Make your own comfy floor pillows with this easy tutorial over at www.aBeautifulMess.comI spend a lot of time on the floor at my house! If I'm not crafting on the floor, I'm crawling after a child or reading a story. This can make for sore knees or a numb rear end. So we've recently added a few floor pillows to make things a little cozier. As much as I appreciate a soft place to perch, I also love an excuse to sew something that makes our space even prettier and thought you might want to know just how easy it is to create a few oversized pillows, too.

Floor Pillows with Pom PomsWhen picking out fabric for your floor pillows, you want to think about color and durability. I used quilting weight cotton because I loved the patterns and colors they came in, and I knew the cotton was pretty durable. The navy print is from one of Alison Glass' collections and the black and white is by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel. These were purchased online from Indeed Fabric if you're interested in some great print options.

If you know your pillows will get put through the ringer, you might want to check out the print options available in canvas or upholstery weight fabrics. You can also make these from canvas drop cloths and print or paint your own designs if you're not finding something you love on the market. 

Floor Pillow SuppliesSupplies for a Rectangular Floor Pillow:
-1 yard of printed cotton fabric
-1 skein of yarn (130 yards)
-2 lbs of polyester fiber fill
-sewing machine
-straight pins
-scissors
-needle and thread
-pom pom maker (optional)

Supplies for a Square Floor Pillow:
-1 1/2 yards of printed cotton fabric
-1/3 skein of yarn (40 yards)
-2 lbs of polyester fiber fill
-sewing machine
-straight pins
-scissors
-needle and thread
-pom pom maker (optional)

FP1If you're making a rectangular pillow with pom poms on the short ends, make twelve pom poms using a designated pom pom maker or another method. Make sure you leave at least three inches of tail length to stitch to your fabric later. If you're making a square pillow, you'll only need four pom poms.

Fp2Fp3Rectangular Pillow

Find the shorter end of your yard of fabric and fold it in half with wrong sides together to create a rectangular shape. Pin your pom poms just to the top layer of fabric with the tails sticking out to the edge and pom poms sticking in about 1" from the edge. Repeat for the opposite end. Again, be sure to only pin them to the top layer of fabric.

Square Pillow

Cut your fabric to get two pieces that measure 27" x 27". Place one of the cuts of fabric on the floor with the right side facing you and pin a pom pom in each corner with the tail facing out and the pom pom facing in. 

FP4For the rectangular pillow, unfold your fabric and stitch a line down the pom pom edge so that you're stitching about 1/2" from the edge. I suggest backstitching (stitching in reverse) over the yarn tails to add extra security. Remove your pins. Repeat for the opposite end.

For the square pillow, stitch over the pom pom tails in each corner a few times using the backstitch button (or reverse), but you don't have to stitch all the way around the perimeter.

FP5For the rectangular pillow, fold your fabric in half with the right sides facing each other and carefully match up your two sides. Pin them together. Be sure your pom poms are tucked in and out of the way. Repeat with opposite end.

For the square pillow, place the second cut of fabric on top of the first with the right sides (printed sides) facing together. Match up your corners and edges and pin together. 

FP6For the rectangular pillow, stitch a second line down the length of your edge but stitch it between the first line and the pom pom so that your first line of stitching doesn't show when you turn it right side out. Trim your tail ends, remove pins, and repeat on the opposite end.

FP7For the rectangular pillow, line up your two long sides to match and pin them together. Stitch down from the top corner about 1/3 of the way and backstitch. Then stitch from the bottom corner up about 1/3 of the way and backstitch. This will leave you about 7" of space open near the center to add stuffing.  

For the square pillow, start in the center of one edge and stitch all the way around about 1/2" from the edge. Stop stitching when you get about 6" away from where you started so you have space to stuff your pillow. 

FP8For both pillows, remove your pins and turn right side out. Be extra careful with your pom poms as you move them through and then push out the corners with your thumb. Fill with polyester fiber fill and stitch closed using a blind stitch with a needle and thread.

