Reclaiming the past: Out with the new in with the old (Last updated March 21st, 2019) Our lives have become a series of contradictions. We strive for the newest gadgets, the fastest computers, the ever growing apps and connection to the digital world that we can’t seem to escape. We are connected 24 hours a day to work, and stepping away from email or cell phones leave us anxious, wondering what we have missed out on. But as we fall deeper into this well, we inevitably reach out for the past. If the popularity of the slow living movement is any evidence, we are all beginning to harken the yesteryear of a quiet stillness, of connecting with humans instead of devices. And our homes are beginning to reflect this too. If the popularity of the slow living movement is any evidence, we are all beginning to harken the yesteryear of a quiet stillness, Minimal interiors and uber-modernization has dominated décor trends for years, but, as we all know, the pendulum always swings the other way at some point. With the overwhelming need to slow down and gain back our private time away from work, home furnishings are beginning to reflect a relaxed, comfort driven, traditional style, where families gathered for dinners together and talked, instead of checking cell phones. One of the most popular trends in country-retro reclaiming of a more connected life has come in the form of church pews. Interior decorators know aside from the religious origin of the church pew, it has a deeper part to play in our newly found longing to slow life down. These benches are reminiscent of a time we gathered as a community, or as family. It was a time to sit, be still, and listen, and today, those moments are far and few between. If the objects we surround ourselves with reflect the life we want to live, what does your environment say about you? Whether as part of seating for a long dining table, a welcome respite at the front entrance of a home, or at the foot of your bed as pause before you ready yourself for the day, these fixtures invite us to slow down. More people joining for dinner? No need to scramble for extra chairs as a church pew can provide seating for many. Need a spot to take off your winter boots and thaw out in the snowy months? What better welcome than a sturdy bench to take a load off. Reclaiming our lives has always been about connection, about gratitude, being present, and about simplicity. If the objects we surround ourselves with reflect the life we want to live, what does your environment say about you?