Lena Dunham Will Make Your 7th Grade and 30-Year-Old Self Feel Good About Monday
A case of the Mondays can be crippling. Whether you have a major test, an important presentation or are trying to beat down that menacing bully known as writer’s or maker’s block, we have some #MotivationalMonday inspo courtesy of creative crush Lena Dunham. This weekend at Sundance, we heard Lena share more than just plans for a dream future Girls reunion. In a TimesTalk panel with Norman Lear, Lena opened up about what it *really* means to reveal more of yourself than just some skin on TV or an embarrassing story in a book. In true Lena Dunham fashion, homegirl left us with the kind of wisdom-filled words that remind you you’re not alone in whatever personal journey you’re on while simultaneously inspiring your 20/30-something self to be the creative genius that teeny bopper you would be impressed by.
Looking back on the last year since the release of her memoir Not That Kind of Girl, Lena described the experience of meeting people with whom she has instant bonds with — who, whether painfully or joyfully, relate to parts of her life she has turned into art on TV or in writing.
“As someone who didn’t necessarily have the greatest 7th grade experience, someone who didn’t necessarily feel like they were going to have a life full of magical friends — who thought that was going to be a struggle — it’s amazing how liberating it can be to express yourself and to be told, not only is that okay but ‘I’m here with you…’ We all spend our lives feeling this sense of ‘terminal uniqueness’ and to realize that other people share what feel like unsharable experiences is life changing.”
That’s powerful to think about. As all creatives and makers know, sometimes it’s difficult to do just that — make. But turning our experiences into art becomes a gift that everyone gets to tear into and share with others, whether it manifests itself in an Emmy-winning show, a painting, a blog post or your medium of choice. We’ll leave you with a few more Lena-fied words on this (snowy, for you East Coasters) morning:
Cheers to the kind of creative, butt kicking Monday that your seventh grade self would be proud of and your 30-year-old #girlboss self will be too.
What advice would you give your 7th grade self? What would she think of who you turned out to be? Tweet us about it @BritandCo!
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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)