Before the world went on lockdown, I used to enjoy occasionally working from coffee shops. I really enjoyed the soft instrumental jazz, the muffled conversations, the scent of freshly-brewed coffee, and essentially being among people without having any obligation to interact. 😆
Well, I recreated this for myself by essentially turning my home office into a 1940s book shop cafe. I’m usually a “don’t-put-anything-except-books-on-a-shelf” kind of guy, but as you can see here, I’ve mixed in a lot of things to give it a coffee shop feel, including a sound machine (at the top), which I leave on 24/7 so it sounds like the shop is near the ocean; some candles (yes, they’re artificial! I’d never put actual fire so close to my beloved books! 🤣); bags of coffee and other treats to give the room the right scent; and some real candles from @cstardust (❤️) and @frostbeardmpls. So now when I’m working (especially at night), I find one of the “coffee shop music” channels on YouTube (which includes sounds like the clinking of glasses, muffled conversations, etc.), turn on the artificial candles, light a real candle next to me, brew a cup of coffee, and I’m exactly where I want to be.
Against virtual harassment
The biter bit
Once upon a time there was a predator (bad critter)
that, crouching hiding his cowardice between
shrubs of dry branches and thickets of stinky
putrefaction, he waited, eager and solicitous, to seize with his
fangs of water and their twisted nail claws
victims of indolent vanity.
He spent hours stalking …
Like a dangerous sneak (vigilant
of dark nights).
And, it forged in its rottenness
greedy plots, imagined and conceived
in his battered mind …
Unhealthy attitude of thief and rustler
tie and stiff collar.
But the hunter,
obtuse in his wandering of hidden glances,
jealousy and envy;
the existence of a screw-in sight glass
in its scope,
like a silent serpent,
pointing, right, between their scrawny shapes …
And there was no night then!
No shade to shelter.
And on those dark sidewalks
where not even Selene with her graceful light dares to enter
And worm food.
Ousía Poética ©
Érase una vez un depredador (mal bicho)
que, agazapado escondiendo su cobardía entre
arbustos de seco ramaje y matorrales de hedionda
putrefacción, esperaba, ansioso y solícito, apresar con sus
colmillos de agua y sus garras de uñas retorcidas
víctimas de indolente vanidad.
Pasaba las horas acechando…
Como un peligroso furtivo (vigilante
de nocturnidades aciagas).
Y, fraguaba en su podredumbre
avariciosas tramas, imaginadas y concebidas
en su maltrecha mente…
Malsana actitud de malhechor y cuatrero
de corbata y cuello duro.
Pero el cazador,
obtuso en su deambular de miradas escondidas,
celos y envidias;
no percibió, JAMÁS,
la existencia de una mirilla enroscada
en su sien,
cual serpiente silenciosa,
apuntando, justo, entre sus esmirriadas formas…
¡Y no hubo noche entonces!
Ni sombra donde cobijarse.
Y en esas oscuras veredas
donde ni Selene con su grácil luz se atreve a adentrarse
Y alimento de gusanos.
Ousía Poética ©
P.D.: Dedicado a los acosadores/as virtuales…
Artist/Photographer Amanda’s gorgeous Brooklyn, New York industrial loft. I LOVE that little room- how interesting. Maybe it was an office at one time.
The living room area is lovely, isn’t it?
These lofts are so interesting- industrial windows, fabulous exposed brick walls, and all sorts of nooks and crannies.
The decorating possibilities are endless- look at the adorable flower boxes on the windows above.
Exposed beams and pipes. Love this place.
And, the pupper, enjoying the sun from the skylight. Lofts are naturals for plants.
Tonning & Stryn Collection by Andreas Engesvik
This Tonning & Stryn called furniture collection is composed of a series of cabinets, a series of side tables and a writing desk. The whole line, with its minimalistic, modern Scandinavian appearance, is designed by Andreas Engesvik in Oslo and hand crafted in Stryn, Norway. Every part is made of solid Oak wood.
Notes Shelves by Julien Renault Objects
Notes is a set of three shelves with the lengths of 30, 60 and 90 cm. This allows for a beautiful arrangement that sanitizes of music or morse code rhythms. The curves at the ends resemble the serif of a font. This minimalistic design is a creation of the Brussels, Belgium based designer Julien Renault and is being produced from Oak or Walnut wood by the Belgian wood furniture manufacturer Cruso.