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La Lune Collection
This ideabook brought to mind the Deacon Bench, Becky.

A little history:
Some religions identify "elders", or “deacons” of the church; non-ordained lay people who assist the pastor/rector/father of the church with various duties.

The deacon's bench was set aside in the sanctuary for only the deacons to sit on. Often set at a 90 degree angle to the pulpit/lectern, it was used by the deacons for special church functions.

The term deacon's bench stuck - now, wooden benches with overly high backs are referred to as Deacon's Benches and are often used at entry points in a home.

Here's a favorite of ours! http://bit.ly/1gc8Od0
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ggshckltt
An option for smaller spaces: I've always wanted a church pew in my home but space is limited. I found a small pew out in back of an antique store in the sale furniture. I refinished it and also discovered it was actually a music bench. (Note in the photo the piano hinge in the seat that provides additional storage.)
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tyox
This pew belongs to a friend but "lives" with us until she has room for it. It just fits in the curve of the stairs. My friend said she used it as a "timeout" place when her kids were little.
   

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