Stranger Things halloween costumesHey, friends! Just thought I'd pop in and share my Halloween costume this year, along with some other fun stuff just for kicks. :) So, Trey and I both got obsessed and binge watched Stranger Things earlier this year. I LOVED that season. If you haven't seen it yet, I highly recommend you give it a try. Initially I thought it looked a bit too scary for me (I know, I'm lame), but it turned out to be the perfect blend of sci-fi, spooky, movies-from-the-80s-starring-kids kind of thing, and we both just loved it. Can't wait for the next season, although I hear it's going to be totally different. 

Stranger Things halloween costumes  Anyway, pretty much as soon as the season ended, I knew I wanted to be characters from the show for Halloween this year. I love that Halloween is kind of the perfect excuse to be a mega-fan if just for a night. I was able to find the majority of our costumes from one afternoon of thrifting. I also got a pink shift from the Studio DIY costume shop—did you guys see Kelly's costumes and shop this year?!?! EPIC. I have been eagerly awaiting getting mine in the mail since I saw the shop launch. I also love that I can wear the dress again, sans the rest of the outfit. Even though I was able to thrift most of our costumes, I still wanted to share some sources online in case any of you need some inspo as you finish throwing together your costumes this week. And then my list grew into a kind of wish list meets gift guide because there is SO much cute Stranger Things merch out there! I had no idea. Some of this is making it onto my Christmas list for sure. 

Stranger Things costume and gift guide1. Walkie Talkies so you can check in on your friends when you're ten and it's 1989.
2. Hat, in case you can't find a good Eleven wig (I struggled with that!)
3. D&D, anyone?
4. Cute little pink shift I'll be wearing again for sure.
5. Whoa, the music comes on vinyl?!
6. Shoes that work for boys or for girls. :)
7. Who doesn't love Eggo waffles?
8. I could not agree more with this mug. Adding to my Christmas list now.
9. Blue jacket. Goes great with pink dresses.
10. A backpack big enough for all your adventure and monster hunting gear. 

Stranger Things halloween costumes Whether you are using the season as an excuse to geek out about a new favorite show (raises hand high) or not, I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween this year! And if you need more help channeling your inner Eleven, check out Keiko's costume. xo. Emma

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. Photography: Claire Shaffer & Emma Chapman. Products image sources linked. 

OMG rainbow wall DIY! You guys know I love my white walls. Almost our ENTIRE home is painted white. And I love it. I even recently went BACK to white on a couple spaces I haven't shown you because I couldn't handle the darker tones. With that said, today I am branching out... WAY OUT. 

Today I'm so excited to share a rainbow accent wall that we put into a spare bedroom to make it into a creative space. I have always wanted a rainbow wall, and it's finally happened! 

DIY rainbow wall with chalk paint! See more on  We partnered with Chalk Paint decorative paint by Annie Sloan to create this accent wall and loved working with their product! This paint has a beautiful matte finish and dries darker than it appears. When I first saw the paints shown here, I thought the colors were wrong compared to the swatches, but don't worry—it dries darker. 

Here's how I planned out my wall—

DIY rainbow wall with chalk paint! See more on I cut apart the Annie Sloan swatches to see how the colors would look together. These are all their pre-mixed colors by the way. I was extremely happy with the selection for a rainbow. The colors mix so well together. I knew as soon as I saw them laid out like this that it was going to work! 

Next, I chose the design. You can see above I chose between two designs. Ultimately I felt like the vertical lines were going to be less busy and easier to decorate a room around. So I went that route. The only thing that would have been cooler about the diagonal lines is that you'd be able to see more colors in a frame. I definitely think about my rooms in photo terms, since I love to take photos in our home. 

Maybe one of you will try the option I didn't choose so I can see how that would look as well?? The colors I used (from left to right) were Henrietta, Antoinette, Barcelona Orange, Arles, English Yellow, Antibes Green, Provence and one of their newest colors, Giverny. If you're looking for these colors or others, you can use this link to find a stockist near you! 

Rainbow wall steps Supplies: 
-paint brush or mini paint roller 
-painter's tape (We used frog tape and would highly recommend it for super clean edges!) 
-measuring tape or ruler

Step One: Start by measuring the length of your wall. Then, figure out how many colors you're going to be using and divide the length of your wall into however many colors you have so that each color is an equal size. For example, our wall was 144" and we used 8 colors. 144 divided by 8 is 18, so we knew to mark our walls every 18".

Step Two: To get your lines perfectly straight up and down your wall, get a measuring tape (or a ruler is easier!) and measure 18" from the top of one side of your wall and mark little 1/2" lines every 6" or so all the way down the wall. Continue this process over the entire wall until completed. Now you have a guideline for your tape! Next take your painter's tape and tape off every other color using your pencil marks to get a perfectly straight line.

