8 Ways to Use Removable Wallpaper! (click through for tutorial)When decorating a space, the sheer amount of decisions you have to make can be overwhelming to say the least. Every choice you make affects all the other choices in a room, and it's stressful to make lots of decisions that you can't go back on (or at least not very easily) once made. It's also tough if you are the type of person that changes their home design a lot or gets tired of visual things faster than others. But if any of these situations describes you, I've got just the solution—removable wallpaper! It's a great way to add a pop of color or pattern to your home and it's easy to remove, so you can feel free to change it up as needed. It's also great for renters who can't make permanent decisions for the space, but want to liven up the existing area in the meantime. And, there are so many ways you can use removable wallpaper too. Here are a few of my favorite ways:

Decorate a desk: I got this inexpensive desk to use in my new workroom because I liked the clean lines and shape, but the faux wood veneer was just not doing it for me. A few strips of speckled dot wallpaper later and this desk became too cute for words. Such a difference, don't you think? Two thumbs up!!

8 Ways to Use Removable Wallpaper! (click through for tutorial) Give your built-ins a bold look: Built-in bookcases can be a great addition to a room for either storage or display purposes, but pulling off the shelves and adding a fun pattern to the back wall (like this black and white stripe pattern) can really take a simple built-in shelf from functional to just plain fun!

8 Ways to Use Removable Wallpaper! (click through for tutorial)      Dress up your drawers: I gave our bedside nightstands a little makeover when we first moved since they got rather dingy in transit from one state to another. Using this palm paper to cover the fronts of the drawers added a giant punch of personality to the project and it took only minutes to apply. Quick and cute—my favorite kind of DIYs!

8 Ways to Use Removable Wallpaper! (click through for tutorial)       Create statement stairs: If you really want to add some pattern in an unexpected way, try covering the bottom half of your stairs! It's a great way to showcase a staircase and it really adds a modern feel to your steps. Do each the same or alternate with coordinating patterns as well!

8 Ways to Use Removable Wallpaper! (click through for tutorial)     Make random nooks notable: Lots of people have those odd little cubbies or nooks in their house that they aren't totally sure what to do with. For me it's this phone cubby in the hallway. I mean, it is an adorable reminder of a time when you only had one stationary phone per house, but I'm not totally sure what to do with it in 2015. So, rather than let it sink into the overall hallway, I decided to highlight it instead with a pretty pattern and this cute little ceramic phone planter. Couldn't be a more appropriate spot for that planter for sure!

8 Ways to Use Removable Wallpaper! (click through for tutorial)  Cover up some cubes: What are the three most important words when you blog out of your house? Storage, storage, storage!! I can't get enough of it. Since the closets are quite a bit smaller in this house than the last one, I'm doing more storage furniture in the rooms and wanted to make a basic storage cube setup a little more personal. Once I covered the outside of a few foldable storage boxes with a pattern that matches the desk across from it, it made the whole setup look much more custom and fun.

8 Ways to Use Removable Wallpaper! (click through for tutorial)   Look inside for a surprise: Don't forget that the inside of drawers can be an ideal place to hide a bit of pattern that's just for you to see! Desk drawers, kitchen drawers, bathroom drawers...if it opens, you can decorate it! For an art room desk, what's more perfect then a brushstroke pattern inside?

8 Ways to Use Removable Wallpaper! (click through for tutorial)    Wallpaper a wall: OK, yeah, this is the most obvious one of the bunch, but if you have a hard time keeping bold choices for a long time or don't have the budget to wallpaper a whole room, just doing one wall of removable paper is a great choice. I'm head over heels for this black and white palm print wallpaper and it's the perfect vibe since we are going for a midcentury California feel in our current house. Love it!

You may have noticed that I already used the "removable" function of the wallpaper on those nightstands next to our bed. I loved that green palm print on the drawers, but when I added the black and white wallpaper to the wall recently, the patterns were a little too much to be right next to each other. Since it was removable though, it only took about 10 seconds to make the change back to white. Yes!

