Episode #199: House Updates – A Stunning Mess

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

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

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

Emma – embellished for Christmas and cooked together with her husband

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

The place to 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 achieved:

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 floors, constructed Jeremy’s studio, altering all lighting fixtures

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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 guide Membership alternatives. Books. Books. Books. 

Elsie: Sure. Books and homes. I imply, that ought to have been the title of our podcast. I really feel like it’s the factor. It’s positively the factor I get pleasure from speaking about probably the most, and I imply, films, books, homes, and films. 

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

Elsie: No, everybody likes it. Okay, so earlier than we leap in, I wished to share my very own private catastrophe. I shared a bit of 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 dwelling in our new house and we’ve got been making an attempt to get it form of like in control the place we are able to take a renovation break. And when you keep in mind far again, some persons are like, why didn’t you are taking a break instantly such as you deliberate? Properly, there’s the rationale why, as a result of it didn’t go as deliberate like every week or two earlier than we moved. And my husband’s studio was purported to be completed being constructed. It wasn’t even began but. There have been simply issues that occurred and that’s such a standard a part of renovating. So I hoped that we may get a whole lot of stuff achieved earlier than we moved in and revel in a peaceable summer time and a peaceable fall. However at this level, a peaceable fall can be probably 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 in addition it’s been robust. It’s been robust, ? So anyway, just lately I’ve been making an attempt to complete up our third ground, which is like two visitor rooms, a visitor lavatory, and a house library, which I’m so enthusiastic about as a result of a brand new little child has entered our household. And we shall be having particular friends this fall. So I wanna have it prepared, no less than by Thanksgiving is my objective for that complete house to be excellent. 

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

Elsie: It was simply form of an open attic with two bedrooms earlier than, and now it’s two bedrooms. It has H-VAC, it has a toilet and it has a house library. Fairly quickly it can have painted flooring and partitions and wallpaper too, I hope, and like beds and stuff. So anyway, I had been planning for months this Neverland-themed child’s bed room up there. It began when I discovered a pirate ship chandelier on-line. I acquired it from this enterprise known 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 when you simply Google Pirate Journey Chandelier, it’s one of the best. Discover one of the best value you possibly can, 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 price it as a result of it was Peace Day resistance or no matter, ? It was the magic. 

Emma: I believed it was outdated too once you confirmed it to me. Like I didn’t notice it was new. So like I really feel prefer it seems to be nice. I believed it appeared superior. 

Elsie: It’s positively a press release 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 achieved. So on the day, the sunshine fixture was hung, which I’ll present you an image of within the present too. It appeared superb. It appeared nice. I’ve this attractive image. It seems to be excellent. You form of can’t inform how low it’s as a result of there aren’t any beds in there, it seems to be fantastic. 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 overview. However they’re from anthropology. They’re very lovely. I’ll say that, they appeared 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 photos, 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 when you took probably 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 additional for that. All this stuff, I used to be like, I’m gonna make this work. And for one evening I considered like, can I modify these? Can I repaint them? Possibly I can sand them a bit of 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 subsequent morning I used to be like, nope, I’m sending them again. They’re simply not proper for the room it doesn’t matter what, and I be ok with that alternative now. So I did that straight away. I began scheduling it they usually’re going again the place they got here from and I believe that perhaps in a totally totally different house, they’d look good. One thing far more rustic. 

