Introducing the New Brit + Co. Design
If you’ve been reading this site for more than five minutes, you’re probably aware that we are big fans of creative re-invention and high design. Not only do we enjoy re-inventing things like CD cases, but we also love re-inventing software. Weduary is a great example of a traditional wedding website, re-thought for today’s digital generation of brides and grooms.
Today, we’ve re-invented this very website, as it’s likely blatantly obvious to you by now… given that you’re staring at it and all. (Feed readers – click through for the goodness that awaits!) As much as we loved the look and feel of our old design, we wanted to update and modernize everything a bit. As you navigate around the new site, you’ll notice that while the general layout and fun color scheme are still in place, we’ve cleaned up and simplified everything else quite a bit. Even better, thanks to our stellar engineering team, this site is more than 10x faster than the old site — a huge win! For all of you geeks out there who actually care, we’ve also done a ton of restructuring on the backend, porting over to new Amazon servers, moving from a custom CMS to WordPress, and self-engineering modular, more customizable content units on the site.
One major change you’re likely to notice is our new logo. Though I originally started this site on my own, I’ve since been lucky enough to find a stellar content team and group of contributors who have added their own creative touch. Thus, we’re officially declaring the brand as Brit + Co. and making sure to reflect that in our logo. (And for anyone who was wondering, yes, our tagline is and will always be ‘Creative Living.’)
We’ve also changed our “Weddings” category to “Events,” given that so many of our ideas for that vertical apply for all kinds of entertaining. For example, the creative centerpieces we might show you how to make for a wedding could also apply to a birthday party. This doesn’t change the fact that we are still deeply committed to Weduary, our first app related to the category.
You’ll notice many smaller improvements coming to the site over the coming days and weeks, but we wanted to get this early iteration out now for your initial feedback. So, uh, what do ya think!? Leave your comments below, or shoot me a note on Twitter.
Oh, and if you’re typically a mobile reader, get pumped — we’ve got lots of goodies coming for you soon ;)
We here at Brit + Co. always have a blast dreaming up new ideas for simple, beautiful and creative living, and there’s nothing more exciting in the world than to be able to share them with you. We hope you enjoy the new site, that you’ll tell at least 4 friends about it, and that you’ll come back again tomorrow for more creative awesomesauce.
Hi, I'm Brit, the founder and CEO of Brit + Co. I'm a young mom of two, tech nerd and design-inclined lady who has a zillion hobbies and curious about... just about everything! My mission from the beginning has been to unlock women's creativity and courage to try new things so that they can find the path to their true passions.
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)