A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman

As someone who really likes bright colors (and who tends to make somewhat unique style choices), I was absolutely captivated by the cover to this book – bright, bold colors and lots of pictures of projects that I was sure the book would give directions on how to make.  What a great combination!  Once I opened the book up, I wasn’t even remotely disappointed.  This book has amazing ideas, incredibly easy (but fun!) things to do, and a whole lot that’s affordable for those of us on tighter budgets.  Hooray for ALL of that!

Some of the ideas I enjoyed were:

– Coffee filters used to make flowers on a headboard, so it’s 3D and super fun.

– Balsam wood that’s cut out to “frame” around those picture strips from photo booths – wonderful way to be able to show off those memories!

– Ideas for making your own jewelry “tray” with a glass plate that you glue/paste things to the bottom of (keeping the top smooth) and then epoxy over.  Easy, cheap, and so much fun to completely personalize for yourself!

– Great ideas for personalizing a play room with kiddos, including how to make a bookshelf out of an old wagon.  SUPER cool!

There were a whole ton more ideas, and lots with bright colors that I really want to replicate in our own house.  But this is definitely the kind of book that would be great for anyone – especially those who are willing to think outside of the box.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.  I was in no way required to write anything positive – all thoughts and opinions expressed here are completely my own.





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