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Episode #199: Dwelling Updates – A Lovely Mess

This week, we’re sharing all of the updates on our new homes. Plus, we’re revealing our fall e-book membership alternatives.

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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 course of renovating so nonetheless have bins all over the place!

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

Emma – embellished for Christmas and cooked along with her husband

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

The place to seek 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’ve gotten carried out:

Emma – Repaired leaky roof and painted the outside

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

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Episode 199 Transcript:

Emma: You’re listening to The Lovely Mess podcast, your cozy consolation pay attention. This week we’re sharing all of the updates about our new homes, principally Elsie’s. Plus we’re revealing our fall e-book Membership alternatives. 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 films. 

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

Elsie: No, everybody likes it. Okay, so earlier than we leap in, I needed to share my very own private catastrophe. I shared slightly 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 now we have been attempting to get it type of like up to the mark the place we are able to take a renovation break. And if you happen to keep in mind far again, some persons are like, why didn’t you are taking a break instantly such as you deliberate? Nicely, there’s the explanation why, as a result of it didn’t go as deliberate like per week or two earlier than we moved. And my husband’s studio was presupposed 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 may get lots of stuff carried out earlier than we moved in and revel in a peaceable summer time and a peaceable fall. However at this level, a peaceable fall can be essentially the most we may hope for. The ship is sailed on the peaceable summer time. We nonetheless have contractors at our home each single day, which is ok. I’m grateful that, you already know, no matter, no matter, no matter. Grateful, grateful, grateful. But in addition it’s been robust. It’s been robust, you already know? So anyway, not too long ago I’ve been attempting to complete up our third flooring, which is like two visitor rooms, a visitor lavatory, 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 can be having particular company this fall. So I wanna have it prepared, at the least by Thanksgiving is my purpose for that complete house to be good. 

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

Elsie: It was simply type 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 acquired 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 if you happen to simply Google Pirate Journey Chandelier, it’s the perfect. Discover the perfect worth you may, they’re costly. And that’s all I’ve to say about it. However discovered the perfect one I may, and for me, it was price it as a result of it was Peace Day resistance or no matter, you already know? It was the magic. 

Emma: I believed it was outdated too while you confirmed it to me. Like I didn’t understand 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 already know, similar to decorate the room and it’ll be carried out. So on the day, the sunshine fixture was hung, which I’ll present you an image of within the present too. It seemed superb. It seemed nice. I’ve this attractive image. It appears to be like good. You type of can’t inform how low it’s as a result of there are not any beds in there, it appears to be like nice. 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 already know, 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 overview. However they’re from anthropology. They’re very lovely. I’ll say that, they seemed 100 occasions higher in images. 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 photos, I believed they had been going look antique-inspired, however I’d say they had been very, very, very far on just like the farmhouse sort. So the feel of the wooden is like if you happen to 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 flooring, I needed to pay further for that. All this stuff, I used to be like, I’m gonna make this work. And for one night time I thought of like, can I modify these? Can I repaint them? Perhaps I can sand them slightly 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 and so they’re going again the place they got here from and I feel that perhaps in a totally totally different dwelling, they’d look good. One thing far more rustic. 

Emma: I don’t know 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 would like the whole lot to be outdated or look outdated and so they simply don’t. In order that’s actually like the primary factor. They only appear like farmhouse trendy to me. 

Emma: As a result of your chandelier seemed outdated. As a result of I believed it was outdated. I noticed it in individual. 

Elsie: Yeah. Not the whole lot will be outdated, however I feel the whole lot can match into the model of outdated, you already know what I imply? Which is completely nice, that’s to be anticipated. And also you don’t even wanna have the whole lot in vintage, belief me. Like a few of the issues they’ve needed to undergo for the vintage lighting fixtures and the additional, you need to do lots of further steps, and it provides cash, and might not be price it for everybody. It’s good to seek out ones which can be new, which can be the outdated model, proper? Like that’s an excellent factor. It’s not a nasty factor. So anyway, the whole lot 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 responsible 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 suppose generally you simply have to chop your losses. So anyway, I’m sharing this story as a result of I feel that lots of occasions I’m in my dream dwelling period. We have now an excellent finances 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 good, irrespective of who you’re, it doesn’t matter what you’re doing, except perhaps another person does it for you fully. 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 finally the chandelier has to go downstairs right into a dwelling house now. It could actually’t be within the bed room, it simply received’t work. And I settle for that. I nonetheless wanna preserve it. I nonetheless like adore it. 

