Episode #199: Residence Updates – A Stunning Mess

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

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Present Notes:

Right here is Elsie’s Pirate Chandelier

Listed here are the beds Elsie talked about

Elsie’s Electric Fireplaces.


Replace on Elsie’s transfer:

Moved in three months in the past, however in the course of renovating so nonetheless have packing containers in every single place!

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

Emma – embellished for Christmas and cooked along with her husband

Elsie – lit candles, hung artwork and mirrors, put all her quilts out, obtained 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’ve gotten 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, wooden flooring, constructed Jeremy’s studio, altering all lighting fixtures

Fall E-book Membership Picks:

Feel Something, Make Something by Caitlin Metz

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers

The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride

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Episode 199 Transcript:

Emma: You’re listening to The Stunning Mess podcast, your cozy consolation pay attention. This week we’re sharing all of the updates about our new homes, largely Elsie’s. Plus we’re revealing our fall e book 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 positively the factor I get pleasure from speaking about essentially the most, and I imply, motion pictures, books, homes, and films. 

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 seems to be so horrible. It was this very unhappy, very mind-melting second for me. So for the previous three months we’ve been residing in our new house and we’ve got been making an attempt to get it sort of like up to the mark the place we will take a renovation break. And in the event you bear in mind far again, some persons are like, why didn’t you’re 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 speculated to be completed being constructed. It wasn’t even began but. There have been simply issues that occurred and that’s such a traditional a part of renovating. So I hoped that we may 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 may 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, , no matter, no matter, no matter. Grateful, grateful, grateful. But additionally it’s been powerful. It’s been powerful, ? So anyway, not too long ago I’ve been making an attempt to complete up our third ground, which is like two visitor rooms, a visitor rest room, 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 friends this fall. So I wanna have it prepared, at the least by Thanksgiving is my objective for that entire area to be good. 

Emma: Yeah, ’trigger it had no rest room 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 rest room and it has a house library. Fairly quickly it’s going to 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 obtained 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 in the event you simply Google Pirate Journey Chandelier, it’s one of the best. Discover one of the best worth you’ll be able to, they’re costly. And that’s all I’ve to say about it. However discovered one of the best one I may, and for me, it was value it as a result of it was Peace Day resistance or no matter, ? It was the magic. 

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

Elsie: It’s positively an announcement piece. It’s one of many largest statements in our house. 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, , 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 superb. It seemed nice. I’ve this attractive image. It seems to be good. You sort of can’t inform how low it’s as a result of there are not any beds in there, it seems to be nice. It seems to be good. It seems to be prefer it’s gonna work out. 

Emma: It seems to be low, however not like, , 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 assessment. However they’re from anthropology. They’re very stunning. I’ll say that, they seemed 100 instances higher in pictures. 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 in the event you 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 night time 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 selection now. So I did that immediately. I began scheduling it they usually’re going again the place they got here from and I believe that possibly in a totally completely different house, they might 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 would like all the pieces to be previous or look previous they usually simply don’t. In order that’s actually like the primary factor. They only seem like farmhouse trendy 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 all the pieces could be previous, however I believe all the pieces can match into the fashion of previous, what I imply? Which is completely nice, that’s to be anticipated. And also you don’t even wanna have all the pieces in vintage, belief me. Like a number of the issues they’ve needed to undergo for the vintage lighting fixtures and the additional, it’s important to do loads of further steps, and it provides cash, and is probably not value it for everybody. It’s good to search out ones which can be new, which can be the previous fashion, proper? Like that’s a superb factor. It’s not a nasty factor. So anyway, all the pieces in regards to the room and the opposite factor was, I couldn’t even discover one angle the place it seemed good, it seemed unhealthy 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 might match, and technically they did, however like, spatially and visually they didn’t. And so I assume typically you simply have to chop your losses. So anyway, I’m sharing this story as a result of I believe that loads of instances I’m in my dream house period. We’ve got a superb finances and we’re like doing all these thrilling initiatives 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, regardless of who you’re, 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 finally the chandelier has to go downstairs right into a residing area now. It might’t be within the bed room, it simply gained’t work. And I settle for that. I nonetheless wanna maintain it. I nonetheless like adore it. 

