Happy Makers Monday!
We’re excited to join folks across the country in celebrating American makers because, around here, every day is Makers Monday! To us, today is all about celebrating hand-crafted creativity in all forms — whether it’s learning to make something on your own or purchasing that something special that has that “made from scratch” quality, beauty and individuality. If you can dream it, we know you can make it. After all, #makersgonnamake!
Our mission, here at Brit + Co, is to inspire and enable creativity in women. We believe that everyone is truly creative — today we are proud honor all those who have turned their creativity into their craft.
We’re proud to call dozens of American makers part of the Brit + Co family thanks to the B+C Shop. Here are some sage words of wisdom, advice and inspiration from three very special folks.
Founded by Melody Shirazi, Isobell Designs is a line of handcrafted jewelry made here in San Francisco. Drawing inspiration from 1920s American architecture and Art Deco design, Melody combines the past with the present in her approach to jewelry making.
What Melody loves about making: “My favorite part about jewelry making is taking something and turning it into wearable art. It feels almost alchemistic.”
Small-town Texas guy Travis Weaver started Manready Mercantile with his neighbor and now business partner, Roby Fitzhenry, back in 2012.
Why he started Manready Mercantile: “I started the business just to prove a point…the idea that you can start something from nothing and make it these days. You just have to work smart and work hard. This company is proof.”
Based in Denver, Fig + Yarrow is an artisan line of small-batch, handcrafted organic health and beauty products founded by Brandy Monique.
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)