Geek is the New Black
For design nuts, photo nerds, geeky fashionistas and engineers who are down to accessorize, we've rounded up some of our favorite ways to let our true nerd colors shine. After all, geek is chic!
1. Computer Keyboard Necklace ($20): You know what this would go perfectly with? A mini Macbook mirror! At 4 inches wide, this keyboard is just big enough to be legible and just teeny enough that you can pair it with a few other long necklaces for a hip layered look.
2. I Heart Polaroids ($15): Polaroids, come back! Pretty pretty please? Show your love for our favorite instant film with this charming charm. And if you're looking for a DIY, may we suggest hunting down some iZone film and making a scratch-off?
3. ASCII Necklace ($130): A fancier take on geeky accessories, this ASCII heart depicts your most romantic of sentiments in the engineer-iest way possible.
4. JPEG Necklace ($20): We have to quote Photojojo on this one. "Masons have secret handshakes, conspiracy theorists have secret symbols. We photographers have our own secret code words, lingo that only serious snappers recognize." Show your love of digital photography with this light laser-cut acrylic number.
5. Silver <3 Band ($55 and $40): Another "less than three" ode to love, this pair of sterling silver bands is oh-so-sweet.
6. Binary Code Necktie ($19): Nerd alert, for real! If you're an engineer looking to get a little fancy, let your nerdiness out with this code-tastic tie.
7. Braced Lets ($5): It's finally happened. Rubber bands for braces are not only getting repurposed, but they're looking pretty darn chic. If only these were around in our middle school days!
8. Classic Casio Chrome Watch ($20): The Casio will never go out of style. Sometimes it will be nerdy, sometimes it will be convenient for travel, and sometimes you'll try to steal it from your dad (true story).
9. Circuit Board Cuff Links ($49): What could possibly match a Binary Code necktie better than a pair of Circuit Board Cuff Links?
10. Lego Brick Ring ($5): Time for a little retro geekery! Yes, this is begging for a DIY but at $5 a pop we can't resist snatching up a few Lego rings in our favorite bright hues.
11. Sterling Silver @ Ring ($86): Hello there @! Each of these cyber-chic rings is custom made to your ring size, and will definitely start up conversation at your next cocktail hour.
13. Rubik's Cube Pendant ($16): It's a necklace and the most classic visual puzzle. Best of all, this Rubik's cube is fully functional!
14. Lens Get Gorgeous Ring ($10): We always have to hand it to ModCloth for their love of word play. This tiny set of specs is a great combo of quirky and cute. We recommend pairing with a saucy librarian look. ;)
15. Control Earrings ($90): Whether you're looking at your keyboard, your iPhone, your Big Jambox, or your good old boom box (analog points!), you know these 6 buttons and you know them well.
16. Sterling Lens Cuff ($190): Another piece found by our friends at Photojojo, this wearable piece of photo art is designed to look just like an aperture ring.
Bonus: Leica Wedding Bands (Custom): Less a buyable product, and more an awesome idea, this gorgeous wedding band was commissioned for a photographer known as The Leica Guy by his wife, The Leica Lady. We love the attention to detail, from the Leica typeface to the lens model and depth-of-field markings.
How do you let your nerdiest colors shine? Tweet at us with pics of your favorite ways to go geek!
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)