Make Work From Home Life a Little Easier

Isolation isn’t easy, especially when there is no clear end in sight. Now, more than ever, it is essential to make sure our space at home becomes more versatile to accommodate the transition between work and life. Here are a few of my picks that might help get your through the mandatory WFH period.

Dutch Oven

 

If you don’t already have one, it’s a great time to buy a Dutch Oven. You can use these for slow cooking, big pots of soup, bread baking, and more!  I’ve got my grandmother’s set of vintage Le Creuset pots and pans from the 1960’s, evidence that they are indeed a lifelong investment.  There are several other great brands to choose from besides Le Creuset, like Great Jones and Staub, or you can scour Etsy or Ebay for a vintage of your own. I love the Food52xStaub collaboration. The vintage yellow reminds me of my grandmother’s set. 

Nicer wares for your takeout 

If you find yourself ordering takeout from restaurants that serve a cuisine you don’t regularly cook at home, you’re probably lacking in the proper utensils. As we miss the experience of dining in at our favorite establishments, it’s a great time to invest in a nice set of wares that feel more permanent. Instead of eating out of the plastic or paper containers, transfer them to a regular dish and make the experience more deliberate.  I’m eyeing these natural wood chopsticks from Hong Kong-based Etsy seller PrinceCreative.

Happy Hour Accoutrements

 

As restaurants and bars are forced to close, we are losing out on that valuable “in between” space, the transition between work and home.  As it becomes increasingly challenging to separate personal and professional time, creating your own happy hour is a great way to signal the end of the work day and the beginning of “you” time. Invest in a nice set of stemware if you don’t have anything you love, a cocktail kit, or even a nice cheese and salumi board. I love this Olive Wood board hand-crafted in Tunisia from Pottery Barn.

Café at home

With the closure of many of our beloved coffee shops, or perhaps our own fear of frequenting them, we may be missing out on high quality caffeine. If you enjoy an espresso-based drink, consider investing in a stovetop moka. Instead of keeping a pot brewing all day, consider preparing a small amount of high quality coffee and maintaining the coffee break as a ritual, a much-needed pause in the day. 

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