When we purchased this East Nashville project house earlier this spring, one of the things that first drew us to the property was this little room off the kitchen that was just BEGGING to become a built-in breakfast nook!

Here’s the before photo …

Isn’t the upgrade amazing?!

For this post, we partnered with Walls Need Love. They have beautiful options for removable wallpaper, murals and wall decals. We chose the Ida Removable Wallpaper for our nook.

I don’t normally wallpaper ceilings, but in this tight space it creates a high impact, pulled together look. I am BEYOND pleased with how this turned out. And the best part is you can install this wallpaper yourself in a weekend.

The first step for this project was to build three benches, customized for the space. Collin removed the trim in the space, framed out the base of the benches and then added the seat back last.

The next step was to build the table. We’re not going to full DIY instructions (although let us know if you’d like to hear them all in a separate post), but Collin built a farmhouse-style table, perfectly fitted for the benches. The table top is about two inches smaller than the floor space between the benches.

If there are any vents or outlets on the wall, they should be extended to outside of the bench, not covered up.

For paint, Collin used two coats of stain blocking primer and then two coats of glossy untinted acrylic paint.

The next step was to install the wallpaper.

Our best tip is to be patient. Collin started by installing one strip from the front of the ceiling all the way down the back of the wall, and then worked out from there. For a continuous pattern, you can’t make it match from every angle, so we prioritized the front facing angle. The sides of the wall to ceiling don’t match, but the pattern hides it very well.

Last, Collin installed a fresh new light fixture.

When shopping for wallpaper, always order samples. I always order way too many samples, but it’s helpful because some of the time they look different in person. Samples can also help you get an idea of scale.

Wallpaper – Ida Removable Wallpaper by Walls Need Love, Light – Luna Pendant in Black by Schoolhouse Electric.

I’m happy we went neutral in this space because I can style it with pillows, flowers and baskets to reflect each season. I am SO EXCITED to have guests stay in our new home and I hope they love it as much as we do!

My partner in crime was in town and got to see our new property for the first time. I bribed her with some cinnamon rolls to snap a few photos … always works!

I hope this post has inspired you and shown what a HUGE transformation a little wallpaper can make! It made this space so much more thoughtful looking. It would have been nice without it, but with it it’s really special!

If you’re one of those people who has been terrified of wallpaper, this next paragraph is for you. 🙂

Wallpaper in 2017 is a whole new animal. It’s nothing like vintage paper that takes forever to remove (I am still somewhat traumatized from the painted-over wallpaper in our last home). These days it’s easier than ever to install AND remove. So easy that some of the time you can do it yourself (or at least remove it yourself if you don’t want to do the install). And there are countless new options that look super modern. So give wallpaper a chance.

Thank you so much for reading! I am beyond grateful to have you here. xx – Elsie (and Collin, too!)

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson and Collin DuPree. Project Assistant: Collin DuPree. Photography: Amber Ulmer.




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Hello again! Dawn here, from AD Aesthetic, and I’m back with another mood board for your decoration inspiration. This time of year, it seems that everyone has curb appeal on their minds. I recently saw a few inspiring photos of homes with bright green front doors, and loved the bold color so much, that I decided a green door moodboard was in order.

Green Front Door Inspiration

Before I get to the moodboard though, let me share a few of the photos that I found so inspiring!












Are you ready to paint your front door yet? I’m seriously considering it. Here is the moodboard I put together for my own green door:


Green Front Door Mood Board Sources

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Door | Pillows Chairs
Brass Handset Porch Light | Planter
Doorbell | Brass Kick Plate | Doormat
House Numbers | Blue Candle | Pink Candle

Painting a front door is one of the easiest ways to add a ton of personality and a fresh dash of curb appeal to a home. If green isn’t your color, you really can’t go wrong with any brightly colored front door! Add in a few complimentary accessories, like throw pillows and updated house numbers, and your porch will be looking brand new in no time.

For this space, I chose accessories that carried a bit of the green from the door color, but mixed in turquoise and a few pops of bright pink for contrast and visual interest. The warm pink against the cooler greens and blues really stands out and gives the whole scene a fun and welcoming vibe.

To help the pink blend in a bit, I chose warm brass toned metals for the door handle, house numbers, kick plate, and door bell (probably my favorite thing on the whole moodboard!). All together, this porch has a cool, beachy, vintage vibe, but with a modern twist that would give any home a great dash of curb appeal for sure!

How do you feel about bright front doors? Would you go green, or do you prefer another hue?

As always, thank you to Cassity and the Remodelaholic team for having me back each month. I’d love for you to visit me over on my site,, or follow me on FacebookPinterest, or Instagram for more updates and inspiration. Have a great day, friends!


Can Paint Color Increase Your Happiness?

Learn how the color choices in your home can increase your well being.


When you think of the word “wellness” you may think of a trip to the spa, or the mountains, or maybe wellness is your weekly yoga class. But can wellness be incorporated into your home? What does that mean, exactly? The Random House Dictionary defines wellness as “the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind,especially as the result of deliberate effort.” Wellness and well-being can be thought of as the act of purposefully creating a state of feeling good.

You might already have a wellness room in your home without knowing it. Perhaps it’s the kitchen or the garden where you feel creative, connected and inspired. Maybe it’s the oversized tub where you relax and unwind at the end of the day. It might even be that cozy nook by the window where you love to sit and read. At a recent trip to Heimtextil, design experts from all over the world and across multiple disciplines designed a special exhibition called Well-Being 4.0. They focused on that which makes us feel protected,energized, nourished and enriched. Given these descriptives, you’d be amazed at how right color strategy in your home can influence your well being and help create a stronger sense of wellness for you and your family.

