Kacey Musgraves x A Beautiful Mess Hi, friends!! I am so excited to share the cactus marquee sign that we made for Kacey's living room

You know we love a good marquee sign around here. They're so much fun to make. This one has LED lights that can be still or blink in different fun patterns! It was really fun making something custom for Kacey's space. And don't forget—you can EASILY change up this tutorial to make a different shape if you want something specially tailored to your personal style! 

OK—ready, set, GO! Let's make some light up signs! I'm passing it over to Collin now to share the steps with you! 

Cactus Marquee Sign DIY (click through for tutorial!)Supplies:
- 4' x 2' x 1/2' plywood
- jigsaw
-drill with various drill bits
-battery-operated globe string lights 
-picture hangers and wire for mounting
-dowel rods (optional)
-wood glue
-medium and fine sandpaper
-mini wire nuts-double sided tape

Cactus Marquee Sign DIY (click through for tutorial!)   Use a pencil to trace out your designs on your piece of plywood. Since I can barely draw a straight line I had Elsie trace out a cactus on paper for me first. Next, cut out all of your designs with a jigsaw and take your sandpaper and smooth out the rough edges. It’s optional but if you're hanging the cactus off a wall, take a dowel rod once you have your designs cut out and cut small 2" pieces and glue them to the back of your sign as shown on the tall cactus above (the dowel rods give more space for your battery pack to be attached to the back).

Cactus Marquee Sign DIY (click through for tutorial!)
Take your drill and drill holes every 1" or 2" for your lights.

Cactus Marquee Sign DIY (click through for tutorial!)
Fasten your wire and picture hangers to the back of your sign and then paint your signs (you'll probably need two coats of paint).

Cactus Marquee Sign DIY (click through for tutorial!)
Gently pull off the plastic tops of the lights and insert the lights themselves into the holes through the back of your sign and reattach the tops on the front side. Since these lights are L.E.D, low voltage, and battery powered, you can cut the wire and splice them back together with your wire nuts to get your lights to make these left and right turns on the cactus and not have any awkward extra lights on the back of your sign. Just make sure all of your positive and negative wire are spliced together properly for it to work (don't worry it won't shock you!). Splicing these wires is completely harmless with how these lights are set up but do not attempt this with any other kinds of lights without consulting a professional electrician first. Next, take some double sided tape and tape your battery pack to the back of your sign. 

Adding painted detailsLastly, add in some fun black details with paint like Elsie did, and that's it! 

And here's the finished project... 

Cactus Marquee Sign DIY Cactus Marquee Sign DIY Kacey Musgraves x A Beautiful Mess                  Thanks so much for reading, you guys!! xx- Elsie 

Credits//Author and Photography: Elsie Larson and Collin DuPree. Photos edited with New A Beautiful Mess actions

Kacey Musgraves Living Room TourHey, guys! I designed a living room for country singer and songwriter, Kacey Musgraves, and I am so excited to share the full tour with you today! 

My first interaction with Kacey was so random but cool and worth sharing. It was a couple years ago before I moved to Nashville. I was already a fan of her music at the time. And one day I was scrolling back to my old (OLD) Instagram photos from, like, five years ago. I was looking at one photo, and I noticed some crazy comments that I had no memory of. Scrolling through them was pretty cringe worthy. It was basically just a bunch of people critiquing my appearance (always fun!), and then I saw a comment from Kacey, defending me! I think what it said was "little people belittle people". This was years before I ever met her, but from that moment forward, I knew I wanted to be her friend because any woman who takes on another woman's Internet trolls is an instant friend in my book! 

Fast forward, this past summer I invited Kacey and her sister, Kelly, over to my house for craft day. And after hanging out for, like, five minutes, she invited me to help her decorate her new Nashville home. Now, I've never aspired to decorate other people's homes (it's scary!), but just this once I knew I had to take the leap because Kacey's style is so inspiring. We have a lot of similar influences, but her style is much more western-inspired than mine—which I love so much! Long story short—I was shopping on eBay for brass horse shoes and cacti within hours. Haha! 

