Pebble: A Watch That Syncs with Your Smartphone
We are head over heels in love with the Pebble. It's a watch, a smartphone satellite, and a sleek piece of arm candy all in one. As customizable as your trusty iPhone or Android, the Pebble is a watch designed with the 2.0 generation in mind. Best of all, it's on its way to becoming a reality thanks to Kickstarter!
First, how does it work? The Pebble connects to iPhone and Android smartphones using Bluetooth, alerting you with a silent vibration to incoming calls, emails, and messages. No more carrying your phone awkwardly everywhere you go (especially if you're a gal without pockets who doesn't feel like carrying a purse), and you can forget about being the rude dude who keeps his phone on the dinner table.
Plus, the display is made using electronic paper (similar to the Amazon Kindle) so it's totally readable in bright light, and avoids that piercing screen feeling you can get from looking at your phone too much. And if you do need to view it in low light, simply press the backlight just like a regular old digital watch!
Next, Pebble's got a whole host of apps. If you're a cyclist or runner, you can use Pebble to access the GPS on your phone to display speed, distance and pace date.
If you use your phone for music around the house, use the Pebble as a wrist-size remote control and skip over those Celine Dion tracks that always tend to show up when you choose Shuffle All.
And the Pebble is beautiful. With tons of digital watchfaces, the Pebble can be easily customized to your personality, mood, outfit, etc. It currently comes in Arctic White, Jet Black, and Cherry Red, and is compatible with any 22mm watch band. Its internal battery lasts up to 7 days, and it charges via USB on any computer.
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)