Archives November 2019

At Home with Natalie Ensor in Nashville, Tennessee

Today, we’re beyond thrilled to share Natalie Ensor’s Nashville home with you. The hardest part about putting this post together was picking out which photos to use—every room is so creative and inspiring. You’re in for a treat!

“We purchased our Southern Colonial home in February of 2017. We had been searching off and on for 2+ years (basically since our move to Nashville from sunny Southern California). This house in particular had sat on the market for about a year, and once we stepped inside it was clear to see why. The previous owners ran a rehab called “Teen Challenge,” which means anywhere from 9-12 men lived in the house at a time. Every door had been kicked in at some point. We found hidden knives above doorways and when we opened the walls, we found empty bottles of booze and leftover cigarette packs. Regardless, we were able to see the potential through the mess, so we began to remodel with a mighty fury!

I homeschool our kiddos, and we had completely underestimated the need to have space in the house for the kids to play when we are shut in for the winter and on rainy days throughout the year. This last requirement caused us to add additional criteria to our home search; that being light, bright, open spaces and more light! You will notice this theme woven throughout the house. l have incorporated bright colors along with fun and unique elements that pay homage to my California roots, love for vintage, and Tennessee’s rich musical heritage.

Console / Gray Chairs / Pink Sofa

The ”rainbow room,” as it is affectionately called, is our primary room for low-key hangs and movie nights. This is the only room in the house with a TV and has plenty of seating for all on this cozy sectional which also is a pullout bed for guests. The rainbow wall was inspired by a kids educational television program called The Who Was? show. I wanted the space to be bright, fun, lively and welcoming to both kids and adults all at the same time.

We refer to the formal living room as the “pink room” and I am not exactly sure why. I think it’s because for the longest time the only piece of furniture we had in that room was the crescent pink velvet couch. Haha! My family and I love to travel and we love hotels. My approach to this room was to set it up like a swanky hotel lobby with multiple seating areas that can encourage smaller intimate conversations and still be able to facilitate large gatherings. The gallery wall features pieces of art we have collected on our travels, pieces from our dear friends and even pictures created by our littles. Above the fireplace is a fave of mine. It’s a custom made weaving I had commissioned from the amazing talented Rachel of Smile & Wave.

The kitchen is the heart of the home. This room experienced the most change during the renovation process. We tore down the wall that separated the kitchen from the dining room, we sealed up a doorway that went to the hall, and blew out the pantry. The footprint of the kitchen changed from a confined square to a long galley. The tiled backsplash wall was actually mine and my husband’s first foray into tiling. Completing this wall gave us the confidence to tackle our master bathroom floor.The focal point of this space and my favorite appliance ever, is the matte black and gold oven range. At one end of the galley kitchen we built in a green velvet lounge with two bistro tables. This is the perfect spot to enjoy a cup of coffee or a French 75 depending on the time of day.

Chandelier / DIY Frame / Pink Dining Chairs / Lucite Chairs (thrifted)

On the opposite end of the galley kitchen is the Marble Sarineen Tulip dining table. The dining table opens up to the grand pink room, which makes this space perfect for hosting and entertaining.The room l was most excited to go wild with is the downstairs powder room! For this space, l wanted to go big, bold, bright and of course, use florals. l wanted something that represented California to me. A nod to the nostalgic San Pedro of where my parents grew up and l spent most of my life visiting my grandparents. True old classic Californian style with a modern twist.

Embarrassingly enough, trying to find the perfect wallpaper to get THE look took months—like six months to be exact. I sampled 15 different wallpaper options before landing on this gem! The artist behind this is actually a native Californian, like myself and felt she just “got me” and my style, so we were a match made in wallpaper heaven! A homage to California would not be complete without a wink to Disneyland—l found this Alice In Wonderland doorknob on Etsy.