Step Three: Paint those colors doing as many coats as needed until your surface is completely covered. (It's very important to make sure you have enough coats so you don't have to fix it later!)

Steps Four-Five: Let dry completely for 1 to 2 hours, and then it's time to peel off your tape and repeat the process with the remaining colors. 

DIY rainbow wall with chalk paint! See more on   I'm so so so so (!!!!) excited about this space. Since my sunroom isn't winterized, I am planning to move my painting studio here for the winter. There's nothing better than a bright, colorful space to get creative in. 

DIY rainbow wall with chalk paint! See more on     DIY rainbow wall with chalk paint! See more on     DIY rainbow wall with chalk paint! See more on ABeautifulMess.comWoohoo!! I am so so excited to settle into this space and make some art! 

What do you think? Do you have a space in your home for a rainbow or color blocked wall? xx -Elsie 

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Project Assistant: Collin DuPree. Photography: Elsie Larson, Collin DuPree, Laura Gummerman, and Jeremy Larson (haha—that really was a group effort!). Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.

Spooky Eye Cake Toppers (click through for tutorial)  One of my favorite things about Halloween is all the cute and creepy twists that people put on otherwise ordinary party foods. However, when you are the one that's actually throwing the party, it's always a big bonus if you can find a cute idea that only takes a few minutes to put together. If you're doing a Halloween party this year, here's a fast and easy way to make your own spooky eye cake toppers to really set off your dessert table.

Spooky Eye Cake Toppers (click through for tutorial)     Supplies:
-Oreos (the Double Stuffed version gives you a bit more icing to keep the eyeballs in place)
-mini Oreos
-thin wooden craft sticks
-candy eyeballs

Spooky Eye Cake Toppers (click through for tutorial)      Twist off the top of the Oreo so that you have one half remaining with the creme filling intact. Slide your craft stick about 2/3 of the way under the Oreo creme, and then press a candy eyeball firmly into the center of the creme. 

Spooky Eye Cake Toppers (click through for tutorial)        Repeat the process with a mini Oreo, but use a knife or small spoon to scrape away excess creme from around the edge of the eyeball candy so the eyeballs stand out a bit more. Place the skewers on a plate and place in the freezer for a few minutes to set the ingredients together.

Spooky Eye Cake Toppers (click through for tutorial)    Place the skewers into the cake at different angles and heights, and your spooky cake is done!

Spooky Eye Cake Toppers (click through for tutorial) I love the playful cuteness of the eyeballs and the fact that all the different circles add a bit of geometric flare to the cake as well. The fun part is that you can also pull out the toppers as the cake gets eaten and they are totally edible as well (minus the stick of course!). And now don't you see what I mean when I said it was an easy way to create a food decoration? xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.

Rosemary's BabyWith Halloween coming up, I thought it would be fun to share a list of our favorite horror movies. Now, I haven't always been a fan of horror, and I understand that some of you may not be either. So if you're one of those people who thought Stranger Things was too scary, maybe just skip this post. Haha! 

Alrighty—with that said, I have to admit I now have a soft spot for horror films. It was an acquired taste for me. When Jeremy and I were first dating, he was always wanting me to watch horror movies with him, and I always said no. But I found my gateway in the 1960s and 1970s films because I love all things vintage, and they are so stunningly beautiful. 

Now get your popcorn and fuzzy blankets ready! 

1. Rosemary's Baby (1968) My favorite horror movie. It's inspirational to my design brain but also just the right amount of freaky.

2. Scream (1996) Nineties nostalgia in a slasher film. What's not to love? 

3. The Exorcist (1973) Probably the most disturbing movie on this list and one of the most offensive movies I have ever seen. I swear that older horror movies are scarier than new ones. 

4. It Follows (2015) Just watched this one for the first time. Very good. 

5. The Shining (1980) One of the most visually beautiful horror films in my opinion. Be ready for a slow build. 

6. 28 Days Later (2003) My favorite zombie movie. So good! 

7. Blair Witch (1999) If you were one of the lucky ones, you watched this opening week when people still kind of believed it might be real. 

8. Repulsion (1965) Impress any horror movie buff by recommending this one. It's also beautifully sixties if you're in the mood for a cool looking old movie. Great soundtrack too (Jeremy says!). 

9. What We Do in the Shadows (2015) Not really a horror movie, more of a comedy. But SO good. 

10. Eraserhead (1977) Couldn't make this list without including a David Lynch film. Surreal and creepy. 

Bonus points—Hocus Pocus (1993) because Jeremy wouldn't let me put this on the list (snob), but I LOVE IT. Bonus points if you wear your hoodie!!

Thanks for reading! What are some of your favorites that we didn't include on the list?? xx -Elsie + Jeremy too 


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