Elsa Elbert, Owner
I believe in the connection between our physical space and our emotional well-being. Where there is emotional turmoil there is also physical clutter, and vice versa.
Living in an organized space fosters a sense of calm. When our homes are overrun with clutter, it creates stress whether we are aware of it or not. The visual distractions pull our attention away from the things we want to focus on - like quality time with your significant other, or being a really present mom for your little ones. I know from experience that if my kids are trying to tell me a story, but their belongings are strewn all around the room, my attention is split between the visual distraction and wanting to really connect with them. By creating systems in our home that are easy for the kids to maintain, they are able to stay (relatively) organized, our house stays clutter free, and we get to spend so much more of our time just being together as a family.
The desire to help other families live well in their homes, and creating peace for people in their surroundings is how Composed Living came to be. Simplicity emerging from chaos is an exceptional gift, and one that doesn't have to be overly costly, or environmentally harmful. I love finding ways to repurpose or re-imagine an existing belonging, or discover an unusual and beautiful use for an everyday item. I truly look forward to helping each client, and watching them find the same joy I do, once their space - and sometimes their sanity - is refreshed and renewed!
Want to know the real Elsa? Here’s the scoop!
Mom to Lukas (19), and stepmom to Lincoln (11), & Hayes (9)
Born: Redlands, CA. Currently Residing: Encino, CA
Moved: 17 times in 10 years (this qualifies me as a moving expert, right?!)
Studied: UW Seattle (BA-Philosophy) and Gonzaga (MA-Organizational Leadership)
Reading: The Untethered Soul; Stuck (which I’m stuck on, ironically); Daring Greatly. Fave genre? Page-turning-beach-reads, with cocktail in hand.
Watching: When Harry Met Sally; Sleepless in Seattle; You've Got Mail (any 90s romance with Meg Ryan or Tom Hanks! Or both!)
Obsessing: Beverly Hills, 90210. (OMG you guys - did you hear that the original cast is coming back this summer! Best. Year. Ever.)
Helping: Advocating for kids in foster care. To learn more about the organizations I love and work with, visit our Giving page!
Loving: long chats with old friends + wine; campfires; amazing scented candles; running; being done with running; my family; summer days spent by the water; sunsets over the ocean; exploring our beautiful planet.
Passionate about: helping the planet through conscious consumerism, repurposing items, thrift store shopping, and eliminating plastic.
Maddy Bryan, Organizer
Maddy Bryan has had a passion for cleanliness and organization since the 6th grade, when she asked for a vacuum cleaner for Christmas (thank you, Santa!). She has put her organizational skills to work in a variety of settings, from tech startups, to mom-and-pop coffee shops, to boutique catering companies. As the daughter of an architect, she has a keen eye for clean design and functionality. She firmly believes that a tidy space is a happy space!
Keana Cowden, Organizer
Keana has loved organizing since she was a baby, sorting her wooden blocks into neat little piles. Her parents led by example, always keeping an organized home and making cleaning fun. Her passion for organizing grew as she helped friends tidy their spaces, and became their go-to for creative storage solutions. Keana believes there is no feeling quite as lovely as stepping into one’s home and feeling at peace, knowing that each item brings happiness and peace of mind, and she loves helping people feel the same way. Keana grew up in Southern California, and like a true Cali girl, she loves the beach and yoga. She loves movies, and is making it a priority this year to be a better cook (any and all tips welcome). She also believes that a room can be entirely transformed by a fantastic candle, but that’s a conversation for another day.