Pumpkin Spice Playlist (an ABM tradition)We have a little tradition around here called a pumpkin spice playlist! A couple of longtime readers reminded me this past week that I needed to post it—haha! You guys, you have no idea how much it means to me that you look forward to and get involved with our silly little traditions. It's honestly what gives me the blogging warm fuzzies. 

So without further ado, here's a playlist that Jeremy and I made while sitting in the parking lot at Target. Get your lattes on and enjoyyyy! 

Emma's empty house tourSome of you might remember about a month ago when I mentioned that Trey and I MIGHT be buying a new house. Emphasis on the might because we had a house fall through the night before closing, so I was feeling pretty unsure of everything until it was all official. 

Well, it's official. And I thought it might be fun to show you what our new house looked like the day we bought it. I say looked like (past tense) because I shot this video almost three weeks ago. SO much has already changed. If you follow me on IG (@emmaredvelvet), then you may have seen that I've been spending pretty much every night after work and the weekends painting. More on updates soon, but first, check out my empty home tour video:

This house was originally built in the late 1960s. It has gone through a LOT of remodeling and updates in the past few years as the owner before us (rumor has it) bought the house at auction and has been working to flip it. I just LOVE the wood ceilings he added. I also really, really love the layout of this house. As you can see from the video though, there are a few things that just aren't my taste. Luckily, I really enjoy personalizing spaces, so that's what we'll be doing in this house (slowly) over many years to come. Can't wait to see how we make this house feel like home, and can't wait to share it all with you guys. :) xo. Emma

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman, Video and Music: Jeremy Larson.

Oversized Tiled Photo Art (click through for tutorial)       There are have a few big things that have happened this year (like moving to Nashville from Missouri), but I have to say that my favorite thing that’s happened so far was the week we spent in Paris back in May. This trip was a total dream come true for me and is something I’ve been wanting to do ever since I was a little girl watching old movies like American in Paris and Funny Face. I’ve been wanting to make a Paris photo album, but with the move and settling in, I probably won’t be able to get to it anytime soon. So I thought I should at least make some photo art for the new house to remind me of our dreamy week in the city of lights. Paris is such a big experience, and I wanted to have a rather large reminder of our trip. So I settled on an oversized tiled photo from one of the pictures I took on the trip.

Oversized Tiled Photo Art (click through for tutorial)           We're working with our good friends over at Canon USA on this post, and I'm using the new Canon PIXMA MG7720 Photo Printer, which is insanely easy to use. I'm not really the tech savvy one, and I got this set up at my new house all by myself, no problem. :) Plus, as you can probably guess, the quality is always amazing and perfect for a project like this.

Oversized Tiled Photo Art (click through for tutorial)       Supplies: 
-photo paper (I used Canon semi-gloss paper)
-photo editing software (like Photoshop)
-mat board
-X-Acto knife
-thin washi tape
-spray adhesive
-Canon PIXMA MG7720 Photo Printer

So, first you’ll want to open your photo in whatever photo editing software you have (I’ll show you what I did in Photoshop) and crop your photo to a square. Go into “Image Size” and increase your photo resolution up to 300 dpi in 10% increments. So, if you start at 72, go up to 77 and hit OK, then up to 85 and hit OK, then up to 93, etc. until you get to 300. Repeat the process with the document size until you get to the overall size you want (mine is 38 inches). Use the ruler and guide lines to make a grid of your photo divided into as many equal sized squares as you want (just divide the final square width by how many squares you want to get how big the squares should be). Make sure that the size of the squares can fit on an 8.5” x 11” page if that’s the biggest your printer can print.

Oversized Tiled Photo Art (click through for tutorial)
Oversized Tiled Photo Art (click through for tutorial)       Once your grid is made to the right dimensions, zoom in and use the rectangular marquee selection tool to select the area within one of the squares. Copy the selection and open a new document the size of your printer paper dimensions and paste the image onto that document. Print the document and continue to do that with each square until all the squares are printed. Print and lay out your tiles in order so you know what piece goes where, and mark a number at the top corner so you know where it goes in the picture.

Oversized Tiled Photo Art (click through for tutorial)       Use spray adhesive to attach the photo to the mat board and use an X-Acto knife and ruler to cut the photo out (you may need to create crop marks around some of the pictures before printing if the color is so light you can’t tell where the photo stops).

Oversized Tiled Photo Art (click through for tutorial)       Make sure to transfer the number to the back of the photo once it’s cut and use an arrow to show which way is up on numbers like “8” and “11”.

Oversized Tiled Photo Art (click through for tutorial)       Oversized Tiled Photo Art (click through for tutorial)       Use thin washi tape to create a grid on your wall so you can see exactly where the tiles should go (use a level if you need to). Then mount each tile with either small nails or something like command strips on the back of each photo. Once your last photo tile is up, remove the tape and you’re ready to stand back and see the full picture!

