The BritList: A Mixtape-to-iPhone Converter, Inbox Pause & More
This week we released an app, continued to obsess over polka dots (in glassware form), and went back to school, virtually. Along the way, we stumbled upon these 10 bits of creativity, delight, and straight up silliness. Hope you enjoy this week’s BritList.
1. Tea That’s Like Wine: No, this tea is not alcoholic but it does mimic certain flavors found in wine that complement classic teas. We’re all about the Green Tea Sauvignon and the Rooibos Noir.
3. Inbox Pause: Ever wish you could just concentrate for 5 minutes without hearing a new message alert, getting a pop-up on your screen, or obsessing over making sure your inbox doesn’t have a bold number in parentheses next to it? Us too. Inbox Pause allows you to press pause on your inbox for as long as you like. If you’re heading to dinner, pause. If you’re in the middle of a serious writing project, pause. Anytime you just need a break from the constant stream of communication, press pause.
5. 3D Printed Toy Records: Remember that awesome Fisher Price record player you had when you were little? It came in a nifty little carrying case and had the coolest plastic records along. Well, Fred27 over at Instructables has figured out something awesome. With the power of 3D printing, you can create brand new records for this classic toy music player. Awesome!
6. Record Scratch Nail Buff: Speaking of spinning records, why not use a miniature replica of one to buff your nails?
7. Tili Bags: With tons of travel on the calendar for the team here at Brit HQ, we’re always on the lookout for totes, pushes, and kits that make travel a bit easier. These bags are colorful, reusable, super easy to wash, and fit just about anywhere.
8. Poketo’s Wake-Up Collection: Not an official collection per se, we’re kind of in love with Poketo’s homepage this week. Waking up with geometric paper gems hanging above you to an adorable bird alarm sounds just perfect for back to school season.
9. Pier 1 Training Video: The key to a sale is to make a connection, why not start with a humorous question?
10. The Brit + Co. App: It’s true. Our own app is one of our favorite finds this week! It makes the mobile Brit.co experience so much more beautiful.
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)