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Women that Inspire Me: Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman

Bohemian Home Decor Ideas, Bohemian Style Ideas, Women That Inspire Me, Upcycling, Vintage home decor, macrame home decor, Home Design Ideas, Women in BusinessPamela DeweyComment

Hi friends!

I have the second installment of my blog series Women that Inspire Me, and this week I am featuring two women, Emma Chapman and Elsie Larson.

Emma and Elsie are sisters that created the blog, A Beautiful Mess. Their blog features DIY recipes, crafts, furniture projects, home décor, as well as advice about blogging and photography.

Elsie started A Beautiful Mess as a personal blog in 2007, and then Emma started a food blog a few years later. They combined their blogs into one in 2010, and this version of A Beautiful Mess was born.

Their styles are ever evolving, but always inspiring. I can personally thank them for my love of all things pink, brass and marble. But their style is also fun and quirky.

I mean, check out Elsie’s before and after of her den. What a beautiful, zen space.

I also really enjoy that though their homes are beautiful, the spaces also are comfortable and lived in. The site states, “If you haven’t guessed by now A Beautiful Mess is all about living a creative, and sometimes messy, life.”

 

They understand paint gets spilled, dogs shed and sometimes, well sometimes you just make home décor mistakes.

But A Beautiful Mess is not just a blog. It is also “a women’s lifestyle company focused on creating happiness every day through a homemade lifestyle.”

Elsie and Emma also have an online shop, Oui Fresh. Their store sells t-shirts, sunglasses, organizational items and their own line of essential oils and natural lipsticks and lip glosses. Their makeup is non-toxic, cruelty free, gluten free and GMO free.

The pair has also written multiple books. They've written a photography book: A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book: 95 Inspiring Idea for Photographing Your Friends, Your World, and Yourself. They've written a home décor and DIY book: A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home: Painting, Crafting, and Decorating a Cheerful, More Inspiring Space. And they've written a cookbook: A Beautiful Mess Weekday Weekend: How to live a healthy veggie life...and still eat treats.

And if that all wasn't enough, these talented ladies have two apps. A Color Story and the newly launched, A Design Kit. A Color Story is a photo filter and effect app. A Design Kit allows you to add text, stickers, backgrounds, shapes and use different brushes to draw on your photos. I've just started playing around with A Design Kit, but I use A Color Story to filter most of my photos for the shop.

Plus Elsie and Emma try to keep their blog "focused on positivity and love" and they use the "business to try to give back" when they can.

So these insanely talented, creative stylish ladies also try to give back to their communities and are serious about clean living.

In honor of Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess, I am sharing all things blush and brass that I have listed in the shop.  Shop the links below.

Women that Inspire Me: Justina Blakeney

Bohemian Style Ideas, Bohemian Home Decor Ideas, Women That Inspire Me, Creative Inspiration, Women in BusinessPamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

I love Instagram. I love scrolling through Instagram and seeing what painters, crafters, interior designers and writers are creating.

I follow a lot of other female makers because I believe it is important to support other women making their art. And believe me, there are so many women creating beautiful things.

When I see what they are doing, I get inspiration for my painting and writing.

Because so many of these women inspire me, I wanted to share some of these women with you. Some of them I’ve spoken about before, and some of them are incredibly well known. And some of them are well known where I live, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

So starting today, I will be sharing a little bit about a woman (or a pair of woman) that inspire me. And then I will share some furniture or home décor I created or sourced inspired by these women and what they do.

First up on the list is Justina Blakeney. I’ve written about her before in my blog post 5 Bohemian Looks Worth Stealing for Your Home. Blakeney is the creator of the design blog, TheJungalow.com and the queen of all things bohemian.

Blakeney with her husband and daughter in Blakeney's book,     The New Bohemians: Cool & Collected       Homes

Blakeney with her husband and daughter in Blakeney's book,  The New Bohemians: Cool & Collected Homes

Blakeney draws and paints. She is a pattern-maker, interior designer and a writer.

In addition to her blog, she has written two books, The New Bohemians: Cool & Collected Homes and The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes. She is also a designer with multiple product lines.

You can now shop The Jungalow, and there is furniture, art prints, light fixtures, plates, bedding and planters. You can pretty much buy all things boho home décor there.

I love her #newbohemian style, which she describes as having “a passion for color, pattern and plants.” But I also really admire how her creative passions spill into so many different areas. And she doesn’t try to limit herself, but explores all of these different pursuits.

I received a copy of The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes for Christmas, and it is just as chock full of inspiration as her previous book.

The book starts out with several maxims, and below are two of my favorites.

Photo of image from Blakeney's book,    The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes

Photo of image from Blakeney's book,  The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes

Photo of image from Blakeney's book,    The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes

Photo of image from Blakeney's book,  The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes

I too believe in vintage and handmade and that objects made with love bring that love with them.

