DIY Copper and Wood Mirrors (Click Through For Tutorial)_I, Kara, love a DIY project that looks complicated but is really a snap to make, don't you? Especially when said DIY project incorporates some of my favorite current trends (copper and natural wood, anyone?) and costs so little. These geometric copper and wood mirrors require no more skill than kindergarten level gluing skills, but they look like they came straight from your favorite decor store! That's the DIY dream, my friends!

DIY Copper and Wood Mirrors (Click Through For Tutorial)        _Supplies:
-copper bent wire placemats
-10" craft mirrors
-10" wood embroidery hoop
-industrial strength adhesive

DIY Copper and Wood Mirrors (Click Through For Tutorial)         _I wasn't kidding when I said it was as easy as gluing. You will begin by adding a liberal amount of glue to the back of the craft mirror, and then center it on the metal placemat and press to adhere.

DIY Copper and Wood Mirrors (Click Through For Tutorial)          _While the glue is curing, remove the inner ring from the embroidery hoop, add a small amount of glue around one edge, and adhere to the top of the mirror to form a wood border. If you added too much glue, use a wet wipe to remove any excess glue that may come out on the mirror. Once the glue has dried overnight, the mirror is ready to hang using mounting tape behind the mirror.

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DIY Copper and Wood Mirrors (Click Through For Tutorial)   _I love the combo of the copper mixed with the raw wood of the embroidery hoop, but you can easily customize these mirrors to your taste. A little spray paint on the metal placemats and embroidery hoop, and you can easily transform these mirrors into black and white, pink and gold, or any color combo under the sun. Now that you see how easy these mirrors are to make, I'm sure you will be making a few like I did. Don't they just look perfect grouped together? I can't wait to see the color combos you choose! xo. Kara

Credits // Author and Photography: Kara Whitten. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess Presets for Lightroom.

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17075789_1874104286200058_8436290722625224704_n*Art by Marisol Muro

Hi, friends. On Wednesday we will be taking a 24 hour break from blogging and social media to participate in A Day Without A Woman on International Women's Day. As two women business owners who work with lots of talented women (and a few rad men too!), it is important to us to allow them the opportunity to participate if they so choose, and the best way to do that is to take the day off. 

But not everyone gets the option to take the day off, and we get that. We actually believe that there are lots of positive actions we can take to support women and equality for all. It's not a one day thing, it's an ongoing conversation we should be having together respectfully. And one thing we can all do is to support other women-owned small businesses. So here's a fun little shopping guide full of women-owned businesses that totally RULE!

*Get To Work Book Our favorite planner! 

*Big Bud Press Enamel pins and apparel. 

*Kailo Chic Handbags and accessories. 

*Annie Williams Leather goods made in Nashville, Tennessee. 

*Shop Studio DIY Cactus balloons... need I say more? 

*The Home Edit For getting organized. 

*Marley & Alfie Those pom pom earrings you're always seeing... 

*Little Arrow Studio Cute accessories and good vibes. 

*Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams. Did you know you can order it online? You can. 

*Hedley & Bennett. World's best aprons. 

*Whurl An iPhone App for vintage shopping (I buy tons of clothes, amazing deals!) 

*Moorea Seal Perfectly curated accessories, beauty and home goods. 

*Ultra Violet Kids One of my favorite kids shops. I started hoarding her pieces three years ago (you know, for future baby Larsons!). 

*Annie Bukhman Lovely accessories and leather goods. 

*OuiFresh Our own biz baby. We obviously have to mention our The Babe With The Power tee. 

(Note—these are just a few of our favorites... We promise to continue supporting women-owned-businesses 4-EV-ER!) 

Hope you guys have a wonderful day! I do just want to say that we are not super interested in being overly political, but we are happy to actively work to show respect and love to everyone. We are not interested in picking "sides" other than to side with love and to stand up for equality for all. Supporting women, especially our fellow small business owning women, is important to us... today, tomorrow and forever. Love you guys! Elsie + Emma 

Thai Spiced Sweet Potatoes (via abeautifulmess.com)I bet some of you may be thinking, "What is this?" with puzzled looks on your faces. I know. I totally get it. This one is a bit odd, I'll concede. And I can't totally explain where the idea came from. I've gotten way into sweet potatoes lately, and this combines that new found love with some of my favorite flavors from Thai dishes I love.

