1In a world where there is already so much oversharing, I'd like to dedicate this post to those random things that don't get shared. And those lovely, "if you've seen it once, you've seen it a thousand times" moments.... like my infused water right here. All of you misfit moments are having your moment right here, right now for Casual Friday. 

Lemon, lime and mint water. Am I at a spa? 

2Organizing things that have yet to be organized. 

33333And here's a bunch of random pics of me potting plants on a Sunday night. I just randomly got that craving to use my DSLR more! Nothing special. Just a photo where it looks like I'm about to injure myself with a plant. Cool. 

What's up in your world, sister?? 

Emma at workMessy officeOh, just working. In a fairly messy office. With a sleeping dog (who snores!). And what looks to be some pretty dirty socks (I swear they aren't as bad as they look!). 

I took a few photos from around my house one random morning this week just to give you a sneak peek. This is pretty much my view everyday as I rarely leave the house during the week except to buy supplies, run errands, go to occasional meetings for the bar, and sometimes I get lunch or coffee with a friend. It's funny, but there are days at a time when I don't leave the house at all since I work from home. Which I don't mind at all, but it is kind of funny and very different from my life last year. 

Living room in progressHere you can see my living room. I've been kind of working on this room since we moved in. I'm thinking of moving the rugs into the bedroom, as we don't have any rugs in there yet, and I think these might go with the vibe in that room more. 

I'm also getting a big arm chair reupholstered, so I put this smaller, brown leather chair in its place this past week while our usual chair is gone getting a facelift. I'll share some pics when he comes home. 

Still need to hang up artwork too. We moved in over six months ago, and I STILL haven't hung up all our artwork and pictures. Oh well, maybe next week. 

Too many boxesAnd here's a beautiful site near the kitchen. Where we live, you have to pay extra to get recycling service (pick up) or you have to drop it off at the recycling center yourself. I used to drop it off, but since we live much farther away and I just feel so busy, we pay extra for the service. Anyway, for some reason they didn't come last week and our bin was completely full because we had cleaned out our garage, which still had lots of boxes from when we moved. And then I got some items from IKEA and Amazon this week, and so now we have what feels like a whole mailroom full of boxes sitting in the living room, waiting to go out on Friday. I don't want to set them out before then because if it rains, they could get all soggy or they could just blow away and I doubt our neighbors would love that. 

So yeah, I've got some recycling problems this week. :)

Pretty flowersBut here's a pretty spot! Trey has bought me flowers twice in the last few weeks (aaawwe), so I've got lots of pretty flowers sitting on our kitchen counter. I had some on my desk, but it got so full of papers that I had to move them. Ha! Also my MIL got me this candle, and it smells amazing. So I pretty much light it everyday. 

Alright, there you go, some random peeks around my everyday world. Pretty mundane. :) xx. Emma

Ombre gallery wall (via abeautifulmess.com)Did you guys see my home office tour? I just wanted to share a little more about the ombre gallery wall that hangs above my file cabinets. And I have to confess to you guys, this was not the first idea I tried in this space. 

Bulletin boardI posted the above photo on my IG a few months ago, and behind that mostly gone green smoothie is a big hand-painted bulletin board I had installed in the same area that my ombre gallery wall now hangs. 

My thinking was, I like having lists, notes, and calendars hanging nearby as I work as it helps me stay on track and remember little details (like what size to save cookbook photos to vs. images I'm saving for the blog, etc.). I also already had a white painted bulletin board that I had inherited from the studio house move. So I decided to paint some circles on it that matched the colors in my office and hang it up. The result: I liked it, but not for very long. 

Ombre gallery wall (via abeautifulmess.com)    Ombre gallery wall (via abeautifulmess.com) After living with the bulletin board for a few months, I decided it felt too messy and clutter-y for my space. I wanted something colorful but with cleaner lines and a modern feel. I also quickly realized that I only used about 1/5 of the bulletin for notes or lists. The rest I would sometimes pin random things to, or just leave completely empty. 

And that's when the idea for this ombre gallery wall came to me. I also sort of love having more photos of friends, family, and trips I've been on hung nearby the space I am most often in – my office chair. Just reminds me how good life is right now. 

It's no secret that we at ABM love Canon USA, and I worked with them on this project. I used my PIXMA MG7720 (it's gold!) to print my photos. I love that I can print 4x6 photos so quickly from home! I printed all of these as well as my vacation pictures from Chile in no time at all, and I had a lot of vacation pictures. :) 

Anyway, this isn't one of those DIY projects that is super complicated. You can probably pretty much guess how to achieve this look just by looking at my wall. But I thought I'd share a few tips that helped me make this project SUPER easy. 

Print your photosSupplies:
-printed photos
-photo frames (I used 16 square frames I bought at 50% off at a box craft store.)
-poster board or enough colored papers to fill the frames
-glue dots
-level (you can download one on your smartphone if needed)
-command strips

I used poster paper in four different colors going from red to pink to a warm cream tone. Using poster papers made the project a little more economical (and I needed it, since I decided to buy 16 frames as well!), and then you can cut them to fit whatever size frames you prefer. I bought my poster paper at a local art shop, as they had a wider variety of colors to choose from than many of the craft supply stores I usually frequent. 

