20 Inspiring Ideas for a Long Summer Weekend
Labor Day is on the brain here at Brit + Co. For some it represents the end of summer, back to school, a last trip to the lake. For us, it means all the more reason to get creative in the kitchen, in the craft room, and at the campfire. Here are 20 inspiring ideas, projects, and recipes for the perfect long summer weekend.
<br/>Can’t have a proper vacation weekend without a few delicious cocktails. Here are 4 of our favorite creations from this summer.
<br/>When you’re heading out for the weekend, there are lots of fun tools for eating and drinking that can make the great outdoors even greater.
<br/>We’re all about packing light but keeping it chic.
<br/>It’s important to unplug from constant communication over the weekend, but a few gadgets here and there can be fun.
<br/>If you’re planning to spend the weekend at home catching up on all those projects you’ve been meaning to get to, we commend you! Here are a few that we recommend.
17. Inside Out Painted Jars: If you’re a budding DIYer, this is the perfect place to start. You can never have too many decorated mason jars. Stay tuned for our take on repurposed beer bottles later this week.
18. Real Life Pinterest Board: Get some of that analog inspiration up on the walls with our easy-to-make clipboard pinboard.
19. Custom Colored Cushions: Looking for an inexpensive decor change-up? Try painting custom designs on a cheap set of cushions for an easy way to spice up your dining table.
20. Get Some Rest: Finally, get some rest! The best thing about a long weekend is sleeping in not once, not twice, but three times! If your brain can’t stop racing, try a natural sleeping aid.
Bonus:The Barbecue Dining Boat: Ok, we’re not actually suggesting you buy this but… isn’t it kind of amazing?
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)