wall art ideas for MUSIC LOVERS

If you are a music lover consider these options:

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1) hang musical instruments on the wall, an acoustic or electric guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, tambourine, saxophone, bugle, hand drums, maracas, (check the internet for possible safety concerns in hanging instruments or for wall-mounted stands)


2) frame album covers of favorite music,

3) a small bust of a favorite composer (they don’t have to be made of marble, or large, or expensive: I have a small inexpensive resin bust of Beethoven), place on wall shelf or place near wall art

4) mat and frame posters of concerts, performers, composers, or musicians,

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photos or photocopies of musicians, performers, and/or concerts,

6) mat and frame photocopies (printed onto antique-looking paper) of original compositions, check on the internet, there are images of the original compositions of Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky…

7) mat and frame sheet music (available at music stores or check beethoven manuscript 3used-book stores and thrift stores for old music/piano books)

8) print an image directly onto sheet music, sizing the image so that it is surrounded/framed by the sheet music, then mat and frame

9) scatter musical notes and musical symbols on the wall, vary the size of the notes/symbols, cut-out from stiff paper, poster board, plywood, balsa wood, or foam board and paint/color or consider using washi tape to create the notesbeethoven script

10) display memorabilia, concert tickets, programs, autographs /signatures, concert photos, concert t-shirts, create a collage of memorabilia or display separately. beethoven stamp
(I just realized I have a scarf of the Beatles dating from about 1965 when I was a giggling 12-year old crushing on Paul McCartney. It’s packed away and rarely seen; framed, it would be a fun piece of wall art and a great conversation starter, especially among  my Old Lady peers.)

11) place wall art and related objects near a piano or other large musical instrument like a cello, base, or drum set


12) group wall art and related objects with a stereo or turn-table, vintage record player, gramophone, or phonograph, vintage transistor radio, antique radio,

13) create a
gallery or collage of images of favorite composers, instruments, vintage radios, gramophones, and record players, autographs of favorite musicians, performers, composers,

14) store, stack, or shelve CD’s, tapes, records, or 45’s nearby


Personalizing wall art

I have been posting for months about creating inexpensive wall art and the variety of sources available for designs—books, the internet, ephemera, artists and their work, specific sites, and specific books—when in fact the very best source for wall art, the most valuable resource…is you!

Don’t limit yourself to the traditional, the conventional, or what’s easy; think beyond “art” work and personal photographs and get creative. Wall art is not limited to images on paper or canvas. Don’t be afraid to be creative…to be “off the wall” on your walls. Whatever you do, it’s not set in stone. If you think of something, try it. If it doesn’t work take it down. No big deal. Try something else. Don’t get discouraged. Play with it, have fun. You may try lots of different ideas before you find one that really works, that you really love.

Wall art is more than décor; it is also a form of self-expression, and a means of communication. Interesting wall art can be a great conversation starter. It is also a way of surrounding yourself with what you love. The trick is to translate your personal interests into wall art for your home.  

Start by considering all the things you are interested in, the things that you love, the things that fascinate or thrill, the things that bring you joy and make you happy, the things you have passion for: all your hobbies, avocations, and interests. Write them down, keep a running list and keep adding to it as you think of more things. You probably have more interests and are a more interesting person than you ever realized.

Some possible areas of interest:

Cooking-Gardening-Nature-Animals & Insects-History-Literature-Music-Dance-Architecture-Film-Theater-T.V.-Technology-Sports-Events-Fashion-Travel-Cars-Trains-Planes-Ships-Lighthouses-Cities-Paris-London… you get the  idea…Think of interesting places you have been or places you would like to go. Things you have done or would like to do.

Next, make a mental inventory of all the things that you possess that are related to a specific interest: images, photos, books, ephemera, memorabilia, clothing, newspaper headlines, models, busts, dishes/cups/glasses, souvenirs, magazine covers, maps. 

Begin to create a nook, cranny, bookcase, table, corner, or wall of special interest. Place objects on shelves, bookcases, tabletops, dressers or other furniture, and team them with related wall art that reflect your special interest.

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downsizing book collections: in a nut shell

If you don’t have the time or inclination to read every post about downsizing your book collection, here is the information in a nutshell. 

1) Determine the reasons for your book collection: ego…décor…work-related…laziness…reference…sentiment…impressing other people…making a statement…keeping a literary scoreboard…entertainment….information? If your collection has become unmanageable, it might be time to realign priorities.

2) Avoid buying on impulse, and read before shelving. The same applies to gifts of books, read before shelving.

3) Break-up by-author collections and only keep the work you really love.

4) Examine your reading “habits” and stop doing what doesn’t work. Don’t feel compelled to finish a book you’re not enjoying. It’s a waste of time and life is short.

5) Establish criteria for keeping or discarding books. Determine what makes a volume valuable enough to haul, warehouse, and keep dusted? 

6) Continue to refine and define the initial criteria

7) Decide if a book is being read or used (reference) regularly…annually…every five years…every ten years?

8) Decide what to do with discarded books: sell, share, trade, or donate.

9) Consider an e-reader to replace some or all of your books.  

10) Consider when sorting non-fiction: is the information still interesting, is it duplicated in another volume, is it out dated, is it reliable or sensational, is it readily available on the internet, do you think you should be interested or are you truly interested?

11) Decide if you’re keeping a book as a way of honoring the person who gave it to you even though you don’t especially like the book? Is there a better way to honor the person?

In summary:  Keep the best of a subject, keep what’s most comprehensive, keep what you’re truly interested in, keep what you really love, and discard the rest.

downsizing book collections: the bottom line

Over the past five or six years I have discarded probably 45 boxes of books, mostly fiction. I have found that I downsize in waves or rounds as tastes evolve, spaces change, priorities shift, and I move more and more towards an uncluttered, streamlined look. Each time I downsize, the criteria are refined and more precisely defined.

It is finally coming down to this…non-fiction booksI read myself to sleep every night; have done so since I was ten. Each evening when it’s time to think about sleep there’s a slight feeling of dread that is probably common for most insomniacs. Will I actually sleep or will I toss and turn, tired but unable to fall asleep. Then I consider the book I’m currently reading. Do I look forward to climbing into bed and returning to the book? If there’s a sense of anticipation, of pleasure, of knowing that even if I can’t sleep I will enjoy time spent with the book, then it’s definitely a keeper. The bottom line, the ultimate guideline—the definitive criterion–keep what you love–not what’s mildly entertaining, somewhat engaging, or slightly amusing.   

Fixing what isn’t broken

I must confess I am SERIOUSLY annoyed! Once again the theme (template) has been changed and I now have absolutely no control over font color or size, or line spacing. I really WISH technology would stop fixing what isn’t broken. As if this whole process wasn’t challenging enough! And now I have to re-figure how to maneuver around the screen to create posts.  Excuse the rant. I’m going to go into the corner, growl for awhile, and ponder what to do next. Grrrr!

today’s thought

Simplicity is a great virtue but it requires hard work to achieve it and education to appreciate it. And to make matters worse: complexity sells better.                                                           Edsger Wybe Dijkstra

thought for the day

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.

                                                                              Charles Mingus