Episode #199: House Updates – A Lovely Mess

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

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Present Notes:

Right here is Elsie’s Pirate Chandelier

Listed below 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 containers in every single place!

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

Emma – adorned for Christmas and cooked along with her husband

Elsie – lit candles, hung artwork and mirrors, put all her quilts out, bought 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 have got executed:

Emma – Repaired leaky roof and painted the outside

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

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Episode 199 Transcript:

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

Elsie: Sure. Books and homes. I imply, that ought to have been the title of our podcast. I really feel like it’s the factor. It’s undoubtedly the factor I take pleasure in speaking about essentially the most, and I imply, motion pictures, books, homes, and films. 

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

Elsie: No, everybody likes it. Okay, so earlier than we leap in, I needed to share my very own private catastrophe. I shared a bit 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 residence and we have now been making an attempt to get it form of like on top of things the place we will take a renovation break. And if you happen to bear 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 explanation why, as a result of it didn’t go as deliberate like per week or two earlier than we moved. And my husband’s studio was presupposed to be completed being constructed. It wasn’t even began but. There have been simply issues that occurred and that’s such a standard a part of renovating. So I hoped that we might get lots of stuff executed earlier than we moved in and revel in a peaceable summer time and a peaceable fall. However at this level, a peaceable fall could be essentially the most we might 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, you realize, no matter, no matter, no matter. Grateful, grateful, grateful. But in addition it’s been powerful. It’s been powerful, you realize? So anyway, just lately I’ve been making an attempt to complete up our third ground, which is like two visitor rooms, a visitor toilet, and a house library, which I’m so enthusiastic about as a result of a brand new little child has entered our household. And we can be having particular visitors this fall. So I wanna have it prepared, at the very least by Thanksgiving is my objective for that complete house to be good. 

Emma: Yeah, ’trigger it had no toilet 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 is going to have painted flooring and partitions and wallpaper too, I hope, and like beds and stuff. So anyway, I had been planning for months this Neverland-themed child’s bed room up there. It began when I discovered a pirate ship chandelier on-line. I bought it from this enterprise referred to as Houzze with two Zs like a home, however two Zs on the finish. 

Emma: I’ve seen that earlier than. I’ve by no means purchased something, however I’ve seen it. 

Elsie: It’s round. After which if you happen to simply Google Pirate Journey Chandelier, it’s the most effective. Discover the most effective worth you may, they’re costly. And that’s all I’ve to say about it. However discovered the most effective one I might, and for me, it was value it as a result of it was Peace Day resistance or no matter, you realize? It was the magic. 

Emma: I assumed it was previous too if 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 assumed it seemed superior. 

Elsie: It’s undoubtedly an announcement piece. It’s one of many greatest statements in our residence. So anyway, I put it up there and I knew it was gonna be low. I knew that from measuring it on-line, and I used to be like, I’m gonna make this work it doesn’t matter what. Then I ordered a few, twin beds from anthropology and I used to be gonna do like two twin beds after which the sunshine fixture, after which after that, you realize, similar to decorate the room and it’ll be executed. So on the day, the sunshine fixture was hung, which I’ll present you an image of within the present too. It seemed wonderful. It seemed nice. I’ve this beautiful image. It seems to be good. You form of can’t inform how low it’s as a result of there are not any beds in there, it seems to be nice. It seems to be good. It seems to be prefer it’s gonna work out. 

Emma: It seems to be low, however not like, you realize, 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 suppose anybody’s gonna purchase them after I give this evaluation. However they’re from anthropology. They’re very lovely. I’ll say that, they seemed 100 instances higher in images. And for one, they didn’t actually match the room. They had been just a bit bit too cumbersome, and it wasn’t even simply in photos, I assumed they had been going look antique-inspired, however I might say they had been very, very, very far on just like the farmhouse kind. So the feel of the wooden is like if you happen to took essentially the most jaggedy, splintery, unsanded wooden, after which simply painted over it. Like they’ve a horrible texture. That’s actually, for me, my greatest factor. As soon as they had been up there, they had been on the third ground, I needed to pay additional for that. All these items, I used to be like, I’m gonna make this work. And for one night time I thought of like, can I modify these? Can I repaint them? Perhaps I can sand them a bit bit. I used to be like, I’m gonna just about remake these beds from anthropology, that are costly. However I used to be like, I’m gonna make it work. After which the following morning I used to be like, nope, I’m sending them again. They’re simply not proper for the room it doesn’t matter what, and I be ok with that alternative now. So I did that instantly. I began scheduling it they usually’re going again the place they got here from and I feel that possibly in a very totally different residence, they might 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 an enormous factor in our house is that I would like all the things to be previous or look previous they usually simply don’t. In order that’s actually like the primary factor. They only seem like farmhouse fashionable to me. 

