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Ella Elaine

Updated: 2018-02-14T17:00:47.362-06:00


Our Country Living Magazine Story


I am often asked how our farmhouse was chosen to be featured in Country Living Magazine. Here's the scoop. On a day in May of 2016, I received an email from my neighbor, Cindy, that lives one street over from our primary house in McKinney. Her words were, " Hi, I have Country Living Magazine at my house doing a photo shoot and I drove the Home Editor around our neighborhood and she would like to see your house. Could I give her your phone number?".Of course, I said yes and that we also had a farm house we were renovating and she might be interested in learning more about that project. (Cindy's home was featured in the July/Aug. 2016 issue. visit her wonderful blog )Then, I looked around at my messy house! Oh, dear... the two weeks prior to this we had our three grandchildren and son at the house for a week while their mother was in England. The day they left I drove to Tulsa for a  product design presentation, then came home and flew out to the High Point Market in N. C. The day after I arrived back home, Mr. Ella came down with a terrible virus. Thankfully I dodged that bullet, but then I had a horrible allergy attack. So, with Mr. Ella feeling better and me with a tissue box nearby at all times, we managed to get the house into shape! I am not saying that anything was thrown under any beds, the garage or the oven...but it may have happened.I tell you all of this because you have to seize opportunities when they happen.  If you don't swing the bat you will never hit the ball, much less make a home run!So, Jennifer Kopf came to my home and it was such a delight to meet her. I showed her photos of the farmhouse renovation and she asked that I send her more as we made progress. When we had the farm, which we call "The Range", at a point where we felt good, I had a friend from church take photos.  He was awesome. The house was still a little empty and Karson helped pull in color and plants so the pictures would show the rooms off at their best. So, off these went to CL. It was just a few days later when I was asked if they could come and do a photo shoot!!  The timing was a bit crazy. Our daughter was getting married close to when they wanted to do the shoot. And again, I will say seize the moment!It was all such a fun experience! In my next post I will give you an inside & behind the scenes glimpse!![...]

Country Living Magazine visits The Range


The time has finally come that you all can see our farmhouse in Country Living Magazine!!

Check it out!!

My Dream Living Room


My Dream Living RoomIn the old days the living room was called a parlor. A formal, perfect, don't touch anything kind of room. Thankfully, today we use our living rooms, well, to live in. A place to relax, entertain and share cherished moments with our loved ones.I have gathered a few of my products along with Arhaus and others in what I would consider my go to cozy retreat.Ella Elaine Wood Cart Tray Side TablesVintage inspired crates are not only a spot to hold a lamp or magazines, but the top is a removable tray which is perfect for those extra blankets or pillows. Sherwood Table LampEvery space needs a bit of character and this lamp is just "down right" fun with the branches and rectangle metal shade. Industrial Chandelier Reclaim. Repurpose. Redefine perfectly doneSimply romanticMeridan Wood Floor Lamp I picked this floor lamp to keep the room fresh with a touch of  nature and "now".Remington Sofa by ArhausComfy, gorgeous, modern and traditional all in one sitting!Twin Root Coffee Table by ArhausBringing the outdoor in is a must in my decorating world. This coffee table is the best combo of textures ever!Ferry Ivory/Blue Area RugI am not much of a rule follower, but Interior Design 101 teaches to start with the floor and build your way up. One rule I try not to break. A pretty rug as a foundation is a fail proof way to make a room easily come together.I like to have a neutral palette for the furniture. That allows me to add color with accessories and  change the look as often as my moods do...         Plaid Pillow                Wilmie Plaid PillowElla Elaine Frosted Glass JarsAqua and blue are my new "bestest" color duo.That is where I find my happy place.      Ella Elaine Wall or Table ChargersThis set is probably one of my all time favorite products I have designed up to this point. Each one can be hung on the wall or used as a tray. The brass edging with the galvanized metal are the perfect touch, if I say so myself !I must admit that old unpainted ship lap calms my soul and gives me that sense of home I crave when I am tired or simply need a place to slow down. Love, love, love.Ella Elaine Desk ClockAnother nod to the days of the past, no winding required!Putting my dream room together was a joy.Go on now, find your unique style![...]

