Monday, May 18, 2009


It's late here, and I'm just sitting down to the computer for the first time today. Feels a little strange.

Here's the thing. I got all excited about some house projects and I pretty much let them take over my life. For example, my piano is now green. Benjamin Moore Yellow Green to be exact. Also. I am now the proud owner of a sheet of metal measuring 60" x 114". My nephew Josh and I spent the better part of the day hunting down said metal and we both feel pretty accomplished about our success. We plan to make a table top out of it.

Expect reports on both projects as they progress.

One more thing. Saturday morning we had the pleasure of dropping by Duffey's Cinnamon Rolls. We were told they were the best cinnamon rolls in the world. We were not disappointed.


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Blogger Kangaroo said...

I'd love to see that piano!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 1:09:00 AM EDT  
Blogger liz stanley said...

can't wait to see pics! sounds like great projects

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 1:09:00 AM EDT  
Blogger abby said...

i'm dying to see the piano. what a great (and brave!) idea.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 1:36:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Breanne said...

Wow, when I hear green piano, I picture Elton John - BUT - based on your blog, your taste is much different (BETTER in my opinion) than Elton John's & I can also imagine a green piano in a gorgeous artistic room; I hope we get to see it!

I like couches #3 & #4 the best - #2 is cool, but I like the metal legs on #4. I included the Bantam sofa on an interior design project a couple years back, love it; the only thing I noticed on design by another store that replicated it is that it looks a bit worn in the middle with wear b/c it's one long cushion & kind of thick (I bet your #4 wouldn't do that b/c of its lovely skinny proportion).
The JC Penny sofa doesn't seem like it fits you, but it's a good option for people who aren't willing to spend more on furniture & want somewhat contemporary.

I'm sure you didn't need another 90-something couch comment, but it was hard to resist!

The metal table project sounds fun; so durable, so minimal - love it!

I hope you're loving your new home! You probably have lots more space (?)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 2:11:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Ceridwen said...

Pictures of the green piano, please!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 8:33:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Allysha said...

How fun! I've been thinking about you; hope you and the fam are settling in!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 9:47:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Design Mom, I love you, I read your blog every day and have stolen countless ideas from it. I so admire what you have built here. And I am not usually in the habit of taking people to task for personal design choices. But precisely because you are so popular and have such a following, I simply have to say something this time: Please, people, don't paint your pianos.

Please don't paint your pianos. It doesn't matter how old or beat up it is, how tacky the finish, whatever. It is an insult to the dignity and integrity of the instrument and the vision of its maker to paint over its original finish in some bright color. Just don't do it.

And since I am playing the cranky schoolmarm here, let me complain about something else. I've noticed a trend on the blogs recently to use books as props or as raw materials---standing on them, cutting out their insides to make adorable invitations, etc. Again, this is such an insult to the integrity of the object, it makes me cringe everytime I see it. As a historian myself, I plead on behalf of future historians: please do not deface, defoliate or otherwise mangle books, no matter how adorable or lovely or whatever the result.

Okay, I am done. I know some people will still choose to paint their pianos and butcher their books---but please at least consider the integrity of the object before you do it.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 9:48:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Mickelle's Minute said...

How to you paint your piano? Are there instructions somewhere? We have an awesome "very loved" piano that was free from the College my husband works at, but it nees some TLC and a paint job would be awesome. Any advice would be great.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 10:43:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Angie said...

Can't wait to see the piano- where did you find the sheet metal, I have been looking for some for a project of my own.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 10:48:00 AM EDT  
Blogger M K Countryman said...

Interesting your comment about it being late and you are just now on your computer.
Here's how my day used to be, when you lived in New York. I would get up, get kids ready and off to school, drop by Starbucks, then come home to drink coffee, read your blog, then plan my day.

SUCH A BUMMER that you are now an hour behind me rather than in front of me. Selfish, I know. :)

I know, I could just wait and not peek for the rest of the day. I don't yet have enough self control for that!

Have fun getting to know your new home!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 10:51:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Sarah said...

Duffey's ARE the best! They are a real treat here in CO!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 11:29:00 AM EDT  
Blogger roxanne said...

Welcome to Denver! Duffey's is a traditional stop for all our kids birthday breakfast.

For the Best Bagels in town, check out:

The Bagel Delicatessen
6439 East Hampden Ave.
Denver, Colorado 80222

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 12:41:00 PM EDT  
Blogger kh said...

did you happen to see the 60 Minutes where they interviewed Coldplay in their London studio? Chris Martin always paints his piano. A new coat/color for each recording session. Why not? I think it's brilliant!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 12:47:00 PM EDT  
Blogger a pretty pill said...

i have been planning on painting my piano for a while now. would you mind posting a little diy tutorial and photos. you've inspired me to take the plunge.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 12:53:00 PM EDT  
Blogger +L said...

oh you are so brave! i can hardly wait to see how it turned out. and the sheet metal- i'd love to get my hands on some of that!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 1:14:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous kirsten said...

i must see the green piano.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 2:08:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for you, my mom painted her piano green too. She also got some strange comments, but it looks 600 times better and it matches the room.

To those who think it's an insult to the piano to be green: thousands of pianos are painted black, some even painted white. Who cares if it's painted a fun color? paint it paint!


Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 2:28:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had to admit, when I read green piano, I entered into a state of disbelief...but when I thought about it, it really does nothing to the piano except, of course, alter the physical look. Then I looked up pictures of painted pianos and well, they look cute. I wouldn't paint mine EVER, but if you like it, who cares, right?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 4:09:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous laurie - magpie ethel said...

I love sheet metal! I have done about 4 or 5 table tops with it...weathers really well (if outside) and gives a table a really great look! Good luck with the project.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 4:15:00 PM EDT  
Blogger SSAS said...

I am so curious about how you go about painting a piano. This has got me thinking...
Wishing you well with all the projects. You don't waist any time. I like that.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 4:33:00 PM EDT  
Blogger jilldaisbrenne said...

Sounds fun! Can't wait to see the results

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 5:18:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Cindi said...

I live in Denver and share your disappointed over the lack of IKEA. I am trying to convince my husband that a road trip to the IKEA store in Utah is a good idea.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 6:59:00 PM EDT  
Blogger vfg said...

I've so been trying to talk my husband into painting-the-piano-is-a-good-idea, so I loved reading this.
(it was a $50 school surplus purchase and has exterior troubles...)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 12:29:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting post/comments, but I especially like Anon's well-written comment on integrity-of-objects as related to design. While I admire the "daring" of painting the piano, my own taste favors the "integrity" position. For all that, I'm looking forward to seeing the finished project! :)

Always LOVE DM!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 3:22:00 AM EDT  
Blogger carrie said...

I presume you were in Wash Park for Duffey's? You were only a few blocks from my house - you should have stopped by to say hi! I hope you guys are enjoying Denver. It's not too late to move to Wash Park. :)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 12:02:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Molly Star* said...

Can you post a picture of the piano?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 12:24:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The first anonymous is a debbie downer.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 8:14:00 PM EDT  

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