Why I’m Teaming Up with Katie Couric
I’ve loved Katie Couric since I was a little girl. I would literally set my alarm clock to wake up during summers off from school just so that I could watch her each morning on the Today Show. I’m not sure any other teenager was so crazy to do such a thing. But I was obsessed — with the show, with her, with everything.
A couple years ago, I read her book, The Best Advice I Ever Got, which also had a profound impact on my life. In fact, it was that very book that pushed me over the edge to leave a great job at Google in order to take a leap as an entrepreneur. I highly recommend it to anyone who feels lost, needs a nudge of encouragement, or wants to become a more motivated human being.
Knowing all of this, you can imagine my excitement/shock/glee when I was contacted by a few of the folks putting together Katie’s new daytime talk show, Katie. They were looking for a technology correspondent and wanted to chat. Things kind of spun out from there. I met with the team, I met with Katie, and they eventually asked me to come on board as their resident digital diva (obviously a nickname, not a working title!). As such, I’ll be a regular contributor on the show and will also write a few pieces for the Katie website, discussing what’s new and interesting in the world of technology and why it matters. The segments will range from serious to silly and my first one starts tomorrow on a show all about hair! Can you take any guesses at what app I’ll be demo’ing?
I am not lying when I tell you that I could not be more excited to be working with Katie. If you’ve watched the first week of the show, you know just how awesome it is. Katie Couric is like the best of Oprah and Ellen, combined. She discusses important issues that affect our lives, yet also creates an element of fun (check out her awesome J Lo dance moves from last week). Knowing her a bit more personally now, I can also tell you that she is genuinely one of the most kind and girl-next-door types of women I’ve ever met. Plus, she has now joined Michelle Obama on my list of Hot Arm Idols. Seriously, I need her work out tips, stat.
The show airs on ABC each afternoon around 3PM. You can find the exact time your local station has it on by putting in your zip code on the homepage of her site.
What do you think of Katie’s new show? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below or over on Twitter. Hope to “see you” tomorrow!
Update: My first segment premiered on Wednesday, September 19th. For those that missed it, you can watch it below!
Hi, I'm Brit, the founder and CEO of Brit + Co. I'm a young mom of two, tech nerd and design-inclined lady who has a zillion hobbies and curious about... just about everything! My mission from the beginning has been to unlock women's creativity and courage to try new things so that they can find the path to their true passions.
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)