Blakeney is a truly talented women who has created a boho empire. And it all started with her blog, The Jungalow.

Here are some #jungalowstyle pieces I have available in the shop. I just added this Starburst Wicker Basket with Lid today, and I am kind of obsessed with it.

Be on the lookout for another woman that inspires me in two weeks!

5 Bohemian Style Looks Worth Stealing for Your Home

Bohemian Style Ideas, Jungalow Style, The New Bohemians, Bohemian Home Decor IdeasPamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

Does the sight of a macramé curtain make you swoon? Are you all about patterns, layers and plants galore? Well, your desire for all things bohemian can largely be traced to Justina Blakeney's design blog, TheJungalow.com.

Along with being the founder of the go-to source for bohemian design inspiration, Blakeney is also a L.A. based designer and the author of The New Bohemians: Cool & Collected Homes.

So just what is Jungalow style? And what does it mean to be a new bohemian?

Blakeney describes her style as having “a passion for color, pattern and plants.” But more than just being a plant lady, Blakeney also believes “decorating is about feeling free, having fun and getting a little bit wild.”

In other words, Jungalow style is not about design rules, but more about letting your imagination loose and exploring design possibilities.

Though the Jungalow aesthetic emphasizes freedom, many of these new bohemian style homes showcase recurring design themes. So having just bought The New Bohemians: Cool & Collected Homes, I wanted to share 5 of my favorite bohemian home décor looks from Blakeney’s boho handbook.

1.     Embrace mixed patterns.

Mixing patterns is something I’ve started to do more as I get older and become more confident in my style choices. And Blakeney is a master of the pattern mix. She mixes stripes with ikat with polka dots with florals with paisleys and the list keeps on going.

If you want to try mixing patterns, select some colors you want to work with in your space. Then find pieces in a variety of patterns, but within the color story you’ve selected. That way even with multiple patterns in your space, the repeating colors will create a cohesive feel. And mixing patterns provides a truly one-of-a-kind look for your home.

Mixed Patterns. Photo from  The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes .

2.     More is more. Or get down with layers.

More than using a variety of patterns, Blakeney is all about creating layered spaces. There is no room for Scandinavian minimalism in a Jungalow style home. Have a beautiful collection of necklaces? Hang them from a branch in your bedroom. Love plants? Why not turn your bathroom into a little rainforest?

Of course, there is a difference between maximalism and hoarding. Your collections should be organized and attractive. And all your layers should enhance the beauty of your space, not detract from it.

Epic Plant Wall in a Bathroom. Photo from  The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes .

Epic Plant Wall in a Bathroom. Photo from The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes.

3.     Don’t be afraid to use pieces with some patina.

Beauty, as they say, is in the eye of beholder. And anyone who truly embraces bohemian style is not afraid of decorating with pieces that have some wear and tear. One of my favorite pieces in my home is an old trunk that has bit of rust, some dents and more than a few paint splatters. I bought this trunk because of these imperfections. The paint splatters and dents just add to the character. Not to mention, it takes the pressure off having a pristine coffee table in my house. Forget to use a coaster? No big deal. It just adds more patina to the piece.

Or maybe you inherited a chair with peeling leather from your grandfather. So of course you want to hang on to it, because it reminds you of him every time you sit in in. Don’t worry! If you’re going for a Jungalow style look, a chair with peeling leather suddenly looks lived-in, relaxed and distinctly bohemian.

4.     Get creative! Repurpose that basket/pillowcase.

Not everyone has an arsenal of inherited pieces to add to their home. So rather than spending a bunch of money buying new pieces, embrace the new bohemian idea of repurposing existing pieces.

In one of the homes featured in the book, the homeowner took a woven trash can, painted it, turned it over and suddenly, it became an end table. Or like another homeowner does in the book, take a chair with a ripped out seat and replace the seat with pillow covers. And voila, you have chair that is even more beautiful than it was originally.

5.     Macramé!

This one should come as no surprise. Macramé is back in a big way, and it pops up all over the Jungalow style blog, as well as in The New Bohemians. My favorite piece of macramé in the book is the jaw-dropping chandelier pictured below. It has three tiers and tassel fringe. And to pair it with that striped ceiling, it becomes the epitome of new bohemian chic.

Macrame Chandelier from the home of Faith Blakeney. Photo from  The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes . You can see more of her home  here .

Macrame Chandelier from the home of Faith Blakeney. Photo from The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes. You can see more of her home here.

So those are my 5 favorite boho style home décor looks from The New Bohemians: Cool & Collected Homes. Shop some of my favorite #jungalowstyle pieces below. And be on the lookout for more macramé coming soon!