On this Farm


I have this thing for naming the buildings out at our farm. The first ideas don't always stick or they evolve into a form from the original thought.The biggest outbuilding started out as Bluebird Barn because of the bluebird houses outside the doors, It was kind of a tongue twister for this Texas accent and the grandkids, so it quickly became Birdie Barn. So much better. A nod to my mom, Birdie.It's all about family anyway, right?Well, the green barn (soon to be aqua) was called the corn crib barn by the previous owners because it was used to store corn back in the old days. Part of the year the barn is occupied by a mama turkey buzzard and her babies. She will hiss at you some and fly out with her six foot wing span, land on the tin roof and watch you until you leave. So, it became known as Buzzard Barn.Next to those buildings is Mr. Ella's barn. The tin used for the roof had been torn off another old barn, leaving tiny nail holes that dot the ceiling. Even though most of them are sealed with silicone, the light still sparkles through. It takes me to another world when I walk in and look up. All that goes with farming is housed below this starry sky. None of the names that I have tried have jived yet, but I know the perfect one is out there, it just may take a little time![...]

Demo Day is not for Sissies!


We have been busy out at The Range! I knew before we even started the demo that I wanted the Master Bedroom to be my special retreat spot. The floor plan of the house was all chopped up so I quickly rearranged all of the rooms including the staircase. That will be in another post..The old dining room seemed like the perfect place for the Master Bedroom. All we had to do was pull up the carpet, take the 1970's paneling down (which was partially covered in 1980's wallpaper...)and then add our own touch. Sounded so easy!I should know anytime you remodel a house that you can always expect the unexpected.After all, this is not my first rodeo... I have lost count on the number of houses Mr. Ella and I have worked on. The very first house we bought,way back when, had ship lap under the old wallpaper. I remember burning the strings off the nails even in a tiny closet!This is what " Just taking the paneling down" led to. Yikes. Not for the faint of heart. Vision is the key word here, BIG VISION...And yes, that is a water heater tucked up above the built in cabinet - go figure.The wood used on this area of the walls and floors indicated that the house was much older than 1912. We are guessing it started out small and as the family grew and the money came in (good crops) the other rooms were added.If these walls could only talk.The first day of demo, I showed up at the house to this mess. The workers were supposed to only take up the sub floor, but did not understand that and just started cutting up the whole floor, many in 2 foot pieces. I was not a happy camper, but the damage was already done. It really ended up being a blessing because as you can see what was under that wonderful floor was awful and smelly.So, I decided to make lemonade from lemons and picked the grey wood out. The linoleum brick pattern was what was on top of the other flooring and in the kitchen. Again- go figure!We had just enough to make this wall. You can see where I started cleaning and sanding it... Not too bad!All of the old wood we are using throughout the house was already there somewhere hiding under many layers of time. Not all of them are that easy to get to though![...]

The Range


Reclaim . Repurpose. Redefine Mr. Ella and I  bought us a farm.  We are calling it The Range.A hundred year old homestead that came with plenty of character. Some to keep and some to freshen up with a new 21st Century vibe.I am only going to tease you with the a bit of the keepers.Like the patina on the old corn crib barn walls. BIG influence on choosing this particular property!And... on this old rusty Willys jeep!Do you see the bird nest? I think it was just meant to be.I have started adding my Ella touch to one of the outbuildings. (Which originally was an airplane hanger... yes, really.) The sky is the limit here! A little rust mixed with bling never hurts an atmosphere.  The perfect surrounding for retreats, workshops or family days!The farmhouse is under destruction and reconstruction for now and I will post photos soon![...]

Homestead Office Collection at IMAX


I always feel like a kid on Christmas morning when I get to see my Ella Elaine products in the showrooms! 
Several months have passed since the first concept of each idea,  through the development process and then to samples.
Every step of the journey is intriguing to me as I learn how to hone the skills and talents God has given me.

You should see me when I find my products in the stores!!
( It may involve a little jumping up and down and squealing.)
It never gets old...

