Happy 30th Tetris! 15 Ways to Game On
It seems like a lot of really important pillars of our lives are turning 30 this year. Sixteen Candles? 30. MAC Makeup and The original Apple Mac? 30! Katy Perry? 30 in October, yo! And today’s special birthday? Tetris!
“We all have an inherent desire to create order out of chaos–whether in playing a game or packing the trunk of your car. No matter where the game is played or brand is celebrated, there will always be Tetris.” — Blue Planet CEO, Maya Rogers
This iconic block-building game has influenced countless designers, whether they’re making games, drawings or clothes. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up 15 ways to get our game on.
1. Tetris Desk Lamp ($40): First up, we’ve featured this awesome lamp about a dozen times on the site… and here it is again. We still need one at Brit HQ!
2. Tetris Leggings ($14): These. Are. Amazing.
3. C’mon Tetris Print ($22): C’mon! Such a silly and lovely print.
4. Tetris Sticky Notes ($12): Yes, sticky notes CAN be innovated.
5. I Never Fit In T-Shirt ($22): You can fit in with us dear Tetris piece!
6. Tetris Magnet Set ($6): Way cooler than Magnetic Poetry, don’t you think?
7. Block Game Print Set ($119): Created by the design team at Brit + Co, it should be no surprise what inspired these blocky prints.
8. The Tetris Bookshelf: Whoa. How crazy is this art-meets-bookshelf?
9. Tetris Cookie Cutters ($10): You’ll have to try really hard to resist the urge to play with your food when it comes to these Tetris cookies.
11. Retro Gamer Swimsuit (no longer available): I know the words “no longer available” are causing you to shed a single tear at your desk right now, but you can still swoon over this awesome suit.
12. Tetris Table: Okay so basically this roundup is also serving as a things-we-need-at-Brit-HQ list… which just goes to show how relevant Tetris will always be.
13. Tetris People Wall Clock ($30): Tetris people! Or… your next group Halloween costume.
14. Tetris Heat Changing Mug ($10): The Tetris pieces move based on how hot your coffee is!
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)