A Beautiful Mess Podcast

A Beautiful Mess Podcast

By Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman

Elsie + Emma are sisters and co-founders of the top DIY blog — A Beautiful Mess. They have written over seven thousand blog posts, so it seemed like a good time to start a podcast! The sisters have a lot to say on everything from home and DIY to family life and business. Visit abeautifulmess.com/podcast for show notes.


#44: Oops, I'm Moving Again! Follow Up Q&A (MINI)

This weeks episode is a follow up to Episode 42 where I share the story of how we decided to move instead of build-on. As expected, you all had a lot of questions, comments and feelings... so this episode is in response to that! Visit the shownotes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast.
13/07/2028m 14s

#43: How to Be Your Own General Contractor

Hi! This week, Emma's roof is being worked on, so she is taking the week off. Elsie's friend, Ting, has joined us in her place. This episode is all about how to be your own general contractor (or project manager) during a renovation, which can save thousands of dollars. If you're planning to renovate a kitchen or bathroom in the future, you'll definitely want to give this episode a listen. We talk about so many things, including lessons we learned the hard way!
13/07/2040m 0s

#42: Oops, I'm Moving Again

Hi hi ... OK, so WE'RE MOVING and this episode contains the long version of the story! This was an unexpected decision that we made a little over a month ago. I wanted to wait to share the news, A. Once we knew it was really happening and B. On the podcast where I could really CHAT it out since there are so many moving parts and details. Hope you enjoy ... my personal drama is 100% your entertainment this week. To visit the shownotes, go to abeautifulmess.com/podcast.
06/07/2030m 27s

#41: Emma's Novel

Emma wrote a NOVEL! In this episode, she shares a synopsis and how she managed to pull off this incredible feat — all during quarantine! Visit the shownotes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast.
29/06/2029m 23s

#40: Side Hustles

Hi everyone! This week we are talking all things side hustles. We hope this is helpful to some who have been considering making a change or adding a side hustle due to Covid-19. Email us at podcast@abeautifulmess.com and visit the shownotes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast.
22/06/2024m 24s

#39: All Things Furniture Shopping

This week's episode is all about furniture shopping—including recent purchases, secondhand finds and our worst purchases of all time. Plus, we chat about our favorite small businesses to shop from  — visit abeautifulmess.com/podcast for shownotes where we link all the things we talk about in the episode!
15/06/2039m 10s

#38: So Fresh and So Clean

This week we're talking about decluttering and organizing! To visit the shownotes, go to abeautifulmess.com/podcast.
08/06/2043m 20s

#37: Our Dream Home Offices

This week's episode is all about our dream home offices. We've both spent a LOT of time dreaming and visualizing, so this episode is full of hopes and dreams. We also get back to our roots with some guilty pleasure treasures! Visit the shownotes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast
18/05/2038m 57s

#36: Yes, I buy all my own gifts! (MINI)

Hi hi! So, I mentioned in one of last week's episodes that I buy all my own gifts and you all wanted to hear more about this. So here's mini episode about how that started and why it works for us! Visit the shownotes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast
11/05/2016m 45s

#35: Rich Life Chat with Ramit Sethi

Hi! This week we are sharing our first interview episode with one of our personal heroes, Ramit Sethi. In this episode, we ask Ramit ten questions from our listeners and there are some very good, vulnerable questions in there. We chat about Covid pivots, what a rich life means to us, and more! Visit the show notes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast
11/05/2049m 7s

#34: Our Work From Home Tips (MINI)

As you may know, we've each worked from home for many years now, so we used this mini episode to share what works for us and what doesn't... haha. Show notes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast.  
04/05/2022m 54s

#33: Dealing with Internet Critics and Bullying

Today we're talking about handling and dealing with negativity on the internet. It's an episode we've been working on for a while, and feels like a scary (but important) topic to cover. We share many stories in this episode that are vulnerable and some are sad, but we hope that what you take from this episode is a sense of empowerment. We truly believe the internet IS slowly becoming a more kind place and we want to do anything we can to further that shift. We hope you do too! Visit the show notes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast. 
04/05/2047m 20s

#32: All Things Faux Plants (MINI)

