Episode #168: Design Your Dream Residence – Deep Dive


This week, we’re right here with our first deep dive episode, and we’re diving into designing your DREAM HOME.

On this episode, we’ll cowl how to decide on a coloration scheme, create temper boards, and develop into an evolving aesthetic as you replace your private home.

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Present Notes:

7 Tricks to Design Your Dream Residence:

  1. Let the house converse to you
  • Analysis the period of your private home.
  • Discover iconic houses (even buildings/eating places) from this period.
  • Turn into an skilled in such a house: what makes it particular, what supplies are sometimes used, craftsmanship, and unique options that stand out from that point. 

2. Outline the sensation you need your private home to embody

  • What areas have you ever been in that had the sensation that you really want?
  • What areas have you ever been in that fell quick for you?
  • What’s it that you just need to really feel consolation from?

3. Outline the features of how you utilize your private home and the way it can assist your life-style objectives

  • Think about your private home in all 4 seasons, as your youngsters develop, and different occasions that can occur in your life. Go room by room.
  • Mini-journal immediate: Pondering of your final house, have been there any areas that you just had arrange that you just didn’t use? And what are your most used areas?

4. Create a pinboard 

  • Pin the whole lot that draws you.
  • Return by way of and delete the oddball pins till you see cohesion in your scroll by way of.

5. Describe the fashion in your house in three phrases 

  • Decide three phrases that describe the fashion you’re going for.

6. Select a coloration scheme

  • Accumulate paint, tile, and cloth swatches.
  • Order wallpaper samples and small decor gadgets that assist your fashion.

7. As you renovate, refer again to your temper board and coloration scheme

  • This retains you on monitor, cohesive, and dealing towards a selected objective and resists new developments.

Bonus ideas: 

  1. You want at the least three collections which can be ongoing.
  2. Accumulate private decor.
  3. Adorning with reminiscences, pictures, relics from travels, and many others.
  4. Go away room for magic – all the time have one thing bizarre and magical in each room. 

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Episode 168 Transcript:

Emma: You’re listening to The Stunning Mess Podcast, your cozy consolation pay attention. This week we’re right here with our first deep dive episode and we’re diving into designing your dream house. On this episode, we’ll cowl how to decide on a coloration scheme, create temper boards, and develop into an ever-evolving aesthetic as you replace your private home.

Elsie: I’m so excited to do that episode. So one of many the explanation why we began this deep dive sequence is as a result of as we like, we’re on episode 168 now. As now we have constructed an even bigger library, it’s turn into form of difficult to love refer again. I do know I’ve talked about this earlier than, however I don’t know when or the place. So on this episode, we’re gonna form of mix the whole lot, like all of our recommendation about designing a dream house into one mega episode which you could re-listen to it subsequent time you might be shifting. I act like that’s like a traditional factor that everybody’s like, oh, simply, you already know, the subsequent time you get a brand new pair of sneakers otherwise you transfer.

Emma: Some folks transfer rather a lot. Some folks transfer much more than us. I imply, it actually is dependent upon your life.

Elsie: That’s true. After I was in my twenties, I moved like each six months to a brand new condo. I undoubtedly have realized that I’m a serial mover. I don’t wanna be, however it’s true. Okay, so anyway, we’re gonna undergo seven steps to design your dream house. And I truthfully, advocate doing all seven. If you’re, let’s say that you just’re an individual who’s shifting, an individual who’s shopping for your first house, and that is additionally for somebody who, you have got a house that you just like, however you don’t like it such as you really feel prefer it’s simply not customized in the way in which that you just dream of it being. Anybody in any of these conditions can use this. I believe it really works for, you already know, your first condo and it could actually additionally work in your quote unquote, perpetually house. Regardless that we don’t imagine in Endlessly Houses. 

Emma: No, we don’t. But in addition, I don’t know if now we have anybody who listens, who’s very younger. You recognize, they’re like, I haven’t purchased my first house but, or moved into my first house, that’s gonna be long run. Like I don’t actually know if anybody listening is that younger, however I’ll say, I really feel like loads of these tricks to you may apply to completely different areas of artwork, like let’s say trend. And I simply assume it’s like a enjoyable passion to get like enthusiastic about various things and even like houses that you just’re by no means gonna stay in, however you examine it and it’s simply enjoyable. I really feel that approach about trend and different issues too, the place it’s like, there are specific issues that I’m simply by no means gonna put on or purchase, however I nonetheless prefer to learn about what designers are popping out with and the way the development is, you already know, similar to various things. It’s enjoyable to study. 

Elsie: Now that you just point out it, I see that utterly, that’s attention-grabbing. Yeah, I believe this will probably be enjoyable. You possibly can additionally use this in case you are designing one room. You are able to do this entire course of for only one room too. However my factor is I love to do it after I’m shifting if I can earlier than I purchase something. As a result of once you transfer, it looks like that’s the best focus of vital purchases rapidly, and it’s straightforward to make errors. So particularly the half in regards to the coloration scheme, it’s simply so helpful and so useful. I used to be lately at a household dinner over the vacations and somebody who I hadn’t seen in 10 years was there, they usually have been reminding me that I had a lime inexperienced painted kitchen in one in every of my first residences, which is so humorous. And it had so many colours, which I like it. I like it, I stand by it. However I believe that could be a drawback once you simply love the whole lot and also you, however you purchase one thing that’s very particular and you then love one thing else and also you attempt to beautify a distinct approach, and you then really feel like you need to exchange the whole lot on a regular basis. I believe that’s the issue. So after I began doing the colour scheme, I particularly bear in mind it was very life-changing. Have you ever ever completed a coloration scheme? 

