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 shade scheme, create temper boards, and develop into an evolving aesthetic as you replace your property.

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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 property.
  • Discover iconic properties (even buildings/eating places) from this period.
  • Develop into an professional in this sort of dwelling: 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 property 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 brief for you?
  • What’s it that you just need to really feel consolation from?

3. Outline the features of how you utilize your property and the way it can help your way of life targets

  • Think about your property in all 4 seasons, as your kids develop, and different occasions that can occur in your life. Go room by room.
  • Mini-journal immediate: Pondering of your final dwelling, 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 every thing that draws you.
  • Return by and delete the oddball pins till you see cohesion in your scroll by.

5. Describe the type on your dwelling in three phrases 

  • Choose three phrases that describe the type you’re going for.

6. Select a shade scheme

  • Gather paint, tile, and cloth swatches.
  • Order wallpaper samples and small decor gadgets that help your type.

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

  • This retains you on observe, cohesive, and dealing towards a selected purpose and resists new tendencies.

Bonus suggestions: 

  1. You want at the very least three collections which are ongoing.
  2. Gather private decor.
  3. Adorning with reminiscences, photographs, relics from travels, and so forth.
  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 hear. This week we’re right here with our first deep dive episode and we’re diving into designing your dream dwelling. On this episode, we’ll cowl how to decide on a shade scheme, create temper boards, and develop into an ever-evolving aesthetic as you replace your property.

Elsie: I’m so excited to do that episode. So one of many the reason why we began this deep dive sequence is as a result of as we like, we’re on episode 168 now. As we now have constructed a much bigger library, it’s grow to be 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 every thing, like all of our recommendation about designing a dream dwelling into one mega episode that you may re-listen to it subsequent time you might be transferring. I act like that’s like a standard factor that everybody’s like, oh, simply, you recognize, the following time you get a brand new pair of sneakers otherwise you transfer.

Emma: Some individuals transfer so much. Some individuals transfer much more than us. I imply, it actually will depend on your life.

Elsie: That’s true. After I was in my twenties, I moved like each six months to a brand new house. I positively 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 dwelling. And I truthfully, suggest doing all seven. If you’re, let’s say that you just’re an individual who’s transferring, an individual who’s shopping for your first dwelling, 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 personalised in the way in which that you just dream of it being. Anybody in any of these conditions can use this. I feel it really works for, you recognize, your first house and it could possibly additionally work on your quote unquote, perpetually dwelling. Regardless that we don’t consider in Perpetually Houses. 

Emma: No, we don’t. But in addition, I don’t know if we now have anybody who listens, who’s very younger. , they’re like, I haven’t purchased my first dwelling but, or moved into my first dwelling, 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 lots of these tricks to you can apply to totally different areas of artwork, like let’s say trend. And I simply suppose it’s like a enjoyable interest to get like enthusiastic about various things and even like properties that you just’re by no means gonna dwell in, however you examine it and it’s simply enjoyable. I really feel that means about trend and different issues too, the place it’s like, there are particular issues that I’m simply by no means gonna put on or purchase, however I nonetheless prefer to find out about what designers are popping out with and the way the development is, you recognize, identical to various things. It’s enjoyable to be taught. 

Elsie: Now that you just point out it, I see that fully, that’s attention-grabbing. Yeah, I feel this shall be enjoyable. You might additionally use this in case you are designing one room. You are able to do this complete course of for only one room too. However my factor is I love to do it after I’m transferring if I can earlier than I purchase something. As a result of whenever you transfer, it looks like that’s the best focus of vital purchases rapidly, and it’s simple to make errors. So particularly the half concerning the shade scheme, it’s simply so useful and so useful. I used to be just lately at a household dinner over the vacations and somebody who I hadn’t seen in 10 years was there, and so they have been reminding me that I had a lime inexperienced painted kitchen in one in all my first flats, which is so humorous. And it had so many colours, which I like it. I like it, I stand by it. However I feel that could be a drawback whenever you simply love every thing and also you, however you purchase one thing that’s very particular and you then love one thing else and also you attempt to enhance a unique means, and you then really feel like it’s important to exchange every thing on a regular basis. I feel 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 carried out a shade scheme? 

