Each Thursday, right around the time I’m desperate for a second cup of coffee, I get a much-needed jolt of escapism to my inbox. No matter my level of pandemic-era stress, I click and — for the cost of a $6 per month newsletter — I feel calmer as I scroll through photographs of faraway homes, frozen in time.
Oh look, I think, a 400-year-old Georgian chapel in the Welsh countryside; a Swedish log cabin with bright blue trim and a soothing white interior; that fantastic house in Nova Scotia with a kitchen that looks like a 1950s diner. Each image takes me to a distant place, a quieter moment, a different version of life. And each can be mine for a low, low price.