Emma: Yeah, form of. I imply, yeah, I might say sure. However I don’t assume I’ve fairly as dangerous of like FOMO as you in life usually. As a result of I do really feel like that’s a chunk of it with design. As a result of I do have a few of course, so like I believe everybody has it, someplace, you already know, effectively we’ll speak about this extra, however such as you begin to put issues in your pin board that’s actually not like they’re form of wild playing cards, however you’re keen on them. After which, I don’t know, I believe generally it may be actually arduous to form of decipher or wade by way of like, what must be in my house versus what can I simply admire? And I possibly don’t want to color my home that coloration or purchase that sure sofa as a result of it’s simply not gonna make sense. However I can nonetheless admire it, you already know? 

Elsie: Proper. Yeah. No, I believe that’s very true. I believe that you just’re extra decisive and also you’re extra similar to usually okay with like, you form of have extra of a like, I don’t care. It’s all a very good form of perspective. And I don’t have that in any respect. All proper, so let’s soar into the ideas. I’ve tried to place these so as. , the primary tip is to let the house converse to you. And right here’s what I imply by that. So each house that you just’re going to maneuver into has an period when it was constructed and it has pure strengths and pure weaknesses or challenges. So I believe it’s actually essential to analysis the kind of house that you’ve got and discover the form of to fall in love with it. I do know it’s not all the time possibly attainable for like for those who’re shifting into a house that simply wasn’t the house you’d’ve picked in any respect. Such as you had a distinct factor in thoughts, however this house had like a greater location or a greater worth, or, you already know. However I believe it’s crucial to only do no matter you may to get thinking about the way in which your private home was meant to be. Just like the arrow was constructed within the fashion of structure. You’ll be able to actually fall down a rabbit gap. So there are houses which can be extra versatile like for those who’re shifting into an condo constructing that’s form of like, say it’s a two-bedroom condo with one rest room and an open kitchen and it’s fairly like vanilla. That is sort of a very versatile fashion of house and just like the fashion of house I stay in now, that’s a nineties McMansion. It’s additionally very versatile as a result of it’s like, form of like nobody cares. Such as you don’t need to honor the historical past of it. I believe you may form of work out what fashion and what period they have been attempting to emulate once they constructed it, however that’s in regards to the closest you may get. After which there are different houses like mid-century house that was constructed within the fifties or the sixties or historic house. And for those who transfer into a type of, it may very well be form of such as you’re swimming towards a lazy river for those who attempt to beautify it in a totally completely different fashion than what it was meant to be, you may not be proud of the consequence and it’d prove dangerous. 

Emma: I believe that’s one factor that I take into consideration. So I used to be on the, you already know that Instagram account that’s like Zillow Gone Wild. I all the time see what’s on there. I assume the algorithm is aware of I prefer it. However they’d a very stunning house yesterday that it’s a Frank Lloyd Wright, one of many final houses that he designed, it’s just like the round house. I’m certain you are able to do that. Anyway, it’s on the market and it was very costly as you may think about. So clearly I might by no means purchase it. It’s not one thing in my finances, however I used to be simply taking a look at it. However the factor I stored considering as I used to be taking a look at it, aside from what a breathtakingly stunning house, I might love to remain there for an Airbnb expertise, however I used to be like, you actually wouldn’t really feel comfy altering sure points of it. As a result of for those who’ve ever seen a Frank Lloyd Wright house and there are different designers who design this fashion, it’s fairly particular. And for those who have been to go in and actually change sure elements of it, just like the shelving, it wouldn’t make any sense. I’m not saying it could be improper, I’m simply saying it could be actually bizarre like I don’t really feel like for those who purchase that form of house, you are feeling like you can also make these. So I assume what I’m attempting to say is a few houses are actually particular and possibly it’s good to even take into consideration if you need that form of factor, or if you already know you need one thing far more clean. And once more like Elsie stated, chances are you’ll not all the time have a alternative cuz chances are you’ll be on a deadline and a finances and there’s solely a lot accessible within the space you’re shifting to. Nevertheless it’s only a good factor to consider. For those who do have the choice. 

Elsie: Sure. So listed below are a few of my strategies for researching your sort of house. Initially, discover films which have units which can be just like sorts of houses and take notes as you watch them. That is like what we do for our rewatch episodes now, and it’s so enjoyable. My dream house could be like a father of the bride home, you already know? And it’s so enjoyable to only sit there and write down all the precise little charming issues that they did of their film set model of the house that you may incorporate in tears. One other concept is to order previous books. So most kinds of structure have many, many books accessible and I often get them from thrift books. So it’s very reasonably priced. Yeah, So discover out what fashion of structure your private home is, after which order as many books as you may on that fashion. And I believe the actually cool factor about this, particularly for mid-century houses and older ones, is which you could find out about what folks have been doing on the time to brighten and furnish the houses. And that’s gonna be actually useful for you cuz it’s one thing which you could emulate the issues about it that you just assume is particular. You’ll be able to modernize it or replace it in your style or your colours not directly whereas nonetheless getting impressed by what they’d’ve completed in that period. It’s simply extra pure. For almost all of individuals, it’s going so as to add extra worth to the house to do one thing that like suits with the house’s unique options.

Emma: It’ll in all probability be cheaper too as a result of you’ll in all probability find yourself altering much less or getting to avoid wasting sure elements of the house that, you already know, possibly you’re gonna paint it one thing, however you get to maintain the very particular molding or no matter it’s.

