Bedroom before and afterMint bedroomMint bedroom   Mint bedroom The house we purchased for our Habitat for Humanity project had two bedrooms, which we're excited to show you today!

One dilemma we faced was how to update the bedrooms without knowing who would be using them. It was a real head scratcher. We didn't know if the family who will eventually own this home would be a single mom with two young daughters, a single dad with a teenage son, a couple with a newborn, a couple with no children, or really anything in between. We just didn't have that information. For a while we thought we might just leave the rooms completely unfinished, but that just didn't feel right when you considered what we were doing throughout the rest of the house. 

Finally, we decided to keep the rooms as simple as possible but have adult-size beds in each. If the family doesn't end up needing one, they can always donate it or store it in the basement until they do. 

In the first bedroom (pictured above), we removed the old carpets and restored the wood floors. We repaired the walls and gave the room a fresh coat of paint. In each room we decided to paint one wall with an accent color to give the space a little personality. This room got mint (same as the door in the kitchen)! Our thought was that even if the family doesn't enjoy the color we chose, they will only need to paint over one wall (instead of all four), which is an easy and inexpensive update they can choose to make if they like. Won't hurt our feelings one bit. :)

Bedroom 2 before and afterCoral bedroom  Coral bedroom   Coral bedroom Coral bedroomThe second bedroom already had exposed wood floors, so we simply had to restore them, repair and paint the walls, and add a few fun touches like these DIY cement side tables. I love how cheery both bedrooms ended up feeling. We hope they make the family smile when they walk into their new home someday! xo. Emma, Elsie, and the ABM team.

PS - You can find the paint sources here. :)

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman, Photography: Janae Hardy and Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions. First bedroom: Lamps/Shades of Light, Night stand/Wayfair, Rug/Serena and Lily, Bed + linens/Pine Cone Hill and curtains/Target. Second bedroom: Acrylic shelf/West Elm, Rug/Lulu and Georgia, Pouf/Serena and Lily, Daybed + Floor lamp/IKEA, Throw pillows/Anek Designs, Clever Spaces, and River Oak Studio, and abstract artwork/Elizabeth Chapman.

Perfect for brunch! orange zest scones (click through for recipes       Although lately I've been much more of a coffee person than I've ever been before, I grew up being strictly a tea drinker. While I still love to dunk cookies into a warm drink, there aren't too many things than can beat a freshly made scone with your morning cup of tea (or coffee). My mom used to make these orange scones for us growing up and drizzle a sweet zesty icing on top. They are best just out the oven and perfect for a girls' brunch or special lazy Saturday breakfast.

Perfect for brunch! orange zest scones (click through for recipes)Orange Zest Scones, makes 8.

2 1/4 cups flour
5-6 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/3 cup cold butter in pieces
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup milk
1 egg (slightly beaten)

For the icing:

2-3 tablespoons warm butter
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
2 teaspoon orange juice
1-2 teaspoons milk

Perfect for brunch! orange zest scones (click through for recipes Mix together the flour, sugar and baking powder in a large bowl. Use a pastry blender to cut in the pieces of cold butter and orange zest until the mixture looks like course crumbles.

Perfect for brunch! orange zest scones (click through for recipes Add in the orange juice, milk and egg and mix until combined. Transfer the sticky dough to a floured surface and gently fold in flour until the dough is only slightly sticky. 

Perfect for brunch! orange zest scones (click through for recipes Roll out the dough to make a 10" circle and sprinkle 2 tablespoons of sugar on top of the dough. Use a pizza cutter to cut the circle into 8 sections (or 12 if you want smaller scones), and place the sections on a greased baking sheet or ungreased baking stone with a little room between the slices. 

Perfect for brunch! orange zest scones (click through for recipes Bake in a 400° oven for 15-17 minutes or until the edges start to brown.

For the icing, use a fork to mash together the warm butter and powdered sugar. Then add in the zest, juice and milk to form a runny buttercream type icing. If the icing is too thick, add more juice or milk, and if it's too runny, add more powdered sugar.

