Christmas Peppermint Plate Centrepiece

With Christmas coming, you’ll probably be buying things you’re not sure you’re going to use, discovering recipes you might or might not have time to whip up, and spending lots and…

Chocolate Sticky Buns

I made these chocolate sticky buns just thinking about Christmas morning, as that’s a great time to have such a decadent breakfast. Ha! But really, any holiday or special brunch…

Elsie’s Holiday Home Tour 2019

Happy holidays, everyone!!! I always give in and decorate for Christmas just a little bit earlier than everyone (in the world— lol), but it makes me so happy I can’t…

Kiddo Gift Guide

Hello friends! It’s Elsie! I am excited to write today’s gift guide because even before I was a mom, I have been a proud aunt for more than 10 years….

30-Minute Veggie White Chili

Baby, it’s cold outside! Bring on soup season! I have been loving this 30-minute veggie white chili lately, so I thought I’d share. It’s a lighter, brothy-er chili compared to…

100 Ideas For Elf On The Shelf

The Elf on the Shelf is our MOST beloved holiday tradition for our 4-year-old daughter (it is our second year). However, recently it has come to my attention that a…

DIY Paper Dolls (with Free Printables!)

I know I can’t be the only person that played with paper dolls as a kid … I loved that you could change all their outfits and make up stories…

20 Gifts for Him & Her on Etsy!

Happy Sunday! I put together a little Etsy gift guide for the guys and gals in your life. Our team loves supporting independent artists and scouring vintage finds, and gifting…

DIY String Art Ornaments

If you have ever wanted to make a DIY light up marquee but felt a little intimidated, then I have a project for you! You should totally make these DIY…

Harry Potter-Inspired Living Room Tour

If you listen to our podcast or follow us on Instagram, then you’ve probably already heard that Elsie and I are both creating THEMED short-term rentals located in the Orlando,…

Create Your Own Holiday Pajamas!

In case you haven’t gotten in on the fun yet, holiday pajamas are one of my favorite parts of Christmas morning. Even when we were kids, we would always get…

Scandinavian Paper Star Garland

December is here, have you decked your halls? This project will help! I’m throwing an ornament exchange party for a small group of friends at my studio next week, so…

Oui Fresh Beauty Box Unboxing — December ’19

Happy December! I’m so excited to share our December Delights box with you—it’s valued at over $95 (subscriptions start at just $27 including shipping, and you can sign up here!)…

How to Make Your Own Insect Deterrents at Home

Living in Australia, we have so many bugs. Flies, wasps, cockroaches, fruit flies, mozzies, spiders (big ones), fleas…ewww! So it’s a must to take these pests out of your life….

Punch Needle Embroidery Pillow Tutorial

If you’ve been itching to try your hand at punch needling but need something less intimidating to start with than a WHOLE pillow, this is the project for you! We…

Gift Ideas for Him, Her, + Teens

It’s Cyber Monday! I’m sitting in my coziest leggings and sweatshirt ordering gifts from the comfort of home. I make of my holiday purchases today, taking advantage of sales and…

Episode #7: Our App Story (READY TO PROOF)

This episode is special because we tell the stories of building our app company from the ground up over the past 8-or-so years! We talk a lot about our first…

Printable Holiday Gift Tags

Happy weekend friends! I took a week of to relax and reconnect with friends and family, it was so nice to sit around in my pajamas having long talks. I…

Oui Fresh Holiday Super Sale!!!

It’s THAT TIME, friends! Time to give to others (and to yourself), and with our Super Sale, you can totally. do. both! Without further ado, we present the Super Sale…

How to Build a DIY Dollhouse

If you follow us on IG (stories!) you may have already caught a sneak peek of our BIG holiday DIY of 2019. Last year, we made this play kitchen for Nova’s…

Emma’s Laundry Room Makeover

I am beyond excited to share our laundry room makeover today! This has turned out to be one of my favorite room transformations in my house to date. In partnership…

Episode #6: Handmade Gifts

One of the first and most obvious topics we knew we wanted to cover this season is handmade gifts! As much as we love shopping, there is nothing better than…

At Home with Natalie Ensor in Nashville, Tennessee

Today, we’re beyond thrilled to share Natalie Ensor’s Nashville home with you. The hardest part about putting this post together was picking out which photos to use—every room is so creative…

Elsie’s New Cozy Filters!

Hi, friends! I am SO excited to tell you about my newest filter pack with A Color Story today, called Cozy! Cozy is all about the warm fuzzies of everyday…

15 Crafts You Can Make While Traveling

Since many of us travel during the holidays, we thought it would be helpful to put together a list of our favorite crafts that can be done while traveling. Some of…

Printable Leaf Thanksgiving Place Cards

With Thanksgiving just one week away, today I’m sharing a printable for your tabletop. I made these printable place cards with watercolor leaves. They are editable, you can add any…

Easy Pumpkin Pie Place Cards!