Emma: Hey, I feel you’ll see it extra now that you simply’re gonna transfer it down so it’s nice. It’s gonna be higher. However yeah, it modifications perhaps 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 finances and you already know, just about the whole lot was very DIY or reasonably priced, classic, I feel I did have this like fantasy in my thoughts that in the future I’d have this home the place there are not any hiccups as a result of the whole lot would simply be totally different. I don’t know why I believed that, and it’s like, no, like yeah, perhaps your finances modifications or various things do make some components 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 nasty alternative? Oh no. Did I waste cash? Oh no. Did I waste, like, you already know, the transport of one thing and like, you simply really feel annoyed 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 form of similar to pivot it slightly bit, which is ok. It’ll nonetheless be cute.

I’ll in all probability nonetheless preserve the theme. However I don’t know I may not, ’trigger I’ve to choose all new stuff now. Anyway, this episode is about our dwelling updates. So we’re simply gonna type of provide you with all of the tea about issues which were happening the previous couple of months. There are undoubtedly some often 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 in your move-in, ’trigger as you mentioned, you’ve been in your home now three months, virtually 4 months I suppose. 

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

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

Elsie: My gosh. Can’t even say that with out laughing. I’ll simply be trustworthy, 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 gentle fixture modified loads. There’s been these big bins 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 is able to make a huge effect as soon as you already know the challenge’s carried out proper, and now we have our final portray appointment. Scheduled, which can 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 the whole dwelling and that’s not the precise quantity for me. So now there’s gonna be an epic quantity of bookshelves and we received’t be capable of 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, perhaps that’s when this episode will air round that point, I feel. Yeah, I feel by September it’s going to begin trying good, and within the fall time I’m going to have much more weblog posts displaying what we’ve carried out to date. And folks all the time ask me like, why don’t you share extra of the center, extra of the mess? Actually, I simply don’t wish to, it’s not enjoyable for me. It’s anxious. It’s a headache. And to attempt to make it into content material on prime of that, I don’t wish to, it’s not gratifying. 

Emma: Yeah. I imply, if you happen to’ve by no means blogged, and it’s completely comprehensible, however prefer it’s really lots of work to place collectively any weblog put up. So then if you happen to’re placing collectively one thing that’s type of like simply to replace folks within the now, but it surely’s not one thing that’s gonna be content material that’s helpful sooner or later, in any significant means. It’s type 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 simply type of riff and be like, you already know, 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 right place to speak about that fairly than attempting to. {Photograph} a room tour that you simply’re by no means going to reference once more ’trigger you’re displaying how one thing didn’t work and all you’re actually doing is linking beds that didn’t be just right for you. 

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

Emma: So it’s type of not even that useful of content material for folks anyway. So sure, it’s not such as you’re attempting to cover stuff or be like, our lives are good and we by no means present you the messy components. It’s like, no, it’s simply type of a waste of time. 

Elsie: That’s truthfully what it’s. Thanks for summing it up so properly. I feel that claims it higher than I’ve ever been in a position to 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’d assume. However there isn’t any secret about how messy our lives are or something. It’s simply lots of effort, we’re not Kardashians, folks aren’t filming us every single day. We must do this ourselves. Manner 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’d say the transfer went properly. Our bins should not unpacked in any respect.

Emma: I’ve been to your home, it’s lots of bins. It’s a zoo in there. 

Elsie: It truly is.

Emma: It’s slightly catastrophe, however you may see what it’s gonna be and it’s gonna be lovely.