Pursue your Dreams


Stepping off that comfy edge is not an easy one for most of us to take. It is so much easier to just be where we have found our happy place. We may even be doing very well at that spot. Extremely well.I was there just a few years ago. I had established the Ella Elaine brand to a level that I was feeling really good about. Then, that getting stuck in a rut thing started. This little voice inside of me just kept bugging me to push my creative boundaries. I had to move forward. This is where I learned the true meaning of jumping out there and seeking courage, trust and faith.An amazing chain of events started to unfold with each step.Of course, this had been happening all along, I just didn't see it because it had been stretched out over a longer period of time. Or, were my eyes not open?Doors of opportunities began to open right and left. Choices to be made. Which direction should I go? Oh, the timing of some of those invitations could not have been at a busier time. We were living in a rent house while we waited for our "new" old  house to be finished. My studio was crammed into a storage unit, my third grand baby was on the way, graduations, weddings, holidays and this thing called life just kept happening.These all could easily have been legitimate excuses to put my business to the side.But that little voice was still there, pestering me.I am so thankful I had the wisdom (and energy) to do life and  listen to who I needed to be...Are you listening to your inner you??[...]

Drumroll, please!


It is Winter Market time again and here is your first peek at my new Ella Elaine collection! These will be displayed in the Homestead Collection at the IMAX showrooms. 

I hope you will stop by one of the Markets!
(If you don't buy wholesale, please tell your favorite store about my products!)

IMAX Worldwide Home
Atlanta - Bldg.2,1100
Dallas - WTC 6250
High Point - W446
Las Vegas - A429
Los Angeles -Corporate Showroom
Tulsa - Corporate Showroom

Merry Christmas!


Peace to you all, 
Ella Elaine

Christmas Gifts and Ella Elaine


Looking for Ella Elaine products for Christmas gifts?Click on the links below to find a few of the pieces from the new Homestead Collection.Farm Animal Metal Wall ArtHayneedleElla Elaine Carved Wooden Stand with ClocheWayfairButter and Eggs SignHayneedleScripted TraysHayneedleMetal ClockWayfairOversized HashtagBob Mills FurnitureMetal Table ClockAmazon[...]



Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the Fall.
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the Autumn tree.
Emily Bronte

I'm so glad that I live in a world where there are Octobers.
Anne of Green Gables

Good Finds


Hunting for those uncommon pieces would have to be my number one choice of ways to spend my leisure time.Here are a few of my latest good finds...       Farm implements never looked better!                                                                                 Hmm, what could I do with these?                        I am picturing this fascinating copper bathtub in an old western movie...        Old tin and industrial lighting.... just the best combo![...]

Ella Elaine at AmericasMart Atlanta


It is Market time in Atlanta!

Stop by the IMAX showroom and see how many Ella Elaine products you can spot!

Love these new EE elegant wall flowers!

Let Freedom Ring!


                                    May you have a safe and blessed 4th of July!


Homestead Collection


I am proud to announce that my products are included in the new Homestead Collection being introduced this Summer by IMAX Worldwide Home.(Two of my  EE zinc lined trays with inspirational quotes.)Homestead: dwellinghome roostsanctuarynestperchDesigned in a way to take one back to a slower paced life. (A few of my items in the collection.)(other items by IMAX with "the look") The Dallas Market will be next week, June 24 - 30.I hope you will stop by one of the Markets!(If you don't buy wholesale, please tell your favorite store about my products!)IMAX Worldwide Homewww.IMAXcorp.comAtlanta - Bldg.2,1100Dallas - WTC 6250High Point - W446Las Vegas - A429Los Angeles -Corporate ShowroomTulsa - Corporate[...]



As I am cruising through Pinterest I keep finding myself pinning a direction of style that is just simply refreshing. Although, it is not a huge departure from my current loves.                                               Layers of textures.                                         Whites with light floors and touches of black.                                                                                       Natural fabrics.                                       Gorgeous...                                                      Color used sparingly.                                        Raw metals.                                                                  Just enough bling.                             And my favorite element of this style...REPURPOSING![...]

