Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Making Organization Coordinate

I'm slowly tackling all of my living room to-do projects and next up was to make my music storage less 'office supply store' and more 'decor'. Being totally inspired by Tammy at Not Just Paper and Glue, I got a couple sets of Flyt magazine holders at Ikea (sets of 5 are only $1.99) to start. Before assembling them (they are packaged flat), I grabbed a paint brush and paint and gave them each 2 coats per side. To help coordinate them with our decor, I used the 3 main wall colors that we painted in our house. Blue from the master bedroom, kitchen, and laundry; Green from the dining room and hallway; and Tan from the living room and bathrooms.
I chose those 3 colors as the main color schemes through the whole house because the public rooms are semi-open and flow into each other, and they fit my airy cottage theme that I'm going for with this house.
In the magazine holders, I have 2 for childrens' beginner piano books, 1 for my music textbooks "The Dynamic Choral Director" for pleasure reading, anyone?, 1 for instrumental music, 1 for vocal worship music, 1 for worship piano, and 1 for classical piano. I debated about labeling them somehow but because this is in our living room and visible from the entry, living room, dining room, and kitchen, I wanted it to have a cleaner look. With the holders on the bottom shelf, I can look down and see which one holds which. They're so full, I have to dig a little to find any particular anyways. Maybe down the road, if I get completely inspired, I might make labels for them.
Above the magazine holders, you can see 3 binders with coordinating paper. In those I have my funeral/wedding music, random sheet music, and 1 for my church worship team music. I just used standard 'view binders' and cut scrapbook paper to fit in the front, back, and spine pockets.
I also have a basket with loose, soft-cover choral books next to my collection of hymnals.
The bookshelf holds other books, some decor bits, and one of my Chinese instruments (the Hulusi.) I've since been given a beautiful Xun, which is a dark chocolate color with a carved bamboo motif on the front that sits on the top shelf.

Of course, the instrument my hubby likes to play the most is on the very top. (Our iPod-LOL)
Keeping the music organized and trying to make it pretty!

Now for the party---check 'em out here!


  1. Hi Jennifer!! I have the same magazine holders in my office and love them...I spray painted them and added vinyl lettering...It really adds a cute touch to them...If interested you can see how they look at:

    I am your newest follower from Delightful Order!!

  2. I love how you coordinated these with your wall colours - what a great idea!

  3. I also have these magazine holders (can't beat the price!) but I never would have thought to paint them! Great idea, thanks for sharing :)

  4. I love how you painted these! I have the same ones but haven't put them together yet. I think using paint is a great idea.

  5. What a great idea to paint the magazine holders. They turned out great. Thanks for linking to Home Decor and Organizing Linky Party.


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