I worked on my pathetic piano area today!
Yes, there is still much to be done. But I am already so pleased with the little changes.
Getting rid of the plastic play kitchen and red rug were a huge improvement. Putting the floor lamp away and bringing in the chair from my bedroom were huge. I remembered I had a few pillow forms from Ikea stashed away, so I wrapped the fabric around one - I like it! And I added a side table that really had no purpose in the den. I'm too chicken to hang art quite yet, so I just tossed a few accesories on top of the piano and called it good enough for now.
Still on the To-Do List:
* Find a sofa table. I actually found this one on CL (I was surprised).
Unfortunately I think the finish is too red, and the style is a bit too country. I think I need something a bit cleaner and darker.
* Hang some art. I know I mentioned a print that I have in another room, I'm thinking it just won't work because of the placement of the thermostat (darn!). What do you think about two tall and narrow, modern pieces above the piano? So far this area is very traditional, and directly across from the piano is a modern entertainment center (an Ikea Besta unit, sort of like this). I'm thinking modern art will help to balance the two areas.
* Get a lamp for the side table. I'm going to start at GW, once again I think something with a more modern shape would be nice. While we are talking lamps, what do you think about the finish of the piano lamp? I know my mom bought that lamp in 1987, it's a nice lamp, but I'm not sure I can handle the brass...oil rubbed bronze? black?
* Slipcover the bench with the pillow fabric, and pick up some fun fringe to finish the pillow.
What do you think so far? Your wonderful feedback and ideas got me started on this project, and now I need it as fuel for me to keep going :)
Thanks again, for all of the thoughtful comments!!!