Welcome to A Beautiful Mess! We're Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman. We're sisters. Together we own A Beautiful Mess, a women's lifestyle company focused on creating happiness every day through a homemade lifestyle. On this blog we share home decor projects, recipes, and crafts, as well as bits of our life here in Missouri.
In addition to writing A Beautiful Mess, we created a bestselling photo editing app (also called A Beautiful Mess) and we teach online classes at Shop A Beautiful Mess. In 2013, we released our first book, A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book and in August 2014 we will release our second book, A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home.
Cheers to doin'-it-yourself, always learning, trying, failing, dreaming big, enjoying the small stuff, and above all else ... embracing imperfection. Life is better when it's a little bit messy.
Elsie Larson (me!), Founder and Creative Director
I started A Beautiful Mess in 2007, but didn't truly find my groove until I teamed up with my sister and business soul mate, Emma, in 2010. Today I mainly focus my energy on the creative side of the business. I oversee the look and feel of A Beautiful Mess's online content as well as products and side projects (like our apps, books, and products). I would say I have just enough free time to keep redecorating my home but never enough to get bored. ;)
Emma Chapman, Co-Owner and Editor
Emma is my sister and the co-owner of A Beautiful Mess. She oversees the business side of what we do and made it possible for us to be where we are today! Recently Emma has also taken on an editorial role for both the blog and our online education program. Most people know Emma for recipes, which she is amazing at (see here for proof), but what people don't often know is that she has a talent for business. She's a forward thinker and pushed to create our first app despite family and friends discouraging the risk. She's also a real big sucker for photos of baby pigs.
Trey was hired to manage our sponsorships program, so that covers pitching and managing sponsored content, ads, ad networks, and overseeing our ad server. Also, his role has expanded to overseeing the development and updates of our apps (we have another app coming out later this season). He's extremely talented, and we have a lot of happy hours celebrating his many accomplishments!
Philip Bowles, Director of Technology
Philip oversees the development behind our websites. Our new shopping site was his first big project. Currently we are working on updates for the blog, so when you see them happen later this year you'll know that it was Philip (and not just magic) that made those updates happen. In addition to being the only person on our staff who understands CSS, Philip is hilarious and about to become a dad!
Sarah does most of the photos you currently see on A Beautiful Mess. We met her as the photographer for both our weddings, and when it came time to hire a photographer we knew she was the perfect fit. Sarah developed the A Beautiful Mess Actions with me. She also makes videos and entertains us daily with her amazing sense of humor!
Laura Gummerman, Staff Writer
Laura is a staff writer for the blog and produces weekly posts that include home and fashion DIYs, healthy recipes, lifestyle articles, and purrrrfect cat-related projects. She also helps out around the office by managing the support emails and making sure everyone learns how to make lattes.
Spirit animal: Snow Leopard
Road snacks: Latte and Cheez-Its
Favorite movie: Charade or The Way We Were
Celebrity crush: Old School—Robert Redford, New School—Christian Bale, Young Buck—Liam Hemsworth
Non-blog hobby: Singing karaoke by making my husband play Amy Winehouse and The Cardigans songs so I can sing along.
Childhood hero: Audrey Hepburn, always and forever
Jeremy has been creating videos for ABM since last summer. At first it was just for fun, then freelance, then we offered him a part-time position because we loved working with him! We love the travel videos he's created for us (see Austin, Nashville and Palm Springs), and currently we're creating a series of cooking videos together, so stay tuned!
Spirit animal: Llama
Road snacks: Coke Zero
Favorite movie: The Deer Hunter
Celebrity crush: Brad Pitt
Guilty Pleasure: Bar Rescue
Non-blog hobby: Cooking
Childhood hero: Dinosaurs
Joshua Rhodes, Project Assistant
Joshua first started working with ABM as a contributor. He's an exceptionally skilled craftsman. You'll be seeing lots more projects created by him with step-by-step instructions as the year goes on. We're so excited to have him around and bring our projects to the next level.
Spirit animal: Basset Hound
Road snacks: Sunflower seeds, Mamba
Favorite movie: The Sting
Celebrity crush: Martha Stewart
Non-blog hobby: Painting, running
Childhood hero: Hardy Boys
Jacki keeps things running smoothly around the office. You might meet her through a support email some time. She also assists with all sorts of tasks within our sponsored program as well as our digital publishing program. We are so excited to have her around to help us keep some order amongst all the chaos. :)
Go-to road trip snack: Sonic
Favorite movie: Rosemary's Baby
Celebrity Crush: John Cusack
Guilty pleasure: early 90's R&B and dance music
Childhood Hero: Ramona Quimby
Go-to road trip snack: Decaf soy lattes (maybe half caf if I’m feeling adventurous)
Favorite movie: Rocky IV and Crazy, Stupid Love
Celebrity crush: Ryan Gosling and Adam Levine
Guilty pleasure: The Twilight saga (books or movies…doesn’t matter) + mint chip ice cream = my happy place
Non-blog hobby: Reading and writing
Childhood hero: Amy Grant
Go-to road trip snack: sunflower seeds
Favorite movie: Marie Antoinette and Life is Beautiful
Celebrity crush: Jude Law
Guilty pleasure: roaming thrift stores
Non-blog hobby: Sewing
Childhood hero: Laura Ingalls
And now, our contributing writers ...
Katie Shelton, Writer
Katie writes beautiful hair tutorials and kiddo projects for the blog. She also manages the "At Home With" feature. One of our favorite ABM traditions is Katie's yearly Halloween costume ideas for families (see 1,2,3). See Katie's full archive here.
Rubyellen is an inspiring mother of four with a contagious enthusiasm for handmade living. Her beautiful home is proof of both. Her most popular post of all time was her a-frame tent project. Our personal favorite was her paint-by-number pillow project. This spring, Rubyellen is working on a series of gardening tutorials for beginners! You can see Rubyellen's full archive here.
Rachel Denbow, Writer
And last, but not least, just for fun ...
Thanks for reading. Love you!!!