Floor Pillow 2Floor Pillow or Bed PillowFLoor Pillow DIY for A Beautiful MessFluff your pillows a bit for an even shape and then find a good book or a craft project to keep you busy and test them out! The rectangular pillow does double duty as an oversized bolster pillow for a queen or king-sized bed but is also really fun on a twin. Not only are these great for extra company or impromptu lounging, they instantly add that extra layer of something special to help a room feel even more inviting. If you've been wanting to learn to sew so you can make even more lovely things for your home and wardrobe, check out our sewing e-Course, Sew With Us. -Rachel

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

Grilled Pineapple Latte (via abeautifulmess.com)We are getting SOOOO close to finally opening our bar, The Golden Girl Rum Club. But I won't lie, I think I've felt that way for about two months now. Construction/renovations pretty much never move as fast as you think they will. But that's a whole different tangent I could go off on for a while, so I'll spare you. For now. :)

But with our bar so close to opening, I've been spending lots of my weekends and evenings sitting in on training meetings where we get to taste all sorts of delicious foods and drinks. (Which is just as fun as it sounds!) One flavor that is fairly prominent on our menu: pineapple! 

Recently we had a recipe development night with our new kitchen staff, and I ended up with about half of a pineapple leftover in my refrigerator afterward. 

Grilled Pineapple Latte (via abeautifulmess.com) Of course I could have just eaten it throughout the week. But then I got this idea in my head that some kind of pineapple-flavored latte could be really fun. So I decided to play around with making a syrup for that, and here's what I came up with. 

Grilled pineapple simple syrupPineapple simple syrupGrilled Pineapple Simple Syrup
Adapted from Imbibe's Pineapple Syrup

12 ounces pineapple
1-2 teaspoons butter or olive oil
2 cups sugar
2 cups water

First, cut away the top, bottom, and outer skin of the pineapple. As I mentioned before, I already had half a pineapple leftover for this. I then cut it into wedges and cut away the center/core. Then I heated up my grill pan (you could totally use an outdoor grill if you wanted here) and brushed it with a little olive oil. I grilled one side of each of the pineapple wedges until I had some nice charred bits. :)

In a large bowl I whisked the sugar into the water until it was completely dissolved. Then I added my grilled pineapple pieces, covered, and let that soak for 24 hours. 

Strain with a fine mesh strainer and store in a sealable jar. It's better if you don't leave any pineapple pieces in the syrup once you're ready to store it. I left a few in for the photo you see above, but then I removed them (and ate them!) before storing. I know, total trick! I just thought it was pretty. 

Grilled Pineapple Latte (via abeautifulmess.com)  I added one tablespoon of syrup to a homemade almond milk latte. You might want to increase this to two tablespoons, but try one first and see what you think.

There are all sorts of ways to make a latte at home. Maybe you have an espresso maker, or you can use instant powders to make it. There are also lots of different kinds of milk frothers available to give you that cloudy top, or you can whisk hot milk by hand. 

I also have added this syrup to club soda and it was AWESOME. It's sweet but also has a little complexity to it with that slightly charred flavor. This would also be really fun to add to a cocktail, although I haven't done that yet. Maybe tonight. :) -Emma

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

The Ultimate Mid Century Style Sofa Guide!You probably already know that I'm a huge vintage lover and collector. It's both a hobby to me and an element of my personal style. 

There are really only a few categories where I prefer to buy new "replica" pieces rather than true vintage. Shoes, for sure. Appliances, for practical reasons. And sofas, for two reasons— 

  1. Cost. Reupholstery is expensive. So unless you find a vintage piece that doesn't need it, that should be factored in. It can more than double the price tag, and may even push the price of your bargain piece into the same range as brand new sofas.
  2. Options. I like to compare my options back to back before making a large purchase. It's so easy to do with sofas. And I like that new sofas can be customized. You typically get to choose the fabric color and the wood or metal color. Plus there are a lot of companies (like Joybird) who will even customize the size to fit your space. I love having choices! 

Today I thought it would be fun to share a guide to some of my personal favorite sofas that are available online! I broke them down into a variety of budgets, and I will note the companies that I have tested or owned as I go through each section. 