In this weeks mini we chat about faux plants — when we use them, where we get them, etc. Visit the show notes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast.
27/04/2018m 30s

#31: Outdoor Spaces

This week's episode is all about outdoor spaces — one of the things that is bringing us so much joy during this time! We've both been working on some outdoor space projects this season, so in this episode we'll share our progress, opinions about outdoor furniture purchases and also there's a very embarrassing story at the end. See the show notes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast.
27/04/2040m 59s

#30: Our Bucket Lists (MINI)

In this mini episode we're filling you in on our bucket lists — things we want to do before we die! Visit the show notes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast.
20/04/2024m 15s

#29: What's Your Vacation Mode?

Haven been social distancing for over a month and with a lot more on the horizon, we felt like some dreaming about the future might be good for us all right now, so we're sharing some of our travel favorites. Plus we're excited to support tourist industry once it's safe to do so again. See the show notes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast.
20/04/2037m 56s

#28: Interview with Nova Winter Larson (MINI)

This week's mini episode is a rapid fire "interview" with Elsie's four year old daughter, Nova. We hope you enjoy it! Show notes are available at abeautifulmess.com/podcast
13/04/207m 3s

#27: Elsie Sold Her Home (sharing all the details)!

In this episode, we're chatting about Elsie's move during the pandemic and where she's at in her renovation schedule, plus some of our favorite cocktails to make at home. For show notes, visit abeautifulmess.com/podcast
13/04/2037m 47s

#26: Our Favorite Movies (MINI)

We're talking about our top ten favorite movies (okay we do talk about more than just ten haha), and why we love them in this mini episode! For show notes, visit abeautifulmess.com/podcast
06/04/2011m 38s

#25: Decor Inspiration for Renters

This week's episode is all about decor inspiration for renters! About half of the ABM audience rents, so if you're a long term renter, this one's for you!!! Visit the shownotes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast
06/04/2026m 20s

#24: Things We Bought During The Quarantine (MINI)

This is our first mini episode! We're going to try out post TWO episodes each week- a full length episode (like what you've been used to so far) and a mini, which will be under 20 minutes and stick to just one quick subject! We would, OF COURSE, love to hear your requests for future mini episodes. And this first episode is all about what we bought during the quarantine. Visit the shownotes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast.
30/03/2013m 36s

#23: Things To Do At Home

Wow WHAT AN INSANE FEW WEEKS.... wow wow. This is our first episode since we've been self quarantining and so we wanted to chat about some ideas for things to do at home. Visit the shownotes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast.
30/03/2033m 32s

#22: The Business Side of BNBs

This week we're tackling a much-requested topic— the business side of short term rentals. As many of you know we own a few properties we rent out on airbnb (visit the 'properties' tab at abeautifulmess.com for details) and we've learned so much from how to purchase the right property, to setting it up and running it in a way that fits with our lifestyle. For show notes, visit abeautifulmess.com/podcast.  
16/03/2038m 49s

#21: Childhood Magic

This week, we are talking about childhood magic — lessons we learned from our parents about living well and living creatively. Elsie also shares practical things parents can do with young children. But even if you aren't a parent, we think you'll enjoy this feel good episode. :) We are also sharing a couple Guilty Pleasure Treasures as well as a mini update on how our New Year's goals are going so far! Visit our shownotes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast
09/03/2037m 47s

#20: Our Clean Skincare + Beauty Favorites

This week we are taking a break from our usual home-stuff and talking about clean skincare and beauty. So many of you have requested this episode. It's a bit of a wildcard, but a subject that we care so deeply about! I hope it is helpful or at least a fun listen. Visit our show notes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast for more information.
02/03/2039m 24s

#19: Elsie's Forever-ish Home Update

This week we're sharing updates from Elsie's phase-one home renovation, which includes all the renovations happening before they move in — plus an embarrassing story you don't want to miss. See the show notes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast.
24/02/2036m 23s

#18: Making a Mood Board for your Entire Home

This week we're diving into how to make a mood board for your entire home in four steps. Defining the look and feel I am going for has been incredibly helpful as I have decorated my spaces over time, so today we're sharing tips for this process! 
17/02/2034m 39s

