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Episode #199: Dwelling Updates – A Stunning Mess


This week, we’re sharing all of the updates on our new homes. Plus, we’re revealing our fall guide membership choices.

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Present Notes:

Right here is Elsie’s Pirate Chandelier

Listed below are the beds Elsie talked about

Replace on Elsie’s transfer:

Moved in three months in the past, however in the midst of renovating so nonetheless have packing containers all over the place!

Very first thing you probably did to make your new home really feel extra like dwelling:

Emma – adorned for Christmas and cooked together with her husband

Elsie – lit candles, hung artwork and mirrors, put all her quilts out, received her puzzles out, and labored on her kitchen

The place to search out Elsie’s quilts

Favourite factor about your new home:

Elsie – It’s her dream home in her dream neighborhood

Emma – She feels settled and loves her neighborhood

Renovations you will have executed:

Emma – Repaired leaky roof and painted the outside

Elsie – Making a visitor suite and a house library on the third ground, including fireplaces, portray, wallpaper, wood flooring, constructed Jeremy’s studio, altering all lighting fixtures

Fall Ebook Membership Choices:

Really feel One thing, Make One thing by Caitlin Metz

Sensible Magic by Alice Hoffman

All Good Individuals Right here by Ashley Flowers

The Heaven and Earth Grocery Retailer by James McBride

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Episode 199 Transcript:

Emma: You’re listening to The Stunning Mess podcast, your cozy consolation hear. This week we’re sharing all of the updates about our new homes, largely Elsie’s. Plus we’re revealing our fall guide Membership choices. Books. Books. Books. 

Elsie: Sure. Books and homes. I imply, that ought to have been the identify of our podcast. I really feel like it’s the factor. It’s undoubtedly the factor I take pleasure in speaking about essentially the most, and I imply, films, books, homes, and flicks. 

Emma: And my child, however I strive to do this an excessive amount of ’trigger I do know it may very well be overload. However that’s just about all I wanna speak about. 

Elsie: No, everybody likes it. Okay, so earlier than we bounce in, I wished to share my very own private catastrophe. I shared somewhat bit on Instagram and I’ll put a photograph within the present notes. It appears to be like so horrible. It was this very unhappy, very mind-melting second for me. So for the previous three months we’ve been dwelling in our new dwelling and we now have been making an attempt to get it sort of like in control the place we will take a renovation break. And for those who bear in mind far again, some persons are like, why didn’t you’re taking a break instantly such as you deliberate? Properly, there’s the rationale why, as a result of it didn’t go as deliberate like every week or two earlier than we moved. And my husband’s studio was speculated to be completed being constructed. It wasn’t even began but. There have been simply issues that occurred and that’s such a standard a part of renovating. So I hoped that we might get loads of stuff executed earlier than we moved in and luxuriate in a peaceable summer time and a peaceable fall. However at this level, a peaceable fall can be essentially the most we might hope for. The ship is sailed on the peaceable summer time. We nonetheless have contractors at our home each single day, which is okay. I’m grateful that, you realize, no matter, no matter, no matter. Grateful, grateful, grateful. But additionally it’s been robust. It’s been robust, you realize? So anyway, just lately I’ve been making an attempt to complete up our third ground, which is like two visitor rooms, a visitor toilet, and a house library, which I’m so enthusiastic about as a result of a brand new little child has entered our household. And we will likely be having particular company this fall. So I wanna have it prepared, at the very least by Thanksgiving is my aim for that complete house to be excellent. 

Emma: Yeah, ’trigger it had no toilet earlier than.

Elsie: It was simply sort of an open attic with two bedrooms earlier than, and now it’s two bedrooms. It has H-VAC, it has a toilet and it has a house library. Fairly quickly it’ll have painted flooring and partitions and wallpaper too, I hope, and like beds and stuff. So anyway, I had been planning for months this Neverland-themed child’s bed room up there. It began when I discovered a pirate ship chandelier on-line. I received it from this enterprise referred to as Houzze with two Zs like a home, however two Zs on the finish. 

Emma: I’ve seen that earlier than. I’ve by no means purchased something, however I’ve seen it. 

Elsie: It’s round. After which for those who simply Google Pirate Journey Chandelier, it’s the most effective. Discover the most effective worth you’ll be able to, they’re costly. And that’s all I’ve to say about it. However discovered the most effective one I might, and for me, it was value it as a result of it was Peace Day resistance or no matter, you realize? It was the magic. 

Emma: I believed it was previous too whenever you confirmed it to me. Like I didn’t notice it was new. So like I really feel prefer it appears to be like nice. I believed it seemed superior. 

Elsie: It’s undoubtedly an announcement piece. It’s one of many largest statements in our dwelling. So anyway, I put it up there and I knew it was gonna be low. I knew that from measuring it on-line, and I used to be like, I’m gonna make this work it doesn’t matter what. Then I ordered a few, twin beds from anthropology and I used to be gonna do like two twin beds after which the sunshine fixture, after which after that, you realize, similar to decorate the room and it’ll be executed. So on the day, the sunshine fixture was hung, which I’ll present you an image of within the present too. It seemed wonderful. It seemed nice. I’ve this attractive image. It appears to be like excellent. You sort of can’t inform how low it’s as a result of there are not any beds in there, it appears to be like wonderful. It appears to be like good. It appears to be like prefer it’s gonna work out. 