Also, please note—I went by retail prices, but many/most of these sites have frequent sales. So definitely watch for those. You can get many of these at substantial discounts just by checking the websites, social media or signing up for newsletters. I'm not an extreme sale shopper, but for purchases like this where you can save hundreds of dollars, I recommend looking into it. ;) 


The Ultimate Mid Century Style Sofa Guide! (click through for links)
$850 and under: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10

These options are super affordable! Out of these options we've only owned number seven, which Jeremy had in a previous studio, and Emma and Trey have at their home. I don't recommend Urban Outfitters sofas for amazing comfort, but they are very cute with a pretty unbeatable price tag. 

Visually, I'm probably most attracted to number six. That blush pink color is SO gorgeous. 

The Ultimate Mid Century Style Sofa Guide! (click through for links)
$850-$1300: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/13

Wow—a lot of really pretty options here. The variety of colors is pretty amazing. I feel like you can find a cute sofa in pretty much any color these days. 

I haven't owned any of these myself, but I've seen the Peggy Sofa in person a LOT (and I talked a friend into buying one—he loves it!). Emma owned a Macy's sofa similar to this one in the past, and it was a great sofa for the price. 

The Ultimate Mid Century Style Sofa Guide! (click through for links)
$1,300-$2,000: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10

As you go up a bit in the price range, more options for sectionals begin to open up. They're definitely more of an investment, but we love our sectional for both normal nights at home and entertaining. There are rooms that really need sectionals because they can't fit a sofa AND a love seat, but just a sofa would seem much too small. This happened in our last home, and the sectional we bought there works awesome in our new living room as well. 

The Joybird Braxton sofa is what we just got for Jeremy's studio. We got it in that color as well (it's number one), and I really like it. It's more tailored looking than a lot of mid century sofas, which I think makes it feel a bit nicer. It's really comfortable and bigger than it looks (my feet definitely do not touch the ground—haha!). 

-After much thought (probably too much thought? haha!), I just ordered number nine, The Sven Charme Tan Sofa, for our living room (the one with the turquoise floor!). My friend Katie just got the exact same one in black for her home. So I got to try it in person (which helps SO much with these big decisions). I stalked their Instagram like crazy to figure out the true color of the sofa (it's a bit more tan and less orange in all the "real life" photos). I'll post some photos on Instagram when it arrives... I'm really excited to see how the tan leather works with our turquoise floor

I really love the look of the wood details on number six and seven! 

The Ultimate Mid Century Style Sofa Guide! (click through for links)$2,000-$3,500: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8 (PS. Number 1 is a sleeper sofa!)

On this budget, it's easy to find a nice, big sectional that's great for family life and snuggles! Leather is also an option. I know it's not for everyone, but it does definitely come with some functional perks for those with small children and pets. It's so easy to wipe clean. 

Personal experiences: 

-Number six, the Jane Loft Bi-Sectional from Gus Modern is what I have (and LOVE) in our den. It's big, the shape ages really well and the fabric is a good fit for our two dogs. This was our first sectional and I'm definitely a believer now. I will probably keep buying sectionals in the future for comfy movie night reasons. It's really comfortable. 

-Laura owns number one. She's almost done with that room, so you'll be seeing it in a tour soon. On top of being cute, it's a super functional choice for her because the sleeper sofa gives her an extra impromptu guest room option. She has a lot of out of state family, so more guest space is always a plus! 

As far as personal endorsements go, I have owned and LOVED sofas from Gus Modern, Joybird (I love that they have free swatch kits!), Thrive Furniture and now Bryght (they offer free swatch kits as well!). These are all both beautiful and comfortable options and really high quality. We have also owned two sofas from Urban Outfitters. They are really cute and have great prices, but they can be very firm. That's not to say they're not good options, but it's something to consider and ultimately what really matters is what you need for your budget and lifestyle! 

If you've owned a sofa from any of these places (or have other recommendations), we'd love to hear them. Sofas are a BIG commitment and a scary thing to buy online. So your comments and notes could really help another reader with their choice. :)

xx- Elsie  

DIY Copper Ladder - Click for tutorial!Winter means time to cuddle up on the couch with your favorite show and your coziest blanket! We love soft, cuddly throw blankets in our homes, but we pretty much hate when they end up on the floor or messily tossed on the couch. This DIY copper ladder is literally the cutest way to hang up your cozy blankets this season, and better yet, it's under $100, super easy to make and super cute! 