I decided to just give it a try since it all sounded good in my head, and oh man, you guys, this is like a total flavor bomb (in a good way!). 

Thai Spiced Sweet Potatoes (via abeautifulmess.com)  The sweetness from the potatoes gets mixed alongside salty and spice from soy and red pepper flakes. But there's also a slight creaminess from peanut butter alongside the crispy edges of the baked sweet potatoes. And then you're hit with a few bright pops of flavor from the herbs. So good!

I recently re-watched Ratatouille with my niece, my brother, and his girlfriend (for some reason his girlfriend hadn't seen it!). And as I was eating this, I kept thinking of the scenes were Remy is describing flavor combinations and little fireworks are going off around him. That's totally what this is like to me—unexpected and delicious. :)

Soaking sweet potatoesThai Spiced Sweet Potatoes, serves one as a meal or two as a side dish

2 medium to large sweet potatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons natural, creamy peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
2-3 tablespoons chopped cashews or peanuts
1-2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon chopped mint

Spiralize and then soak the sweet potatoes in water for 10 minutes. You might be wondering why I did this in a pot. We are staying in an AirBnB all month, and although I brought some kitchen supplies and there were a few things at the house already, I am currently without a mixing bowl. Go figure. So, I just used a pot and that worked fine, although it's sort of funny. 

Baked sweet potato recipesDrain and pat dry. Coat a baking sheet in a couple teaspoons of olive oil, and then use the rest to toss the sweet potatoes in. Season with a little salt and pepper. Bake at 425°F for 12 minutes, and then flip the potatoes and bake another 10-12 minutes until most of the pieces begin to look crispy. Above you can see the sweet potatoes at halfway through this cook time. 

Herbs and nutsMeanwhile make the sauce. In a cup or small bowl, combine the minced garlic, soy sauce, honey, vinegar, peanut butter, red pepper flakes, and ginger. Stir well until it turns into a thick sauce. During the last few minutes of baking, pour the sauce over the sweet potatoes and toss. Then bake another few minutes. 

Thai Spiced Sweet Potatoes (via abeautifulmess.com) Chop up the nuts and herbs, and top the sweet potatoes with those once you are ready to serve. I love this all on its own, but I also think it would be amazing alongside veggie burgers or other main courses. I think it would be delicious to top a couple of veggie burgers with this—Mmm! Now I  have to make this again this week to do that. :)

Notes:

-The final dish will have some crispy pieces as well as some soft. It sort of reminds me of sweet potato hash browns if you've ever had that. If you want to make your sweet potatoes extra crispy (more like baked french fries), toss in a tablespoon of either cornstarch or arrow root before baking. 

-If you have a peanut allergy or are avoiding legumes, I bet you could substitute the peanut butter for almond butter or other nut butters. I haven't tried this, and I imagine it would change the flavor slightly, but I bet it would still be awesome. So, let us all know in the comments if anyone does this. 

xo. Emma

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

Spring StyleYou guys! I have been a complete psycho about spring cleaning lately. I've already gone through and weeded out all my makeup and skincare... LOVE being down to the bare essentials. Now, I'm working on my closet. I'm cleaning out and trying to figure out what I need to be looking for for spring and summer. I find spring to be one of the hardest seasons to shop for. Summer is easy, though!

Oh and I've been knocking out house projects left and right. There are so many mini projects I want to get done this season (like organizing cabinets and random stuff like that), and it feels SO GOOD to be checking items off my list on a nearly daily basis. 

I'm so motivated right now. 1 part nesting, 1 part spring cleaning and 1 part OMG—we've owned this house almost two years... need to complete EVERYTHING! 