Assemble the framesStep One: Cut your colored papers to fit each frame. Be sure to plan out how many of each color you need to give your gallery wall that ombre effect.

Step Two: Print, and if needed, cut your photos. 

Step Three: Assemble each frame with the colored papers and photos. I used a ruler to find the middle of each colored paper and then used a couple of glue dots to stick my photo in place. 

Hang the framesStep Four: Hang your picture frames. Since I was hanging 16 frames in all, I decided to use command strips because I didn't want to put that many holes into my drywall. I own my home, so I technically CAN put holes in my wall, but since I know myself well enough to know that I'll probably change this wall sometime in the next couple of years (I just like change – don't judge me!), I didn't want to have to repair and repaint my wall that much. If you prefer to hang your picture frames with nails and a hammer, go for it! But I personally love command strips. 

I also highly recommend using a level to make sure you hang your frames straight. It's tempting to just eyeball it, but with this many frames, I wouldn't recommend it. 

Emma's ombre gallery wall (via abeautifulmess.com)Once you have them hung, you're done! This project is simple and can be done relatively quickly (probably took me about 3 hours total once I had my supplies, and I work kind of slow when I'm hanging things), but I just love how it turned out in my space. Thanks for letting me share! xx. Emma

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

Office chair makeover, so cute! (click through for tutorial)          So, first things first, you are either really into the idea of a furry pink office chair or really not into the idea – and that's OK! It's definitely a statement chair for sure, but that's exactly what I was going for. Our little 60s ranch house is really cozy, but the bedrooms are pretty boring (low ceilings and small high windows), so they need a lot of help when it comes to infusing them with personality. I love how our bedroom turned out, so now I can move on to turning my office/craft room into something a little more fun. A fun office chair seemed like a good place to start!

Office chair makeover, so cute! (click through for tutorial)                     I saw this grey office chair at Target and thought it was a little more unique of a shape than your standard office chair (and a pretty good price too!). The perfect base for a makeover chair!

Office chair makeover, so cute! (click through for tutorial)      Before putting on the base and wheels, I spray painted the silver legs and the top of the wheels gold (use a primer on the metal first). I left the shaft that goes into the base of the chair alone though. It's kind of greasy on purpose so the chair can go up and down. Not the most ideal paint surface...

Office chair makeover, so cute! (click through for tutorial)                I bought two yards of this beautiful blush faux fur to recover the chair with and draped it over the chair (fur side down) with the excess fabric hanging over the front side. Once I did that, I basically made two big gatherings of fabric on the back (spaced equally apart) until the fabric fit snugly. I then pinned the gatherings in place. Then I smoothed the fabric down the front side of the back of the chair and pinned the excess bit of fabric above the arms of the chair as well.

Make sure you think about which direction your fur is going when you are doing this so it's not "upside down" when you flip it all over!

Office chair makeover, so cute! (click through for tutorial)                Office chair makeover, so cute! (click through for tutorial) Once I knew what fabric was "extra fabric", I sewed down those pinned lines and then tried the shell back on the chair to see if any parts needed to be taken in a little more for a snug fit.

Office chair makeover, so cute! (click through for tutorial)  Once the fit was right, I cut off the extra sections, leaving about a 1/2" seam allowance.

Office chair makeover, so cute! (click through for tutorial)                I then followed the line of the bottom of the back of the chair with my scissors, making sure the fabric was about 1" longer than where the bottom of the back meets the seat. I then cut another piece of fabric that followed the line of the seat of the chair, pinned them together, and repeated the process of sewing, trying it on, adjusting if needed, and cutting any extra fabric (again, check the direction of your fur before you cut!).

Office chair makeover, so cute! (click through for tutorial)                I pinched, sewed, and cut any extra fabric on the front of the chair as well so I ended up with a pretty tight fit when it was all said and done. Flip your shell right side out, and you are ready to attach it to your chair!

Office chair makeover, so cute! (click through for tutorial)       I made sure to leave an extra 5" or so of fabric hanging off the bottom of the shell so I could fold it under and staple gun it to the bottom of the chair all the way around.

Office chair makeover, so cute! (click through for tutorial)       Then, if I had any areas of the fur shell that weren't sitting smoothly against the chair or looked puffy, I used a curved upholstery needle and thread to tack the fabric onto the chair material so it would stay in place (it's way easier to sew onto a flat surface with one of these guys). Once the material was tacked, all I had to do was clean up the fur, and I was done!

Office chair makeover, so cute! (click through for tutorial)            Office chair makeover, so cute! (click through for tutorial)            I'm not going to lie, this is probably one of the messiest projects I've done in a while – there was faux fur flying everywhere!! Definitely best done in a small contained room so you don't have as much clean up to do at the end. Regardless, I think the result is a really fun version of what can usually be a pretty boring category of chairs. I think it looks so cute under the gold BONJOUR sign and helps to give the room a little boost. Now I just have to get to work on the rest of the room, but I think this is a good start! xo. Laura

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

Oh hey yellowI'm really excited to share today's progress report with you! It's a BIG one. 