Drizzle the icing on the warm scones and serve immediately.

Perfect for brunch! orange zest scones (click through for recipes Perfect for brunch! orange zest scones (click through for recipes The scone itself is only lightly sweet, but it's balanced out by the light sugar coating and the sweet drizzled icing on top. If you aren't going to serve these right away, they will still be delicious, but I would wait to ice them until right before you serve your scones.

I have to say that I was having a bit of a rough week when I made these and the smell of the orange zest was so calming that baking these was kind of a stress relief from the rest of the day. I couldn't resist eating one right out of the oven, and it tasted so good and reminded me so much of home that I actually teared up a bit after my first bite. Whether you cry when you eat them or not, I hope making these becomes a happy memory for you too! xo. Laura

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

GeometricPowerJewelryThis copper trend, huh! I just can't quit it! I use a lot of these copper pipes in my personal projects and was experimenting with smaller cuts when they sort of fell together in a triangle and I had a flash of inspiration. I have made a straw bunting before and arranged a himmeli from these same pipes. So the same principle of threading them together to form a shape easily married with the idea of making it into a wearable piece. It feels like a power necklace. I love it!

Copper Power Necklace
-two 2' x 1/4" copper piping tubes
-6' of leather cord that will fit inside 1/4" tubes
-jump rings
-10mm rectangular end caps
-toggle clasp and ring
-pipe cutter

Cut Your Copper DownCut your pipe down accordingly:
5 - 1" cuts
4 - 1.5" cuts
4 - 2" cuts 
2 - 2.5" cuts

StringOneShortAndTwoLongsYou'll create five triangles in a row going from smallest to largest and then back to smallest. Tie a loop knot at one end of your leather cord and then string one of your 1" cuts of pipe over your cord. Follow it up with two of the 1.5" cuts of pipe. Then loop the loose end of your cord back through the shortest piece of copper in the same direction you originally looped it through. Keep pulling your leather cord through all three pieces until you get them snugly into a triangle shape near the knotted end. 

Slide It Down and Add AnotherFor your second triangle, you'll repeat the process of adding one of the 1" pieces but then follow up with two of the 2" pieces of copper. Run that cord through the 1" piece for that triangle again and adjust things so that they're snugly nestled next to your first triangle. Repeat again with another 1" short piece and your two longest cuts of pipe for your center triangle. Continue in that fashion with your 2" cuts for your fourth triangle and your 1.5" cuts for your last triangle. 

Tie Off Other EndOnce you've adjusted them all so they are snugly touching top corners, tie another loop knot close to the corner. Trim it so that you have about 1/2" of a tail.

Tuck It InThen tuck that tail into the copper pipe so it won't be flapping around. This creates your bib piece. You'll use the rest of your leather cord for the straps in the next few steps.

Attach Your ClaspsUsing your pliers, connect your end caps to your toggle ring and clasp. 

IMG_7709For a necklace that rests on your chest, cut two lengths of leather that are 12" each. Loop one length through one of the loop knots on one side of the triangles. Bring the two loose ends together again and tie a knot as shown above. Repeat on the other side. 

Attach to Leather CordsTrim your loose ends so they're even and about 1/2" from your knot. Then clamp your end caps over the loose ends with your pliers. 

PipeNecklaceDIYYou now have a bold piece from the hardware section to liven up your favorite casual tee and boyfriend jeans. Simplify things a bit and do just one triangle on a longer leather cord for a completely different, yet equally fantastic necklace! -Rachel

Credits//Author and Photography: Rachel Denbow. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Bathroom before and afterBathroom BathroomOur Habitat for Humanity project house had one full bathroom as well as a laundry room that needed some serious attention. You can see more of the before photos of these spaces here

Where do I even begin with the bathroom? It was seriously one of the saddest bathrooms I've ever seen. The floor was multiple pieces of damaged linoleum, and it had an oddly shaped mirror and cabinet that could barely fit anything inside, an unfinished shower/bathtub combination and a severely water-damaged window. Yikes!

