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Are you musically inclined? I never played an instrument when I was growing up, but one of the first gifts my husband bought for me when we started dating was a silver glitter Danelectro bass. He was teaching me how to play and my lessons were coming along nicely…until we got noise complaints from our neighbors across the hall. (Uh, sorry for rocking too hard, guys!) While it might not be practical to play again until we eventually move to the suburbs, I hate to see Estelle (that’s what I named her) collecting dust up in our loft, so I may take a cue from these smart ideas that turn musical instruments into decor worthy of admiration in the meantime.

5 Interesting Musical Instrument Design Ideas: Coffee Table Conversation Piece

Coffee Table Conversation Piece
I love the space-saving musical instrument idea in this small studio by Casey Noble. Nestled inside a cool custom coffee table, the guitar has a place of honor and is protected, as the table acts as a kind of guitar case.

5 Interesting Musical Instrument Design Ideas: Bookshelf Brighteners

Bookshelf Brighteners
If you can’t rig a coffee table setup like the one above, try this look from another Casey Noble room. Guitars mounted on the bookshelf keep them on display and out of the way, but they’re still accessible for an impromptu jam session.

5 Interesting Musical Instrument Design Ideas: Fun Lamp

Unique Lamp
Stringed instruments don’t get all the love. If you held on to your marching band instrument long past the point of it being in playable condition, check out this unique lamp idea from DIY Network.

5 Interesting Musical Instrument Design Ideas: Key Piece

Key Piece
Of course, the instrument doesn’t have to be yours to begin with, as the Junk Gypsies proved with this piece. They salvaged the piano keys and added the table as a frame around them for a piece of furniture that’s truly one-of-a-kind.

5 Interesting Musical Instrument Design Ideas: Musical Foundation

Musical Foundation
Okay, string instruments on the walls are the obvious musical influence in this Airstream trailer, but would you guess that the decoupaged tabletop is perched atop an antique grand piano foot pedal? That’s music to my ears (and eyes)!

Which musical instrument idea hit all the right notes? And do you have any other ideas for decorating with instruments? Leave them in the comments below!


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  2. Judi says:

    Would love to have this type of education back on TV. SICK TO DEATH of having all the buying of houses shows. Rehabbing is ok if the decorating of the new spaces is included and DISCUSSED AND EXPLAINED.

    • karen says:

      I soooo agree with Judi! More decorating shows please!

    • Peggy says:

      And most of the houses for sale are way out of most folks budget. I so dislike hearing someone going into a house and saying 'I don't like this color". Please someone – bring back some of the make it shows!!

  3. Robin says:

    More decorating shows please!

  4. Neets says:

    I agree. Too many buying & rehab shows with little usable content. Bring back a couple DIY shows.

  5. linda says:

    I agree as well, really am tired of buying and selling. Would love to see some of the bargain decorating shows come back

  6. guest says:

    I made a lamp out of my old high school clarinet — looks fabulous, and my husband says it never sounded better! I got the idea from a decorator's showhouse, and they wanted $250 for it. Oh, and by the way, the guitar in the coffee table looks like it's in a casket, a la Lenin. No thanks…

  7. Carolyn says:

    I agree!!! all the couples going to beachy areas or Timbuktu…c'mon…let's get back to the real decorating and creating. Am tired of everyone wanting "Gwanite" and 22 year olds snubbing their noses at beautiful cabinets and normal bathrooms instead of ballrooms. HGTV was wonderful and we became friends with the decorators and their talents. Miss the old shows!

  8. Antonia says:

    I love HGTV. But I’m finding the magazine or shows ever reveal where they get all the great new furniture. Is it because they are all from stagers? I’m really disappointed that even the magazine and online HGTV shows great design photos but never actually shows you were to buy it in or near your city. And I live in NYC.

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Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...


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