Emma: Yeah, form of. I imply, yeah, I’d say sure. However I don’t suppose 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 feel everybody has it, someplace, you recognize, nicely 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 feel generally it may be actually onerous to form of decipher or wade by like, what ought to be in my dwelling versus what can I simply admire? And I perhaps don’t want to color my home that shade or purchase that sure sofa as a result of it’s simply not gonna make sense. However I can nonetheless admire it, you recognize? 

Elsie: Proper. Yeah. No, I feel that’s very true. I feel that you just’re extra decisive and also you’re extra identical to usually okay with like, you form of have extra of a like, I don’t care. It’s all form of perspective. And I don’t have that in any respect. All proper, so let’s leap 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 dwelling 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 feel it’s actually essential to analysis the kind of dwelling that you’ve got and discover the form of to fall in love with it. I do know it’s not all the time perhaps doable for like in case you’re transferring into a house that simply wasn’t the house you’d’ve picked in any respect. Such as you had a unique factor in thoughts, however this dwelling had like a greater location or a greater value, or, you recognize. However I feel it’s essential to only do no matter you possibly can to get all in favour of the way in which your property was meant to be. Just like the arrow was constructed within the type of structure. You possibly can actually fall down a rabbit gap. So there are properties which are extra versatile like in case you’re transferring into an house constructing that’s form of like, say it’s a two-bedroom house with one toilet and an open kitchen and it’s fairly like vanilla. That is sort of a very versatile type of dwelling and just like the type of dwelling I dwell 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 should honor the historical past of it. I feel you possibly can form of determine what type and what period they have been attempting to emulate once they constructed it, however that’s concerning the closest you will get. After which there are different properties like mid-century dwelling that was constructed within the fifties or the sixties or historic dwelling. And in case you transfer into a type of, it could possibly be form of such as you’re swimming in opposition to a lazy river in case you attempt to enhance it in a totally totally different type than what it was meant to be, you won’t be proud of the consequence and it’d prove dangerous. 

Emma: I feel that’s one factor that I take into consideration. So I used to be on the, you recognize that Instagram account that’s like Zillow Gone Wild. I all the time see what’s on there. I suppose the algorithm is aware of I prefer it. However they’d a extremely lovely dwelling yesterday that it’s a Frank Lloyd Wright, one of many final properties that he designed, it’s just like the round dwelling. I’m positive you are able to do that. Anyway, it’s on the market and it was very costly as you possibly can think about. So clearly I’d by no means purchase it. It’s not one thing in my funds, however I used to be simply taking a look at it. However the factor I saved considering as I used to be taking a look at it, apart from what a breathtakingly lovely dwelling, I’d love to remain there for an Airbnb expertise, however I used to be like, you actually wouldn’t really feel snug altering sure features of it. As a result of in case you’ve ever seen a Frank Lloyd Wright dwelling and there are different designers who design this fashion, it’s fairly particular. And in case you have been to go in and actually change sure components of it, just like the shelving, it wouldn’t make any sense. I’m not saying it will be improper, I’m simply saying it will be actually bizarre like I don’t really feel like in case you purchase that form of dwelling, you are feeling like you can also make these. So I suppose what I’m attempting to say is a few properties are actually particular and perhaps it’s good to even take into consideration in order for you that form of factor, or if you recognize 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 funds and there’s solely a lot accessible within the space you’re transferring to. However it’s only a good factor to consider. In case you do have the choice. 