Oversized Tiled Photo Art (click through for tutorial)       Oversized Tiled Photo Art (click through for tutorial)       I love that every time I look at these classically Parisian buildings, I’m immediately taken back to standing in front of the Musée d’Orsay by the Seine where I took the picture (after having just eaten a crepe of course!). I feel like I’m counting down the minutes until we can go back again someday, but in the meantime, I guess I’ll have to be content with my Parisian photo mementos. Oh well, c’est la vie! xo. Laura

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

Key rack made from cabinet knobs—great idea! (click through for more     You know you're officially a grown up when you geek out over totally "boring" things like cabinet hardware. I've spent hours online looking up different handles, pulls and knobs for all kinds of doors and cabinets in our new home, and, well, it's just plain fun! Our new house already had a key hook/coat hanger mounted to the wall in our den, but it wasn't quite the style we wanted for the room. I was keeping an eye out for a good replacement when I noticed the brass knobs I just bought for the doors on our bookshelf built-ins were actually just what I was looking for! All they needed was to be turned upside down to make the perfect hook. Just to be sure, I tried fitting a key ring over the knob and it was just the right size. So I promptly ordered four more of them to create my own custom key rack.

Key rack made from cabinet knobs—great idea! (click through for more     I bought a piece of wood the thickness and height I wanted and cut it down to the right length (about 3/4" thick, 3.5" tall, and 15" wide). 

Key rack made from cabinet knobs—great idea! (click through for more     Before painting the wood white, I drilled four evenly spaced holes to fit the cabinet knobs onto. Just place your hardware on top of the board to get an idea of where they should sit based on the design (I put my holes a little closer to the bottom since the hooks go upward).

Key rack made from cabinet knobs—great idea! (click through for more    Once you attach all your knobs, add some hangers onto the back of the wood piece and you're ready to use your new key rack!

Key rack made from cabinet knobs—great idea! (click through for more     Key rack made from cabinet knobs—great idea! (click through for more     I can't tell you how much I love this little project! Not only does it fit the decor of the rest of the room now, it exactly matches the hardware on the bookcases that it faces. Yes!! Of course, I call this a key rack, but I also use it for bags and coats as well, so don't feel limited to just keys. I've still got a long list of projects to get to, so I'm glad for one that not only looks cute but was quick and easy as well! xo. Laura

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

At Home with Katie CostickToday we are welcoming the lovely Katie Costick to the blog as she shares her beautiful LA home with us! We are totally digging the laid back style in her space, along with this amazing art board in her office. Ready to see more?

Living roomCouch/Ikea.

Blue wallHutch/Tini.

Love this pillow!"Our home is located in East Los Angeles, CA. I live with my husband Andrew and our dog, Bmo. I am an interior designer, stylist and actress (catch me in "You're the Worst" as Jimmy's youngest sister on FXX this fall). When I first viewed this house, I felt sorry for it. It was very worn and neglected and the previous occupants had not taken good care of it. The place definitely needed a facelift, and as an interior designer/stylist, I wanted to inject my own ideas and concepts as well as restore what was already there. This home has a lot of wonderful natural light, which I absolutely love. Being from England, I was used to grey drizzly days, but California is completely the opposite. My influences as a designer and in my home come from the colors of my surroundings—blue skies and oceans, tropical palm trees, turquoise swimming pools and stunning pink and orange Californian sunsets. 

Vintage bottlesOffice art"My favorite space is currently my office which my husband and I share. I take up most of the space, I confess, with fabrics, art supplies and throw pillows for my Etsy Store, which is still in the early stages. I did a makeover in there recently, got rid of a bunch of stuff and pinned up all my art pieces on the notice board. I'm currently working on a range of upholstery fabrics, so this keeps me motivated! I love to paint in my spare time, so this has enabled me to get more of it into my life.

KitchenCollectibles"I'm a huge fan of vintage and repurposing or up-cycling and I'm obsessed with thrift stores and yard sales. This is key for my projects and the clients I work with. A lot of the furniture we have is vintage or secondhand with some new items peppered in. If it can be reimagined and redesigned, then I'm into it. My absolute favorite item of furniture is the the yellow painterly floral arm chair upholstered in a Designers Guild fabric. DG is my favorite vendor for fabrics and wallpaper. Their stuff is so fresh, colorful and inspiring. 

Katie CostickDecor detailsAt Home with via abeautifulmess.com"Some of my most treasured items have been carried over from England in my hand luggage, even when I was told I was crazy or it wouldn't be possible. I proved them all wrong! Not one item was broken or damaged. I have a big antique bottle collection some of which date back to the late 1800s. Some of them I literally dug out of the ground with my Auntie as there was a Victorian rubbish tip near her house full of old jars and bottles and other random junk.

Master bedroomLamps and Bed/Ikea.

Guest bedroomSide Tables/Ikea

"We've been living in this house for about a year and a half. Our home is always evolving. It's my laboratory where I can experiment with new colors and arrangements. I'm always changing the throw pillows because I am obsessed with them, and I find awesome fabrics I just have to incorporate in my concepts. I'm very lucky to have the freedom to do that and a very tolerant husband!"

Thanks so much for sharing, Katie! You can find more of Katie via KCC Interiors and on Instagram! xo.

Credits:// Author and Photography: Katie Costick.


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