Elsie: Hell yeah. Yeah, after which the very last thing I might counsel is to study what the unique options and craftsmanship from this time interval have been like the last word most fascinating particulars. The kind of factor that if individuals who love previous homes discover it in a home, now they prefer to freak out, you already know, just like the pocket doorways and all these sorts of issues. Okay, so the second tip is to outline the sensation you need your private home to embody. So that is tremendous essential and I think about this one a journaling train. So get out your journal, and I’ll inform you the whole lot to consider. So the very first thing to journal about is what areas have you ever been in that had the sensation that you really want and attempt to bear in mind as many particulars, irrespective of how particular or irrespective of how random they appear that added to that area. After which the opposite factor is what areas have you ever been in that form of fell quick for you and why? So for those who’re doing a mid-century home, I speak about mid-century homes rather a lot cuz I had two of them and yeah, historic houses. That’s like my most important, the primary homes that I’ve expertise with. I assume additionally the nineties McMansion. So I believe that, with mid-century, I might journal in regards to the Parker Resort in Palm Springs. It has the whole lot, it’s just like the decor, the sensation, the fireplaces, even right down to the main points just like the painted brick and the ceramics and the server, you already know, the dishes that they use to serve breakfast and like simply the whole lot is form of good and magical, and I can use that as a template. And there are such a lot of different locations that I’ve been in my life which have like a fifties retro theme that fell in need of that feeling and that magic. So I can establish, why, how, and what are the variations. And I believe that’s the form of journaling train I might encourage you to do. After which additionally to only think about your self, so that is an creativeness train. Think about you’re getting house from a weekend journey or an evening out and it’s late at evening and also you stroll into the house, you place down your keys, you place down your bag. What’s it that you just need to really feel consolation from? What’s it in regards to the house that may convey you that immense feeling of being at house? So possibly it’s the kitchen, possibly it’s a sure sort of sofa, a sure sort of like comfy seating. Perhaps it’s like a puzzle out in your eating room desk. There generally is a hundred various things, however take into consideration what are the issues that simply make it really feel like house to you. 

Emma: Perhaps a bit of bit since now we have our journals out and we’re journaling. For those who assume you’re going to be in a house for a really lengthy time period, and naturally, as everyone knows, it’s not possible to know the long run except you have got a crystal ball. However let’s simply say you’re assuming for now that you just’re gonna be on this house for the subsequent 10 years and also you’re gonna watch your child develop up or have a child. No matter you assume is gonna occur, you’re gonna get a canine subsequent yr and also you’re enthusiastic about that, no matter. Then I might additionally, form of take into consideration a few of these issues, like what you need the home to really feel like for them, additionally for you with them. As a result of issues like canines and kids and different issues in life, you already know, they arrive with stuff. We’re gonna speak about operate within the subsequent level. However I believe there’s additionally this sense of house and household. Nevertheless, you outline that, and that may come out by way of decor and belongings you purchase and colours you choose, and I might be serious about what it’s you need in that sense too. 

Elsie: Yeah. I like that. So quantity three is to outline the features of how you utilize your private home and the way it can assist your life-style objectives. So this one I might actually spend a while on and I might make a room-by-room listing. And I believe it’s essential to think about you’re house in all 4 seasons. Think about your private home you probably have youngsters, think about your youngsters 5 years older than they’re now. Issues like that as a result of existence can drastically change in your children’ youthful years of life, as everyone knows. Simply actually listing out room by room the way you see your self dwelling there. And I believe step one in the direction of having a dream house and likewise a dream life-style, I assume, is simply determining what you even need it to be.

Emma: Yeah, and I believe too, like at this level, the outline the features time it’s additionally actually essential to attempt to be actually trustworthy about that as a result of there are occasions you’re like, I’m gonna arrange a portray studio on this nook, and also you by no means paint. And it’s like, effectively you may if it simply makes you content to see that within the nook, cool and you probably have the area for it, alright. You recognize? However possibly it could’ve been higher to do one thing else for those who might have been a bit of extra trustworthy with what you actually do need to use and plan to make use of and can use. Kinda like organising an enormous house gymnasium and you then by no means, ever use it. It’s like, effectively you would possibly as effectively have made it a comfy film room as a result of it’s simply at the least you then’ll use it. You recognize? For those who by no means ever entertain, you don’t want a giant sprawling eating room. 

Elsie: I believe that’s an awesome level. 

Emma: I’ll give an instance. Perhaps that’ll make it extra clear. For years and years at one in every of our final homes, my house workplace, which I earn a living from home on a regular basis and have for years and years, my house workplace was in this type of open area close to our eating room and front room. So you may see it on a regular basis. So it was not clear on a regular basis, however it felt prefer it must be since you might see it on a regular basis. Within the meantime, for like 5 or 6 years, we had a visitor bed room that I believe acquired used possibly twice. And in the direction of the tip of dwelling in that home, I simply form of realized I’m gonna transfer my workplace into the visitor bed room and we’re simply not gonna have a visitor bed room. As a result of the reality is we don’t actually have visitors that usually, and it’s form of annoying that I can’t have a gathering with out my canines barking always, or I really feel the stress to maintain my workplace actually clear regardless that there are days you simply barely get your work completed earlier than It’s time’s up. You don’t have time to place the whole lot away on a regular basis. And my work might be form of messy generally cuz I make issues. So anyway, I simply form of understand I’m not prioritizing what I actually do on a regular basis and as a substitute I had this concept of oh, persons are gonna go to us rather a lot and it’s like, effectively that’d be good. I like it when folks go to. However the fact is that they simply didn’t after a yr or two that may’ve been fairly apparent and I used to be like, effectively, we don’t want this visitor’s bed room as a result of no person visits us and we will simply put out an air mattress in the event that they do.

