A Minimal Traditional Music Room

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 “Music is my delight” says a character of Jane Austen in Pride & Prejudice. If you are on the same page then you probably understand why a Music Room can be a really great luxury in any house. Because although learning an instrument is wonderful it can be a little waring on everyone to have to listen to the 5 year old scratch out Mary Had A Little Lamb on the violin at 6:30 AM.

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If you think I’m exaggerating then you clearly didn’t grow up in a family of more than one kid.  Take it from someone who grew up in a family of 9, if you have the option and have any musical ambition for your kids you should put in a Music Room. It can be very necessary to at least have the option to be able to close the door on scales (no matter what time of day with those).

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This one in my parent’s  house is a room I’ve always loved. Traditional yet beautifully minimal, it is a lovely example of how traditional style does not have to be cluttery. More isn’t always better. Sometimes it’s just more.

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It’s also a lesson in surrounding yourself with things that have meaning to you. My Mom is a master at this which makes her home feel like her- it evokes memories and reflects things that she stands for.

Above the piano hangs a picture of each of us at the age of 3. Though they are so 90s they are so good. I’ve always loved those happy faces smiling at me. As a little girl it made me feel special to be up on the wall with everyone. I am the little blonde one 3 in from the right.

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On the piano is a bust of Jesus Christ given to my Dad by someone to say thank you when he was done serving in a Bishopric in our church (which is a group of 3 men who work together to help the congregation- like a pastor only not paid and they switch it every 5 years or so).

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Little bottles scattered around the room are filled with sand from places they’ve traveled. My Mom is one of the most sentimental people I know. The type that sends out a picture on the group text of her Tupperware that has broken after 30 years. That Tupperware raised us! I get it.

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The little statuary of the kneeling couple is my parents to a T. How do you think they raised 7 children to adulthood? Being a parent can be challenging and it helps a lot to have someone you can rely on for direction. 

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Meaningful books, a clock that was her grandmother’s. I think you get the idea. The painting above the mantel is one that she did that I love.

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The one above the chair is a picture of Holland that my younger brother painted for her before he left on his 2 year mission to the Netherlands.

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Maybe she could’ve found prettier things or art in a designer store but by choosing items that are meaningful to her, her house comes alive.

When you are designing spaces don’t worry about everything being “perfect”. Create a place that you feel comfortable in and that tells your story. 

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What are some of your favorite rooms or heirlooms? Leave them in the comments below. I’d love to read about them.