Brooklyn Decker Just Became Your New Fave Hosting Guru
Brooklyn Decker is ALL about efficiency. Just last year, the uber-busy model (who is expecting her second child with Andy Roddick) gave us all the most genius closet hack ever with the introduction of Finery (a Clueless-like app that helps you analyze your closet). And now she’s here to help streamline another area of our lives: hosting.
The 30-year-old has teamed up with SPLENDA to create several quick and easy recipes that you can whip up to serve to guests at a summer soiree. For Decker, who’s less of a cook and more of what she refers to as a “lazy host,” it’s the perfect way to entertain (without busting a sweat!) at the Austin, Texas home she shares with Roddick. “[It’s not] big or fancy,” she tells us over the phone. “It’s ‘come over, have something quick, [and] get into the fun… of catching up.’”
That’s ideal for the entrepreneur, who juggles parenting with a very busy career — she’s a series regular in the Netflix series Grace and Frankie, and runs Finery with her best friend Whitney Casey. But don’t ask her to choose a favorite gig. “That’s like asking someone who their favorite child is!” she protests. Still, she says each career is fulfilling in its own way. “Acting to me ignites a passion that I have — a creative fire,” she shares. With film and television, however, “There’s so much uncertainty. [Your] employment is really at the mercy of someone else’s hands.” Alternately, the Sports Illustrated cover model says her business is much more within her control. “[It’s] very specific and goal-oriented.”
Finery also makes Decker’s own life easier. “Frankly, it shifted all my shopping,” she tells us. “I’m a millennial; I do 80 percent of my shopping online… and 80 percent of [my purchases] are impulse buys.” With Finery on hand to lay out what she already owns, she can be more strategic about shopping and avoid any would-be buyer’s remorse. “[You] see all the redundancies,” she explains. “I have 10 pairs of skinny jeans; I don’t really need an 11th pair.”
While you likely won’t see her adding “professional chef” to her resume anytime soon (“[I think it would] be very presumptuous of me to create a cookbook people would want to use,” she quips), we will be seeing her roll out several yummy things for busy gals to make in a jiff in the coming weeks.
For the longtime artificial sweetener user, who grew up with a type-1 diabetic father, it made sense to partner up with SPLENDA for her creations. “We were always looking for ways to enjoy food thoroughly and cut back on sugar,” she says.
All of her upcoming dishes will be centered around the sweetener, including some spicy chicken meatballs for football season, a pickling recipe that gives a nod to her North Carolina roots (the Band Aid star’s family moved there from Ohio), a raspberry compote, and a cherry granola bar to take on the go for herself or her one-year-old son, Hank Roddick, who is just getting into “all that tactile development,” including coloring and arts and crafts.
First, though, she’s mixing up the dranks! More specifically? A SPLENDA Spicy Jalapeño Margarita. “Margaritas are huge, especially in Texas,” she shares. “It has all the kick you would want in a summer drink, [but] it doesn’t have all the calories.” In fact, it has no fat and just 155 calories per serving.
Combining her favorite flavors of salty, spicy, and sweet — particularly the spicy (“I live in Texas; if I were to get rid of the spice, I think they would kick me out of the state”) — the drink can even be made the night before a party.
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)