A Beautiful Mess Podcast

By Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman

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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.

Episode Date
#72: What To Expect When EMMA'S EXPECTING!

Emma has some MAJOR news to share this week! She's also answering a lot of anticipated questions you might have — this is a can't-miss episode! :) 

Thank you to this week's sponsors:

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Jan 18, 2021
EPISODE #71: Hygge and how it helps us live happier in the winter!

This week’s episode is all about hygge: the Danish concept of coziness, comfort, contentment and well-being! We are giving six examples of how we create that hygge feeling in our lives. To visit the show notes, go to abeautifulmess.com/podcast. To write in, email podcast@abeautifulmess.com.

Thank you to this week's sponsors:

  • Visit canon.usa/abm to learn more about our favorite products
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Jan 11, 2021
#70: We're Back + A Big Catch Up Episode!

We're so excited for our first episode of 2021! We're chatting about some of our home decor plans for the new year as well as what you can expect from this season of the podcast.

Thank you to this week's sponsor:

  • Visit www.issuu.com/podcast and use code ABEAUTIFULMESS for 50% off a premium membership.
Jan 04, 2021
#69: New Years Goals + Goodbye 2020!

In this episode, we're talking about what we accomplished (and didn't) from our 2020 goals list, and of course what we are hopeful for in 2021. Also, Elsie cries while reading a meme.

Thank you to our sponsors this week:

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  • Get 40% off a Calm premium membership at www.calm.com/abeautifulmess
Dec 21, 2020
#68: Our Favorite TV and Movies of 2020

In this week’s episode, we’re chatting about our favorite TV and movies of 2020 (mostly TV!) Visit our shownotes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast and write to us at podcast@abeautifulmess.com.

Thank you to our sponsors this week:


Dec 14, 2020
#67: An Interview with Grace Mitchell

This week, we are partnering with At Home to bring you an interview with HGTV host Grace Mitchell! We talk about how she created her collection, how she makes holiday magic, and more!

Visit our shownotes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast for links and more.

Dec 07, 2020
#66: Best Purchases of 2020

We are talking about the best things we bought in 2020 — including splurges and best purchases under $20! 

Thank you to our sponsors this week:

Dec 07, 2020
#65: Painting Exterior Brick

We recently painted two homes white in 2020, so we thought it would be a good time to do an episode all about painting exterior brick. We talk about value, color perception and everything in between! Visit our shownotes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast and write to us at podcast@abeautifulmess.com.

Nov 30, 2020
#64: Our Holiday Traditions (MINI)

It's our holiday traditions episode! We're talking about everything from favorite childhood memories to new traditions we're starting this year. Everything we're chatting about is linked in the shownotes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast. Want to send us an email? Write to us at podcast@abeautifulmess.com

Nov 23, 2020
#63: Listener AMA Biz & Money

When we do any kind of Q+A we always get a LOT of business and money questions, so today we are devoting a whole episode to these topics! In true Emma and Elsie fashion, we couldn't stop dishing advice so the episode turned out pretty long! We hope you enjoy it! For shownotes, visit abeautifulmess.com/podcast and to write in, send your emails to podcast@abeautifulmess.com!

Nov 23, 2020
#62: Enneagram 101 with Ryan O'Neal

If you've ever gotten stuck in an enneagram conversation where you felt like everyone was speaking a different language, then this episode is for you! We chat with Ryan O'Neal aka Sleeping At Last to break down each of the nine types, give tips for figuring out which type you identify as and chatting about his beautiful album based on the Enneagram. Visit our shownotes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast and write in via podcast@abeautifulmess.com

Nov 16, 2020
#61: Unpopular Opinions

In this episode, we discuss our feelings about microwaves, dishwashers, mid-century modern houses, farmhouse mansions, traveling with little kids, candy corn, eggnog, sushi... and more. :) To visit the shownotes, go to www.abeautifulmess.com/podcast and to write in, email podcast@abeautifulmess.com

Nov 09, 2020
#60: Our Favorite Movie Houses

To kick off November, we're sharing our favorite homes from movies! To visit the shownotes, go to abeautifulmess.com/podcast. To write into the show, email podcast@abeautifulmess.com

Nov 02, 2020
#59: Ghost Story Special (Part 2)

Hello witches! Ready for part TWO? We saved the spookiest story for this episode. We hope you enjoy it! Visit the shownotes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast and write in to Emma and Elsie at podcast@abeautifulmess.com

Oct 26, 2020
#58: Ghost Story Special

This week we are going FULL SPOOKY with our first installment of listener-submitted ghost stories! Visit our shownotes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast and write in at podcast@abeautifulmess.com!

Oct 19, 2020
#57: Dream Bathrooms + COVID Halloween Plans

This week's episode is all about bathrooms DREAM BATHROOMS... we're also chatting about Halloween plans with Covid safety in mind. To visit the shownotes, go to abeautifulmess.com/podcast. Email us at podcast@abeautifulmess.com!

Oct 12, 2020
#56: Elsie's Renovation + Emma's Novel Updates

In this week's episode we chat about all the renovations that are going on at Elsie's home (and what's now happening!). We also chat about Emma's quarantine novel and how the publishing process has been going so far. To visit the shownotes, go to abeautifulmess.com/podcast and to write into the show, email podcast@abeautifulmess.com — thanks for listening!