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 truly eliminate all of the bins and also you really get to take pleasure in your house and cling issues in your partitions ’trigger they’re lastly painted or wallpapered or no matter. Sure, it’s occurring quickly, so the whole lot’s gonna be superb. Okay, so the following query is, what’s the very first thing you probably did to make your home really feel like a house? I like this. What did you do? 

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

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

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

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

Emma: Yeah. And never carried out is ok. I feel the rails, I did really feel type of indignant and needed to simply be over it as a result of it was legit, it was unsafe, and our child was beneath 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 principally blind nieces, my aged grandma. And I simply was like, my home is unsafe and it actually makes me indignant that they didn’t end this after they advised me they’d. However that’s nice. Nobody acquired damage and it’s nice. 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 embellished for Christmas, instantly as a result of I used to be like Miss Halloween, Christmas, after which additionally I all the time assume a few of the first occasions you cook 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 give attention to making dinner. So like cooking, we make lots of steak with risotto or various things like that. It’s lots of meat with a carb. However I 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 gentle the candles. So I acquired a bunch of latest candles and like made certain that it was like quick candle time and that it did assist me loads. 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 type 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 not too long ago 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 have now a quilt on our mattress proper now. 

Elsie: You’ve one quilt or two quilts, relying on the season, and it’s like, I like that. So yeah, now we have quilts on each mattress. I like that. There’s one on our porch, there’s like a porch swing, it’s a mattress, I suppose. 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 extremely 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 considered one of them is from LL Bean, and it’s so random, but it surely’s like an incredible quilt. I adore it. And a few of them are from, I feel, West Elm Youngsters, and so they’re like, they’re not nearly as good high quality, however they’re actually cute and so they’re actually good for the children. Then I acquired a pair from Goal, so there’s some there. After which there was yet one more, I’m gonna have to simply hyperlink it within the present notes. However the different factor I like about quilts is that they final, and so they age properly, you already know? 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 acquired out our puzzle desk and began a puzzle. And I spent essentially the most time in my kitchen. So, in my dwelling, nothing is actually organized and nothing is how I would like 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 couple of little cupboards from Amazon, like bookshelves, principally. To retailer issues after which that’s it. So it undoubtedly does want a renovation and it looks like it is going to be extraordinarily higher when it’s renovated on the similar time.

Emma: It does really feel very usable proper now although. And it does really feel good and comfy and because it all goes collectively. ’trigger you want painted these further cupboards that you simply purchased and considered one of ’em was like from the vacation home that we had acquired 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 prefer to me, I can inform simply ’trigger I do know you that it’s not carried out. It’s like a part one however I really feel prefer it’s a extremely good part one.

Elsie: Thanks. We did the perfect we may 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 cook dinner every single day, however I’m not like, extraordinarily pleased with 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 actually not very far-off. And if not that, then perhaps the following spring after that, which might be okay too. No matter, no matter perpetually. We’re type of burned out proper now.

Emma: No matter, perpetually certainly. How about your favourite factor about your new home to date, ’trigger this may change within the years after all. 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, needed to dwell in an outdated home. In all probability for 5 years after we had been first purchasing for our second Nashville dwelling. I’ve needed to dwell in an outdated home, but it surely 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 outdated home factor that it has. And like Emma mentioned when she came visiting that. Inform them what you mentioned.

Emma: I don’t keep in mind how I worded it, however basically my feeling once I acquired 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 looks 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 only, I don’t know. They had been lovely homes and the stuff you did in them had been lovely, and there wasn’t something improper with them. They only, I don’t know how one can clarify. They only 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 the whole lot that I see is like placing extra issues up and it’s beginning to look extra like itself as you’ve type of completed just like the renovations which can be similar to subfloors and placing in lavatory stuff, you already know? It simply increasingly looks like the home that you simply’ve been wanting, the home that you simply’ve been speaking about and like was attempting to make your final home into, which was similar to a extremely cool nineties home and ideal for what you guys wanted on the time, it looks 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 acquired my actual good dream home. It couldn’t be extra good. 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 dwell there. And once I see the ladies outdoors, I’m like, they match right here. That is their neighborhood, that is them.

