My husband’s love of Stevie Wonder was apparent the first time I visited his apartment and saw the musician’s oversized portrait on velvet filling a wall in the living room. Velvet Stevie hung in a place of honor — above an old school stereo cabinet and stacks of albums awaiting their spin on the turntable. Stevie is wearing sunglasses, headphones and sporting a canary yellow shirt embellished with crystals. His hands aren’t visible but if you stare at Stevie long enough you almost can see his head swaying to the tune coming from the ivories. The frame has the same kind of detail — crudely constructed but intricately carved.
As I looked around Justin’s apartment that first time, it was clear that his love of music and books dictated much of the space’s cozy design. Several bookshelves lined the walls and more books were stacked neatly around the room. A shiny music stand and trumpet case sat in one niche. Framed photographs of Miles Davis and collages of favorite CD covers filled other wall space. Add in the smell of soy candles and homemade hummus and I was captivated. Justin’s place was a design for the senses like I’d never experienced before.
As much as I appreciated Justin’s unique design aesthetic, when we got married this summer and moved into our first house, it wasn’t clear where Velvet Stevie’s new home would be. The wall space above the stereo, we decided, was reserved for a flat screen television. After a couple of weeks of settling in, Stevie’s place became obvious. He now hangs in the entrance to a little room we are (for the moment) calling “The Man Room.” Fitting, since it’s also the room that houses many of Justin’s books, more turntables and his recliner. Stevie makes an appearance in a few other spots in our home — in a clock hung in the kitchen and in a framed illustration depicting the “Hotter than July” album. These types of objects are not what I would have imagined in my first house but now that they are there, it wouldn’t be home without them.
Is a love of music exemplified in your home’s interior design? Is there a particular object that your significant other loves but is a stretch for your design aesthetic? Thanks for sharing!