@_brittbassToday I am continuing my series where I share my favorite Instagram accounts with you by sharing some of my favorite artists who I follow! I love— 

@_BrittBass I can't remember how I first heard of Britt Bass, but now that I follow her, I recognize her work everywhere. It's really fresh and pretty. Her feed is a good mix of finished pieces and works in progress! 

@luliewallace@LulieWallace You guys already know that Lulie Wallace is my favorite painter. We shared a tour of her studio here last spring. Her feed is delightful, you'll love it! 

@ashleygoldberg@AshleyGoldberg I love following Ashley for a million different reasons. Her pattern design is mind blowing, and it's fun to see her launch tons and tons of collaborations each season. I just love everything she does! 

@sallykingbenedict@SallyKingBenedict I am a new follower, and I love Sally's feed. I guess my favorite thing about following painters is that it's fun to see their finished pieces hanging in people's homes! 

@rain_bird@rain_bird Emma and I met Raven Roxanne when we visited Lulie's studio (they work in a group space), and we instantly fell in love with her work. It's even prettier in person. Love! 

I hope you enjoyed this! If you follow any artists who you love, leave their profile for us in the comments! I'd love to hear. xx- Elsie 

Easy DIY Fabric Storage BinsI've got toys and stuffed animals a-plenty. I've got blankets and pillows galore. You want bouncy balls? I've got twenty! So I figured it's time to make more cute storage solutions for corralling all the loose stuff in our home. These fabric storage bins are the perfect storage solution for soft items that can be stuffed inside, like extra blankets or stuffed animals. And bonus—storage bins have become fashionable home accessories! It's the best thing to happen to interior design in...well, ever, if you ask me!

These reversible fabric totes are the perfect simple sewing project to productively fill an extra couple of hours in your day. It's a great project for a beginner or moderately skilled seamstress, though keep in mind that precise measuring is important for this project.

Easy DIY Fabric Storage BinsSupplies:
-stiff coordinating fabric—I used home decor fabric, but if you want to ensure washability, you could use a bottom-weight apparel fabric. Yardage depends on the size of your bins and also the width of the material you purchase.
-measuring tape
-fabric scissors
-water soluble pen or pencil
-straight pins
-coordinating thread

Supplies Not Shown:
-sewing machine
-iron and ironing board
-round object to trace (I used dishes with a 48" and 37" circumference.)

Easy DIY Fabric Storage BinsStep One: Trace the outline of a round object for the bottom of your bins. I wouldn't recommend going bigger than the 48" on your larger bin or else the container will be quite floppy in the end.

Step Two: Cut out the traced circle and measure its circumference. It's important to get a precise measurement here.

Easy DIY Fabric Storage BinsStep Three: Cut out the material for the walls of your bin. The width should be the circumference of your bottom plus 1" for a hem allowance if you plan to make a 1/2" hem. The height of the walls are up to you. The bin is sturdier the more times you fold down the top, so keep that in mind. The material I cut for the walls of my large bin was 49" wide x 28" tall.

Step Four: Fold the material you just cut out (for the walls) in half width-wise. Make a 1/2" hem to close it into a tube. This hem must be precise for connecting the bottom in the next step.

Easy DIY Fabric Storage BinsStep Five: Connect the bottom of the bin to the walls of the bin with straight pins. If you find that the tube you made for the walls of the bin is too wide to properly fit the circle, you will need to remove the pins, adjust the hem on your walls, and do it again. This is why measuring is important—they must perfectly match.

If you're the fly-by-the-seat-of-your-hastily-sewn-pants kind of seamstress, make sure you take care to really do a good job measuring so you won't have to do any adjustments after your first attempt at connecting the bottom to the walls.

Repeat Steps 1-5 for the interior of your bin. It's very helpful to cut the fabric for the exterior and interior at the same time so you know the pieces will be the exact same size.

