The Ultimate Spa Night Shopping List! (click through for links)

Let’s face it – we could all use a little more R & R in our lives. Maybe it’s time for you to set up a spa night with a few girlfriends where you can chill out, get a little mani-pedi action going on, and catch up on all the latest news. To make sure you are well stocked, here’s a must-have list for your exfoliation extravaganza:

01. Set your relaxation meter on high with a set of flamingo slippers.
02. How cute would your toes be in this teal polish?! (It's also 5-free, yay!)
03. Your feet take you everywhere, so love them back with a trip to this foot spa.
04. Brighten your skin with this instant glow mask.
05. Get cozy in this adorable polka dot robe.
06. Smooth out any rough patches before your pedi with this electronic foot file.
07. This aromatherapy essential oil diffuser will take your spa vibe to the next level. 
08. Regenerate your skin with this natural pink clay exfoliating mask.
09. This mani-pedi kit gives you all the tools you need to turn your living room into your own salon.
10. Every spa needs the perfect blush nail polish.
11. Offer your guest a sip of heaven with this water pitcher with fruit infuser (try strawberries or cucumber and mint!).
12. Prep your skin beforehand with a quick shower and a good scrub with a body brush to exfoliate.
13. A spa without candles? Please. Get your zen in the zone with this grapefruit soy candle.
14. Keep those digits soft that night with these moisturizing gloves.

Sometimes you don’t realize how much good a few relaxing hours will do for you until you actually take the time to do it! So what are you waiting for? Call your gals and get ready to take your relaxation to the next level!

Emma Chapman Holiday lanes Emma Chapman  Black lace up dress Emma Chapman    Holiday lanes   For any fellow Springfield, MO friends, you might (or might not) recognize this bowling alley. It's on the north side of our town, and I can't even remember how long it's been closed. I grew up in Springfield, and although it's not necessarily a big city, growing up it felt like everyone kind of stayed on their side of town (pretty much wherever their high school was). I'm from the north side, and this past year when Trey and I moved, the house we ended up loving was way on the south side. I felt a little like a traitor – ha! It's kind of funny the connections we make with certain areas or places, especially if it was a part of growing up. Locations can take on so much nostalgia. 

I'm excited to watch this happen more for you, Elsie, since Nashville is your new home. So you're figuring out a whole new set of parts of town you love or feel you belong to. 

I do wish someone would open this bowling alley again though – it's just too cute. Look at the pretty triangle wall! 

Lace up dress and shoes Fringe bracelet Holiday lanes Emma Chapman    Lace up dress Emma ChapmanEmma's Wearing: Dress/ASOS, Shirt/ShopSosie, Shoes/H&M, Bracelet/gift from Katie of the Uncommon Place (Fossil), Bag/Fossil, Sunnies/Moorea Seal

Take it away, Sister!

Elsie LarsonOh yes, I remember that bowling alley too. So cute. My favorite childhood birthday parties were at roller skating rinks. I still love roller skating today. Maybe I'll have my birthday at one this year. Haha! 

I am fully enjoying exploring and figuring out our new city. Nashville is weird because the longer you live here, the smaller it becomes. I love that! We're steadily trying 1-2 new places each weekend, and (forgive me if I've already shared about this, but...) we started a journal a year and a half ago that we use to document if we liked restaurants and bars and what to order or not order. It's kind of silly, but I love reading it back. And it's pretty helpful for when we have guests because we also write down which spots would be best to take kiddos. 

Anyway! We're having so much fun here. I miss my family terribly, but luckily they've been coming to visit and so have we. My brother and I snapchat each other constantly... oh Snapchat, created for evil and used for good, clean fun. Haha! 

Elsie Larson Elsie Larson Elsie Larson Elsie Larson Elsie's Wearing: Top/My Little Belleville, Overalls/Madewell (similar), Bag/Kate Spade, Sunnies/Oui Fresh, Clogs/Swedish Hasbeens

Thanks so much for reading, you guys! We love you! xx- Emma + Elsie

Credits//Photography: Janae Hardy and Amber Ulmer.

Accent walls that hide TVsIt's been a while since I shared any updates from around my home with you guys. Lately I feel like I have been on a roll! I've been making lots of progress in SOME of the rooms in my house, but most of them still don't feel "done" to me. If that's even a thing. :) But, just wanted to share some progress with you all in our living room. 

