Use outdoor lights as indoor lighting-great idea! (click through for more)   I have to confess that I learned something new the other day...did you know you can put outdoor lights inside your home as well? I never even look in the outdoor lighting section when searching for indoor lights, but when browsing for an affordable replacement for some bathroom lighting, I came across some outdoor fixtures that were just what I was looking for! While the reverse isn't necessarily an option (you can't always use indoor lights outside), outdoor lighting usually has extra moisture protection around the electrical parts. So that actually makes them a great choice for places like indoor bathrooms or kitchens where you can run into water or steam. 

Use outdoor lights as indoor lighting-great idea! (click through for more)   This is the lighting fixture that came with the house in the master bathroom. The shape of the shade and fixture arm just didn't fit the overall vibe that we were going for.

Use outdoor lights as indoor lighting-great idea! (click through for more)   We are planning on installing a few globe lights throughout the house to compliment the mid-century design, so these simple outdoor hanging globes were just what I was looking for—and they were so affordable too!

Use outdoor lights as indoor lighting-great idea! (click through for more)   This was the first light I've ever installed by myself, and while it's a little scary to do the first time you try it, it's actually pretty easy once you get the hang of it. If you haven't hardwired a light yourself yet, just follow Mandi's tutorial, and you'll be a professional in no time!

Use outdoor lights as indoor lighting-great idea! (click through for more)   Use outdoor lights as indoor lighting-great idea! (click through for more)   I really like how simple and clean the globe lights look and the black base really helps to balance out the dark countertop. It's certainly useful to know that you can use exterior lights as well when you are scouring the options for your own home. So next time you are looking for lighting, check the outdoor aisle as well! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

In progress- collecting colorful glassware!Today, I'm excited to share the progress I'm making on a rainbow glassware display in our breakfast nook. 

If you watched my empty home tour, you might remember that this rainbow glassware display was one of the things I had planned since pretty much the day we first saw this house. We already have plenty of other spaces for our white dishes and clear glassware, so this little built-in in the breakfast nook was the perfect spot to do a fun pop of color! 

I don't thrift shop or visit flea markets as much as I did in my twenties (which was once or more weekly), but I still have a soft spot for vintage. So it's been fun for me to have one focused collection to work on this year. Sometimes I just like to go and browse on a Sunday afternoon, and this collection has given me something to search for so I don't bring home knick knacks (or as my husband would call it, "clutter"). 

In progress- collecting colorful glassware! I've enjoyed the slowness of this collection. I probably could have done it faster, but I gave myself a budget for each piece (I try to keep each piece under $3, and $5 when it's an extra pretty/special one!) At flea markets, depression glass (and fake depression glass) can be pretty pricy...sometimes up to $20 for one piece in Missouri. I skip over those, reminding myself that I've already found plenty at the thrifts for .25 cents each! 

In progress- collecting colorful glassware!  In the beginning I planned which colors I wanted to collect. I skipped red because it's just not my favorite in this kind of glassware (too goth?), and I skipped orange because it's really hard to find. 

I've put extra effort into finding pink, turquoise and bright yellow (not amber) because those are the colors I think I will use the most for table settings. By the way, in case you are wondering, I 100% plan to use this glassware for parties and cocktail nights. It is a pretty collection, but it's not just a collection. 

In progress- collecting colorful glassware!   The details on the individual pieces are really fun! This goblet with stars makes me smile.

In progress- collecting colorful glassware!    As you can see, I still have some gaps and holes to fill. I'm fine with it being a long-term collection. Maybe by the time I have the breakfast nook tour ready to share, it will be full, but maybe not. 

In progress- collecting colorful glassware!      Here's where I am today. You can see they still have tags and stuff on them. I was just kind of putting them up so I could see what colors I need more of. Basically every color, huh? Green and yellow are filling up. Pink and purple are more challenging to find.

Anyway! That's my little flea market/thrift project. I'm looking forward to seeing it come together! 

Anyone in the Nashville area have any suggestions for the best flea market and thrift shops? And while I'm at it—places to buy plants? :) 

Thanks for letting me share! A lot of you guys have requested that we share more progress reports instead of just waiting till the big before/after reveal. So I'm going to do more of that with this house. I hope it will allow you to feel more involved in the process from start to finish. That would be awesome! xx- Elsie 

Credits// Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions

Eggplant Parm Meatballs (via Oh man, you guys, I'm really excited about this post today. We're focusing on a few of my favorite things: mainly saucy pasta. But we're also gonna make some truly amazing meat-less meatballs. And, even more surprising, we're gonna use eggplant as our main ingredient. This is a bit weird for me because, as I've confessed once before, I'm not a huge eggplant fan. But these eggplant parm meatballs are truly out-of-this-world good. You'll just have to try them to see what I'm talking about.