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

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

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

Elsie: Yeah. Not every thing could be outdated, however I believe every thing can match into the type of outdated, what I imply? Which is completely fantastic, that’s to be anticipated. And also you don’t even wanna have every thing in vintage, belief me. Like a few of the issues they’ve needed to undergo for the vintage lighting fixtures and the additional, you need to do a whole lot of additional steps, and it provides cash, and will not be price it for everybody. It’s good to search out ones which can be new, which can be the outdated type, proper? Like that’s a great factor. It’s not a nasty factor. So anyway, every thing concerning the room and the opposite factor was, I couldn’t even discover one angle the place it appeared good, it appeared unhealthy from each angle. It was the worst. And I’ve guilty solely myself. I measured this stuff. I did and I made positive that they’d match, and technically they did, however like, spatially and visually they didn’t. And so I suppose typically you simply have to chop your losses. So anyway, I’m sharing this story as a result of I believe that a whole lot of instances I’m in my dream house period. We’ve got a great finances and we’re like doing all these thrilling tasks and it’s so enjoyable and it’s so magical and I really feel very fortunate. However I additionally need everybody to know that it’s not excellent, irrespective of who you’re, it doesn’t matter what you’re doing, except perhaps another person does it for you fully. It’s like there’s at all times gonna be these like hiccups and complications and like disappointments. And for us pivots, as a result of finally the chandelier has to go downstairs right into a dwelling house now. It will probably’t be within the bed room, it simply gained’t work. And I settle for that. I nonetheless wanna hold it. I nonetheless like find it irresistible. 

Emma: Hey, I believe you’ll see it extra now that you simply’re gonna transfer it down so it’s fantastic. It’s gonna be higher. However yeah, it modifications perhaps the theme or what you had been planning, and I’m glad you’re sharing it as a result of I believe, effectively, I don’t know what everybody else notion is, however for me, like in my first house after I had a a lot smaller finances and , just about every thing was very DIY or inexpensive, classic, I believe I did have this like fantasy in my thoughts that in the future I might have this home the place there aren’t any hiccups as a result of every thing would simply be totally different. I don’t know why I believed that, and it’s like, no, like yeah, perhaps your finances modifications or various things do make some elements of it simpler, higher, or simply extra what you need. However there’s at all times one thing the place you’re like, oh, no, did I make a nasty alternative? Oh no. Did I waste cash? Oh no. Did I waste, like, , the delivery of one thing and like, you simply really feel pissed off and it’s simply unavoidable that typically you need to change issues or pivot or ship one thing again as a result of it simply didn’t work. And it’s at all times a bummer. And nobody will get to flee it. It’s simply what it’s. 

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

I’ll most likely nonetheless hold the theme. However I don’t know I may not, ’trigger I’ve to choose all new stuff now. Anyway, this episode is about our house updates. So we’re simply gonna form of provide you with all of the tea about issues which have been occurring the previous couple of months. There are positively some often requested questions in right here and a few embarrassing tales, and I believe it’s enjoyable. I like speaking about homes. 

Emma: So, common replace to your move-in, ’trigger as you stated, you’ve been in your home now three months, virtually 4 months I suppose. 

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

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

Elsie: My gosh. Can’t even say that with out laughing. I’ll simply be sincere, 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 at the moment we’re having each gentle fixture modified quite a bit. There’s been these big bins of sunshine fixtures in each room for months, and people are all getting modified. Like even proper now as we’re recording. I’ve 4 totally different wallpapers sitting in my entryway able to go up, which is able to make a huge effect as soon as the undertaking’s achieved proper, and we’ve got our final portray appointment. Scheduled, which shall 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 once we moved in. Like there was one small bookshelf in the complete house and that isn’t the fitting quantity for me. So now there’s gonna be an epic quantity of bookshelves and we gained’t have the ability to 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, perhaps 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 achieved thus far. And other people at all times ask me like, why don’t you share extra of the center, extra of the mess? Actually, I simply don’t wish to, it’s not enjoyable for me. It’s worrying. It’s a headache. And to attempt to make it into content material on high of that, I don’t wish to, it’s not fulfilling. 

Emma: Yeah. I imply, when you’ve by no means blogged, and it’s completely comprehensible, however prefer it’s truly a whole lot of work to place collectively any weblog publish. So then when you’re placing collectively one thing that’s form of like simply to replace individuals within the now, however it’s not one thing that’s gonna be content material that’s helpful sooner or later, in any significant method. It’s form 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 wish it to be impactful, and we hope that each piece of content material we ever make is fulfilling, however we additionally need it to be stuff that we’re gonna reference again sooner or later. Or actually the podcast is our place to only form 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 proper place to speak about that relatively 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 give you the results you want. 

