Try This! Frame a wallpaper sample (click through for more)I am loving all the amazing wallpaper that has been coming out the past few years. The idea that it's just for your grandmother's sitting room is totally out the window and there are so many fresh and interesting modern patterns. As much as I love the options, I'm still a bit of a coward when it comes to committing to wallpaper a whole room. I think it's mostly because this is our first house in Nashville, and we aren't really sure how long we will be at this location. So I don't really want to make such a semi-permanent investment at the moment. I've done removable wallpaper in a few places and a painted statement wall to get that wallpaper feeling, but there's also another way you can enjoy your favorite wallpaper print that's a fraction of the cost – frame a sample of it!

Try This! Frame a wallpaper sample (click through for more)Last summer Elsie shared with you her favorite sources for wallpaper and she had ordered some samples of her top contenders (as you definitely should to make sure you like it first!). I've always had major heart eyes for this hand print since I first saw it. I asked Elsie if I could have it after she had made all her wallpaper decisions for her house, and she graciously handed it over into my greedy little hands. YES!

Try This! Frame a wallpaper sample (click through for more)I used the same method I shared with you guys of making a custom sized frame on the cheap, mounted the wallpaper to a cardboard backing, and tacked the cardboard to the back of the frame with small nails. Now it's a work of art!

Try This! Frame a wallpaper sample (click through for more)Try This! Frame a wallpaper sample (click through for more)I simply adore this print. It's exactly the quirky vibe that I love adding into my space, and I love how it looks grouped with a few wall planters. So while you can also do a removable option or paint a statement wall if you're too nervous to commit to a wallpapered room, don't forget this easy option as well to add your favorite print to your home! xo. Laura

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

Emma Chapman  Emma Chapman       Dress detailsI have been looking forward to April for a few months now. In my world there are three big things happening. First, we are turning in our first draft of our entire cookbook manuscript. I've had so many of my friends and family recipe testing, and my refrigerator has been full of first, second, and third attempt recipes over the course of the last six months or so. I can't believe it's finally time to turn in our first draft! Ahh!

Second, Elsie and I are traveling to Phoenix to do a little work, meet up with an old friend, and make a connection with a new business partner. Yes, we've got a lot to pack into a short little trip, but I couldn't be more excited because I didn't get to see Elsie in person at all in March (boo!!!!). So it will be great to connect and work on this new project we've got brewing together. Don't worry – we'll share more soon, I promise!

And third, at the end of the month, we have a short trip in partnership with Canon to meet up with a giveaway winner and do some decorating. I think it's gonna be an absolute blast! But again, I'm sort of also just happy to get to see my sister in person twice in one month! 

Emma ChapmanEmma Chapman   Emma's wearing: Glasses/ A Beautiful Mess for BonLook, Jack + Norma frames, Dress/Parker, Jacket/J.Crew, Purse/Zara, Shoes c/o Swedish Hasbeens

What's got you excited in April, Sister? Obviously seeing me. Ha! But what else?

Elsie LarsonYep. I am with Emma – SO excited for April... and the next season! 

Spring is always good, no matter what, but this spring is extra special because we have a LOT of fun projects in the works. As Em was saying, it's a huge milestone that we just turned in our cookbook manuscript (YAY!!), and next we have two months of photoshoots to get all the food photos ready for the book. Working on this book has really changed the way I think about food (in a VERY good way!). So I am excited for you all to read it next year! 

This book is brining us together for two FULL weeks of photos in May and June, so I am really looking forward to that as well. I have been collecting cute cloth napkins and rad serving pieces like a MAD WOMAN. It's really fun. 

Next weekend Jeremy and I are FINALLY going back to Missouri, and you better believe we're going to Emma's new bar EVERY night... OK, that's a little excessive, but I am very excited to go see it in person and order a tiki drink! 

This season is already off to a BEAUTIFUL start. (Wow! I use CAPS a LOT... Sorry for that.) 

Elsie Larson Elsie Larson Elsie Larson Elsie Larson Elsie's Wearing: Dress/Pixie Market (they have a LOT of cute bell sleeve dresses right now), Necklace/Madewell, Sunnies/Wildfox, Clogs/Swedish Hasbeens. 

