Making Space


in Creativity

It started with an old church pew. I could not resist its solidity nor could I turn away from the comfort of its worn seat. I knew it had to come home with me. Once I got it home, it occurred to me to wonder what to do with it.  

Did I have the space?

While others may decorate according to a predetermined plan complete with color schemes and desired accessories, my approach has always been to let the objects find me and to let the plan unfold from there. I suppose that’s why my house looks like a wild assortment of well-loved objects. Many of them have been found on the side of the road or in shops specializing in treasures you didn’t know you needed.

I dragged the pew into the house and deposited it in the middle of the family room.

For the longest time, I have been working to create a flow room in my family room. I’ve had an idea of the things I would like to have happen there and what kind of furniture might help achieve that vision, but, I haven’t been able to find the right pieces to make it all come together. Was the church pew supposed to be part of my flow room?

I pushed and shoved the pew from one side of the family room to the other but it didn’t look at home there.

I cleared out the furniture in the dining room and pushed the pew in there. It looked perfect.

Inspired by the new look, I started moving all kinds of furniture. I moved all the furniture out of the family room. I dragged the living room couch into the family room.

Suddenly, I stopped. By moving the couch into the family room, I could see that my flow room was starting to take shape. Just as I had imagined. More was needed to make the vision complete, but it was a start.

The very next day I found the exact pieces of furniture that I had been thinking of for my flow room.

As I dragged these new pieces of furniture into my house, I was reminded how important it is to make space for the things we want to come into our lives. Without space, there is no place for new things to land.

Is there something you’ve been waiting for? Wanting? Perhaps it is time to change things up a bit. To make space for it to arrive.

Make space.

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Ronna March 21, 2011 at

As always, you inspire me, Andrea. Whether making space for furniture and design or good ideas and generative thought, you provide me with a multitude of things to ponder and ultimately IMPLEMENT. Thank you.
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Andrea March 21, 2011 at

The feeling is mutual! Thank you.


Pema Teeter March 21, 2011 at

I saw this happen in my bank account. It got precipitously lean. Till I moved things around in there. Got fine with the minimalism of money-free. Then saw the light bounce around and show me where there was room for more. Curious what design ideas do for flow, furniture and otherwise. :)


Andrea March 21, 2011 at

Love the idea of “light bouncing” and showing you where there was room for more. Funny what happens when you move things around and make a little space. Thanks, Pema!


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