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The Wall Of Stacked Benches



The other day I was staring at the benches along this wall, all shoved underneath one another so neatly. A little too neatly. With plants lined up across the top.



Then we added the living room bamboo shades last weekend. And it made it a bit darker in here. 

I didn't know if the plants quite approved. 


So I gathered them up and took them to "lighter" locations. And then I was left with an empty bench. 

Can't have that. Not at my little abode. 

I doubt you think the Windex bottle adds to the decor. (I'm not moving every friggin' thing every time I take a photo! I am an imperfectionist. (Probably that is not a word at all. Which is why I am a creature of imperfection. Aren't we all?)

 

I always liked building blocks as a child. So I started stacking. and this is what I ended up with. No rhyme or reason. A bit "cluttery." 

Just a bunch of things with no real connection to one another. Except for the fact that I like them. 

Thus the stack of benches came about. No doubt they will be changed around like puzzle pieces. (The pothos plant doesn't need much light, so it stayed.) And edited and added to and edited some more. 

It is deemed "my wall of stacked benches." 

Until I walk down the small hall one dark night, bump into the red bench that juts out into the doorway, and send it all toppling down.




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    1. I keep looking at it and think I need to edit some more...

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  2. I love the new arrangement! A delightful collection of well loved items ~TFS!

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  3. Haha! I thought you had carefully chosen each piece, looks like it is well thought out to me! Just goes to show that when we use things we love, it works. Great use of vertical space.

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    1. You just about have to go vertical in small digs.

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  4. Such an artful arrangement of cherished objects! I love this look very much. Very creative, as everything you do is! I agree with Mary's comment. Smart use of vertical space. So much to look at and enjoy!

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    1. Judy and John were over here the other day. John was sitting across from it. And I would look over and see that he was looking at it. And I thought: what must he be thinking about that tower of benches?

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  5. I like it! Things you like, displayed very randomly! Fun!! Hope you are having a good Sat. Have you used the new washer/dryer yet???

    Linda

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    1. Nope. Gonna have to get a plumber to set this sucker up. Way over my head.

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  6. I really like your building block wall. It looks very folk art to me with the addition of the cow and roosters. The wall clock in the frame really pulls it all together. Very pretty!

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    1. Well, I hadn't thought that about the wall clock in the frame, but now that I look at it...well, now that I look at it, I see I just about eclipsed that poor clock!

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  7. I can't even get everything on the washer attached. I have decided I'll have to call a plumber on Monday and spend even more money. I don't know plumbing lingo. I got through some of it, then got stalled.

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  8. Greatest idea ever - love the look!!!

    Mary

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    1. Still think I need to get up and edit some more. But then I'll probably never stop doing that.

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  9. That really looks cute and you can easily change things around and add holiday touches, too! Enjoy your day and this glorious weekend! Hugs, Diane

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    1. It is a beautiful day, Diane. Hot though.

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  10. Very nice arrangement, Brenda. You are a great decorator--always thinking outside of the box. ♥

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    1. I guess I get a little bored inside of a box.

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  11. Brenda what a great idea. I love the look. Such a creative way to use all your benches.

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    1. Yes, I brought every one of them out except what's outside. I tend to go overboard a bit.

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  12. This is terrific. It all goes together so perfectly. I really like the clock framed in the red frame. Sorry you're going to have to call a plumber. Too bad the handyman isn't more outgoing, you could maybe pay him a few bucks.

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    1. He can barely understand me or me him. He's Russian.

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  13. This is absolutely adorable and ingenius! I did think of someone - or one of the dogs - accidentally knocking into one of these though and sending the whole thing crashing down. Hope that doesn't happen!

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    1. Well if they get to skirmishing, I won't have to edit. The breakables will automatically be gone!

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  14. The fact that they are things you love is connection enough!

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    1. I think we should all have things we love to look at. No use having them behind doors and in drawers. How much use are they then?

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    1. Reminds me of that old song, Love, love, love. Probably before your time.

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  16. I really like that look. It's so stinking cute!!!

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    1. Oh, I can fill up a place faster than most anybody!

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  17. This is a Brenda wall and I love it. Its unique and it is "you." Thanks for sharing it.
    Hugs,
    Connie, IN/FL

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    1. You're welcome, Connie. The reason you all are seeing so many "comment has been removed by author" is because I keep replying in the wrong spot.