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

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

Elsie: That’s truthfully what it’s. Thanks for summing it up so effectively. 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 method much less useful than you’d assume. However there isn’t any secret about how messy our lives are or something. It’s simply a whole lot of effort, we’re not Kardashians, individuals aren’t filming us on daily basis. We must try this ourselves. Method 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 effectively. Our bins are usually not unpacked in any respect.

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

Elsie: It truly is.

Emma: It’s a bit of catastrophe, however you possibly can see what it’s gonna be and it’s gonna be lovely.

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

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

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

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

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

Emma: Yeah. And never achieved is okay. I believe the rails, I did really feel form of indignant and needed to simply be over it as a result of it was legit, it was unsafe, and our child was underneath 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 informed me they’d. However that’s fantastic. Nobody acquired damage and it’s fantastic. 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, straight away as a result of I used to be like Miss Halloween, Christmas, after which additionally I at all times assume a few 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 deal with making dinner. So like cooking, we make a whole lot of steak with risotto or various things like that. It’s a whole lot of meat with a carb. However I like to love simply spend time making risotto or making a pasta dish and similar to, I don’t know, cooking with my husband that makes, that makes it really feel like 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 gentle the candles. So I acquired a bunch of latest candles and like made positive that it was like quick candle time and that it did assist me quite a bit. It made me really feel like a great feeling, and it was a time when it was like, not fairly.

Emma: And it smells good.

Elsie: Yeah. It’s a great vibe and we’ve form of been doing that, hanging some artwork, hanging our mirrors, issues like that, like make me really feel actually good, similar to getting issues of their place and having like unfinished stuff. I’m okay with it so long as I’ve some completed areas. So we determined just lately that we’re like a quilt household. We simply realized that comforters are inferior to quilts. Like we love quilts, like the sensation of sleeping with them. 

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

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

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

Elsie: Yeah. You 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, however it’s like an incredible quilt. I find it irresistible. And a few of them are from, I believe, West Elm Youngsters, they usually’re like, they’re not pretty much as good high quality, however they’re actually cute they usually’re actually good for the youngsters. Then I acquired a pair from Goal, so there’s some there. After which there was another, I’m gonna have to only hyperlink it within the present notes. However the different factor I like about quilts is that they final, they usually age effectively, ? So I believe I’ve simply discovered that that is sort of a actually good bed room state of affairs for us. After which the opposite factor we did to really feel at house straight away was we acquired out our puzzle desk and began a puzzle. And I spent probably the most time in my kitchen. So, in my house, nothing is de facto organized and nothing is how I would like it to be, however the kitchen is fairly good. It’s positively like a section one kitchen ’trigger I’m positive we didn’t renovate it. We added an island, which was nice. 

Emma: The islands are superior. 

Elsie: We didn’t change anything. We simply added a couple of little cupboards from Amazon, like bookshelves, principally. To retailer issues after which that’s it. So it positively does want a renovation and it appears like it is going to be extraordinarily higher when it’s renovated on the similar time.

Emma: It does really feel very usable proper now although. And it does really feel good and comfortable and because it all goes collectively. ’trigger you want painted these additional cupboards that you simply purchased and considered one of ’em was like from the vacation home that we had acquired at a classic retailer a very long time in the past and also you painted it. So it goes with the opposite ones, and I believe it feels very nice in there, however wish to me, I can inform simply ’trigger I do know you that it’s not achieved. It’s like a section one however I really feel prefer it’s a extremely good section 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 on daily basis, however I’m not like, extraordinarily proud of the place issues are saved and the way, however I additionally really feel prefer it’s not fixable proper now. So we’re simply kinda like making it work and we’re contemplating doing our renovation subsequent spring, which is de facto not very distant. And if not that, then perhaps the subsequent spring after that, which might be okay too. No matter, no matter endlessly. We’re form of burned out proper now.

