This home is full of interesting angles and indents when it comes to the walls, especially in the great room. The wall in the living room (on the opposite side of this wall is the reading room) has been a little tricky. We always thought it would be a prime spot for some bookcases, but with the shelves we just installed in the reading room, it seemed a little redundant to have more bookcases. So we stuck a bench here and hung a grid of frames for the last month or so until we figured it out.
It’s safe to say I’m glad we held out. We inherited this beautiful piano from Chris’s parents this week and it fits in the space perfectly. The piano was originally purchased by Chris’s great-grandmother, Delilah, and has been passed down from generation to generation.
His parents are selling their home (the one Chris helped his dad build) and downsizing, and with that a lot of larger items they aren’t moving with them. We feel so blessed–beyond, really–to be the recipients of this beautiful piano that not only Chris grew up playing and practicing on, but his ancestors did as well. It makes me want to learn how to play, to teach Greta how to play, but I’ll settle for listening to Chris tickle the ivories until he gets around to sharing his knowledge. Chris’s mom refinished it about 16 years ago and it still looks amazing. That grain. It kills me.
The piano doesn’t have a bench, so we’re on the hunt for something to use there. I’d also love to get a larger plant for the corner–maybe a hanging fern (?) and a lamp. And some sheet music storage. So this once weird wall has a little way to go. But, I did hang a Ribba picture ledge we used in our last home in the stairwell and leaned a few art-filled frames above the piano. Initially, I had the frames leaning on the piano itself, but with Greta and Charly always running around, occasionally bumping the piano–it eased our minds a whole lot more to have them nestled in this ledge.
With Chris being the youngest of seven siblings, it’s a miracle we ended up with the piano. It turns out sticking with piano lessons longer than the rest of the bunch will eventually reward you with a pretty piano for your house. And, well, I guess I get to reap that reward too. #luckiest
Anyone else the recipient of a family heirloom? There’s something about having this piano (or anything that has been in the family) in our house that really makes it feel some much more like home. Finally!
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