Kacey Musgraves Living Room Tour We created a private pin board together and then sent back and forth inspiration, flea market finds and ideas for weeks and weeks. It was a dream project for me and a ton of fun. Especially when Kacey picked a pink sofa! Agh! 

Kacey Musgraves Living Room Tour   We created a sitting area around the fireplace and added built-in shelves on either side. I whipped up a super simple tapestry for above the fireplace (I'll share more details on that in another post soon). We picked the biggest rug the room could fit to anchor the space, added a rustic coffee table and filled the space with plants. 

Kacey Musgraves Living Room Tour    The brass chandelier gives the room so much personality! You guys know I have a major soft spot for gold and brass, so I was really happy Kacey wanted to go in that direction. 

Kacey Musgraves Living Room Tour     Kacey Musgraves Living Room Tour      Details! The shelves are filled with personal mementos with a theme of gold and pink. The horse clock was a flea market find that Kacey found in Texas. The crown is a vintage children's costume piece I picked up in Missouri over Thanksgiving break. 

Kacey Musgraves Living Room Tour        Kacey Musgraves Living Room Tour         Oh and, new rule! If you have a photo of Loretta Lynn kissing you on the cheek, it probably deserves to be framed in your living room. Right? 

Kacey Musgraves Living Room Tour          This hanging plant shelf is an ABM DIY, find it here. Isn't that plant the cutest thing? 

Kacey Musgraves Living Room Tour           I felt really lucky when I found these white leather chairs with the perfect cowgirl details. Adorable. 

Kacey Musgraves Living Room Tour            Kacey Musgraves Living Room Tour              Kacey Mugraves Living Room Tour             It cannot be overstated how much I LOVE. THIS. SOFA

It's a pink dream. 

Kacey Musgraves Living Room Tour               Here's a zoomed out view of this cozy room. 

Kacey Musgraves Living Room Tour                Kacey Musgraves Living Room Tour                  The record station is my favorite part of the room. We custom made these cactus marquee lights (DIY coming tomorrow!) and displayed them above the turntable. We painted the inside of the cabinet where the records are kept pink just to add a pop of color. 

Kacey Musgraves Living Room Tour                   Kacey Musgraves Living Room Tour                       Kacey Musgraves Living Room Tour                        Kacey Musgraves Living Room Tour                          I customized a U-Turn Audio turntable with tiny gold cacti for a subtle, but fun, personalization.

Kacey Musgraves Living Room Tour                            Kacey Musgraves Living Room Tour                               The orange door was an afterthought if I'm being honest. We tried a couple other things that didn't feel quite right. Pink would have been too much pink. So we finally decided orange to tie in with the rug, and I love the pop of color it adds! 

Thank you so much for reading, you guys! I'm going to embed a couple of Kacey's songs here in case some of you haven't heard them yet. Even though, I know from Instagram that a LOT of you are already super fans! 

Here's a full list of all the sources!  

Source list: Sofa/Emil in Rose Quartz by Article, Sofa Pillows/West Elm (similar here), Rug/Rugs USA, Coffee Table/Joss&Main, Leather Chairs/Joss&Main, Cowhide Pillows/Joss&Main, Pink bullet planter/Hip Haven, Brass chandelier/Lucent Lightshop, Planters/mix of vintage and West Elm, Turntable/U-Turn Audio, Speakers/U-Turn Audio, Console Table/Wayfair

Pink paint color/Noble Blush by Valspar, Orange door color/ Husky Orange by Sherwin Williams. 

