Take Your Memorial Day Picnic to a Whole New Level With This Flag Rug
This picnic blanket is a bit different than your average — it’s made from carpet! The idea came from one of Brit + Co’s new friends, Adi Goodrich — a famous kick-ass set designer in LA. We went to a workshop with her where she told us about all the crazy stores she goes to when looking for art supplies. She told us how she made a whole set with carpet and cutout shapes, and applied them to a wall just as she would with paint or vinyl. I took this inspiration to the smaller screen — my Memorial Day picnic blanket. Set this bad boy outside or keep it indoors to spruce up a sunroom or covered patio.
Materials and Tools:
Trim your canvas to be 63 x 43 inches.
Cut your pink carpet squares into three-inch strips. Use a box cutter or scissors — it’s actually not as hard to cut as I thought it would be. High five to that!
Roll out your white carpet and cut strips that are about 3.5 inches thick and six feet long. The white rug will shag a lot more, so cut a half-inch buffer to hide under the pink strips when you’re assembling.
Cut out a 26 x 22-inch rectangle from the blue rug. If you’re really looking to impress, you can try adding stencil stars with fabric paint.
Lay out all of your rectangles to create the flag. Lay the white strips down first and then the pink stripes slightly overlapping the edges. Trim the white strips to the correct length, and then piece together pink strips to create the correct length.
Grab the liquid nails and start gluing everything down. Really make sure to get all edges to avoid any holes in your rug.
Lay out your rug and add all your picnic fixings — cheese, berries, and wine are always a must.
Lay on down and get ready for the near future — sun, shorts, and long nights.
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DIY Production and Styling: Kelly Bryden
Photography: Brittany Griffin and Kurt Andre
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)