Bed / Night Stands / Chandelier / Wool Throw

My favorite space in the house was a toss up between the master suite and the powder room. We have moved many times as a family and the master bedroom has always taken the back seat to be the last room to get any love. In fact, this is the first time in 16+ years of marriage that we have selected furniture that was not thrifted or gifted, so this space holds a special place in my heart.

The living plant wall is an homage to Elvis Presley’s infamous “jungle room” at his home at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. The pink velvet bed is such a dream and l am stoked to have a husband who doesn’t mind pink or velvet, for that matter. A fun addition was the neon light above the bed reading “Melt With You,” which reflects our love for ’80s music in all of its forms.Mirrors / Sconces / Light Fixture / Abstract Painting

The “piece de resistance” is our master bathroom. Prior to renovations, this bathroom was actually three separate rooms: shower/bathtub and toilet in one room, double vanity in another, and a second closet in a third. We blew out all of these walls and extended the room just beyond one of the existing windows in the bedroom so the bathroom would have its own natural light. This gave us room to plumb the clawfoot tub where the closet once lived (my favorite item in our home) and we built a glass framed standing shower where the old bath once lived.

My husband DIY’d a 1920s buffet into this dual vanity with quartz top. l am so proud of how he repurposed this piece, bringing it back to life!  The tile in the floor is by far the biggest conversation piece in our home. We were already in DIY mode when it was time to tile. We knew what we wanted but quotes were coming in around $15,000 in labor for this amount of detail (border and wording). So what did we do? YouTube “how to tile” and my husband and l did this ourselves and l couldn’t be more excited about how it came out!

Tiger Rug / Record Console 

Across the hall from the master is the big kid’s room, their shared bathroom, and the nursery. I love having our fam all up on the same level. We knew we wanted to create a magical and whimsical room for the kids but also something they are able to grow with. The ceilings in this room are low (like so low) so l had to tamper expectations quite a bit of the designs I dreamed up, but we took some measurements, l sketched out a rough design on a napkin and my brother did an absolutely amazing job building the loft house beds! My daughter’s loft bed features a reading nook on the top level and a desk on the lower level. My son’s bed has space below for reading and building Lego creations.

In the kid’s shared bathroom, my husband repurposed a mid-century dresser into their dual vanity where there had been a single vanity previously. He also followed A Beautiful Mess DIY transforming their once ugly linen closet door into a fun pop in here. We wanted this bathroom to be fun for the kids but not “kiddy” and still flow with the rest of the house.

Wallpaper / Rocking Chair / Crib

As far as the nursery goes, we had no idea we were actually going to need a nursery when we started the remodel. It was going to be a playroom for the kids, but God had other plans (surprise baby!) It is still half playroom, half nursery, so it’s kind of a work in progress as I’m constantly trying to balance big kid toys versus baby items. But it’s the only natural toned space in our entire home, making it have a completely different vibe and feel, which l love that about this space.

The greatest blessing we have realized with our home and these spaces is that we are finally able to host events, invite people over and foster community with those around us. There is still work to be done and projects to tackle, but for now we will pause and enjoy this season of life in the colorful spaces we have created. I hope you have enjoyed our home tour and if you are ever in Nashville please stop in and say hi!”

Pure magic. Follow Natalie on Instagram for more inspiration! 💛

Credits // Author: Natalie Ensor. Photography: Amber Ulmer.

Sister Style: Go-To Color Combos

Color Combos Elsie LarsonColor Combos Elsie LarsonColor Combos Elsie LarsonColor Combos Elsie LarsonColor Combos Elsie LarsonElsie’s Wearing: Dress/Boohoo (comes in black too!), Over-the-knee boots/Jeffrey Campbell, Bag/Moorea Seal (comes in black too), Necklace/Madewell. 

Color Combos Elsie Larson Let’s talk color!

I find that my go-to colors cycle every 1-2 years. I will passionately love a color (or combo of colors), and then get tired of it for a while. It’s a cycle.

Last October when we watched Rosemary’s Baby, it launched me into an INSANE inspiration reboot, and at the moment I am obsessing over 1970s colors… even sometimes 1980s… you guys—who AM I?

