Girl Power Alert! LEGO Intros New Female Scientist Set
We have mega love for all things LEGO at Brit + Co., so the recent announcement revealing an all-new female-focused minifigure set as the next LEGO Idea to be produced has us super stoked! The set is titled “Research Institute” and will feature an astronomer, chemist and paleontologist. And, yup, all are women. The idea was submitted by Dr. Ellen Kooijman, a Geochemist from Stockholm. Dr. Kooijman wanted to submit her girl powered minifigures to “…show that girls can become anything they want, including a paleontologist or an astronomer.” We couldn’t agree more.
Plus, she didn’t stop there! If you explore her submission (below!) she even included the possibilities of a falconer, a judge and a robotics engineer.
We’re excited to see LEGO promoting more toys featuring women, which will help encourage girls to explore any career path that suits their passion — especially if it might open them up to more STEM-related pursuits. As fellow builders, champions of innovation and believers in the power to do what you set your mind to, we are anxious to get our hands on this glass ceiling-breaking set. Plus, the LEGO dinosaur looks like it would be a pretty incredible addition to our desks.
Interested in submitting your own stellar LEGO Idea? The process is simple, and a collaborative effort similar to how Quirky works. Head over to ideas.lego.com and submit your idea. Once an idea has received 10,000 votes from the community, it will go to the LEGO Idea review board.
Dr. Kooijman’s “Research Institute” set is expected to hit shelves this August. The next round for review includes a range of submissions, including the set from Big Bang Theory. Who wouldn’t want a LEGO Sheldon? Be sure to stay tuned as LEGO Ideas continues to bring brilliance from around the world into tiny pieces of inspiration to add to your favorite sets.
Hmm… we’re contemplating what our submission would be. Maybe a replica of B+C SF with mini 3D printers, cool inventions and all?! We think it’d be great to represent the Makers of the world, especially if they just happen to be women who were once little girls with big dreams :)
What about you? Share your idea for the next set of LEGO awesomeness 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)