Spruce Up Your Buns
The bun is every woman’s backup plan. Whether you’re having a bad hair day, don’t have time to dry your hair, or simply need to keep those luscious locks out of your face, it’s the easiest, oldest trick in the book. But it’s time to spruce things up. We scoured around Brit HQ and came up with 6 ways to kick your bun up a notch using a few household items.
Unzip Your Bun
Simply take a colorful zipper, unzip part of it, and wrap around your bun. Use bobby pins to secure.
Cotton Chain Bangle
<br/>Toothpicks + sequins. Can it get any more bite size? Glue sequins (or Mardi Gras beads!) to one end of a toothpick, and stick the other end in your bun.
<br/>Pretty much every drawer at Brit HQ has at least one string of yarn in it. For this look, we braided a few pieces of yarn together, braided them into the hair and made a bun braid.
<br/>Yes, you can totally hack a metal cuff out of aluminum foil if you’re in a pinch and still want a little glitz. We simply folded the aluminum foil into a cuff, glued on a few old buttons, and adorned our side bun.
<br/>How do you carry around your iPhone charger? Well we’ve got one last crazy bun idea to throw your way. Assuming you’ve already made the cord colorful and tangle-free (tutorial here), simply wrap it around your bun (base included). Plus, you don’t even need a bobby pin.
Stay tuned for more tips and tricks on how to spruce up your everyday look, and if you’re looking for a specific how-to, send a note to email@example.com.
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)