Oct 05, 2020
#55: Alyssa Rosenheck (MINI)

We're chatting with Alyssa Rosenheck about her new book, The New Southern Style. I've never had an interview like this, but Alyssa actually starts interviewing me somewhere along the way and we end up talking about religion and politics. Most of what we end up talking about was not on my list. It's almost like you're listening to our dinner conversation instead of a prepared interview. Alyssa really brings that out in people. Honestly, I think she needs a podcast of her own! Visit the shownotes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast. Write into the show by emailing podcast@abeautifulmess.com!


Sep 28, 2020
#54: All Things Renter-Friendly with Medina Grillo

This week's episode is about all things renter-friendly. We share about our favorite memories as former renters and then we share an interview with Medina Grillo, author of Home Sweet Rented Home. To visit our shownotes, go to abeautifulmess.com/podcast. To write into the show, email podcast@abeautifulmess.com!

Sep 28, 2020
#53: A Listener AMA (Ask Me Anything)

This week's episode is an old school AMA (ask me anything) and we answer a big variety of listener questions! Visit the shownotes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast, and send in your ghost stories via podcast@abeautifulmess.com!

Sep 21, 2020
#52: It's Spooky Season + The Home Edit!

It's officially spooky season (our podcast, our rules) and this week we're chatting about all the fall things. We're also joined by Clea and Joanna of The Home Edit! They've got a new Netflix show streaming as well as a book that's about to launch... so we have a lot of chat about. Visit our show notes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast and write to the show at podcast@abeautifulmess.com!

Sep 14, 2020
#51: A Beautiful Mess x Etsy Collection

We are SO excited to share the news with you — our new A Beautiful Mess x Etsy collaboration is now available to shop! In this episode, we go through each item and we talk about what the collaboration process was like. Visit the show notes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast, or shop the collection now at etsy.com/abeautifulmess.

Aug 31, 2020
#50: Moving Updates

This week we've got a LOT to say... we're chatting moving updates, adjusting, what our first projects are, and unpacking my new feelings on the term "forever home." Visit the shownotes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast.

Aug 24, 2020
#49: How to design for YOU with Jonathan Adler

It's an exciting podcast day because I'm catching up with Jonathan Adler, my longtime design hero and imaginary bff. We chat about his design secrets, his amazing homes, the importance of collecting vintage, and he even gives me some rather harsh tattoo advice. This episode is filled with so many gems of wisdom. I know you're going to love it! Thank you JA for sitting down to chat with us, and visit the show notes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast

Aug 17, 2020
#48: Second Lives

This week's episode is about later in life career changes. In our culture, it's unfortunately pretty common for people to feel like if they haven't started and achieved a dream by the time they are 30, 40, 50 or beyond, that it's too late. This episode is ALL about how it's not too late, and in fact, many of our favorite creative icons started their careers later than you might think. Check out the show notes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast.

Aug 10, 2020
#47: A Cooking Episode

Finally, Emma's dream of doing a FOOD episode comes true today! In this episode, we talk about our favorite things to cook at home for every occasion. 2020 has brought us more appreciation than ever for learning to cook pretty much everything at home!

Aug 03, 2020
#46: Book Report!

This week, we are each sharing three personal-development books that we love, in addition to some honorable mentions! Check out our show notes at abeautifulmess.com/podcast for all the details on the books we discuss.

Jul 27, 2020
#45: COVID Pivots

This week we're talking about big pandemic-related life changes! After Elsie shared her big moving news, we heard from so many of you who have experienced BIG life changes. Many are very sad, some are inspiring, most of them are VERY surprising. It's all over the map! We're exciting to share your stories today. What a time to be alive, right?? For the show notes, visit abeautifulmess.com/podcast

Jul 20, 2020
#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.

Jul 13, 2020
#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!

Jul 13, 2020
#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.

Jul 06, 2020
#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.

Jun 29, 2020
#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.

Jun 22, 2020
#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!

Jun 15, 2020
#38: So Fresh and So Clean

This week we're talking about decluttering and organizing! To visit the shownotes, go to abeautifulmess.com/podcast.

Jun 08, 2020
#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

May 18, 2020
#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

May 11, 2020
#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

May 11, 2020
#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.


May 04, 2020
#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. 

May 04, 2020
#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.

Apr 27, 2020
#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.

Apr 27, 2020
#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.

Apr 20, 2020
#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.

Apr 20, 2020
#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

Apr 13, 2020
#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

Apr 13, 2020
#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

Apr 06, 2020
#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

Apr 06, 2020
#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.

Mar 30, 2020
#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.

Mar 30, 2020
#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.


Mar 16, 2020
#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

Mar 09, 2020
#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.

Mar 02, 2020
#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.

Feb 24, 2020
#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! 

Feb 17, 2020
#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!

Feb 09, 2020
#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

Feb 02, 2020
#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!

Jan 26, 2020
#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 

Jan 20, 2020
#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.

Jan 13, 2020
#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.

Jan 05, 2020
#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.

Dec 30, 2019
#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

Dec 22, 2019
#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


Dec 15, 2019
#8: Self Help Books that Changed our Lives

Elsie and Emma each share three books that changed their lives.

Dec 08, 2019
#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.

Dec 01, 2019
#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.

Nov 24, 2019
#5: Our 2020 BnB Plans

Elsie and Emma reveal their magical 2020 BnB projects and share what they're thankful for.

Nov 17, 2019
#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".

Nov 10, 2019
#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.

Oct 31, 2019
#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.

Oct 30, 2019
#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.

Oct 29, 2019