Now that you know there are so many ways to use removable wallpaper, there's no excuse not to add some print and pattern to your space as well. Since it comes off so easily, you don't have to keep it forever, but take it from me, you'll enjoy it while it's there! xo. Laura

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

How to make a vegan latteI drink hot coffee drinks all year long. It's not that I don't enjoy iced coffee or an iced latte from time to time. I do. I'm just a hot coffee kind of gal, which is good news this time of year because hot coffee drinks make even more sense than usual. It totally ups the cozy factor, am I right? :)

Best homemade non dairy lattesLately I've been cutting out dairy during most of the week, just a random health challenge, and I've been enjoying it. But that doesn't mean I don't still crave a weekday latte here and there. Luckily there are LOTS of options for this. Here are three non-dairy lattes that I've been enjoying lately. 

How to make pumpkin spice syrupI make a half batch of my PSL latte syrup (see here for my original recipe). Then I fill a coffee mug with a few teaspoons of syrup, then a shot (or two—depending on my "needs" that day) of espresso (I have a home espresso machine, but I also sometimes use instant espresso), and then 1 1/2 cups of hot almond milk.

If you have an espresso machine, usually it has a milk frothing wand, but you can also buy a handheld milk frother and just heat your milk in a small pot, froth by hand, and add to your mug. You also could just skip the frothing all together and just heat up the milk on the stovetop or in the microwave. I like my milk frothed. Even though it isn't exactly like a good coffee shop, it gives the drink just that little extra something that makes it feel special. But, that's just me.

Chai tea recipeMy second favorite (at least this month) is a coconut milk chai. To make the tea, I simply combine 2 cups water with 3 cloves, 1/4 teaspoon ginger (powder), 1 cinnamon stick, and 1/2 teaspoon whole peppercorns. Once the water is hot, I add two black tea bags and steep for 3-5 minutes. If I want to add a little sweetness, I'll stir in 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar at this point too.

Then I heat and froth my coconut milk (about 1 cup), strain the tea and combine both in a large coffee mug.

How to make a mochaLast is an almond milk mocha. Lately I've been making this the "lazy" way by combining a packet of hot cocoa mix with warmed and frothed almond milk and a shot of espresso. Some hot cocoa mixes have powdered milk in them, so if you want to keep this dairy-free, watch out for that. You could also use chocolate syrup, or cocoa and some sugar dissolved as an alternative if you can't find a hot cocoa mix you like. That's it. The end. Go make a cozy drink for yourself now. :) xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Bold stripe woven rug tutorialIf you're itching for a repetitive project to fill your longer fall evenings or just really want an excuse to rewatch all four seasons of Hart of Dixie on Netflix, you're in luck! Will this handwoven rug take you hours upon hours to make?  Yes. Will your enthusiasm fade after the first two episodes? Yes. Will you grow weary of it 1/3 of the way through and be tempted to throw up your hands in surrender only to realize if you don't power through the tedium, you'll have an awkwardly large loom forever leaning against your wall mocking you? Yes.

But then...then you'll realize you're about halfway up your loom, and suddenly it's starting to feel like you might finish this thing! Once you graduate from weaving while sitting to weaving while standing, you'll find yourself resisting the urge to take hourly selfies in front of it. You'll finish that final episode of Hart of Dixie, Season Four and not even notice because you're laser focused on your last section, and suddenly you're finished! Woohoo! You're also the very proud owner of a one-of-a-kind, 4.5" x 6" handmade rug that will surely impress anyone that darkens your door. 

Woven Rug DIY by Smile and Wave for A Beautiful Mess. Get the full details on this weaving project at www.aBeautifulMess.comBe warned that should you complete your own handwoven rug, your friends will threaten to steal it from your home or request you make them one for Christmas. It's just par for the course. Tell them you're happy to point them in the direction of a good tutorial. 