Emma: It appears to be like low, however not like, you realize, impossibly low or one thing. I don’t know. 

Elsie: So the beds got here up and I’ll present you an image. I’ll hyperlink them, however I don’t assume anybody’s gonna purchase them after I give this evaluation. However they’re from anthropology. They’re very stunning. I’ll say that, they seemed 100 occasions higher in photographs. And for one, they didn’t actually match the room. They had been just a bit bit too cumbersome, and it wasn’t even simply in footage, I believed they had been going look antique-inspired, however I might say they had been very, very, very far on just like the farmhouse sort. So the feel of the wooden is like for those who took essentially the most jaggedy, splintery, unsanded wooden, after which simply painted over it. Like they’ve a horrible texture. That’s actually, for me, my largest factor. As soon as they had been up there, they had been on the third ground, I needed to pay further for that. All this stuff, I used to be like, I’m gonna make this work. And for one evening I considered like, can I modify these? Can I repaint them? Perhaps I can sand them somewhat bit. I used to be like, I’m gonna just about remake these beds from anthropology, that are costly. However I used to be like, I’m gonna make it work. After which the following morning I used to be like, nope, I’m sending them again. They’re simply not proper for the room it doesn’t matter what, and I be ok with that alternative now. So I did that instantly. I began scheduling it they usually’re going again the place they got here from and I feel that possibly in a totally totally different dwelling, they’d look good. One thing far more rustic. 

Emma: I don’t understand how you describe the feel, I don’t know. 

Elsie: I hate it. I hate the feel. And a giant factor in our house is that I need every little thing to be previous or look previous they usually simply don’t. In order that’s actually like the principle factor. They simply seem like farmhouse fashionable to me. 

Emma: As a result of your chandelier seemed previous. As a result of I believed it was previous. I noticed it in particular person. 

Elsie: Yeah. Not every little thing might be previous, however I feel every little thing can match into the model of previous, you realize what I imply? Which is completely wonderful, that’s to be anticipated. And also you don’t even wanna have every little thing in vintage, belief me. Like a number of the issues they’ve needed to undergo for the vintage lighting fixtures and the additional, you need to do loads of further steps, and it provides cash, and might not be value it for everybody. It’s good to search out ones which are new, which are the previous model, proper? Like that’s an excellent factor. It’s not a foul factor. So anyway, every little thing concerning the room and the opposite factor was, I couldn’t even discover one angle the place it seemed good, it seemed dangerous from each angle. It was the worst. And I’ve guilty solely myself. I measured this stuff. I did and I made certain that they’d match, and technically they did, however like, spatially and visually they didn’t. And so I assume generally you simply have to chop your losses. So anyway, I’m sharing this story as a result of I feel that loads of occasions I’m in my dream dwelling period. We’ve got an excellent price range and we’re like doing all these thrilling tasks and it’s so enjoyable and it’s so magical and I really feel very fortunate. However I additionally need everybody to know that it’s not excellent, irrespective of who you might be, it doesn’t matter what you’re doing, until possibly another person does it for you utterly. It’s like there’s all the time gonna be these like hiccups and complications and like disappointments. And for us pivots, as a result of in the end the chandelier has to go downstairs right into a dwelling house now. It could’t be within the bed room, it simply gained’t work. And I settle for that. I nonetheless wanna hold it. I nonetheless like like it. 

Emma: Hey, I feel you’ll see it extra now that you simply’re gonna transfer it down so it’s wonderful. It’s gonna be higher. However yeah, it modifications possibly the theme or what you had been planning, and I’m glad you’re sharing it as a result of I feel, properly, I don’t know what everybody else notion is, however for me, like in my first dwelling once I had a a lot smaller price range and you realize, just about every little thing was very DIY or reasonably priced, classic, I feel I did have this like fantasy in my thoughts that someday I might have this home the place there are not any hiccups as a result of every little thing would simply be totally different. I don’t know why I believed that, and it’s like, no, like yeah, possibly your price range modifications or various things do make some elements of it simpler, higher, or simply extra what you need. However there’s all the time one thing the place you’re like, oh, no, did I make a foul alternative? Oh no. Did I waste cash? Oh no. Did I waste, like, you realize, the transport of one thing and like, you simply really feel pissed off and it’s simply unavoidable that generally you need to change issues or pivot or ship one thing again as a result of it simply didn’t work. And it’s all the time a bummer. And nobody will get to flee it. It’s simply what it’s. 

Elsie: Yep. It’s true. Yeah, this one was unhappy for extra nostalgic causes. ’trigger I used to be so hooked up to the idea and the thought, and now I’ve to type of similar to pivot it somewhat bit, which is okay. It’ll nonetheless be cute.

I’ll most likely nonetheless hold the theme. However I don’t know I won’t, ’trigger I’ve to select all new stuff now. Anyway, this episode is about our dwelling updates. So we’re simply gonna sort of provide you with all of the tea about issues which were happening the previous couple of months. There are undoubtedly some incessantly requested questions in right here and a few embarrassing tales, and I feel it’s enjoyable. I like speaking about homes. 

Emma: So, basic replace to your move-in, ’trigger as you stated, you’ve been in your own home now three months, nearly 4 months I assume. 

Elsie: We moved on the very finish of Might. Yeah, so like three full months. 

Emma: Do you’re feeling like all of the packing containers are unpacked? 

