Everyone Needs to Read This Vintage LEGO Letter
When it comes to equality in the toy aisle, we actually need to turn back the hands of time to see it. It’s not often that we look to the past to find progress in feminism, but compared to the all-pink aisles of girls’ toys today, a 1973 letter from LEGO to parents is looking mighty progressive.
Uncovered from an old box of LEGOs, a Reddit user uploaded this image of a letter that LEGO sent out to parents, encouraging both boys and girls to play with their toys and to make whatever they want with them no matter what their gender.
Reading this letter 40 years later, it’s a little discouraging to see that toy companies no longer live by a mantra encouraging imagination and invention that’s not gender exclusive. The most recent viral complaint to LEGO was from a seven-year-old girl who wanted some girl characters with a little more on their agenda besides shopping. She wanted girls that instead “went on adventures, worked [and] saved people” like the “boy” LEGOs.
Goldieblox has taken the helm of creating innovative toys featuring smart, talented leading ladies, and their lineup is definitely perfect for any little girl. Still, what we’d love to see more of across the toy aisle is no division of pink and blue — no mutually exclusive boys toys and girl toys, but instead a mix of both that can all go on adventures, save people and even shop together.
What do you think of the LEGO letter and the current state of the toy market? Let us know in the comments!
(h/t IFL Science)
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)