This post has been a long time coming. It was MONTHS ago (around January) when I Instagrammed us making plans for something exciting... which I'm sure you all guessed form this (slightly awkward) photo, resembling something close to the death scene of a semi-grand, that we were adding a new piano to our space!
Well, after a LOT of planning, furniture moving and MONEY to get Cason's childhood piano from his parents home to ours... it's finally here!!!
I'll have to admit, I was a
bit lot hesitant on bringing in such a LARGE black, showy piece of decor into our bright, airy, casual, small-ish space. One, because I knew it would definitely become the rooms main focal point, and second, I was worried about it fitting in with my living rooms existing elements.
After playing with a few different patterns, we finally chose a set of new, colorful, designer, living room pillows from The Black Goose Design, that helped us to tie in that big, beautiful, sleek piano with what is STILL one of our most favorite and busiest rooms in the house.
I've said it a million times... I'm not a decorator, but I LOVE to decorate.
It's amazing to me what a stunning new rug, a set of luxurious, custom throw pillows or a new sitting chair in a bold fabric can do for a space.
It's taken me a while to finally shake off the preconceived notion that everything in my space needs to "match" or "go together".
I'll ALWAYS like chippy, painted, distressed furniture and a modern cottage-house vibe; there's something about that whole look that makes me feel like a home is well lived in, but that doesn't mean I can't throw in a few contemporary elements that my husband likes into the mix too... and this my friends, is where OUR personal style shines through!
I'm not sure if you've had the chance to read the book, The Perfectly Imperfect Home, but I read it from cover to cover on our trip in Mexico and drank up EVERY bit of advice that was given.
For someone like me who tends to love decorating, but is not a trained/schooled professional, the pro's tips and ticks inside these pages were really helpful and interesting; but the best part about the book, I thought, was the fact that it talks so much about creating a home that's 100% personalized to YOUR liking and something that you love and enjoy dwelling in, without telling you exactly how to do it, and only giving you really great directions on how to create a sense of cohesion, in what sometimes can become decorating confusion and pattern/color/decor madness for some of us.
It was really inspiring for me, because even though I KNOW that, sometimes (especially as a blogger, who shares her home with hundreds of thousands of people online) I occasionally feel the need to fit into a mold of what I think people want to see, or what may be "the next big thing".
Well guess what? I'm SO DONE feeling that way!
I'm okay with the fact that I may not be "trendy" or a "trend-setter", and am just happy to use trendy items in my home now and then when I feel like it! Our wall colors and treatments lean towards a more traditional vibe, and our big, expensive pieces of furniture are purchased or custom made with 'safe', durable, neutral colors and fabrics, so they last a long time.
BUT, if I want to throw an orange funky pillow into our space... I will!
A big ol' piano in one of my living room corners, because I just love to hear my husband belt out a little Zac Brown Band, Billy Joel or Phantom of the Opera... then so be it!
I just love that musical kid, who wooed me with his singing and playing skills on this very piano, when we were dating... and still does.
This past year, with diving headfirst into a kitchen remodel, tackling our basement and adding lots of quirky, sometimes funky and even odd tables, pillows and accessories into our space... I've learned that having NO plan, and just going for it, is what usually makes OUR personal decorating style work perfectly for US!
By having the base colors of our home be more neutral, and the overall feel maybe a bit more traditional, we're able to have a lot more freedom accenting with all different kinds of "on-trend-at-the-moment" styles and colors that we may like to try, from time to time. It's the IDEAL solution for a home decor/design obsessed wife who can never make up her mind, and a husband who loves changing things up now and again to make our space interesting.