This Isn’t Your Mother’s Gardening Book and We’re Obsessed
We’re all-natural junkies and DIY aficionados here, so we can’t help getting giddy when we find a book that speaks to the maker in us. A Wilder Life is just that gift, filling pages with simple and creative ways to nurture our connection with nature. From home recipes for making dry shampoo to learning the basics of gardening, the creators of this book are sharing knowledge of the old (and maybe slightly familiar), but with a sophisticated, modern twist. We chatted with one of the authors, Abbye Churchill, about her goals and the best bits of the book.
Abbye says she created this book because our generation needs a guide that makes sense for us. “What distinguishes our generation from our parents’ generation is our ability to have a more rounded sense of how to interact with nature. Our generation has found more balance in seeking nature where and how we can find it, making it more accessible than ever. From windowsills to rooftops to remote islands, our generation has brought the natural world to us.”
Abbye shared, “Everyone should own A Wilder Life because it offers simple ways to feel connected to nature, food and the wild. It is a hands-on manual that offers real-life projects to get your hands dirty, for beginners and experts alike.” We couldn’t agree more — her book is gorgeous, full of huge photos and easy-to-read infographics about gardening topics you never knew you needed to know.
She explained to us, “A Wilder Life speaks to our generation of nature-seekers by introducing projects that can be done by anyone, anywhere. You need not have a large tract of farmland or backyard forest (though there’s plenty in the book for those lucky enough to have those resources). Our book underscores the proximity to nature, wherever you are, through hands-on projects.”
Abbye also has great advice for those who aren’t sure where to start when it comes to gardening. She tells us, “Plant something! Anything! It can be a baby aloe plant or something easy, like a peace lily. Or, go foolproof and try a grow light system like the Click and Grow that will connect you with the growing process from seed to plant in a totally tech-monitored way (via app). Or, my personal favorite way to feel connected to nature is to shop at farmers’ markets. You immediately are connected to the seasons, and gain a deeper appreciation for where our food comes from.”
What’s the first project you want to try out from A Wilder Life? Share with us @BritandCo.
(Photos via Artisan and Getty)
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)