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5 Ways to Use Wallpaper (Besides Putting it On Your Walls)

Wallpaper always felt like one of those things best left to crafty design bloggers and nesting homeowners—i.e, not 20-somethings living in shoebox-sized apartments. But that’s about to change, thanks to Chasing Paper, a new line of stunning, high-quality removable wallpaper. Launched by Elizabeth Rees, the company is all about design and choice. And these gorgeous papers aren’t just for walls—Rees gave us beginner-friendly ways you can brighten up your living space. Read on.

Chasing Paper was created in the conversations with serial-movers, stylish mamas, renters who feel like anything but, those with a hate-hate relationship with white walls, and, of course, DIYers. It’s high design meets no-commitment, no-hassle, change-your-mind-as-many-times-as-you-want-to.  We offer beautifully rich and textured paper that is sold in 2 foot by 4 foot panels. It finally allows people to tackle small projects that have a big impact at an affordable price. And while Chasing Paper is great for dressing up your white walls, that’s not all….

1.  The Dresser: Maybe it’s survived a few moves and now you have to strategically place flowers and design books to cover nicks and scratches.  Give it new life (and style) by covering the top or lining the drawers. You can change the paper whenever you like, or perhaps after your next move!

2.  The Backsplash: You probably never noticed the little wall behind your sink or below your cabinets, but once you cover it with a fun print it’ll be a showstopper. Just wipe the paper down if things get a bit messy.

3.  The Great Frame Up:  So you can’t afford fancy art—no worries! Just pick a panel of Chasing Paper and frame it or just put it right on your wall—you’ll have interesting, impactful, and affordable art.  

4.  The Ikea Table: It’s practical and small, and heck, it was only $10 at Ikea. Why not dress it up and make it original?  

5.  The Original Accent Wall: We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the old standby in the wallpapering world: the accent wall. Just choose a spot and a pattern!

Another way to give your home a spring refresh: our new Birchbox Home: From the Garden collection, filled with seasonal items.

JONATHAN ADLER + Birchbox: A Match Made in Heaven

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Snapshots of JONATHAN ADLER’S posh downtown store—everywhere we looked beautiful displays dazzled us. (Photo: putucos.com)

Last night, we teamed up with one of our favorite interior designers, JONATHAN ADLER, to throw an awesome event for our New York subscribers. Birchboxers had the chance to checkout the design maven’s insanely chic Soho outpost and shop Adler’s signature candles, adorable accent pillows, and quirky home décor essentials

We caught up with our always-lovely subscribers and indulged in spiked hot chocolate. Adding to the festive scene, Color Club®'s nail art experts were giving on-trend manis and Sweetery NYCs food truck (conveniently located right outside the store) served up delectable s’mores. Here are some of our favorite pics from the event.

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Birchbloggers: What’s in Your Dream Chocolate Bar?

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(Photo: Pinterest.com/enoqueribeiro)

The holidays are in full swing, and while we love festive decorations as much as the next girl, what we love most are all the treats! What great celebration is complete without peppermint, mulled cider, and the most delicious candy of all—chocolate?

If you’re a cocoa lover like the Birchbox staffers, get ready for some fun. We’ve partnered with one of our favorite chocolatiers, Chuao, to host a chocolate fanatic’s dream giveaway. Enter for a chance to win 500 chocopods from Chuao by answering the question, “What’s in your dream chocolate bar?” This prize might just overshadow those Willy Wonka golden tickets.

So tell us Birchbloggers: what’s your favorite holiday-inspired chocolate recipe? Is it pumpkin chocolate-chip cookies? Kitchen sink brownies? Black forest pie? Once you’ve entered the giveaway, send us your blog posts highlighting the delectable chocolate treat you plan on cooking up this holiday season. Email your entries to birchbloggers@birchbox.com by Wednesday, December 12—and we’ll pick our favorites to be featured on the Birchbox Blog!

—Loren

Don’t know enough about Chuao? Here are all the deets about the San Deigo-based chocolatier.

Queen Bee: Mood Board

Our creative team is pretty, well, creative and they come across beautiful imagery all the time. Why not share the inspiration? Keep an eye out each Friday for their Mood Board, a collection of images they’re loving.

1. anthropologie.com 2. pinterest.com 3. pinterest.com 4. piperlime.com 5. thedieline.com

Taking cues from Mother Nature, honeycomb and bee motifs are sweet for summer. From things we wear to things we eat, we’re head over heels for honey!

Honey works wonders on dry skin, too. We love Nuxe’s Reve de Miel Ultra Comfortable Body Cream, a Parisian import formulated with honey and wild fruit extracts.

Blast from the Past

Yesterday, Hayley received a little surprise in the mail. It was a Birchbox from our beta trial, postmarked March 26, 2010. It only took six months for it to leave Cambridge, not find its intended recipient, and return itself to Manhattan. (Don’t worry - we sent the poor Birchbox member a new box back in March!) Despite being a very (very) young company it was fun to compare our early efforts with our latest product - and we’re sure there will be many iterations to come!