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Jenn Hannotte on How Music Makes the Home

[Musician Emily Robison's home from the now defunkt Metropolitan Home]

A few months ago I wrote about the importance of sound in interior design. I focussed on the ambient noise created by the various materials in our homes, but today I want to focus on the intended sounds we create; if our homes were a film, we'd call it diegetic sound. I want to forgo a conversation about technology and the sounds we produce on radios, stereos, record players; and instead talk about the best sound of all, the music we play on instruments.

Instruments have been living with us since people and things started co-habitating. As objects, they have this intrinsic quality to them that convey a history because we know that a person was intimately connected to it in some way. They have an ability to bring people together much like food and drink and are integral to our humanness. Even if you can't play (and I certainly can't!), having an instrument in your home as a design object often works to solidify a sense of home, and who knows...maybe someone who knows how to play it will visit! I've had a couple clients in the past several months who want to bring a piano into their homes — to make one fit in a dining room, for example. Another who wants an entire music room. Take a look at some of my favorite shots from past issues of Covet Garden that feature an instrument, and one from my home of a vintage Farfisa organ that was picked up at a garage sale and sits pretty in my dining room.

[Moira's home office/music room from issue 10 photographed by Kim Jeffery]

[Paul's home office/music room from issue 7 photographed by Andrew Grinton]

[Matt's porch music room from issue 4 photographed by Kim Jeffery]

[photo by Jenn Hannotte]

What about you? Are instruments important in your home?

Covet Garden is happy to bring another lyrical post by interior stylist Jenn Hannotte of Russet and Empire Interiors. Jenn believes in accessible and collaborative design that stems from narratives we create with objects we love. Her work has been featured in Design Lines Remodelista, Apartment Therapy and the Marion House Book to name a few. She lives with her two daughters in the West End of Toronto.

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    Now here the gaps should really need to be removed between the parents and the kids. They should come closer to remove the distances. The school should arrange seminars in which they tells the parents that how to behave.
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    I have never given such attention to this before but now after reading your article I think I get your emphasis on the sound of music in your interior. Well I re-interior my home every summers so this time I will keep this in mind to add some sound.

Reader Comments (2)

I can't play: I sing! and I have stopped bewailing my lack of a musical education and started learning.

June 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTricia Rose

My husband plays the guitar and the bongo. And these 2 instruments live in our living room but no in a "fancy" way. This post made me think about how I could improve their "presence" Thanks!

June 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFelicitas

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