12 Chic Purses That Double as Laptop Bags
Oh, the hunt for the perfect laptop bag. You don't want something that actually looks like a laptop bag, but you do want something that is hearty enough to support your computer. And what about those nights that you've got a hot date or fancy event right after work? It's for those reasons and so many more that we, along with resident stylist Misty Spinney, decided to put together a collection of stylish purses that will actually fit your laptop, from 11 inch to 15 inch.
First, bags for 11-inch laptops.
We used measurements for an 11-inch MacBook Air. Be sure to check the dimensions of your computer against the dimensions of each bag before purchasing.
1. Frye Brooke Envelope ($298): This slim number is a lovely light tone for spring with hand-hammered studs adding the right amount of edge. Throw in your laptop, your phone and lip gloss, and you're good to go.
2. BCBG Snake-Embossed Canvas Bag ($132): Like a little sassy to go with your classy? The brightly colored snake-style band across the middle gives a regular old canvas shoulder bag a good dose of spice.
3. Hobo Blaze ($161): Tote your laptop around with a more bohemian sensibility. This fringy number is made of soft suede leather with a hint of shimmer.
4. Tech on Your Trek Backpack ($50): Wear this as a shoulder bag, backpack, or handbag. We love the bright color!
Now, bags for 13-inch laptops.
For this, we used measurements for an 13-inch MacBook Pro. Be sure to check the dimensions of your computer against the dimensions of each bag before purchasing.
5. Botkier Leela Tote ($230): We love this sizzling silver tote for occasions when you need to carry your laptop but still keep things fancy and festive.
6. Neon Orange Upwardly Mobile Satchel ($170): Designed by The Cambridge Satchel Company in the UK, this bag (and ones like it) have been spotted on fashionistas from New York to Tokyo.
7. Irving Place Nadine ($528): Oh Kate Spade, how we love how much you love color? This is definitely on the splurge side of things, but you probably wouldn't need another go-anywhere bag for quite a long time.
8. Macrame Fringe Hobo Sling ($211): Another bohemian number, this is an earthy way to keep your laptop and other work essentials safe.
And finally, for 15-inch laptops.
As you probably guessed, we used measurements for an 15-inch MacBook Pro for this set of bags. Be sure to check the dimensions of your computer against the dimensions of each bag before purchasing.
9. Eucalyptus and Me Bag ($60): Bring this bag out for the big guns. Your powerful 15 inch laptop will fit happily in this bag, along with chargers, flip flops, and whatever else you might need for today's adventure.
11. Grand Street Gabriel ($478): Our second Spade splurge, this features two compartments so you can keep technology in one, and more fun things in the other. ;)
12. Milton Satchel ($798): Why not go out with a bang? Another one from Hayden-Harnett, this piece of mulberry beauty is both professional and funky all at the same time. The ultimate work and travel bag, you can choose from 9 bold hues. And it's got a padded laptop compartment. Swoon!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)