About ABM

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Welcome! We’re Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman. We’re sisters. Together we own A Beautiful Mess where our motto is:

Stay home + make something!

On this blog we share home decor projects, recipes, and crafts, natural beauty, and lots of random bits of our life in the Midwest. As you can probably guess, we are total homebodies who grew up making craft projects together‚ÄĒand nothing has really changed. Our company is dedicated to being a positive force in the world and on the internet. We try to do this by keeping our site focused on positivity and love and our goal is to inspire you to make stuff.

If you want to learn more about what we write about, what our other businesses are all about, and the books we’ve written then check our START HERE page.

See below for our full-time team members, we also work with a number of very talented contributors and contracts.

We also started a Give Back Initiative that you can read more about here.

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.

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meet the team!

Elsie Larson

Founder & 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. ūüėČ

Spirit Animal: An old pug
Go-to road trip snack: McDonalds french fries
Favorite movie: Rosemary’s Baby
Celebrity crush: Steven Colbert
Guilty pleasure: Shania Twain
Non-blog hobby: Eating my way through Nashville
Childhood hero: Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman

Emma Chapman

Founder & CEO

Emma is the CEO and co-owner of A Beautiful Mess. Emma oversees the entire company and also has 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 the risks. She loves a challenge.

Spirit Animal: Pug, especially my pug, Love Love
Go-to road trip snack: Heath bar
Favorite movie: Stranger than Fiction
Celebrity crush: Hugh Jackman
Guilty pleasure: Hot fudge sundaes, for no reason
Non-blog hobby: Sewing, reading, and Les Mills Body Pump ūüôā
Childhood hero: Donald Duck

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 as a project assistant for other writers as well.

Spirit animal: Snow Leopard
Road snacks: Latte and Cheez-Its
Favorite movie: Charade or The Way We Were
Celebrity crush:¬†Old School‚ÄĒRobert Redford, New School‚ÄĒChristian Bale, Young Buck‚ÄĒLiam 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

Jacki Moseley

Community Engagement Manager

Jacki manages and coordinates our social media and keeps things running smoothly around the office. She also assists with all sorts of tasks within our sponsorship program and digital publishing program. She’s the best and helps us keep some order amongst all the chaos.

Spirit Animal: Boston Terrier
Go-to road trip snack: Sonic (tots forever)
Favorite movie: Rosemary’s Baby
Celebrity Crush: David Duchovny
Guilty pleasure:¬†Listening to 90’s R&B and dance music like it’s nobody’s business
Non-blog hobby: Yoga, cycling, and running an Etsy shop
Childhood Hero: Ramona Quimby

Claire Shaffer

Business Development Manager

Claire manages our advertising and sponsorships program. Her roles covers all sorts of responsibilities including pitching and managing our sponsored content program, not only on the A Beautiful Mess site, but across all our social channels as well.

Spirit Animal: Snowman
Go-to road trip snack: Twizzlers and Turtle Chex Mix
Favorite movie: If it’s Disney or Audrey Hepburn I’m good!
Celebrity crush: Chris Evans
Guilty pleasure:  Fixer Upper and Bones reruns
Non-blog hobby: Reading and running
Childhood hero: Lois Lane or Wonder Woman

Keely Rust

Shop Manager/Marketing Director

Keely is THE gal behind the e-commerce side of ABM including our brand Oui Fresh. She is the brains behind so many things including: shop marketing campaigns, product creation, and overseeing brand photo shoots. We love her creative energy!

Spirit Animal: Leslie Knope
Go-to road trip snack: Seasonal Reese’s shape, the ideal chocolate to PB ratio
Favorite movie: That Thing You Do!
Celebrity Crush: Chrissy Teigen (we are BFFs in my mind)
Guilty pleasure: One Direction
Non-blog hobby: Making themed Spotify playlists
Childhood Hero: Harry Potter and Baby Spice, equally

Jeremy Larson

Staff Videographer

Jeremy creates many of the videos you see on ABM. We love the travel videos he’s created for us (see Austin, Nashville, Palm Springs and Costa Rica). His latest Violents album, Awake and Pretty Much Sober¬†launched this year and it’s amazing!

