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Brenda has been writing since grade school. She attended journalism school where she majored in professional writing. She loves to decorate, garden, read and spend time with her Yorkies.

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Pauses & White Space


I have a tendency to be uncomfortable with pauses and empty wall space. I become anxious when there are pauses in conversation. And when I see bare walls, I feel the urge to put things on them. 

I use a lot of color in my decorating. I see white walls, or any walls for that matter, and I feel that old familiar itch to go look and see what I have to cover them. 




I spread quilts across them. I situate bookcases along them. I cover them in a multitude of paintings or wall hangings. 

Somehow I always manage to fill them. As though I am building a fortress around myself.

Maybe I am.

But it's a new era. A new chapter I'm turning here.

And I am going to try to stretch beyond my comfort zone. 

I am going to try to embrace empty wall space. And I am going to work on feeling less anxious when there are pauses in conversation. 

Or social situations period.


So here are my walls with a lot of white space. For me anyway.

I've decided mirrors might look nice above each table at the end of the couch. Something that would reflect and give the sense of more space. Someday I will run across the right ones. Maybe.

I'm in no hurry. Or trying not to be.



Yes, I took down the two quilts that were here. I did it on a whim. And then I stood back and looked at the wall.



I thought: It's just too empty. I want to cover it with something. 

But I resisted. It took willpower.

I will live with it for awhile anyway. Hoping it will eventually not seem merely bare. 

But simply a natural pause in conversation.





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  1. I do love your decorating style, especially the quilts and pops of red but I can understand after the Christmas wall painting episode how you might not be so ready to punch holes again. I think you are right to try something new though. You can always add more items later but stretching yourself to see if the blank spaces grow on you is also a good thing.

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    1. This afternoon I started adding a bit more...

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  2. I love seeing all your pretty galler walls and quilts, but I need to see empty space once in a while too. It just seems to let me breath.

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    1. I'm trying very hard to leave some breathing space. But I slip up...

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  3. I enjoy a mix of empty space and visually interesting space. Live with it and if it's not you...put things on those walls.

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    1. Uh, I'm beginning to think it's really not me.

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  4. I enjoy a more peaceful space as the winter winds down....during the holidays and the heart of winter I have color everywhere and then I will back it down as the days get longer. I'm already starting to feel the urge!

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    1. You have those lovely mountains as a backdrop. I would be in heaven.

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  5. Your walls are your blank canvases, Brenda! I think you simply love to "paint" on them and maybe that itch you feel to add color and shape is just your creative spirit voicing itself.

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    1. Yes, I think you're right. It just beckons me...

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  6. Could you show us the whole wall? I'm having trouble visualizing the whole thing. I do love seeing the details of the vignettes, because I love your style. I do the same thing you're doing, but soon enough I fill up my spaces.

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    1. Me too. I will show the whole wall. Which, incidentally, I've been adding to this afternoon in a fit of boredom.

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  7. I have trouble with blank walls...can't leave them empty very long...so my home has lots on the walls...cross stitch samplers,decorative plates,quilts...l consider it a feast for my eyes. Enjoy the process...although I understand as patience is not.a virtue I.possess.

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    1. No one would ever call me patient! A feast for the eyes. That about sums it up!

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  8. I like your decorating style and wish I had that kind of vision in my own boring home! I like your white wall and see nothing wrong with them. Change is good.

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    1. I've always loved to change things up. I guess a lot of us do.

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  9. I love every change you make! Always a pleasure to look at. My own walls are mostly bare because I don't know how to decorate them. It does not come naturally to me like it does with you...

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    1. I don't know where it came from. I came from a very spare environment. But I always needed color in my life.

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  10. I am with you about blank walls. In the past I covered almost every square inch of wall space in my last tiny home. I am with you...pausing. It actually does take will power and I find it refreshing.

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  11. I understand that urge. But as I've gotten older I have a real problem with sensory overload and so am trying to free walls and tables up. Of course what for me is less will probably still be too much for some!

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    1. That's why I had to take down the gallery wall.

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  12. I need to clear the walls in my home office. It's starting to make me feel itchy because it's just too much. The problem I end up having, every time I reach this point, is that parts of me are on these walls, who I was, who I am. Hard to go through with it.

    Your white space is lovely and I do believe white spaces are important, both in decorating and in conversations.

    Happy New Year, Brenda, if I haven't said that before.

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    1. Yeah, I get that. Don't take away what is you. You need that.

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  13. I like your coloured bottles. I was startled when I opened your blog, because this morning I photographed some of mine on a windowsill.

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  14. I too cannot live with bare walls I try....but before you know it I am switching things up. That's ok though , its whatever you like that is what is unique about your style. I never like anything that is too permanent on the walls due to the fact I change things up so much from room to room my family can't keep up with me lol Its all in the day of a life of a blogger Lisa @ Sweet Tea N' Salty Air

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    1. I think people who love to change things up do indeed seem to bloggers.