Tv living room progressSo I call this our "TV living room" because we have two spaces in our house that function like a living room. One part of our house is a big open-style space that has our kitchen, dining room, my office, and a living room in it. But then there's this other space that we decided to turn into the "TV living room" because it's a fairly dark space (like a movie theatre), and it's separate from the other spaces. So someone could be watching a show but not really be disturbed if someone else is in their home office sewing a late night quilt or something... not that this happens at our house often. Oh wait, yes it does. Ha!

If you think the layout sounds confusing, check out my empty house tour video, as it helps to really show the spaces better than I can explain in text. 

When we bought the house, this room was already really great. All we did was paint the walls white and move in. Eventually I swapped out the light fixture, which was the first big thing that made this room feel more like us. (Also it feels like Beetlejuice to me too – sort of a spider up there!)

Creative ways to hide a TV Creative ways to hide a TVThe second thing is I pretty recently painted this big black stripe on the wall behind the TV. This serves a couple purposes. First, it helps to hide the TV when it's not turned on. I don't really have a big desire to 100% hide my TV in my house because I don't mind seeing them in spaces. But I don't really love when they feel like the most prominent thing in the room. So I like how this helps to blend the TV into the wall, unless it's turned on and we're watching something. 

But the second thing this black accent stripe does is it really showcases the artwork that we hung just above the TV. This is a painting my mother created for my last house, and I'm only too happy that it's getting an even better spot in our new house. Yay!

Emma's living room progress Progressions in photographyAbove the couch I hung a series of photos that shows off an erupting geyser in Iceland. I took these photos while we were visiting there last year. I think Iceland is one of my favorite places I've ever visited. So I've ended up decorating our home with a number of photos from that trip!

Now I must admit, something about the couch area feels a bit off to me. Like maybe our couch is too small for the space? Or maybe I should move it off of the wall some, like maybe it's too far back. I really like this couch as it folds out into a futon, and Trey and I honestly pull it out so we can snuggle and watches movies together at least a couple times a month – so I like the futon feature. But this part of the room really just doesn't feel quite there to me – but it's coming along for sure. 

I think we for sure need a coffee table in front of the couch. I had a DIY idea, but I'm wondering if the room has too much DIY already? Hmm. 

Yellow arm chairI already shared the bookshelf on our back wall and also how I had this armchair reupholstered with a bright yellow fabric. I've been trying to protect it from dark jeans by adding throw blankets now and again. So far it's holding up OK but probably not as well as the last fabric (although I like the yellow color, so whatever!). I also might take the seat cover off and either wash it or have it dry cleaned once a year just to keep it feeling bright and fresh. 

You can see my home office in the background here too. 

Emma's living room progressWe had the cowhide rugs in our last house, and they seem to hold up the best in our house compared to other rugs. Our dogs don't have messes that often (they have a dog door), but when they do, I seem to have much better luck cleaning these cowhides than I usually do with other rugs. So we decided to layer those with an inexpensive basket weave style rug underneath to make this space feel more cozy. 

That's about it. This room still needs some work, but I'm a pretty slow decorator who also tends to change her mind fairly often. So I'm not really in a big hurry. :) Thanks for letting me share! xo. Emma

Room Sources: TV stand/DIY, Light fixture/eBay, Couch/UO, Black chair/flea market, Yellow chair c/o Thrive Furniture, Basketweave rug and metal glass top side tables/Target, Cowhides/vintage + eBay, Tree stump side tables/DIY, Black and white lamp/vintage, Gold lamp c/o Joss & Main, Magazine holder/DIY, Curtains/IKEA, and Large black and white artwork is an original Elizabeth Chapman

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. 

Vibrant floral photo pillow DIYMy childhood summers smelled like freshly cut grass and marigolds, and every time I get a whiff of them while walking through the garden center of my favorite hardware store, it takes me right back. I've got a few marigolds planted on my back porch, but I wanted to find a way to enjoy them even after their blooms faded. So I decided a floral flat lay pillow was exactly what I needed to add a fun reminder of those carefree, childhood summer afternoons to our space. 

