Seeded Cinnamon Rolls (via abeautifulmess.com)  Normally cinnamon rolls are something I'd make in the autumn or winter months. Here in southern Missouri, where I live, the temperatures have been in the 80s or even low 90s during the peak hours of the day for the past week. We also have this thing called humidity that basically makes everyone's hair look as good as it possibly can and ensures that no matter how far you need to drive, you will arrive with some amount of back and underarm sweat even if you crank your air conditioning to the max. 

So, it's summertime in the Ozarks. :) 

And for some reason, amid this heat, I decided to turn on my oven and bake cinnamon rolls. I really have no other defense than to simply say, I love cinnamon rolls. No matter the season, the weather, the circumstances, I will always love cinnamon rolls. 

Seeded Cinnamon Rolls (via abeautifulmess.com)    Seeded Cinnamon Rolls (via abeautifulmess.com)But does the world even need another cinnamon roll recipe? Idk, guys. On a cynical day, I'd probably say, well there's nothing new under the (currently hot) sun, so why not spin my wheels at something that's probably overdone anyway. (Oh yes, I have negative nancy days sometimes.)

But on a day when I'm not feeling overly cynical of anything and everything I do, I tend to think, YOU CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH CINNAMON ROLL RECIPES!!!!!! :) :) :)

Mood swing much? Yes, yes, I do. (Insert emoji face that has a straight line for its mouth.)

Here's what's fun about these: a few flavorful seeds make these just a little different and a lot of fun. I especially recommend you don't skip the caraway or anise seeds. The caraway kind of adds a slightly savory element to these cinnamon rolls while the anise seeds almost taste like black licorice to me (but it doesn't take over the whole dish, just adds a little interesting flavor note). 

Best cinnamon roll dough recipeSeeded Cinnamon Rolls, makes a dozen

For the dough:
1/2 cup butter
1 cup whole milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour

For the filling and glaze:
1/3 cup butter, very soft
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons whole milk
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
1 teaspoon anise seeds
2 teaspoons sesame seeds
2 teaspoons poppy seeds

In a small pot, melt the 1/2 cup butter with the 1 cup whole milk. Whisk in the sugar until dissolved. Remove from heat and sprinkle the yeast over the top. Allow that to sit for 8 to 10 minutes. The yeast should appear to foam some on the surface as the mixture cools. 

In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, egg, and egg yolk. Pour the milk-yeast mixture into the bowl and stir until a dough ball forms. On a floured surface, knead the dough for 2-3 minutes. Place back in the bowl and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Allow to rise in a warm spot for 1 hour or until doubled in size. 

Best cinnamon roll recipeIn a small bowl, combine the seeds. Set aside until needed.

Once the dough has risen, punch down and turn out onto a floured surface. Roll into a large rectangle. Smear the softened butter all over the rectangle. Sprinkle on the brown sugar, cinnamon, and 1/3 of the seeds mixture. Roll up into a long cylinder. Cut in about 12 cinnamon rolls (if you cut slightly more or less that's OK too). Place in a buttered 9x13 inch baking pan or a larger casserole pan. 

Bake at 350°F for 35-38 minutes until the edges of the rolls begin to turn golden brown. 

Seeded Cinnamon Rolls Cinnamon rolls recipeAllow to cool in the pan for a few minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium size mixing bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract. 

Turn the cinnamon rolls out onto a cooling rack. Drizzle in the glaze and top with the remaining seeds. 

Seeded Cinnamon Rolls (via abeautifulmess.com) These are best served with a glass of cold milk or a cup of coffee. I mean, they're cinnamon rolls. :) xx. Emma

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

Eureka Springs AR   Eureka Springs AR      OscarsEureka Springs AR  Gift shopEureka Springs AR Eureka Springs AR Happy weekend, everyone! Just wanted to share a few photos from my and Trey's short anniversary trip last weekend. Remember my 5 places I want to go in 2016 post? Well, we've now made it to two of the five spots. :) 

I really wanted to take a trip to Eureka Springs, AR this year in part because it's so close by. I love traveling and I have been lucky enough to see some beautiful places all over the world so far in my life. But I also want to make time to appreciate the things that are close by! I think it's easy to see a beautiful photo of some far off place and think, "Oh, I've got to go there!" but forget that there are probably some really beautiful things in your own backyard. And that's exactly how I feel about northwest Arkansas – it's a truly BEAUTIFUL part of the world that I'd love to spend more time in (maybe go camping or floating next time!). 