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  15. I worked with a friend in her wonderful floral shop a few years ago. My favorite thing to do was display. Since you need to sell as much as possible, we had a LOT of things everywhere. Sometimes we'd look at it and try to figure out why it just didn't work. I remembered reading a design article at some point that emphasized your eyes need a place to rest. So, we always worked in places for the eye to rest in our displays. It made a huge difference. That's probably what you're thinking now--your eyes just need some blank space to rest.

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    1. The eye does need a place to pause and rest.

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  16. Something that you will notice is that if you take something down and live with it for a little while, you won't miss it as much anymore or even at all. If you spend a lot of time in your home you are used to the way things look. Now, you can see it with a fresh set of eyes if you'll leave it down for a little while. Only then, will you make the correct decision as to whether you need it or not. At least, that is my finding. I love having some negative space in a room and on a wall. It gives the eye a place to rest and make other things more noticeable in a room. If you have too much, it looks busy and cluttered and nothing really stands out on it's own. You'll have to re-train your eyes basically.

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    1. I am missing some of the things in the closet.

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  17. Brenda, where did you get the red cabinet? It must be something new because one day you just showed us of a pic of it in your kitchen corner above your coffee bar.It looks great and I was wondering if it was something you recently picked up from an antique shop and painted red?

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    1. I wrote about finding it at my favorite antique mall. It looked just as it looks now. I didn't have to do a thing to it! It was $30.

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  18. Well you are certainly changing things around lately but it is always cozy no matter what you do :)

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    1. Well, you're a quilter. You know how cozy they make a home. Do you have any hanging?

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  20. Hi Brenda, living with it for awhile might help you get used to the empty wall. Like you, I used to want to fill all the walls too, but over the last few years, I have adapted a simpler style with less on the walls. It brings attention to what needs to be showcased and gives the eye a place to rest with less. I like your mirror idea on each end of the sofa.
    Have a nice weekend.

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  21. Once I read when you say you will try to do something then you will not. I think your style is to have many things on display. It will certainly be different. I find less makes things easier to see. My cabinets are full of colorful dishes. I have thought of removing them and using just my white ones. There is not much space in my small kitchen to begin with.

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  22. I really like your three tiered galvanized tray. It contains so many special items. Enjoy "repainting" your blank walls. I am anxious too see the new wall.

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  23. I can so identify... pauses in conversation make me really uncomfortable. But I am conquering the blank wall issue. I guess as I age, I like things more simple... less overwhelming to me! I love your style of decorating! You have a great eye for putting items together and displaying them! ~Rhonda

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  24. I can so identify... pauses in conversation make me really uncomfortable. But I am conquering the blank wall issue. I guess as I age, I like things more simple... less overwhelming to me! I love your style of decorating! You have a great eye for putting items together and displaying them! ~Rhonda

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  25. I'm always filling holes in our walls from items I've moved from place to place. It's hard to know if something will look good unless you hang it up. The one place I don't like white space is over a bed. I figure what's another hole in the wall!

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  26. Brenda,

    I've just recently learned of the term white space and it's something I'm learning to apply to my decorating. It gives the eye a place to rest. I like what you've done. I would suggest that you might elevate your lamps, maybe on some books...not to eliminate the white space but to add balance.

    Great post as always.

    Jane x

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  27. Brenda:
    I have told you before, anytime you want to come to NE Indiana, I have lots of walls that need filled!! Plus, I would love to have your little pups come play with my two havanese!! I love your style, but miss the quilts! You are very gifted in so many areas! Have a great weekend!

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  28. You know I love your blog. You are so creative. I've been visiting your site for about a year and really enjoy your trialesand tribulations. I have a spinal disease that is progressive, so I don't get out much.I've always been active until now. So I look forward each day to see what you are doing. Thank you for that. My husband asks everyday what your up to. You have two huge fans.

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  29. You know I love your blog. You are so creative. I've been visiting your site for about a year and really enjoy your trialesand tribulations. I have a spinal disease that is progressive, so I don't get out much.I've always been active until now. So I look forward each day to see what you are doing. Thank you for that. My husband asks everyday what your up to. You have two huge fans.

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  30. I don't think you can go wrong as long as you're decorating the way that makes you smile. Your style always puts a smile on my face:-)

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  31. Brenda....I think you need to stay true to yourself. I love having white space...I need it now. I used to like more things on display...I've changed. It took me years to figure this out. I'd say, don't fight it...decorate for You! ;)

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  32. Changing begins with stripping down, rearranging, starting fresh, all are not so easy for some folks. You seem to welcome and thrive with an abundance of color! Your talent is creativity! Showing your freedom is not easily done & often other folks pay people like designers to make changes,you don't need their help...in my opinion. Your talent is envied by so many! Enjoy being you Brenda.

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  33. See if you like it, but din't fight against the decoration you like. There are two things I believe in decoration: one is that you shouldn't follow a trend, two is that you should go with what makes you comfortable.

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