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

Elsie: Yeah. Not all the things could be previous, however I feel all the things can match into the type of previous, you realize what I imply? Which is completely nice, that’s to be anticipated. And also you don’t even wanna have all the things in vintage, belief me. Like a few of the issues they’ve needed to undergo for the vintage lighting fixtures and the additional, you must do lots of additional steps, and it provides cash, and might not be value it for everybody. It’s good to search out ones which are new, which are the previous type, proper? Like that’s a very good factor. It’s not a nasty factor. So anyway, all the things in regards to the room and the opposite factor was, I couldn’t even discover one angle the place it seemed good, it seemed dangerous from each angle. It was the worst. And I’ve accountable solely myself. I measured these items. I did and I made positive that they might match, and technically they did, however like, spatially and visually they didn’t. And so I assume generally you simply have to chop your losses. So anyway, I’m sharing this story as a result of I feel that lots of instances I’m in my dream residence period. We’ve a very good funds and we’re like doing all these thrilling tasks and it’s so enjoyable and it’s so magical and I really feel very fortunate. However I additionally need everybody to know that it’s not good, irrespective of who you’re, it doesn’t matter what you’re doing, until possibly 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 may possibly’t be within the bed room, it simply received’t work. And I settle for that. I nonetheless wanna maintain it. I nonetheless like adore it. 

Emma: Hey, I feel you’ll see it extra now that you just’re gonna transfer it down so it’s nice. It’s gonna be higher. However yeah, it modifications possibly the theme or what you had been planning, and I’m glad you’re sharing it as a result of I feel, effectively, I don’t know what everybody else notion is, however for me, like in my first residence once I had a a lot smaller funds and you realize, just about all the things was very DIY or inexpensive, classic, I feel I did have this like fantasy in my thoughts that in the future I might have this home the place there are not any hiccups as a result of all the things would simply be totally different. I don’t know why I assumed that, and it’s like, no, like yeah, possibly your funds modifications or various things do make some components 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, you realize, the transport of one thing and like, you simply really feel pissed off and it’s simply unavoidable that generally you must 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 connected to the idea and the concept, and now I’ve to form of similar to pivot it a bit bit, which is okay. It’ll nonetheless be cute.

I’ll in all probability nonetheless maintain the theme. However I don’t know I won’t, ’trigger I’ve to choose all new stuff now. Anyway, this episode is about our residence updates. So we’re simply gonna form of offer you all of the tea about issues which were happening the previous couple of months. There are undoubtedly some often requested questions in right here and a few embarrassing tales, and I feel it’s enjoyable. I like speaking about homes. 

Emma: So, normal replace on your move-in, ’trigger as you mentioned, you’ve been in your home now three months, nearly 4 months I assume. 

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

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

Elsie: My gosh. Can’t even say that with out laughing. I’ll simply be trustworthy, our home seems to be worse than ever. It seems to be horrible, however I do really feel like we’re on the ending phases. So at the moment we’re having each mild fixture modified loads. There’s been these big containers of sunshine fixtures in each room for months, and people are all getting modified. Like even proper now as we’re recording. I’ve 4 totally different wallpapers sitting in my entryway able to go up, which can make a big impact as soon as you realize the undertaking’s executed proper, and we have now our final portray appointment. Scheduled, which can be such a reduction, and we’ll have bookshelves after that. That’s an enormous motive why we couldn’t unpack. We simply didn’t actually have bookshelves after we moved in. Like there was one small bookshelf in your complete residence and that isn’t the suitable quantity for me. So now there’s gonna be an epic quantity of bookshelves and we received’t be capable of fill it for years, which is so thrilling. So, yeah, our home seems to be horrible, however I do really feel that by September, which I don’t know, possibly that’s when this episode will air round that point, I feel. Yeah, I feel by September it’s going to begin trying good, and within the fall time I’m going to have much more weblog posts displaying what we’ve executed thus far. And folks 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 traumatic. It’s a headache. And to attempt to make it into content material on prime of that, I don’t wish to, it’s not pleasurable. 

