8 Things You Didn’t Know About Allison Williams
You probably know Allison Williams as the privileged Marnie Michaels on Girls or from her unexpected role in this year’s acclaimed horror film Get Out. But the actress is also an advocate for educational opportunities for youth, serving as an ambassador for Horizons National, a non-profit organization that helps low-income kids engage in academic activities over the summer to prepare for the upcoming school year.
We caught up with Williams at #CreateGood to learn a little more about her involvement with Horizons, the woman that inspires her the most, and what surprisingly is not in her refrigerator. Here are eight things you would never have guessed about the talented actress, and watch the video below.
1. Horizons is an organization that Williams grew up with. She hung out with kids who went through the program, her mom is the head of the board, and her brother teaches there. Williams was recently named ambassador, which she describes as a form of “Robin Hood maneuvering to give [money] to kids who really deserve it.”
2. She says female empowerment is a mutual pact between women. It’s all about “lifting each other up and lifting yourself up.”
3. Her mother is her inspiration. Williams is “completely blown away” by her mom, who she gushes is “so smart and knows the answer to everything and is funny and generous.”
4. She’s left-handed. And bumps into things a lot.
5. The end of Girls was bittersweet. Her favorite moments of filming Girls were towards the end, when she was shooting with Lena Dunham in upstate New York. She called it “intimate, sweet,” “very cathartic,” and that it included “so much crying.”
6. She hates karaoke, and she blames Marnie for that. “When I do do karaoke, people expect me to sing “Stronger” by Kanye. Marnie would do that but I would never do that,” she gripes. The actress actually does have singing chops, however, and there’s evidence on YouTube.
7. She can’t cook. “I can boil water, but I would have to go shopping to buy ingredients for box mac ‘n’ cheese, and that is some kind of stunted adulthood.” She says she and her husband never have milk that isn’t expired in their refrigerator, anyway. Cue the takeout menu.
8. Like, really can’t cook. She claims, “Everyone I know would die if I made steak.”
What surprised you the most about Allison Williams? Let us know @BritandCo.
Lesley Chen is a California native who writes about travel, health/fitness, and other lifestyle topics. She has a serious case of RBF and exercises mainly to balance out an aggressive candy addiction.
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)