Elsie’s Home Decor Inspirations

Palm Springs HomePhoto via Apartment Therapy

Hey, friends! I just realized that even though I’ve been sharing a lot of home stuff, I completely forgot to share my inspirations with you for our new home! Sorry about that! “Moving brain” is a real thing—I have forgotten a lot of important things lately. (face palm x10)

Anyway! I’m really excited to share this with you. My style has evolved a lot since we bought our previous home three years ago. It’s funny though, because a lot of things stayed exactly the same! I still love gold. I still love yellow. And for the second time, I chose to start out with a lot of fresh white walls. So I think there will be some similarities as well as choices I intentionally repeat because I was so happy with them. On the other hand, three years later I have a lot of new inspiration, and I have a better idea of what I want to do in each room, floor to ceiling, from the very beginning this time!

If you need a refresher on our before home, click here. We made a video on the day we got the keys, sharing almost all the rooms. It already looks COMPLETELY different (mostly because there is zero carpet now).

Colors—I stuck with my old method of choosing one base color story for the entire home.

Color storyI am excited about this color scheme because it’s light and airy. I really wanted something with a bright/neutral base so that I could change up the details season by season. I want to focus on a lot of texture for the permanent pieces, instead of color.

We won’t limit ourselves strictly to these colors. It’s more of just a general direction to help me get started!

Elsie's color storyMuses—

Palm Springs Palm Springs + Jonathan Adler (photo via DesignLoveFest

Read more about this obsession here

Dorothy DraperDorothy Draper 

If I could be 1% this confident, I think that would be amazing. 

The Surf LodgeThat floor inspiration, you guys. 

The Surf LodgeThe Surf Lodge

I sometimes describe myself as “zero percent bohemian”, but I make an exception for wicker and rattan, which I am obsessed with! 

As you can see, I am embracing a lot of retro inspiration. I want to have bits of that, but also an overall cozy vibe. I don’t want my home to be too fancy. I guess if I had to describe my big-picture goal with the decor, it would be to make it really photogenic (an obvious necessity for a blogger and Instagram addict like myself), but then I would also hope it would feel really comfortable and easygoing in person. Because I don’t want to live in a white box…. hmm… unless maybe that white box had lots of pillows and a cozy fireplace. Haha! 

Outdoor spacevia Fresh Home and The Beverly Hills Hotel. 

I  have both short-term and long-term goals. We’ve committed to staying in this home for seven years (till I’m forty, gulp!), so I feel like I have time to do anything and everything, but it has to happen one day at a time. 

Above is a bit of my outdoor inspiration. Painted brick, an epic wrap around porch, an outdoor fireplace and some concrete block walls. We’re doing zero outdoor projects this year, but hopefully we’ll get started later next year. In the meantime, I’m enjoying collecting inspiration! 

Pink tablevia SFgirlbybay

I have a big project ahead of me! I’m excited to share it with you a little bit at a time. Hopefully this inspiration post will give you an idea of the styles that are inspiring me right now and what direction I’m going for. What’s cool is that even though I feel like I have a crystal clear vision of what our house will end up looking like, I know it will change and evolve as we go. That’s just how it works! 

On a side note, I am curious to see if and how living in Nashville will influence me. You know I’m a hardcore Dolly Parton lover (have a giant Dolly art project planned already), and I’m definitely going to buy my fair share of brass horseshoe things from eBay, but beyond that, I don’t know. Only time will tell! 

Follow me on Snapchat (@elsielarson) for daily progress reports! xx- Elsie 

  • As always, you’ve left me inspired with great ideas! That is some incredibly beautiful work…you are so talented and have great taste. Thanks and keep sharing.

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  • It’s scary, but you can totally do it! One thing at a time.
    🙂 xx- Elsie

  • Thanks for asking Sarah! 🙂
    Well the reason is because I thought 5 years was good and Jeremy thought 10. So we landed on 7. That’s all.
    xx- Elsie

  • Totally!! I will. I’m planning to shoot a progress video as soon as we get home from traveling. 🙂 Thanks for asking.
    xx- Elsie

  • Love the color story! Cant wait to see everything when its done. I came across these pillows on Etsy and reminded me of you! by ZanaProducts “Lines in Black Throw Cushion with Black Pom Pom” http://etsy.me/1Q8i43s

  • I love the surf lodge image! Very much what I’m going for in my apartment. And that orange wall from Dorothy Draper! Mmmm!

  • I really love these posts (thanks to Emma and Laura for documenting and sharing their new homes as well). They are so helpful for people out there who want to decorate / redecorate / remodel, but don’t really know where to start or how to actually tackle something this big from scratch. Your color story post is especially helpful to me and I’m using it as a guide for designing a new apartment I’ll be moving into soon. So thank you so so much! And good luck with your renos.

  • I love the minimal base idea (white walls) and filling it with lots of nice bright things like pretty cushions and rugs.
    Great colour schemes.

    Jodie | http://a-textile-perspective.blogspot.co.uk

  • I love the inspiration! My style is similar to yours. I’m looking into buying my first house and am looking for all the inspiration I can so I can visualize myself actually living there. Needless to say, I will be browsing your old posts!

  • I’m so excited to see how all of your projects turn out! Moving into a new home is so exciting – so many new design opportunities!

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  • I absolutely love all of these color schemes and the rooms! so perfect. xx,kenz

  • Soooooooo excited for you!!! The house is amazing and is just oozing with potential. Your taste is fab and it’s going to look fantastic when you’re done!
    ♥ Heather and Melissa

  • This is really weird, but the befores of your new house totally reminded me of 70’s Dolly Parton in house form, especially the kitchen…haha! Love that you are putting some of her in there! And that house exterior in the 1st photo is on of my house/life goals too 🙂

  • We’re planning on buying our first home in March and I don’t think I’m prepared for all the decor decisions that come with home ownership!


  • I love me some white walls. They look so refreshing. Though a pop of color is a win-win.

  • I love the orange front door, every one is now over using the red door, that I orginally love and have because of my background, I highly doubt I will change mine. It is possible with growth their is always change.

  • Lots of great idea’s, all sounds very exciting for you guys.


  • There are some bright colours in there, I especially love the red wall by the way. Would be very brave to paint a room like that, but I think it would be worth it!


  • Welcome to Nashville Elsie! I know I’m a little late to say this but I’m just seeing your posts about it. I’m not sure where your home is but there are so many neat communities surrounding downtown. I’m in East and love it! There are so many places for you to shop and be inspired. Check out the Nashville Flea Market at the Fairgrounds. It comes once a month and is huge . . . wear your walking shoes! (wink)

  • I LOVE home decor inspiration pictures! And I`m excited to see how you`re going to use this inspiration and make your own thing out of it 🙂


  • Elsie, I am curious about your plan to be in this house for 7 years. Would you mind elaborating on that? If it’s private, no worries. But you are quite open on this blog and so perhaps you’ll elaborate. 7 is such a specific number and I’m curious about that part of your plan. Thanks for sharing all your projects. We are big DIYers here and it’s fun to see what you’re doing.

  • Could you please post more updates on the progress for those of us that don’t have Snapchat?? I can’t wait to see! 🙂

  • I can’t wait to see your home come together!

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  • I love the colours you’ve chosen! I’m seriously the worst at figuring out how to decorate my home so I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with your blank slate :).

  • Love your inspiration!!! Looking forward to watching you transform your new house into your dream home 🙂

  • I’m struggling with the same thing right now. I am moving to a new home in 2 months and have been indecisive on colors.

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