For most of the trip, we were in Eureka Springs, which is a small but really cute town. Trey said it kind of felt like a mini Ozark version of San Francisco, and I kind of agree. It's pretty small but very charming. I think we picked a great time of year to visit since it's starting to get hot, but in the morning and evening it feels great, and everything is super green and alive. :)

Crystal bridges Crystal bridges AR Art Outdoor exhibit Silver tree FLW houseThe Crystal Bridges art museum is not too far, in Bentonville. I kept hearing from all my Springfield friends who've gone that it's a shockingly good art museum considering it's tucked away in northwest Arkansas. And I have to agree. We walked around to all the exhibits, but I think our favorite was touring a Frank Lloyd Wright house that they moved to the museum grounds. Love how cute and functional his homes were/are – so inspiring!

Inside the treehouse Treehouse Treehouse back porch Treehouse  Treehouse We stayed in one of the Treehouse Cottages in the historic part of Eureka Springs. It was really cute, and we both loved how it felt completely secluded but you could still get to everything in town within minutes. It felt like we were way out by ourselves when we were at the treehouse, but one night we walked to a nearby bar to grab a drink – that's how close we actually were to town. 

Overall I thought this was the perfect little spot for a weekend anniversary trip. We loved it, and we'll for sure be back someday. Thanks for letting me share! xx. Emma

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

Mid Century Trellis DIY! (click through for tutorial)           Have you ever had a house with a carport? I've lived in so many different houses over the course of my life, but this is actually the first time I've had a house with a carport. The upside about ours is that during the warm months, I can use the shade of the carport as a work area for outdoor projects, but the downside is that the carport is located directly next to our backyard patio area. I have to say that from the start, it was one of my least favorite things about the house. I mean, who wants to be having a beautiful backyard Saturday brunch four feet from their automobiles? Not exactly the backyard ambience I was going for...

I thought about building a wall where the carport and deck meet up, but our house backs up against some woods, and my husband loves the panoramic view of the trees from the porch. So he nixed that idea pretty quickly. The next best idea was some sort of trellis that would create the feeling of a barrier without blocking the view of the trees on that side of the yard. I actually found a clipping from a mid century magazine that had this pattern for the same type of situation. So I knew it would be perfect for the spot and fit with our mid century theme. HOORAY!

Mid Century Trellis DIY! (click through for tutorial)           Mid Century Trellis DIY! (click through for tutorial)                 There were already existing hooks hanging down across the roofline (probably had hanging planters there before), and I figured I could build a trellis panel that could hang down from those hooks and bury the bottom of the trellis into the ground below for extra security (so not all the weight would be hanging from the hooks above). I used Photoshop to make a mockup of the pattern I wanted to make sure the dimensions were right, and once I had my pattern, I was ready to start building!

Mid Century Trellis DIY! (click through for tutorial)           I knew I would need two 14" and two 11.25" length boards to make each square, and the pieces that connected the squares would be 6" long. I used my pattern to determine how many of each board I would need, and then I used my chop saw to cut all the pieces from 2"x 2" x 8' outdoor treated boards. When cutting a lot of the same length board, it's helpful to use the same original piece over and over again to measure each cut so that the boards don't get slightly bigger and bigger or smaller and smaller each time. 

Mid Century Trellis DIY! (click through for tutorial)           As I cut the pieces, I laid them out in the carport so I could make sure the sizing was right and I was cutting all the pieces I needed.

Mid Century Trellis DIY! (click through for tutorial)           Once the whole thing was filled in, I put long boards across the top and down the sides and cut them to fit the right width and height for the opening.

Mid Century Trellis DIY! (click through for tutorial)
Now that all the pieces were there and my pattern was complete, I used a nail gun to put together each square first and then attached them together with all the 6" connecting pieces. I ended up also putting in a long wood screw in almost every place I put a nail as well, so if you don't have a nail gun, I actually think a drill and wood screws will work fine (although nailing them first is helpful to keep the whole thing together while you put the screws in).

Once the trellis was assembled, I put heavy-duty screw eye hooks on the top bar of the trellis (in the same location of the hooks that were already installed in the roofline) and dug down into the planter directly under the roofline so that we could bury the bottom of the trellis into the ground when we installed it. Now it was time to put it up!