I love the changes, though. It’s fun to slowly evolve, reinvent and eventually… come around the same circle again!

What about you, Sis?

Emma Chapman Cateye sunniesEmma Chapman Sweaters and tights Emma ChapmanMaybe I should take this time to admit that probably around 70% of my wardrobe is black. I wear SO MUCH BLACK. It’s nuts. And honestly, I tend to incorporate black and white into my home decor choices pretty often too. I think I am drawn to contrast, and also I tend to pick “safer colors” when I’m shopping. Of course that’s not to say I don’t love color, I do! I just think I use it more often as an accent in my clothing.

Also, I will forever love glitter. I don’t care if that makes me basic. GLITTER FOR LIFE!


Sweaters and tightsEmma of A Beautiful MessEmma’s Wearing: Sweater/Big Bud Press, Sunnies/Moorea Seal, Purse (similar) and boots/ASOS (similar boots here), Skirt/H&M (similar), Tights/Target (similar here). 

What about you guys? Do you have any favorite color combos you’ve been crushing on lately? xo. Emma + Elsie

Credits // Author: Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman. Photography: Amber Ulmer and Janae Hardy. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions. 

Treehouse + Cabin Tour – A Beautiful Mess

“Hi! We are Tristan + Lynne Knowlton, a mother/daughter team fueled by coffee and kindness. We love styling and cozying up home spaces and sharing on our blog, Design The Life You Want To Live. When we’re not doing that, we’re eating popcorn, making chunky wool blankets, hanging out in the treehouse + cabin retreat, or road trippin’ with the family in our vintage Airstream camper.

Let’s talk about tiny house living and style and all the things! There’s beauty in simplicity. We hope The Treehouse + Cabin Retreat will inspire you to create small spaces with big style.

We built our treehouse 10 years ago on our 100-acre property near a wee little town called Durham, in Ontario, Canada. Durham is so small, if you blink, you’ll miss it. With four kiddos and a sprawling countryside, a treehouse just made sense. We upcycled and recycled a friend’s 100-year-old barn (which had been damaged by a tornado). It inspired us to repurpose items, and use them in all kinds of new ways.

We love to give old things a new life. Years later, we added a cabin into the mix. The cabin is the sweet unsung hero of the Treehouse + Cabin Retreat. It’s located in the same forest alongside the treehouse and laTREEn (the little bathroom.) There’s an outhouse and a pool, too!

My husband Michael has terminal cancer, and throughout the years we have learned how important it is to design the live you want to live. Cancer has been a reminder to live every moment … in our home life, our travel life and our family life.

Originally, we tried to build our own treehouse, and it was a rickety disaster. We learned our lesson and hired a pro to build the treehouse that we have today. Our plans were simple: start with a treehouse platform in the trees, drink wine, eat popcorn, frame a basic outer structure, paint everything inside white (there’s no such thing as too much white), rake 436,493 pine needles and create a simply beautiful, relaxing space.

Like anything, not all went as planned, and I’m convinced we didn’t drink nearly enough wine. But we made it happen. It takes soooooo much work to make a magical treehouse + cabin retreat happen. And rules. And codes. And permits. GULP. We had to make a lot of changes over the years to dot all our i’s and cross all our t’s.

One of my fave rooms is the cabin loft bedroom. It’s peaceful, you can hear the birds singing and the rustle of the leaves in the trees. Oh, and hello, bed canopy. Swoon. And fireplace. And, I am reliably informed that the treehouse porch is the best one I’ve met, ever.

We were totally inspired by A Beautiful Mess DIY here and created this slat wood wall. When it was done, I believe I may have screamed. I definitely screamed.

We have lived here for 17 years. Strange, since I am only 27 years old (times two). We started with a house, barn, and 100 acres of weeds. After a lot of paint, sawdust and blisters, we built a pool within the reclaimed stone walls of an old burned down barn on our property. Next up was a treehouse. Followed by a cabin. Made with love.

