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I absolutely, 100% cannot live without music. It’s not that I’m one of those cool, music junkies where I know all of the indie bands and hit songs before they’re even released. No — I just need the tunes. Whatever, however, whomever … sing to me and I’m yours.

Which means that, in our home, there are always speakers blaring. And because my husband’s speakers (and receivers and synthesizers and every other technological box that ends in an -ers) are less than well-designed, I had to request back-up. We got a few in-wall speakers, and we loved them so much we purchased more to disperse throughout our entire home. In other words, we can now jam in every room of our house. Yes, even the restroom. We’re nerds.

But because this is a design blog and not a music/technology blog, I thought it might be fun to share how we placed the speakers strategically in a few rooms. Even though they’re far from an eyesore, we decided to camouflage a few of them — just to keep our white walls seamless and fresh.

In-Wall-Speakers- Erin Loechner

You can't even see them... can you?

Exhibit A: The Office. I definitely didn’t want anything to compete with my favorite art shelf, so we purchased breathable fabric (linen and silk) to frame and place in front of each speaker. Smart, yes? I love when guests try to figure out just where that music is coming from. And just because I like you, here’s the “before” image — sans fabric art:

In-Wall-Speakers- Erin Loechner

The disappearing speakers.

Cute, yes? And if you’re wondering, the two pieces we framed are a Leah Goren scarf (my favorite!) and Spoonflower fabric. Highly recommend both, either and or. In that order, preferably.

In-Wall-Speakers- Erin Loechner

Round 2: can you spot the speakers?

Exhibit B: The Kitchen Island. We had a rough time figuring out where to place our speakers in the kitchen until Ken did a bit of finagling and realized we could install them directly into the kitchen island. Genius!

In-Wall-Speakers- Erin Loechner

Hoorah! There they are!

So — in honor of our new, technologically-advanced home, I thought I’d share a few of our favorite (super random!) tunes we play on repeat while we work on that beautiful sunroom.

Billy Joel “Uptown Girl”
Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling”
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers “American Girl”
Fleetwood Mac “Go Your Own Way”
U2 “The Sweetest Thing”
Spice Girls “Stop”
Esthero “Everyday Is A Holiday”
Cee Lo Green “Forget You”
Elton John “Bennie & The Jets”

Told you it was random!  So, friends — what do you listen to when you have a work day in your home? Spill it! We need all the motivation we can get to finish that sunroom before the holidays!

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7 Responses

  1. Briana@HGTV says:

    I did not even know I wanted in-wall speakers until just now! But this is fab, and much better than what I tend to do now, which is just turn my iPhone volume way up. Sad, right?

  2. Kelley@HGTV says:

    What Briana said! The way you worked them into your art shelf is amazing. And your playlist is adorable. I can see you rocking out to the Spice Girls! My playlist would add some Lyle Lovett to make me laugh and Fleet Foxes to mellow me out.

  3. Kayla@HGTV says:

    I love where yours are located, because I always listen to music when I cook. I listen to a lot of electronic when I'm trying to be productive. But there's usually more dancing going on than cleaning.

  4. Gail says:

    OOOOH this is so awesome!!! Love it Erin! And you know what song, no matter how many times I hear it, gets my feet "a-shufflin'?" That gosh darn Party Rock Anthem! hahaha

  5. erin loechner says:

    Aww thank you sweet friends! It's high time you come over for a dance party now, right? :)

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  7. closemessage says:

    V. nice. Also wondering if you could show some of the back end…you know where all of the wires go?

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