Friday, February 29, 2008

"Sound" Advice

Spring is only three weeks away! The light has changed and it's no longer dark when I close up the studio in the evening, even though it's still cold and snowy. Another harbinger of spring has arrived, as well, the lovely little pots of primroses at the grocery store. I can never resist them. They make a happy contrast to the snowy landscape beyond the kitchen window. Love those colors!

For this weeks blog, we will transform one of the ugliest pieces of furniture in everyone's home-AUDIO SPEAKERS! Of course, they add the richness of music to our lives and make our husbands happy, so they must be incorporated into the decor, but they are so painful to look at. My husband, for example, prefers vintage speakers for their sound quality, but visually they are little more than big brown boxes.

Our solution has turned into a colorful compromise. Greg pops out the protective fabric panels and recovers them with Sassaman fabrics. This way they become chromatic sculptures, almost like children's building blocks!

 Since our house is painted in bright Mexican colors, any of the fabrics will work. We also have throw pillows in the same patterns which sprinkles hits of color throughout the room. Our young male guests often go home with a personally picked favorite fabric to jazz up their batchelor pads sound system.

Here are two more speakers from Greg's office which is in a real "Philip Marlowe/Guy Noir" type building. He has painted the rooms in rich colors and, of course, has Sassaman fabrics for curtains and accents, too. He promises to refinish the wooden speaker cabinets...  some day. Well, I guess this blog has accomplished something!


mathea said...

Wow! That's a great idea! It has never occured to me before that I could actually do something about those ugly loudspeakers. Thank you!

ellensbags said...

Super groovy idea! LOVE the Primroses