The Prettiest City Cycling Guides You’ve Ever Seen
Whether discovering country lanes or city centers, it’s a fact: The best way to get to know any city is by bike. Thames + Hudson can appreciate that most of us like to do our sightseeing the cheap, eco-friendly and healthy way, and that’s why they joined forces with sophisticated cycling brand Rapha Racing to produce a series of City Cycling guides ($40) geared to helping you see Europe on two wheels.
Covering eight volumes — London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Antwerp/Ghent, Berlin, Paris, Barcelona and Milan — this excellent series of cycling guides is the work of design and writing duo Andrew Edwards and Max Leonard. The series promises to be a highly desirable addition to any rider’s bookcase — not to mention, inducing serious pangs of wanderlust.
Each volume contains everything you need to know to have a two-wheeled vacation — extensive maps marked with bike routes, plus tips on refueling points, bike shops, WiFi access, coffee + cake stops (essentials!). They also put you in the fast lane of learning local cycling etiquette and how to ride safely in each city. The guides are created and designed with the cyclist in mind, giving you the confidence to fully experience a city from the saddle.
Each guide features a different illustrator to portray a style unique to each city. There’s a big focus on shining a light on the less-traveled streets of “locals only” neighborhoods, with hip places to hang, under-the-radar pubs and locally owned bike shops listed. Think of these pocket-sized guides as akin to having a local cyclist to show you around.
Though the lovely design of the guides may tempt you to keep them in mint condition (even the little box they come in is pretty!), these guides are meant to be used. They’re slim enough to fit easily in a wider jean pocket or a backpack and are light enough that you’d take them with you while you exerting some serious pedal power.
Heading to a bike friendly destination this summer? Let us know in the comments below!
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)