Blueberry muffin cookies (via abeautifulmess.com)  These embody all of my favorite parts of a muffin, namely sweet, delicious flavors (these feature blueberries and candied ginger) and the crown, crumble tops. I LOVE crumble tops! But who doesn't? It's made of some of the most addictive ingredients in baking: butter, sugar, and flour. Simple, but so good.

Blueberry muffin cookies (via abeautifulmess.com)But these are at the core a cookie, so I'm not putting this out there as a healthy breakfast option. Oh no, dear friends, this is a treat – and such a fun alternative to any classic cookie you might make more often, be it chocolate chip or peanut butter. 

You'll note in the recipe that I've left the candied ginger as optional, but I highly recommend you add it if you can find it in the spice section of your grocery store. I really love adding a little candied ginger to all sorts of things: cookies, quick breads, pie crust, or cobbler recipes. It adds such a fun contrast of flavors and a little bit of heat/spice. 

Blueberries

Blueberry Muffin Cookies, makes one dozen

1/2 cup softened butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour*
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon grated candied ginger, optional
1 cup fresh or frozen, thawed blueberries

For the crumble tops:
3 tablespoons cold butter
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup flour
a pinch of salt

*If you'd like, you can use 1 cup all-purpose flour instead of 3/4 cup and then 1/4 cup whole wheat flour. Up to you.

In a bowl, cream together the softened butter, sugars, and vanilla extract until well combined. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, and salt. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet and stir until combined and crumbly dough begins to form. 

Grate the candied ginger, and then measure out a heaping 1/4 teaspoon and add to the bowl along with the blueberries. Stir, then refrigerate for a few minutes while you prepare the crumb topping.

Blueberry muffin cookies (via abeautifulmess.com) Cube the cold butter and combine in a small bowl with the sugar and flour. Use your clean hands to press together until a very crumbly mixture forms.

Spoon the batter onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a baking mat. Top each with the crumble topping. Bake at 350°F for 15-16 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack and allow to cool for 5 minutes before enjoying. The cookies will still be quite soft once they come out of the oven, so it's best to let them cool a little before serving. 

Happy cookie baking! xx. Emma

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

Katie's Gallery Wall with A Beautiful MessHey, friends!! This morning we wanted to update you on the results of this recent contest we hosted with Canon USA, where we got to give away a new printer, $1,000, and a little visit from us. It's not every day that we get to visit a blog reader's home and help them make over a wall. We had SO much fun! 

The winner of our contest was Katie Thierjung. She's a college student with an incredible Instagram and super cute Etsy shop. We immediately loved Katie's whole aesthetic and begged her to use some of her own photos in her gallery wall. 

Here's a photo of Katie's bedroom before: 

BeforeShe made us a pin board with a lot of inspiration, and then we pitched her three ideas to choose from. One was a crazy tissue fringe covered wall, one was an abstract painted wall, and the last was a classic gallery wall. Katie chose the gallery wall and after really knowing her space, I think she made the right choice! It turned out so fresh and nice. 

Before we arrived, Katie did a few updates she had already been wanting to do, painting her walls white and replacing her bed with a sofa bed. It brightened the space up and served her function as a bedroom and workspace for her design work. 

Katie's Gallery Wall with A Beautiful Mess We started with a few fun prints from past Happy Mail boxes. Emma and I raided our stashes at home and brought a bunch of pieces for Katie to choose from. 

Katie's Gallery Wall with A Beautiful Mess  Next, we printed a bunch of Katie's Instagram photos using the Canon PIXMA iP8720 Crafting Printer that she won in the contest. It's a wide format printer and very useful for a gallery wall project like this. It's crazy how good the quality is when you've only seen a photo TINY on Instagram. Her photos looked incredible blown up. 

You can also see here that we used colorful poster board to trace all the frame sizes, and then we hung them in place to make sure the spacing looked right. 

 

Katie's Gallery Wall with A Beautiful Mess   Here we are halfway through the hanging process. 

Here's a video where you can see a time lapse of pretty much our whole day! 

 

Katie's Gallery Wall with A Beautiful Mess    SUCCESS! This gallery wall made a huge impact, and we had it done before sunset – wooooo!!! 

Katie's Gallery Wall with A Beautiful Mess      Katie's Gallery Wall with A Beautiful Mess      Katie's Gallery Wall with A Beautiful Mess      What a fun day! High fives all around. xx- Elsie + Emma 

Credits//Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Video and Music: Jeremy Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Instax Mini ScrapbookHey, guys! Happy Sunday! I wanted to share kind of a random scrapbook project I made this week, just for fun!

As many of you have noticed, I haven't scrapbooked for a bit. Honestly, it's been almost a year since my stuff has been in boxes (yes, a lot of my crafty stuff is STILL in boxes), and I've been so busy with other projects I haven't given it much thought.

With that said, we made a lot of really special memories this year, so I wanted to try a new way of quickly printing them out and throwing them into a little photo album. This week I've been printing out a ton of photos from my iPhone using this really cute novelty printer. It prints your iPhone photos onto Instax film. Because as much as I LOVE my Instax camera, I hardly ever think to carry it around, especially during travel. I actually really only use it during nighttime parties (party pix vibes!) 

