From colorful room tours to delicious easy recipes, sister team Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman have us convinced that life's a little bit better when it's homemade. Together, they founded A Beautiful Mess, a women's lifestyle company that has produced two #1 apps, a paper crafts product line, two books, and hundreds of DIY projects and recipes.
By Elsie Larson
This past year, I changed the way I felt about wallpaper.
Actually, I would say we — wallpaper and I — fell in love. I guess there was always a (little) part of my heart that loved wallpaper. It's just that 99% of what I see isn't my cup of tea. Occasionally, there is a granny floral that sweeps me off my feet, but most of the time (ESPECIALLY while house shopping), I would see wallpaper as a chore or an obstacle. I couldn't imagine myself spending so much money on something that a future owner would immediately rip from the walls. Paint is typically much more affordable than wallpaper. I never made it a priority or gave it too much thought.
Slowly, I started to notice that stores were carrying cooler and COOLER
wallpaper. Every book, magazine, and blog I read had another stunning wallpapered wall. Lately, I've been shopping, ordering samples, and picking out the perfect assortment of patterns for my home. And in doing so, I discovered many more inspiring sources! Since I don't have unlimited walls to paper, I thought I would share them with you in case some of you are warming to wallpaper as well.
Oh, and if you're a renter, skip to the end of the slideshow for my favorite removable
wallpaper source. Related: Make Your Own Patterned Photo Mats