Great use for extra tiles—make magnets! (click through for more)      I can have fun window shopping for just about anything—clothes, furniture, appliances...It doesn't really matter what it is, I just love to browse. With moving into a new house, I've been spending so much time in home improvement stores lately that I've certainly done my fair share of window shopping down those aisles, which leads to ideas for future projects. Walking near the tile section is one of my favorites, and I always end up dreaming about the marble hexagon tiles. While unpacking my kitchen and art boxes, I thought it might be time to upgrade my magnets for our fridge and storage lockers, and suddenly those tiles popped into my head. I knew they would be perfect to create small geometric magnets.

Great use for extra tiles—make magnets! (click through for more)    You can really use any small tile you want for magnets. Most of them come on a mesh sheet, so you'll have to separate them off the sheet first.

Great use for extra tiles—make magnets! (click through for more)    Once you cut a few free, you should be able to pull the mesh off pretty easily. It may leave a little residue on the back, but it shouldn't get in the way.

Great use for extra tiles—make magnets! (click through for more)    Just use a strong glue to attach magnets to the back of each tile, and you're ready to hold up all your photos and cards for all to see!

Great use for extra tiles—make magnets! (click through for more)    Great use for extra tiles—make magnets! (click through for more)    If you have a bulletin board you could also glue these to a tack and use them as marble pushpins as well. (I saved some tiles to make some of those once I get my art room set up). Since you get so many tiles on a sheet, you'll have plenty to make as many magnets as you want. This was a way easier tile project than last time when I had to rent a tile saw—no power tools required here! xo. Laura

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

Brass Light Fixtures (on any budget!)In my humble opinion, brass fixtures are both the most exciting thing to shop for (they're SOOOO pretty) and the most frustrating (if you're on any kind of budget). They can be pretty pricey! But I have to say I don't always think that is a bad thing. Light fixtures are one of those categories in home decor where you really get what you pay for, so I consider them worth saving up for and sacrificing other things for. As I've been hunting for the perfect fixtures for our new home, I've often chosen less expensive or DIY solutions on other items to be able to afford a fixture because I think they will be the highlight of a room and something we will appreciate for years to come. It's also worth mentioning that many of these companies are producing products that are handmade in the USA.

Today I am here to share beautiful designs at any price range, starting at under $100. Can I get an amen? 


OK...let's get started! 

Brass Light Fixtures (on any budget!) under $100 $100 and under 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11 (plus the mysterious one with no number—oops) 

Brass Light Fixtures (on any budget!) $100-$250$100-$250 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/13/14/15 (*oops! here's the cute globe sconce with no number!

Brass Light Fixtures (on any budget!) $250-$500$250-$500 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/13/14 (#8—the first thing I purchased for our new home was a set of these for the living room!)

Brass Light Fixtures (on any budget!) $500-$1000$500-$1000 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10

Brass Light Fixtures (on any budget!) $1000 and beyond$1000+ 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/13/14 (#7 is Jonathan Adler, but I can't find a link. Let me know if you know the source) And here's the opening image link

Truth be told, I had to cut myself off in this price range because there are a lot of amazing fixtures and I could have found about fifty more. Haha! Can we all just ooh and awe in unison? (Thanks—I needed that...)

Don't forget cool lightbulbs!Just one more thing! Light bulbs. No matter how inexpensive or super expensive your fixture is, cool light bulbs will make it look better and the wrong ones can really cheapen the look. They have a decent selection of Edison-style bulbs at places like Home Depot or Lowes. But for really unique bulbs, my go-to is Schoolhouse Electric and Rejuvenation. *Image above via Schoolhouse Electric

Haha! I hope that was as fun for you as it was for me. I had SO MUCH fun writing this. See something I missed? Leave me a comment with your favorite brass light fixture. I always learn cool stuff from you guys! Don't forget to check out our favorite DIY Brass Light Fixtures as well. xo- Elsie 

ps- If you like this post, please pin it! 

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Photography sources linked throughout.

