Zipwhip Creates the First Text-Enabled Espresso Machine
We know, we know. You get it. We love our daily (more than daily?) cup of joe and can’t get enough of all sorts of coffee innovations. From a disposable french press to a mug with a button that keeps your coffee hot, we’re all about getting our buzz on more efficiently.
And when it comes to gadgets around the home and office, we swoon over all the new ways we’re able to communicate with lights, outlets, clocks, and the like via our smartphones.
That’s why when we read all the buzz (pun intended) about Zipwhip‘s latest texting innovation, our ears perked up.
Zipwhip, a cloud-texting app that syncs your texts across all of your devices, has officially delved into the realm of texting gadgets. At their offices in Seattle, they’ve engineered an espresso machine so smart it can receive text messages.
Employees can send this magical machine a text message with their order, the machine reads the “text” and then gets to work. It grinds the beans and dispenses drinks one by one, placing them on a heated tray for the sender to pick up. To make sure no one gets the wrong cuppa, the machine also etches that last three digits of the sender’s phone number into the white foam. Amazing! Textspresso!!
But let’s come back to what Zipwhip is. Zipwhip is an Android-only app that enables users to send and receive texts from all of their devices – desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. They’ve made it so that your texts exist on the cloud in a central hub, rather than on one device.
Coffee machines aren’t officially in their device catalog, but here’s hoping they delve even further into the textspresso market, and perhaps the iPhone realm? We’re more than happy to beta test here at Brit HQ! :)
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)