DIY Copper Ladder - Click for tutorial!
Supplies:
-(6) 20" pieces of 3/4" copper pipe
-(14) 8" pieces of 3/4" copper pipe
-(12) 3/4" copper pressure tees
-(4) 3/4" copper tube caps

DIY Copper Ladder - Click for tutorial!  First, connect your copper tees to the 20" pieces of copper. These will act as the "steps" of your ladder. You can reinforce with super glue or epoxy if your joints aren't nice and tight. No one wants their ladder falling apart. Most of our joints were super tight, so this wasn't necessary on all joints. 

DIY Copper Ladder - Click for tutorial!    Insert your 8" pieces and connect them all together to make your ladder shape. You will use seven 8" pieces on each side of the ladder. 

DIY Copper Ladder - Click for tutorial!      DIY Copper Ladder - Click for tutorial!       Finally, attach your caps to the ends of your ladder's legs. Reinforce with super glue or epoxy. Tip—we tried hot glue, but since it is a flexible glue, it didn't hold as well. So we suggest super glue. 

DIY Copper Ladder - Click for tutorial!     Once everything is nice and tight, stand it up against the wall and hang your favorite blankets! If you'd like, you could even secure it to the wall with hooks. It's very sturdy, but if you're afraid your kids or pets (or you! ha!) will knock it over, feel free to hook it to the wall. 

DIY Copper Ladder - Click for tutorial!         Overall, we absolutely love how it turned out! Next to the fireplace is the perfect place to cuddle up with a blanket and a book when it's cold outside. Copper is such a fun material to work with and the possibilities of building with it are truly endless. By the way, do you guys have any good book recommendations? I need some suggestions! -Mallory & Savannah
 
Credits // Author and Photography: Mallory Nikolaus and Savannah Kokaliares. Photos edited with Celeste from The Fresh Collection.

Genius! Make two smaller rugs into one large rug! (click through for more)        If you've ever had to scour the Internet for hours looking for the perfect rug, then you know what an uphill battle it can be. To find a rug that's the right color, style, price and size, well...it's a lot to ask for. When picking out a rug for our bedroom, I found some faux sheepskin rugs that I loved (and were majorly on sale), but there wasn't a size that was big enough to cover the area I needed. I was about to close the tab and walk away defeated when I remembered that you can easily morph two rugs into one larger one! 

Genius! Make two smaller rugs into one large rug! (click through for more)    Supplies:
-single-sided carpet seaming tape
-ruler
-marker
-fabric scissors

Genius! Make two smaller rugs into one large rug! (click through for more)        I placed the two rugs in the spot where I wanted the larger rug, overlapped them until I found the right overall measurement, and marked where they joined on the backing.

Genius! Make two smaller rugs into one large rug! (click through for more)            Then I took a long ruler and a marker and drew a straight line down both ends so I could cut the line with fabric scissors. 

Genius! Make two smaller rugs into one large rug! (click through for more)           Once the lines were cut, I tucked the fluffy edges under, pushed the two halves together, and used the seaming tape to join the edges together.  Some tape you need to iron to adhere to the backing, but this just needs a little downward pressure once applied (it's really sticky). Flip your new rug right side up, and if it's a shag rug, run your hands over the seam to fluff the fibers together.

Genius! Make two smaller rugs into one large rug! (click through for more)       I DON'T SEE A SEAM. DO YOU???

Genius! Make two smaller rugs into one large rug! (click through for more)        Ahhh, so much better! This whole thing took about 15 minutes, so it was a pretty quick fix to my problem. I would say when it comes to hiding the joined seam, a shag or repeating pattern rug works best with this technique. You may not even have to cut the sides you want to join together if they already look seamless when side by side, but if you do need to cut the rug, make sure it's the kind where the fibers are individually attached to a backing rather than woven together. If it's a simple woven rug without a backing, it will quickly unravel once cut. Keep this tip in mind next time you need a rug larger or wider than what you can find! xo. Laura

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

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