How to make fake polaroid picturesGiant polaroid display In college I was obsessed with all kinds of photography. I took classes on how to develop my own film. I worked part time as a wedding and portrait photographer. And everywhere (cool) I went, I made it a goal at the time to take an instant film picture or two. Because of this era, I have old (square) instant photos of the Mona Lisa, the Eiffel tower, Big Ben, the Empire state building, Platform 9 3/4 (from Harry Potter!), Salvation Mountain, Cinderella's castle at Walt Disney World, and the Lehi Roller Mills (where part of the movie Footloose was filmed). Yeah, it's a random list. I just took my instant camera wherever I ended up and apparently I ended up in some random places. :) 

My giant polaroid displayI have saved and displayed these photos in so many ways over the years. In my first apartment, I taped them up along the top of my kitchen. In my current house, I framed them and hung them in a gallery wall (see here). And now that we're *probably* moving to a new house, it's time for a new display. Trey owns a piano that has been at his parents house for well over 20 years. Neither of us have ever lived in a space big enough for it, but our new house will finally have enough space. So I'm thinking this latest creation will eventually be displayed over the piano. That's my vision. :)

New (gold) printer! (from Canon)I wanted to create a large scale display because I felt that would look more stunning in the space above the piano. The only problem is I only have 8 photos total, and I don't really use an instant camera anymore. I love the framing of the photos though. Working with our friends at Canon USA, I decided to create some additional photos using my PIXMA MG7720. Do you see the printer in the above photo? Oh yes, they have a gold printer now!!!!! I love the new color, and the quality of prints (as always) is topnotch too. 

I could have just printed photos and cut a white border around them in the same size as my existing instant photos. But, I wanted them to really "match" with the slightly off white color as the subtle texture of my existing prints. So instead I took a photo of one of my old instant photos and used Photoshop to replace the inside photo with a new photo, but kept the outer frame. This took a little extra time, but I really like how it turned out because you can hardly tell the difference in all the frames. So my old photos actually look like they fit in instead of sticking out like a sore thumb.

Staining the woodFor the frame of my display I used:

2ft x 4ft plywood
2ft x 4ft plexiglass
2 cabinet pulls
ebony wood stain
power drill + drill bit

The display ended up costing me around $50 (not including the drill, drill bits and stain, which I already had). 

First I stained the plywood. I used a rag (and gloves) to do this because I wanted to create a more textured look. 

Adding the pullsNext I measured and marked where I wanted my cabinet pulls to go. This is how the plexiglass and wood are held together. I left the plastic covering that comes on plexiglass on until I was completely done with my project to help protect it from scuffs. 

Taping down the photosLast I decided where to place my photos. I had printed a little over 30 (plus my existing 8 photos) and taped them in place. I recommend a good, acid free double-sided tape or glue dots for this as I originally tried washi tape and it didn't stick very well. I turned it up on its side and about 1/3 of the photos shifted or fell from their spot—NO! 

How to make faux polaroid picturesCan you spot the instant film from the fakies? You can see I also repeated a few photos as well. 

Giant polaroid display  I really love how this turned out and it was so simple to put together once I had all my photos ready. I can't wait to display this above our piano soon. :) Thanks for letting me share! xo. Emma

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

Delicious coffee alternative—chicory vanilla latte (click through for recipe)    Don't get me wrong here, I love coffee. Every so often, however, I just need to take a break from my regular java routine. Sometimes it's because I get on a "no caffeine" health kick, sometimes it's because I try to focus on drinking more water, and sometimes it's because the acid in coffee can just give me a stomachache from time to time. That being said, while I love tea, there's certainly something about your morning cup of coffee that can't always be replaced by a nice Earl Grey option. So I like to have a coffee-like backup to sip when I want an alternative. I found out about "coffee" made from chicory root a few months ago, and when prepared correctly, it definitely has that coffee vibe without the caffeine or acidity (and it's got lots of other health properties that are good for you too!). It's quick and easy to make yourself a delicious vanilla latte that uses a combination of roasted chicory and dandelion root (and no espresso machine needed!).

Delicious coffee alternative—chicory vanilla latte (click through for recipe)    Chicory Vanilla Latte, serves one.

1 tablespoon roasted chicory*
1 tablespoon roasted dandelion root*
1 cup water
sweetener of choice to taste
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
dash of cinnamon 

*You can check your normal grocery store for the chicory in the coffee section (a lot of them carry it) or try a local health food store to find roasted chicory and dandelion root.