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

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

Emma: I don’t keep in mind how I worded it, however basically my feeling after I acquired to your new home, which I knew the place it was gonna be, however similar to being there with you after you guys had moved for the primary time. It felt to me like your first home in Nashville, your different two homes. So that you had three homes in Nashville and the primary one I used to be like, that is Elsie’s home, that is their house. It appears like their house, at the same time as you’re renovating it ’trigger I had seen it when 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 simply, I don’t know. They had been lovely homes and the stuff you did in them had been lovely, and there wasn’t something improper with them. They simply, I don’t know the way to clarify. They simply didn’t really feel like house. And after 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 every thing that I see is like placing extra issues up and it’s beginning to look extra like itself as you’ve form of completed just like the renovations which can be similar to subfloors and placing in lavatory stuff, ? It simply increasingly more appears 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 appears 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 dwelling in a simulation is that like I acquired my precise excellent dream home. It couldn’t be extra excellent. It’s my dream home. So like actually my dream home. 

Emma: Yeah, you pull as much as it and I’m like that is like Father of the Bride home. You stroll into it and also you’re like, it’s like a Knives Outs home. It simply feels such as you guys had been meant to stay there. And after 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 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 possibly can stroll to issues. 

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

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

Emma: Goldie’s favourite restaurant. 

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

Emma: I truthfully like, significantly, virtually each single day I’ve a second the place I’m like most likely working from house or simply hanging out with Oscar, and I’m like, I like this home. I’m simply so joyful. I really feel very settled as a result of like my final two homes, I didn’t really feel as settled and, considered one of them I like hated. 

Elsie: The snake home. 

Emma: The snake home, off of Ozark. I simply by no means cherished dwelling there. It was actually arduous to do my work there. I felt very remoted. I felt very distant from everybody on a regular basis. It wasn’t an excellent neighborhood to stroll in and I like occurring walks. I didn’t have Oscar, however occupied with it now, I’m like, that will’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 a bit of experience on the bus that I purchased from a thrift retailer and cleaned and he’s at all times driving it across the neighborhood. And our neighborhood is hilly, however it 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 like our home. I by no means envisioned loving a cut up degree or I don’t know there isn’t essentially something about the home that I used to be like, I manifested it and I’m dwelling in assimilation. I don’t have the identical factor that you’ve, however I do love the home and I really feel prefer it’s the proper combine for Trey and I. It feels precisely like the 2 issues we wish all mixed, and it additionally simply appears like a great home to boost a child in, and that’s what we’re doing, that’s my season of life. So like his daycare’s like 5 minutes from right here. Like I 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 a bit of 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 virtually on daily basis after daycare. If it’s not raining, I take him. ’trigger he simply loves being exterior, he’s two. Being exterior is every thing to him. And so we’re simply on the neighborhood pool or hanging out exterior. The within of our home is gorgeous and I like working in it. I really feel prefer it’s a simple house for me to work in. The kitchen’s nice and it has sufficient gentle for me to {photograph} and do my meals running a blog life, and I simply find it irresistible.

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

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

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

Elsie: Yeah, it’s a really, very candy neighborhood. Oh, renovations you’ve achieved. Okay, effectively you possibly can go first ’trigger I really feel such as you did a full renovation and I’ve solely achieved not a full renovation. 

Emma: Yeah, once we did most issues earlier than we moved in, though as I already talked about, there have been a couple of issues not achieved just like the rails, however since we’ve moved in, the primary issues we’ve achieved is like getting the outside painted and like altering out some exterior lights and issues like that, actually fairly minor stuff. After which like most properties, once you transfer in, you uncover a couple of issues that want repairs or perhaps I’ve unhealthy luck too. I don’t know, however like are usually a couple of issues that break after we transfer into homes, it’s simply the way it goes. So we had some leak points with our roof. We’ve acquired all that mounted and we needed to redo some drywall and repaint it, so we did all that. I’m sincere, and I’m simply being actually sincere right here, ’trigger the podcast is our associates. I’m burnt out on renovating, and form 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 achieved. It seems to be precisely the way it appeared once we toured this home, and I don’t actually plan to vary it anytime quickly, perhaps ever. I don’t know. Like I simply don’t care. I really feel like our home is nice sufficient and I like each house and there are some small issues I’m gonna do. I’m solely occupied with issues that I can do, like actually myself. ’trigger I’m simply bored with making an attempt to guide contractors, after which in the event that they don’t present up and I earn a living from home it’s a bit of 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 document our podcast, which is part of how we make our dwelling. So it’s simply, , this sort of issue of like, I’m bored with having individuals in my home and I’m simply taking a break for some time. I don’t understand how lengthy, however some time. 