Whether you are aware of it or not, color plays a huge part of your life. From the clothes you put on in the morning, to the foods to buy at the grocery store, to the brands you reach for in the pharmacy, color is influencing you constantly. In fact, brands hire color experts when launching new products or when entering a new marketplace. Experts know that the colors of the package can increase, or decrease, sales.

The colors you pick for decorating your home, inside and out, influence your overall wellbeing too. You’ve probably purchased a colorful trendy paint you saw in a magazine only to realize that in person the color gives you a headache, or makes the room feel dark and depressing. Your very perception of color can really make or break a room, so to speak.

Color experts know that our perception of color (or rather, our perception of light) stems from many core values that have evolved over a long period of time. At the Heimtextil conference I listened as color expert, Carola Seybold, from the color authority company Pantone, explained the psychology of color:




Frank H. Mahnke was a founding member of IACC (International Association of Color Consultants/Designers), which aims to bring color education and expertise into the world of design, including interior design. The pyramid above shows how much influence certain factors, like cultural influences, may have on your love of certain colors.

  1. The strongest influence, Mr. Mahnke describes, is our biological reactions to a color stimulus. Think of the luscious, bright red colors of sweet berries that our ancestors foraged for quick bursts of energy.
  2. Less influential than that but still very strong is our collective unconscious, which would include the examples of orange and red, which signify the colors warmth and security of a roaring fire.
  3. Conscious symbolism – associations is like how children always color the sun yellow, and that we still equate that color with a sunny point of view.
  4. Cultural influences and mannerisms refer to the colors that become symbolic within our own distinct cultures. The color white, for example, represents purity in the U.S., and is used for wedding dresses and baptismal gowns. However in Japan, white is the cultural symbol of mourning, and people wear that color when attending funerals.
  5. The influence of trends, fashion and styles are less important but still may influence our color choices. This is easy and obvious to see, particularly when a photograph of a movie icon on the red carpet spawns a whole industry of new dress designs.
  6. Finally, our own personal relationship to color, although the least influential, is still important. If you’ve always hated the color of orange because you had a bad experience with something that was a dominant color orange in your memory bank, you may never like that color.

Of course, understanding this pyramid of influence is just one part of why we like certain colors in our home. But it’s an important idea to grasp when thinking about how certain colors in your home can make you feel protected, energized, nourished and enriched – in other words, make you feel well.

Color is merely our perception of light, and as we age our perception of color, or our ability to remember color, may change. Hospitals, for example, are experiencing the effect of color with patients suffering from memory loss. In fact, memory and color are closely intertwined. If you don’t find this compelling think about how large parking garages use color to influence your ability to remember where you’ve parked your car. Our brains can only pay attention to small amounts of information at a time, that is exactly why brands rely upon color to impose their brand on your brain.


The above example by design company Printsome shows just how powerful color can be on our memories. Check out their other brand color-swap examples; what does your mind think when the Starbucks logo is illustrated in Dunkin’ Donuts colors? Does your mind switch brands?

Despite this information about color and memory, Ms. Seybold also mentioned that it may be hard to describe why, exactly, we like a certain color more than others.  Studies have shown that when shopping, 93% of consumers place visual appearance over all other factors. 85% of shoppers say color is the primary reason for selecting a particular product.* Within seconds our brains can recognize a brand before we even register the letters or logo.

So how does all of this help you choose the right colors for your home? How does this help you create a state of well being in your living room, kitchen or home office? It’s important that you go with your gut (your biological reaction) when selecting linens, paint colors or upholstery. Choose colors that makes you and your family feel good and remember that in a room full of furnishings you have many opportunities to influence the overall color palette. You may choose earthy neutrals for your long term investments like carpeting or flooring, and you may want to experiment with “new” colors in the form of inexpensive accessories that can quickly be replaced.

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, head of the Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training, and author of nine books on color, understands that feeling good about your interior colors is not necessarily about choosing one color over another. It’s important to play with the right shades and tones for your own home. “It’s a mistake to simply rely on paint swatches,” she says about choosing the right color paint for your walls. Test out paint samples on the wall or on sample boards and live with it for awhile. Take note of how the color changes with the light of day and how it works with the bounced light from your furniture. Ms Eiseman recalled that when living in sunny Los Angeles she loved a particular shade of yellow she chose for her home. When she moved to the Northwest, she still kept yellow as a primary color but had to adjust the shade in order for it to work well with the grey lighting of the cloudy Northwest.

Here are some great tips for choosing the right colors for your home:

  • Take your time. You should never feel rushed when buying fabrics, linens, furniture, carpeting or any interior furnishes for your home. Use Pinterest to create color boards or cut out magazine images.  Putting your gut feelings down on paper is the best way to gain focus and identify how you respond physically and mentally to particular colors or color combinations. Using a professional interior designer can help speed up the process however you still need to know what colors you do, and do not, like. Read more tips for working with an interior designer.
  • Always bring home swatches. Most furniture companies have fabric samples that you can bring home. Not only is this a great way to see how your family reacts to the color, it’s also a great way to see how it works within the room. Read more about samples and swatches here.
  • Don’t choose paint colors in the store. The biggest mistake is to pick out your paint chips in the store without testing it out at home first. Even if you have to purchase a small quantity of paint to test at home, it’s worth the money to paint part of your wall or paint a sample board. This same idea should be used when selecting wallpaper as well.Read more of our painting tips here.

Hire a color consultant. Color consultants are definitely a worth-while investment, especially when you need to make a lot of color decisions at once. If you are repainting the whole home, for example, or building a new home, this is a great opportunity to learn more about the colors you love and how to settle on the correct shades. Find an expert here.


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Other sources:

International Association of Color Consultants/Designers