The BritList: A Keyboard That Makes Drinks, iPhone Business Cards & More
Whew, already another week! The warm weather in San Francisco has us longing for summer, and all that goes along with it. From the best grills around to a super easy DIY beach dress to roughage-rich asparagus salads, this summer promises to be an epic one, filled with making, finding, and lots of giggles.
Tetris Swimsuit: Beach chic doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your inner geek. We love this aquatic ode to Tetris. Stay tuned for more geek chic swimwear finds in the next few weeks.
Wordless Web: Sometimes you just want to look at really pretty pictures. Wordless Web is a simple browser plugin that acts as a "remove copy" button for any website you're on. The effect on our site isn't too dramatic, as we love pretty pictures too. But try it on Facebook and revel in the lack of "I just ate a sandwich for lunch" status updates.
Keyboard Makes Drinks: Haven't you always wanted to know what glitter tastes like? In alcoholic form? Well lucky for you, a Russian named Morskoiboy decided to create a keyboard that can turn any word into a drink. Each letter is connected to a tube which is connected to flavored syrups. Top your concoction off with a serving of booze, and there you have it.
Electronic Drum Machine Shirt: That's right. A drum machine on a t-shirt. It actually works, and you can even record loops and create a full on musical composition.
MacBook Cutting Board: Initial shock turned into giddy glee when we stumbled across this Apple-centric number. A cutting board or serving block carved into the likeness of a MacBook Pro.
Boxetti Furniture Modules: Minimalist design meets high functionality in these incredible furniture modules. Each module can be transformed into a compact block “in order to obtain an unobstructed and comfortable space – free of uselessness.” We could definitely use a few of these at HQ. :)
iPhone Business Cards: Obviously, these were a huge hit at Brit & Co. These sweet business cards look exactly like your iPhone lock screen and contact page. Talk about digital-meets-analog!
: Chocolates that not only have alcohol inside but actually taste like cocktails? Sign us up. Naturally, we’re partial to thewhich includes Margarita, Cosmopolitan and Chocolate Martini flavors.
Salt & Pepper Maracas: Does your dinner table need a musical facelift? Bust out these playful salt and pepper maracas and don't be surprised if your guests break out into a conga line.
Pencil Sharpener Ring: Doodlers, artists, teachers, and students rejoice! This gorgeous ring happens to be a fully functional pencil sharpener too! It’ll set you back a cool $225 but is just begging for a DIY attempt.
Whale Tissue Holder: The sniffles are no good, even if they're just a result of allergy season. Let this sweet wooden whale take care of you.
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)