Pump Up the Volume Without Power With These 6 iPhone Amplifiers
Obviously the perfect headphones are necessary for rocking out solo, but you can’t have a Call Me Maybe office dance party with just a pair of earbuds! We’re big fans of pumping up the jams here at Brit & Co. But we’re not big fans of sucking the power from our already strapped devices or constantly changing batteries on crazy complex speaker systems.
1. Eco-Amp ($8): Let’s start with the incredibly basic. This eco-friendly amp is made of recycled paper, shipped flat, and printed with soy-based inks so that your environmental impact is as low as possible. The amp can be assembled and then folded back up for easy transport, its big enough for a good jam sesh but small enough to be used virtually anywhere, and it comes with two so you can always have magnified music at your fingertips.
2. Horn Bike ($34): This next amplifier also packs a healthy environment punch. If you like to bike, for recreation or for your commute, this is the perfect way to add some music to that routine. Biking with headphones doesn’t work: You get all tangled up, and you often can’t hear traffic or blaring horns over your playlist. The Horn Bike solves those problems. The eco-friendly and recyclable silicone case is shock-proof, scratch-proof, and washable and attaches to virtually any bicycle handlebars. As always, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings while biking and we don’t recommend trying to toggle songs or change the volume while en route.
3. Phonofone III ($195): On the less portable side, we’ve got the Phonofone III. This is definitely one that makes a statement. The elegant analog design adds to your decor while adding to your music’s volume (they claim the device can reach up to 60 decibels). Sleek and sophisticated, this amp is almost a piece of art as well as an effective sound-booster.
4. AirCurve ($15): This little device serves as a nice dock for your phone. It lets you slide your power cord through to charge while listening, or remove it to take the speaker on the go. Pumping up the volume by about 10 decibels, this inexpensive stand is a clear winner.
5. iBamboo (Temporarily Out of Stock): The simple, natural aesthetic of this speaker makes it an incredibly beautiful way to snag a nice, amplified sound. It embraces the inherent resonance of bamboo to turn this single material into an environmentally-friendly and efficiently produced way to improve the volume coming from your iPhone speakers.
6. Tembo Trunks ($40): These waterproof, shock-proof, and dust-proof speakers are collapsible and easy to take just about anywhere. The company says they offer up to 80 decibels of clear sound. They’re pretty perfect for the music lover on the go because they’re light, flexible, and stackable. They even claim to save battery life versus using your internal iPhone speaker.
Which amplifier is just right for your next impromptu dance party? Let us know in the comments below or come talk to us over on Twitter.
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)