My design inspiration came from this image that was highlighting a specific technique. I was so charmed with the static lines that I decided to mimic them in my own pattern and settled on five colors that I knew would create a bold statement. It's not so technical that it requires a lot of counting and not so simplistic that it's underwhelming. I'm so happy with how it turned out!

Supplies for RugSupplies:
- two 2" x 2" x 8' pine boards
- two 1/2" x 4" x 8' pine boards
- twelve 1.5" wood screws 
- box of 2" nails with small heads 
- power drill and bit to match screw size
- hammer
- 100 yards of cotton twine 
- five spools of jersey yarn in 150 yards each
- tapestry needle for finishing work

Steps1Step One: Cut down your 2" x 2" x 8' boards to 6' long with a handsaw or have it cut at your local lumber store. Cut both of your 1/2" x 4" x 8' boards in half (or have it cut at your local lumber store), and then set one of your halves aside. 

Create a rectangular shape with a third 4' board resting in the center. The 4" wide boards should rest on top of the 2" x 2" x 6' boards. Pre-drill two holes in each corner where your boards overlap and two holes on each end of the center board. Add your screws. 

Step Two: Place one of the cuts from the 2" x 2" x 8" boards under one of the 4" wide boards for support. Hammer nails across the top board so that they are evenly spaced. I suggest about 3/4" apart and at least 3/4" from the edge of your board. 

Steps2Step Three: Repeat on the bottom board. Be sure you have as many nails on the top as on the bottom. 

Step Four: Starting in one corner, tie a loop-knot and wind your cotton warp up and down and up and down across the entire frame. Tie a loop-knot and hook over the last nail.

Steps3Step Five: Divide your warp up evenly into five sections by marking the center of each section with a strip of the jersey yarn for that section. This will serve as a guide so you don't end up with crooked columns. 

Steps4Step Six: Start weaving your center section with a 5' strip of jersey yarn with your fingers. Leave a 4" tail on the back and weave through about 20 warp rows (10 nails). If you're looking for more thorough steps on weaving, check out this tutorial.

Step Seven: Weave back the way you came but weave past the row you started by another row or two. Create little rainbows as you push your yarn down so you're not pulling too tightly on the warp rows. 

Step Eight: Continue weaving back and forth so that no two weft rows are stacked evenly. You want to create a zigzag effect. 

Step Nine: Weave your next section in and make sure you fill in the gaps by weaving all the way in. It's like dancing the cha-cha. If one of your jersey yarns is thicker than the other, you may want to weave two rows of the thinner yarn for every single row of the thick yarn to help them stay even all the way up your rug. 

Steps5Step Ten: When adding in a new color or just another length of yarn in the same color, be sure your two tails overlap behind the same warp row as shown. This will create a seamless look on the front.

Steps6Step Eleven: I suggest working on one strand of color until you run out and then moving to the color next to it so that you're still working from left to right while you are working up your loom. If you just do peach all the way up and then burgundy all the way up, your warp strands might start to pull in and you'll get a less even rug. Be sure not to pull tightly as you weave to avoid the hourglass shape!

HalfwayThereHere's evidence of my halfway point. I was so worried I would run out of the center color before getting close to my desired height, but I ended up having just enough. Phew!

Step 7Step Twelve: Once you've woven as high as you'd like, carefully remove your warp from the bottom row of nails. Gently pull them up and over the nail heads, and then adjust your jersey yarn as needed. 

Step8Step Thirteen: If you haven't already, lay your loom flat on the floor. This will keep your rug from stretching out unevenly as you unhook the top warp rows from the nails. I had about 2' of space between the top of my rug and the top of the loom. Tie each pair of warp rows in a knot closely to the top rows of jersey yarn.