Elsie: Sure. So listed below are a few of my solutions for researching your sort of dwelling. To begin with, discover films which have units which are just like varieties of properties 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 dwelling can be like a father of the bride home, you recognize? 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 can incorporate in tears. One other thought is to order previous books. So most types of structure have many, many books accessible and I often get them from thrift books. So it’s very inexpensive. Yeah, So discover out what type of structure your property is, after which order as many books as you possibly can on that type. And I feel the actually cool factor about this, particularly for mid-century properties and older ones, is that you may study what individuals have been doing on the time to brighten and furnish the properties. And that’s gonna be actually useful for you cuz it’s one thing that you may emulate the issues about it that you just suppose is particular. You possibly can modernize it or replace it on your style or your colours in a roundabout way whereas nonetheless getting impressed by what they’d’ve carried out 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 components of the house that, you recognize, perhaps 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’d counsel is to be taught 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 recognize, just like the pocket doorways and all these varieties of issues. Okay, so the second tip is to outline the sensation you need your property 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 every thing 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, regardless of how particular or regardless of how random they appear that added to that house. After which the opposite factor is what areas have you ever been in that form of fell brief for you and why? So in case you’re doing a mid-century home, I speak about mid-century homes so much cuz I had two of them and yeah, historic properties. That’s like my principal, the primary homes that I’ve expertise with. I suppose additionally the nineties McMansion. So I feel that, with mid-century, I’d journal concerning the Parker Resort in Palm Springs. It has every thing, it’s just like the decor, the sensation, the fireplaces, even right down to the small print just like the painted brick and the ceramics and the server, you recognize, the dishes that they use to serve breakfast and like simply every thing is form of excellent 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 wanting that feeling and that magic. So I can determine, why, how, and what are the variations. And I feel that’s the form of journaling train I’d encourage you to do. After which additionally to only think about your self, so that is an creativeness train. Think about you’re getting dwelling from a weekend journey or an evening out and it’s late at evening and also you stroll into the house, you set down your keys, you set down your bag. What’s it that you just need to really feel consolation from? What’s it concerning the dwelling that might carry you that immense feeling of being at dwelling? So perhaps it’s the kitchen, perhaps it’s a sure sort of sofa, a sure sort of like snug seating. Possibly it’s like a puzzle out in your eating room desk. There could be a hundred various things, however take into consideration what are the issues that simply make it really feel like dwelling to you. 

Emma: Possibly a bit of bit since we now have our journals out and we’re journaling. In case you suppose you’re going to be in a house for a really lengthy time frame, and naturally, as everyone knows, it’s unattainable to know the long run until you have got a crystal ball. However let’s simply say you’re assuming for now that you just’re gonna be on this dwelling for the following 10 years and also you’re gonna watch your child develop up or have a child. No matter you suppose is gonna occur, you’re gonna get a canine subsequent yr and also you’re enthusiastic about that, no matter. Then I’d 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 canine and youngsters and different concerns in life, you recognize, they arrive with stuff. We’re gonna speak about perform within the subsequent level. However I feel there’s additionally this sense of dwelling and household. Nevertheless, you outline that, and that may come out by decor and stuff you purchase and colours you choose, and I’d be occupied with what it’s you need in that sense too. 

Elsie: Yeah. I really like that. So quantity three is to outline the features of how you utilize your property and the way it can help your way of life targets. So this one I’d actually spend a while on and I’d make a room-by-room record. And I feel it’s essential to think about you’re dwelling in all 4 seasons. Think about your property if in case you have kids, think about your kids 5 years older than they’re now. Issues like that as a result of life can drastically change in your youngsters’ youthful years of life, as everyone knows. Simply actually record out room by room the way you see your self dwelling there. And I feel step one in the direction of having a dream dwelling and likewise a dream way of life, I suppose, is simply determining what you even need it to be.

Emma: Yeah, and I feel too, like at this level, the outline the features time it’s additionally actually essential to attempt to be actually sincere 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, nicely you possibly can if it simply makes you cheerful to see that within the nook, cool and if in case you have the house for it, alright. ? However perhaps it will’ve been higher to do one thing else in case you might have been a bit of extra sincere with what you actually do need to use and plan to make use of and can use. Kinda like establishing an enormous dwelling gymnasium and you then by no means, ever use it. It’s like, nicely you would possibly as nicely have made it a comfortable film room as a result of it’s simply at the very least you then’ll use it. ? In case you by no means ever entertain, you don’t want an enormous sprawling eating room. 