Kacey Musgraves Living Room Tour                                        If you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer! Thanks for reading. xx! Elsie 

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Photos: Elsie Larson and Collin DuPree. Project Assistant: Collin DuPree. Photos edited with New A Beautiful Mess actions

Banana and Chia Seed Blender Pancakes (via abeautifulmess.com)  You are in for a treat today! Not only are these pancakes way too easy to throw together, they are SOOOO delicious. These soft, almost creamy pancakes get naturally sweetened by a ripe banana, and they also get a little nutritious boost from the addition of chia seeds. It had been a little while since I pulled out my bag of chia seeds from the pantry, but they are such a great addition to these blender pancakes.

And if you haven't tried chia seed pudding yet, where have you been? Yum!

Banana and Chia Seed Blender Pancakes (via abeautifulmess.com) You could add fresh berries or a few chopped chocolate chips to this recipe to jazz these up even more, but try them plain first because I think you'll be surprised by how amazing these are all on their own. But, I am definitely a pancake lover! So I may be a bit biased. :)

How long should I soak chia seedsBanana and Chia Seed Blender Pancakes, makes a dozen 4-5 inch pancakes (serves 2-3 easily)

1 cup water
2 teaspoons chia seeds
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 ripe banana (approx. 4 oz.)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
a couple teaspoons oil for frying

In a jar combine the water and chia seeds. If the jar has a lid, then give this a good shake for a minute or two. If not, you can just stir well. Allow the chia seeds to sit and soak for at least 5-8 minutes (longer is OK too) so they begin to develop a gel looking coating around the seeds. 

Chia pancake batterIn a blender combine the flour, baking powder, salt, banana (peel removed), vanilla extract, egg, milk, and chia seed water. Pulse until well combined. 

Heat a nonstick pan or skillet over low/medium heat. Add a little oil to the pan. Pour about 3 tablespoons to 1/4 cup of batter into the heated pan. Wait until you see bubbles beginning to form in the batter and you can easily pull up the edges with a spatula. Then, gently work your spatula under the pancake and give it a quick flip over to the other side. Cook until the pancake is cooked through. I usually consider my first pancake a test pancake so I can figure out how many minutes to cook each side so it gets done all the way. Once you get the timing down, cook away until you're out of batter! Remember to add a little more oil to the pan if you notice the pancakes beginning to stick. And also I find a little oil will help to create some slightly crispy edges, which I love in homemade pancakes.

Banana and Chia Seed Blender Pancakes (via abeautifulmess.com)Serve with fresh fruit, soft scrambled eggs, and you'll want to make sure you have some maple syrup on hand! I love 100% pure maple syrup. Also peanut butter would be really good on these too. :) Just a couple of notes here, guys, and then you should make yourself some pancakes ASAP. 


-Soaking the chia seeds not only will help to thicken your batter (because of the gel-like coating around the seeds), but I've also read that this is actually making the seeds sprout. Which makes them easier to digest and allows your body to access all their nutritional value. So don't skip it. You can soak these for much longer than the initial 5-8 minutes, like even overnight. But if you aren't much of a planner, just let them soak at least this long while you go make a pot of coffee or something. 

-If you want to keep these dairy free, just use any dairy free milk you prefer (soy, almond, cashew, etc.). Even coconut milk with cream here would be great, but I probably wouldn't open a can just for this as you'll only need 1/2 cup. 

-I haven't tried swapping out the all-purpose flour with other flours yet (like whole wheat options or gluten free), but if anyone does, please let us know how it went! I have a feeling many other flours could work well here, but I am hesitant to recommend anything until I've tried it. 

Happy breakfast days to you guys! xo. Emma

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

Laura's Craft Room (Before + After) Click through for more!               So, if you want to be technical about it, this is actually my office tour, but since DIYs are my business, it's basically a craft room! When we were looking for a new house in Nashville, we knew we needed a space for both Todd and I to work in as home offices, so we decked out the one car garage for him and converted a spare room into my space. Even though it's a room that gets used a lot, it was still somehow the next-to-last room in the house to actually be renovated. Besides looking cute, I also needed it to be functional for a few different tasks. So it took a bit of moving and adding things until I finally got it where it needed to be. Let's take a look!