Love you guys! Emma + Elsie 

Credits//Author: Emma Chapman and Elsie Larson, Photography: Janae Hardy and Diana La Counte. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions

10I have always loved the idea of designing simple pieces of furniture that are both useful and beautiful. So when I came across this DIY, I was determined to make a version of it for our bedroom. We have always lived in older homes that are big on charm and short on closet space, so I've had most of my wardrobe in a variety of makeshift closets. Our current master bedroom has a roomy closet built into the alcove of the second story bathroom, but it's far removed from the laundry room and has acted more like an easy-to-access attic for storing extra bedding and out-of-season clothing. We'd been resorting to piling clean clothes, folded or not, onto the loveseat in our bedroom rather than making the extra trip to the back of the bathroom to hang things. I know, first world problems. 

I took the basic concept of the design from the DIY I saw and added a back panel on one side, not only to provide more stability to the structure, but to make it a little more interesting. I added a simple round mirror at eye level and have thought about adding a few small shelves and possibly hooks below it for accessories. I also switched out the wooden clothes rod for a copper pipe because everything is better in copper! 

7Now that we have an attractive wardrobe in our room, I'm excited to keep things off the couch! Having a new piece of furniture in our space totally changes the feel of things with its height and simplicity. It feels like the cousin of a display piece in an LA boutique. I've significantly paired down my wardrobe in the last year despite officially jumping on the capsule wardrobe bandwagon, but it's still more than what I styled these photos with. I feel like the open concept will help motivate me to keep things looking tidy, but it's also roomy enough that even with everything I own hanging up, it won't be overcrowded. I can also see myself using this in my studio to hang my woven wall hangings and weaving supplies. You can easily customize this tutorial to be even more utilitarian with more shelving or hooks. 

-2 - 3/4" x 20" x 6' pre-cut pine boards for side panels
-3 - 3/4" x 20" x 36" pre-cut pine boards for top, bottom and center supports
-1 - 3/4" x 12" x 6' pre-cut pine boards for back support panel
-1 - 5' copper pipe
-25 - #8 x 2" brass wood screws 
-8" round mirror (optional)
-pipe cutter (or have your pipe cut down to 50" long in the store)
-power drill
-1" drill bit
-5/64" drill bit
-power sander 
-Phillips screwdriver

Supplies2Sand each piece of wood with your electric sander or regular sandpaper. If you prefer to stain or paint your panels, this is a good time to do that if you don't mind doing some touch ups at the end. You can also wait until the end if you prefer. I chose to leave mine natural because I love the look of light wood right now. 

1-StepStep One: Find the center of the short end of one 3/4" x 20" x 6' panel and make a mark 1/2" down from your short edge. Then make a mark 1/2" down from the same edge in each corner about 1" from the long edge. This will mark where you'll be drilling pilot holes for your screws. Repeat with your second 6' panel.

Step Two: Measure about 20" up from the bottom of your 3/4" x 20" x 6' panel and make a mark in the center. On the same 20" line, make a mark 1" in from each long edge. These will be the marks for your pilot holes for your center shelf. Make a third set of marks 4" up from the bottom of the same panel so that you have one in the center of your board at the 4" line and then one on each side that is 1" from the long edge. This is where you'll drill the pilot holes for your bottom shelf. 

2-StepStep Three: Mark your 3/4" x 20" x 6' panels with an 'A' and a 'B' in pencil somewhere so you can match up your measurements. It might seem like they'll all fit, but sometimes just 1/8" difference between holes on different panels can leave you frustrated down the line. Lean Panel A against a wall and use the pilot holes from the bottom row as your template to mark the pilot holes for the bottom shelf.

Step Four: Mark your pilot holes on the short end of your bottom 3/4" x 20" x 36" panel. Mark your bottom shelf as 3 and then add an A after it so you know it belongs to the A side. Next, use the marks from the B panel to mark the opposite edge of your 3/4" x 20" x 36" bottom shelf. Mark that side with a 3B so you can remember which side it belongs to. Continue the same pattern for your center shelf and top shelf. 

Step Five: Measure down 5" from the center mark on the top of each side panel and make a pencil mark. This will be your clothes hanger hole. Attach your 1" drill bit and carefully drill a hole on each panel. 

Step Six: Switch your drill bit to the other size and drill your pilot holes on the two 3/4" x 20" x 6' panels. 

Step Seven: Drill your pilot holes in the short edges of each shelf.

Step Eight: Place the panel marked 'A' on its side on a flat surface and then place your bottom shelf up against it so that the correctly marked edge is matching. Screw your brass screws in one at a time but don't tighten until all three are in place. Repeat this with the center shelf and then the top shelf. Then place the other side panel (Panel B) on the other side, making sure the marked side you used when you marked your holes for the shelves is facing the shelves. Screw everything together. 