Instax Mini Scrapbook  So basically, you sync your smartphone with this little printer and you can print out any photos from your phone onto Instax film (the exact same film you use in the Instax camera). It comes in rainbow too

Instax Mini Scrapbook So I printed out a bunch of random memories from this past year and a half. Then I threw them all into this cute pink Instax photo album. I used a few stickers and embellishments that came from Happy Mail and Messy Box as well. 

Instax Mini Scrapbook   Here's a few pics of my finished album! 

It was really fun and REALLY easy to put together in one afternoon. However, I will say that the quality is not NEARLY as good as what I'm used to (with our Canon printers). I think it's OK since this is a novelty printer, and I have my photos saved/printed other places. It's basically just like an instant photo, imperfect in sort of a cool/artsy way.

Instax Mini Scrapbook    Instax Mini Scrapbook    Instax Mini Scrapbook    Instax Mini Scrapbook    I always love getting an album done... even when it's a little mini one like this! It'll be on my coffee table if anyone wants to see it! ;) 

Oh! And I had some extra film, so I just kept printing more and more fun/random photos and displayed them in this little basket in my living room. Feels REALLY GOOD to be filling out our home with memories and personal details. 

Have a great Sunday my friends! xx- Elsie 

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

Oui FreshEmma and I are so thrilled to share our newest project with you today! On May 16th we will launch Oui Fresh

Oui Fresh     Oui Fresh will be a curated collection of t-shirts, apparel and accessories. Basically a shop full of things we LOVE and want to wear – a total dream come true for us! 

We're partnering with Hello Merch to print our t-shirts! A few weeks ago we had a chance to visit their warehouse and printing factory in Arizona to see our shirts actually being printed! Partnering with Hello Merch was a no-brainer for us. We've both been wearing Hello Apparel shirts for years and years and have always been impressed with both their level of quality and their ethics as a brand. 

Here are a few sneak peeks– 

Oui Fresh Oui Fresh Oui Fresh Oui Fresh Oui Fresh All of these t-shirts, sunnies and bags will be available on May 16th!!!!! 

Alright, guys!! If you want to keep seeing sneak peeks leading up to May 16th, follow Oui Fresh on Instagram.

Love you guys and thank you for your support! 

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Wallpaper shelves (via abeautifulmess.com) Wallpaper shelves Thought I'd share a little peek into some of the decor updates I've been working on in my dining room. First off let me just say, I LOVE our dining room. It's not exactly a formal dining room in that it's not separated into its own space by walls and a door, but is rather part of a big open living area that has our kitchen, a living room, my office, and our dining room. Check out my empty home tour to get a better of idea if that doesn't make sense. 

I love that we can fit a large dining room table, seating 6 to 8 easily in this space. It's great for entertaining – I even hosted my family for Christmas this past year and LOVED having so much space to entertain in. I also love that it has a few large windows on one wall, making it feel bright and inviting (or vibe-y at night). And I love the shelves/extra counter space that we mostly use as a bar area and glass storage but could also become a small buffet counter for casseroles or other dishes at a big dinner event. 

Can you tell I'm excited to host in this space?!?Diningroom shelvesHere's a (blurry) photo of the dining room just after we bought the house. Although I loved the space, I wasn't in love with the black, distressed look of the cabinets. The upper cabinet doors weren't really my style, and the light fixture also wasn't exactly my taste either. 

First, we had all the cabinets painted white. We've done a lot of painting ourselves in the house, but I did hire a professional to paint our cabinets as they are much more labor intensive if you do them right (taking off all the doors and hardware, etc.). This made a HUGE difference to the space. But after living with it for a couple of months, I decided that I just didn't like the upper cabinet doors, mainly the arched glass. I thought about just getting new, plain cabinet doors or even having something made out of acrylic. But in the end I decided that open shelving was more my taste and worked better for us functionally because we store most of our "pretty" glassware here, and this makes it even easier for us or guests to find and grab and make  a drink. So, I had the doors taken off. The way they were installed meant losing some inside support beams, so we added support brackets under the shelves in similar colors. You can kind of see this behind me holding that birthday cake in the photo above. 

Trey and I really loved how the open shelving turned out. My only thought was that it felt a little plain. Many of our glasses and items on the shelves only took up about half of the height, so I thought about adding some kind of risers or something to create a better visual look. But then I got it in my head that I wanted to add wallpaper or some kind of painted design to the back of the shelves. 

Wallpaper shelves   It took me a while to finally commit to a wallpaper. The space we were covering wasn't large, so I wasn't super concerned about the cost. But I didn't want something too busy, or too colorful, or too trendy, or wait... maybe I do?! 

Yeah, choosing wallpaper is tough! I basically had about 10 I was considering, narrowed it down to 4, and then bought samples and taped them up in the shelves to try visualize what it would be like. 

In the end I chose Hands by Pottock that Laura also loves (see here). It is fairly busy in its design, but being black and white kind of works for our space as it helps to blend in with the white support brackets and works with all the glassware that is stored here (or at least I think so). 

Wallpaper shelvesI realized that buying a roll would leave me with quite a bit of extra paper. And I thought, waste not, want not....

Wallpaper backsplash Wallpaper backsplashSo I had the remaining wallpaper from the roll installed in the bar seating area of our kitchen – and I might like it even more than the shelves! 

Thanks for letting me share a little peek into our dining room decor. I'm still working on a few things in this space. One is I'm still trying to figure out how to best display our glassware on the shelves. Any tips? I'll share more as we finish it up, including my light fixture. :) xx. Emma

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

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