Elsie: I feel that’s an important level. 

Emma: I’ll give an instance. Possibly that’ll make it extra clear. For years and years at one in all our final homes, my dwelling workplace, which I work at home on a regular basis and have for years and years, my dwelling workplace was in this type of open house close to our eating room and front room. So you can see it on a regular basis. So it was not clear on a regular basis, nevertheless it felt prefer it ought to be since you might see it on a regular basis. Within the meantime, for like 5 – 6 years, we had a visitor bed room that I feel acquired used perhaps twice. And in the direction of the top 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 company that usually, and it’s form of annoying that I can’t have a gathering with out my canine barking consistently, or I really feel the stress to maintain my workplace actually clear regardless that there are days you simply barely get your work carried out earlier than It’s time’s up. You don’t have time to place every thing away on a regular basis. And my work could be form of messy generally cuz I make issues. So anyway, I simply form of notice I’m not prioritizing what I actually do on a regular basis and as an alternative I had this concept of oh, individuals are gonna go to us so much and it’s like, nicely that’d be good. I like it when individuals go to. However the reality is that they simply didn’t after a yr or two that might’ve been fairly apparent and I used to be like, nicely, 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 dwelling, your final two properties, have been there any areas that you just had arrange that you just didn’t use I do suppose 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 flats, I’d use the entire front room as an alternative 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 an enormous dwelling 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. , individuals do what they should do. Yeah, I feel that’s a extremely good level. I do defend to the loss of life that regardless of how huge your home is, you possibly can and may use all of it usually, and if there is part of it that you just simply by no means use, then change the perform, positively. So yeah, defining the features I feel is among the most essential steps as a result of particularly whenever you transfer into a brand new dwelling and also you haven’t actually thought by the place you’re gonna be, one of many greatest errors I made in my complete life, that brought on 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 very best, nevertheless it was truly like on the road of not doable for me. I couldn’t do my job within the house that we have been in. So I feel 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 way of life treats, stuff you need to do extra of, issues just like the particular person you need to grow to be. 

Emma: Yeah, and I feel too that is the brainstorming and dreaming and a few of it’s gonna grow to be 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 very least it’s gonna enable you to perceive the priorities and what you must strive for. And also you in all probability received’t get every thing, nobody will get every thing. Elsie and I don’t get every thing both. Life is a trade-off and that’s okay too. And that’s wonderful. You shouldn’t view that as, oh, I didn’t get my dream dwelling. It’s simply extra, you recognize, what are the highest priorities? How can I work in the direction of that? As a result of that’s gonna equal probably the most happiness for myself and my household. Cuz now I’ve a helpful and delightful dwelling to dwell in as a result of I prioritize, however I didn’t get every thing and that’s okay too.

Elsie: So yeah, I feel you could be very inventive too in case you want room to perform in two or three or 4 methods, these issues are all doable as nicely. As an individual who spent my youthful years finding out IKEA catalogs, I can inform you there are such a lot of alternative ways. The entire IKEA catalog within the early two 1000’s was like, find out how to make a one-room house do all of the issues in your complete life. Yeah. And it’s so fascinating and actually cool how a lot you can also make out of 1 house. So let’s transfer on to tip quantity 4. We’re stepping into extra design and stuff. Step one is to create a pin board, and I imply a pin board. So if in case you have time, if you recognize you’re gonna transfer in, Six months or a yr, or three months, I feel you have got time. I’ve a pinboard that has over a thousand pins on it. That’s truly form of extreme, nevertheless it’s been inventive train for me to essentially, actually determine what I need. So I feel 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 photographs 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 perhaps 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 an enormous pinboard. We’re going to pin every thing that draws us and doesn’t take into consideration why. Pinning, I feel it could possibly grow to be very intuitive the place you’re simply going off of the sensation that the picture provides you. So in a while you should use extra discretion, and I’ll educate you the way to do this too. However at first, you’re simply gonna gather every thing. You can too do a folder in order for you. I’d counsel both a pin board or a folder in your desktop. In case you’re an individual who simply solely makes use of your telephone, you can additionally do a folder in your telephone, or you can additionally do a favorites folder in your Instagram. It’s simply form of like no matter you utilize. For me, pinning is the most effective as a result of I simply really feel like I can see extra choices for every thing , it’s simpler to search out and navigate for me. So then the following step after you have got your big pin board is to, I prefer to let undergo my huge pin board and simply pull it out right into a folder on my desktop identical to my prime picks. 