Laura's Craft Room (Before + After) Click through for more!                    You can see in the before photos that the room is basically a pretty plain box overall. Not a whole lot going on. We refinished the wood floors throughout the house with a custom stain I mixed up, I painted the walls bright white since there's not a lot of natural light that comes in through those small, high windows (it's just straight untinted white right from the paint can), and then added in some color, pattern, and texture to give the room some personality.

Since all the items in the room left a square-shaped space in the middle of the floor, I thought a round rug would look best and got a light colored rug with a pattern (similar rug here) to lighten up the dark flooring and add a bit more design to the room. I think this is Charlie’s favorite rug for whatever reason—she’s always rolling around on it!

Laura's Craft Room (Before + After) Click through for more!      Laura's Craft Room (Before + After) Click through for more!      This spotted computer desk was a really easy DIY makeover using removable wallpaper—what a giant difference! It’s great to have a dedicated space for computer work since photo editing and writing are half the job when creating a post. I wanted to make my corkboard stand out a bit, so I used spray adhesive and a large sheet of glitter paper to cover the front and make it feel a bit more spesh than usual. The white office chair (similar one here) is a nice, clean companion to the print.

Laura's Craft Room (Before + After) Click through for more!If I’m being honest, my favorite place to work on projects is actually the floor, but I’m making myself use this large work table more and more to save my back from unnecessary strain. It’s also large enough to have a sewing machine working at one end and another project going beside it at the same time.

Laura's Craft Room (Before + After) Click through for more!           I’m still pretty proud of myself for making this metal edge phrase marquee. It certainly wasn't the fastest DIY I could have conceived of, but it was so worth it in the end! It feels so custom and perfect for the space.

That pink fur office chair is admittedly a bit off the deep end, but it makes me so happy!! I love to see the kitties sleep in it (which they do a lot while I’m working in the room), and I definitely feel like a legit GirlBoss when I sit in it.

Laura's Craft Room (Before + After) Click through for more!            Laura's Craft Room (Before + After) Click through for more!             One way to make a boring room into a unique space is to give it a great lighting fixture! To keep with the gold and midcentury vibe of the house, I chose this beautiful brass flush mount sputnik light, and it’s absolutely perfect for the fun/glamorous vibe I was going for.

Laura's Craft Room (Before + After) Click through for more!          These lockers actually used to live at Elsie’s house until she didn’t have a spot for them anymore and I scooped them up immediately and painted them pink for craft storage. Well, it’s hard to say I “scooped” up the heaviest item in my house, more like, “had 4 dudes move this for me”…I added shelves to the inside so I can store sewing machines, projectors, and lots more in each compartment.

Laura's Craft Room (Before + After) Click through for more!  Laura's Craft Room (Before + After) Click through for more!  I love plants and these gold bowl hanging planters are one of my favorite plant DIYs. I like them so much that I made more for other areas of the house too!

Laura's Craft Room (Before + After) Click through for more!        Laura's Craft Room (Before + After) Click through for more!       How do you keep a craft room from always looking like a bomb just went off in it? Organization! Having storage cubes and a custom framed pegboard keeps all the supplies in the right spots so I know which bin or hook everything should return to when I’m finished. I didn’t say that I always put my things back in those places right away, but, at least I know where they should go eventually… Also, notice that I used the removable wallpaper on both the storage boxes and the backs of cutting mats for a pop of pattern.

Laura's Craft Room (Before + After) Click through for more!                  Speaking of organization, the way the closet was built in the bathroom next door left an odd cutout in the office where a previous owner decided to add some shelves—THANK YOU! You’d think that the lockers and cubes are enough to hold all the supplies I could ever need, but, uh, nope! Not even close. The shelves are pretty narrow, but these boxes fit perfectly and give me a lot more space to work with.

