Destination / Wish You Were Here

The art of staying in: a weekend at home with Jess Blanch

Music for moods and My Own Private Idaho. Editor in Chief Jess Blanch on making time at home luxury.

Relax …
My dream is to sit on a Bambole sofa and stare at a favourite artwork or watch a film, something I’ve seen before like My Own Private Idaho.

Read …
I practice the art of tsundoku always buying more books than I could possibly read. There are a lot of collectables like Time’s Arrow.

Listen …
Yo La Tengo’s Stuff Like That There for sitting on the sofa and replying to messages.
Any DMX  album for cleaning the house.
The Modern Lovers for when I am home alone.
When I have people over I love a nostalgic playlist of Springsteen, Dire Straits, Tom Petty, Billy Idol and other songs my dad might understand.

Smell …
Anything put together by Dr Lisa Cooper, gardenias, the smell of our new Christmas Tree, Bydredo’s Bibliotheque candle.

Eat …
Parmesan is by far the most important and constant ingredient in my fridge. Also Oritz sardines with really good butter on fresh bread is a last moment entertaining saviour. Unexpected dinner guests always seem to be happy with pasta, olive oil and fresh herbs. The simplest meals really are always the best.

Drink …
When I moved in with my boyfriend over a decade ago we had our first meal on the floor eating pizza from the box with a bottle of 1997 St Hugo Cabernet Sauvignon, so it’s a sentimental wine and I always try to keep some at home. Otherwise Capi mineral water and Remedy kombucha.

Do …
Very little, but how I wish I was the kind of person who sat at home and played chess.