A CLOSE FRIEND recently remarked that she was low on energy, inspiration, everything. I brought it up to P who wondered, Do you think that maybe it’s late-stage pandemic? He said that he was reading an article about how when we were in the height of lockdown, we accepted it and could mentally cope, but now that vaccines have been rolled out and it feels like we’re nearing the end of lockdown life, we’re remembering what life used to be like and it seems so very nearly within reach that we’re suddenly fed up with being cooped up and are anxious to return to the way life was before Covid. I thought about it and agreed that this is what it sounds like, for I too, was feeling a little depleted, waiting, waiting for life to return again. My own productivity has been low lately, but then I realised that it’s my job to keep going, to keep sharing beauty with the world, to keep sharing positive energy. So here are a few things we loved from the internets this week, from a home library in Munich to plants on the subway, a sunny-hued room in Suffolk and more, here is what has been inspiring us lately…
A wisteria-covered terrace overlooking the sea in Sorrento, Italy couldn’t be further away from our lockdown lives at the moment, but it’s a reminder of all the plans and dreams we still have for when life returns once again.
These images of camping
While we are very much not into camping here at TIG, we love these photos via @dear.b_ of the most idealised idea of camping that we’ve ever seen. From the cloth chairs to wicker hampers and checked curtains, these images very nearly want us to give sleeping in the great outdoors another chance…
The warm & bright images of @andrechaica
We’ve had these images of Formentera, Islas Baleares (first and last) and Lisbon, Portugal (centre) taken by Lisbon-based content creator and social media manager André Chaíça @andrechaica saved for a long time now. Lisbon, we’ve been to, and Formentera, very near, when we were in Ibiza. The breezy, bright colours of these images are perfect for this time of year.
Lately we’ve been in love with the idea of decorating everything with flowers—whether a wonderfully romantic boat ride or a pink frosted cake, everything looks better with flowers.
This sunny-hued room
There is something so utterly charming about this bedroom at Charles Beresford Clark’s Suffolk House, captured in Vogue way back in November 1980. The crown moulding, gilded chandelier, ultra-romantic balloon curtains, and of course, the sunny yellow walls are perfect right now, as winter slowly fades into springtime.
Plants on the subway
We adore these urban scenes of people traveling with plants on the subway found @originalrose, a plant design studio. The first is in New York City, and the second is in Japan (taken by @ichihashiko).
This colourful living room and home library with its cool eighties vibe belonging to @fedesfotos, in Munich, Germany.
We often see images of faraway restaurants in Puglia, Italy (left, by @vivianhoorn) and Le Sirenuse, in Positano (right, by @pinkines) on our Instagram feeds with their pretty trailing vines along arched ceilings. When it’s safe to travel again, visiting one of these places will be the first thing we do.
And speaking of romantic restaurants, white tablecloths, fairy lights and cobblestone streets—it’s like a dream, and one that we can wait to make a reality one day soon.
Pink & Pastries
We adore the saccharine and super-saturated colours of these images taken by Interior & Graphic Designer @alicedetogni at Ladurée in Paris and @pasticceriagattullo in Milan.