Over the years, The Treehouse + Cabin Retreat has grown organically and is now a vacation rental over the summer months. We hope you come meet us over at the blog and download the free ABM printable we made! Come say hey on our Instagram, too.”

Thank you soooo much for sharing your dreamy spaces with us! We hope to stay there someday 🙂 And, if you’re curious about all of the gorgeous items inside their treehouse + cabin, you can shop them here. xo.

Credits // Author: Lynne Knowlton. Photography: Suech and Beck and Lynne Knowlton.

Sister Style: Top Five – A Beautiful Mess

Emma ChapmanEye patchesEmma of A Beautiful Mess Emma Chapman Oui Fresh dressEmma of A Beautiful MessThe other night I was hanging out with a few friends, and the conversation turned to what we would pick if we had to make a list of top five perfect albums. We ended up having quite the varied list, and it was so fun! Plus it reminded me of so much good music I haven’t taken the time to listen to in a while. So I thought it might be fun to share what I said, and hear what you think, Sister. The pressure is on!

Emma’s Top Five:
The Suburbs by Arcade Fire
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars by David Bowie
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
The Blue Album by Weezer
The Crane Wife by The Decemberists

You guys should try listing your top five in the comments—it’s really hard! If you get too stressed out, just add a few honorable mentions. 😉

Cute enamel pinsEmma Chapman Emma of A Beautiful Mess Boots and tightsEmma’s Wearing: Dress/Oui Fresh (sold out but we have other great stuff avail), Boots/ModCloth, Purse/Rebecca Minkoff (similar here), ‘E’ Charm c/o Fossil, Choker c/o Bauble Bar, Tights/Target (similar) + hat/Target, Jacket/Levi’s, Pins/Big Bud Press and Frank Norton, Eye patches/M&J Trimming. 

Take it away, Sister!

Elsie LarsonElsie Larson Elsie Larson Elsie Larson Elsie Larson OK, this is a fun idea, but it’s also REALLY tough. Jeremy and I are always talking about how Spotify (which we love and use daily) has kind of made us listen to full albums less and less. When we were growing up (in the 90s) and CDs were the thing, I would often buy a CD where I only knew one song, and in those days I feel like I really got to know albums in a deeper way. I miss those days of knowing every word of every song.

Thank God for Vinyl, because this is a great way to still listen to albums start to finish. So I’ll do a few of my most-listened-to vinyl.

Elsie’s Top Five:
Back To Black by Amy Winehouse
Fly By Wire by Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
FutureSex/LoveSounds by Justin Timberlake
Where Did Our Love Go by The Supremes
Nevermind by Nirvana

Elsie Larson Elsie Larson Elsie’s Wearing: Top/OuiFresh, Mom Jeans/Swedish Hasbeens, Bag/Madewell (similar here), Sunnies/ZeroUV, Banana Charm/Kate Spade (thanks, Claire!), Louise Clogs/Swedish Hasbeens. 

Can’t wait to hear some of your favorite albums as well! xx- Emma + Elsie

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

Haunted House Tour – A Beautiful Mess

Happy Halloween, everyone! We’re going to give you a little tour of our haunted house we created for our neighborhood to enjoy this year. If you live in Springfield, Missouri and want to walk through with your family, the house is located at 630 South Weller Street and will be open from around 5:30-9 p.m. or earlier if it seems like no one is coming through after awhile.

How does the haunted house work? You walk through the front door and exit through the back door. There are arrows on the floor throughout the house to guide you (not all of the house is open, like you cannot go upstairs). The house is a series of spooky vignettes. It was designed with young children in mind, but it still could be too scary for some (parents know their kids best so you can be the judge on that). It is NOT interactive, like nothing jumps out at you and please do not touch anything (this is for you and your family’s safety). Once you exit through the back door, there is a photo backdrop in the backyard you can take a photo at if you like. We also have candy for trick-or-treating as well as over 50 copies of Goosebumps books if your child is an age where they can enjoy that. Then you leave by the back gate. Please note no bathroom is available and strollers will not fit in the house. Also, hopefully this is obvious but just in case, this is FREE and not at all a commercial event. It’s just meant to be a fun childhood memory for our neighborhood, but anyone is welcome if you’re in the area.