Elsie: I positively really feel the burnout for the primary time in a severe method, 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 at all times ask me like, are you gonna get a sizzling tub? And I’m like, I don’t care sufficient. Like I like sizzling tubs a lot, and I simply can’t, simply the work you’ll get later. I’m like, not proper now. I’m burnt out proper now. Possibly in a few years. I don’t care proper now. 

Elsie: Yeah, I’m burned out too, however I’m like an inside conflict inside myself as a result of I at all times wanna hold 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 an important issues and it’s robust. 

Emma: Yeah, I’m solely like, oh, I’m gonna paint this one little room that’s like my library. Oh, I’m gonna paint the sunroom, however like I’m gonna do it myself, and so it’s simply gonna occur slowly over as I’ve time, , 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 smart. I believe that sounds actually good. Okay, so renovations that I’ve achieved. So our third ground is sort of achieved, 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 form of like windy. Yeah, it’s cool. 

Elsie: It’s positively like an oddly formed house, and I’ll make a video of it as quickly because it’s painted and a bit of bit embellished and share extra of it. However yeah, I’m very proud of the way it’s coming alongside and I’m so excited to get the bookshelves as quickly as they’re painted and cured, I simply can’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 associates and like a few of them are reference books that I exploit, 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 films when you can guess it. 

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

Elsie: Sure, you need to purchase the prize your self, however you win. And when 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 at all times wished to do that reproduction hearth for some motive. After which the place’s the opposite? Oh, the opposite fireplaces in our important lounge. So the way in which the home was once we purchased it, it was like a really modernized hearth, and so we’ve got rebuilt it into a conventional hearth. So yeah, and in addition making them electrical. I similar to realized, I’m like not a fuel hearth girly, and I don’t need fuel smelling in my home ever. And likewise like some individuals who work within the medical subject have informed me that it’s not good for you. So for all these causes, I’m out and I’m excited to have the electrical ones. We discovered this one hearth that we use thrice that appears actually reasonable, and it additionally offers off warmth, so it form of does every thing I would like, however with none fuel scent, which makes me really feel, particularly within the bed room quite a bit higher. After which aside from that, , we’ve painted, we’re doing wallpaper, we did our wooden floors and we constructed Jeremy’s studio. Proper now we’re getting each single gentle fixture in the entire home switched, and a few of them are shifting round. So I believe it’s gonna be epic. It’s gonna be great. However truthfully, it’s been hell pay this summer time being like a summer time mother on high of engaged on high of working with contractors each single day. I really feel in a not good place, however I do assume it’s gonna be higher quickly ’trigger we’re taking an intentional break for the autumn. 

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

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

Emma: It’s simply a whole lot of emotions too, and a whole lot of house for them. 

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

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

Elsie: Yeah. Okay, so one final replace earlier than we transfer on. So our entrance porch, once we purchased the home, the paint was chipping a bit of bit and we had been like, we must always most likely repaint this. Then a few months later we began to comprehend that the wooden appeared 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 in the future we noticed squirrels on the market and it appeared like they had been consuming the wooden. They’re consuming the steps to her home. So we appeared it up they usually’re truly similar to sharpening their tooth or like gnawing on it. They’re not truly consuming something however they’re nonetheless destroying it. It doesn’t matter. In order that’s attention-grabbing. So we needed to lower a bit of our deck off. So there was a day when part of our deck was lacking and it was form of scary. You simply needed to take a extremely large step over it. Oh, you came visiting to the home on that day? 

