The Oregon Trail Is Making a Comeback but Not in the Way That You Think
If you’re anything like us, your introduction to the wide world of computers was a unique and exciting time with moments and experiences never to be replicated. Moments like… maybe your first time dying of dysentery on the Oregon Trail! While it all sounds a bit, well, abysmal now, back then, it was actually — dare we say — fun?
A far cry from the technology of today, which possesses the ability to read human emotion better than we ourselves can, our comp days of yore included this black and green text screen screen that operated a bit like a choose-your-own-adventure style novel. More often than not, it ended in your virtual death, or, at the very least, the loss of your virtual family. We weren’t the only ones, apparently: The game became so popular it was actually featured in the world video game hall of fame!
But what if we told you those fond, fond moments can be relived after all (sort of)? Thanks to Target and the Pressman Toy Company, as of tomorrow, you’ll be able to take home the Oregon Trail you remember for your playing pleasure, for just $15.
The catch? It’s now a board game for you and up to six of your closest friends and family. The premise is essentially the same: Make it to the other side of the trail while trying not to die along the way. But between those rattlesnakes, that whole starvation thing, dead oxen and broken bones, the odds aren’t exactly stacked in your favor, even WITH the help of your fellow players. Just like back then, you’ll need to employ your powers of sense to ever make it out alive.
Happy trails, y’all!
Are you stoked to see this old school favorite back on the scene? Let us know over @BritandCo!
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)