How to Embrace an Offline World at Home

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Make your home an offline bubble (at least some of the time) for when you need to escape the world …

This month we are going to experiment with going offline for a bit and embrace the material world. Forced to accept a change of pace over the past few months, we did get a little bored and a little lonely. We turned to our multiple devices and welcomed a flood of information and entertainment. We distracted ourselves, watching TV while browsing the laptop while keeping an eye on Twitter on our phones while hearing partners/housemates/family across the room doing the same. We sat through virtual meetings, webinars and showed up for online events. If we never had another Zoom, it wouldn’t be soon enough. How about a reset: we will abstain from using devices for 24 hours. No texts, emails or online activity. We will write beautiful handmade cards and letters with thoughtful messages. We will “materialise” our photographs from our endless galleries in the cloud and frame them. We will choose some vinyl that we love for the turntable. We will de-tech our desk and style it beautifully. We won’t let our online habits define us. Start your day right with an old-school alarm clock. We’ve all become too accustomed to setting our smartphones to wake us: the bedside alarm clock is making its comeback. Embrace the simple joy of listening to music in the background that doesn’t come from a phone or Bluetooth speaker – there’s a kind of soothing magic having the radio on murmuring in the background or owning a turntable and building a library of favourite vinyl LPs. Escape the world for a little while …

MONOSET

Natural collection personalised stationery, €131 (includes 25 correspondence cards, letterheads, continuation sheets and envelopes); www.monoset.com

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SMYTHSON

Ten correspondence cards with lined envelopes, €35; www.smythson.com

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KILCOE STUDIOS

Irish Trees cards, Kilcoe Studios, €12 for six, at Irish Design Shop

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SEAGREEN

Amour card set, €28, at Seagreen

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How about a reset: we will abstain from using devices for 24 hours. No texts, emails or online activity.

EUROPA

Vintage 1950s travel alarm clock, Europa, €240; www.1stdibs.com

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TIFFANY & CO.

Nickel twin-bell alarm clock, €600; www.tiffany.ie

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REGA

Planar 1 Plus turntable, Rega, €379; www.towerrecords.ie

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ROBERTS

Rambler BT portable radio, Roberts, €129.95, at Arnotts

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ESMIE

Red Blossom Cranes square photo album, Esmie, €68; www.libertyoflondon.com

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ASPINAL OF LONDON

Faux lizard eight-inch photo album, €110; www.aspinaloflondon.com

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