Where do you get your inspiration? I’m hoping at least some of you get some inspiration right here! I get a lot of my ideas from other bloggers, pinterest, magazines, books, and from touring other people’s homes.
Sometimes my ideas take a bit of time to come together. When I came across a big box full of player piano music at a local antique shop last fall I remembered seeing this photo on pinterest …
I loved the way Alison at the Modern Cottage Co wove the strips of player piano music to create a background, and I especially loved the discarded rolls on the floor under the buffet. So I was inspired to purchase a few rolls.
But then I didn’t want to just copy that exact idea for a furniture photo shoot. That just felt … well … like copying.
So I ended up using one roll of the paper to wrap Christmas gifts last year …
And I used a single roll here and there in furniture photos …
Then my friend Meggan and I were talking about my dining room makeover, which still wasn’t completed after more than a year, and she suggested that I use the rolls on my dining room wall. If you’ll remember way back to our tour of Meggan’s house in January 2015 she ‘wallpapered’ her study in book pages from an old dictionary. So why not do the same with player piano rolls?
Initially we were thinking this would work well on the barn board wall. I pulled a roll out and discovered it was exactly the right width to fit between the battens. But I really didn’t like the way that looked, it was too stripe-y with the barnwood batten between each vertical strip of paper. Instead, I decided to use the paper on the walls on either side of my window. Then it only took me another 9 months or so to actually execute the idea!
I was finally spurred into action by finding some additional rolls of music at Oronoco Gold Rush. It was my sister who pointed out one that was titled ‘Dinner Music’. How perfect for the dining room!
I really just totally went with the easiest way I could think of to adhere the paper. Staples.
I stapled each strip at the top, a couple of times down the sides and at the bottom. I left a bit of the paper rolled up at the top of each strip. It will be super simple to remove when I grow tired of it, but in the meantime I’m kind of loving it.
By the way, see that ‘Charles Strand’ sign above the giant clock? That is the original sign from Mr. Q’s great-grandfather’s store in Marine on the St. Croix, MN. I did a little research on the Minnesota Historical Society’s website recently and found a photo from 1910 that includes the sign.
Seriously, how cool is that?
On the opposite side of the window I hung an old military photo that we saved from Mr. Q’s dad’s house and an old banjo that we saved from my dad’s things (both of our fathers have passed away) above the Belgian bench.
So what do you think of my player piano music walls, are you inspired to cover any of your walls? Or maybe you’d like to stock up on some rolls for future present wrapping? I had quite a few rolls left over so I’m sending some to Reclaiming Beautiful today to sell for $4 each, so if you are local be sure to swing by there this weekend to check them out!