Our Favorite Things: Sheet Music and Garages


We haven’t shown our latest house cravings lately so we thought we’d catch you up on things that have been catching our eye lately.

As a recovering piano player (7 years under my belt, the last 3 of which were not by choice), I’m always looking for ways to reuse sheet music that’s just taking up space in our house.  Thinking back on the hours I slaved away on the piano bench plunking out another rendition of “Ode to Joy,” I especially like the ideas that involve shredding the sheets (sorry Mom and Dad).

My inspiration:

CW from top left: My Girlish Whims, Style Me Pretty, Pinterest, RoseFlower48, Funky Junk Interiors, Miss Mustard Seed, Sara’s Perfect Party

Want to tackle your own sheet music project?  Try these DIY ideas:

CW from top left: Miss Mustard Seed, The Country Chic Cottage, Copy Craft, The Country Chic Cottage, A Diamond in the Stuff, My Shabby Chateau, Lost in Creativity

Want to leave the crafting to someone else?  Sure, let’s go shopping!

CW from top left: House of 3, Riri Creations, Carolina Cottage, Okiob Designs 


For the past year, my life has been consumed by home renovations. While I (usually) enjoy working on the house, my true passion is cars. I’ve been working on cars with my dad since I was old enough to hand him a wrench; the man taught me everything I know about being handy, including how not to organize your garage. My parent’s garage looks like a scene from Hoarders, and you can’t even get to the mower without enlisting the help of a backhoe to clear a few tons of junk first. I even heard a rumor that there’s a car in there somewhere.

Anyway, I vowed that my cars would always be garaged, and that I’d always be able to safely navigate the garage without climbing gear. I love the minimalist look of German race shops (which consist of cars, tool cabinets, and absolutely no dirt), but I also own bicycles, lawn equipment, and a few million gallons of paint. My desire to design a clean yet functional garage turned into a minor obsession with what I like to call “Garage-Mahals”, i.e. garages that are actually small showrooms attached to a house. My personal favorite combination is a clean, open space with no tools/equipment visible, interlaced with vintage automotive memorabilia.

Here’s a few over-the-top examples:

CW from top left: Toad Hall, Jalopnik, Frank’s Classic Cars, Garage Themes, Garage Design Source



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4 responses to “Our Favorite Things: Sheet Music and Garages

  1. Mom

    Should I charge you for the piano lessons now or later since they are helping you with home ideas – not a waste at all! Cute comments and Chris’ garage is exactly how I would want mine to be – organized!

  2. Hello this is kinda of off topic but I was wondering if blogs
    use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML.
    I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding skills so I wanted to get guidance from someone with experience. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    • DO or DIY

      We actually use WordPress so no coding needed but our blog design isn’t too advanced so this works for us. Good luck on your own blogging adventure!


  3. Really nice cars you have in the garage! Are they Porsche, isn’t?

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