Our New Piano: Piano Styling and Décor

Recently, we received a wonderful gift from my Mother-in-law, Cindy, a piano. The piano was her pride & joy for the past several years. She was ready to pass it on to the next generation and in the process buy an upgraded instrument. This new development was not a completely unexpected addition to our home, we did not expect for it to happen for a few more months. You see, Cindy had been looking around at new pianos off and off for a few years and hadn’t found anything that spoke to her. When we got word of her new purchase we were a bit surprised; however, after seeing the new piano, we completely understood. It is stunning!

Delivery day was very soon thereafter and it would be a mixture of happiness and sadness for Cindy. While her beloved old piano would be departing to its new home with us, a brand new masterpiece would be moving in! The old piano was welcomed into our home with excitement, mostly from me. We had made space in our small townhome for the new-to-us item the previous evening. Ever the level thinker, Geoff was concerned about the logistics of having such a large piece of furniture enter our already brimming home. Meanwhile, I was on cloud nine…

(Cell phone photo from delivery day)

I always wanted to play an instrument proficiently. Two instruments always stuck out in my mind, the piano and the guitar. As children, piano lessons were common among my friends. Very quickly, I realized/decided three things: I would probably make a gawky and comical teen pianist, the guitar looked and sounded cooler, and if I were to learn the piano, I would want to learn on the real thing. In the end, I took guitar lessons and lacked the commitment and will power needed to make something of it.

With an additional 15 years under my belt, I am far more optimistic about the prospect of learning an instrument. I don’t have much in the way of down time these days, but a few major things have changed. I have the maturity to stick with something, a greater appreciation for a variety of music and now… a piano!

The second most exciting thought about our new piano was that I would be able to decorate it!

I had a few general ideas in mind and scouted out other ideas on the web.

I loved the Idea of a grouping of artwork above the piano with a few lamps on top.

Via Emily A Clark

Via Right Up My Alley

Via Shades of Blue Interiors

The laid-back feel of layered artwork leaned against each other accompanied by fresh greenery is also very appealing.

Via Lonny

Via The 36th Avenue

Ultimately, I’ll probably go for something in between…

Via Design Sponge

Via Love The Tompkins

Via Two Thirty Five Designs

Via One Kings Lane

Via Bo Bedre

And although our piano is an upright, grand pianos deserve an honorable mention, to say the least! These were a few of my absolute favorites. (I see a library complete with rolling ladder and grand piano in my future… or at least in my dreams)

The Menil home
via Flipboard

Via Vogue

Via Jonathan Legate

Via Marika Meyer Interiors

Via tumblr

Do you play or own a piano? How would you incorporate a piano into the décor of your home?

Where Has the Time Gone – Part Two: The New Year

In yesterday’s post, I brought you up to speed on our events and happenings. Here’s a bit of what happened in the interim.

Geoff and I took off work the week after Christmas to devote as much time as possible to our little man. We explored the Battleship Texas

… Did some camping and fishing…

But were glad to be home at the end of the week.

New Year’s Day was spent with treasured friends and gave us time to reflect on how much God has blessed us over the last year. I also made a New Year’s Resolution to read more, but I’ll share about that further in an upcoming post.

When we went back to work and school in early January, life went back into the fast, fun pace our family usually sustains.

Major events of note include the acquisition of my new wing chairs. I’ll be posting soon about how I am planning to update these beauties!

And I can’t forget to mention my new look! I am loving my Long Bob cut and can’t wait to tell you more about styling tips, etc.

I really enjoyed decorating for Valentine’s Day as well this year. The pressure of the big holidays was off and who doesn’t like a healthy dose of pink! 😉

And I got to spend the holiday of Love with the two most handsome guys I know!

As I look back over the past few months, I abundantly grateful for the time spent with family and friends. There were times when I missed blogging or began to felt guilty for a lack of posts. Each time I felt God telling me, “No, it’s time to be present and enjoy the moment.” So I did….

… And it was wonderful!

I have enjoyed reviewing the past few months and I am so excited to bring you more updates on ongoing projects, etc.

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you back here soon!

Where Has the Time Gone – Part One: The Holidays

It has been almost three months since my last post… It certainly doesn’t seem like the last three months could have possibly gone by so quickly!

As you may have noticed, Instagram has been my substitute blog in the meantime. Ya’ll Instagram is my spirit animal… Attractive images, quick posts… I may or may not have a slight IG addiction, but I’m back in the blogging saddle and ready to get moving on new content!

And now, I am excited to catch you up on what has been moving and shaking in my world!

We had a very busy Holiday season in both my work and personal life, so although it is almost half way through February, I feel like I am just now taking a breath. Thanksgiving was a laid back event with my family. My siblings are beginning to get to the age where they are stretching their wings and are rarely home. Although I am so happy that they are following their dreams, it was the first season/semester for us to see them so infrequently. On Thanksgiving Day, we had a small dinner with just our family. We talked, caught up, laughed and enjoyed being under the same roof for a change.

December was filled with Christmas tree cutting,

Polar Express driving,

Symphony Date Nights,

And lots, and lots, and lots of decorations!!!

Our Christmas was a similarly simple affair with Geoff’s family. In the past few years, we have gone to New Orleans to spend the yuletide holiday with my extended family. This year it was time to slow things down. With gifts around the tree and tummies full of good food, we took it easy.

How did you spend the Holiday season?

I’ll be back tomorrow to catch you up on all of our happenings in the New Year!

100th Post – Top 10 Posts

Happy Saturday!

I am very excited to bring you the 100th post on la sale design blog!!! To celebrate the 100th post, I’m featuring the top 10 most popular posts.


1) Storage Baskets & Bins – This is an oldie but goodie showcasing attractive yet practical storage options. I implemented one of these options in my home to store/conceal my son’s toys in our living room.


2) Blooming Nine Patch in Progress – This poor quilt top has been a work in progress since the very beginning. It has been hard to make the time to finish this beauty, but I hope to have it complete soon!


3) Tutorial: Train Décor, Banner and Signs – We did a Train themed party for my son’s 2nd birthday and I meticulously planned everything down to the last detail. Then, made my templates available to you so you don’t go as crafting-crazy as I did!


4) Sconces – As I look back over this post, I am inspired to do more like it. This post featured high-end and affordable sconce options.



5) Bedding: All Ruffled Up – Feminine details have grown on my over the past few years and I love the bedding options featured on this post… I’m just not sure if my poor husband will ever go for it!


6) X Marks the Bench – Drool worthy “X Benches” and tons of glamour!


7) Five Ways to Use Otomi in Your Home – My boss just came back from Mexico City with another of these beauties! Take a look and see how you can implement this design in your home.


8)  Chevron Burlap Wreath Tutorial – In the last few years, I have received many complements on this wreath. My favorite element is still the chevron burlap ribbon. It just looks like Fall fin personified!


9)  Becca’s Dorm Reveal – I am so proud of this space! It was later featured on the website for her university!


10)  Finished Tarva Nightstand – Pieces in a child’s room can be so special, especially when a personal touch has been implemented. This particular piece was stained to match a family piece in the same room!


I hope you’ve enjoyed this walk down memory lane as much as I have!


Have a fabulous weekend!


Friday Florals – Tulips

Happy Good Friday!

Today’s post is going to be relatively short and sweet. I’ve wanted to do a Friday Floral post on Tulips since last year. So here’s a little feature on a flower that is so popularly used in spring décor and during the Easter holiday season.

















Wishing you all a Happy Easter Holiday weekend!