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Ready for Summer Entertaining + Giveaway

Monday, June 1st, 2015

I welcome this time of year, the transition from a regimented school schedule to a relaxed summer schedule – June and July are months we take it easy and invite friends into the backyard for much merriment. We had a group over to our house yesterday and my brother’s family stopped by for a barbeque. Knowing guests were on their way I spent Saturday cleaning and planting and then Sunday preparing food and drinks.

I was invited by World Market to participate in their summer campaign focused on outdoor entertaining, so with gift cards in hand I paid a visit to my local store on Friday to stock up. In summer I like to use my potting bench as a beverage bar on our upper patio, it has a nice view of our hobby vineyard and is a great place to lounge and chat with visitors.

beverage bar wine barrel side table

World Market is an easy one stop shop for food and drink items too, I picked up some cheeses and savory treats, sparkling juices, mineral water, and two bottles of wine and they make it so easy to fill a large drink dispenser with sparkling soda or juice infused with citrus for a sweet summer refresher.

outdoor beverage bar


sparkling limon over ice


white wine ice bucket


tray of glasses


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Baby Grand Pianos

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

I haven’t written much about the baby grand piano that sits in our living room, but you may have noticed it in off to the side in pictures over the years. We owned a basic wood upright piano for a few years but then gave it away to some friends when we inherited Matt’s grandfather’s black baby grand ten years ago. I was again thinking about the baby grand when the bottom of the bench started to bow at the weight of books of music and as I removed them to repair it, I started thumbing through them remembering all the tunes I keep promising myself I’ll learn to play someday.

Matt and my middle daughter are the only two that play, I haven’t sat down in a long time although I took lessons years ago and got pretty good at chords and scales and even learned to play a version of “Silent Night” at Christmas a few years ago, although if you asked me to play it now I couldn’t! Everyone who comes into our home is drawn to the baby grand, especially children. All of the visiting ones want to play it and it’s never off limits, even to my two year old nephew as long as it’s treated gently.

black baby grand piano living room

The piano is a family heirloom and the first thing you see when you walk into our home. It’s in tune but could use a good cleaning and a polish – it will forever hold sentimental value. Of all the sounds that occur in a home in our media and tech dominated world, the sound of piano keys still remains a favorite, whether it’s a child tinkling with the keys or real melodies being played.

A baby grand piano is an elegant instrument, one that adds an air of formality to a space. When I catch the sight of a grand piano in a home or a hotel lobby, I always pause and smile. Do you?

grand piano in corner

 irvin serrano


wood grand piano

rachel belden interiors


living room

owens + davis


burled wood baby grand piano

louise jones interiors

wall gallery baby grand

 joy tribout design


black piano gray chairs

j hirsch interiors

 classic wood baby grand piano

jonathan legate


black grand piano

 whitten architects


black baby grand piano

blair harris

Does your family have a piano or did you grow up with one? Do you play? Is there a history behind the piano in your home?