Step9Step Fourteen: Use your needle to stitch each knotted pair of warp down the back side about 4". Continue all the way across the top. Trim excess. This will hide your ends. You can also tie knots in your yarn tails on the back side. If they are too thick, you can leave them alone and it's unlikely they'll unravel, but be careful when you wash it. I suggest spot treating your rug or hand washing it and letting it dry flat or over an even surface.

WovenRugDIYforaBeautifulMessWovenRugTextureThe total cost of this project was about $85 worth of supplies (minus my drill that I already had) and about 15 hours of my time. It's incredibly satisfying to finish any kind of creative project, but this is one you'll want to keep forever. I love knowing I have the skills to create beautiful pieces for my own space that help reflect my personal style and that I (mostly) enjoyed the time it took to bring it to fruition. You will, too! -Rachel

If you need another fun challenge, you can also try this woven rug I made from cotton sheets. It's still working hard in my studio and has survived the washing machine more than once! 

Credits// Author and Photography:Rachel Denbow. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions

Create unique journaling cards with a sharpie and transparency paper. See how I used some with my Messy Box kit for Scrapbook Sunday over at www.aBeautifulMess.comThis month's Messy Box was full of some of my favorite colors (hello citron and minty green!) and had a fun coffee theme on some of the journaling cards. I didn't have to think too hard about what photos I wanted to include on this page as sleep deprivation is the recurring theme of motherhood...also, cute photos of your toddler stealing your coffee while you're checking your e-mail. I also decided to see what I could do with a sheet of transparency that was in my stash and was really happy with how it turned out!

MessyBoxScrapbookSundayScrapbookSundayMessyBox2If you grew up in the nineties, you knew it was a big no-no to write on the teacher's projector sheets with any old pen in case it ended up being a Sharpie. Those things DO NOT WIPE OFF. In this case, it's a major plus as you don't have to worry about your writing getting smeared when you slip it into your photo pocket. This is a really fun way to add some journaling or an extra square of pattern to your pocket pages, but it would be easy to add whole sheets as dividers with journaling or a simple hand drawn pattern as well.

TransparencyPaperScrapbookSundayTo make these, I simply cut my transparency into squares that fit the pockets and cleaned off the fingerprints. Then I laid them over a lined sheet of paper to help guide my handwriting on top. 

Transparency2Transparency1TransparencyScrapbookSunday1I added a sticker to the outside of the photo pocket for a little bit of a layered effect. I love the graphic look it adds. It mimics the graphic look of the black number die cuts that came with the kit, too. 

ScrapbookSundayMessyBoxI was sure to add in a list of this season's current obsessions on this fun page and will tuck it into a full page protector when I add it into my album. Have you ever experimented with transparency paper before? Pick up a pack at your local office supply or craft store and see what you come up with! Rachel 

Credits//Author and Photography: Rachel Denbow. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions

Recent readsHappy weekend, everyone! Just wanted to share a few recent reads I've been enjoying lately. 

1. Sherry and John sent us a copy of their new book Lovable Livable Home and, not surprisingly, it's awesome! If you're in need of a YHL fix, I recommend you check out their book. Also, and this is a random side note I guess, I recently listened to their interview on the Lively Show podcast and thought it was really interesting to hear their perspective on what they've been up to and why they decided to move their career paths away from full time blogging. 

2. I love Rachel Khoo. She is just the cutest ever and her cookbooks inspire me. I've been loving her latest book, Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook.

3. Elsie bought me a copy of What Katie Ate on the Weekend, and I LOVE it. I think the food photography is just SO inspiring. 

4. I recently finished an awesome novel, Station Eleven. It's set in an apocalyptic world, it's got cults, comic books and lots of surprising, lovable characters. 

5. I just started (but am loving so far) Mary Karr's latest book The Art of Memoir, which is all about writing or just appreciating memoirs. I love a good memoir, so it's interesting to learn more about the process many authors go through to create them. 

If you have any recent reads you'd like to share, feel free. Hope you have a great weekend! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photo edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.


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