This is not Lela Day’s first rodeo. After having bought and flipped two houses, Lela’s overall design vision came into sharper focus when she purchased this home in Austin, Texas. For her, this home reflects a new beginning and a more intentional showcase of her design skills.

Lela bought this 3-bedroom, 70s-era home for herself a little over a year ago and has taken it along a while ride of updates and renovations that miraculously stayed within her reasonable budget. She admits, however, that it did force her to sacrifice some other aspects of her life. This renovation, she reflects, was a marathon not a sprint.


“Over the course of an 8 month period, late nights, some life sacrifices (like travel and friend time) I made this house into a home I love and am very proud of.”

During this time, Lela gave the house a new lease on life with $10,000, meaning all new paint, hardwoods, lighting, hardware, and doors. Despite all this, she feels that it is far from finished, describing it “as a wondrous work in progress.” Lela draws inspiration from the less-is-more philosophy, opting where she can for minimal decor and always favoring simplistic textures and colors. Lela says she draws inspiration from west elm as a company with a global mindset, and a “focus on supporting local artists and fair trade for women, an inspirational journey that I aspire to.” Today, Lela now runs a successful Airbnb out of her home, alongside her trusty sidekick Taco (aka “Lil Llama Taco Rocco”). Read on below for more of what influences Lela’s unique style and take a tour of the full space!

west elm home tour — lela day

west elm home tour — lela day

west elm home tour — lela day

west elm home tour — lela day

west elm home tour — lela day

“Hi, I’m Lela Day and I work for a Fortune 500 company, in Sales Enablement & Training. I went to grad school for Adult Education Workforce Learning & Development.I would describe myself as a “life and lemons” kinda gal, with a love for design and all things chips and salsa!

In my spare time (which seems to be a bit limited these days) I began a small decorative pillow business here in Austin. On any given day I love to be by the water and outside. I grew up sailing, so if there is water or sunshine, count me in! I Also enjoy hanging out with my wonderful friends and family, traveling the world to see the wonders it holds, and staying active as possible.”

west elm home tour — lela day

west elm home tour — lela day

west elm home tour — lela day

west elm home tour — lela day

west elm home tour — lela day

west elm home tour — lela day

“Regarding my personal style and design: I am inspired by mixing multiple textures, colors, and patterns to create a simplistic, cozy, and bright environment. Less is more in my book! My travels and adventures have definitively influenced my style and the way I have chosen to decorate my home.

Within the past few years, I have had the opportunity to purchase, decorate and design two homes. With this most recent purchase, I knew going in exactly what I wanted and how I wanted my vision and transformation to come alive. My goal in designing my lil casa was to create a minimalist space that embodied a global feel and reflected my new beginning. At the time I didn’t know this was another goal, but now in retrospect this house gave me an outlet for my new found passion and creativity of design.”

west elm home tour — lela day

west elm home tour — lela day

west elm home tour — lela day

west elm home tour — lela day

west elm home tour — lela day

When asked what the toughest aspect of transforming this home, Lela emphatically states “patience”:

“When I move in to a new space I want everything to be done immediately finished and want instant gratification. Patience became a very good friend of mine… Naturally I am a pretty impatient person, so I had to take a step back, relax and really reflect on the projects I wanted to tackle and in what order. This transformation was definitely a marathon, not a sprint.”

west elm home tour — lela day

west elm home tour — lela day

west elm home tour — lela day

“In the beginning no one shared my vision, no one could see its potential but me. And now that that vision has been become a reality, I am really proud of it. I am proud of all that has been accomplished, and all the things I was able to do with a little help from my friends. It came together quite nicely if I do say so myself!”

west elm home tour — lela day

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Nicki

September 11, 2018

Can you tell me where the ceiling fan is from? Love it!

grumpyfrog

September 12, 2018

This was wonderfully written and a joy to read! The assemblage of words and pictures have come together to speak to me like a choir of songbirds in an English moor at sunrise, bright and bold and hopeful breaking through the maudlin fog of obscurity and tedium.

Etika

September 15, 2018

Boring

cathy Figueroa

September 20, 2018

Were can I get those black and white pillows

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