Elsie: My gosh. Can’t even say that with out laughing. I’ll simply be sincere, our home appears to be like worse than ever. It appears to be like horrible, however I do really feel like we’re on the ending phases. So at present we’re having each mild fixture modified quite a bit. There’s been these big packing containers of sunshine fixtures in each room for months, and people are all getting modified. Like even proper now as we’re recording. I’ve 4 totally different wallpapers sitting in my entryway able to go up, which can make a huge effect as soon as you realize the venture’s executed proper, and we now have our final portray appointment. Scheduled, which will likely be such a reduction, and we’ll have bookshelves after that. That’s an enormous purpose why we couldn’t unpack. We simply didn’t actually have bookshelves after we moved in. Like there was one small bookshelf in your complete dwelling and that isn’t the correct quantity for me. So now there’s gonna be an epic quantity of bookshelves and we gained’t be capable to fill it for years, which is so thrilling. So, yeah, our home appears to be like horrible, however I do really feel that by September, which I don’t know, possibly that’s when this episode will air round that point, I feel. Yeah, I feel by September it’s going to start out trying good, and within the fall time I’m going to have much more weblog posts exhibiting what we’ve executed to date. And other people all the time ask me like, why don’t you share extra of the center, extra of the mess? Truthfully, I simply don’t need to, it’s not enjoyable for me. It’s traumatic. It’s a headache. And to attempt to make it into content material on high of that, I don’t need to, it’s not gratifying. 

Emma: Yeah. I imply, for those who’ve by no means blogged, and it’s completely comprehensible, however prefer it’s truly loads of work to place collectively any weblog put up. So then for those who’re placing collectively one thing that’s sort of like simply to replace individuals within the now, however it’s not one thing that’s gonna be content material that’s helpful sooner or later, in any significant means. It’s sort of a waste of effort and just like the occasions that we spend running a blog or recording this podcast, that is like our time away from our youngsters, so we wish it to be impactful, and we hope that each piece of content material we ever make is gratifying, however we additionally need it to be stuff that we’re gonna reference again sooner or later. Or actually the podcast is our place to only sort of riff and be like, you realize, such as you’re telling your story about how the beds didn’t work with the ship chandelier. I really feel like that is the proper place to speak about that quite than making an attempt to. {Photograph} a room tour that you simply’re by no means going to reference once more ’trigger you’re exhibiting how one thing didn’t work and all you’re actually doing is linking beds that didn’t give you the results you want. 

Elsie: That’s precisely all that it’s. 

Emma: So it’s sort of not even that useful of content material for individuals anyway. So sure, it’s not such as you’re making an attempt to cover stuff or be like, our lives are excellent and we by no means present you the messy elements. It’s like, no, it’s simply sort of a waste of time. 

Elsie: That’s actually what it’s. Thanks for summing it up so properly. I feel that claims it higher than I’ve ever been capable of say it. It’s similar to, I don’t wanna spend my time making posts that I don’t wanna make. Like, is that okay? 

Emma: Yeah, it’s simply not useful content material actually. I imply, it’s means much less useful than you’ll assume. However there is no such thing as a secret about how messy our lives are or something. It’s simply loads of effort, we’re not Kardashians, individuals aren’t filming us day by day. We must try this ourselves. Means an excessive amount of work. We will’t do it. We don’t have sufficient time in our week. 

Elsie: So yeah, to reply the query, I might say the transfer went properly. Our packing containers are usually not unpacked in any respect.

Emma: I’ve been to your own home, it’s loads of packing containers. It’s a zoo in there. 

Elsie: It truly is.

Emma: It’s somewhat catastrophe, however you’ll be able to see what it’s gonna be and it’s gonna be stunning.

Elsie: If it’s not nice within the fall time, I’m gonna freak out in a bizarre means, however I really feel like it’s coming alongside to the purpose the place it’s, it’s like about to have its tipping level and each renovation has that, the purpose the place you lastly get to really do away with all of the packing containers and also you truly get to take pleasure in your house and hold issues in your partitions ’trigger they’re lastly painted or wallpapered or no matter. Sure, it’s taking place quickly, so every little thing’s gonna be wonderful. Okay, so the following query is, what’s the very first thing you probably did to make your own home really feel like a house? I really like this. What did you do? 

Emma: After we moved in, it was just like the day earlier than Halloween, and so I feel I sort of felt unhappy about not getting to embellish.

Elsie: Oh, that’s a tragic shifting day. 

Emma: Halloween? Yeah, and ’trigger our renovation additionally received pushed again and pushed again and we additionally didn’t have rails on our stairs till New 12 months’s Eve. 

Elsie: Emma had somewhat little bit of a painful renovation. Like she needed to transfer right into a home that wasn’t executed and like some disappointments to navigate, which is basically regular.

Emma: Yeah. And never executed is okay. I feel the rails, I did really feel sort of offended and needed to simply be over it as a result of it was legit, it was unsafe, and our child was below two and studying to do stairs, so it was very like I carried him up the steps till we had the rails. 

Elsie: It was nonetheless like that at Thanksgiving. 