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Step Nine: Decide which side you want your back panel on, and then make sure the edges are flush with the bottom and the side. In the photo, I've marked all of the places you'll pre-drill more holes to secure this panel to the wardrobe frame. This will add another level of stability to your piece. 

Step Ten: Drill your pilot holes so that you are drilling straight down into the 3/4" edge of each panel. Be sure not to drill at an angle or you'll bust through your wood. Then use your drill to slowly screw in your screws with the appropriate Phillips head attachment or use a screwdriver.

Place your pipe through the holes and mark the length you'd like to cut it. Remove it and cut it down to fit using your pipe cutter. I cut mine down about 10" so that it stuck out enough on each end to act as a hook. It will fit loosely through the opening, but unless you have a dance party while choosing your outfit each day, you shouldn't have to worry about it falling out. 

9The next step is adding on any extra customizations such as a mirror or hooks. I used Gorilla Glue to attach the mirror directly to the wood, but you could also hook one on or DIY a cute hanging mirror. Use the outer ends of your copper pipe to hang bags, an industrial looking light, or a hanging plant. You could also attach a larger full length mirror to the outside of your wardrobe depending on your space arrangement. 

1268The most fun part is filling your new wardrobe with your favorite pieces! This is a great woodworking project for those of us who don't have the space for many woodworking tools since everything is designed around the selection of pre-cut wood available. Also, for those that may ask, this project came in at about $140 using the 20" wide, pre-cut boards from a large chain hardware and plumbing store. To shave a little off of the cost, you could do a narrower version using the 16" wide, pre-cut boards and a wooden dowel, but it would mean your garments might peek out the front and back of your wardrobe just a touch. 

I'm so proud of myself for adding such a solid piece of furniture to our space! Are you feeling up for a weekend project? This one has your name all over it! -Rachel

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

Six ways to style a flower crown  Flower crown season is upon us, and I for one cannot be more excited! Although truth be told, I tend to wear flower crowns in every season – I just switch up the colors to suit, wearing more rust-colored crowns in autumn and brighter ones in the spring and summer. In addition to exploring all of the color options of flower crowns, there are also different hairstyles to play with when wearing crowns instead of defaulting to the same look over and over again. Here are a few of my favorites.

Six ways to style a flower crown  Instead of wearing your hairdo with a flower crown, why not try an up do? For this look, I styled my hair in milkmaid braids with a twist – I made rope braids instead of the typical braid style and added my floral headband on top.

Six ways to style a flower crown Another style to try is a retro rolled up do. I used the circular frame of my flower crown as a base, pinning it towards the front of my head and then tucking my hair in small sections into the back of the crown. It's another take on the style I showed before for wet-set curls, so if you want step-by-step instructions for this look, click here (just style your hair dry instead of wet!).

Six ways to style a flower crown    Instead of tucking all of your hair up, why not try a half rolled up do just using two small sections of your hair? This style works beautifully with asymmetrical flower crowns like mine by Emily Rose; the band is a full circle you can use to help style your hair and the flowers make a pretty statement at the front or side of your head.

Six ways to style a flower crownPrefer braids? Mix things up with easy boho braids; I made mine rather thin but you could also do this half up style with chunkier braids and more texture to your hair. 

Six ways to style a flower crown     If you're intimidated by flower crowns or not sure what style would suit you best, why not start with a flower crown that matches your hair? My blue floral crown is by Gardens of Whimsy, and I like how it visually adds texture to my hair instead of being a loud statement piece. There are loads of flowers crowns out there. If you are blonde, you could start with a baby's breath crown, or something rustic for redheads with roses or poppies – there's a style and color out there to suit everyone.

Six ways to style a flower crown   Some people treat flower crowns as the centerpiece of their hairstyle, but I actually prefer styling my hair in my favorite ways (like this messy faux fishtail) and just adding a flower crown on top. So up do or down, matching your hair or contrasting with it, I hope this post gave you some inspiration for wearing flower crowns this spring. They add a really pretty finishing touch to so many outfits and hairstyles, and I hope to make everyone as addicted to them as I am! Cheers, Rebecca.

Credits//Author and Photography: Rebecca Stice. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Presets for Lightroom. 

Happymail-verticalHi, friends! We're really excited to share the photos and video for this month's unboxing. April is a VERY VERY good month for both Happy Mail and Messy Box


Happymail-slider3SO many cute cards this month! 

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Messybox-vertical3I LOVE the colors in this month's messy box and that pink watercolor car... so many pretty details! 

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Happy weekend guys!! Love you a lot!! xx- Elsie 

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Janae Hardy. Video: Jeremy Larson.


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