But first, you know I love to take a stroll down memory lane... This room started out like this– 

6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c7f73c1e970b-piA few months after we moved in, it looked like this. A big improvement, yes, but it was still lacking something.

And I finally decided to fully commit and wallpaper all four walls to make it feel both more cozy and more exciting.

Wallpaper makes such a HUGE difference in a space, it feels like cheating. Seriously, minimalists should get into wallpaper because after it goes up, you don't need to do much more and the room is done.

All-white rooms are the complete opposite. I love them too (obviously), but they take a lot more planning and careful styling to make them feel balanced... not too bare, not too cluttered... ugh! So hard to get right! 

A pattern-filled wallpapered room on the other hand, covers a multitude of sins. 

Wallpaper install dayHere's a photo from install day!! It's so exciting going from point a to point b all in one day. 

(By the way, if you live in the Nashville area and need an awesome husband and wife wallpaper team to hire, email me, and I'll give you their info! elsie AT abeautifulmess DOT com)

Yellow wallpaper by Hygge & WestLet's talk about this specific paper! It's from Hygge & West designed by Justina Blakeney

I'm obsessed with it!! OBSESSED. 

And to be honest, even though it's really photogenic – the photos don't do it justice! You really have to be in the room in real life to feel the VIBES. 

So now it's pretty close to done. Next up, we'll be adding curtains, swapping the headboard for something more special, and adding just a couple details to cozy it up. I hope our guests will feel like they're on vacation in this room! 

Yellow wallpaper by Hygge & West Yellow wallpaper by Hygge & West Yellow wallpaper by Hygge & West Yellow wallpaper by Hygge & West Yellow wallpaper by Hygge & West Yellow wallpaper by Hygge & West Ugh! I'm so excited! 

This really was a game changer for this room. I'll be sharing this tour later this year. We're at that point in our renovation where it's starting to come together quickly and feel really satisfying!

What do you think about the new wallpaper?? xx. Elsie 

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

Lemon and Rosemary Marhmallows (via abeautifulmess.com) How to make homemade marshmallowsI've been obsessed with homemade marshmallows since I first learned to make them about four years ago. And before that, I guess I was just plain obsessed with marshmallows. :)

I've always loved s'mores or adding marshmallows to hot chocolate. But homemade marshmallows can be so good and so interesting that they are a treat to eat all on their own, like candy.

Lemon and Rosemary Marhmallows (via abeautifulmess.com) These feature the contrasting flavors of lemon and rosemary. Sweet, tart, and a little touch of savory all work together to make these super special. It's like eating a bite of fluffy lemonade. 

SuppliesLemon and Rosemary Marshmallows, makes 36-38 depending how big you cut them

1 cup water
3 packets gelatin
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon lemon extract
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped rosemary
1/3 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons corn starch

In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, pour 1/2 cup water. Sprinkle the gelatin over the top of the the water, do not stir, and allow that to sit while you prepare the sugar mixture.

How to make marshmallowsIn a large pot, combine the remaining 1/2 cup water, sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Bring to a low boil as you stir so the mixture becomes well combined and the sugar dissolves into the mix. Use a candy thermometer to monitor the temperature of the mixture. Once the sugar mixture reaches 240°F (soft ball stage), remove from heat. 

With the electric stand mixture running on low, carefully pour the hot sugar mixture into the bowl. Be very careful not to spill any on your skin. Once you've added all the sugar mixture to the bowl, turn the mixing speed up to medium/high (around "6" if using a KitchenAid mixer).

Allow to mix for 4-5 minutes until the mixture begins to look white and fluffy. Add the extract to the bowl while it's still running. Continue to mix for another 2-3 minutes. You're looking for a total mix time of 7-9 minutes, so the mixture will be very fluffy and thick, like marshmallow creme. during the last 30 seconds, add the chopped rosemary. If you want to color the mixture, add food coloring at this time as well. 

How to make marshmallows at homeMeanwhile, combine the powdered sugar and corn starch. Spray a square 8x8 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray and lightly sprinkle the powdered sugar/corn starch mix over it, taking care to coat the corners well. 

Once your marshmallow creme is ready, pour into the pan. Sprinkle the top with the remaining powdered sugar mixture, cover and allow to set for 6-8 hours (overnight). 

Then, on a surface dusted with powdered sugar, carefully pull the corners of the marshmallow block out of the pan. Flip the entire mix out onto the prepared surface. Use a knife or pizza cutter to cut into small squares. Toss in powdered sugar before storing. 

Lemon and Rosemary Marhmallows (via abeautifulmess.com)  These are great on their own, toasted, toasted and pressed between graham crackers, or on top of hot milk with a little vanilla extract added (a vanilla steamer!). Enjoy! xo. Emma

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


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