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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.

Carol Ann’s Casa – HOME TOUR!

Carol Ann Kelly, the  world’s foremost authority on all things Bolivia (where she grew up as a missionary’s kid),  and the wildly popular pastor’s wife and worship leader at NHCC is allowing us a HOME TOUR!   In mostly her own words with a few of my thoughts as well, we’ll begin in the heart of her home, the warm kitchen  – as inviting as your favorite, slightly obscure coffee shop.  Carol Ann’s comments will be in quotation marks.  Come in and look around!

Carol Ann’s Casa

“Well…I LOVE color, but not primary or pastel colors. I also don’t like flowery decor, but more bold pieces, whimsical.”

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 “I like warm earthy colors – they are relaxing to me.  I’ve always loved coffee houses with the deep earthy colors and so when Rob and I decided to take on the painting of our stark white walls which I hated, we enlisted Mae Linnemeyer’s help.  I shared with her my ideas and together we worked on creating space that we’d love to hang out in.”

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“We removed the traditional kitchen table space and replaced it with two whimsical chairs and a coffee table and a new light fixture.  The coffee table is the kind you can pull out and make into a table, which is fun.”

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“I also wanted to add details that you’d be surprised by, so I don’t think you can tell from the pics, but on my walls above the kitchen counters I have putty stencils of a coffee mug with steam coming out…same color as the walls so it’s subtle, but fun when it’s discovered.  I sketched the mug and Mae helped create the putty stencils.”

From Jeanie: the putty stencil mugs are genius.  Wish I could have made them show up!



“I also wanted different window treatment from the standard blinds and curtains, so Mae helped me sew coffee bags together as more of an awning treatment like you’d see on the outside of a coffee shop, we just brought it inside.”

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“The long mirrors in the front living room were purchased at a hotel outlet store and we painted them and then sand-papered them to look well worn.  Again, taking what’s outside and moving inside, we took garden trellis and hung them on the wall – I especially liked these trellis’ because they have the ‘Fleur-Elise’ symbols on them which remind me of Leesy.”

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“Above our piano, we put hooks that go across the whole wall.  Then found hanging metal baskets for our sheet music – a lot more fun than a piano bench storage option!”

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“I love black and white painting and old gas station, license plates decor.  It was our previous decor before we went with coffee house stuff and I didn’t want to part with it…so it is now our bathroom and hallway decor and works perfect.”

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“The guitar pics are Rob’s choice but I love them.  We are a family that LOVES music, so you’ll see this and coffee expressed throughout the house…I also love black and white pics.  The pic on the mantel of Rob and I is my favorite ever picture of us.  My niece Morgan caught me laughing and it represents my relationship with Rob – filled with humor and warmth.”

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Jeanie’s favorite part of Carol Ann’s house~

“The corkboard wall and blackboard pantry door is a lot of fun and we often completely change it up for the occasion.  In the picture you have it was “Christmas-fied”.  It’s been a mural for Robbin and Bethany’s grad parties and is just waiting to be transformed again for Elise.”


From Jeanie: Yes-this wall of cork and the blackboard door are THE centerpiece.  Even before I knew Carol Ann, this part of her home (in the kitchen) when she first did it , created a stir.  Everyone was raving!  It is where you go and stand and soak in whatever is there.  It is an ever-changing piece of art, a place to outwardly post the colorful lives of the Kelly family.

When I asked Carol Ann to remind me about her theory of drinking coffee on a very hot summer day (in which she is a firm believer), for I remember her explaining to me that if it is very hot out, drinking hot cofee will make you feel cooler, she only replied:  “…Yes, coffee is to be consumed in any temperature, any time of day, for any reason!  :-)”

Thanks for the welcoming look inside, CAK…Jeanie

previous tours here: Amy’sTara’smine (the post that kicked it all off)…another one of mine…and can you believe more of mine?…Pearl’sRobin’s…and there is more to come!

still with the picture problems here at the blog – aaaarrrrrgggggghhhhhh….sorry you can’t click and SEE!