Emma: That’s what I’ve, that’s what my folder on my desktop is. It’s simply the 20 photographs. It’s simply the like closing, we’re making the home appear 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 unique home. Get it to the purpose the place your entire 21 footage or extra, appear like they could possibly be from the identical home, this is essential. That is the method of defining what type 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 totally different type, you’ll have a hell of a time adorning in case you haven’t dedicated down a bit of bit to a mode and a shade scheme. And in case you do the dedication, you’ll truly be capable of focus and create a house that’s cohesive and the place you don’t waste issues or change your thoughts so much. In order that’s the following 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 accomplice who’s gonna dwell with you, and so they’re not Uber concerned. Some individuals are gonna wanna design like from scratch with you, and that’s cool, but when your accomplice’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 dwell with you, your accomplice, no matter. Mainly, you possibly can form of get their buy-off. Or in case you’re about to take away a few of the oddballs however they love them, then that could be form of informative. It could be like, you recognize what, perhaps I’ll lean a bit of extra in that route. As a result of this can be a good stage to form of be like, we’re not making the million particular choices we’re gonna should make all through the home. However in case you like this total folder of 21 photographs that I’ve put collectively, you then’re gonna like lots of these little choices like what {hardware} I’m gonna choose for this or that, you recognize, 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 feel that it’s a good time to do this as nicely. And each accomplice’s totally different. We get lots of questions on this, and I feel that if in case you have a accomplice who appears like they want or need to be equally concerned, then you must positively allow them to. I do you suppose it’s so much simpler if in case you have a accomplice like I’ve the place they’re like, seems nice, you recognize? However I additionally suppose 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 carried out so many homes collectively, he form of is aware of what to anticipate and he actually simply doesn’t even barely want to love have a look at something. 

Emma: Quite a lot of the fights, at the very least in my life that has occurred, it’s as a result of someone 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 shade for the kitchen or no matter, and also you’re like, oh, however I’ve been occupied with it now. I’ve already pinned 50 photographs which have this kitchen shade. And so that you form of really feel like they’re, stopping this factor that was already in your coronary heart. So I’d say earlier than you get to that section the place you’re nonetheless form of loosely holding issues, you perhaps nonetheless have some like odd stuff within the total board and also you’re beginning to name it down, then I’d carry them in in order that mainly nobody’s getting their coronary heart set earlier than another person can veto it. It additionally sucks in case your accomplice’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 occupied with it. Now. It’s like, oh no. So, simply attempting to keep away from that the place you possibly can speak extra at first and if anybody actually needs one thing or actually hates a sure shade or no matter, then you possibly can hopefully uncover that early on after which preserve transferring ahead. 

Elsie: Yeah, and I feel that it’s simply very regular in a renovating or adorning scenario the place one particular person is doing most of it and probably the most concerned and one particular person shouldn’t be 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 recognize, and that’s tremendous regular. It’s like form of nothing to fret about. I feel simply being ready to point out plenty of examples is a very powerful 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 can simply put it in a folder in your telephone and take a screenshot of the folder and you then’d have a simple do nothing temper board that you may 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 in case you already knew find out how to use it, you recognize, however individuals aren’t studying it for the primary time as a lot. Is that true? Like individuals are studying different issues? 