Our haunted house this year is inspired by the Goosebumps book series. There are some nods to various books throughout, but you don’t have to be a Goosebumps fan to enjoy the house.

Here is the front living area, and what you will see when you walk through the front door. As you can see, people have moved out and now the space is haunted by ghosts and our Slappy-inspired dummy. You can kind of see this in the photo, but there are arrows on the ground that lead you around the furniture toward the dining room. But before you get there …

Peek through the arched doors to see some spooky cat eyes looking back at you! (Note: We took these tour photos during the day, but the house will be a little darker in the evening … of course.)

Then you can walk around the dining room table and see a skeleton family having a food fight! They are throwing carrots! And bagels! And cheese! The horror! (Imagine my voice like a Disney-spooky tour guide).

You can also kind of see the window faces I created from these photos. But at night you’ll really only be able to see these after you exit the backyard to leave.

As you leave the dining room you will enter the kitchen. In here there is a very tall, evil witch! And also tubes of Monster Blood behind her. Was it the witch’s magic or the Monster Blood that has brought some of the kitchen items to life?! We’ll never know. But there is now an evil sponge, dish soap, and paper towel floating nearby!

I have always loved crafting with googly-eyes, but this may be my crowning achievement. 🙂

As you exit the kitchen, you’ll find yourself in the back living room, which is now a giant spider’s den complete with past victims! You have to exit through a spider’s legs to leave, but before you do make sure to peek into the open bathroom that is located by the back door because …

There you will find these two skeletons in the bathroom.

We already shared what the Full Moon + Werewolf photo backdrop looks like in the backyard and if you’re coming IRL, be sure to say hi to Gary (Jeremy’s dad) on the back porch, who will be passing out candy and books. Hope you have a fun and safe Halloween! xo. Emma

Decor Details: Werewolf, Swamp Witch, Cat Eye Projector / The Home Depot, Skeletons + Bones / JOANN, Corner Ghosts / Target, lots of random stuff like spider webs, wall decals, and green slime was bought at Walmart. And the dummy is from eBay—I added a kid’s red bow tie and faux carnation.

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. Photography: Janae Hardy. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop. Project Assistance: Ethan Randolph. And thank you to all our friends and family who helped with the event!

Sister Style: Comfy Cozy – A Beautiful Mess

Emma ChapmanEmma Chapman SunflareSunflare portraitsSunflare photographyEmma Chapman I try to wear every single thing in my closet (see this post), but I have to admit that more often than not you will find me in the same two pairs of shoes—these Converse tennis shoes and the Vans I’m wearing in this post. Is it a coincidence that they are both flats? Probably not. 😉

Mainly I consider these two pairs of shoes my “work shoes” as I can wear them to do pretty much any work-related activity (sit at a desk, cook, craft, supply shop, photograph, etc.). I guess I’d have to also admit that I have some house slippers that might make it into the “work shoe” category now and again. Insert emoji of the monkey covering his face. Ha!

Cardigans and hatsLong cardigans and tennis shoesEmma of A Beautiful MessEmma’s Wearing: Jeans and cardigan/F21 (my grandma got me the cardigan for Christmas!), Purse/Rebecca Minkoff (similar), Shoes/Converse, Hat c/o Ruche. 

What about you, Sister? Any favorite items or pieces you wear over and over again?

Elsie LarsonElsie LarsonElsie LarsonElsie LarsonElsie Larson Elsie’s Wearing: Dress/Boohoo, Sunnies/Moorea Seal, Coat/Forever21 (similar), Boots/Seychelles. 