To ensure a beautifully printed pillow, we partnered with our friends at  Canon USA to show how detailed and vibrant these fabric printed photos can be. I knew my marigolds would offer a beautiful texture when grouped tightly together as well as a saturated hue. I also wanted to experiment with daisies and a succulent for a variety of patterns, and I love how well the details showed up. My PIXMA iP8720 printer always prints rich color on photo paper, so I wasn't too surprised that it handled fabric like a pro. 

Vibrant floral photo pillow DIY Vibrant floral photo pillow DIY   Supplies:
-1 roll of cotton twill photo fabric
-Canon PIXMA iP8720 photo printer
-1/4 yard of canvas fabric per pillow
-1/4 yard of white cotton fabric if your other fabric isn't very thick (optional)
-12 0z. bag of Poly-fil
-sewing machine
-hand-stitching needle-thread
-straight pins 
-iron and ironing board

Behind the scenesDecide what kind of flowers or other pattern you want to photograph, and then arrange them on a white or colored surface in even, natural light. You can use a white foam board to bounce light off from a dark angle to help diminish shadows, but I had a white wall behind me and a white bedspread on another side, so I didn't use one in this photo. If you want a small pattern, shoot from further away and if you want a larger, detailed pattern, go for a close up. I took a close up of my succulent, and then cropped it tightly before using Photoshop to edit it. The black and white effect really lets the pattern steal the show. 

Succulent photoVibrant floral photo pillow DIY    I cut off an 8.5" x 11" sheet of fabric from my roll and printed one succulent print, one daisy print, and three marigold prints. I turned the first two into small, decorative pillows, but I wanted to make more of a bolster pillow with the marigolds.

The fabric has a paper backing so it fits into the printer just like standard computer paper. Once it has printed, peel the paper backing off evenly so you don't stretch out your fabric. 

Flower photoI laid one marigold print on top of the other with the printed sides facing each other and pinned along one of the long edges, making sure my photos were even. Then I stitched down that line about 1/4" from the edge. 

Vibrant floral photo pillow DIY     Vibrant floral photo pillow DIY      I then repeated that step by placing the third marigold photo on top of one of the prints, lining up my edges, and pinning down the long side. I made another stitch with 1/4" seam from the edge. Then I folded it back and used my iron to press both of the seams flat. 

The next step from the fabric paper manufacturer asks to rinse the fabric for 30 seconds or until the water runs clear. Don't make the mistake of rinsing it longer than that or it'll really fade. You could also use 3M Scotchguard Fabric Protector to ensure you don't have to rinse your ink off too much and that it won't rub off on your clothing or bedding. 

Vibrant floral photo pillow DIY       I then laid my white cotton fabric down, placed my canvas fabric on top of it so that it was right side up, and laid my marigold fabric on top of the canvas so that it was right side down. Then I pinned the perimeter of the three fabrics together to make a sandwich. If your canvas or fabric for the back is thick, you don't need the extra white fabric, but I did need it to help with the daisy pillow because the fabrics I used were a little see through. 

Stitch almost all the way around your perimeter but leave an opening large enough to fit your fist through. This is where you'll add your stuffing later. Trim off your edges and clip corners just above the stitch line.

Vibrant floral photo pillow DIY        Vibrant floral photo pillow DIY          Turn your pillowcase right side out and push your corners out. Iron flat for a finished look. Stuff with Poly-fil until you're happy with the thickness.

Blind stitchUse your needle and thread and stitch your pillow up with a blind stitch. This will close it without affecting the lines of your pillow like it would if you used your sewing machine. 

Vibrant floral photo pillow DIY           Fluff your pillow and find a happy place for it on your couch or your bed! 

Vibrant floral photo pillow DIY            I used a gold pleather material for the succulent pillow and love how much fancier it felt! 

Vibrant floral photo pillow DIY             Floral photo pillows!Floral pillow DIYMix and match a trio for a housewarming gift or a graduate heading off to college. Maybe try out other floral patterns or even favorite snacks. A flat lay of your favorite donuts? Yeah, that could be dangerous if it's the first thing you see each morning. A kale pillow? Ummm... -Rachel

Author: Rachel Denbow. Photography: Rachel Denbow and Janae Hardy.

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