DIY Simple Bed Frame

Homemade bedframeToday I'm happy to show you how I made my guest bedroom bed frame. First off, I'm not talking about the headboard (the part in the back that says "Sleepover"). If you'd like to know how to make that, you can check out the tutorial here

Before I built the bed frame, we had the box spring and mattress sitting on the floor. I'm not really against this look, since that's what we do in our bedroom. But with the addition of the rug and the lack of much furniture in the room, I just felt that it would look more "finished" if I added a simple bed frame. 

Homemade bedframe. I used six short hairpin legs (they are each four inches tall) on the bottom of my bed frame. Full disclosure: I had purchased these legs about a year ago for a completely different project. It was a big fail! But since each leg is around $12, I saved them to use on another project in the future. So I decided this was the perfect opportunity. If I had not already had these legs available, I probably would have explored a few other (less expensive) options.

How to build a minimal bedframeSupplies:
-five 1x12x8
-one 1x3.5x8
-two 1x4x6
-two 1x3.5x8
-four 1x3x6 (I used all pine, except for these I used oak for extra support)
-box of fifty 1/2" wood screws
-six 4" hairpin legs (or other sturdy legs)
-semi-gloss polyurethane (and/or woodstain)

-circular saw

Cost: $210 (this could be significantly reduced if you choose less expensive legs than hairpin)

Step One: Measure your space and the bed. The mattress and box spring set I created my bed frame for is a queen size. I also decided that I wanted the frame to be just lightly (1/2" or so) wider and longer than the mattress and box spring, so this informed my overall project measurements. I then cut my lumber down to size (as the lumber yard did not have the exact measurements I needed, of course).

How to build a minimal bedframe   Step Two: Once I had the body of the frame made, I created a frame for it and screwed those boards in place.

How to build a minimal bedframe     Step Three: I screwed the hairpin legs into each of the four corners of the frame. 

How to build a minimal bedframe      Step Four: In the above photo you can see where I added the oak boards which provide the support for the bed frame (so actual adults can lie on top of the bed without breaking the frame). I also added the remaining two hairpin legs to help to distribute weight once the frame is in use. 

Note: You can create this project on your own quite easily, but you will likely need help moving the bed frame into place once built. It gets pretty heavy!

Homemade bedframe.  Thanks for letting me share my super simple bed frame with you. And if you missed it, here's a link to my entire guest bedroom tour (with before and after photos). Happy decorating! xo. Emma

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

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Banana Bread Granola

Banana bread granola (click through for recipe)  Yogurt and granola is probably what I eat for breakfast about 60% of the time. That makes it the majority, I guess. It's not just any old yogurt and granola either. Oh, no. It's gotta be Greek yogurt, preferably with fresh fruit or jam and a little honey. I like all sorts of granola, and I LOVE making it at home because you can easily make a big batch to last you a couple weeks.

Banana bread granola (click through for recipe) This granola is inspired by one of my favorite quick breads: banana bread. It has small pieces of crunchy dried bananas and plenty of spices to give it flavor. If you've never made homemade granola before, I highly recommend you give it a try. It really could not be easier, and having a big container of homemade granola sitting on your kitchen counter is total street cred in the cooking world, if you ask me. :)

Best homemade granolaBanana Bread Granola, makes about six cups.

4 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup chopped nuts (I used 1/2 cup walnuts and 1/2 cup pecans)
1/3 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
a big pinch of nutmeg and ginger
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped banana chips

You'll note there's not a bunch of sugar in the ingredient list. I think it's easier to add honey or maple syrup to your morning breakfast rather than add it to the granola itself. Or if you prefer to buy yogurts that are already sweetened, then this granola won't overwhelm you with sugar.

Homemade granolaIn a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, salt, and spices. Pour the oil, melted butter, and vanilla extract over the mixture and give it a good stir so everything gets coated. 

How to make granola at homeSpread the mixture out onto a baking sheet lined with a baking mat (Silpat) or parchment paper. Bake for 20-30 minutes at 350°F. Every 10 minutes or so, remove the sheet from the oven and give the granola a stir. This will ensure that no pieces get too burnt while other pieces don't cook at all.

