Entering a season so full to the brim with verbal exchanges, visual stimulation, and the fun but somewhat tiresome onslaught of social events and dinner party small talk, we thought we would kick off this weekend in ode to the homebody residing in us all.
As busy or as thrilling as we think life is, there’s something truly great to be said for the introvert in times like this – the knack for bypassing all the bother to instead luxuriate in moments of quiet reflection and solitude. Just for an afternoon why not kick your feet up, close the door, and as you browse these ‘quiet person appreciation’ links start to feel all that pre christmas social guilt melt away and be replaced by the sweet company of ‘me, myself and I.’
One thing quiet reflection time reveals to us is the important weight of our words. Author and philosopher Paulo Coelho once mused that it is in solitude we are taught how to live with other people, in boredom we realise the importance of adventure and spontaneity, and only in silence do we learn to use our words responsibly. In THIS post written by Melbourne based mindfulness practitioner Meg James, we are given practical, easy peasy ways of implementing more considerate communication into our daily lives.
What good introvert doesn’t love a good swoon over something literature related? Digital artist Nicholas Rougeux has created beautiful renditions of classic novels by taking the first sentence from each and turning them into astronomical charts, making us love and wonder in the way only well written words and vast galaxies can. You can find them HERE.
Sitting alone in a room can be boring, but it’s often where the most genius ideas and practices evolve. Sometimes the great idea might just come from looking around and looking more closely the stray box of matches hiding over there – and then voila! THIS wildly successful, and equally informative Instagram feed is born to demonstrate how cultural advertising and graphic style have evolved over the years.
Having ‘a room of ones own’ proved success for many of the literary greats whose work we enjoy today. The likes of Roald Dahl, Virginia Woolf and Henry David Thoreau are all known to have had private sheds or cottages they would escape to and let their thinking mind unfurl. THIS little article takes us through some historical photos capturing the spaces they used to produce their musings, accompanied by a few lesser known facts about the experiences.
Considering further the idea of spaces being a refection of our thoughts, THESE wicker weavers remind us that the pieces we surround ourselves with in the home speak ideas and messages. Their advice? To embrace the reemergence of old fashioned object forms that are handcrafted, sustainable and bring a room into a realm of higher authenticity.
Top Image: Zbigniew Warpechowski, ‘drawing in the corner’, 1971
Bottom Images: Objects and scrap paper found in Roald Dahl’s writing room