Elsie: The opposite factor that I 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 may stroll to issues. 

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

Elsie: Yeah, they’ve a piano trainer now. They’ve had artwork classes. We have now slightly pottery studio. Identical 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 truthfully like, severely, virtually each single day I’ve a second the place I’m like in all probability working from dwelling or simply hanging out with Oscar, and I’m like, I like this home. I’m simply so joyful. I really feel very settled as a result of like my final two homes, I didn’t really feel as settled and, considered one of them I like hated. 

Elsie: The snake home. 

Emma: The snake home, off of Ozark. I simply by no means beloved dwelling there. It was actually onerous to do my work there. I felt very remoted. I felt very far-off from everybody on a regular basis. It wasn’t an excellent neighborhood to stroll in and I like happening walks. I didn’t have Oscar, however serious about it now, I’m like, that might’ve not been my favourite home to have Oscar in. As a result of once more, there wasn’t actually anyplace for him to stroll and we had been outdoors on a regular basis, strolling up and down the sidewalks on a regular basis. He like has slightly experience 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, but it surely 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 like our home. I by no means envisioned loving a break up stage 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 right combine for Trey and I. It feels precisely like the 2 issues we wish all mixed, and it additionally simply looks like an excellent home to boost 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 mentioned, we play outdoors on a regular basis. We have now a sandbox, now we have a yard for our canine. We have now like slightly circle drive that he performs in and sidewalks that he performs on. After which now we have a neighborhood pool and I’m going there virtually every single day after daycare. If it’s not raining, I take him. ’trigger he simply loves being outdoors, he’s two. Being outdoors is the whole lot to him. And so we’re simply on the neighborhood pool or hanging out outdoors. The within of our home is gorgeous and I 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 gentle for me to {photograph} and do my meals running a blog life, and I simply adore it.

I like our home. It’s an excellent, 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 adore it and I really feel actually, actually grateful to love be in a home that looks 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, and so they’re so cute. I’m obsessed that she has swans in her neighborhood. It’s so cool. 

Emma: It makes me really feel very refined. I can’t even clarify why, ’trigger it’s probably not fancy. However one way or the other 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 dwell 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 comprehend it feels cool. Swans are superior. 

Elsie: Yeah, it’s a really, very candy neighborhood. Oh, renovations you’ve carried out. Okay, properly you may go first ’trigger I really feel such as you did a full renovation and I’ve solely carried out 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 couple of issues not carried out just like the rails, however since we’ve moved in, the primary issues we’ve carried out is like getting the outside painted and like altering out some outdoors lights and issues like that, actually fairly minor stuff. After which like most properties, while you transfer in, you uncover a couple of issues that want repairs or perhaps I’ve dangerous luck too. I don’t know, however like are usually a couple 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 acquired all that mounted and we needed to redo some drywall and repaint it, so we did all that. I’m trustworthy, and I’m simply being actually trustworthy right here, ’trigger the podcast is our mates. I’m burnt out on renovating, and type 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 carried out. It appears to be like precisely the way it seemed after we toured this home, and I don’t actually plan to vary it anytime quickly, perhaps ever. I don’t know. Like I simply don’t care. I really feel like our home is nice sufficient and I like each house and there are some small issues I’m gonna do. I’m solely occupied with issues that I can do, like actually myself. ’trigger I’m simply bored with attempting to e-book contractors, after which in the event that they don’t present up and I earn a living from home it’s slightly bit disruptive similar to it’s for Elsie. Like if I had contractors proper now, you’d hear them whereas we’re attempting to document our podcast, which is part of how we make our dwelling. So it’s simply, you already know, this sort of problem of like, I’m bored with having folks in my home and I’m simply taking a break for some time. I don’t understand how 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 already know, 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 scorching tub? And I’m like, I don’t care sufficient. Like I like scorching 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 battle inside myself as a result of I all the time wanna preserve doing stuff, even when it’s like not what’s finest for me, and I’m attempting 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 already know, my one hour after Oscar goes to mattress or no matter, you already know. 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 sensible. I feel that sounds actually sensible. Okay, so renovations that I’ve carried out. So our third flooring is sort of carried out, and it’s like a visitor suite and a complete library. 

