Confession: I Look Like My Pet and I’m Okay With It
I’ve known for a while that my features were different from the people around me. Not unique, per say, but not quite… human. As a kid born in the ’80s, I used to look at ewoks from Star Wars and feel immediate kinship. What I didn’t know then is that I would eventually own a dog named Turkey Temple — my true doggelgänger.
My dog Turkey and I just happen to share giant Disney princess-level eyeballs, naturally wavy hair and a certain je ne sais quoi that results in true twinnery.
Sometimes I wink at him and he winks back. Sometimes when we’re walking in the park, people do a double take. And sometimes when I look at him, I see myself.
It started as a joke. When my husband David and I were gifted Turkey as a wedding present (that’s right!), our parents and siblings teased that he got his eyes from me. Then it became his whole face, his hair and even his expressions, and ability to close one eye completely without squinting the other. At the time, it was still in jest.
Until we took THIS selfie together.
And then another one.
You know how they say that a photograph can reveal truths that you can’t see in real life? That first selfie of me and Turk was one of those moments. First I thought, okay we’re making the same face, this is hilarious, can’t wait to send it to the husb. But the more selfies I took, the more I realized we were morphing into one being.
When we’re on a hike, we both rock a top knot.
Glam sunnies are a must when picnicking at Golden Gate Park.
David tried to twin it up with us as well and, though he’s a looker, he just isn’t our twin. (Which is a good thing, since I’m married to him…)
Neither of us actually wear glasses, but there we are — twinning.
Two gnomes are better than one, don’t you think?
Now, you might look at these photos and think, well, they don’t look that much alike. She has black hair, he has brown. She has tan skin, he’s more of a mix of both brown and white spots. What about that snout of his? But here’s the thing. Truly twinning goes way beyond the surface — it’s about the soul, intentions and history behind those eyes, snout and ears. And that is where Turkey and I truly found our twinship.
In fact, our particular power to match inspired a DIY pet-dog owner costumes for Halloween just a few months ago.
Bjork would definitely approve.
It feels good that I’ve finally come to terms with this visual and spiritual reality. Spending every day with my doggelgänger is an absolute joy, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
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)