After the granola is done baking, remove from the oven and toss in the chopped banana chips. 

Banana bread granola (click through for recipe)Store in an airtight container for at least a few weeks (probably longer). Enjoy! xo. Emma

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

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How to Fill In Your Eyebrows Like a Pro

How to fill in eyebrows like a proHow to fill in eyebrows like a pro Filling in your brows is, in my opinion, the most important step of your makeup routine. Your brows frame your face, and you'll be amazed at the difference such a simple step makes! There are lots of different products that you can use for this, but the basic technique will always be the same. If you're new to filling in your brows, I like a powder brow kit like this one from NYX.

Best products for filling in eyebrowsThe white circle is a brow wax that you apply first to help the powder adhere to your brows. Use an angle brush to prep your brows with this first.

Use wax to startTo find the perfect shape, you're going to look for three key points. You can find these easily using a brush or pencil.

How to find your eyebrow shapeHow to find your eyebrow shape How to find your eyebrow shape  First, hold the brush straight up from the outside edge of your nostril. This is the starting point of your brow. Then hold the brush at an angle from your nose to the outside of your iris (the colored part of your eye). This should be the highest point of your arch. Finally, hold the brush from your nose to the outside of your eye. This is the end point of your brow. 

How to fill in your eyebrowsWhen you're starting out, you can put 3 little dots in these places to help you shape your brows. Then use the colored powder to make light, hair-like strokes to connect them.

How to fill in your eyebrows  Once you have the shape, it's important to blend! Take a spoolie brush (mascara wand) and brush gently back and forth a few times before smoothing all the hairs in the same direction. This keeps the brows from looking too drawn on or dark.

How to fill in your eyebrows   How to fill in eyebrows like a pro  Always start light and add more as you go. Perfect brows takes a little bit of practice, but once you start filling them in, you'll wonder how you ever went without! xo. AnnaRose

Credits // Author: AnnaRose Kern. Photography: Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions. If you use AnnaRose's styling tips, feel free to tag her on Instagram or Twitter @theannarose.

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Blueberry Cucumber Sparkler

Blueberry Cucumber SparklerDuring the summertime I tend to gravitate toward lighter cocktails with fresh ingredients. This cocktail is simple, refreshing, and can be easily customized with your favorite fruits and herbs. Today I chose cucumber, mint, and blueberries. On other days I've also tried strawberries, blackberries, cilantro, rosemary, and grapefruit (not all at the same time, of course!). Feel free to customize this recipe with your favorite flavor combinations. 

Blueberry Cucumber Sparkler Blueberry Cucumber Sparkler, serves one. 

fresh blueberries 
cucumber slices
club soda
simple syrup

Blueberry Cucumber Sparkler  In a tall glass combine 1 1/2 ounces gin, 3/4 ounce simple syrup (you can always add more, but this is a good starting point), ice, and club soda. Squeeze the juice of half a lime. Mix with a long spoon or straw. Taste test and add more lime juice or sweetener if you like. 

Blueberry Cucumber Sparkler   Garnish by filling the glass with fresh cucumber slices, mint leaves, and blueberries. Enjoy! 

Cheers to a refreshing day! xx- Elsie 

Credits // Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions

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Emma's Guest Bedroom (Before + After)

Emma's guest beedroom tourOne of my goals for the summer was to (finally) finish our guest bedroom. During the first year and a half that I owned my home I had a roommate who occupied this room (my little brother—best roommate ever!). Soon after that, Trey and I got married and started living together, and this room became at times kind of a catch-all or junk room. I did finally get it to a place where someone could stay with us. That's how you see it in the photo below.

Guest room before and afterI wish I had taken a photo of this room when I first moved in because it also had stained, dark tan carpet which I eventually upgraded to wood laminate to match the rest of the house. In the before picture you can see the original paint color. 

I had a few goals with this room before I began. First off, the room is the smallest of my three-bedroom house. I've had smaller bedrooms in my life, but still, I didn't want to add any elements that would make it feel smaller. I wanted to open the room up while adding cozy touches. 