Emma: I don’t know. I already know find out how to use it, so I are inclined to gravitate in the direction of it, however in case you’ve by no means used something, Canva could be very simple to make use of. 

Elsie: Canvas is less complicated than Photoshop. However whichever one, truthfully. And there are in all probability additionally 1,000,000 different apps and I don’t suppose we now have an app that may make collages in that means, however I do know there are lots of. So anyway, make some sort of a temper board and that is going that will help you a lot. So the following step is to explain the type of your property in three phrases. And I do know that is form of a tacky train, however I feel that it could possibly assist a lot. So lots of people do phrases like transitional bohemian, eclectic like phrases like that. However I feel additionally you possibly can 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 mainly 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 youngsters. 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 suppose {that a} dwelling shouldn’t be 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 really like the three phrases factor, however I’m gonna supply up another simply because generally I really feel like that may grow to be actually summary and perhaps you’re wanting one thing a bit of extra like, you recognize, I consider this as your elevator pitch on your dwelling. So, you’ve met somebody, you have got 15 seconds to inform them the way you’re designing your new dwelling. That is what you’d say, you recognize? And I feel the three phrases are the proper quantity. However then additionally I consider it like everytime you’re pitching a e book, you do that factor known as comparative titles. So that you say, my e book is clean and clean. So that you choose two various things and also you match them collectively. So for a house you can, it could possibly 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 really like that. Okay, I’m gonna try this one as nicely. 

Emma: Yeah, comparative titles, nevertheless 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 comfortable colonial revival from Father of the bride. 

Emma: That’s how I’d 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 absolutely 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 totally 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’s going to be difficult to make every thing movement collectively. However I feel one a part of designing a dream house is deciding what it’s and actually totally committing to that. Okay, we’re attending to the enjoyable half. So step quantity six is to decide on a shade scheme, so selecting a shade scheme I consider is a very powerful a part of making a cohesive dwelling. I truly suppose you will get away with floundering in your type so much simpler than you possibly can flounder in your shade scheme. I feel that in case you keep inside a shade scheme, even when your type is, quote-unquote eclectic, the place it’s like a mix of so many various types. You actually haven’t dedicated to something. In case you keep throughout the shade scheme, you possibly can 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 fully perceive loving 100 totally different colours. However I feel narrowing it right down to a scheme of colours, you possibly can 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 suggest? And I really feel like lots of occasions after I see temper boards you’ve made, or simply different issues from the web, there’s three which are like huge. You get an enormous swatch after which there are these smaller ones which are 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 can be your suggestion for that particular person? 

Elsie: So I consider the colour scheme because it’s very unfastened and I just about by no means fear about getting the precise shade. I feel it’s useful for paint, particularly in case you’re gonna paint in your house , all earlier than you progress in. In case you’re gonna rent a painter and also you’re gonna should make lots of choices rapidly, then it’s in all probability good to have, I’d say like 4 to 6 paint colours the place you have got two whites and 4 or so colours which are enjoyable colours or accent shade, 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 shade matching precisely. If we’re doing the earthy moody tones, that’s one factor. If we’re doing the brilliant, cheerful, pop of shade with lots of white, that’s one other factor. And people two types wouldn’t actually play nicely collectively in the identical dwelling, 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, nevertheless it could possibly be darkish. It could possibly be gentle, nevertheless it’s not essentially extra of an earthy, muddy inexperienced. ? That may be a unique vibe.

Elsie: I feel it’s virtually cool to think about your property as like a film set or one thing like that, the place it’s like we now have totally different scenes and there are totally different emotions. And you’ll have a room that’s very vivid in a room that’s very darkish, however you continue to need the colours to enhance one another and also you simply don’t need them to really feel like they’re from totally 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 whenever 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 shade scheme, however then there’s you recognize a launch at Goal the place they, come out with all this actually cool yellow stuff. It’s like actually vivid and enjoyable and it’s like, oh, perhaps I might simply, you recognize? You need to commit. That is the factor, that is a very powerful factor. 