I hope I can keep up this pace. And I'm more than happy to share my motivated vibes with all of you... Let's do this!!! 

Spring Style Spring Style Spring Style Spring Style Spring Style Spring Style Spring Style Elsie's Wearing: Dress and Sunnies/Oui Fresh, Belt/Vintage, Shoes/Swedish Hasbeens

Emma ChapmanBw outfitStripesSkits and topsWe are traveling this month—so my usual homebody-goal-setting mindset has shifted a bit. Trey and I are living and working in LA for all of March. So if you have any recommendations for us, do let me know or hit me up on IG. 

We are having a few things done while we are out of town. Having a few cabinets painted and a mantel updated. So, I'm kind of cheating in that I'm getting some home projects done even while I'm gone with the help of some pretty awesome people (Springfield folks—if you need a good home contractor, email me! I know a guy for when DIY just won't cut it or you're too busy :)

So, yeah, my goal list this month is all work and play and pretty much nothing at-home related, which is totally weird for me. I am SUCH a homebody most of the time, but I'm excited to be in a city I love and hopefully get re-inspired. I feel like anytime I get lucky enough to travel, I come from it feeling thankful and filled with ideas for the future. :)

Bw outfitFavorite bootsAll black everythingEmma's Wearing: Top/Oui Fresh, Skirt/F21 (similar), Purse/Zara (similar), Necklace/Earthen Studio, Shoes c/o Seychelles (similar here and here), and Glasses/ABM for BonLook (Jack & Norma, named after our grandparents). 

What are you guys excited about this season??? xo. Elsie + Emma

Credits // Author: Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman. Photography: Amber Ulmer and Janae Hardy. 

Elsie Larson's Kitchen TourHi, friends! It feels so good to finally be sharing my kitchen tour with you. It has truly been one of my favorite renovation projects ever!

I know it might feel like you've already seen this tour because it's been photographed for domino and shared throughout its many phases these past (almost) two years. That said, this room got stuck in the 90-percent-done purgatory for over a year! Those pesky little unfinished details were driving me crazy, so finally we finished every last bit of it, and today I can FINALLY call this room "completed". 

Now, I want to share every little detail of our process with you. But first, a walk down memory lane! Here are our before and after pics! You can see ALL the before pics here

Before- Elsie's kitchen     When we first viewed this home, we fell in love with it immediately. I never doubted that this could be our dream kitchen. But I also had no illusions that it would be as simple as a little paint job... I knew it was going to be a fairly major renovation. I had my heart set on open upper cabinets and a light, bright kitchen that we could use and love for years to come. 

Elsie Larson's Kitchen Tour                             Here's our kitchen today (!!!) It's come a long way, and we spend SO much time in here, it feels more than worth it! 

BeforeBeforeHere's another comparison shot. 

After deciding to go with open shelves on the top and swapping out the counter top range for a stove, it became obvious to us that we might as well get all new cabinets. We chose an affordable option from a local cabinet store. The open shelves were custom built for our space... and don't forget it once looked like this. Haha! 

The gold hardware is one of the first things we picked out for the house. It's from Rejuvenation

Our light is from Lucent Lightshop. I discovered them through Little Green Notebook and have used their fixtures all throughout our home. The theme of brass fixtures really ties the spaces together. 

Elsie Larson's Kitchen Tour                     We went with quartz countertops. I feel like I've talked a lot about these. But just in case you haven't heard—quartz is AMAZING. It's pretty, but more importantly, it's incredibly durable. I highly recommend it for kitchen counters (and anything high traffic really). And the other cool thing about quartz is that they are making new patterns every year. I cannot WAIT for you to see the pattern Laura used in her kitchen. 

Anyway! The color we chose was more grey than I thought it would be from the samples. But in the end, I think it's a good contrast. I wouldn't have intentionally chosen grey, but I don't hate it. 

And, honestly, home renovations are a series of compromises. It's impossible for everything to turn out just like your imagination. Some things are good surprises, some not as good. But in the end, all that matters is that you finish the renovation and LIVE YOUR LIFE in your home. 

