This Dad Drew on His Son’s Lunches Every Day for 2 Years
Raise your hand if lunch was your favorite school subject growing up! With a dad like Bryan Dunn, we bet your hand would have shot straight up even if he sometimes forgot to cut the crusts off your bologna and cheese on white. That’s because “brown bagging it” at the skilled hands of this designer dad is an art form that’ll blow the top off your matching Hello Kitty lunchbox and thermos.
Two years ago, Bryan wanted to do something special for his son starting kindergarten (yes, that’s the time in this story for the first “aw”). He could have just settled on the ol’ inspirational Sharpie message scribbled on a banana, but Bryan’s a “next level” kinda Dad. An illustrator and designer, he started turning those pb+j totes into little works of art. Cue more aws — quickly followed by…
Bryan shares on his personal site that the bags take him about 30 minutes to do. He draws them during his lunch break and then colors them in after the kids go to bed (we stopped counting “aws” but this is definitely one of them). His son — who must have an A+ in sharing — mostly gives them to teachers and fellow students. As Bryan puts it, dad’s drawings are nothing new to him ;)
Leading up to Father’s Day yesterday, we’ve been sharing a lot of DIYs to do for your dad, but this tops art projects DIYed by dads! Visit Bryan’s site and his imgur gallery to get inspired by more of his work. Maybe by the time back to school rolls back around, your kid will have something to trade his kid for besides pudding cups.
Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @britandco if YOU have a cool project or photo series like this to share!
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)