Before the Paparazzi – Elsa from Casa Greer

Thank you to Lindsey at Better After for the feature today!   Her blog is so fun!
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This week’s guest for the series, “Before the Paparazzi,” is Elsa from the blog Casa Greer.  I’ve been following Elsa’s blog since I started my own.  She’s super talented.  One of my favorite rooms in her house is her laundry room – love the stripes! I’m thrilled to have Elsa here today sharing a bit about what she has learned from blogging. Take it away Elsa.


Thank you so much, Kristy, for letting me be a part of this fabulous series! Kristy is so creative and such a talented designer, I am amazed by some of her DIY and crafting skills!

{This chair is the first project I started blogging about.}

How did you get started blogging?
I’ve been blogging on and off for about ten years now. However, I never really kept up with any of my blogs like I’ve tried to do with Casa Greer, which I started a little over a year ago. I started Casa Greer after I discovered tips on several different blogs on how to transform furniture pieces by painting them, etc. I wanted to keep a fun record of how I transformed my husband’s old bachelor pad into a home that was more like “us.” Shortly after that, I discovered just how passionate I was about interior design.

{Where you can usually find me blogging away.}

What would you have done differently?
If there’s one thing I wish I had done more of in the beginning is reaching out to other fellow bloggers. I read many interior design blogs for a long time without ever leaving comments because I believed that people didn’t actually read them or that no one really cared about what I had to say. I was SO wrong! I realized once I started to interact with others that they actually read what I had to say and would answer questions. More people started visiting my blog and a bit later I had made a ton of new online “friends” and I’ve even met some at a recent blogger meet up.

{My current blog design.}
How much should you invest in a good design?  Did you do your own design?
I’ve heard of designs costing anywhere between $50-200ish depending on the work you would like done. I knew I wanted a blog design that really captured “me” and my style. At first I told myself I would learn how to create my own design, but I quickly realized I simply didn’t have the time for it. I did some research and found a few places with great reviews and designs. I then found out that many of these places have special promotions throughout the year, so I waited very patiently until I came across a great promotion. If I remember correctly I spent about $60 and waited a few weeks before they actually started working on my design. I had the opportunity to work with a talented designer who listened to what I wanted and within a few days she had the design installed on my blog. It was a great experience and since then I’ve contacted her to help me with other small tweaks. I think it’s important to find a place with great reviews and a portfolio with designs that you truly like that are within your budget. I also kept a list of several different blogs who had designs I loved or something that I loved to give my designer an idea of what I wanted.

{My trusty planner! It definitely helps me manage my time.}
Do you think it’s important to post everyday?
I know many people have different thoughts on this question! Personally, I try to post everyday, but life happens sometimes so there are weeks where I’ll post 3-4 days only. If things are going to be rather quiet on my blog because I’ve got a busy week, I try to let my readers know. I’ve noticed most blogs I read post on average about 4 times a week, which I think is something that is very doable for most and if you can’t do that, don’t beat yourself up about it! Everyone has a life outside of the blogosphere, so everyone understands.

{The ladies & new friends from the Houston Blogger Meet Up!}
What advice would you give to newbies?
As cliché as this may sound…JUST BE YOURSELF! Really! I try to write about things I’m passionate about and write as if I’m just talking to another friend of mine. It makes things simple for me and I don’t feel like it is some sort of task, instead I enjoy taking the time to research and write a post or share a project. So, be you, write about what you enjoy and are most passionate about!
Thanks again for letting me share a few things I’ve learned about blogging!
Thanks, Elsa!  Be sure to check out her blog, Casa Greer.   Check out the same series at Type A Decorating for more blog tips!


  1. Tammy @ Type A

    great tips! thanks for sharing.

  2. Carol@TheDesignPages

    Thanks for the intro to a new blog.

  3. Thanks for having me!

  4. elizabeth@themustardceiling

    Love Elsa's blog, she is such a great lady! Happy Weekend.

  5. Cassie {Hi Sugarplum!}

    great series!! love elsa’s take on blogging!

  6. Following from Casa Greer! Love your blog!! Would love for you to follow back. Thanks!

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