Emma: It appears to be like superior.

Elsie: Thanks. 

Emma: The library half is so cool ’trigger it’s type 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 slightly bit embellished and share extra of it. However yeah, I’m very pleased with 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 mates and like a few of them are reference books that I exploit, sporadically, you already know? 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 hearth from a well-known film. It’s considered one of my favourite films if you happen to 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 if you happen to’re considering of proper now, it’s what you’re considering and it’s gonna be superb. I can’t wait. I’m so excited. I’ve all the time needed to do that reproduction hearth for some purpose. After which the place’s the opposite? Oh, the opposite fireplaces in our major front room. So the way in which the home was after we purchased it, it was like a really modernized hearth, and so now we have rebuilt it into a standard hearth. So yeah, and likewise making them electrical. I similar to realized, I’m like not a fuel hearth girly, and I don’t need fuel smelling in my home ever. And in addition like some individuals who work within the medical discipline have advised 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 hearth that we use 3 times that appears actually life like, and it additionally provides off warmth, so it type of does the whole lot I would like, however with none fuel scent, which makes me really feel, particularly within the bed room loads higher. After which apart from that, you already know, we’ve painted, we’re doing wallpaper, we did our wooden floors and we constructed Jeremy’s studio. Proper now we’re getting each single gentle 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 great. However truthfully, it’s been hell pay this summer time being like a summer time mother on prime of engaged on prime 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 3 times 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 means of.

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

Elsie: It’s been a difficult summer time. It’s been very difficult, similar to scheduling-wise and, taking up 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 type 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 slightly bit and we had been like, we should always in all probability repaint this. Then a few months later we began to comprehend 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 in the future 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 and so they’re really similar to sharpening their enamel or like gnawing on it. They’re not really consuming something however they’re nonetheless destroying it. It doesn’t matter. In order that’s fascinating. So we needed to minimize a piece of our deck off. So there was a day when part of our deck was lacking and it was type of scary. You simply needed to take a extremely large 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 you then 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 really gonna paint it type of the identical colour as Marigold’s bed room, which is a dusty pink colour. It’s type of an announcement colour for a porch. However our complete neighborhood is, it’s very large and it’s all outdated homes, and I’ve checked out each single porch colour, and that is what I made a decision. Matches this home the perfect ’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 colour I believed can be extra, I’m a pink individual. I like pink. I don’t use it as a lot as I used to and never as shiny pastel as I used to, however I’ll all the time love pink. It’s undoubtedly an excellent colour. 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 other of thrilling. 

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

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

Emma: Shock, the squirrels ate the whole lot or sharpened their enamel on the whole lot. 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 type of ultimate 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 may 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 outdated itemizing, however I had by no means seen it, it took months. After which in the future it was there. It was so thrilling. 

Emma: It’s fairly cool. And you already know, as a lot as you like spooky stuff, and like, I imply, it’s actually referred to as ghostwriting. So I simply really feel prefer it’s good. And it’s simply cool if you happen to like outdated stuff. It’s neat to see slightly 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, perhaps they took the door. 

Elsie: Yeah, that’s true too. 

Emma: Who is aware of?

Elsie: I really assume the door is totally different, so perhaps. Fascinating. 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 e-book membership alternatives. So we’re going to do three fiction books after which one non-fiction e-book, and I’ll allow you to inform them concerning the non-fiction e-book. Why don’t you do this first really? 