#17: Wedding Stuff (and Traditions We Skipped)

This week's episode is based on a reader question about if there's anything we'd do differently from our weddings (which were seven and nine years ago now). It was fun to remember our special days and serve up a bit of advice for anyone planning a wedding now. Hope you enjoy it!
09/02/2037m 18s

#16: Business Advice For Our Younger Selves

We're nothing if not emo and reflective for our past. In this episode, we are giving advice that we wish we had heard earlier in our career. We hope you enjoy it! If you have any questions, we'd love to hear them! Get the shownotes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast
02/02/2034m 33s

#15: What It's Like Working with Family

This episode is pretty honest and raw with interviews from both Emma's husband, Trey, and Elsie's husband, Jeremy. It's also kind of sweet. It really is both, and we felt it was an accurate depiction of the highs and lows of working with family. We hope you enjoy it!
26/01/2048m 19s

#14: How to Prep Your Home to Sell for Top Dollar

As you know we're listing our home soon (we shared details of our upcoming move in Episode 12). We've been prepping our home to sell, and I enlisted my realtor, Daniel, for his advice to how to best prep and stage a home to sell. We also try out three new segments at the end- so let us know which one is your favorite! Shownotes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast, and you can write in to podcast@abeautifulmess.com 
20/01/2041m 46s

#13: Hibernation Wisdom

Get the hibernation blues every winter? We're sharing our favorite tips for getting through long, dark, cold winter and a VERY embarrassing story that is super cringey. Find the shownotes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast.
13/01/2031m 39s

#12: Elsie's Forever-ish Home

Hello friends! This week, we have a BIG announcement! I (Elsie) have found our forever home and we will be remodeling it and moving soon. You'll get the full story and lots of details in this episode! Check out abeautifulmess.com/podcast for shownotes.
05/01/2046m 38s

#11: New Year's Goals

Elsie and Emma share about their goals and resolutions (and things they DON'T like about the tradition) — and Emma shares an embarrassing moment. Find the shownotes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast.
30/12/1940m 13s

#10: How to Decorate Affordably (And Not Just From Target!)

We've got a fun episode this week based on a listener question about where to find DEAL$. We're also doing guilty pleasure treasure and Elsie talks about her new schedule with two kiddos. For show notes, visit abeautifulmess.com/podcast
22/12/1939m 44s

#9: Update on our Florida BnB Projects

As a quick recap— the sisters purchased a home in an Orlando, Florida suburb to create family-friendly vacation homes. Emma's is Harry Potter-inspired, Elsie's is Disney-inspired, and they're giving an update into what's gone into the process so far, including what it takes to set up a BnB from scratch. Featuring a bitter-sweet reader question. For shownotes, visit abeautifulmess.com/podcast  
15/12/1937m 41s

#8: Self Help Books that Changed our Lives

Elsie and Emma each share three books that changed their lives.
08/12/1938m 13s

#7: Our App Story

Emma and Elsie share one of their favorite stories: how they came to build their best-selling app, A Color Story. They also talk about life before the internet.
01/12/1939m 30s

#6: Handmade Gifts

This one is all about gearing up to make gifts for the holidays. Emma and Elsie share past favorites and plans for this year.
24/11/1929m 46s

#5: Our 2020 BnB Plans

Elsie and Emma reveal their magical 2020 BnB projects and share what they're thankful for.
17/11/1932m 28s

#4: Three Things That Make Our Homes Happier

The sisters are sharing three DIYs and purchases that made their homes happier — and tell the "ghost toilet story".
10/11/1928m 33s

#3: How To Do a 100 Day Challenge

Elsie talks about the 100 day challenge that changed her life and how to set one up.
31/10/1930m 29s

#2: Forever Homes

Emma and Elsie explain what a "forever home" means to them, what they are looking for, and also a little history of the homes they have owned up to this point.
30/10/1938m 13s

#1: Welcome to A Beautiful Mess Podcast

Elsie and Emma introduce themselves and talk about the enneagram, star signs, birth order, and share what they'll be talking about in upcoming episodes.
29/10/1937m 1s
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