Amazing kitchen!At Home with Alayna PowellToday we are welcoming Alayna Powell to the blog as she shares her lovely home with us!

Living room"I moved into my 115 year old house almost two years ago. I live in a small midwest town that doesn't have too many older homes, so my search for the perfect old-charm house was pretty narrow. I picked this home because I saw so much potential the moment I walked into the door. It had been on the market for a very long time, and I think most people thought that taking on a big project home like this would be too daunting. Luckily for me, I got to polish up this diamond in the rough. All it took was a little bit of elbow grease, imagination, and a whole lot of love. 

Decor detailsDavenport couch"My yellow mid-century davenport couch is a hand-me-down that my best friend bought years ago when we lived together. It's so unbelievably comfortable, and people are often surprised by how comfy it is! Lots of naps and cuddles with my dog Elvis have been shared on this couch. In the living room and dining room, I painted the walls a soft grey that I fell in love with in Flea Market Style magazine, and I painted all the trim a bright white for a clean, modern change. 

Statement wallCute bedroomVanityBedroom"My favorite space in my home is my bedroom. It's the tiniest bedroom in the house out of four bedrooms. I picked it for my room because the closet is underneath the stairs, and I loved the little Harry Potter reference. It just makes me happy! I wanted it to be as girly and French as possible, so I painted a candy-striped accent wall, and then filled it with all of my favorite colors and girly things like my pink vintage radio and pink chenille bedspread. My pillowcases were made by my best friend from fabric I found while antiquing with my dad in Michigan last summer. It's just my happy place!

Cute shelf"The best part about small-town living is that there are so many surrounding small towns, each brimming with antique stores and thrift shops with so many treasures that I sometimes have to put things back and hope they are still there next time! Note to self: my next vehicle has to be a flatbed truck! 

Kitchen shelvesAlayna Powell"My favorite selling point on the house was the kitchen! It's a southern-facing kitchen, so it gets full sunshine all day long. I tore down the cabinets to expose the shelving on one side and painted it mint green. It took me nine hours, including washing and repainting the ceiling, but now it's so bright and cheery! I love my jadeite salt and pepper shakers that I bought in Atlanta during my family's annual Christmas antique scavenger hunt. I've wanted jadeite salt and pepper shakers forever. They are often very expensive and hard to find. When I saw them during our hunt for only $15, I knew I had to get them!"

Thanks so much for sharing your space with us! You can find more of Alayna on Instagram

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Credits// Author and Photography: Alayna Powell

Make an abstract curtaib panel to add some fun to any room. Get the fulltutorial on www.aBeautifulMess.comWith so many fun abstract patterns making the Internet rounds right now, I knew I needed to try my hand at it, too. I painted this curtain panel for my daughter's room, so I went with bright, cheerful colors in simple shapes. This window is rather narrow compared to the rest of her room, so I only needed one panel to cover it, but I'm considering making another set for my studio using pastels. It only took an afternoon and instantly lifted the excitement factor on this side of her room! 

Abstract Painted Curtain DIYWorking on a project where you need to fill so much blank space and do it evenly can feel a little daunting, but that's half the fun of an abstract style. It's not supposed to be precise. There's a little wiggle room for things being less than centered or slightly inconsistent. The big takeaway I got from this is to work in layers and not be afraid to add more color or more pattern if it's just not quite doing what you want it to.

Sometimes I'm halfway through a project and it's all feeling off. Then I just push through a little longer and suddenly it all comes together. This was one of those. If you're feeling really unsure, test out your pattern on a scrap of fabric first before committing to a curtain panel and make any adjustments necessary.

- 100% cotton curtain panel (or use cotton yardage and hem the sides and top like I did)
- inexpensive shower curtain liner to protect your work surface from paint bleeding through
- fabric paint in your favorite colors: These were Tulip brand, but I also added in a few other colors as I went that were regular acrylic paints. 
- paint brushes with varying widths and stiffnesses for more control over your brush strokes
- washi tape to keep your shower curtain attached cutely to your floor

StepOnePlace your plastic curtain liner on the ground or table and tape the corners and edges down to keep it from moving while you paint. Then lay your curtain or cotton yardage on top of it. I chose to work with one color at a time and did a base pattern all over before adding the next color and layer. I tried working in one square foot section at a time, but then it wasn't quite looking as uniform as I wanted, so I went back to the method of one layer at a time all over. 

Let it dry for 24 hours before moving itIf you want to layer two colors, be sure to let the bottom layer dry before painting over it. Then follow the directions for dry time before moving your panel as you don't want all of that hard work to get smeared! If you're sewing your own panel, hem your edges according to the length of your window. Then attach your panel to your rod. 

Abstract and Fun Curtain Panel DIYDetailMake an abstract curtaib panel to add some fun to any room. Get the fulltutorial on www.aBeautifulMess.comMake two at the same time for a larger window and to keep your pattern consistent. You could easily do something similar with only a few colors as well. It's such a fun way to get a custom look and add tons of color and pattern to your space! -Rachel

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

So cute! copper pipe side table DIY (click through for tutorial)     I'm of the opinion that you can never have too many side tables. They can be put next to couches to hold flowers and coffee mugs, act as bedside tables or a nightstand, or even be used as plant stands to liven up a dull wall. We love incorporating copper pipe into projects here at the blog, and I thought it would be a fun challenge to come up with a side table DIY that would really show off the beautiful color of the pipes. Since I already figured out all the dimensions for you, all you have to do is grab an inexpensive pipe cutter and a ruler and get to cutting!