Elsie Larson For me, lately, easy dresses with tights are my go-to. I kind of hate wearing jeans right now, and when I get home, I IMMEDIATELY take them off. Haha! I’m not sure what it is, but I’m really in a dress phase. Mostly shift dresses or skater dresses, bonus points if they have some stretch like this one.

PS. OBSESSED with this color scheme right now!

xx- Emma + Elsie


Our Favorite Furniture Hacks – A Beautiful Mess

Do you remember our Project Restyle series from back in the day? Many of the posts were clothing related (like how to restyle a vintage top) and we even gave an old chandelier a shiny, new life. Lately, we’ve added a lot of furniture hacks to the mix, and wanted to share a roundup of our favorites with you today!

Can you believe this used to be a rectangular table? Most tulip tables are either smaller than the one above (or pricey), so Laura made her own with a little help from IKEA.

There was nothing wrong with this wooden bench, but it looks so much better with woven leather on the top—and more comfy to sit on.

If you have a piece of vintage furniture that needs a fresh coat of paint (but you don’t want to cover up its original character), follow this super easy tutorial.Grab your favorite fabric and a staple gun to give your bed frame a makeover (there’s a no-sew option in the post, too.)

Give your dresser a new look using an engineer print (of any photo) and decoupage away …

Having trouble finding the perfect TV console to fit the vibe of your living room? Use this hack to make a midcentury version.

A lot of readers commented that they wanted a kitchen that looked JUST like this kiddo version, and we can’t disagree. 🙂 Get the full tutorial here and customize it however you like (the really fun part!).

Customize a glass-top entryway table (or any table, really) using marbled contact paper.

Mandi needed a solution for toy storage and other items in her living room, so she put this amazing credenza together using wall cabinets.

Add some color to inside and outside of your dresser drawers using fabric.

The most dramatic (and amazing) hack on our list? Mandi’s built-in bookshelves made out of these.

Add some extra greenery to your space with a faux plant coffee table. Here are some of our favorite fake plants that look like the real thing.

The easiest way to make give a plain dresser a makeover (seriously, anyone can do this one and it look sooo good!). Here’s another option that only requires a few steps, and it’s midcentury-inspired.

We’re pretty sure you won’t find a bar cart that looks like this anywhere else. Another IKEA hack for the win. 😉

Happy restyling! – The ABM Team.

Sister Style: When I Grow Up

Ombre hair color Clear glitter glassesEmma Chapman The Babe with the Power teeEmma Chapman I guess maybe it’s the glasses I’m wearing in these photos, but I started thinking about how when I was a kid, I had a phase where I really wanted to be a librarian when I grew up. I know a lot of people had tons of different occupations they thought about being when they were kids, but I really probably only had two or three. But librarian was one of them. I actually had a really hard time reading in school at first. I struggled and thankfully had some pretty great teachers along the way. Not to mention a very patient mom who worked with me at home as well. But once it all finally clicked, I found that I LOVED reading. Around that time is when the first Harry Potter book came out, and I was hooked from then on out. (HP forever!)

Other than loving to read, I also just loved how quiet libraries were. I’ve always been a bit of an introvert, and I think libraries are about the closest to being alone you can be in public. 🙂 I also love putting things in order, so having to file books away all day sounded pretty great to me.

It’s kind of fun thinking about what you wanted to be as a kid. I don’t have any regrets about not becoming a librarian, but if my path had gone that way, I still think it sounds pretty cool.

ABM for BonLook glassesOmbre hair color
Emma ChapmanEmma’s Wearing: The Babe with the Power tee/Oui Fresh, Glasses/ABM for BonLook, Skirt/F21, Coat/SheIn, Purse/Zara (similar), Tights/Nasty Gal (similar here), Boots/ModCloth. 

Elsie, what did you want to be as a kid? I’m guessing some kind of artist?