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  20. this is not cluttery at all. I think it is incredibly clever. You need to write a book. It looks really cool!

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    1. I guess when I have something in my line of sight, I keep thinking of ways to change it!

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  21. I think you are onto something here...it's unique, and different, and very appealing.

    Jen

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    1. And holds a lot of stuff in a small area! I kept thinking: I don't have room in here to show my prize stuff.

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  22. You are a girl after my own heart. I love the wall of benches. Genius. I like clutter. It is so much better than sterile. And visually interesting. And colorful. It actually looks like everything has its place, so I would call it happy art.

    I am also an imperfectionist. Love that word! : )

    Jenni

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    1. Sterile just doesn't get it for me. Makes me think of a morgue I was in once as a young journalist.

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  23. I like the way you revamped the stack! You make any space you are in to a 'cozy little house'!

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    1. I guess that's why I like little spaces. Less to clean, even with stacks!

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  24. OMG you left a Windex bottle out? Bloggers don't use Windex and leave it out to see! ??

    In BLOGLAND, Elves come over to the house at night and clean everything up and perfection reigns in the morning for the next blog post... posted by the Fairy Queens of Home Decor.

    At least, that is how I thought it worked when I first started visiting blogs in BLOGLAND.

    So are you a real person then? :) :) :)

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    1. The Stepford Wives came after me, but I hid in a cluttered closet where they couldn't find me. I am "Stepford free." And once you're divorced, and post menopausal, I think the Stepford wives lose interest in you. Well, the men who choose the Stepford wives anyway. Now I can walk anywhere and nary a man's eyes lands on me. I think we need to help do away with this idea that BlogLand is perfection. Maybe that's our new niche: Imperfection Blogs!

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  25. Love your wall of stacked benches. I am an imperfectionist, too :)

    xo
    Laura

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    1. So much easier to be than a perfectionist. I'm tired of looking all about to see what might be in a photo. I tried that, but I always managed to miss something.

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  26. Brenda, plug in a nite lite somewhere in the hall or closer to the stacked benches...we don't want you to run into them at nite, and you said it might happen since the end of the red one sticks out into the hall. No need to fall and hurt something else, right?

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    1. Oh, I really don't come in here after dark. At around 6 pm I do my yoga stretching in the bedroom, take my shower, make my supper and watch TV (I am a night TV watcher only; don't have one in here.) When I get up to go to the bathroom, it is before the stack. When I take the dogs out, I go through the kitchen just before the stack. So I'm more liable to walk into it in the daytime when I'm merely in a hurry and not watching what I'm doing!

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  27. So funny. I bought a new bench yesterday and I have been picturing stacked benches. Love this.

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  28. You're the smartest decorator I know! =)

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    1. I truly can't accept that title. But if you count bloggers who live in generic apartment settings with none of the bells and whistles many bloggers have, and throw in imperfection, I am your girl! I think once one lets go of the idea of "perfection" in the first place, creativity blooms.

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  29. I'm perfectly imperfect too! love your stacked bench arrangement. It's fun moving things around until it feels just right.

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    1. And taking away and adding to and on and on...

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  30. What a clever way to display some of your favorite things. Check out this link on Pinterest. Just saw it and thought of you. http://saving4six.com/2012/04/diy-dishwasher-facelift.html

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    1. Great idea! You know, last night I was wondering if I could make some things look better here with beadboard. Just don't know if the manager would let me add something that can't easily be taken back off. Will check.

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  31. 'Bloom where you are planted" - and you are definitely doing that!

    I love the stacked benches! Love them! What a clever idea indeed!

    Your garden pictures just made me smile, and my first thought was 'I am so happy to know her beloved flowers are growing so lush and lovely'!

    Your posts always make me smile, think, and see that the impossible is definitely possible!

    Wishing you a happy day! :)

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    1. I realized yesterday that I was happy. I just wanted to call people up (not that I know more than a few who would not think I'm crazy) and say: "You know what? I am happy. I have reached the happiness threshold."

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    2. Just knowing you are happy has made my day complete!

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  32. I LOVE IT !!! You've got the touch!!! Hope your day is calm and relaxing... :)

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    1. I'll make it calm and relaxing. I'm working on not letting the little details in life (like finding someone to hook up my new washer) get the best of me. Life is too short for letting the little details get the best of you.