I love a good place card at a dinner party. For one thing, it’s a great opportunity to add another little decoration element to the table and it also has…

Decorative Fire Starters

Are you old enough to remember that cheesy movie Firestarter starring Drew Barrymore from the 1980s? I just remembered it when I typed the title, I wonder what Drew thinks…

Green Bean Macaroni Casserole

This green bean macaroni casserole was my favorite dish from Friendsgiving this year. I’ll admit, casseroles are not the most photogenic dish, but to me, being from the Midwest, casseroles…

Episode #5: Our 2020 Bnb Plans REVEALED

Episode FIVE! This is a big one because we’re revealing our 2020 bnb plans! As many of you know, we each have a Nashville bnb (you can rent them or…

Burt’s Bees Baby Holiday PJs Wishlist

Hello friends! We’re excited to share our favorite Burt’s Bees Baby family pajamas today! We’re partnering with them to show you a wishlist of all our favorites. These pajamas are…

Elsie’s Holiday Cards

‘Tis the season for holiday cards!! Today, we’re partnering with Minted to show you my family cards for the year as well as all my favorites (they have A LOT…

Rainbow Nursery Before + After

Friends, we have been SOOOOOO excited to share this room and new project with you! Elsie and I have been talking about new project ideas for 2020 and one thing…

Elsie’s Thankful Journal

Hi friends! Over the past year, one of the things I have gotten really behind on is printing family photos and documenting our memories. I am still somewhat undecided between…

Our Favorite Holiday Decor (on Amazon!)

Get ready for the best decorating time of the year! So many seasonal and holiday decor items to deck your halls with, that with just a few clicks of the…

Pumpkin Swirl Slab Pie

I was aiming to do something a little different but still classic with our Friendsgiving dessert this year and this pumpkin swirl slab pie is what I landed on. I’ll…

Favorite Things of 2019

Pat me on the back, in this corner of my studio I managed to squeeze eight of my Favorite Things of 2019 into this shot, see if you can you…

Pampas Grass Wreath DIY

Have you jumped on board the dried grasses trend yet? I’m 100% here for it and couldn’t wait to make my own pampas grass wreath for this fall season. It’s…

DIY Birch Holiday Tree

For the holiday season, I envisioned making a rustic tree out of real birch branches, so over the weekend I pieced this one together then embellished it with a few…

Holiday House Bedroom Tours (Before & After)

Excited to finally share the bedrooms at the holiday house! This house has three bedrooms (other than the playroom which has a trundle bed), which includes a master bedroom downstairs…

Personalized Holiday Gift Ideas

Hello friends! Thank you so much for the lovely comments from my last post on saying no to stressful obligations during the holidays. Such insightful comments! For the next few…

Friendsgiving + Turkey Brine Recipe

Is everyone starting to plan their Thanksgiving menu yet? We just hosted our first Friendsgiving in the holiday house and it was awesome! This is our 8th Friendsgiving and we…

Before + After Video Home Tour!

Four years ago, we purchased our 1970s fixer-upper and began a several-years-long renovation. I learned SO much during this renovation—it was the learning experience of a lifetime. It was my…

Oui Fresh Beauty Box Unboxing — November ’19

It’s my favorite time of year—HOLIDAY BOX TIME!! Don’t forget, Beauty Boxes make an AMAZING gift. Gift the whole box or subscription to your recipient, or break up the items in…

A Beautiful Mess Podcast is Here!!!!

Today is a BIG DAY! After 12 years of blogging and almost 7,000 blog posts (crazy, right?!), we decided to dive headfirst into the podcast world! We are really excited…

Journey Through the Sacred Valley

I was lucky to take three international trips in 2019 and as I look ahead to 2020, I’ve already decided on two of the three locations for next year’s international…

Reusable Makeup Wipe DIY

For the past few years, we have tried to switch out a lot of items in our home to reusable/sustainable options (like making this unpaper towel roll) and while we…

Our Favorite Furniture Hacks

Do you remember our Project Restyle series from back in the day? Many of the posts were clothing related (like how to restyle a vintage top) and we even gave…

Haunted House Tour

Happy Halloween, everyone! We’re going to give you a little tour of our haunted house we created for our neighborhood to enjoy this year. If you live in Springfield, Missouri…

20 Wow-Worthy Backyard Ideas

Summer is on full swing and house rules may not apply for a while. Kids and summer just go together, and it’s school holidays so they just want to get out…

Treehouse + Cabin Tour

“Hi! We are Tristan + Lynne Knowlton, a mother/daughter team fueled by coffee and kindness. We love styling and cozying up home spaces and sharing on our blog, Design The Life…