Emma: Hey, I believe 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 adjustments possibly the theme or what you had been planning, and I’m glad you’re sharing it as a result of I believe, nicely, I don’t know what everybody else notion is, however for me, like in my first house once I had a a lot smaller finances and , just about all the pieces was very DIY or inexpensive, classic, I believe 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 all the pieces would simply be completely different. I don’t know why I believed that, and it’s like, no, like yeah, possibly your finances adjustments 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 nasty selection? Oh no. Did I waste cash? Oh no. Did I waste, like, , the transport of one thing and like, you simply really feel annoyed and it’s simply unavoidable that typically it’s important 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 connected 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 in all probability nonetheless maintain the theme. However I don’t know I won’t, ’trigger I’ve to choose all new stuff now. Anyway, this episode is about our house updates. So we’re simply gonna sort of provide you with all of the tea about issues which were occurring the previous few months. There are positively some regularly requested questions in right here and a few embarrassing tales, and I believe 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 Could. 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 trustworthy, our home seems to be worse than ever. It seems to be horrible, however I do really feel like we’re on the ending phases. So presently we’re having each mild fixture modified lots. There’s been these enormous 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 completely different wallpapers sitting in my entryway able to go up, which can make a big impact as soon as the mission’s executed proper, and we’ve got our final portray appointment. Scheduled, which can be such a aid, and we’ll have bookshelves after that. That’s an enormous motive 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 house and that isn’t the precise quantity for me. So now there’s gonna be an epic quantity of bookshelves and we gained’t be capable of fill it for years, which is so thrilling. So, yeah, our home seems to be 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 believe. Yeah, I believe by September it’s going to start out wanting good, and within the fall time I’m going to have much more weblog posts displaying what we’ve executed to this point. 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 demanding. 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 pleasing. 

Emma: Yeah. I imply, in the event you’ve by no means blogged, and it’s completely comprehensible, however prefer it’s truly loads of work to place collectively any weblog publish. So then in the event you’re placing collectively one thing that’s sort 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 manner. It’s sort of a waste of effort and just like the instances that we spend running a blog or recording this podcast, that is like our time away from our children, so we would like it to be impactful, and we hope that each piece of content material we ever make is pleasing, 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 sort of riff and be like, , 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 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 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 sort of not even that useful of content material for folks anyway. So sure, it’s not such as you’re making an attempt to cover stuff or be like, our lives are good 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 nicely. I believe 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 manner much less useful than you’d 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, folks aren’t filming us daily. We must try this ourselves. Means an excessive amount of work. We are able to’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 nicely. Our packing containers should 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 manner, 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 eliminate all of the packing containers and also you truly get to get pleasure from your area and grasp issues in your partitions ’trigger they’re lastly painted or wallpapered or no matter. Sure, it’s taking place quickly, so all the pieces’s gonna be superb. 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 believe I sort of felt unhappy about not getting to brighten.

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

Emma: Halloween? Yeah, and ’trigger our renovation additionally obtained 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 actually regular.

Emma: Yeah. And never executed is okay. I believe the rails, I did really feel sort of indignant 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 indignant that they didn’t end this after they advised me they might. However that’s nice. Nobody obtained damage and it’s nice. However at any fee, the very first thing they did to make the home really feel extra like house was I simply went forward and embellished for Christmas, immediately 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 instances you cook dinner a meal in your house, which for me, often 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 concentrate on 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 house 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 obtained a bunch of latest candles and like made certain that it was like speedy candle time and that it did assist me lots. It made me really feel like a superb feeling, and it was a time when it was like, not fairly.

Emma: And it smells good.

Elsie: Yeah. It’s a superb 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 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’ve got a quilt on our mattress proper now. 

Elsie: You have got one quilt or two quilts, relying on the season, and it’s like, I really like that. So yeah, we’ve got 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 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 already know 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 believe, 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 children. Then I obtained a pair from Goal, so there’s some there. After which there was yet another, I’m gonna have to simply hyperlink it within the present notes. However the different factor I really like about quilts is that they final, they usually age nicely, ? So I believe 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 house immediately was we obtained out our puzzle desk and began a puzzle. And I spent essentially the most time in my kitchen. So, in my house, nothing is actually organized and nothing is how I would like it to be, however the kitchen is fairly good. It’s positively 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 just a few little cupboards from Amazon, like bookshelves, mainly. To retailer issues after which that’s it. So it positively does want a renovation and it looks like it will likely 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 obtained 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 believe it feels very nice in there, however prefer 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 extremely good part one.

Elsie: Thanks. We did one of the best 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 daily, 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 possibly the following spring after that, which might be okay too. No matter, no matter eternally. We’re sort of burned out proper now.