Emma: Yeah. I imply, if you happen to’ve by no means blogged, and it’s completely comprehensible, however prefer it’s really lots of work to place collectively any weblog submit. So then if you happen to’re placing collectively one thing that’s form of like simply to replace individuals within the now, nevertheless it’s not one thing that’s gonna be content material that’s helpful sooner or later, in any significant approach. 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 youngsters, so we wish it to be impactful, and we hope that each piece of content material we ever make is pleasurable, 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, you realize, 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 quite than making an attempt to. {Photograph} a room tour that you just’re by no means going to reference once more ’trigger you’re displaying how one thing didn’t work and all you’re actually doing is linking beds that didn’t be just right for you. 

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

Emma: So it’s 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 good and we by no means present you the messy components. It’s like, no, it’s simply form of a waste of time. 

Elsie: That’s actually what it’s. Thanks for summing it up so effectively. I feel that claims it higher than I’ve ever been capable of 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 approach much less useful than you’ll suppose. However there isn’t a secret about how messy our lives are or something. It’s simply lots of effort, we’re not Kardashians, individuals aren’t filming us each day. We must try this ourselves. Manner 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 containers should not unpacked in any respect.

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

Elsie: It truly is.

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

Elsie: If it’s not nice within the fall time, I’m gonna freak out in a bizarre approach, however I really feel like it’s coming alongside to the purpose the place it’s, it’s like about to have its tipping level and each renovation has that, the purpose the place you lastly get to really do away with all of the containers and also you really get to take pleasure in 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 all the things’s gonna be wonderful. Okay, so the following query is, what’s the very first thing you probably did to make your home really feel like a house? I really like this. What did you do? 

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

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

Emma: Halloween? Yeah, and ’trigger our renovation additionally bought pushed again and pushed again and we additionally didn’t have rails on our stairs till New 12 months’s Eve. 

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

Emma: Yeah. And never executed is okay. I feel 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 beneath two and studying to do stairs, so it was very like I carried him up the steps till we had the rails. 

Elsie: It was nonetheless like that at Thanksgiving. 

Emma: Yeah ee had household over. Sure, my 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 once they informed me they might. However that’s nice. Nobody bought damage and it’s nice. However at any price, the very first thing they did to make the home really feel extra like residence was I simply went forward and adorned for Christmas, instantly as a result of I used to be like Miss Halloween, Christmas, after which additionally I at all times suppose 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 concentrate on making dinner. So like cooking, we make lots of steak with risotto or various things like that. It’s lots of meat with a carb. However I really like to love simply spend time making risotto or making a pasta dish and similar to, I don’t know, cooking with my husband that makes, that makes it really feel like residence to me. ’trigger that’s such a factor we do on a regular basis, cooking in our home.

Elsie: That’s magical. Okay. So for us, the very first thing we did was mild the candles. So I bought a bunch of latest candles and like made positive that it was like fast candle time and that it did assist me loads. It made me really feel like a very good feeling, and it was a time when it was like, not fairly.

Emma: And it smells good.

Elsie: Yeah. It’s a very good 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 a quilt on our mattress proper now. 