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


Frequently Asked Questions

Why don’t you post more meat recipes on the blog?

Emma develops the majority of the recipes on ABM and she is a “mostly vegetarian.” She prefers a plant based diet for health as well as some moral considerations. But you’ll find an occasional meat or seafood dish from time to time if you’re paying attention. ūüôā

I’m coming to Springfield! Do you have a list of fun places should I visit?

Yes, welcome to our hometown! Here’s a list of a few places we love: To eat, we like Aviary Creperie, J.O.B., Gailey’s,¬†Taylor’s Drive In¬†and Casper’s. Our favorite coffee shops are The Coffee Ethic + Kingdom. Our favorite bars are¬†Scotch & Soda¬†and The Golden Girl Rum Club. If you have time to shop check out Staxx.¬†Don’t forget to drop by Hurt’s¬†for donuts!

I want to submit my home for your ‚ÄúAt Home With‚ÄĚ feature. Who do I email?

You can email us at submit AT abeautifulmess DOT com. Please keep in mind that during times that we receive a higher volume of submission we are not always able to write back to everyone. BUT if we do want to feature your home you will hear from us, so there is no need to follow up. Thanks!

Who takes your photos?

Most writers on ABM take their own photos in whole or in part. We also have a few awesome photographers we work with. We always credit the photographer at the bottom of each blog post. We started doing this a few years ago so our very old posts may be missing this info. But our aim is to update as we can. ūüôā

Which iPhone apps do you use?

We are bias, but we love A Color Story for filters and other adjustments. Our aim was to make that the very best photo editing app on the market. We also love A Design Kit (how could we not?) for creating backgrounds, adding text, stickers, and other design elements to photos.

I love your photography! Can you share some tips?

We use A Color Story Desktop to edit all the photos you see on the blog. Looking for photography tips? Here are a few favorite past articles on this subject: Tips For Lifestyle Photography, Tips For Capturing Emotion In Photos, 5 Tips For Indoor Photos, 5 Tips for Outdoor Photos, 10 Things Not To Do, Tips For Pet Photography, Tips For Outfit Photos, Tips for Photographing Your Home + 5 Tips For Food Photography. You can see our full photography tips archive here.

How do you draw on your photos?

Most handwriting you see on the blog (including the banner) is Elsie’s handwriting. She uses the Wacom Bamboo Tablet.¬†You can read about it¬†here.

I’m new to blogging. Can you give me advice?

We shared some tips here, co-wrote an article for new bloggers with a blogger we mentored here and shared perspectives on our young industry here. We also have an e-course FULL of personal stories and advice for any new blogger looking to grow.

The best piece of advice we can give to a young blogger is to write the blog you want to read. Being good at anything takes time, and blogging is no different. Keep going, be consistent, and make small goals for yourself.

Can I post your DIY project or recipe on my blog?

Yes, but please follow these guidelines: You can post one photo of our finished project or recipe with a link to our original blog post. You also have our permission to pin our photos on Pinterest.

DO NOT post the entire content of any blog post, DIY step-by-step photos, or written instructions without written permission. A Beautiful Mess is protected by copyright laws.

If you are a print publication wanting to use a high res image or have any other questions about usage of a photo of ours, email support AT abeautifulmess DOT com. 

I want to grow my blog. How did you build a readership?

We¬†built a readership over the course of many years. Some things that have worked for me are focusing on quality posts that take time to write and develop, being consistent (I’ve been posting almost every day for several years), and being myself. It’s a slow and steady process, not an overnight thing. We spend a lot of time planning and developing the ideas you see here on the blog. It’s the product of hard work, constant evaluation, and lots of love.

We have (and will continue) to share lots of blogging tips, which you can browse here. We also wrote an entire course on blogging, called Blog Life,  so if you are looking to become a blogger or grow your site you might check that out as well.