Elsie: Yeah, no, that’s attention-grabbing. Okay, let’s add a bit of little bit of a mini journaling immediate right here. Pondering of your final house, your final two houses, have been there any areas that you just had arrange that you just didn’t use I do assume that’s helpful info for the long run. And what are your most used areas as a result of yeah, clearly for us, perpetually, having a house workplace is my primary precedence. I’ve all the time had a house workplace and even in a few of my smaller residences, I might use the entire front room as a substitute of, I had no front room. I solely had a bed room and an workplace. And that labored for me as a result of it was way more essential to me to have a giant house workplace that was good and felt inventive than to have a TV or no matter and we simply watch TV in mattress for these years. No matter. You recognize, folks do what they need to do. Yeah, I believe that’s a very good level. I do defend to the demise that irrespective of how massive your home is, you may and may use all of it recurrently, and if there is part of it that you just simply by no means use, then change the operate, undoubtedly. So yeah, defining the features I believe is among the most essential steps as a result of particularly once you transfer into a brand new house and also you haven’t actually thought by way of the place you’re gonna be, one of many largest errors I made in my entire life, that prompted me to have to maneuver in a short time was considering that I didn’t want a delegated workplace.

And it simply occurred to be earlier than the pandemic hit, and I discovered in a short time that was Not simply not wholesome, not supreme, however it was really like on the road of not attainable for me. I couldn’t do my job within the area that we have been in. So I believe ensuring that you just prioritize the issues that you just use closely after which additionally prioritize for your self some form of like treats, like some life-style treats, belongings you need to do extra of, issues just like the particular person you need to turn into. 

Emma: Yeah, and I believe too that is the brainstorming and dreaming and a few of it’s gonna turn into actual, however as everyone knows, as a result of we’re adults, life is stuffed with trade-offs. So chances are you’ll not get each single factor, that’s simply how life works, however at the least it’s gonna aid you perceive the priorities and what it is best to attempt for. And also you in all probability received’t get the whole lot, nobody will get the whole lot. Elsie and I don’t get the whole lot both. Life is a trade-off and that’s okay too. And that’s fantastic. You shouldn’t view that as, oh, I didn’t get my dream house. It’s simply extra, you already know, what are the highest priorities? How can I work in the direction of that? As a result of that’s gonna equal essentially the most happiness for myself and my household. Cuz now I’ve a helpful and delightful house to stay in as a result of I prioritize, however I didn’t get the whole lot and that’s okay too.

Elsie: So yeah, I believe you might be very inventive too for those who want room to operate in two or three or 4 methods, these issues are all attainable as effectively. As an individual who spent my youthful years learning IKEA catalogs, I can inform you there are such a lot of alternative ways. The entire IKEA catalog within the early two hundreds was like, methods to make a one-room condo do all of the issues in your entire life. Yeah. And it’s so fascinating and actually cool how a lot you can also make out of 1 area. So let’s transfer on to tip quantity 4. We’re moving into extra design and stuff. Step one is to create a pin board, and I imply a pin board. So you probably have time, if you already know you’re gonna transfer in, Six months or a yr, or three months, I believe you have got time. I’ve a pinboard that has over a thousand pins on it. That’s really form of extreme, however it’s been a very good inventive train for me to actually, actually work out what I need. So I believe pinning each single factor that draws you is step one. And don’t fear about if it matches or if it’s cohesive at first.

Emma: I simply checked my pin board on my pc since you stated you had a thousand and I used to be like I wager mine’s hilariously smaller and I actually have 21 pictures that I labored with earlier than we lease outed and moved into this home that I’m in now. So there you go a thousand or possibly 20, it’s all good. 

Elsie: Wherever in between these two numbers, let’s simply say. Oh my gosh, that’s humorous. So we’re gonna make a large pinboard. We’re going to pin the whole lot that draws us and doesn’t take into consideration why. Pinning, I believe it could actually turn into very intuitive the place you’re simply going off of the sensation that the picture provides you. So afterward you should use extra discretion, and I’ll train you the way to try this too. However at first, you’re simply gonna gather the whole lot. You can even do a folder if you need. I might counsel both a pin board or a folder in your desktop. For those who’re an individual who simply solely makes use of your cellphone, you may additionally do a folder in your cellphone, or you may additionally do a favorites folder in your Instagram. It’s simply form of like no matter you utilize. For me, pinning is the very best as a result of I simply really feel like I can see extra choices for the whole lot all of sudden, it’s simpler to search out and navigate for me. So then the subsequent step after you have got your big pin board is to, I prefer to let undergo my massive pin board and simply pull it out right into a folder on my desktop similar to my high picks. 

Emma: That’s what I’ve, that’s what my folder on my desktop is. It’s simply the 20 pictures. It’s simply the like ultimate, we’re making the home seem like this type of factor. 

Elsie: Yeah. That’s what we’re attempting to get to is one thing that’s form of cohesive. So at that time, undergo all of them and delete something that doesn’t match. Like, I like this, however this goes in a distinct home. Get it to the purpose the place your entire 21 footage or extra, seem like they may very well be from the identical home, this is essential. That is the method of defining what fashion you’re going to decide to. As a result of in case you are like me and you’re keen on form of like each completely different fashion, you’ll have a hell of a time adorning for those who haven’t dedicated down a bit of bit to a mode and a coloration scheme. And for those who do the dedication, you’ll really have the ability to focus and create a house that’s cohesive and the place you don’t waste issues or change your thoughts rather a lot. In order that’s the subsequent step. 