Emma: Yeah ee had household over. Sure, my largely blind nieces, my aged grandma. And I simply was like, my home is unsafe and it actually makes me offended that they didn’t end this once they informed me they’d. However that’s wonderful. Nobody received damage and it’s wonderful. However at any fee, the very first thing they did to make the home really feel extra like dwelling was I simply went forward and adorned for Christmas, instantly as a result of I used to be like Miss Halloween, Christmas, after which additionally I all the time assume a number of the first occasions you prepare dinner a meal in your house, which for me, normally we do extra of a dinner after Oscar’s gone to mattress, he goes to mattress at seven after which it frees me as much as like spend extra time and like deal with making dinner. So like cooking, we make loads of steak with risotto or various things like that. It’s loads of meat with a carb. However I really like to love simply spend time making risotto or making a pasta dish and similar to, I don’t know, cooking with my husband that makes, that makes it really feel like dwelling to me. ’trigger that’s such a factor we do on a regular basis, cooking in our home.

Elsie: That’s magical. Okay. So for us, the very first thing we did was mild the candles. So I received a bunch of recent candles and like made certain that it was like instant candle time and that it did assist me quite a bit. It made me really feel like an excellent feeling, and it was a time when it was like, not fairly.

Emma: And it smells good.

Elsie: Yeah. It’s an excellent vibe and we’ve sort of been doing that, hanging some artwork, hanging our mirrors, issues like that, like make me really feel actually good, similar to getting issues of their place and having like unfinished stuff. I’m okay with it so long as I’ve some completed areas. So we determined just lately that we’re like a quilt household. We simply realized that comforters are not so good as quilts. Like we love quilts, like the sensation of sleeping with them. 

Emma: We’ve got a quilt on our mattress proper now. 

Elsie: You’ve got one quilt or two quilts, relying on the season, and it’s like, I really like that. So yeah, we now have quilts on each mattress. I really like that. There’s one on our porch, there’s like a porch swing, it’s a mattress, I assume. It’s so cute. So there’s a quilt on the market and it similar to, I don’t know, I felt like that was a very good homey factor ’trigger they had been all new. 

Emma: I used to be gonna say, the place do you get your quilts from?

Elsie: Yeah. You recognize what, I’m gonna hyperlink these within the present notes as a result of I’ve like very particular. However one in every of them is from LL Bean, and it’s so random, however it’s like a tremendous quilt. I like it. And a few of them are from, I feel, West Elm Children, they usually’re like, they’re not nearly as good high quality, however they’re actually cute they usually’re actually good for the youngsters. Then I received a pair from Goal, so there’s some there. After which there was another, I’m gonna have to only hyperlink it within the present notes. However the different factor I really like about quilts is that they final, they usually age properly, you realize? So I feel I’ve simply discovered that that is sort of a actually good bed room scenario for us. After which the opposite factor we did to really feel at dwelling instantly was we received out our puzzle desk and began a puzzle. And I spent essentially the most time in my kitchen. So, in my dwelling, nothing is basically organized and nothing is how I need it to be, however the kitchen is fairly good. It’s undoubtedly like a part one kitchen ’trigger I’m certain we didn’t renovate it. We added an island, which was nice. 

Emma: The islands are superior. 

Elsie: We didn’t change the rest. We simply added a number of little cupboards from Amazon, like bookshelves, mainly. To retailer issues after which that’s it. So it undoubtedly does want a renovation and it seems like it is going to be extraordinarily higher when it’s renovated on the identical time.

Emma: It does really feel very usable proper now although. And it does really feel good and comfortable and because it all goes collectively. ’trigger you want painted these further cupboards that you simply purchased and one in every of ’em was like from the vacation home that we had received at a classic retailer a very long time in the past and also you painted it. So it goes with the opposite ones, and I feel it feels very nice in there, however wish to me, I can inform simply ’trigger I do know you that it’s not executed. It’s like a part one however I really feel prefer it’s a very good part one.

Elsie: Thanks. We did the most effective we might and I nonetheless really feel just like the kitchen is the toughest half. Like my husband has it cooked in any respect as a result of he’s like, he doesn’t know the place issues are and he’s not like he has a psychological block about it. I prepare dinner day by day, however I’m not like, extraordinarily proud of the place issues are saved and the way, however I additionally really feel prefer it’s not fixable proper now. So we’re simply kinda like making it work and we’re contemplating doing our renovation subsequent spring, which is basically not very far-off. And if not that, then possibly the following spring after that, which might be okay too. No matter, no matter perpetually. We’re sort of burned out proper now.

Emma: No matter, perpetually certainly. How about your favourite factor about your new home to date, ’trigger this will change within the years in fact. So anyway. What’s your favourite factor about your new home? Or a few stuff you need? 

Elsie: Okay. I’ve two issues. The very first thing is for years I’ve, wished to stay in an previous home. Most likely for 5 years after we had been first looking for our second Nashville dwelling. I’ve wished to stay in an previous home, however it similar to wasn’t within the playing cards, wasn’t within the playing cards, couldn’t make it occur. Lastly, it occurred and I feel I’m similar to loving and having fun with this intangible previous home factor that it has. And like Emma stated when she came visiting that. Inform them what you stated.

