CTL Weekly 04.05

Happy Friday, friend! How was your week? I hope you have something fun planned for the weekend. Here’s what’s been on my mind…

The noisiness of social media has been wearing on me—even my beloved Instagram. I like to think that I’m a pretty aggressive curator and editor of my IG feed, but lately, I’ve paid special attention as I’ve scrolled (and scrolled and scrolled) and asked myself why I am following each account. Do I remember following them? Does what they post still resonate with me? And I’ve been unfollowing accounts that are no longer a good fit, either because what I’m interested in has changed or the account has gone in a new direction, or who knows why actually? I don’t overthink it.

I’ve also been enthusiastically using the ‘Following’ and ‘Favorites’ features on IG. With one extra tap, IG shows you only those accounts you’re following or only those you’ve designated as your favorites, and in chronological order to boot. (Did you know these two options were available to you? If not, here are the details.)

‘Following’ is a great thing to pull up when I want to check who I’m following and whether they still resonate, like I described above. Pulling up ‘Favorites,’ on the other hand, is like listening to a playlist of my favorite songs—the ones I turn the volume up when they come on.

Instagram lets you have up to 50 accounts in your ‘Favorites,’ but I currently have less than half of that. (I aggressively curate this group too.) These are accounts that I’m finding especially interesting, beautiful, or relevant at the moment. And yes, I find myself wondering why I don’t limit my larger Instagram following to only these accounts, but that’s a topic for another day.

With all this in mind, I thought it might be fun to share twelve accounts that are currently in my favorites. Maybe you follow some of these same accounts or will find one or two new ones that resonate with you. Either way, I encourage you to try the ‘Favorites’ feature on Instagram if you’re not already using it, especially if you’re feeling the need to quiet Instagram, too.

Row 1: Susan Kaufman, Frances Hardie, Reed Smythe & Company Row 2: Amanda Carol, Nine and Sixteen, Watson Kennedy Row 3: Maura Endres, Josh Young, Tailleur on Main Row 4: Elyce Arons, Ali LaBelle, Beacon Hill Books & Cafe

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Home Tour

This week’s tour is a historic renovation in Charleston, including transom windows inspired by old-school Pizza Hut light fixtures (love that!). I thought the white walls were so pretty that I saved the paint color (Sherwin Williams’ Incredible White) on Pinterest.

What I’m Loving

A secret London garden.

This set of board books by licensed speech therapist and artist Tabitha Paige is so charming. The watercolor illustrations are soft and beautiful, and the words that accompany them will help form a foundational vocabulary. I included these in the Easter basket I put together for Madeline and offered to keep them at my house because I loved them so much, but her parents insisted on taking them to theirs (rude!). The author has other titles including this set of little adventure stories and a book of high contrast, black and white illustrations that comes in an accordion format for tummy time.

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On my Radar

When I posted this photo a couple of weeks back, a reader named Nan asked, “Where would I purchase the vase wrapped in branches? Gotta have it!” Unfortunately, I can no longer locate this particular vase, but I found a few similar ones. I hope this helps, Nan!

Wayfair

Etsy

Wayfair

Etsy

I recently read about an American who was inspired to visit (and eventually buy a cottage in) a town in rural France because of this novel. After reading the description, I immediately ordered a copy for myself (and I think Tom will be interested, too).

More to Explore

A great profile of Jeremiah Brent.

Our list of movies and TV shows to watch (an actual list that I keep on my phone) is long and getting longer, but I couldn’t help adding Ripley, a Netflix series based on the book The Talented Mr. Ripley that dropped yesterday. Do you remember watching the movie with Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Cate Blanchette, and Philip Seymour Hoffman? That movie is already 25 years old. The new series is in black and white, which should be interesting, as the gorgeous locations are what I remember most about the movie.

I ran across one of my favorite pictures this week.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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