We teamed up with two super-star bloggers and transformed a home for a great cause.

Some people give money; others lend their time. But when Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, sisters and creators of the lifestyle blog A Beautiful Mess, started thinking about how to give back to their Springfield, Missouri, community, they decided to get crafty. The two paid $37,500 for a two-bedroom, one-bathroom bungalow-style fixer-upper and partnered with Habitat for Humanity for its make-a-difference mission: helping deserving families buy a home they can afford, to make a fresh start.

After kicking off the six-month-long renovation with a budget of $10,000, the sisters tapped Real Simple to do the decorating. RS filled the rooms with plush furniture and cheery accents to help make the space feel warm and welcoming. “All the ideas are easy and affordable, so anyone can use them in their own home,” says Larson.

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