So many things needed to be changed in this space before it could feel like a place you would actually get clean in. We replaced the damaged linoleum floors with black and white rectangle tiles in a herringbone pattern. We had to remove and repair the window area and walls surrounding, which we added white wall tile to. We replaced the bathtub and updated the shower. And we removed the old sink and broken mirror and replaced them with a more functional pair.

This room took a LOT of work considering its size, but we are so happy with the outcome! 

Laundry room before and afterLaundry room Laundry roomThe laundry room gave us quite a surprise with a rotten floor underneath the old carpet. We had to get that repaired for safety purposes before we could lay our marble-like tile (see how here) and repair and paint the walls. We also purchased an Energy Star rated washer and dryer for the house. One funny thing about this space is that due to the venting and outlets (this room is an add-on from the original house), the washer and dryer have to be positioned a little apart, separated by the door to the kitchen. But the room feels so fresh now and provides quite a bit of extra storage space for the future family—major plus! xo. Emma, Elsie, and the ABM team

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman, Photography: Janae Hardy and Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions. Bathroom: shower curtain/Target, Mirror/IKEA, Vanity + Light fixture/Lowe's. Laundry Room: curtains/ IKEA

Buttermilk Biscuit Breakfast Sandwiches (via get super excited when I see biscuit sandwiches on a brunch menu. I love biscuits. I love sandwiches. It's just the perfect little meal to start your weekend with if you ask me. Well, as long as it's paired with a big cup of coffee with cream. :)

Best Ever Buttermilk Biscuit Sandwiches (via I've been working to perfect my homemade version of this favorite weekend treat, and I think I finally have a version I love so much I'm ready to share it with you. The biscuits are flaky and easy to make. I'm currently loving veggie sausage and cheese, but you could add bacon or arugula—whatever you prefer. And then it gets topped with a baked egg. I LOVE this simple method for baking eggs because you could literally have a dozen people over for breakfast and have an egg sandwich ready for all of them at the same time—which is nuts because eggs are tricky little suckers since they cook so fast. I also love these baked eggs because to me they are the perfect amount of runny yolk that I like in a sandwich. I love a runny yolk, but in a sandwich (which I generally eat with my hands), I don't like it too runny—just gets too messy. 

Can you tell I have a LOT of opinions about breakfast sandwiches. :) Here's how I like to make mine.

Best buttermilk biscuit recipeButtermilk Biscuits, makes one dozen.

2 cups flour
2 teaspoons salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup cold butter
1 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon honey
1 egg (for the egg wash top, optional)

In a bowl stir together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Cut the cold butter into small cubes. Then use your clean hands to work those into the flour, making small pebbles. Pour in the buttermilk and honey and stir until just combined. No need to overmix this dough. Turn out onto a floured surface and press into a dough ball. Roll out so the dough is 1/3 inch thick and cut out your biscuits. You may need to press the dough together after cutting out the first batch so you can cut out all twelve. 

Best buttermilk biscuit recipe Brush the biscuit tops with a whisked egg. Bake at 400°F for 14-15 minutes.

But before you pop those in the oven...

How to bake eggs in a muffin panSpray a regular-sized muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray. Fill each cup with one egg. If you plan to bake less eggs than your pan holds, you can fill the remaining cups with a little bit of water. This helps preserve your pan and keeps the eggs from drying out while they bake. 

Bake these at 400°F for 13-15 minutes, just until the center is set but still jiggly. They should be just beginning to pull away from the edges of the pan.

And yes, you can bake these along with the biscuits. That's what I do so everything is ready all at once.

Best Ever Buttermilk Biscuit Sandwiches (via cooked a few frozen veggie sausages to go along with these, but like I said, you can change it up. Or keep it simple with just eggs or eggs and cheese. Top the baked eggs with a little salt and pepper just after they come out of the oven, and happy breakfast to you! xo. Emma

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


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