Sunday, February 2, 2014

Inside The Home of Elsie from A Beautiful Mess

A Beautiful Mess is one of my favourite blogs for awesome DIY, crafting, recipes and home inspiration.

Started by Elsie in 2007, then joined by best-friend Emma in 2010, this blog now employs Laura and Trey to help with the load. These guys are serious bloggers and are good at it. It's actually really inspiring to read about their journey and what they have achieved.

Today we are going to have a look inside Elsie's home which speaks tomes about her quirky, creative retro style and love of DIY, recycling and all things bright.

This post is also laden with awesome DIY links back to A Beautiful Mess so that you can recreate some of your fave bits or scout a little more of the ABM style!

Love it?

Emma xxx

 Elsie's front porch is a space created to enjoy a morning coffee or an evening glass of wine. She attributes the greenery to making the place "come alive" and created the hanging planters herself. Cushions were handmade and you can find the tutorial here.

The living room is based on bright furniture and personal accessories against a neutral white backdrop. This increases the amount of natural light from the gorgeous window and makes the colours pop! You can check out more here.

The mantle is a real feature of the living room. Elsie changes this space often, but it currently houses a blown up blueprint copy of a photo she has taken herself surrounded by black triangles for a graphic look. The gorgeous yellow and white flowers in recycled bottles echo the other colours in the room and Elsie admits she has to be careful of her over collecting leading to clutter (I have absolutely no idea what she is talking about).

In her bedroom, Elsie has HANDPAINTED!!! a feature wall behind her bed. It looks fantastic and I have to grant her total kudos for patience. It took three days but she says it was her favourite project to date. See the tutorial here. The pops of yellow in the lamps make it even more fun.

Nice wallpaper? Nope, Elsie hand stamped this feature wall in her kitchen to look like little clementines. Doesn't it give this room such a sunny feel? I love the green door and salmon chair that mimic the colours in the paint. For more of Elsie's kitchen click here and for the clementine wall tutorial click here.

Elsie's dining room had had an impressive makeover from when they first moved into the house. You can see some great before and after shots here. The table was a DIY job and you can find here. The chairs were all bought second hand and painted yellow. The feature lighting was also DIY genius and this repetition of shapes is echoed by the hooks on the picture rail.

This feature in the hall is another clever and cheap alternative to wallpaper. Elsie created this with a handmade stencil and paint pen. Find the how to here.

Finally I had to include this one of the laundry. I love the peach with the black and white accents, but most of all I love how Elsie took the boring out of whitegoods by decorating them with electrical tape. Creative DIY at its best :)