Easy DIY Fabric Storage BinsStep Six: After you have sewn both the interior and exterior of your bin, flip the exterior piece (mine is the white fabric) right side out and keep the interior fabric (mine is the patterned fabric) inside out. 

Easy DIY Fabric Storage BinsStep Seven: Place the interior fabric inside of the exterior fabric as shown above. Connect them with straight pins a couple of inches from the edge to make sure they don't shift during the next step.

Step Eight: Flip under the edge of both the interior and exterior fabrics and press with a hot iron. Pin the flipped edge in place, then stitch it together.

Easy DIY Fabric Storage BinsFold down the tops of your bins once or twice to make the shape more rigid and less floppy. The bins will not hold their shape without filling them with things. If you'd like your bins to be more rigid and hold their shape without anything inside, you can easily put double-sided fusible interfacing between the interior and exterior during step 7. Ironing the final bin will cause the fusible webbing to adhere to the fabric and create a stiff shape.

Easy DIY Fabric Storage BinsEasy DIY Fabric Storage BinsI love the bold patterns and crisp white of these bins, and I'm also pretty excited about flipping them inside out to change up the look of my living room from time to time. If you need a little more storage in your home, why not make this your weekend project? Go ahead and see how many wonders one cavern can hold. -Mandi

Credits // Author and Photography: Mandi Johnson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Lulu Frost studio via Domino MagazineLulu Frost studio via Domino Magazine

I'm sure I've mentioned by now, but my home renovations went a little (read—WAY) over budget (insert all the emojis here, especially the crying one). I'm embracing it as a life lesson because what else can I do? 

On the bright side, this budgetary meltdown has brought on a lot of DIY inspiration! I'm not sad about this at all. 

Right now I'm working on our entryway. I originally planned to wallpaper it. And I'd still love to do that in the future. Wallpaper is my favorite trend that is coming back in a BIG way. I would honestly wallpaper every square inch of our home if I could. Haha! But wallpaper can be very pricy when you factor together all the rolls you need as well as the installation (and I haven't even found a wallpaper person in Nashville yet).

For all these reasons, I am on the hunt for DIY alternatives that have a wallpaper look. I want to do something that can pass as wallpaper but doesn't necessarily have that "DIY" look. I'm also open to options that don't look like wallpaper, but still add some pattern or texture to the space. 

Here are a few options I'm considering, as well as inspiration! 

Awesome graphic patternLove this graphic wallpaper via MyDomaine. 

This image (as well as the opening image) inspire me because I think I could achieve this look with paint. I am leaning toward a busy, neutral pattern for the entryway. A lot of the wallpapers I love (like florals for example) are not something I could personally achieve with paint. These graphic patterns feel more do-able to me. So that's one option I am considering.

Fabric with starchRemovable fabric as wallpaper via Apartment Therapy

Did you know you can use starch to adhere fabric to a wall and it's removable? We did something similar in some built-in shelves in my last home using rubber cement. After a year (or so—I'm not sure), it removed perfectly with zero residue when we were getting the house ready to move. This appeals to me because I could do hand dyed or watercolor-style fabric. I do think it would be a LOT of time to do our (fairly large) entryway though. So I might save that idea for a smaller space, like one of our bathrooms that's mostly tile or a single statement wall somewhere. 

Add molding?Love this molding via Decor Pad

Another option is adding molding and painting it one or two colors. I was really inspired by Laura's closet doors. (They're even better in person, you guys!!) Adding molding would be fun because it adds a lot of texture and can look really luxe, but it's also simple and not super busy like some of my other ideas. Hmmm.... 

The downside here is that I think I do eventually want to wallpaper the entryway, and this option is WAY more of a commitment than some of the others. It's not really something I'd want to do as a temporary or phase one solution. If we go this route, we'll most likely keep it forever. 

Shiplap panelingShiplap paneling via Brandi Nell.  

