing on my kitchen windowsill!) And wound throughout the greenery are some clear twinkle lights, which create a wonderful glow, especially at night. (Who said that twinkle lights are just for Christmas?)
I'm pleased with the results- a homey feel above the keyboard, making the piano one of the most inspiring places to be in our home (if you're a pianist). :)