PaperKarma and Unroll.me Stop Real and Virtual Junk Mail
While recent technology innovations have been, for the most part, a positive thing for society, the fact that it’s now so easy to “connect” to each other also means it’s easy for marketers to “connect” to us as well. Most often, these marketers are trying to reach you directly, via your email inbox or your home mailbox. If you’re like me, the majority of the mail in each of these respective boxes is made up of spammy offers, annoying notifications, or catalogs that you never signed up to receive. If you’re lucky, you might find one or two letters or emails from someone you actually care about.
Granted, to unsubscribe from an email list or to set up an email spam filter is not too tedious, but with so many websites trying to reach you, it can become a time suck that you just don’t have time for. Frankly, I don’t even try to unsubscribe from the spam I get in my real mail. To do so is 20x more time complicated than unsubscribing from an email. I recently tried to unsubscribe from Victoria’s Secret catalogs that were coming every week (yes, every week!). The process was insane. I had to visit VictoriasSecret.com, find the Accounts page, figure out where to request to opt-out from catalogs, submit a long form about why I was opting out, and then copy the account number printed on the catalog into a box. It was ridiculous and took me nearly 10 minutes to complete! I wasn’t about to invest the time to do that for every other piece of spam mail I got in my mailbox that day. I surrendered to the marketers.
PaperKarma is a new mobile app made for iPhone, Android and the Windows Phone that automatically unsubscribes you from junk mail that shows up in your home mailbox. All you have to do is snap a photo of the mail and then the team at PaperKarma will contact the Mailer to remove you from their distribution list. It takes five seconds max. I tried it recently and successfully opted out from over 20 different lists. My mailbox is blissful once again. Plus, I feel like a good human being for helping the environment :)
, on the other hand, is best suited for tackling the crazy amount of unwanted subscriptions in your email inbox. The service lets you easily unsubscribe from mail you don’t want to receive, and goes one step further by letting you bundle together all of the subscriptions youwant to receive in a single daily email. For instance, if you really like getting the Brit + Co. newsletter (who doesn’t!?), like checking out headlines from the New York Times, and you also really like getting alerts when someone writes on your Facebook wall (err… posts on your “timeline”), then you can bundle those feeds together into a single email and read them all at once. Trust me, as someone that has recently used the service, it makes getting to Inbox 0 much more feasible.
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)