ElsieElsie’s Wearing: Dress/Dillard’s (similar here and here), Sunnies/Crap Eyewear, Bag/Madewell, Tights/ASOS (sold out, but here’s another pair), Clogs/Swedish Hasbeens. 

Elsie Elsie Elsie Elsie Haha, you’re not wrong, sister.

I did dream of being an artist when I was growing up. And a fashion designer. And I wanted to own my own daycare. And I spent weeks drawing out my own theme park after I found out about Disney World. Haha. I was, and am, and always will be a MIND CHANGER. Recently I learned about my enneagram type. I’m a 7, which is “The Enthusiast”. It says I am “spontaneous, versatile, distractible and scattered”… and that could not be more true. If you’re curious what you are, you can take a test here.

xx -Elsie

Before + After Video Home Tour!

Four years ago, we purchased our 1970s fixer-upper and began a several-years-long renovation. I learned SO much during this renovation—it was the learning experience of a lifetime. It was my first very large renovation. It took longer and cost more than I expected (as almost all renovations do). What I wasn’t expecting, though, was how much I truly enjoyed the entire process. Once I realized we were finally done, I was missing the process almost instantly and wishing I could back and do certain rooms more slowly.

Anyway! Here is a before/after tour of all our living spaces! I hope you enjoy seeing the transformations (keep in mind the before and after videos are FOUR YEARS apart). Oh! And by the way, I say, “This is my favorite room in the whole house” in two different rooms of this video—haha. Forgive me.

Entry Sources: Sources: Paper/Sisters Of The Sun by Juju Papers, Table/Modern Buffet by West Elm (should I swap out the hardware or leave it?), Bench/Transit Bench by Gus Modern, Rug/Anthropologie (old), Pink Paint/Baby Blush by Valspar.

Den Sources: Sofa/Article, Yellow Car Print/Arielle Vey, Gold Hexagon Hardware/Schoolhouse Electric, Hand Chair/Wayfair (similar), two white poufs, the shroom coffee table, Lighting/Lucent Lightshop, Curtains/Anthropologie, I got the area rug on sale from Anthropologie (years back) but here’s a similar style.

Record table sources: Console Table/West Elm, Palm Tree Print by Moonlight Magpie on Etsy, U-Turn Audio/Orbit Basic Turntable, Speakers/Audioengine. I did a post about our record player set up here.

DIY links: Read about how we paint brick and stone here. Read about our projector set up here. If you’re curious about our DIY shiplap wall, read here. Here’s a link to when The Home Edit organized our kitchen (a bunch of the setup they created is still going strong!).

Kitchen Sources: Faucet/Delta, Gold Hardware/Rejuvenation, Chandelier/Lucent Lightshop, Above the sink fixture/Cedar & Moss, Quartz Counter/Stone World, Hanging Planter/Amazon, Espresso Machine/Breville.

DIY links: Paint pen organization DIY here. I shared all about our recolored appliances here.

Breakfast Nook Sources: Table/Amazon, Chandelier/Lucent Lightshop, Dining Chairs/Wayfair.

DIY links: Gallery wall with gold hardware frames. Here’s a post about my rainbow glassware collection.

Dining Room Sources: Wallpaper/Juju Papers, Chandelier/Shop Candelabra, Rug/Marrakesh Shag Rug from Rugs USA, Mirror/Rejuvenation, White Chairs/Amazon, Teak Wood Chair/Lulu & Georgia, Table/DIY (I have painted it since then, but it’s the same table going strong since 2012!), Macrame/The Northern Needle, Wine Cabinet/DIY (we didn’t write a tutorial for it, but just so you know where it came from), Wood Console/West Elm.

Sunroom Sources: Chairs/Wayfair, Coffee Table/Amazon, Outdoor Rug/Target, Spun Brass Planters, Tiered Planter, Brass lights/Schoolhouse Electric. If you want to learn more about painting brick, see here.

Living Room Sources: Sven Charme Tan Sofa from Article, Coffee Table/Anthropologie (it sold out shortly after I bought it), Mirror/CB2, Rug/Wayfair—they also sell it here.