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

Elsie: Yeah, and you then changed it and now it’s simply primed. So we’re ready till the painter comes quickly, after which we’re going to color it. I’m truly gonna paint it form of the identical shade as Marigold’s bed room, which is a dusty pink shade. It’s form of a press release shade for a porch. However our complete neighborhood is, it’s very large and it’s all outdated homes, and I’ve checked out each single porch shade, and that is what I made a decision. Matches 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 shade 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 vivid pastel as I used to, however I’ll at all times love pink. It’s positively an excellent shade. It goes with so many issues. And for this porch, it was grey and it appeared 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 a bit of little bit of a particular one thing, so I hope it seems effectively. I’ll make a video as quickly because it’s achieved, and I’ll present it for positive on Instagram. I hope it’s achieved quickly. However yeah, that porch has been fairly a, I believe that I’m studying concerning the commitments of outdated homes proper now as a result of there’s positively, , they’ve their surprises, their little shock electrical invoice. 

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

Elsie: Sure. So for anybody who hasn’t seen it on Instagram, I’m going to make it a everlasting video. It’s known as like Ghost Writing, however what it’s, is actually at one level there was some form 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 possibly can see all of the letters once more, and it’s so cool. I heard about it from the unique home itemizing, which was like an outdated itemizing, however I had by no means seen it, it took months. After which in the future it was there. It was so thrilling. 

Emma: It’s fairly cool. And , as a lot as you like spooky stuff, and like, I imply, it’s actually known as ghostwriting. So I simply really feel prefer it’s excellent. And it’s simply cool when you like outdated stuff. It’s neat to see a bit of 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, perhaps they took the door. 

Elsie: Yeah, that’s true too. 

Emma: Who is aware of?

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

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

Elsie: Okay. So the non-fiction guide is known as Really feel One thing, Make One thing by Caitlyn Metz. And so they’re an incredible artist that we love from St. Louis. So additionally from Missouri and yeah, I acquired the guide. I pre-ordered it. I acquired it on the day it got here out, and it’s unimaginable. It’s precisely proper up our alley for A Stunning Mess podcast listeners, so I can’t wait so that you can see it, and browse it. It’s form of like a hybrid of like a whole lot of illustrations, a whole lot of pages are full illustrations. After which there’s additionally like quite a bit you can learn. I might say it’s most likely a simple learn, like it might take a few hours to learn the entire thing and it has tasks in it. So it’s a guide about, , expressing your emotions and in addition 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 acquired like 5 additional 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 find it irresistible. Yeah. I actually didn’t know something about it, Elsie despatched me the duvet and I used to be like, oh, an instantaneous sure. It simply appeared like one thing I used to be very occupied with straight away. After which the three fiction books we’re gonna learn is we’re going to learn Sensible Magic by Alice Hoffman, which is a guide, however it’s additionally the start of a collection. So when you wanna hold going after that with a collection, nice. However Elsie and I are each gonna learn that. We’ve by no means learn it. We’ve got seen the film and we talked about it ’trigger I like that film a lot, however I’m excited. I like that creator and I haven’t learn the collection, so very excited. It’s excellent for the season. 

Elsie: Yeah, the followers have informed me that the primary guide isn’t even one of the best one, which I at all times love as a overview collection.

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

Elsie: Good. I’m very excited for this season. It’s gonna be a great studying season. Yeah. I wish to get extra individuals concerned with our guide membership. Like I’m unsure the way to make it a bit of extra interactive.

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

Elsie: If anybody has ideas, like perhaps 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 regular, we’re a bit random, so we’ll announce just like the episode earlier than what guide we is perhaps doing, however we don’t know what order we’re gonna do these in but essentially. So, and particularly the nonfiction guide.

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 guide, because it’s form of a, it’s not a workbook, however it has workout routines.

Elsie: It’s form of a workbook. 

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

Elsie: Everybody’s gonna find it irresistible, it’s superb. 

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

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

Marigold: What sort of key opens up a banana?

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

Marigold: A monkey. 

Elsie: Ah, good one. 

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

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

Emma: She’s not improper. 

Elsie: You’re most likely proper. Thanks a lot for listening. You’ll be able to 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 discovered from recording our first 200 episodes.