Delicious coffee alternative—chicory vanilla latte (click through for recipe)    Heat your water in a pot or tea kettle until boiling. Add your chicory and dandelion root to the bottom of a French press and pour your water onto the granules. If you don't have a French press, you could use a tea infuser or simply strain out the granulates with a fine mesh strainer once it's done steeping. Allow the mixture to steep for 7-10 minutes and pour about half the chicory "espresso shot" mixture into a cup. Save the rest to make a second cup for yourself later or make another for a friend!

While the chicory is still hot, mix in your sweetener and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.

Delicious coffee alternative—chicory vanilla latte (click through for recipe)    Use a milk frother (either one that is also a warmer and a frother, or warm your milk first and then use a hand frother) to create your steamed milk. Then fill the rest of your glass with the milk and scoop some foam on top. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon on top and your latte is complete!

Delicious coffee alternative—chicory vanilla latte (click through for recipe)    While you can make this with strictly chicory, I would highly suggest trying the chicory and dandelion combination (that bag of dandelion will last you a long time too!). The chicory just by itself has a bit of a peppery taste to it and the dandelion really smooths it out and adds a nuttier flavor to the drink. If the taste is too strong for you, experiment with different levels of milk to chicory espresso, or make the actual espresso stronger or weaker by steeping more or less root in your hot water.

This is totally a coffee substitute that I am happy to have and even my picky husband who can spot the "healthy" versions of things a mile away gave this one a big thumbs up. If you need to lay off the coffee for a while or just want to try something new, hope you'll add this to your morning rotation! xo. Laura

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

At Home with Kelly GinnPendant Light/Ikea

Today we are excited to share Kelly Ginn's beautiful home with you! We absolutely love all of the colorful vintage pieces in this space. You can really feel all of the love that's been put into it!

Wicker chair"I won’t lie, when I stepped into this house, it wasn’t exactly our “dream home". Some walls were purple, others were pink, there was a gold foil (not in a cute way, ladies) collage on what is now my office wall, and I almost couldn’t see past the train wreck state it was in. Thankfully John helped me see that aesthetically, the house was unique and had lovely bones. The open floor plan is what we love most about our home. Even if we’re three “rooms” away from each other, we can still see each other, which is pretty sweet.

Blue mason jarsGallery wallDecor details"I am sure from the images you can tell I am a collector of all things colorful. There are SO many things in my home that I call my “favorite". Our honeycomb shelves were a project that both John, my dad and I worked on. I will always love what a statement they make in our home. Our retro-inspired green couch from Urban Outfitters was our splurge piece, and I don’t regret it because it pops with color against our white walls. 

At Home with via A Beautiful MessCouch/Urban Outfitters, Honeycomb shelves/DIY.

Honeycomb shelvesPyrex"I absolutely adore my colorful collection of vintage pyrex bowls that my mom has so graciously found for me at yard sales. Some of the colors are hard to come by or terribly expensive, so I will always cherish those.

OfficeOffice chair/Amazon, Wall calendar/MoMa online, Rug/Pattern Society.

Vintage decor"I would say both John and I agree that our “office” is our favorite spot in the whole house for several reasons: 1. As wedding photographers, we spend the majority of our time in our office editing, blogging, answering emails, and phone calls. We work extremely hard to be familiar with our couples and we spend time getting to know them and even cultivate friendships with them. So when we look up at our gallery wall in our office, those aren’t strangers, those are friends that graced us with the honor of capturing their special day. 2. Another reason we love our office so much is because of the natural light that pours in. As natural light photographers, John and I are always “chasing the light”, so when I saw the potential this particular room had, I knew it would make for a perfect office. And 3. Tebow, our fur child, likes to sit in between John and me while we’re working. He also frequently nudges us to let us know that it’s “park time".

Love this old TV!"With a lot of TLC (plus the help of our families) we have completely transformed our home into our dream home. It is now bursting at the seams with character and charm. We love how inviting it is."

Thanks so much for sharing, Kelly! You can find more of Kelly here and on Instagram. xo.

Credits// Author: Kelly Ginn. Photography: Kelly and John Ginn. Sources: ,  Honeycomb shelves/DIY, , , 


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