Emma: I don’t bear in mind how I worded it, however basically my feeling once I received to your new home, which I knew the place it was gonna be, however similar to being there with you after you guys had moved for the primary time. It felt to me like your first home in Nashville, your different two homes. So that you had three homes in Nashville and the primary one I used to be like, that is Elsie’s home, that is their dwelling. It seems like their dwelling, whilst you’re renovating it ’trigger I had seen it whilst you’re renovating. It simply was like, yeah, that is their dwelling. And the opposite two simply by no means actually felt like dwelling to me. They simply, I don’t know. They had been stunning homes and the stuff you did in them had been stunning, and there wasn’t something unsuitable with them. They simply, I don’t know learn how to clarify. They simply didn’t really feel like dwelling. And once I walked into this one, your new home right here in Springfield, I used to be like, yeah, that is the Larson’s new dwelling. It simply felt prefer it, and every little thing that I see is like placing extra issues up and it’s beginning to look extra like itself as you’ve sort of completed just like the renovations which are similar to subfloors and placing in toilet stuff, you realize? It simply increasingly more seems like the home that you simply’ve been wanting, the home that you simply’ve been speaking about and like was making an attempt to make your final home into, which was similar to a very cool nineties home and ideal for what you guys wanted on the time, it seems like this was meant to be.

Elsie: I undoubtedly assume it was meant to be. For like my fellow simulation nerds. It’s like my proof in life, my proof that I’m dwelling in a simulation is that like I received my precise excellent dream home. It couldn’t be extra excellent. It’s my dream home. So like actually my dream home. 

Emma: Yeah, you pull as much as it and I’m like that is like Father of the Bride home. You stroll into it and also you’re like, it’s like a Knives Outs home. It simply feels such as you guys had been meant to stay there. And once I see the ladies exterior, I’m like, they match right here. That is their neighborhood, that is them.

Elsie: The opposite factor that I really like a lot is our new neighborhood is like my childhood dream neighborhood for my children. It’s a cute childhood neighborhood. It’s simply, it’s cute, you’ll be able to stroll to issues. 

Emma: Together with grandma’s home. Properly, they’re nice grandmama, however your grandma. 

Elsie: Yeah, they’ve a piano trainer now. They’ve had artwork classes. We’ve got somewhat pottery studio. Similar to so many cute issues that you are able to do.

Emma: Goldie’s favourite restaurant. 

Elsie: Goldie’s favourite restaurant, A Sleepy Possum Cafe. So it’s like a breakfast restaurant, it’s like a popup. However yeah. Anyway, it’s magical. So yeah. What’s your favourite factor about your new home? 

Emma: I actually like, severely, nearly each single day I’ve a second the place I’m like most likely working from dwelling or simply hanging out with Oscar, and I’m like, I really like this home. I’m simply so completely satisfied. I really feel very settled as a result of like my final two homes, I didn’t really feel as settled and, one in every of them I like hated. 

Elsie: The snake home. 

Emma: The snake home, off of Ozark. I simply by no means cherished dwelling there. It was actually laborious to do my work there. I felt very remoted. I felt very far-off from everybody on a regular basis. It wasn’t an ideal neighborhood to stroll in and I really like happening walks. I didn’t have Oscar, however fascinated with it now, I’m like, that may’ve not been my favourite home to have Oscar in. As a result of once more, there wasn’t actually wherever for him to stroll and we had been exterior on a regular basis, strolling up and down the sidewalks on a regular basis. He like has somewhat trip on the bus that I purchased from a thrift retailer and cleaned and he’s all the time using it across the neighborhood. And our neighborhood is hilly, however it has some sidewalks and like there’s some neighborhood children and it simply feels good right here. I simply really feel very settled and I really like our home. I by no means envisioned loving a break up degree or I don’t know there isn’t essentially something about the home that I used to be like, I manifested it and I’m dwelling in assimilation. I don’t have the identical factor that you’ve got, however I do love the home and I really feel prefer it’s the proper combine for Trey and I. It feels precisely like the 2 issues we wish all mixed, and it additionally simply seems like an excellent home to lift a child in, and that’s what we’re doing, that’s my season of life. So like his daycare’s like 5 minutes from right here. Like I stated, we play exterior on a regular basis. We’ve got a sandbox, we now have a yard for our canine. We’ve got like somewhat circle drive that he performs in and sidewalks that he performs on. After which we now have a neighborhood pool and I’m going there nearly day by day after daycare. If it’s not raining, I take him. ’trigger he simply loves being exterior, he’s two. Being exterior is every little thing to him. And so we’re simply on the neighborhood pool or hanging out exterior. The within of our home is gorgeous and I really like working in it. I really feel prefer it’s a straightforward house for me to work in. The kitchen’s nice and it has sufficient mild for me to {photograph} and do my meals running a blog life, and I simply like it.

I really like our home. It’s an ideal, nice match for us and feels, I hope we by no means transfer. I hate shifting anyway, it’s a lot work. Yeah, I simply like it and I really feel actually, actually grateful to love be in a home that seems like I’ve settled. Yeah, it’s a pleasant feeling. 

Elsie: My favourite factor about your neighborhood, this morning I drove by the Swan Pond and the swans had been out, they usually’re so cute. I’m obsessed that she has swans in her neighborhood. It’s so cool. 

Emma: It makes me really feel very subtle. I can’t even clarify why, ’trigger it’s probably not fancy. However by some means if I’m out on a stroll and I see the swans, I’m like, I’m dwelling in a Nancy Meyers film and I stay in a neighborhood that’s fancy. Like, I simply assume that for some purpose, as a result of it’s cute and it’s quaint and it simply, I don’t understand it feels cool. Swans are superior. 

Elsie: Yeah, it’s a really, very candy neighborhood. Oh, renovations you’ve executed. Okay, properly you’ll be able to go first ’trigger I really feel such as you did a full renovation and I’ve solely executed not a full renovation. 