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  33. I love that wall. It is so cute. Oh it's more than cute, but I haven't had an coffee yet. I didn't even notice the Windex until you mentioned it, and then I had to go back and look for it. I thought I was playing wheres Waldo, because even though I knew it was there I couldn't find it. Everything just goes.

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    1. That's because I've got so much in the photos it's hard to find any one thing!

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  34. Thanks for providing that close-up shot so we could really see the details. It's a very cheerful display and looks great with the rest of the room.

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    1. It's pretty dark there. Maybe I should add a little lamp. (You know lamps are a weakness of mine...)

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  35. It's so pretty, so cozy, so YOU!

    Have a peaceful, relaxing day Brenda! (((Hugs)))

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    1. You too, Doreen! Can't wait to see what you're doing with that cabin!

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  36. Brenda, This is the Cozy Little House that I have always loved, you did it again Brenda! Oh I never saw the Windex bottle until you said something to busy looking at all the pretties. Niki

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    1. I guess wherever I go, a cozy little house will follow me...

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  37. The way you threaded your beloved red all the way from the bench up to the frame just drew my eye through the whole arrangement, stopping to enjoy every thing you had placed along the way. The windex bottle, with its red top and blue contents, just fit right into the vignette so well we didn't even notice what it was!

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    1. Psst! That Windex bottle is still there! I haven't thought to move it.

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  38. Looks great Brenda! Your posts are not showing up in my blogger dashboard. The last one that's there is Java talk. I thought it odd you hadn't posted in 3 days so I popped over and see that you do have new posts?

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    1. Well, I moved from Feedburner to Mad Mimi. Maybe that's what it is. Since Feedburner is part of Google and thus part of Blogger? I don't know actually. First I've heard of this.

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    2. Oh, and if I haven't posted in three days, I must be in a coma.

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  39. Love this! Get a night light, and maybe take your hot glue gun and stick those benches together so they don't get knocked off. You could try some tacky-wax on the small stuff so it won't slide off.

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    1. Tacky wax? Haven't heard of that. Only place I could put a night light is over by the coffee bar. Isn't a place to plug one in on that wall of stacked benches.

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  40. Brilliant! I love that. Happy Mother's Day, Dear! Many blessings to you!

    Grace & Peace.

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  41. The idea of the tacky wax (it comes in strips and kind of looks like play-doh but is a bit more stiff) is a good one. You kind of work it in your hands, and the heat of your hands softens it to be more pliable. It is sometimes referred to as Poster Stick. I've bought it at WalMart, Michalel's, Target, I have even seen it at Walgreens. Doesn't do damage to the wood or glass. I use it on a few things here because w/ 2 big dogs thundering through the dining room, things sometimes "shift" a bit. It works well!
    The stacked benches are just a wonderful use of space. I think a little lamp would be charming! Probably really useful in the Fall and Winter time, too. It is all like a giant jig-saw puzzle, and all of the pieces, both inside and out are fitting together for a beautiful Cozy Little House picture!

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  42. Brenda, everything looks fantastic! You are moving fast in my eyes. :)

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  43. Brenda I like the stacked benches better than the plant. Very creative, I would never have considered doing that.

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  44. Those stacked benches are awesome!
    I love them! Who would have ever thought to do that but you!
    Those magazine people really need to visit you at your new place. I don't think they'd believe their eyes.
    As for sticky stuff, there's a product called Museum Wax. Comes in a small jar. I used when I lived in a quake prone area for keeping decorative objects in place. And it did!

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  45. I never would have thought of doing that but I LOVE it!

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  46. Brenda, love the stacked benches for this area, it reminds me of a book shelf, but much more original. You are amazing with all the creative ideas in decorating and gardening. Thanks for sharing all this with us, I look forward to your blog each day. Great ideas from readers about tacky wax, love all the suggestion from readers. I can just imagine a pretty, colorful rug in living room, also colorful outdoor rug on patio, love, love, love the patio area. Other suggestions, patio table and chairs with umbrella, maybe staggering the height of some plants until current plants start growing and spreading. Look forward to more decorating ideas from you

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  47. Imperfectionist! Love your wit and your style. Makes me think of the song "I've got to be me." (I was hooked on the Sammy Davis, Jr. rendition). Thanks for keeping it real.

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  48. I love the stacked benches! Get a night light so you won't knock it over. :) I love you style so much!

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  49. I think it's a fabulous arrangement! Really interesting to look at. Love it!

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