We also chose a classic subway tile laid in a straight herringbone pattern for our backsplash, and we chose to take the backsplash all the way up to the ceiling. I love the seamless feel of it! We originally went with gray grout, but after some time I couldn't live with some visible imperfections, so we recolored the entire backsplash with a miracle grout pen (It really IS a miracle). 

Elsie Larson's Kitchen Tour  Elsie Larson's Kitchen Tour  This area of the kitchen is both functional and pretty. I love it when it can be both! I use ingredients and dishes from these shelves every single day. I love having organization where everything feels like it has a home. Paint pen organization DIY here. The white milk glass tiki mug as a vase makes me so happy. 

Elsie Larson's Kitchen Tour       I shared all about our recolored appliances here. They were worth every penny and are holding up perfectly. It saved us thousands to cover regular appliances rather than buy colored ones, and they really give the room a more custom look. Before we had the pop of color, I was insecure it looked like "every kitchen on Pinterest"... which isn't the worst thing ever, but I do value originality. So having something that's unique to our space has been really cool. 

Oh, and you can see the sweetest little fixture up above our sink from Cedar & Moss. It's white and gold and the perfect small fixture for above a sink. 

And that hanging planter is from here (I customized it to be just three planters and used the extra one in another space). I store my Vitamix right between my fridge and my sink. This is perfect because I am currently on a health kick and I use it 3x a day (at least), so it's very convenient. My lesser used small appliances (food processor, etc...) are stored in lazy susans in the corner cabinets. 

Elsie Larson's Kitchen Tour I learned so much about organization from The Home Edit and still have almost all of their systems in place to this day... just a little more lived in. We really use our kitchen a LOT (like a lot, a lot). But honestly, I have never once regretted the open shelves. They're not always perfectly styled. But I'm OK with that. The openness that it creates more than makes up for any exposed clutter. 

Elsie Larson's Kitchen Tour        Elsie Larson's Kitchen Tour          Elsie Larson's Kitchen Tour          Elsie Larson's Kitchen Tour          OK, let's take a second to talk about the faucet. I get so many questions about it! It's this Delta faucet. I do love it. It's very practical, the best faucet I've ever had. I embraced mixed metals in our kitchen (it's almost impossible to go ALL brass in a kitchen, or at least highly un-budget-friendly), so I picked some key pieces like the light fixtures, the faucet and the hardware in brass and let the rest be stainless steel. 

Elsie Larson's Kitchen Tour             I love this pulled back view because you can see the hanging plant we just added between the kitchen and breakfast nook. It really adds an extra something-something and visually separates the two rooms. 

Elsie Larson's Kitchen Tour              Elsie Larson's Kitchen Tour               Magic Hands print by Jennifer Ament. This little cart holds our coffee and tea stuff. We drink tea every single night (unless it's a wine night). 

Elsie Larson's Kitchen Tour                Elsie Larson's Kitchen Tour                Elsie Larson's Kitchen Tour                Elsie Larson's Kitchen Tour                All in all, this has been a dream project for me. I never thought I would get to live with such a beautiful kitchen, let alone design one! It has been so incredible to see it go from point a to point b. I'm sure there will be a few small tweaks here and there, but it definitely feels done, and (Gah!) you have no idea how good it feels to say that! 

Thank you so much for following along. I am doing my best to list every item here, but if you have any questions, just let me know in the comments. Love you guys! xx -Elsie 

Sources: Gold Hardware/Rejuvenation, Quartz Counter/Stone World, Fixture above sink/Cedar & Moss, Chandelier/Lucent Lightshop, Faucet/Delta, Hanging Planter/Amazon, Espresso Machine/Breville, Tea Kettle/Kate Spade, India Cookbook, Towel/Turkish-T

Related DIY—How I recolored my appliancesPaint pen organization, 10 Organization Tips with The Home Edit

Credits// Author: Elsie Larson, Project Assistant: Collin DuPree, Photography: Amber Ulmer. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

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