Emma: No matter, eternally certainly. How about your favourite factor about your new home to this point, ’trigger this will change within the years after all. So anyway. What’s your favourite factor about your new home? Or a few belongings you need? 

Elsie: Okay. I’ve two issues. The very first thing is for years I’ve, wished to stay in an previous home. In all probability for 5 years after we had been first looking for our second Nashville house. I’ve wished to stay in an previous 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 believe I’m similar to loving and having fun with this intangible previous home factor that it has. And like Emma stated when she came to visit that. Inform them what you stated.

Emma: I don’t bear in mind how I worded it, however basically my feeling once I obtained 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 house. It looks like their house, whilst you’re renovating it ’trigger I had seen it whilst you’re renovating. It simply was like, yeah, that is their house. And the opposite two simply by no means actually felt like house to me. They only, I don’t know. They had been stunning homes and the belongings you did in them had been stunning, and there wasn’t something improper with them. They only, I don’t know the way to clarify. They only didn’t really feel like house. 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 house. It simply felt prefer it, and all the pieces 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 can be similar to subfloors and placing in rest room stuff, ? 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 making an attempt 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 positively assume it was meant to be. For like my fellow simulation nerds. It’s like my proof in life, my proof that I’m residing in a simulation is that like I obtained 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 stay there. And once I see the women 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 youngsters. 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. Nicely, they’re nice grandmama, however your grandma. 

Elsie: Yeah, they’ve a piano instructor now. They’ve had artwork classes. We’ve got somewhat 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 actually like, significantly, nearly each single day I’ve a second the place I’m like in all probability working from house or simply hanging out with Oscar, and I’m like, I really like this home. I’m simply so completely happy. 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 residing there. It was actually exhausting to do my work there. I felt very remoted. I felt very far-off from everybody on a regular basis. It wasn’t a terrific neighborhood to stroll in and I really like occurring 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 driving it across the neighborhood. And our neighborhood is hilly, but it surely has some sidewalks and like there’s some neighborhood youngsters 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 cut 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 residing 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 would like all mixed, and it additionally simply looks like a superb 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’ve got 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’ve got a neighborhood pool and I’m going there nearly daily after daycare. If it’s not raining, I take him. ’trigger he simply loves being exterior, he’s two. Being exterior is all the pieces 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 simple area 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 adore it.

I really like our home. It’s a terrific, nice match for us and feels, I hope we by no means transfer. I hate transferring 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, 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 refined. I can’t even clarify why, ’trigger it’s not likely fancy. However one way or the other if I’m out on a stroll and I see the swans, I’m like, I’m residing in a Nancy Meyers film and I stay in a neighborhood that’s fancy. Like, I simply assume that for some motive, 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, nicely 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 just a few issues not executed just like the rails, however since we’ve moved in, the primary 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 houses, whenever you transfer in, you uncover just a few issues that want repairs or possibly I’ve unhealthy luck too. I don’t know, however like are usually just a few 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 obtained 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 buddies. 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 seems to be precisely the way it seemed after we toured this home, and I don’t actually plan to vary 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 area and there are some small issues I’m gonna do. I’m solely serious about issues that I can do, like actually myself. ’trigger I’m simply uninterested in making an attempt to e book contractors, after which in the event that they don’t present up and I earn a living from home it’s somewhat bit disruptive similar to it’s for Elsie. Like if I had contractors proper now, you’d hear them whereas we’re making an attempt to file our podcast, which is part of how we make our residing. So it’s simply, , this type of issue of like, I’m uninterested in having folks 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 positively really feel the burnout for the primary time in a critical manner, and like I do assume it’s positively actual that like, , most individuals can’t deal with doing this for that a few years in a row.

Emma: Yeah. Folks all the time ask me like, are you gonna get a scorching tub? And I’m like, I don’t care sufficient. Like I really 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 inner battle inside myself as a result of I all the time wanna maintain doing stuff, even when it’s like not what’s finest for me, and I’m making an attempt to love to do much less, however then additionally like solely do crucial issues and it’s powerful. 

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, , my one hour after Oscar goes to mattress or no matter, . 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 believe 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 a complete library. 

Emma: It seems to be superior.

Elsie: Thanks. 

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

Elsie: It’s positively like an oddly formed area, and I’ll make a video of it as quickly because it’s painted and somewhat 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’t 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 buddies and like a few of them are reference books that I take advantage of, sporadically, ? 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 motion pictures in the event you can guess it. 

