Brick by Brick: 25 Unusual Lego Products
The folks at Lego knew about the trend of color blocking way before it was even a thing. As we spend this week celebrating color block in all of its many forms, we turn to the original color blocker: Lego! Here are 25 unusual Lego products, from ice cube trays to DIY cameras.
1. Build-On Brick Mug ($25): As you wait for your coffee to cool, build a teeny tiny world right on your desk. You can even trick out your mug and add wheels.
2. Lego Ice Bricks Tray ($10): Plain old rectangular ice cubes are totally out of style ;)
3. Wooden Legos (contact to order): How gorgeous are these? Who knew Legos could look so rustic?
4. Lego Brooch ($24): Geek chic at it’s most colorful. We love the pixelated look and would love to try making one of our own.
5. Lego Alarm Clock ($80): This nostalgic alarm clock would make a great desk accessory or nightstand decor. You can even stack it with the Lego Boombox!
6. Lego Water Bottle ($15): There’s definitely something a little twisted about taking off a Lego dude’s head to hydrate, but we like the playfulness of these funny water bottles.
7. Lego Lunch Box ($15): Bonus points if you can make your lunch look like a modern piece of artwork as well.
9. Lacie Brick Hard Drive ($86): Technically, Lacie isn’t making this anymore but you can find it via resellers on Amazon and eBay. It’s such a fun change-up to the typical hard drive, and multiple ones click together.
10. Lego Moleskine Notebooks ($10): We are on board with pretty much anything Moleskine does and this charming notebook is great for folks who like the play in 3D as well as on paper.
11. Lego Clutch ($260): That’s right. An entire clutch created out of legos! Though we like the pixelated look, we think this could look pretty darn chic in all black.
12. Darth Vader Lego Head Lamp ($18): The force will be with you, even on the darkest of nights :)
13. Stackable Silverware ($16): Get a little utility out of your love for Legos by adding these to your picnic basket.
14. Lego Ear Buds: Why these are not available anymore is beyond us, but we’ll include them on this list anyway. Maybe a DIY is in order?
15. Lego CD Boombox ($44): Now this is a serious throwback. It’s a Lego boombox, complete with a handle for rocking out like only your ’90s-loving self knows how.
16. Lego Luggage Tag ($10): Want to make your suitcase stand out from the crowd? Or at least the tag that identifies it?
17. Lego Silicone Notepad ($11): These gummy-like notebooks were inspired by Legos and come in just about every color. We love the idea of keeping them stacked together on a bookshelf.
19. Lego Digital Camera ($50): We’ve featured this one before, and we’ll likely feature it again. We love the combo of old school building blocks with new school photo tech.
20. Lego! No! Print ($30): How cute is this? Bookmark for Valentine’s Day, or any occasion where you want to get your special someone a funny print.
22. Lego Men Soap Set ($6): These adorable soaps would make great stocking stuffers for kids and adults alike.
24. Lego People Ice Cube Tray ($9): Lego people in ice cube form. I smell a Lego-themed jello shot in the works… ;)
25. Lego Brick Ring ($5): Time for a little retro geekery! Yes, this is begging for a DIY but at $5 a pop we can’t resist snatching up a few Lego rings in our favorite bright hues.
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)