Dining Hacks: Meet the Napkin Table (Yes, Seriously)
We can’t think of a more romantic moment in movie history than when Lady and the Tramp kiss, connected by a single strand of spaghetti, slurped between their fluffy snouts. Want to relive it with your significant other? We have a less messy, surprisingly more convenient, admittedly weirder way to achieve the same sorta feeling… the Napkin Table!
We know you’ve been on the lookout for new contraptions that take your picnic game to a whole new level, and, um, this may or may not be it.
The highly portable Napkin Table starts out folded up about the size of a laptop case.
You open it, unfold it across your laps and then you and your dining partner each slip the straps around your respective necks.
It hangs in between you like a hamburger-holding hammock.
The Napkin Table features cup holders, a switch that steadies the table between you two and little pockets to keep your utensils in place.
And don’t forget the napkin part — the bib-like sling keeps your clothes safe from flecks of food, likely even messy Italian.
See, just as romantic as pups eating spaghetti in an Italian restaurant! We’re not sure if the napkin table is the lap desk of 2014, but we do appreciate a contraption that lets you eat on the go. We like the idea behind it, too — the point of literally connecting you and your dining partner is to connect you for better conversation over a more enjoyable meal shared together. Notice how there’s no pocket for your phone? That wasn’t an oversight. Watch it in action below:
What do you think — is the napkin table WTF or OMGINI (“omg, I need it”)? What weird innovation have you had your eye on?
(h/t + Photos Design Boom)
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)