Elise-the-Niece in her own roommate-filled house


Elise Rachelle, my gorgeous, delightful niece (brother Joe’s daughter), moved to Lakewood about a year ago (her family lives in Aberdeen, but she’d been YWAMming for a few years in Hawaii).  It has been so good to have her near – clear on the other side of the metro area.  She brings a lot of laughter and joy to family gatherings.

Elise rooms with 4 early-twenty-something-college girls.  She sent these to give us a look inside.  I love her style because it has been influenced by her missions travels around the world to places like Venezuela, Thailand, China, Bangladesh, Mexico and  Honduras.  Here is her tour in her own words:

This is my corner of the bedroom I share. I love maps and both of these were found at antique/thrift stores. The small flag patches represent all the countries I’ve been to.  The ‘night stands’ are cute little benches I bought at a yard sale right after I moved to CO.  I was so proud of my purchase that I called my mom telling her what a great deal it was :)

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This is our bathroom (below, left). With two people in the room, it’s kind of crowded and leaving the bathroom door open and just having the beads there helps open the room up.  Below right: The little tin that I just covered with cool patterned magazine pages. The script reads Pen and Ink… I keep my writing utensils in it :)

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This is a make-shift table for extra junk made from two stools with a slab of red painted wood across them. We covered the lower part with a cool piece of scrap material.  My roommies bed is on the right. She loves pillows! Her bed is raised and she has a desk underneath it for extra storage.

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We have a large open window, so we’ve used the ledge for pictures, and of course the famous Robin Moslander hand-made chalk board. I got mine for Christmas :)…Also in my little corner – I found this little bookshelf thing in our shed. I intend to paint it someday. (please ignore the huge orange extension cord).

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The top of the bookshelf with lamps I bought in Thailand. The small mirror bought at Walmart- great for putting on the necklaces hanging from it :) The bulletin/write-on, wipe-off board I found in a trash pile.  And the bulletin board up close.

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These are just dried flowers still in a vase. They held their color pretty well, so I kept them…This is in our living room. I live with four other girls, so our “decorating” is not really exsistent. However, we own a mannequin named Dorkus.

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Our very full bookshelf and a lamp. Our house is older and there isn’t a lot of lighting other than the lamps we have. Our fireplace mantel. A red and yellow flower match our green walls well, and the painting was actually done by Lou (one of the roommates).

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 These are the pillows on my bed. I love mis-matching patterns.  Big lamps help give our room light at night.

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From Aunt Jeanie: But what really says Elise?  Coffee.  Lots and lots of good coffee.  When she comes over, there is always a fresh pot on (to go with all those homebaked cookies for which she is so famous).  She is a sweetheart.  We’ll miss her when she leaves in a couple of months to accept a ministry position at her parents’ church.  I don’t think Aberdeen is big enough for the brightness and massiveness of this girl’s smile and giftings, but they are getting her anyway. :{


Thanks for letting us take a peek inside your home-for-now, Elise!  I am not a bit surprised at the color and texture and playfulness of it – because that is you!

Still loving the home tours…Jeanie

Noteread Elise’s blog here.

8 thoughts on “Elise-the-Niece in her own roommate-filled house

  1. It is so fun to see how cute she has made everything. I have not forgotten the harrowing experience of dropping her off, just a little over a year ago, in a small, unheated room, with little more than the clothes on her back. I think I cried all the way back to Brighton. Remember the whole bed experience? But, I never doubted Elise’s ability to make any space a reflection of who she is. Colorful, fun, and full. Love the mannequin…what a great touch.

  2. I don’t even want to DISCUSS her leaving…maybe I’ll just steal the car…I think we have an extra key laying around…muwaahahahahahah…

  3. Good job Sissy (Elise)! Funny…I don’t recall seeing ‘your’ room at home like that at all…in fact, I am not sure I was able to notice pieces of furniture or pillows or wall hangings with any specific distinction during those years…hummm? But…nice job ‘these’ days!! :) Love ya,

  4. How cute, Elise! For those of us who know the size of that closet you live in, I’m so impressed with what you’ve been able to do with it! I hope it’s been a nice little cubby for you. You sure have brightened it up which is awesome. And, yes, we won’t be talking about you leaving. *sniff *sniff

  5. THanks, guys! I will miss you all terribly also! And Dessa, I’m actually not in that little closet room anymore, I share the master bedroom with Lou. It’s great… mainly b/c i actually have a closet! Haha.

  6. Your house is SO cute! I need to get down there to see it in person before you leave….have a kid-friendly party would you? ;o)

    Ummmm, could you clarify who this ‘Lou’ character is? Shocking!

  7. Elise is leaving us? How sad! She’s such a joy just being around.We’re going to miss her. Thanks for loaning us your daughter Joe.

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