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May 10, 2014

Making room for the music

Oversized living room accommodates piano, organ

ANDERSON – When George and Norma Smith built their home in 1967, they had family in mind. The location provided the opportunity for their three sons to attend Lapel Community Schools and the floor plan ensured that each one could claim a bedroom of his own.

“I wanted each one of them to have their own room,” said Norma, co-owner of George Smith’s Music Center for 48 years. “I had to share a room with my sisters and we were always bickering. I wanted a large house and, for the time, it was a big home.”

While many homes today are built with sizeable great rooms designed for entertaining, Norma fixed her eyes on fashioning a separate living room and family room. This allowed the boys a fun place in which to retreat when company came calling.

“Back then people didn’t have a television in every room,” she explained. “The boys could come in the family room and watch TV while we entertained our friends with the organ and piano.”

An oversized living room was necessary to accommodate the size of the instruments. Lovely in shape and form, the organ and piano are the focal points of the space. The Bösendorfer semi-concert grand piano stretches seven feet and four inches. Rather than only sporting 88 keys – as most pianos do – this one has 92 keys.

“I had gone to Europe in the late 70’s and I came back to find this in the living room,” she said with a laugh. “I didn’t like it at first because it is so large. Over the years I’ve had it turned every which way to fit with the décor.”

With the coveted feature of ivory keys – now banned from the construction of pianos – this Bösendorfer was completely handmade in Vienna, Austria, and is truly a work of art.

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