Emma: And even worse, there’s an enormous sale, and it’s so near the colour you wished, nevertheless it’s on sale. That’s the place I get trapped, the place I’m like, oh, it’s such value. And it’s like, Emma, it doesn’t match with what you’re doing. 

Elsie: Yeah, I kinda suppose you simply have to choose your little color-storied universe and keep inside that universe and evolve in the direction of that purpose, not away from it. You could find so some ways to discover shade inside your palette when you’ve dedicated to it. You’ll all the time discover if there’s a pattern 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 feel you simply don’t wanna get issues that don’t match with it. Let’s speak about a few of the benefits. So in case you do that, then after a yr or two on zero funds, you possibly can transfer issues round and change issues from throughout your home and just about redecorate your complete dwelling simply by swapping, and every thing matches. To me, that is like the last word money-saving hack. 

Emma: Yeah, I agree. I additionally suppose if wanted, you possibly can tailor or tweak your shade scheme, the perfect one which could be in your head in the direction of issues in your house that perhaps you possibly can’t change or don’t plan to alter. So in case you had a rest room that was already filled with tile that you just didn’t plan to alter, you prefer it, perhaps 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 can tweak it to work with that too. I’d take into consideration these issues as you choose the colour scheme versus attempting to love force-fit one thing with an present characteristic that perhaps 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 property that could be a standout characteristic that you just wanna spotlight and one thing about your property that could be a problem that you just need to decrease, and you’ll positively use your colours and your furnishings to do these issues.

Emma: I feel too in case you’re feeling like kinda bummed about one thing this the place you’re like, oh, it’s limiting, that is simply, you recognize, telling me what I can’t do. I’d positively reframe it in your thoughts. Cuz I feel it’s extra considering of it like, the colour scheme’s gonna assist me from making errors from shopping for one thing that’s perhaps 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 house that you really want. 

Elsie: One hundred percent fully agree. So that is my favourite step out of every thing. You’re gonna love this step. That is when you recognize that you just’ve virtually made it and it turns into like really gratifying. So that you get to spend your evening ordering paint samples. To begin with, you may as well simply run to the shop and choose them up. Tile samples, materials, swatches, and wallpaper samples. So something that you just suppose you would possibly use, attempt to get a pattern of it, after which if you will get gadgets that symbolize 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 carried out that. However one thing that represents the colour of the {hardware}, the varieties 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 so much. I feel it’s an enormous 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 have a look at all of them collectively and see. I feel you possibly can 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 will get a really feel for in case you’re on the fitting path simply from this pattern buying. 

Emma: It’s actually price it as a result of I’ve positively had a number of occasions 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 seemed like on-line. So I’m actually glad I didn’t purchase an entire bunch of it and simply fill our toilet 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’d’ve carried out cuz it simply wasn’t fairly there. So I really feel like in case you’re anxious 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, nicely, perhaps not, however for me, I’ve had occasions 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’d say it’s 100% price it to order as many samples as you possibly can. Okay, so the final step is, as you renovate, refer again to your temper board and shade scheme. This can preserve you on observe, cohesive, and dealing in the direction of your chosen purpose. This can enable you to resist new tendencies 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 section of narrowing down what you really need, then I feel that you may 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 are good for different homes. Oh, I made some bonus suggestions too. I used to be actually into this. Okay, after which one last item is that I feel if you end up home buying after which choosing your theme and stuff, attempt to discover a temper board and inspiration that you just really feel like you possibly can develop into over time. One thing that form of surpasses tendencies and surpasses one thing that you just really feel like, I’d’ve beloved this after I was a child. I’d’ve beloved this after I was 20. I feel 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 absolutely annoying. I feel it’s entertaining and enjoyable, but in addition just like the issues which are, just like the out and in stuff, it could possibly get previous as a result of all of it modifications completely consistently and there’s all the time gonna be like a brand new factor that could be very totally different from what you’re doing that you just nonetheless recognize. It’s not like trend the place you possibly can strive each pattern in order for you. 

