Paul & I bought a house. How exciting!
Most of the house has been beautifully updated. However, we did want to do some updating ourselves to the family room downstairs, which is going to be my piano studio room.
The walls have paneling.
And those light fixtures are straight out of the seventies.
It is a nice, large room for my studio, though!
Love the fireplace. The tile flooring is nice, too. Lots of potential.
The doors lead to this patio which is under the deck.
This weekend, my mom and sister (plus her two boys) drove down to help us paint the room. Here is a photo of the room with a coat of primer and the trim painting white.
Notice my new light fixtures? And the three paint samples on the wall? We decided to go with the top paint sample. We ended up removing the mantelpiece over the fireplace. The wall around the fireplace will be painted blue to create an accent wall.
Here is a photo of the room with a coat of the light gray on the walls. It’s coming together!
My sister and I, proud of our handiwork! The paint job and the new light fixtures really brighten up the room. Can’t wait to get my piano in here.
Later, I’ll try to share photos of the rest of the house.
Last week, I attended the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP) — an awesome conference for piano teachers that takes place in Lombard, Illinois (which is about 30-minutes west of Chicago). Here is a photo of me with my 3 roommates (including my cousin and a friend from grad school) plus a new friend from Vancouver.
One evening, we had dinner at a delicious Italian restaurant.
During one of the sessions the next day, I ran into the same two ladies again. They are familiar with my blog about piano teaching and have even used my music history curriculum for their own music history camps!
The next night, my roommates and I ate at a Greek Restaurant. Yum!
In the exhibit hall at the conference, I browsed lots of books and games for piano teaching and even was able to meet some composers of music for students to play.
I learned so much at the sessions I attended. I have already started using some of the things I learned as I taught lessons so far this week!
My roommates and I are hoping to attend this particular conference again when it is held again in 2015. 🙂
This past week, I held a music history camp for some of my students. We studied a different period in music history each day, as well as a different composer each day.
Five students signed up for this camp — all girls! They loved talking with each other — and they loved snacktime on the porch, too.
We had a fun week. 🙂
I found this cute phone stand at a rummage sale last week for $15. They don’t make these things anymore! It’s already been painted nicely, so I just have to recover the cushion. 🙂
My Music History camp starts today! I think I’m ready for my campers to arrive!
This morning, I went to an epic rummage sale at a church in Maumee. The basement, main floor, outside, and upstairs had tables and racks of things to browse through, and the prices were rock-bottom low. I got some music books, a couple of composer biographies, this scarf, and some other odds and ends.
I love my new scarf. It’s from J. Crew (read: expensive brand) and I paid 50 cents for it!
I blame my family (both sides) for my thrifty genes. I go to Goodwill biweekly (at least) and I’m so thrilled that garage sale season is here!
Coda found a nice place to rest…and perhaps do a toothpaste commercial too.
Paul surprised me with an early Christmas gift yesterday: a new kitty! She’s black and about 4-5 months old, and her name is Coda. She’s adorable!
Nice to meet you.
I am quarantined to the bathroom until I get over my cold, so I don’t give to it Kira.
The bathroom is an interesting place…
This is my little box bed.
Wide-eyed and alert.