American Girl Is Finally Getting an American Boy Doll
It seems like in the last year or so, most toy companies have finally gotten on board with more variety in their offerings. Lammily, the body-positive doll for girls, came out with a boy version last year, and the ubiquitous Barbie had a major overhaul, adding different clothing options and body types to their roster in 2016. Now, the high-end American Girl is finally adding full-sized boys to their collection of toys.
Meet Logan Everett, the first ever 18-inch boy in the American Girl series. The character is a drummer in a band from Nashville, alongside another new doll named Tenney Grant. While American Girl has had a twin set from their Bitty Dolls line that featured a boy and girl baby, this is the first time the company is offering a standalone doll that’s a boy.
In recent years, the company has worked to diversify its offerings, having dolls of different races and backgrounds, as well as disabled dolls. The company’s PR Director, Julie Parks, said that they strive to provide more experiences, more diversity and more interests for kids. “Adding a boy to our lineup has been a number one request for a very, very, very long time,” she said.
Logan, Tenney and the other new American Girls will be available this week, and in April, they will be releasing a Korean-American doll. A Hawaiian character will also be released, named Nanea, and long-time AG fans will notice that the company went into its back catalog for 2017, re-releasing their revolutionary war doll, Felicity.
Considering many parents have hacked AG dolls in the past in order for there to be male characters, it’s high time the company started producing more boys for their lineup. Hopefully, they’ll move faster on getting these diverse characters and their stories out.
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(h/t Huffington Post; photo via American Girl)
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)