Wooden Height Chart DIY

I have a height chart in our home that I show pretty frequently and always get so many questions about (I’ll show it below). The shop I got it from…

Printable 2020 Desk Calendars

Back by popular demand, the 2019 desk calendars I offered last year are back in the same print patterns but with new dates. I received dozens of emails requesting I…

5 Ways to Decorate with Skeletons

We went a little crazy with the Halloween decorations this year in preparation for our neighborhood (kid-friendly) haunted house that we are hosting. I especially went a little crazy with…

Elsie’s Adjusted Coffee Setup

As soon as we got home from China with Marigold, I knew it was time to adjust some of our daily routines and simplify as much as possible. For the…

#AColorStory: New Filter +Pack with Jag Lever!!

Spooky season is in full swing, and we’re so excited to introduce this filter +pack with Rachel Iwanyszyn, AKA Jag Lever! We love seeing all of Rachel’s amazing looks she puts…

Holiday House Living Room Before & After

We are SO excited to give you a tour of the holiday house living room today! As I mentioned in this post, the holiday house has two living rooms—one in…

Easy Halloween Window Decor

Here is a super easy Halloween window decor idea that we did over at the holiday house this year. It’s seriously one of the most simple (and cheap!) big impact…

Make Your Own Autumn Trail Mix

Hi there! I have been making an autumn trail mix for probably 15 years—every single autumn it’s a thing I love to do! This year, I shared it on Instagram…

Painted Pumpkin DIY

This year, I decided to add some faux pumpkins to our porch (mixed with real ones) just because they will be reusable year after year. At this point in my…

DIY Full Moon Photo Backdrop

You may have already heard (if you follow us on IG) that we are making a walk-through “haunted house” for the neighborhood kiddos families at our holiday house for Halloween…

The Biggest Courses Giveaway EVER!

Ever wanted to take an ABM course? How about EVERY ABM course?! Well, today we are giving away access to our entire current courses library. You’ll win Elevate Your Instagram,…

Our Spooky Village

I’m so excited to share our Spooky Village with you again this year (here’s last year’s). We decided to add one house to it this year, which I’ll share below!…

Dumb & Dumber (Mommy and Me) Costume!

Hahaha, I bet you weren’t expecting this costume from me this year, but look how fun it is!! I literally couldn’t stop laughing the entire time we had them on…

Filmm – Equinox by Zoe Sugg

It’s finally time to announce Filmm’s new filter + effects pack, Equinox! We’ve been able to work alongside Filmm’s fantastic co-founder, Zoe Sugg, and bring her vision to life. The…

Holiday House Playroom Before & After

I’m back sharing another space from our holiday house: the playroom. When we originally bought this home, this room was an open (no door) room. So although it has a…

Exploring Cusco

I landed in Cusco, Peru after a short layover in Lima and was reminded to be conscious of the difference in altitude since we’d just arrived at a town 11,000+…

Elsie’s Halloween Home Tour

Hello friends. Welcome to our spooky home tour! It fills me with pure joy to decorate our home for the seasons for our family. Our daughter, Nova, is hyper aware…

Make Your Own Halloween Sweater

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Spooky Spreads

I’m sooo excited to share today’s post! I put together three different party boards with the fall and Halloween season in mind, because adults deserve a fun experience too after…

Free Printable: Hello Fall

Hey friends, I’m starting up a new series of free printables to reflect the seasons… I already have a few in progress for the upcoming holidays! Today’s free printable welcomes…

A Design Kit: Two New Fall +Packs!

Hi, friends!! We’re so excited to say we have not one, but TWO new +packs in A Design Kit! We’re all about fall (no surprise there 😉), so we had…

Spooky Decor DIYs + Costume Ideas

Spooky season is upon us! There’s SO much Halloween content out there (hello, Pinterest), so if you’re feeling overwhelmed about decorating and figuring out a costume this year, all you have…

Modern Farmhouse Table DIY

I am SO excited to share today’s post with you! Almost seven years ago, we made our first DIY dining room table and have loved it so much through multiple homes…

Kid’s Shopping Tote DIY

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Red Pepper + Tomato Meatball Soup

Happy soup season, everyone! While I certainly eat soup all year long, there is something extra special about a big bowl of comforting soup on a chilly autumn day. Plus,…

Hot & Cold Mocktail Recipes

Recently, I decided to take a month off from drinking alcohol. You can read more about that on the blog soon, but mainly I was looking to disrupt this habit…

A Frame Cabin Tours

Who dreams of a cabin in the woods? (Me, raising hand.) I’ve spent a few vacations in an A frame cabin in Lake Tahoe, so this style of cabin has…