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Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Beautiful Mess: Happy Handmade Home

The sisters behind A Beautiful Mess, Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, share their decorating DIY ideas in Happy Handmade Home: Painting, Crafting, and Decorating a Cheerful, More Inspiring Space

Filled with lots of eye candy, Happy Handmade Home features projects for indoor and outdoor spaces, with a special section on small-space living. There are recipes, party planning tips, and unique "one thing/different ways" projects so you can bring your own personality to them. The familiar funky style of A Beautiful Mess is evident throughout this fun book, and I even find that many of the inspiring ideas are perfect for creating handmade gifts.

My favorite sections of the book are the Playrooms and Kid's Birthday Party chapters. The simple, doable decorating ideas for kids are practical, affordable, and fun. Ideas include a kid's art gallery wall (LOVE), a wagon bookshelf, and more. Throughout the entire book, Elsie and Emma pay particular attention to small details that make a room more personal, and they offer advice for using everyday items (like tin cans) in unique ways. 

Oftentimes, decorating books are unrealistic for "real" budgets, so Happy Handmade Home really hits its mark. You don't have to be a professional crafter or artist to tackle the projects inside, and even if your style doesn't mesh with theirs, their designs are easy to adapt with your own personal flair. 

Happy Handmade Home is a resource that I'll return to again and again, whenever I need a little inspiration.

  {The publisher provided a review copy for my honest opinions.}