Elsie: Okay. So the non-fiction e-book is known as Really feel One thing, Make One thing by Caitlyn Metz. They usually’re an incredible artist that we love from St. Louis. So additionally from Missouri and yeah, I acquired the e-book. I pre-ordered it. I acquired it on the day it got here out, and it’s unimaginable. It’s precisely proper up our alley for A Lovely Mess podcast listeners, so I can’t wait so that you can see it, and skim it. It’s type of like a hybrid of like lots of illustrations, lots of pages are full illustrations. After which there’s additionally like loads you might learn. I’d say it’s in all probability a straightforward learn, like it could take a few hours to learn the entire thing and it has tasks in it. So it’s a e-book about, you already know, expressing your emotions and likewise making issues. And there’s a complete 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 acquired like 5 further copies to place in our neighborhood free little library ’trigger I used to be like so enthused about it. Like I would like everybody to learn it. 

Emma: I adore it. Yeah. I actually didn’t know something about it, Elsie despatched me the duvet and I used to be like, oh, a right away sure. It simply seemed like one thing I used to be very occupied with 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 e-book, but it surely’s additionally the start of a sequence. So if you happen to wanna preserve going after that with a sequence, nice. However Elsie and I are each gonna learn that. We’ve by no means learn it. We have now seen the film and we talked about it ’trigger I like that film a lot, however I’m excited. I like that creator and I haven’t learn the sequence, so very excited. It’s good for the season. 

Elsie: Yeah, the followers have advised me that the primary e-book isn’t even the perfect one, which I all the time love as a overview sequence.

Emma: I do too. That’s thrilling. After which we’re additionally gonna learn All Good Individuals Right here by Ashley Flowers, which if you happen to’re a real crime junkie like I’m, you then 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, and so they do a complete bunch of various sorts of podcast about crime, true crime and different issues. However anyway, this can be a fiction e-book. All Good Individuals Right here, and truly my husband purchased this e-book 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 already know, no matter. And he mentioned he actually preferred it. It’s a thriller. You’re attempting to resolve a criminal offense, and he mentioned it has a few twists and he didn’t see it coming. And he all the time sees the twist coming. He’s a type of folks. 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 really by no means learn this creator earlier than however I’ve heard so many nice issues. I really feel like Barack Obama beloved considered one of his books and put it on his summer time studying record or one thing like that. However the premise of the e-book sounded slightly bit spooky. I feel that they’re like tearing one thing down. They’re gonna construct one thing and so they’ve found these like skeletons or a skeleton after which that’s type of just like the jumping-off level for the e-book. That’s my understanding. So I feel it sounds actually fascinating and I’m excited to learn a brand new creator that I’ve a sense I’m in all probability 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 wish to get extra folks concerned with our e-book membership. Like I’m undecided how one can make it slightly extra interactive.

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

Elsie: If anybody has recommendations, like perhaps 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 traditional, we’re a bit random, so we are going to announce just like the episode earlier than what e-book we may be doing, however we don’t know what order we’re gonna do these in but essentially. So, and particularly the nonfiction e-book.

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 e-book, because it’s type of a, it’s not a workbook, but it surely has workout routines.

Elsie: It’s type of a workbook. 

Emma: In all probability that one will come final in order that now we have time and you already know, you all can have time to love to work by means of it slightly bit, and never do all of it without delay ’trigger you don’t have to really feel all of your emotions in in the future. That’s an excessive amount of. 

Elsie: Everybody’s gonna adore it, it’s superb. 

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

Elsie: All proper this week now we have a particular visitor. It’s Marigold and Nova. Marigold, do you’ve gotten 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 advised her that joke, and she or he advised it to that podcast. 

Elsie: Good. Oh my God. She’s doing so good nonetheless. It’s so cute. She mentioned, Mommy, I higher document a joke or a truth with Nova, or else nobody will take heed to your podcast.

Emma: She’s not improper. 

Elsie: You’re in all probability proper. Thanks a lot for listening. You possibly can submit questions at [email protected] or name or voicemail at (417) 893-0011. We’ll be again subsequent week with our 2 hundredth podcast episode. So yeah, carry some champagne. We’re very enthusiastic about that. We’ll be letting you already know the teachings that we discovered from recording our first 200 episodes.

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