A Beautiful Mess is a lifestyle blog focused on creating a beautiful life. We share simple ways to create an inspired lifestyle. We believe in taking time each day to make something pretty. We believe in lifelong learning. Most of all, we believe that life doesn't need to be perfect to be beautiful.
On A Beautiful Mess you'll find daily inspiration for crafts, recipes, fashion and decor. We love sharing projects that make life a little bit sweeter.
In the Summer of 2007 Elsie started A Beautiful Mess as a just-for-fun blog. Little by little, creating articles became her passion. In early 2010 Emma started contributing ideas and recipes to A Beautiful Mess. After working together for a year, Elsie invited Emma to become a co-author of A Beautiful Mess. Shortly after they got their first book deal.So you wanna know about our team, huh? The A Beautiful Mess team seems to be growing little by little! In a small business it's really impossible to describe what each member does in a sentence or two. We all do a little bit of everything. One minute we might be approving book layouts and the next minute taking boxes to the recycling center or shipping a prize to a giveaway winner at the post office. So here's an attempt to explain a little bit about our full-time team and what we do!
Elsie can best be described as the "idea person" on the ABM team. She founded the blog way back in the olden days and did almost everything herself. But as her dreams grew, she realized she needed a team to bring it to life. Today she enjoys her role of mostly creative work: designing, crafting, writing and photographing on a daily basis. If she's missing you can find her in a corner sketching in a notebook.
Emma is one of those rare, amazing people who can be creative AND incredibly business savvy, all at the same time! She is the voice of reason, the "budget lady", and she knows how to bake the most delicious treats you'll ever taste. Most importantly, she's able to turn a dream into logistics and lay out the necessary steps. Plain and simple, she gets stuff done. Emma and Elsie often call each other "My better half." Business soulmates forever!
Trey George/Business Development Manager
We snatched Trey from a career working for ad agencies. :) Like his title suggests, he oversees all things business: coordinates our ad program + sponsorships, manages the ad networks, leads negotiations, and heads up communication on the #ABeautifulMess app. He's a busy guy, to say the least!
Laura Gummerman/Project Assistant
Laura assists Elsie and Emma with projects and photo shoots that you see here on the blog. She's much more than an extra set of hands, though! Her sunny attitude and obsessive perfectionist qualities are essential in the day-to-day work in our (very messy) studio! She's basically our favorite gal!
Coming soon! We're pleased to announce that our team will continue to grow in 2014. We have recently hired Sarah of Arrow & Apple to come be our full time photographer and videographer! You might be curious why we need a photographer since we just released our own photography book (good question!) With all the projects we balance between the blog, books, magazines, our app and collaborations, we can't do ALL of the photos ourselves. It's, like, impossible. Plus, we love Sarah! She photographed both our weddings, is incredibly talented and will elevate the quality of work we do! We can't wait until February when she joins the team!
*Contributor info coming soon!