Laura's Craft Room (Before + After) Click through for more! Laura's Craft Room (Before + After) Click through for more!                   I wanted to make a cheerful and happy-feeling room to work out of, and I think I achieved just that! While it's not always this clean (believe me!), it is great to have so many different places to put items when it's eventually time to tidy up. Now if you'll excuse me, I've got some work to do in here! xo. Laura

Credits: Author: Laura Gummerman, Photography: Laura Gummerman and Todd Gummerman. Photos edited with New A Beautiful Mess actions

Windy day Zebra boots Emma Chapman   Fossil bag Emma Chapman    I'm going on year two of working from home (alone), and I've got some fashion goals for the new year. Mainly, get fully dressed more often. Ha! 

I'm not the kind of gal who wears pajamas or yoga pants everyday just because I work from home. I don't. Usually. I'd say I do that about 10% of the time (or less), but that's mainly because my pajamas are just AWFUL. But that's probably a whole different goal I should make. Hmm....

No, my thing is I get dressed for the day but sometimes only about 50-70% of the way. What I mean is, I put actual clothes on, like an outfit that I would be fine to wear in public, but then I don't put any makeup on or do my hair. Or I'll get into a habit of cycling through the same 2-3 tee shirts as often as I can wash them. And although that's not so bad, it means the rest of my clothes are just not getting as much use and that seems a bit sad (not to mention wasteful). 

Now, I don't intend to wear makeup and curl my hair every single day as that's not really my style, but I do think just feeling like I actually finished getting ready would be a good goal for me. :) 

Emma Chapman Ombre hairEmma's Wearing: Jeans/Levi's, Stripe shirt/F21 (similar here), Trench/ChicWish, Purse c/o Fossil, Boots c/o Boden.

What about you, sister? Do you have any fashion-related goals for the new year?

2017 fashion goals2017 fashion goals2017 fashion goals2017 fashion goals2017 fashion goals2017 fashion goalsElsie's Wearing: Top/SheIn, Skirt/SheIn, Shoes/Swedish Hasbeens, Sunnies/ZeroUV. 

This past month I've been reading The Curated Closet, and it is changing my life. It's one of the best books I've ever read on fashion (I'll be doing a full blog post all about it soon). So, yes, I am very much in the zone of making style goals! 

The past few years I would describe my style as "confused". I was falling back on old favorite styles and trying to embrace new trends—but not really knowing what I liked. I was buying a lot of clothes, but not loving them—or even worse, not wearing them. I got to a point last year where I just dreaded shopping and felt defeated a lot of the time. Blah. 

Going through this book and doing all the homework from the clean out, to making a style file and spending time really figuring out how I REALLY want to dress before shopping has helped me so much. I know so much more specifically what I am looking for now. I basically have 2-3 uniforms (just go-to outfits) that I am wearing over and over in different combinations. It's so simple, and I feel like I am finally building up a closet full of things I LOVE.

Similar to Emma, I don't dress up every day for work at home (except I totally will stay in my PJs all day, and I feel no shame), but we usually go out for either lunch or dinner (usually dinner) or run any errands we need to do, so I dress up then and on the weekends. Good enough! I'm still getting dressed up on the regular. 

For 2017 my style goals are to keep slowly collecting a wardrobe I feel really cute in. I really do believe that dressing well can make you feel more confident. And it's more about putting in the effort to find the right stuff than it is about money, by the way. I don't think expensive stuff is necessarily always better, like the outfit I am wearing here is cheap, but it fits well so I kept it. That said, I do think it's important to support small businesses and made-in-the-USA clothing, and I try to do it every month. 

Filling up a closet with only stuff that fits amazing and is flattering is a LOT of work and cannot be rushed through. So my goal is to slowly add pieces that fit amazing and make me feel like myself. Pretty simple. 

I want to thank you guys for always leaving the nicest comments and being encouraging on our fashion posts! We mostly do these posts for fun, but they truly do help us to stay motivated to work on our personal style! You're the best! xx -Elsie 

Credits// Credits // Author: Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman. Photography: Amber Ulmer and Janae Hardy. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions


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