DIY sources: Here’s a post about my rainbow bookshelves, our paneled ceiling DIY and our color washed floors.

Thank you so much for your love and support surrounding our renovations and home projects. If I’ve learned anything from this home, it’s that the process is just as magical as the end result and that I want a lot more renovation projects in my future! xx- Elsie

Sister Style: Keepers – A Beautiful Mess

Sister Style Elsie LarsonI’ve been thinking a lot lately about these past ten years—blogging, friendships, relationships, trends, all of it. I like looking back and seeing the looping trends. It’s kind of funny. I also love being embarrassed by my younger self. And every once in a while, even inspired to pick something back up that I’d forgotten about—like my daily photography challenges back in the days of Flickr.

I feel like I am finally at an age where I really know myself. I know my style. I can predict how I’ll feel in a couple years, rather than jumping from extreme to extreme. Not that I’m not still open to change, but I think that my sense of self is MUCH stronger in my thirties than it was in my twenties. I know what I love. I’ve found my keepers.

There’s a lot in that category including music I love, hobbies that are FOREVER (including my roller skating grandma goals) and a style that I can really put my name on.

And fashion is a huge thing. This past year I FINALLY understand how to shop smarter and hunt for clothes I will wear over and over. A big part of it was this life changing book and the rest was just putting in more effort to try things on, return/return/return, and be much more picky about what I add to my closet.

Anyway! I am rambling, aren’t I? This dress/tights/clogs combo is one of my main uniforms that I wear probably five times a week! The best part is, it’s EASY, because I like to be able to get out the door within 20 minutes. No time to waste trying on 10 different pants and top combinations. Haha!

Sister Style Elsie Larson Sister Style Elsie Larson Sister Style Elsie Larson Sister Style Elsie Larson Sister Style Elsie Larson Sister Style Elsie Larson Sister Style Elsie Larson Sister Style Elsie Larson Elsie’s Wearing: Dress/Oui Fresh, Tights/ASOS (sold out, but here’s another pair), Clogs/Swedish Hasbeens, Necklace/Madewell (similar). 

Your turn, sister!

Emma ChapmanLeopard dress and black leggingsABM for BonLook glassesLeopard dress Leopard dressSpeaking of being in your 30s, so I recently turned 31. And I think maybe there should be something you get when you turn 31—I mean, when you turn 21 (in the US, where I live), you are finally allowed to buy and drink alcohol. But you turn 31 and NOTHING happens. Can we all put our heads together and come up with something for this? K, thanks.

But yeah, I certainly have my go-to fashion (and other life stuff) staples. I still love to try new things, learn to do new things, and generally don’t ever want to close myself off as I age. But, that being said, I do feel a lot more confident now than I did at 21. And when it comes to fashion, I certainly feel like I know more what looks good on me and what I will love over time.

For example, I think I’m always going to be a big fan of metallics (bet you thought I was going to say black clothes there, well, you’d be right about that too). The purse I’m wearing here I had with me when I walked in to meet my parents for a birthday dinner recently at a favorite restaurant of mine. My dad immediately says something about how my purse reminds him of my great Aunt Ina. She’s currently in her 90s, and as long as I can remember, she too has been rocking the metallic purses, shoes, etc. I think I’m on the same path. Turns out, Aunt Ina knows what’s up.


Emma Chapman Leopard dress and black leggings Emma’s Wearing: Dress/F21 (similar), Leggings + shoes/H&M (similar shoes here), Vest/I.N. San Fransisco (similar), Glasses/ABM for BonLook Jack & Norma frames, “E” charm c/o Fossil, and Purse/Rebecca Minkoff (similar here).

Do you guys have colors, styles, or other things you KNOW you’re gonna love for years to come? We wanna hear what you have fallen for this decade. xo. Elsie + Emma

Credits // Author: Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman. Photography: Amber Ulmer and Janae Hardy. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.