Emma: Yeah, after we did most issues earlier than we moved in, though as I already talked about, there have been a number of issues not executed just like the rails, however since we’ve moved in, the principle issues we’ve executed is like getting the outside painted and like altering out some exterior lights and issues like that, actually fairly minor stuff. After which like most properties, whenever you transfer in, you uncover a number of issues that want repairs or possibly I’ve dangerous luck too. I don’t know, however like are usually a number of issues that break after we transfer into homes, it’s simply the way it goes. So we had some leak points with our roof. We’ve received all that fastened and we needed to redo some drywall and repaint it, so we did all that. I’m sincere, and I’m simply being actually sincere right here, ’trigger the podcast is our associates. I’m burnt out on renovating, and sort of adorning, not seasonal decor, however similar to, I don’t actually plan on doing.

Elsie: If it’s not a Halloween skeleton, she doesn’t need it.

Emma: I don’t give a if it’s not a skeleton, get outta right here with that ’trigger I’m not , like proper now we’re recording in my basement as a result of Elsie’s basement isn’t fairly executed. It appears to be like precisely the way it seemed after we toured this home, and I don’t actually plan to alter it anytime quickly, possibly ever. I don’t know. Like I simply don’t care. I really feel like our home is nice sufficient and I really like each house and there are some small issues I’m gonna do. I’m solely focused on issues that I can do, like actually myself. ’trigger I’m simply uninterested in making an attempt to guide contractors, after which in the event that they don’t present up and I do business from home it’s somewhat bit disruptive similar to it’s for Elsie. Like if I had contractors proper now, you’ll hear them whereas we’re making an attempt to report our podcast, which is part of how we make our dwelling. So it’s simply, you realize, this sort of issue of like, I’m uninterested in having individuals in my home and I’m simply taking a break for some time. I don’t know the way lengthy, however some time. 

Elsie: I undoubtedly really feel the burnout for the primary time in a critical means, and like I do assume it’s undoubtedly actual that like, you realize, most individuals can’t deal with doing this for that a few years in a row.

Emma: Yeah. Individuals all the time ask me like, are you gonna get a sizzling tub? And I’m like, I don’t care sufficient. Like I really like sizzling tubs a lot, and I simply can’t, simply the work you’ll get later. I’m like, not proper now. I’m burnt out proper now. Perhaps in a few years. I don’t care proper now. 

Elsie: Yeah, I’m burned out too, however I’m like an inside warfare inside myself as a result of I all the time wanna hold doing stuff, even when it’s like not what’s greatest for me, and I’m making an attempt to love to do much less, however then additionally like solely do a very powerful issues and it’s robust. 

Emma: Yeah, I’m solely like, oh, I’m gonna paint this one little room that’s like my library. Oh, I’m gonna paint the sunroom, however like I’m gonna do it myself, and so it’s simply gonna occur slowly over as I’ve time, you realize, my one hour after Oscar goes to mattress or no matter, you realize. However that’s all I’m doing for some time ’trigger I’m just a bit burnt out and I’m simply giving myself a break. 

Elsie: No, that is smart. I feel that sounds actually sensible. Okay, so renovations that I’ve executed. So our third ground is nearly executed, and it’s like a visitor suite and an entire library. 

Emma: It appears to be like superior.

Elsie: Thanks. 

Emma: The library half is so cool ’trigger it’s sort of like windy. Yeah, it’s cool. 

Elsie: It’s undoubtedly like an oddly formed house, and I’ll make a video of it as quickly because it’s painted and somewhat bit adorned and share extra of it. However yeah, I’m very proud of the way it’s coming alongside and I’m so excited to get the bookshelves as quickly as they’re painted and cured, I simply can not wait to get out all my books once more ’trigger it’s driving me loopy to have all of the books within the basement. It’s like unhappy. And I really feel like I’m like lacking my associates and like a few of them are reference books that I take advantage of, sporadically, you realize? So, anyway, the opposite factor we’ve added fairly a little bit of is fireplaces. We added three fireplaces. There’s one in Jeremy’s studio, within the basement. There’s one in our bed room that we’re constructing proper now, and I’m constructing a reproduction fire from a well-known film. It’s one in every of my favourite films for those who can guess it. 

Emma: You win a prize, however we don’t know what it’s. 

Elsie: Sure, you need to purchase the prize your self, however you win. And for those who’re pondering of proper now, it’s what you’re pondering and it’s gonna be wonderful. I can’t wait. I’m so excited. I’ve all the time wished to do that duplicate fire for some purpose. After which the place’s the opposite? Oh, the opposite fireplaces in our principal lounge. So the way in which the home was after we purchased it, it was like a really modernized fire, and so we now have rebuilt it into a standard fire. So yeah, and likewise making them electrical. I similar to realized, I’m like not a fuel fire girly, and I don’t need fuel smelling in my home ever. And likewise like some individuals who work within the medical subject have informed me that it’s not good for you. So for all these causes, I’m out and I’m excited to have the electrical ones. We discovered this one fire that we use thrice that appears actually sensible, and it additionally provides off warmth, so it sort of does every little thing I need, however with none fuel odor, which makes me really feel, particularly within the bed room quite a bit higher. After which aside from that, you realize, we’ve painted, we’re doing wallpaper, we did our wood flooring and we constructed Jeremy’s studio. Proper now we’re getting each single mild fixture in the entire home switched, and a few of them are shifting round. So I feel it’s gonna be epic. It’s gonna be fantastic. However actually, it’s been hell pay this summer time being like a summer time mother on high of engaged on high of working with contractors each single day. I really feel in a not good place, however I do assume it’s gonna be higher quickly ’trigger we’re taking an intentional break for the autumn. 

