Best of Etsy: Beach Style Edition
Navigating Etsy is a challenge. There are so many incredible folks out there making gorgeous accessories, scouring flea markets and the web for tough-to-find vintage goods, and an endless supply of items you can customize for special events, birthdays, and weddings.
That's why we at Brit & Co. have decided to make your Etsy journey a little easier. Every few weeks, we'll handpick a board of items around a central theme, concept, holiday, or color. This time, our sights are set on the beach.
1. Geometric Arrow Necklace ($16): This angular piece gets its nautical triangle pattern from a scrap of vintage fabric. Each piece is handmade using wood, pleather trim, and a chain. We're totally inspired by this upcycled piece.
2. Neon Stripe Backpack ($52): When in doubt, color block. Or better yet, neon color block! This can easily carry all of your beach essentials and is easy to spot if you're meeting up with friends.
3. Vintage Liz Claiborne Wide Brim Hat ($30): The big beach hat is a summer must-have and we love the femininity of this Vintage Liz Claiborne number. And yes, your mom, aunt, or grandma probably had one just like it.
4. Boat Pond Race Silk Scarf ($50): As the sun sets and it gets a little chilly, warm up your neck with this sailboat scarf. We love the muted tones and feeling of wanderlust it gives us.
5. Pelican Planter ($36): Bring a piece of the beach home with this pelican planter. Great for succulents, collecting sea glass, or even a little hermit crab!
6. Crab Pillow ($18): Speaking of crabs, how often do you find yourself trying to form a makeshift pillow so you can read at the beach? Bring this little darling along and make your beach day a little bit cozier.
7. Amber Sea Glass Earrings ($28): Wearing sea glass means you have a better chance of finding sea glass… right? We think so. These amber earrings will complement just about any sunset.
8. Beach Blanket ($32): The torn up tapestry and old bath towel isn't doing the trick anymore. Get a real beach blanket and call it a day.
9. Retro Water Cooler ($15): Most important rule of spending the day in the sun? Stay hydrated! This water jug needs a little TLC by way of your hardware store, but is a great vintage piece to add to your collection.
10. Cast Iron Mermaid Bottle Opener ($16): What fun is staying hydrated if you don't get a little dehydrated too? Keep those Corona's flowing with help from these bathing beauties.
11. Yellow and Antique Bronze Wrap Bracelet ($45): Wrap bracelets are popping up all over the place, and Etsy's got a whole variety of handmade loveliness.
12. Retro Sunglasses ($23): Vintage glasses from Soviet Russia. What more do you need to know?
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)