Our house is beginning to come together, one small area at a time! For today's show-and-tell I thought I would share the top of the piano (and portions of the living room). The piano sits along the half wall that borders the entry way. The stairs down to the front door are behind the wall. I've been trying to figure out what I want to put on the piano. I didn't want to put anything very fragile for fear of it getting accidently knocked off, but I couldn't decide just what I did want. First, let me show you how it's coming together... and then tell you how it came about... and then maybe you can offer suggestions!
The picture on the wall is beside the stairs. It's a Norman Rockwell print that I've always loved. (Rachel gave it to me years ago.) I put that picture up a couple weeks ago, before I started thinking about the piano. You would think it would have occurred to me that whatever went on that wall needed to go with whatever went on top of the piano... but, no, I didn't think of that.
Well, I was in Michael's a couple days ago and they had their spring flower "bushes" on clearance. I loved the tulips, and knew the color would be perfect for the living room. I was also needing some blue flowers to tie in with a little bit of blue in the drapes, so I thought the hyacinths would go, too, and the tiny white narcissus were too pretty to pass up, too. At the time I thought I might make an arrangement in the brass vase I showed you last week. So I brought the flowers home and started messing around with them. They were just too much for the brass vase, but as I worked with the flowers I suddenly noticed how they reflected the flowers in the Norman Rockwell print. At that moment I knew they had to go on the piano... and I started wondering how I could reflect that picture on the piano. I immediately thought of Mother's gloves... and the tray basket is just perfect for keeping hymnals close at hand to the piano! (I have several more old hymnals... just haven't come across them yet in my unpacking. Not sure why they weren't all together.)
Now I'm trying to decide if I need something on each end of the piano, or if I want to move the basket to one end to make room for a piano lamp in the middle, and put something else on the other end. What do you think?
Here's a picture of the window end of the room showing the corner of the piano and the drapes I'm working with:
Now I've showed you and I've told you my decorating dilemma! Any suggestions?