Emma: And likewise, I really feel like that is the stage the place in case you are designing a house with somebody, so you have got a perpetually roommate, a husband, a companion who’s gonna stay with you, they usually’re not Uber concerned. Some persons are gonna wanna design like from scratch with you, and that’s cool, but when your companion’s like, I care, however I’m not doing all of the pinning such as you, then at this level, as you’re beginning to name it down, that’s after I would begin displaying issues to whoever’s gonna stay with you, your companion, no matter. Principally, you may form of get their buy-off. Or for those who’re about to take away among the oddballs however they love them, then that may be form of informative. It may be like, you already know what, possibly I’ll lean a bit of extra in that course. As a result of this can be a good stage to form of be like, we’re not making the million particular selections we’re gonna need to make all through the home. However for those who like this general folder of 21 pictures that I’ve put collectively, you then’re gonna like loads of these little selections like what {hardware} I’m gonna choose for this or that, you already know, all of the little issues and you’ll form of get an overarching approval or no matter you wanna name it, like, we’re on the identical web page at this stage.

Elsie: Yeah. I believe that it’s a good time to try this as effectively. And each companion’s completely different. We get loads of questions on this, and I believe that you probably have a companion who seems like they want or need to be equally concerned, then it is best to undoubtedly allow them to. I do you assume it’s rather a lot simpler you probably have a companion like I’ve the place they’re like, appears to be like nice, you already know? However I additionally assume that’s one thing that modified over time, we constructed belief over time. It wasn’t like that at the start of our relationship, however now that we’ve completed so many homes collectively, he form of is aware of what to anticipate and he actually simply doesn’t even barely want to love take a look at something. 

Emma: Numerous the fights, at the least in my life that has occurred, it’s as a result of any individual acquired their coronary heart set on one thing earlier than they actually talked to the opposite particular person about it. After which once they’re like, oh, I don’t actually love that coloration for the kitchen or no matter, and also you’re like, oh, however I’ve been serious about it now. I’ve already pinned 50 pictures which have this kitchen coloration. And so that you form of really feel like they’re, stopping this factor that was already in your coronary heart. So I might say earlier than you get to that part the place you’re nonetheless form of loosely holding issues, you possibly nonetheless have some like odd stuff within the general board and also you’re beginning to name it down, then I might convey them in in order that principally nobody’s getting their coronary heart set earlier than another person can veto it. It additionally sucks in case your companion’s actually enthusiastic about one thing and also you’re like, oh, I actually don’t like that, however I can inform that you just’ve been serious about it. Now. It’s like, oh no. So, simply attempting to keep away from that the place you may speak extra to start with and if anybody actually desires one thing or actually hates a sure coloration or no matter, then you may hopefully uncover that early on after which hold shifting ahead. 

Elsie: Yeah, and I believe that it’s simply very regular in a renovating or adorning state of affairs the place one particular person is doing most of it and essentially the most concerned and one particular person just isn’t very concerned, that there are gonna be these moments the place there are misunderstandings or there’s like, oh, however why would we choose that? Or, however I like that, you already know, and that’s tremendous regular. It’s like form of nothing to fret about. I believe simply being ready to point out a number of examples is crucial factor. So we’ve made the pin board, and I’ll say after you have got the board, it’s essential to place it on a, like make a temper board with it. So a few methods to do that. The best one is you may simply put it in a folder in your cellphone and take a screenshot of the folder and you then’d have a simple do nothing temper board which you could refer again to. One other approach to do it’s to make use of Canva, which works rather well. We use it for work. And one other factor is Photoshop, I really feel like Photoshop is turning into form of like for those who already knew methods to use it, you already know, however folks aren’t studying it for the primary time as a lot. Is that true? Like persons are studying different issues? 

Emma: I don’t know. I already know methods to use it, so I are inclined to gravitate in the direction of it, however for those who’ve by no means used something, Canva may be very straightforward to make use of. 

Elsie: Canvas is less complicated than Photoshop. However whichever one, truthfully. And there are in all probability additionally one million different apps and I don’t assume now we have an app that may make collages in that approach, however I do know there are numerous. So anyway, make some sort of a temper board and that is going that can assist you a lot. So the subsequent step is to explain the fashion of your private home in three phrases. And I do know that is form of a tacky train, however I believe that it could actually assist a lot. So lots of people do phrases like transitional bohemian, eclectic like phrases like that. However I believe additionally you may describe extra private issues, the three phrases that I wrote down are cozy, inventive, and peculiar. So I do need it to be cozy. I need it to be principally a Nancy Meyers home, level clean that’s what I need. After which inventive, I need to have a big designation of Home made and craft. I wanna have an entire pantry for my bakery stuff. I wanna have an entire room for artwork with my children. Like issues like that. It’s a really excessive precedence for me, the inventive dwelling actions that we will do. After which bizarre is just about my classic collections that I simply assume {that a} house just isn’t full till you have got like brass bugs statues and that simply brings pleasure and texture and it’s form of, humorous, I don’t know. It’s the form of the classic oil work and stuff that’s just like the soul of the house for me. 