While the trellis wasn't necessarily that heavy for something so large, it was very delicate. So trying to just pick it up seemed impossible without harming it. I decided that the best way to go would be to clamp five long boards across the trellis so that it would have some support when lifted from the sides. Once we could lift it up vertically, we carefully walked it over to the porch, set it down into the trench we had dug out, and hung it onto the hooks that hung from above. You can bet we did a major happy dance that it didn't break in the process! We probably should have had more people helping us to make sure it was adequately supported, but we were so excited we couldn't wait! Patience is not my strong suit... 

Mid Century Trellis DIY! (click through for tutorial)           Now that the trellis was installed, it was time to paint the wood with exterior paint (a small thin roller worked best for all the crevices) and fill all the joints with an outdoor caulk. Filling all the joints is a bit of a pain, but it really made a big difference in having the trellis look like one unit rather than a ton of small pieces, and it will help weatherize the trellis so it will last longer.

Mid Century Trellis DIY! (click through for tutorial)           Once all the painting and filling was complete, I planted some fan palms and a Peruvian cactus in the planter bed and sat back on the porch to take it all in! The cactus will have to come inside when it gets cold, but the fan palms should be able to live through the winter here in Tennessee...

Mid Century Trellis DIY! (click through for tutorial)           Mid Century Trellis DIY! (click through for tutorial)           I LOVE how this trellis came out! It was definitely quite a bit of work with such an intricate design, but the final product is so worth it! It's great to feel like we have a bit of separation from the cars now and we could even train vines to grow up the trellis if we wanted more privacy too. So glad this project turned out so well! On to the next one! xo. Laura

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

The Home EditGetting really organized isn't as simple as just cleaning up. And when you see these awesome shelves and pantries and closets on Pinterest, they all have one thing in common – matching containers and the feeling that EVERYTHING has a spot. I've forever been intimidated about buying organizational items because 1. It's kind of expensive, and 2. I don't really know what I need.
 
Today Clea and Joanna from The Home Edit are here to help us get past that phase with their advice for creative places to shop to get the best stuff and save some money along the way! 
 
Here are six places that professional organizers shop, straight from the source! 
 
 
We wander these aisles EVERY day. So we thought we would save you some of the wandering and point you in the right direction!
 
1. We LOVE adding glass jars to just about anything. Whether it's to store food in a pantry or cotton balls on the bathroom counter, it gives a luxe look for very little money. Look for glass cracker jarshermetic glass jars, or our favorite all-purpose glass canisters
 
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 2. One of our favorite go-to tricks is to add drawer dividers to virtually every drawer. Whether it's for one of our a closets, dressers, kitchen, or bathroom, it's an easy and low cost way to organize your space. You can go with white dividers or clear, and for deep drawers, there are larger options available.  
 
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 3. Finding a multi-functional storage bin that's also chic is not the easiest task. So when we found the white Nordic Basket with bamboo lids, we were pretty excited. It's so versatile that we've used it in everything from a home office with open shelving to laundry rooms to pantries. 
 
Utility Nordic Baskets
 
Sometimes it's easier to do your shopping from the couch. But ordering online can also help when you want to buy something in bulk since stores typically carry lower levels of stock. Here are some of our favorite options!
 
1. When we buy shoe boxes, we pretty much always need a huge supply. It's not so easy to fit 50 shoe boxes into a shopping cart – so we have them shipped! These shoe boxes come in a case of 18 and easily stack in a closet or cabinet.
 
Stackable Shoe Boxes
 2. Our favorite items tend to be ones that offer a variety of utilities. We love being able to repurpose things throughout a house and come up with unique ways to use them! This Russell + Hazel acrylic file divider for instance is perfect in an office but also doubles as a handbag holder in a closet. 
 
 
Ikea is not just for college students... It's actually a GREAT resource for inexpensive product, and it offers that clean Scandinavian design for a fraction of the cost. 
 
1. For your office, or even an entryway desk, we love the Kvissle collection. Especially the letter traydesk organizer, and phone charging station. Where else can you get so many cool items under $20? 
 
2. One of the techniques we always add into a home is a sentimental box – either for the entire family or per family member. It's a place to hold the birthday cards, kids' drawings, or ticket stub you just can't get rid of. The Tjena lidded box (in a variety of colors and sizes) is a really inexpensive storage bin that you won't mind leaving out on your shelf.  
 
