Try This Foolproof Way to Glam Up Your Bag
Here at Brit HQ, we’re firm believers that your everyday bag should make some kind of style statement. And it’s seriously easy to get that eye-catching look just by adding a thing or two to your basic carryall. First, we tricked out a couple of purses with trendy faux-leather fringe, and now we’re using two of our favorite types of embellishments to take this black tote bag to the next level: studs and chain!
These metallic materials are pretty much a fail-proof way to glam up nearly any everyday accessory. They recently worked wonders on our suede ankle booties, and they did not let us down the second time around!
<br/>– classic leather tote
– matte black pronged studs
– silver chain
– needle-nosed jewelry pliers
– chain cutter
– safety pin
1. Cut your silver chain into four, five-inch pieces.
2. Hook the end segments of the chain onto two stud prongs, and position the studs/chain in the center of your purse, so that the chain hangs loosely in a U shape.
3. Poke holes in your purse where the stud prongs are positioned, then push them through.
4. Curl the stud prong ends to secure them to the purse.
5. Repeat steps 2 thru 4 three more times, leaving about three inches of vertical space between studs.
You won’t believe how easy it is to add on the glam. After you’ve cut your chain into four, five-inch segments, loop a stud prong on either end and position the whole piece over the center of your bag. You want the chain hangin’ loose so it makes a U-like shape. Once you’re satisfied with its placement, poke a holes in the bag where you want your studs to go—this will help the stud prongs glide through the fabric way easier.
Next, press the studs all the way through the guide holes—don’t let the chain drop off! Then bend the prongs to hold the studs in place. We told you, it’s really that simple!
Work your way down the bag, repeating the above steps so that you have a total of four stud/chain embellishments tricking out the center of your bag. We left about three vertical inches between our studs.
And that’s it! In just 15 minutes we’ve added some seriously stunning details to this basic bag. See how that draped chain mimics the scalloped detail in the center of the purse? Let’s face it, sometimes a classic needs a bit of an upgrade. :) While we love admiring it from afar, it’s about time we took this for a test run!
The chains and studs punch up this bag in all the right ways. Tres chic!
What ways have you upgraded your basic accessories? Do you use chain and studs? Talk to us in the comments below!
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)