A Friends Reunion + Central Perk IRL = Best Week Ever
20 years after Central Perk became the favorite hangout spot of Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey, the iconic Friends coffee shop is being recreated IRL. Obviously, you and your crew have a new favorite java joint.
The pop-up Perk will open its doors on the TV-group’s home turf in downtown Manhattan starting September 17 through October 18, where the storefront will be staged with props used in the series, including the only orange couch you’ve ever really wanted to sit on. To make sure you’re never stuck in second gear, the coffee shop will be serving up free cups of joe to a soundtrack of “Smelly Cat” and other Phoebe Buffay-approved tunes. But there’s even more in store for Friends fanatics, including daily giveaways, anniversary merchandise, trivia contests and even a guest stint by CP barista Gunther, whose hair we hope is *still* as blonde as it was back in 1994. It doesn’t look like an all-cast appearance is in the cards though — if the mini-Friends reunion on Jimmy Kimmel Live! is any indication, you’d better sip that coffee before it gets too cold.
If you can’t make it to 199 Lafayette Street this fall, here are some other ways to keep the Friends nostalgia alive
– Copy the crew’s most mesmerizing dance moves from the show, including GIFs of throwback moves from Monica + Rachel and the wackiest dances from Mike Hannigan, aka Paul Rudd
Are you freaking over this Friends news? Will you be making the trek to NYC for the Perk pick-me-up? Tell us 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)