Eggplant Parm Meatballs (via  Crispy, pan fried eggplant meatballs on top of whole wheat linguine (or whatever noodles you prefer) with your favorite homemade or store bought tomato sauce—it's one of those dinners you'll look forward to all day long. And some days you need that, you know? :)

Real life eggplant emojiEggplant might not be my all time favorite vegetable, but they sure are pretty!

Eggplant parm meatballsEggplant Parm Meatballs, makes a dozen, enough for 2-3 servings.

2 cups finely chopped eggplant (about half the eggplant you see pictured above)
2/3 cup TVP (textured vegetable protein)
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes (I used dry, fresh is good too)
1/4 teaspoon red pepper
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 egg
2/3 cup flour (all-purpose, whole wheat, or a combo of the two)
1/2 to 2/3 cup bread crumbs

6 oz. uncooked pasta (again, this is for 2-3 servings)
tomato sauce, I like a LOT, so I'll just say 3-5 cups here so you can decide how much you like
fresh basil and more Parmesan to serve

First heat the water in a small pot. Once hot, remove from heat and add in the TVP. Cover to soften. You can do this in the microwave by heating the water and then removing, add TVP and cover with a lid or plastic wrap. Up to you. Then stir in the soy sauce. 

What is TVP?Are you thinking, "What the heck is TVP, and where do I buy that?" I hear you. It's one of those sort of weird ingredients until you start using it—then you get hooked. Usually I find this in the bulk area at larger grocery stores or health food stores. TVP, as stated above, is short for textured vegetable protein. It's absolutely fantastic for making veggie burgers or meatballs as it adds a really great texture. If you want to know more, you can do what I did and google it. I highly recommend adding this to your cooking arsenal if you haven't already—it's delicious although a touch "astronaut food" I must admit. :)

Best meatless meatballsIn a large mixing bowl, combine the softened TVP, chopped eggplant, spices, cheese, egg and flour. Stir to combine, the mixture should become almost dough-y. Form into balls and roll in the breadcrumbs. Place on a plate or pie pan, and pop in the freezer for a few minutes. 

Best vegetarian meatball recipeWhile your pasta is cooking and your tomato sauce is warming, you can cook the meatballs. Pan fry in a generous amount of oil for 11-12 minutes, rotating every 2-4 minutes so they don't stick to the pan and also so every side can get a little crispy. 

If you want to skip the pasta, you can totally just dunk these in tomato sauce once they are cooked and cooled enough to handle. Yum!

Eggplant Parm Meatballs (via you don't consume all the meatballs the night you make them, let the leftovers cool a bit and then store them in a ziplock bag or airtight container in the refrigerator. You can rewarm them at 375°F for 10-12 minutes and then eat them by themselves, over pasta, or on top of a salad. Might sound weird, but I did this with some of my leftovers and it was delicious! Enjoy. xo. Emma

P.S. Still not feeling the eggplant? Try these vegetarian meatballs made with tempeh. Yum!

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

8 Ways to Use Removable Wallpaper! (click through for tutorial)When decorating a space, the sheer amount of decisions you have to make can be overwhelming to say the least. Every choice you make affects all the other choices in a room, and it's stressful to make lots of decisions that you can't go back on (or at least not very easily) once made. It's also tough if you are the type of person that changes their home design a lot or gets tired of visual things faster than others. But if any of these situations describes you, I've got just the solution—removable wallpaper! It's a great way to add a pop of color or pattern to your home and it's easy to remove, so you can feel free to change it up as needed. It's also great for renters who can't make permanent decisions for the space, but want to liven up the existing area in the meantime. And, there are so many ways you can use removable wallpaper too. Here are a few of my favorite ways:

Decorate a desk: I got this inexpensive desk to use in my new workroom because I liked the clean lines and shape, but the faux wood veneer was just not doing it for me. A few strips of speckled dot wallpaper later and this desk became too cute for words. Such a difference, don't you think? Two thumbs up!!

8 Ways to Use Removable Wallpaper! (click through for tutorial) Give your built-ins a bold look: Built-in bookcases can be a great addition to a room for either storage or display purposes, but pulling off the shelves and adding a fun pattern to the back wall (like this black and white stripe pattern) can really take a simple built-in shelf from functional to just plain fun!

8 Ways to Use Removable Wallpaper! (click through for tutorial)      Dress up your drawers: I gave our bedside nightstands a little makeover when we first moved since they got rather dingy in transit from one state to another. Using this palm paper to cover the fronts of the drawers added a giant punch of personality to the project and it took only minutes to apply. Quick and cute—my favorite kind of DIYs!