Weekend with Rachel Ashwell at The Prairie


This past weekend I was honored to be at Rachel Ashwell's "How it all Began" workshop held at The Prairie in Round Top, Texas. I can sum up those few days in one word - WOW...Although the workshop focused on Rachel's  newest book release, The World of Shabby Chicwe all gained insight of her journey far beyond any book pages.I would like to share with you what I saw through my eyes...Grace. Style. Beauty.Nature. Color. TimelessElegance.Charm.InvitingTalented.Soulful.RadiantDetails.Special.ComfortAqua.Whimsy.QuirkyBreezes.Country.LaceShiplap.White.SparkleLayers.Subtle.GoldFarm.Faded.Relaxing Our choices for Saturday day afternoon were:                         a) Shopping in Round Top                         b) Photo shoot for Rachel'sSimply Shabby Chic collection at Target    (That was a no brainer for me...)A small group of us followed Rachel and Sarah around and tried our best to be flies on the wall.(Not so easy for women who like to talk...)Simply Shabby ChicFinal photo of the bedding...Rachel's attention to small details gave it the, "I want to live there," look.We moved out to the "wash" line. This took awhile to get the best shot, but again, Rachel has a clever eye so it all pulls together.My photo of what the final shot ended up as... Sarah will tweak hers to perfection.Yes, even Rachel has a building full of her finds! These treasures are waiting to make their way to L.A.                           I was truly inspired by Rachel's journey. She is a beautiful person inside and out.Thank you Rachel for a weekend that I will not forget!Until we meet again![...]

Round Top Antique Week 2015


A few  faves that caught my attention during my visit to Antique Week 2015...                                                                    Flea Market - Texas style![...]

Hoppity Hopping Time



Happy Easter everyone!!

Mantel Dressing


 Mantel dressing is the quickest way to get a fresh feel to a room.I change mine almost as often as I walk by...I just can't seem to keep my hands off.  Re-decorating sure beatsdusting or vacuuming. Just move it all around instead.Re-location is the key to staying away from boring.I found these old books up in a closet and wondered why on earth I had tucked them away. Preservation maybe? I would so much rather enjoy them now instead of forgetting that I even had them. One can't go wrong with aqua bottles, tallow berry, chippy white and a sweet nest.This will do until it is time to dust again...[...]

A few faves around the house


 RosesFlowers are easy to dry. When the flowers that your honey brought you start to bow their heads, just bundle the stems up with a rubber band and hang them in a dry, cool place like the garage.(the rubber band stays tight as the stems shrink...)Before you know it, you have a beautiful dried bouquet!Good BeddingCozy linen sheets are a luxury I recently discovered.  They are warm in the Winter and cool in the Summer. Early Seasonal Touches You know how your house always looks so bare after taking all of the Holiday decorations down?My solution is bringing in a few early sprinkles of Spring. You just can't go wrong with an old ladder, washboard and lavender.NatureThese are two of my favorite finds. I picked up the white coral while Island beach combing. The cactus skeleton was buried in the mud at my Dad's lake house at Ft. Phantom Lake near Abilene, TX.Both had to be soaked in water and bleach, rinsed andlaid in the sun to get them clean.Take time to enjoy the little things![...]

Sweetie Pie Time


 It's Valentine's Day shopping time at

Stop by and find those- 
heart fluttering
tickled pink
 hugs & kisses
love bug
forever & ever
love you to the moon and back
 unique gifts just meant for your one and only...

Vintage Home at DMC


The Dallas Wholesale Market is in full swing and my favorite area is the Vintage Home Show. Seedbox AntiquesVendors bring their time worn, rusty, crusty and chippy goods.Items are cash and carry, so you don't have to do that order & wait game.Open 8:30 - 6:00 through Sat., Jan. 178:30 Sun., Jan 18Ella Elaine- Best of show Summer 2012This is the event that I set up at in the past and my life has not been the same since I chose that door of opportunity to go through!!The timing was terrible in my crazy life, but I just jumped in and went for it...                         [...]

Ella on the House Hunt


Mr. Ella and I have decided to find a farm. A place where we can go to slow down and escape all of the noises and rushing around that the city brings.A Country Retreat...I almost talked myself into making an offer on the first property we looked at because I fell in love with the old wallpaper. I don't even use much color in my decorating anymore, but the timeworn softness of the faded paper had me at hello.Layers of the past revealed... This old farmhouse is out in the country in the middle of NO where. Not a fancy place, but I can just imagine old iron beds dressed in white chenille and cotton curtains blowing in the warm breeze.A touch of aqua to tug at my heart...   We had to pass on this one for reasons having absolutely nothing to do with my passion for pretty walls![...]