How Kate Middleton Nails Mommy + Me Dressing Without Looking Lame
Doing things with your mini mes always makes them more fun, whether you’re taking a vacation with kids, dining out with the kids or going to a music festival with kids. It’s great to experience things on their level, and that can definitely include fashion. You might be having bad ‘80s flashbacks to mom-and-daughter puffy sleeved looks, but Kate Middleton and Doutzen Kroes recently showed that parents and kids can dress alike and still look stylish.
For the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, dressing appropriately for every single possible situation is a trademark. She clearly thinks about what she’s going to wear because the world will see it, and that transfers over to her daughter as well. They’re subtly matching here: Princess Charlotte’s pink dress picks up on the pink in Kate’s hat without being totally obvious and outrightly matching. Not surprising, of course!
Doutzen Kroes does it casually with her little boy, as well — they’re dressed in similar tones and patterns, but not exactly the same. Her son is wearing a slightly darker shade of blue stripe. It’s a trick of the eye — you know it’s pleasing and it goes together, but you’re not totally confronted with an explosion of the same print or color over and over again, head to toe.
Try it with your family: Stick to one color palette (blues are always easy), and spread the prints, patterns and color around. It works for any family picture situation, whether it’s a casual Instagram, or, you know, presenting yourself to millions of people worldwide.
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(Photos via Ben A. Pruchnie + Jeff Spicer/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)