Beetle & Byte

A Week of Links

Chunk, the groundhog, is a constant source of zen happiness for me. Now that Chunk has a family, it’s even better.

Andrew Scott (“hot priest” from Fleabag) reading “Everything is Going to be All Right” by Derek Mahon.

Bird-watching for the soul.

Stick with this video of cats and dominoes until the end; it’s worth it.

Uncertainty as opportunity.

Beautiful black plants for my dream garden.

We’re working on some home decorating and I am truly and deeply in love with this wallpaper.

This side table is a solid contender for our balcony.

This list of craft projects from Selvedge is dreamy and tempting.

I’m trying something new and creating a weekly “scrapbook” page of the best of the internet. Check it out 🙂

Batfishes

I was mesmerized watching this quirky, yet informative, video on batfishes. I had no idea they existed and they look like they got stuck between two evolutionary stages.

Questlove + Janet Jackson

For Janet Jackson’s 54th birthday, Questlove had a 4-hour long, live DJ session of all her work over the past five decades. Definitely some good background music while I enter the third month of WFH.

Color, Texture, and Layers

These days, I spend most of my leisure time either seeking inspiration or planning decor for my new home. I’m drawn to designs that mix pattern, color, light, and texture. One such design is the Maison de la Luz hotel in New Orleans by Studio Shamshiri. It’s visually rich and decadent and yet somehow manages to remain approachable. While I doubt I’ll get anywhere near this bold of a statement, I do look forward to incorporating touches of approachable fun and visual richness.

A Year of New Beginnings

And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been. 

Rainer Maria Rilke, Poet and Novelist

Imposter Syndrome

She explained that many people, but especially women, feel fraudulent when they are praised for their accomplishments. Instead of feeling worthy of recognition, they feel undeserving and guilty, as if a mistake has been made. Despite being high achievers, even experts in their fields, women can’t seem to shake the sense that it is only a matter of time until they are found out for who they really are- impostors with limited skills or abilities.

Sheryl Sundberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

700-Year-Old French Paper Mill

The beautiful paper that is made at the Richard de Bas Mill has been used by Picasso, Chagall, and Dalí not to mention it was originally used to print the French Constitution. To this day, the owner and staff make every sheet of paper by hand with many of the original presses and tools, which can take upwards of a month for a single sheet.

Of the many things to admire, I especially like imagining heading outside the mill to the garden where they hand pick flowers for their pressed flower paper.

Plantasia

I’m not gonna lie, I think my plants deserve a little serenade and I may just have to get them this reissued album!

Plantasia is an album recorded especially for plants by Mort Garson on a Moog synthesizer.

Subtitled “warm earth music for plants…and the people that love them,” it was full of bucolic, charming, stoner-friendly, decidedly unscientific tunes enacted on the new-fangled device called the Moog. Plants date back to the dawn of time, but apparently, they loved the Moog, never mind that the synthesizer had been on the market for just a few years. Most of all, the plants loved the ditties made by composer Mort Garson.

Sacred Bones Records

Fortunately, for those plant-obsessed among us who find ourselves short a record player, we can download the album too.

Built in Plate Warmer

Late 19th century Victorian radiator with a built in warming oven which was usually used to keep plates warm before serving food on them.

I love catching glimpses of ingenuity from throughout history. While I can reason why we abandoned this particular concept, as appealing as it may be, I often wonder why some others went by the wayside. Perhaps, just like in fashion, they’re just waiting for someone to take inspiration from them once again.