So cute! copper pipe side table DIY (click through for tutorial)Supplies:
-20 feet of 1/2" copper pipe
-1/2" pipe strap (x4)
-1/2" copper caps (x8)
-1/2" copper tee fittings (x14)
-pipe cutter
-12" wide wood board cut to 12" x 11.25" (x2)
-super glue or epoxy glue 

So cute! copper pipe side table DIY (click through for tutorial) If you haven't used a pipe cutter before, it's pretty simple, but you can check out this video for a step by step explanation.

So cute! copper pipe side table DIY (click through for tutorial)          OK, so I basically made you a parts list of all the parts you'll need. Letters A-E are all the pipe sizes (and the quantity of those sizes) that you'll need, and F-H are the caps, tee fittings and pipe straps that you'll need as well (they are also linked in the supply list). I would grab your pipe cutter and pipes and sit down in front of a movie or TV show to make the tedious cutting a little more enjoyable. It's not hard, just a little boring. ;)

So cute! copper pipe side table DIY (click through for tutorial)Now that you have all your pipes cut, you'll want to assemble the bottom of your stand. Just follow along with the diagram above and remember that everything on the left side is the same on the right. So, if you see a B part indicated on the right, it will also be a B part in that same spot on the left as well.

So cute! copper pipe side table DIY (click through for tutorial)        Once you have the bottom together, build the top half of your plant stand in the same manner. The only part not listed in the parts list are four pieces of pipe that I ended up cutting to be 1" long so I could attach the finishing caps (H) into the tops of the four corner (G) pieces. Without the pipe pieces, H and G don't fit together since they are the exact same diameter. So the inch of pipe helps them connect.

So cute! copper pipe side table DIY (click through for tutorial)   Now, you can either use a dab of super glue to secure the pipe pieces together each time you connect them, or you can assemble it all first and then go back and glue them together once you know they all are the right length (that's what I would suggest, just in case one of your cuts is off).

So cute! copper pipe side table DIY (click through for tutorial)   Stain or paint your two wood pieces and use your H straps to secure the wood to the pipe on the underside of each board. Now you're ready to decorate with your new side table!

So cute! copper pipe side table DIY (click through for tutorial)        So cute! copper pipe side table DIY (click through for tutorial)        So cute! copper pipe side table DIY (click through for tutorial)        This is actually the first side table I've made/bought with two tiers and I really like the look of the double space. (It's also nice for styling purposes since it holds more things.) I think it came out pretty professional looking if you ask me, and I love DIYs that people will be shocked to hear you actually made. Think you'll give this one a try? xo. Laura

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

ABM x DOMINO MagazineYou, guys. Emma and I are so happy to share that we're in the current issue of Domino sharing a few things that make us happy! Pick up a copy and find us there. We're so thrilled to be collaborating with one of our favorite magazines, and we'll be working with them more in the future too. #yay

ABM x DOMINO Magazine Thanks so much for your continual support and encouragement. With so many new home projects on our horizon, we're excited to dive deeper into the home decor category. We're basically dreaming of subway tile every night, let's just put it that way. This is so much fun! 

xx. Elsie + Em 

3 twists on the Moscow Mule via A Beautiful MessIt's no secret that one of our favorite cocktails is the Moscow Mule. With only three ingredients, it's super easy to make and has become our go-to party cocktail. 

Today we're teaming up with Hangar 1 Vodka on this post, which is kind of perfect because it's definitely a go-to vodka for me. Aside from being tasty, it's just a very, very pretty bottle. :) Anyway, here are three flavorful twists on the classic Moscow Mule recipe! (Spoiler—they're delicious!!) 

Smashed Cherry Mule recipeFirst up—the Smashed Cherry Mule. I'll take any excuse to buy fresh cherries this time of year. This drink is both flavored and colored with beautiful, bright red cherries. It's super refreshing! 

Smashed Cherry Mule recipe Smashed Cherry Mule, serves one. 

2 ounces Hangar 1 Straight Vodka
4 fresh cherries
ginger beer

In the bottom of your cup, muddle four cherries (cut in half, seeds removed) with the juice of half a lime. Add vodka, ice and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a lime slice and a fresh cherry. 

Smashed Cherry Mule recipe  SO good! I love eating the cherries when the drink is gone. 

Frozen Mule RecipeNext up, the Frozen Mule. His appearance is a little modest, but don't be fooled—this drink is legit! The blending step takes away the carbonation, making it a unique slushy consistency. You have to try it. 

Frozen Mule Recipe Frozen Mule, serves one. 

2 ounces Hangar 1 Straight Vodka
ginger beer

Blend together two ounces vodka, a can of ginger beer, juice of half a lime and a few handfuls of ice to make this super yummy treat! Garnish with a lime slice and a bit of fresh mint. 

Garden Mule recipeAnd last, but not least, the Garden Party Mule. I have talked before about the importance of scents with cocktails. The rosemary and cucumber do add a mild flavor to the drink, but even more so, they create an awesome fresh scent that captures all the senses as you enjoy your drink. Bonus points for edible flowers. It really looks like a garden party in there, right?! 

Garden Mule recipe Garden Party Mule, serves one. 

2 ounces Hangar 1 Straight Vodka
ginger beer
edible flowers (optional)

First, make a traditional Moscow Mule by combining two ounces vodka with ginger beer on ice. Squeeze juice of half a lime. Next, add fresh herbal elements for garnish, taste and scent! 

3 twists on the Moscow Mule via A Beautiful Mess There are infinite flavor combinations that you can try! If you love citrus, make a Blood Orange Mule. If you like berries, make a Mixed Berry Mule. Use whatever you have on hand to add fresh flavors to your simple cocktails this summer! xx. Elsie 

Credits// Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions


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