Emma: Yeah, and I like the three phrases factor, however I’m gonna supply up another simply because generally I really feel like that may turn into actually summary and possibly you’re wanting one thing a bit of extra like, you already know, I consider this as your elevator pitch in your house. So, you’ve met somebody, you have got 15 seconds to inform them the way you’re designing your new house. That is what you’d say, you already know? And I believe the three phrases are the proper quantity. However then additionally I consider it like everytime you’re pitching a ebook, you do that factor referred to as comparative titles. So that you say, my ebook is clean and clean. So that you choose two various things and also you match them collectively. So for a house you may, it may very well be one thing like, my House is the downtown correct resort meets its difficult kitchen. So that you simply say, I’m smashing these two issues collectively. And people are the 2 worlds that I wanna work in.

Elsie: Oh my gosh, I like that. Okay, I’m gonna try this one as effectively. 

Emma: Yeah, comparative titles, however it’s simply comparative areas as a result of it’s not titled, clearly. 

Elsie: I’m Gonna Do My Dream House is the Spooky Mansion from Knives Out blended with the comfy colonial revival from Father of the bride. 

Emma: That’s how I might truthfully describe your home. Instantly, I’m like, yeah, your home is the Knives Out home and the Father Of The Bride home. It truly is a mashup of these two issues, which is de facto humorous and cute and comfortable and spooky and enjoyable. 

Elsie: The dream, okay, that one is enjoyable. This step can also be one other approach to absolutely decide to the aesthetic, and I simply wanna remind you that it’s so regular to produce other aesthetics that you just love even virtually as a lot because the one you picked. However you continue to have to choose one or else it will be difficult to make the whole lot circulation collectively. However I believe one a part of designing a dream house is deciding what it’s and actually absolutely committing to that. Okay, we’re attending to the enjoyable half. So step quantity six is to decide on a coloration scheme, so selecting a coloration scheme I imagine is crucial a part of making a cohesive house. I really assume you may get away with floundering in your fashion rather a lot simpler than you may flounder in your coloration scheme. I believe that for those who keep inside a coloration scheme, even when your fashion is, quote-unquote eclectic, the place it’s like a mix of so many various kinds. You actually haven’t dedicated to something. For those who keep throughout the coloration scheme, you may nonetheless prove with a room that’s like bizarre, attention-grabbing and works collectively. For anybody who has issues with dedication, that is the important, most essential step, and I utterly perceive loving 100 completely different colours. However I believe narrowing it right down to a scheme of colours, you may nonetheless have 100, however all of them have to suit collectively on the identical temper board. 

Emma: Yeah, like what number of colours do you advocate? And I really feel like loads of instances after I see temper boards you’ve made, or simply different issues from the web, there’s three which can be like massive. You get a giant swatch after which there are these smaller ones which can be form of just like the complimenting accent colours. If somebody’s like, I actually don’t know what number of colours to choose, or no matter. So what could be your suggestion for that particular person? 

Elsie: So I consider the colour scheme because it’s very free and I just about by no means fear about getting the precise coloration. I believe it’s useful for paint, particularly for those who’re gonna paint in your house all of sudden, all earlier than you progress in. For those who’re gonna rent a painter and also you’re gonna need to make loads of selections rapidly, then it’s in all probability good to have, I might say like 4 to 6 paint colours the place you have got two whites and 4 or so colours which can be enjoyable colours or accent coloration, moody colours, no matter your theme is. However actually it’s simply staying with issues that match inside your scheme. In the end, it’s not likely prefer it all the time coloration matching precisely. If we’re doing the earthy moody tones, that’s one factor. If we’re doing the brilliant, cheerful, pop of coloration with loads of white, that’s one other factor. And people two kinds wouldn’t actually play effectively collectively in the identical house, you form of have to decide on your path. 

Emma: Yeah, even understanding the tone, like that is gonna be extra earthy, or I’m going with extra like jewel tones. Prefer it’s actually emerald inexperienced, however it may very well be darkish. It may very well be gentle, however it’s not essentially extra of an earthy, muddy inexperienced. You recognize? That might be a distinct vibe.

Elsie: I believe it’s virtually cool to consider your private home as like a film set or one thing like that, the place it’s like now we have completely different scenes and there are completely different emotions. And you may have a room that’s very shiny in a room that’s very darkish, however you continue to need the colours to enrich one another and also you simply don’t need them to really feel like they’re from completely different film units. I love to do in all probability like 10 colours although, simply to really feel like I’ve some freedom. After which after, let’s speak about what occurs after you’ve dedicated once you discover one thing that simply doesn’t match as a result of that’s all the time gonna be a factor that occurs. So you have got dedicated to your coloration scheme, however then there’s you already know a launch at Goal the place they, come out with all this actually cool yellow stuff. It’s like actually shiny and enjoyable and it’s like, oh, possibly I might simply, you already know? It’s a must to commit. That is the factor, that is crucial factor. 

Emma: And even worse, there’s a giant sale, and it’s so near the colour you wished, however it’s on sale. That’s the place I get trapped, the place I’m like, oh, it’s such a very good worth. And it’s like, Emma, it doesn’t match with what you’re doing. 

Elsie: Yeah, I kinda assume you simply have to choose your little color-storied universe and keep inside that universe and evolve in the direction of that objective, not away from it. You will discover so some ways to discover coloration inside your palette when you’ve dedicated to it. You’ll all the time discover if there’s a development you want or one thing new that comes up, you’ll all the time discover a approach to work it in. Don’t fear about that, however I believe you simply don’t wanna get issues that don’t match with it. Let’s speak about among the benefits. So for those who do that, then after a yr or two on zero finances, you may transfer issues round and change issues from throughout your home and just about redecorate your entire house simply by swapping, and the whole lot matches. To me, that is like the last word money-saving hack. 

