6 Gorgeous, Playful & Super Convenient iPad Keyboards
As part of our Doodads for Dads feature, we've decided to delve into the world of iPad keyboards. That's right. iPad keyboards. To fellow 2.0ers the concept of a keyboard for your touchscreen tech might seem unnecessary, but being able to swiftly transform your tablet into a laptop is pretty awesome.
1. USB Typewriter ($699): First up, a serious example of digital meets analog, and the keyboard that inspired this post. This USB typewriter can hook up to your iPad, or any laptop. Keys that don't exist on typewriters (aka F1-F12, esc, ctrl) are available with a simple toggle key making it a fully functional computer keyboard.
2. Aluminum Bluetooth Keyboard Case ($27): On the other end of the spectrum, we have this rather bare bones aluminum keyboard case. It protects your iPad, and includes a keyboard. This is probably the most practical item here, but also matches seamlessly with other pieces of Apple tech.
3. Walnut Writing Center ($139): How gorgeous is this? We love the coupling of tech with handcrafted wooden objects, and this walnut writing center is no exception. You'll have to buy the keyboard separately, but we think it's worth it to be able to carry a beautiful mobile office wherever you go.
4. Typi Folio Case and Wireless Keyboard ($79): Soft felt, handcrafted leather, and muted tones. This cozy iPad case keeps your tech safe, and includes a removable keyboard. The keyboard stays in place with magnets for laptop-style use, can be detached for remote use, or can be left at home when you know you won't need a keyboard.
5. Hardwood Desktop Workstation ($89): Another installment of handcrafted analog love from Etsy, this workstation has a lovely antique aesthetic that can be both startling and comforting when paired with your iPad. This does not actually include a keyboard, but is fitted for Apple's standard Bluetooth variety.
6. Hatch & Co. Skinny Case ($75): Oh hey there fellow & Co. company! This case is super slim with a keyboard that connects via Bluetooth. The cover utilizes Smart Cover sensor technology, meaning it automatically wakes up your iPad or puts it to sleep when you open and close the case.
Bonus Round! Professional SynthStation Keyboard with iPad Dock ($269): Is this the kind of iPad keyboard you were looking for? Dock your iPad and channel your inner Mozart, Freddie Mercury, or Will Smith. ;)
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)