I hope this post finds you all well and you are taking some time to do a bit of self-care. This week I am taking mental break from the news and doing a bit of relaxing. Here are the things that I’m using to fill the 30 mins of my day between sleeping and playing Animal Crossing New Horizons:
Kate Watson-Smythe is a journalist who writes about homes and interiors. Her blog is full of inspiring photos, practical design tips, and occasionally a little of furniture history. Kate often shares photos of some of the projects she’s working on from her own home and I have been getting much joy out of scrolling through her photos after weeks of staring at my stark white walls. Her blog has also been helpful for me to think about small manageable projects that I can accomplish in my own home and workspace.
Having been a fan of Kate Watson-Smythe’s blog for a long time, I also recently started listening to the podcast she hosts with interior designer, Sophie Robinson. I’ve taken to listening to their podcast during my morning walks and their bright cheery banter has been a great way to start they day. They also have a breadth of inexpensive tips for how renters and students can personalize their own interiors.
Le Dada Shop based in Lyon, France is one of my favorite stores. During the quarantine they have been posting ‘Le Dada Devoirs’ on their Instagram stories which are fun little tutorials that you can do with your kids at home. These projects usually only require paper, scissors, glue, and a bit of imagination. They are also great to share with friends and family members who are looking for ways to keep their kids entertained and engaged with something fun during this period.
John Bond is an artist and illustrator based in the UK. His instagram features cheeky animal illustrations and animations. His posts and stories are like little bursts of joy in my feed.
During the quarantine, NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour has been sharing suggestions of books to read as well as movies and shows to watch. Most recently they’ve been talking about must-see shows on Netflix like Schitt’s Creek and Tiger King. They also end each episode with a list of things that are making them happy each week. Each host has different tastes and it’s a great way to discover excellent shows without having to sift through the chaff.
This podcast is hosted by Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani. They have been releasing a weekly podcast documenting how they are spending their time during the quarantine. Before becoming a screenwriter Emily was a therapist and she gives some great advice on how to work from home and share space with your partner. It’s a very easy and calming listen if you’re looking for a new podcast that is covid-adjacent.
How are you guys spending your time? Do you have any recommendations for things we should read, listen to, or check out while we are at home?