Emma: Yeah, I agree. I additionally assume if wanted, you may tailor or tweak your coloration scheme, the perfect one which may be in your head in the direction of issues in your house that possibly you may’t change or don’t plan to alter. So for those who had a rest room that was already filled with tile that you just didn’t plan to alter, you prefer it, possibly it wasn’t what you’d’ve picked, however you don’t wanna rip all of it out, it’s not price it to you. Then you may tweak it to work with that too. I might take into consideration these issues as you choose the colour scheme versus attempting to love force-fit one thing with an current function that possibly simply isn’t gonna work. 

Elsie: Yeah, no, I agree with that. That’s referring again to the first step. Let the house converse to you. There’s all the time one thing about your private home that could be a standout function that you just wanna spotlight and one thing about your private home that could be a problem that you just need to reduce, and you’ll undoubtedly use your colours and your furnishings to do these issues.

Emma: I believe too for those who’re feeling like kinda bummed about one thing this the place you’re like, oh, it’s limiting, that is simply, you already know, telling me what I can’t do. I might undoubtedly reframe it in your thoughts. Cuz I believe it’s extra considering of it like, the colour scheme’s gonna assist me from making errors from shopping for one thing that’s possibly costly that isn’t gonna work and I’m gonna remorse it. It’s not that it’s a limitation that’s like holding you again. It’s a software that’s serving to you craft the area that you really want. 

Elsie: One hundred percent utterly agree. So that is my favourite step out of the whole lot. You’re gonna love this step. That is when you already know that you just’ve virtually made it and it turns into like actually gratifying. So that you get to spend your evening ordering paint samples. Initially, you can too simply run to the shop and choose them up. Tile samples, materials, swatches, and wallpaper samples. So something that you just assume you would possibly use, attempt to get a pattern of it, after which if you may get gadgets that characterize the colour. I don’t personally like often purchase only one piece of {hardware} as a result of I don’t know. I simply haven’t completed that. However one thing that represents the colour of the {hardware}, the sorts of, like I all the time put like a couple of of little brass gadgets in with mine simply cuz I do know I like rather a lot. I believe it’s a giant assortment that I’ve. The colour that you’d use for a body, issues like that. And attempt to simply put all of them out in your desk and take a look at all of them collectively and see. I believe you may inform from it if that is like the sensation and the quantity of texture and the quantity of climate you need to be like busier, clear. Like you may get a really feel for for those who’re on the suitable path simply from this pattern procuring. 

Emma: It’s actually price it as a result of I’ve undoubtedly had a number of instances simply after we renovated this home that I’m dwelling in now, I purchased a few tile samples and I used to be so glad I did as a result of they didn’t look superb once they got here in. And so I rapidly modified to one thing else trigger I used to be like, this simply isn’t the standard that it appeared like on-line. So I’m actually glad I didn’t purchase an entire bunch of it and simply fill our rest room with it as a result of I don’t like it. And there was one other time I purchased an entire bunch of wallpaper samples and the one which I used to be actually leaning in the direction of when it got here in, the pattern was simply kinda blurry, virtually prefer it hadn’t been uploaded appropriately or one thing. And so then it was like, I’m not gonna try this one. So I used to be actually glad I didn’t purchase an entire bunch of rolls of it after which be attempting to return it or no matter I might’ve completed cuz it simply wasn’t fairly there. So I really feel like for those who’re nervous about, like, I don’t wanna purchase all these samples, it’s some huge cash, is that this actually even price it? It’s like, effectively, possibly not, however for me, I’ve had instances the place it saved me some huge cash and heartbreak as a result of I acquired to see it in particular person and it wasn’t fairly what I used to be considering. 

Elsie: I might say it’s 100% price it to order as many samples as you may. Okay, so the final step is, as you renovate, refer again to your temper board and coloration scheme. It will hold you on monitor, cohesive, and dealing in the direction of your chosen objective. It will aid you resist new developments or issues that catch your eye however simply don’t match. It’s really easy, particularly for somebody like me to get distracted by one thing new. But when it’s not what you selected in your lengthy planning part of narrowing down what you really need, then I believe which you could take consolation in the concept you picked this theme and this dream home for a motive. And there’s all the time gonna be different issues which can be good for different homes. Oh, I made some bonus ideas too. I used to be actually into this. Okay, after which one very last thing is that I believe when you’re home procuring after which selecting your theme and stuff, attempt to discover a temper board and inspiration that you just really feel like you may develop into over time. One thing that form of surpasses developments and surpasses one thing that you just really feel like, I might’ve cherished this after I was a child. I might’ve cherished this after I was 20. I believe I’ll love this after I’m 50. One thing that simply kinda is extra deeply related with it and it doesn’t actually matter what’s occurring within the design world proper now as a result of truthfully, the design world is de facto annoying. I believe it’s entertaining and enjoyable, but additionally just like the issues which can be, just like the out and in stuff, it could actually get previous as a result of all of it adjustments completely always and there’s all the time gonna be like a brand new factor that may be very completely different from what you’re doing that you just nonetheless respect. It’s not like trend the place you may attempt each development if you need. 

Emma: No, no. It’s rather a lot greater dedication than trend.