 
The beauty of Home Goods is that it's a treasure hunt, and you never know what you'll stumble across. The downside is that we can't point out some of our favorite finds! Here are a few things to look out for at your local store:
 
1. InterDesign products are a go-to in the organizing industry since they offer that clear acrylic style that has become so popular. The only problem is they tend to be very expensive. So whenever we are in Home Goods, we make a beeline to the kitchen aisles and stock up on InterDesign products for a about half the price of traditional retail. 
 
2. Browse the decorative accessories to find some pieces for your bookshelves, coffee table, or mantel. They always have great decorative accents that will help style whatever project you are working on! 
 
Home Goods CartHere's a useful acrylic cart we found on a random Home Goods trip! 
 
 
We love Target for pretty much all things – particularly the home section. Between their designer collaborations and continuous stream of new products, it's easy to find new items to work with. 
 
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 1. Do not ever walk by the dollar section! We have found everything from industrial baskets, to glass jars, to chalkboard labels, and baker's twine. In fact, some of our favorite items have come from the dollar section, and when we spot them, we buy out the whole store. Because once they are gone, you might never see them again!
 
2. The Nate Berkus line for Target is an obvious choice for a home office, but the products actually work all over the house. The gold and white desktop accessories double as great jewelry storage, an entryway tray to leave your keys on, or a bathroom valet tray. The magnetic hanging chalkboard makes a great addition to a playroom or kid's room, as does the hanging cork-board map.
 
3. One of the best places to find bins at Target is actually in the kids' aisle. They come in so many great styles and have everything from stacking natural wood bins to  gray woven storage cubes to wire milk crates. If you don't find what you're looking for, make sure you explore other sections of the store. You can also find great items in the bath and the garden section as well!
 
 
Sometimes you can pull together a whole room by adding a single item that gives everything a polished look. For not that much more money, you can find some great items that will make your space look extra styled. 
 
1. You can find GREAT baskets in a ton of different styles and textiles. We love these metallic woven baskets that work great on the floor to hold magazines or blankets. 
 
2. There are a big assortment of decorative boxes that are actually really functional for storing everyday jewelry, business cards, or office supplies. And for a set of three, these trinket boxes are a great deal. 
 
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 PRO Tip: Shop in the wrong aisle! 
 
If you're organizing your kitchen, try the bathroom container aisle. Sounds weird, but you never know when you'll find that perfect size container! 
 
Inside the pantryThese hyacinth bins in Elsie's pantry actually came from the bathroom aisle!  
 
Thank you so much to The Home Edit for sharing your secrets here today. If you haven't followed them on Instagram yet, you're in for a real treat! xx- Elsie 
 
Credits//Author: Elsie Larson with tips from Clea and Joanna of The Home Edit. Photos by Elsie Larson and The Home Edit. 
 

Ombre hair Funny tshirts The Babe with the Power tshirt The Babe with the Power tshirt   The Babe with the Power tshirt Emma Chapman  Sometimes Elsie and I will plan, or at least TRY, to coordinate our sister style outfits or the general feel of the images we go shoot apart, but more often than not, we just end up surprising each other. I really like that in this one, we both ended up wearing dark colored tops with words on the front. She's wearing a sweater that says, "I did my best." While I'm wearing our Oui Fresh bestseller "The Babe with the Power." 

By the way, we recently restocked this shirt, so if you've been waiting on your size to come back, go check the site. 

The messages kind of could not be more different, but both are sort of empowering in their own way, and that makes me smile. :) 

The Babe with the Power tshirt  Emma Chapman Emma Chapman    Emma's Wearing: T-shirt / Oui Fresh, Skirt and sunnies / F21, Shoes / Circus by Sam Edelman, Purse c/o ModCloth

Take it away, sister!

I did my bestAwwwe! Emma looks so cute! 

Here's me in my new favorite spot – playing records in our den. I've been pretty obsessed with collecting old and new records and keeping them spinning lately. It's one of those things that makes our home feel so much cozier, and I really enjoy our weekend tradition of picking up a record or two after brunch. 

Recently I found a store with a great collection of old records (mostly for under $3), and that's been a lot of fun! I'm currently working on my Frank Sinatra, Elvis and holiday record collections. What else should I be collecting? I want to hear your suggestions for old music!  

I did my best I did my bestI did my best   Elsie's Wearing: Sweater/Ban.do, Necklace/Madewell, Shoes/ASOS (out of stock – boo!) 

Credits//Photography: Janae Hardy and Amber Ulmer. 

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