Emma: Yeah, you’ve needed to be a robotic who’s like, I’ve no emotions. I simply do the duty. 

Elsie: Yeah, I used to be telling Emma that I’ve cried the final thrice we’ve talked or frolicked. Like all time we discuss, it’s like I all the time begin crying simply because I can’t, I’m barely getting by way of.

Emma: It’s simply loads of emotions too, and loads of house for them. 

Elsie: It’s been a difficult summer time. It’s been very difficult, similar to scheduling-wise and, taking over an excessive amount of. So anyway, is there the rest we wanna discuss concerning the dwelling updates? 

Emma: Perhaps it is best to inform ’em about your entrance stoop as a result of it’s sort of humorous, the squirrels. 

Elsie: Yeah. Okay, so one final replace earlier than we transfer on. So our entrance porch, after we purchased the home, the paint was chipping somewhat bit and we had been like, we should always most likely repaint this. Then a few months later we began to understand that the wooden seemed actually torn up and I used to be like, our contractor’s boots being actually tough. I used to be like actually confused about the way it was trying so dangerous so quick, after which someday we noticed squirrels on the market and it seemed like they had been consuming the wooden. They’re consuming the steps to her home. So we seemed it up they usually’re truly similar to sharpening their tooth or like gnawing on it. They’re not truly consuming something however they’re nonetheless destroying it. It doesn’t matter. In order that’s fascinating. So we needed to reduce a piece of our deck off. So there was a day when part of our deck was lacking and it was sort of scary. You simply needed to take a very massive step over it. Oh, you came visiting to the home on that day? 

Emma: Yeah, I used to be over that day and I used to be like, Hmm. 

Elsie: Yeah, and then you definately changed it and now it’s simply primed. So we’re ready till the painter comes quickly, after which we’re going to color it. I’m truly gonna paint it sort of the identical coloration as Marigold’s bed room, which is a dusty pink coloration. It’s sort of an announcement coloration for a porch. However our complete neighborhood is, it’s very massive and it’s all previous homes, and I’ve checked out each single porch coloration, and that is what I made a decision. Matches this home the most effective ’trigger I actually like the homes with crimson steps. However generally I feel a crimson porch is an excessive amount of. So I made a decision to do a dusty coloration I believed can be extra, I’m a pink particular person. I like pink. I don’t use it as a lot as I used to and never as brilliant pastel as I used to, however I’ll all the time love pink. It’s undoubtedly an ideal coloration. It goes with so many issues. And for this porch, it was grey and it seemed good grey. And I used to be initially gonna paint over it with a grey, however I simply felt prefer it wasn’t thrilling in any respect. It was the alternative of thrilling. 

Emma: Yeah. You’re simply fixing one thing that was damaged, which is okay. However not very enjoyable. 

Elsie: And I really feel like it will simply add somewhat little bit of a particular one thing, so I hope it seems properly. I’ll make a video as quickly because it’s executed, and I’ll present it for certain on Instagram. I hope it’s executed quickly. However yeah, that porch has been fairly a, I feel that I’m studying concerning the commitments of previous homes proper now as a result of there’s undoubtedly, you realize, they’ve their surprises, their little shock electrical invoice. 

Emma: Shock, the squirrels ate every little thing or sharpened their tooth on every little thing. No matter. I do love your entrance door although, with the like humidity architect message factor. It’s probably not a message.

Elsie: Sure. So for anybody who hasn’t seen it on Instagram, I’m going to make it a everlasting video. It’s referred to as like Ghost Writing, however what it’s, is actually at one level there was some sort of remaining or painted signal on this door, and it’s been scraped off for a very long time, however each time it will get tremendous humid, you’ll be able to see all of the letters once more, and it’s so cool. I heard about it from the unique home itemizing, which was like an previous itemizing, however I had by no means seen it, it took months. After which someday it was there. It was so thrilling. 

Emma: It’s fairly cool. And you realize, as a lot as you’re keen on spooky stuff, and like, I imply, it’s actually referred to as ghostwriting. So I simply really feel prefer it’s excellent. And it’s simply cool for those who like previous stuff. It’s neat to see somewhat piece of historical past that’s solely revealed when it’s humid. I don’t know, it’s enjoyable. 

Elsie: It’s an indication for an architect. So at one level, an architect was functioning their enterprise out of the house, which is fascinating. 

Emma: Or the door was from, possibly they took the door. 

Elsie: Yeah, that’s true too. 

Emma: Who is aware of?

Elsie: I truly assume the door is totally different, so possibly. Attention-grabbing. Okay, I’ll determine that out. I’ll crack this case.

Emma: Report again. All proper, now we’re going to let you know our fall guide membership choices. So we’re going to do three fiction books after which one non-fiction guide, and I’ll allow you to inform them concerning the non-fiction guide. Why don’t you try this first truly? 

