Tech of the Week: iPhone 5 Edition
Whether you’re bumming about the new maps or swooning over the extra row of apps, everyone’s got something to say about the brand new shiny iPhone. We’ve served up a Bluetooth-powered solution for using your old speaker and alarm docks, but what about some new threads for this new iPhone of yours?
Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up the first batch of iPhone 5 cases and accessories. And yes, a Gameboy case is already on the market. :)
1. Quirky Pegit ($40): Part of Quirky and Fab’s iPhone 5 product line, the Pegit is a sleek case that adds just a bit of color to your new phone, and protects that aluminum back from lots of scratches.
2. Organic Wool Sleeve ($30): You knew the sewing machines at Etsy shop Old Calgary were stitching up a storm the minute the iPhone 5’s official dimensions were released.
3. Society6 iPhone Cases ($35): Get ready to have your mind blown. Society6 is always churning out gorgeous designs by artists and designers, but this iPhone 5 collection is insane. There are 100 pages of cases! What!?
4. Bear Motion Folio Cases ($10): These sleek cases are great for protecting your screen without taking away from the minimal aesthetic of the iPhone.
5. OVRMLD Molded Case ($35): Incipio’s iPhone 5 collection mirrors its previous cases with a rigid Plextonium shell with impact resistant core and maximum shock absorption. It doesn’t stretch out no matter how many times you take your phone out and ships as soon as today.
6. DODO iPhone Wallet ($50): We love pretty much everything DODOcase creates, and the Durables iPhone wallet is no exception. Handcrafted in San Francisco, this case is a gorgeous take on the smartphone wallet.
7. Apple Cases ($26): Offering tons of iconic images and fun graphics, Apple Cases are a good place to turn for more kitschy images.
8. Core Dock ($40): We’re a little bit on the fence with this one. The design is cool, but it’s really just a glorified charging station. Your cable blends seamlessly into the design and it works with multiple USB ports, but we’re not sure it’s crucial to the iPhone 5 experience.
10. Survivor ($50): Griffin’s Extreme-Duty case is the most protective case we’ve seen. It protects your iPhone from dirt, sand, rain, shock, and so much more. Plus it comes with a handy dandy clip that secure your iPhone to a belt or bag strap.
11. Reveal Case ($20): Looking for something lighter? This case by Griffin gives you iPhone just a touch of personality and a light layer of protection.
12. Case Mate ($30-$70): Case Mate’s cases are all about the appearance of texture. Glitter, tortoiseshell, quilting, and wood are all fair game.
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)