The last option we're considering is shiplap paneling. We've already done some of this in Jeremy's studio, which has a slightly more rustic vibe than the rest of our home. I was also considering this for our laundry room. The thing I LOVE about shiplap is that it adds a lot of texture and you can cover over things you don't like (ugly paneling, heavy texture or in my case—unwanted, existing wallpaper) without having to "fix them" the legit way (removing wallpaper isn't exactly on the top of my dream DIY project list, you guys). 

The thing I'm not crazy about with shiplap is that it can look kind of country, which is awesome, but not what I'm going for in this space. But I've seen it styled really modern. So I'm not too afraid! 

Well, those are my options for now: a painted pattern, fabric as wallpaper, adding molding or DIY shiplap paneling. So much to consider! What would you choose? If you want to know what my entryway looks like as of now, check out my empty house tour

I'm really excited to get to work on this space! It's the first thing you see when you come into the house, so I feel like it's the perfect place to start. I'll share more details as we move forward! 

Thanks for reading, and I really would love to hear your advice or any ideas you have. xx- Elsie 

Pumpkin Thumbprint Cookies (via abeautifulmess.com)I love thumbprint cookies because of the obvious reasons (sugar! butter!), but also because the process of making them is a real grown-up-playing-with-her-food moment. And that's kind of fun. I see why kids do it. :) 

These feature just a little bit of pumpkin. I don't know about you, but this time of year you can usually find a partially used can of pumpkin puree in my refrigerator most of the time. Not that it's the same can forever. I usually use it up within a week or so (and I don't always store it in the can, I often use tupperware), but still it seems that many pumpkin recipes that I enjoy (like homemade PSL syrup among other things) just don't use an entire 15 oz. can of pumpkin puree. So I'm left adding it to my morning oatmeal or dreaming up little treats to make. Which is partly how these cookies came to be.

Pumpkin Thumbprint Cookies (via abeautifulmess.com)  I also added a bit of whole grain flour to the batter for these and I think it really adds something, so give it a try. That, and then I've tricked you into buying whole grain flour. So now you've got to come on the journey with me. What journey, you ask? You know, the journey of substituting whole grain flour in almost everything you make for at least a few months just to see. It's pretty addicting I tell you.

Thumbprint cookiesPumpkin Thumbprint Cookies, makes a dozen.

1/2 cup softened butter
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup flour 
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

For the pumpkin centers:
1 yolk
2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1-2 oz melted dark chocolate (optional, but why not?)

In a mixing bowl stir together the butter and sugar until well combined. Stir in the egg yolk and vanilla extract until just combined. Then stir in the flours and salt. The dough should be fairly dense and hold its shape.

For the pumpkin batter, just stir together the yolk, pumpkin and cinnamon. This will kind of resemble baby food. :)

Best chocolate bar!Don't be jealous, but here's the chocolate I used for these. It's no secret that I LOVE Askinosie Chocolate, and they just started making these smaller sized bars for Target. Cute, right? 

How to make thumbprint cookiesAnyway, once you have your batters ready, divide the cookie dough into twelve small balls and place on a baking sheet lined with a baking mat or parchment paper. Make a small indention in the center with your thumb and fill with a little of the pumpkin batter. Bake at 350°F for 15-16 minutes. 

Melt your chocolate (in a double boiler or the microwave) and drizzle it over the top. If pumpkin and chocolate just aren't for you, then you could use white chocolate for a different flavor or dust with a little powdered sugar. Or, easiest of all, leave them unadorned. They do already have sugar in them so you don't HAVE to add more. 

Pumpkin Thumbprint Cookies (via abeautifulmess.com) These are the perfect little cookies to go with an afternoon cup of tea or coffee, so that's my serving suggestion to you. I've been trying to switch to tea in the afternoon instead of coffee because I am getting old and I suspect the coffee keeps me up at night. But man do I love coffee, so it's hard to remember to switch. The struggle is real. OK, bye now. xo. Emma

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

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.


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