Elsie: Okay. So the non-fiction guide known as Really feel One thing, Make One thing by Caitlyn Metz. They usually’re a tremendous artist that we love from St. Louis. So additionally from Missouri and yeah, I received the guide. I pre-ordered it. I received it on the day it got here out, and it’s unbelievable. It’s precisely proper up our alley for A Stunning Mess podcast listeners, so I can’t wait so that you can see it, and skim it. It’s sort of like a hybrid of like loads of illustrations, loads of pages are full illustrations. After which there’s additionally like quite a bit you might learn. I might say it’s most likely a straightforward learn, like it will take a few hours to learn the entire thing and it has tasks in it. So it’s a guide about, you realize, expressing your emotions and likewise making issues. And there’s an entire half on the finish about making little zines, which I believed it was like, it gave me the best rush of inspiration. So, yeah, I feel it’s gonna be a lot enjoyable to work on collectively. And I additionally received like 5 further copies to place in our neighborhood free little library ’trigger I used to be like so enthused about it. Like I need everybody to learn it. 

Emma: I like it. Yeah. I actually didn’t know something about it, Elsie despatched me the duvet and I used to be like, oh, a direct sure. It simply seemed like one thing I used to be very focused on instantly. After which the three fiction books we’re gonna learn is we’re going to learn Sensible Magic by Alice Hoffman, which is a guide, however it’s additionally the start of a collection. So for those who wanna hold going after that with a collection, nice. However Elsie and I are each gonna learn that. We’ve by no means learn it. We’ve got seen the film and we talked about it ’trigger I really like that film a lot, however I’m excited. I really like that writer and I haven’t learn the collection, so very excited. It’s excellent for the season. 

Elsie: Yeah, the followers have informed me that the primary guide isn’t even the most effective one, which I all the time love as a evaluation collection.

Emma: I do too. That’s thrilling. After which we’re additionally gonna learn All Good Individuals Right here by Ashley Flowers, which for those who’re a real crime junkie like I’m, then you definately already know who that’s as a result of she does Crime Junkie, and I feel she’s additionally the founder or one of many founders, I’m undecided of Audio, Chuck, they usually do an entire bunch of various sorts of podcast about crime, true crime and different issues. However anyway, it is a fiction guide. All Good Individuals Right here, and truly my husband purchased this guide for me some time in the past, and he learn it first as a result of we had been like, oh, let’s each learn it, we solely have one copy, you realize, no matter. And he stated he actually preferred it. It’s a thriller. You’re making an attempt to resolve a criminal offense, and he stated it has a few twists and he didn’t see it coming. And he all the time sees the twist coming. He’s a kind of individuals. So I really feel prefer it’ll be enjoyable. So I’m excited for that. After which we’re additionally gonna learn the Heaven and Earth Grocery Retailer by James McBride, which I’ve truly by no means learn this writer earlier than however I’ve heard so many nice issues. I really feel like Barack Obama cherished one in every of his books and put it on his summer time studying record or one thing like that. However the premise of the guide sounded somewhat bit spooky. I feel that they’re like tearing one thing down. They’re gonna construct one thing they usually’ve found these like skeletons or a skeleton after which that’s sort of just like the jumping-off level for the guide. That’s my understanding. So I feel it sounds actually fascinating and I’m excited to learn a brand new writer that I’ve a sense I’m most likely going to like, however by no means learn earlier than. 

Elsie: Good. I’m very excited for this season. It’s gonna be an excellent studying season. Yeah. I need to get extra individuals concerned with our guide membership. Like I’m undecided learn how to make it somewhat extra interactive.

Emma: I don’t know. That will be enjoyable although. 

Elsie: If anybody has strategies, like possibly we should always do extra Instagrams about it or one thing. I don’t know. However learn together with us. 

Emma: Learn together with us. We’ll put all of our pics for the autumn within the present notes for this episode. And as regular, we’re a bit random, so we are going to announce just like the episode earlier than what guide we is likely to be doing, however we don’t know what order we’re gonna do these in but essentially. So, and particularly the nonfiction guide.

Elsie: We will’t play by these guidelines. 

Emma: We actually can’t. We’re not organized, okay. We aren’t organized. We’re simply doing our greatest. However the nonfiction guide, because it’s sort of a, it’s not a workbook, however it has workout routines.

Elsie: It’s sort of a workbook. 

Emma: Most likely that one will come final in order that we now have time and you realize, you all can have time to love to work by way of it somewhat bit, and never do all of it directly ’trigger you don’t have to really feel all of your emotions in someday. That’s an excessive amount of. 

Elsie: Everybody’s gonna like it, it’s wonderful. 

Emma: Okay, now it’s time for a joke or a reality or meditation with Nova. 

Elsie: All proper this week we now have a particular visitor. It’s Marigold and Nova. Marigold, do you will have a joke for us? 

Marigold: What sort of key opens up a banana?

Elsie: What sort of key opens up a banana? I don’t know. 

Marigold: A monkey. 

Elsie: Ah, good one. 

Nova: I informed her that joke, and she or he informed it to that podcast. 

Elsie: Good. Oh my God. She’s doing so good nonetheless. It’s so cute. She stated, Mommy, I higher report a joke or a reality with Nova, or else nobody will hearken to your podcast.

Emma: She’s not unsuitable. 

Elsie: You’re most likely proper. Thanks a lot for listening. You possibly can submit questions at podcast@abeautifulmess.com or name or voicemail at (417) 893-0011. We’ll be again subsequent week with our two hundredth podcast episode. So yeah, carry some champagne. We’re very enthusiastic about that. We’ll be letting you realize the teachings that we realized from recording our first 200 episodes.


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