My second goal was, honestly, to keep it simple. I wanted to have a put-together space that friends and family could crash in when they were visiting. But I didn't want to sink a bunch of money into the room since Trey and I really don't use it much ourselves. Most weeks I hardly even go in that room except to water the plants.

Emma's guest beedroom tour    Bedframe diyEmma's guest beedroom tour     The first thing we did was paint the walls and trim white to match the ceiling. I also had my dad help me remove the oversized ceiling fan and replace it with a much smaller (but still bright) light. This helped visually open up the space a little more.

While planning, I decided I wanted to keep the furniture to a minimum as the room could very easily begin to feel overfilled quickly. Obviously we had to have a bed for guests (it's a queen that we already owned from Trey's previous loft). The chest was something Trey had bought years ago, and it now holds extra blankets and bedding. I got the dark rug on sale last year, and I love the contrast it adds to the room. I picked up the small leather chair that sits in the corner from a local flea market one weekend.

Corner chairEmma's guest beedroom tour  I hung a few magazines using wooden clothing hangers. I try to keep the magazines somewhat up-to-date for guests. I also hate to throw magazines away, as they often have content as good as a book (just shorter usually), so it seems a waste that they are so disposable, you know? 

Emma Chapman Hanging globesThis is my favorite part of the room—the hanging globes in the corner. The flameless candles offer a safer alternative, while the little lights add a cozy feeling to the room, especially at night!

Emma's guest beedroom tour      Cactus and succulentsVintage owlEven though the room is super simple, there are quite a few fun details that I love. I added some glass containers to the top of the chest that hold snacks and travel toiletries for guests. I really stole this idea from my sister. I also love the potted cactus and succulent mini garden. Now we'll just have to see if I can keep them all alive (I'm the worst with plants!). Also, on one wall there's a macrame owl that I thrifted a few months ago, a photo of Trey and me from our one year anniversary pictures, and a fun photo I took while in Seattle recently. 

Side table diySide table diy Our guest bedroom features a few DIY projects throughout, since that's one of the best ways to keep your budget low on nearly any decor project. We kept the Light Up Headboard my dad and I made a few years ago. I also built the bed frame, and I'll share that sometime this week (spoiler: it's really simple). 

Since I didn't want to add too much furniture to the room, I couldn't decide if I should add some kind of side table next to the bed or not. In the end, I decided to since it's nice to have a place to put your phone or a glass of water. I used a jigsaw to cut out a circular piece of plywood to fit in the corner of the room. I sealed it with polyurethane and then attached it to the wall with shelf brackets. I had collected these two branches from a park about nine months ago and had let them dry out in my garage. Then I peeled off the bark, sanded them down, and sealed them with polyurethane. It's a very similar process to how I made my own stump side tables, so check out that tutorial if you're interested. 

Emma's guest beedroom tour       Leather chairVintage owl 25Emma's guest beedroom tour   The oversized print above the chest is actually a photo of Trey I took while we were in Costa Rica this year. I used some of the actions from the Folk Collection to change it black and white and also add a double exposure. Then I had it printed at Kinkos (it's a blue print copy, like what they use for building plans), and it cost right around $10. Inexpensive, but personal, art; love it! Plus usually his sister Kat (remember Kat? She taught us about wine here and here) and her husband usually stay with us during the holidays, and I know they'll get a kick out of this photo of Trey. :)

Emma ChapmanThanks for letting me share our guest bedroom with you! If you enjoyed this, then I know you'll love seeing both my and Elsie's houses in our upcoming book Happy Handmade Home. Just saying. (Pre-order, pre-order, pre-order... Yes, I'm subtle.)

Also, I'm going to try to list and add links to all the stuff you see in my room in case you have questions. But if I miss anything, or if you have any other questions, please let me know. Thanks! xo. Emma

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. Photography: Janae Hardy. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions. Duvet Cover/Ashley G for UO (similar), rug/West Elm, hanging globe lights/CB2, plant stand and chair/vintage, light fixture and plant pot/Lowe's, chest/old and we repainted it

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