8 Ways to Use Removable Wallpaper! (click through for tutorial)       Create statement stairs: If you really want to add some pattern in an unexpected way, try covering the bottom half of your stairs! It's a great way to showcase a staircase and it really adds a modern feel to your steps. Do each the same or alternate with coordinating patterns as well!

8 Ways to Use Removable Wallpaper! (click through for tutorial)     Make random nooks notable: Lots of people have those odd little cubbies or nooks in their house that they aren't totally sure what to do with. For me it's this phone cubby in the hallway. I mean, it is an adorable reminder of a time when you only had one stationary phone per house, but I'm not totally sure what to do with it in 2015. So, rather than let it sink into the overall hallway, I decided to highlight it instead with a pretty pattern and this cute little ceramic phone planter. Couldn't be a more appropriate spot for that planter for sure!

8 Ways to Use Removable Wallpaper! (click through for tutorial)  Cover up some cubes: What are the three most important words when you blog out of your house? Storage, storage, storage!! I can't get enough of it. Since the closets are quite a bit smaller in this house than the last one, I'm doing more storage furniture in the rooms and wanted to make a basic storage cube setup a little more personal. Once I covered the outside of a few foldable storage boxes with a pattern that matches the desk across from it, it made the whole setup look much more custom and fun.

8 Ways to Use Removable Wallpaper! (click through for tutorial)   Look inside for a surprise: Don't forget that the inside of drawers can be an ideal place to hide a bit of pattern that's just for you to see! Desk drawers, kitchen drawers, bathroom drawers...if it opens, you can decorate it! For an art room desk, what's more perfect then a brushstroke pattern inside?

8 Ways to Use Removable Wallpaper! (click through for tutorial)    Wallpaper a wall: OK, yeah, this is the most obvious one of the bunch, but if you have a hard time keeping bold choices for a long time or don't have the budget to wallpaper a whole room, just doing one wall of removable paper is a great choice. I'm head over heels for this black and white palm print wallpaper and it's the perfect vibe since we are going for a midcentury California feel in our current house. Love it!

You may have noticed that I already used the "removable" function of the wallpaper on those nightstands next to our bed. I loved that green palm print on the drawers, but when I added the black and white wallpaper to the wall recently, the patterns were a little too much to be right next to each other. Since it was removable though, it only took about 10 seconds to make the change back to white. Yes!

Now that you know there are so many ways to use removable wallpaper, there's no excuse not to add some print and pattern to your space as well. Since it comes off so easily, you don't have to keep it forever, but take it from me, you'll enjoy it while it's there! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

How to make a vegan latteI drink hot coffee drinks all year long. It's not that I don't enjoy iced coffee or an iced latte from time to time. I do. I'm just a hot coffee kind of gal, which is good news this time of year because hot coffee drinks make even more sense than usual. It totally ups the cozy factor, am I right? :)

Best homemade non dairy lattesLately I've been cutting out dairy during most of the week, just a random health challenge, and I've been enjoying it. But that doesn't mean I don't still crave a weekday latte here and there. Luckily there are LOTS of options for this. Here are three non-dairy lattes that I've been enjoying lately. 

How to make pumpkin spice syrupI make a half batch of my PSL latte syrup (see here for my original recipe). Then I fill a coffee mug with a few teaspoons of syrup, then a shot (or two—depending on my "needs" that day) of espresso (I have a home espresso machine, but I also sometimes use instant espresso), and then 1 1/2 cups of hot almond milk.

If you have an espresso machine, usually it has a milk frothing wand, but you can also buy a handheld milk frother and just heat your milk in a small pot, froth by hand, and add to your mug. You also could just skip the frothing all together and just heat up the milk on the stovetop or in the microwave. I like my milk frothed. Even though it isn't exactly like a good coffee shop, it gives the drink just that little extra something that makes it feel special. But, that's just me.

Chai tea recipeMy second favorite (at least this month) is a coconut milk chai. To make the tea, I simply combine 2 cups water with 3 cloves, 1/4 teaspoon ginger (powder), 1 cinnamon stick, and 1/2 teaspoon whole peppercorns. Once the water is hot, I add two black tea bags and steep for 3-5 minutes. If I want to add a little sweetness, I'll stir in 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar at this point too.

Then I heat and froth my coconut milk (about 1 cup), strain the tea and combine both in a large coffee mug.

How to make a mochaLast is an almond milk mocha. Lately I've been making this the "lazy" way by combining a packet of hot cocoa mix with warmed and frothed almond milk and a shot of espresso. Some hot cocoa mixes have powdered milk in them, so if you want to keep this dairy-free, watch out for that. You could also use chocolate syrup, or cocoa and some sugar dissolved as an alternative if you can't find a hot cocoa mix you like. That's it. The end. Go make a cozy drink for yourself now. :) xo. Emma

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


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