Reading Rooms & Old Vienna

Today's thoughts come from a slough of blogs, photos, and wunderlust dreams. 

First up, this San Francisco-based cafe was designed to immerse each guest in the spirit of old Vienna, Prague, and Budapest. Some of the materials and furniture come from Austria and some pieces were collected from domestic and local vendors. Copper, velvet, and ornate sconces rule the scene of this former laundromat (who knew?), redesigned by owner Michelle Polzine. Note: If you love Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel" but also crave a splash of Art Deco in your life, then you'll likely enjoy this Twentieth Century Cafe masterpiece. 

Photographed by Laurie Frankel

Photographed by Laurie Frankel

After my imagination snagged an espresso and a flaky pastry from Michelle Polzine's cafe, I envisioned finding a bright (and cozy!) reading room where I could spend an hour or two in solitude. Stumbling upon the Norwegian blog BO BEDRE, I became enamored with this room, designed by Herlev Jørgensen. The tables, the marble, the fur blanket, and the tree, combine to form a space in which I could spend some serious time. Fun fact: That tree is 3 meters tall! ...For you Americans, that converts to 9.84252 feet :)

Photographed by Mikkel Adsbøl

Photographed by Mikkel Adsbøl

Well, I could go on and show you several more interior joys that I discovered on my internet hunt today, but I'll save some for next time. Enjoy the long weekend!