Schoolhouse 1Hey friends! For this week's 10 Things I Love I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite picks from one of my longtime favorite companies, Schoolhouse Electric.

I'm not gonna lie, my mind has been mostly on home stuff 24/7 lately. With our move coming up soon I may have spent a little (read- a lot) of time peeping cute home decor. It's my current obsession! I spent all of last week staying at Laura's house and there was so much Scandal and so much house talk. :)

1. This watering can. It's just plain silly how much I love this! 2. A buffalo plaid bench? Yes. Yes. Yes. I want to take a photo with Jeremy wearing all plaid on this bench. haha! 

Schoolhouse 23. Just ordered some of these for our kitchen. I will never admit how much time I spent looking at brass hardware (too much). Hexagons, though? So good. 4. Such a cutie

Schoolhouse 35. This blanket, of course it's on my list. Maybe cute for Jeremy's new studio? 6. LOVE these sconces. Thinking about them for our sunroom. 

Schoolhouse 47. This is the fixture seen in the Habitat House dining room. Schoolhouse Electric was one of the generous companies who donated to the project. That was my favorite room, I think! 8. This concrete tape dispenser. Such a cute detail. 

Schoolhouse 59. I have a lifelong love for cafeteria trays. So nostalgic for me. 10. This bag is pretty great. I'm realizing that orange is a real love-it-or-hate-it color. I love it. 

See more cute Schoolhouse Electric stuff here. Their style is basically the inspiration for Jeremy's new studio (which is coming along VERY nicely- I can't wait to share more). 

Thanks for reading guys. I hope your Sunday is real chill. We're getting ready to start boxing up our house this week (AUGH!) so I wouldn't describe myself as chill right now, but I'm doing my best. Haha! Sending love- Elsie 

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ABM Habitat House video (before + after)Happy Friday, everyone! We wanted to share with you one final look at our Habitat for Humanity project house via video. Jeremy and I filmed at the beginning and end of this project so you'll get to see the rooms transform one by one throughout the video. It's sort of awesome to see. And, like I say at the end of the video, YOU are really the reason a home was renovated and donated this year. So thank you for reading and for supporting A Beautiful Mess. xo. Elsie

Credits // Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Janae Hardy. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions. Video and music: Jeremy Larson. 

Fried Green Tomato Salad (via, man. If you've never had fried green tomatoes before, you haven't lived yet. I know, such a dramatic statement! But seriously, they are just too good. My dad is an avid gardener, assisted by my mom of course. So this time of year he's got all sorts of delicious things growing in his backyard. I had a hankering for fried green tomatoes, so I emailed him to see if he still had any left (I was afraid they may have all turned red by now). He texted me that day, and after I got off work, I found myself walking down the rows of his tomato plants with my mom, filling our grocery store plastic bags full of green tomatoes, red tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and a few cucumbers. I mean, I was already there after all. 

I might be giving it away from this story that I'm not much of a phone talker. Why would I email my dad and he text me back? I can't say I have an easy answer for this. I just don't like talking on the phone all that much—random fact about me.

Fried Green Tomato Salad (via This is very similar to a caprese salad in that it features tomatoes and fresh mozzarella as the main event. Yum! But instead of a balsamic reduction, we're gonna use some pesto...just makes this salad feel all the more fresh and summer-appropriate. 

As with any deep frying event, this takes a little work, but is SO worth it. Honestly, it's probably a good thing that deep frying takes a little more effort otherwise I would be tempted to cook this way too often. :)

How to make fried green tomatoesFried Green Tomato Salad, serves 2 as a meal or 3-4 as a starter. 

2-3 green tomatoes (or 4 if yours are on the small side)
1/4 cup flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup bread crumbs (I used Panko)
oil for frying, you'll need enough to fill your pan so the tomatoes can be fully submerged
pesto (store bought, or you can make your own)
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
fresh mozzarella (I like the kind that is sold in a large ball so I can slice it thick!)
lettuce or spinach for the salad

Slice up the green tomatoes so they are about 1/4 inch thick, discarding the tops. Set up your breading station by setting out three bowls or plates with a lip. You need one bowl for the flour, one for the eggs (whisk them together), and one for the bread crumbs. Now dip the tomatoes so they get fully covered in each bowl in this order: flour, egg and breadcrumbs. Set on a plate. Once you have them all breaded, pop them in the freezer for 6-10 minutes. You can prep your salad greens, make your pesto, and heat up your oil during this time.

How to make fried green tomatoes In a heavy duty pot or dutch oven, heat the oil until it's around 350°F. I like to use a candy thermometer when frying, but it's not completely necessary. Have a plate lined with paper towels ready at the side. Once the oil is hot, use kitchen tongs to add 2-3 breaded tomato slices at a time to the pot (depending on how big your pot is). Cook for 20-30 seconds on each side. Remove to your paper towels once they look golden brown.

If your pesto is super thick, use 1-2 tablespoons olive oil to thin it until it can be easily drizzled or poured over your salad. 

Fried Green Tomato Salad (via  On a bed of lettuce or spinach, layer the fried green tomatoes with the sliced mozzarella and top with your pesto dressing. I like to enjoy this while the tomatoes are still warm. Enjoy! xo. Emma

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


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