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

Elsie: Sure, it’s important to purchase the prize your self, however you win. And in the event you’re pondering of proper now, it’s what you’re pondering and it’s gonna be superb. I can’t wait. I’m so excited. I’ve all the time wished to do that reproduction hearth for some motive. After which the place’s the opposite? Oh, the opposite fireplaces in our essential lounge. So the best way the home was after we purchased it, it was like a really modernized hearth, and so we’ve got rebuilt it into a conventional hearth. So yeah, and likewise making them electrical. I similar to realized, I’m like not a gasoline hearth girly, and I don’t need gasoline smelling in my home ever. And likewise like some individuals who work within the medical area 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 lifelike, and it additionally offers off warmth, so it sort of does all the pieces I would like, however with none gasoline odor, which makes me really feel, particularly within the bed room lots higher. After which aside from that, , we’ve painted, we’re doing wallpaper, we did our wooden 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 transferring round. So I believe it’s gonna be epic. It’s gonna be great. 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 3 times we’ve talked or frolicked. Like every 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 loads of emotions too, and loads of area 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 in regards to the house updates? 

Emma: Perhaps you must 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 must 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 wanting so unhealthy 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 enamel 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 attention-grabbing. 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 sort of scary. You simply needed to take a extremely large step over it. Oh, you came to visit 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 entire neighborhood is, it’s very large and it’s all previous homes, and I’ve checked out each single porch coloration, and that is what I made a decision. Suits this home one of the best ’trigger I actually like the homes with crimson steps. However typically I believe 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 vibrant pastel as I used to, however I’ll all the time love pink. It’s positively a terrific 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 other 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 this may simply add somewhat little bit of a particular one thing, so I hope it seems nicely. 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 believe that I’m studying in regards to the commitments of previous homes proper now as a result of there’s positively, , they’ve their surprises, their little shock electrical invoice. 

Emma: Shock, the squirrels ate all the pieces or sharpened their enamel on all the pieces. No matter. I do love your entrance door although, with the like humidity architect message factor. It’s not likely 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 basically at one level there was some sort 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’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 , 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 in the event you 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 attention-grabbing. 

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 completely different, so possibly. Fascinating. Okay, I’ll determine that out. I’ll crack this case.

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

Elsie: Okay. So the non-fiction e book is named 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 obtained the e book. I pre-ordered it. I obtained it on the day it got here out, and it’s unimaginable. 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 lots you would learn. I might say it’s in all probability a simple learn, like it could take a few hours to learn the entire thing and it has initiatives in it. So it’s a e book about, , 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 believe it’s gonna be a lot enjoyable to work on collectively. And I additionally obtained 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 serious about immediately. 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 collection. So in the event you wanna maintain 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 creator and I haven’t learn the collection, so very excited. It’s good for the season. 

Elsie: Yeah, the followers have advised me that the primary e book isn’t even one of the best one, which I all the time love as a assessment collection.

Emma: I do too. That’s thrilling. After which we’re additionally gonna learn All Good Folks Right here by Ashley Flowers, which in the event you’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 believe she’s additionally the founder or one of many founders, I’m undecided of Audio, Chuck, they usually do a complete bunch of various sorts of podcast about crime, true crime and different issues. However anyway, it is a fiction e book. All Good Folks Right here, and really 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, , no matter. And he stated he actually favored it. It’s a thriller. You’re making an attempt to resolve against the law, 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 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 truly 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 checklist or one thing like that. However the premise of the e book sounded somewhat bit spooky. I believe 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 e book. That’s my understanding. So I believe it sounds actually attention-grabbing 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 a superb studying season. Yeah. I need to get extra folks concerned with our e book membership. Like I’m undecided the way to make it somewhat extra interactive.

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

Elsie: If anybody has solutions, like possibly we must 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 standard, we’re a bit random, so we’ll 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 are able to’t play by these guidelines. 

Emma: We actually can’t. We’re not organized, okay. We’re not organized. We’re simply doing our greatest. However the nonfiction e book, because it’s sort of a, it’s not a workbook, but it surely has workouts.

Elsie: It’s sort of a workbook. 

Emma: In all probability that one will come final in order that we’ve got time and , you all can have time to love to work by means of it somewhat bit, and never do all of it without delay ’trigger you don’t have to really feel all of your emotions in someday. 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 we’ve got 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 stated, Mommy, I higher file 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 two hundredth podcast episode. So yeah, deliver some champagne. We’re very enthusiastic about that. We’ll be letting the teachings that we realized from recording our first 200 episodes.