Elsie: Okay, so I did have three bonus ideas and these are similar to private issues, like issues that from my experiences of attempting to make my very own dream house, I made my mid-century dream house. I’m at the moment making up, I assume, making up one from scratch for my Nineties McMansion, and sometime sooner or later, I might hope to do a historic house, form of like my fantasy house. So these are my ideas based mostly on what I’ve discovered thus far. Tip primary, it’s essential have at the least three collections ongoing always. You’ll be able to inform me for those who agree or disagree. However for me, they’re all classic collections, however they don’t need to be all classic. I believe amassing one thing that’s like artwork, one thing that’s leisure, like books or video games and even, I don’t know, I began amassing these like classic cube, classic dominoes, simply I don’t know, fairly issues which can be additionally helpful in your house I believe makes it attention-grabbing. And it’s a decor merchandise in your house that nobody else has. That’s not accessible at Goal that’s prefer it’s particular. 

Emma: Additionally, that is very random. When you have got collections, it additionally provides folks one thing to purchase you as a result of everybody is aware of that you just gather classic dominoes. Let’s simply say Elsie simply talked about that one. Then if you already know somebody occurs to be at a flea market or someplace they usually see a very fairly distinctive domino set, then they know, oh my gosh, this is sort of a actually particular current for Elsie who collects classic dominoes. Simply in case you’re like on the fence I don’t know if I need collections as a result of that’s similar to me getting stuff. It’s simply so you already know, it provides different folks one thing to purchase you, which is definitely kinda good. 

Elsie: I do assume that for those who present as much as a celebration with the classic reward, you might be so cool. The subsequent tip is to gather private decor. So beautify your private home together with your pictures, your reminiscences, and peculiar little relics out of your travels, like stunning rooms that you just see on the web, on Pinterest. It doesn’t matter how fancy and costly and fashionable. It lacks one thing earlier than it has private particulars. There’s an enormous distinction and so I believe you may have essentially the most stunning room on this planet, however till they put out their bizarre puzzle or their bizarre ebook assortment or one thing like that, it simply doesn’t really feel like a house.

Emma: Yeah. I additionally assume this may be household reminiscences or journey. It additionally might be issues out of your profession. For instance, the opposite day I saved this test from my husband’s enterprise, he’s been constructing one thing. However principally, the factor that it made me take into consideration was I actually want I had like my first quote-unquote paycheck from Pink Velvet Artwork, just like the enterprise that Elsie and I personal. You in all probability consider it as an attractive mess, however the title of it’s really Pink Velvet Artwork. And anyway, I don’t even know what it was or how a lot it was or something, it was so way back. However I want I had it, I might body it and have it in my house and it could imply a lot to me now. So even when little issues like that appear mundane in the meanwhile, they may become actually particular later in life. However for those who’re an artist or a graphic designer, like the primary time you bought paid for doing the factor that you just’re enthusiastic about, or your first ebook deal. I believe paperwork and checks and issues like that clearly mark out any non-public info or write void on it. However I believe it’s actually particular like these issues might be actually cool too. Issues out of your profession, issues from accomplishments. So I’m serious about it and wanna do it extra in my life and I simply wanna put it on the market for anybody listening. Grasp up your accomplishments, it’s cool. 

Elsie: That’s true. After which one other factor I head down is my grandmother’s glasses, eyeglasses from highschool after which I even have this swimsuit that she wore on her honeymoon. And I’ve been planning that I ought to actually body these as a result of regardless that like I can put on them, it isn’t one thing that I actually do or will put on. And I believe that it could be extra significant and particular. Like I can all the time take it out of the body, however I simply assume it’s one thing cool and issues like which can be extra particular than form of something. After which my final tip is to go away room for magic. So all the time discover a place in each room to do one thing magical or bizarre. So basically every room will get its personal celebration trick. I believe that there’s something to be stated after we began doing our hidden library, we did debate whether or not or not it was price it as a result of it was financially not price it. Like I believe on paper you may in all probability make a very good case that this isn’t price it, it doesn’t add actually any sq. footage, and it doesn’t add any worth. It doesn’t actually add something to our house moreover like a closet that was the most costly closet of all time. However, now that we did it and when folks come over, I can inform, it’s just like the factor in our house. It’s the celebration trick and I’m so glad that we did it. So I believe that leaving a bit of little bit of area, doesn’t need to be costly, however for issues which can be bizarre and funky and distinctive. I believe that is rather like actually particular. 

Emma: Additionally, for those who’re on a finances and you’ll’t construct Elsie’s Hidden Library or Hidden Nia Wardrobe Library, there are all types of choices. No matter suits, like simply purchase a disco ball and put it someplace the place the sunshine hits it at a sure time of day. I swear to God, that will probably be like greenback for greenback that’s loads of magic for a bit of bit of cash. You can even make it, you, there are all types of choices. I all the time lean on, you’re unsure, like one thing with lighting, one thing with lights that you just both activate at evening or that the solar hits in a particular approach. These are simply actually enjoyable little issues to have all through your home, they usually can value virtually nothing. So you already know, that’s an possibility. I additionally assume the magic can come out generally in your collections or within the issues that you just set round the home. Like a very particular espresso desk ebook. Like I’ve this David Bowie espresso desk ebook and anytime folks come over, they all the time flip by way of it and it’s simply largely pictures of him onstage and backstage, like preparing and placing make-up on and the costumes that he would put on and issues like that. And he’s a type of musicians that could be a actual chameleon. So he has so many various kinds all through the ebook and it’s enjoyable.

Elsie: Effectively, I had a lot enjoyable doing the deep dive episode. Make sure to be a part of us once more subsequent week. We’re going to replicate on dwelling half our lives offline and half our lives on-line, which I believe is a very enjoyable matter. So we’ll be again subsequent week.