Emma: No, no. It’s so much greater dedication than trend.

Elsie: Okay, so I did have three bonus suggestions and these are identical to private issues, like issues that from my experiences of attempting to make my very own dream dwelling, I made my mid-century dream dwelling. I’m presently making up, I suppose, making up one from scratch for my Nineties McMansion, and sometime sooner or later, I’d hope to do a historic dwelling, form of like my fantasy dwelling. So these are my suggestions primarily based on what I’ve discovered thus far. Tip primary, it’s essential have at the very least three collections ongoing always. You possibly can inform me in case you agree or disagree. However for me, they’re all classic collections, however they don’t should be all classic. I feel accumulating one thing that’s like artwork, one thing that’s leisure, like books or video games and even, I don’t know, I began accumulating these like classic cube, classic dominoes, simply I don’t know, fairly issues which are additionally helpful in your house I feel 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 individuals 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 recognize somebody occurs to be at a flea market or someplace and so they see a extremely 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 identical to me getting stuff. It’s simply so you recognize, it provides different individuals one thing to purchase you, which is definitely kinda good. 

Elsie: I do suppose that in case you present as much as a celebration with the classic present, you might be so cool. The subsequent tip is to gather private decor. So enhance your property along with your photographs, your reminiscences, and peculiar little relics out of your travels, like lovely rooms that you just see on the web, on Pinterest. It doesn’t matter how fancy and costly and stylish. It lacks one thing earlier than it has private particulars. There’s an enormous distinction and so I feel you possibly can have probably the most lovely room on the planet, however till they put out their bizarre puzzle or their bizarre e book assortment or one thing like that, it simply doesn’t really feel like a house.

Emma: Yeah. I additionally suppose this may be household reminiscences or journey. It additionally could be issues out of your profession. For instance, the opposite day I saved this examine from my husband’s enterprise, he’s been constructing one thing. However mainly, 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 identify of it’s truly 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 dwelling and it will imply a lot to me now. So even when little issues like that appear mundane in the meanwhile, they could turn into actually particular later in life. However in case you’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 e book deal. I feel paperwork and checks and issues like that clearly mark out any non-public info or write void on it. However I feel it’s actually particular like these issues could be actually cool too. Issues out of your profession, issues from accomplishments. So I’m occupied with it and wanna do it extra in my life and I simply wanna put it on the market for anybody listening. Dangle 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 feel that it will be extra significant and particular. Like I can all the time take it out of the body, however I simply suppose it’s one thing cool and issues like which are 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 primarily every room will get its personal occasion trick. I feel 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 feel on paper you can in all probability make 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 dwelling in addition to like a closet that was the most costly closet of all time. However, now that we did it and when individuals come over, I can inform, it’s just like the factor in our dwelling. It’s the occasion trick and I’m so glad that we did it. So I feel that leaving a bit of little bit of house, doesn’t should be costly, however for issues which are bizarre and funky and distinctive. I feel that is rather like actually particular. 

Emma: Additionally, in case you’re on a funds and you’ll’t construct Elsie’s Hidden Library or Hidden Nia Wardrobe Library, there are all kinds 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 shall be like greenback for greenback that’s lots of magic for a bit of bit of cash. You can too make it, you, there are all kinds of choices. I all the time lean on, you’re undecided, like one thing with lighting, one thing with lights that you just both activate at evening or that the solar hits in a particular means. These are simply actually enjoyable little issues to have all through your home, and so they can value virtually nothing. So you recognize, that’s an possibility. I additionally suppose the magic can come out generally in your collections or within the issues that you just set round the home. Like a extremely particular espresso desk e book. Like I’ve this David Bowie espresso desk e book and anytime individuals come over, they all the time flip by it and it’s simply largely photographs 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 types all through the e book and it’s enjoyable.

Elsie: Nicely, I had a lot enjoyable doing the deep dive episode. Make sure you be 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 feel is a extremely enjoyable subject. So we’ll be again subsequent week.