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

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

Elsie: Yeah. You understand what, I’m gonna hyperlink these within the present notes as a result of I’ve like very particular. However one in all them is from LL Bean, and it’s so random, nevertheless it’s like a tremendous quilt. I adore it. And a few of them are from, I feel, 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 children. Then I bought a pair from Goal, so there’s some there. After which there was yet one more, I’m gonna have to only hyperlink it within the present notes. However the different factor I really like about quilts is that they final, they usually age effectively, you realize? So I feel 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 residence instantly was we bought out our puzzle desk and began a puzzle. And I spent essentially the most time in my kitchen. So, in my residence, nothing is de facto organized and nothing is how I would like it to be, however the kitchen is fairly good. It’s undoubtedly 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 undoubtedly does want a renovation and it appears like it is going to be extraordinarily higher when it’s renovated on the identical 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 just purchased and one in all ’em was like from the vacation home that we had bought at a classic retailer a very long time in the past and also you painted it. So it goes with the opposite ones, and I feel it feels very nice in there, however prefer to me, I can inform simply ’trigger I do know you that it’s not executed. It’s like a section one however I really feel prefer it’s a extremely good section one.

Elsie: Thanks. We did the most effective we might 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 each day, however I’m not like, extraordinarily pleased with the place issues are saved and the way, however I additionally really feel prefer it’s not fixable proper now. So we’re simply kinda like making it work and we’re contemplating doing our renovation subsequent spring, which is de facto not very distant. And if not that, then possibly the following spring after that, which might be okay too. No matter, no matter without end. We’re form of burned out proper now.

Emma: No matter, without end 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 belongings you need? 

Elsie: Okay. I’ve two issues. The very first thing is for years I’ve, needed to reside in an previous home. Most likely for 5 years after we had been first purchasing for our second Nashville residence. I’ve needed to reside in an previous home, nevertheless 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 feel I’m similar to loving and having fun with this intangible previous home factor that it has. And like Emma mentioned when she came to visit that. Inform them what you mentioned.

Emma: I don’t bear in mind how I worded it, however basically my feeling once I bought 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 residence. It appears like their residence, at the same time as you’re renovating it ’trigger I had seen it whilst you’re renovating. It simply was like, yeah, that is their residence. And the opposite two simply by no means actually felt like residence to me. They only, I don’t know. They had been lovely homes and the belongings you did in them had been lovely, and there wasn’t something improper with them. They only, I don’t know tips on how to clarify. They only didn’t really feel like residence. And once I walked into this one, your new home right here in Springfield, I used to be like, yeah, that is the Larson’s new residence. It simply felt prefer it, and all the things 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 are similar to subfloors and placing in toilet stuff, you realize? It simply increasingly more appears like the home that you just’ve been wanting, the home that you just’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 undoubtedly suppose 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 bought my actual good dream home. It couldn’t be extra good. It’s my dream home. So like actually my dream home. 

Emma: Yeah, you pull as much as it and I’m like that is like Father of the Bride home. You stroll into it and also you’re like, it’s like a Knives Outs home. It simply feels such as you guys had been meant to reside there. And once I see the women exterior, I’m like, they match right here. That is their neighborhood, that is them.

Elsie: The opposite factor that I really like a lot is our new neighborhood is like my childhood dream neighborhood for my children. It’s a cute childhood neighborhood. It’s simply, it’s lovable, you may 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 a bit pottery studio. Identical to so many cute issues that you are able to do.

Emma: Goldie’s favourite restaurant. 

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

Emma: I actually like, critically, nearly each single day I’ve a second the place I’m like in all probability working from residence or simply hanging out with Oscar, and I’m like, I really like this home. I’m simply so completely happy. I really feel very settled as a result of like my final two homes, I didn’t really feel as settled and, one in all 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 exhausting 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 really like happening walks. I didn’t have Oscar, however fascinated with it now, I’m like, that may’ve not been my favourite home to have Oscar in. As a result of once more, there wasn’t actually wherever for him to stroll and we had been exterior on a regular basis, strolling up and down the sidewalks on a regular basis. He like has a bit 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, nevertheless it has some sidewalks and like there’s some neighborhood children and it simply feels good right here. I simply really feel very settled and I really 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 very good home to boost a child in, and that’s what we’re doing, that’s my season of life. So like his daycare’s like 5 minutes from right here. Like I mentioned, we play exterior on a regular basis. We’ve a sandbox, we have now a yard for our canine. We’ve like a bit circle drive that he performs in and sidewalks that he performs on. After which we have now a neighborhood pool and I am going there nearly each day after daycare. If it’s not raining, I take him. ’trigger he simply loves being exterior, he’s two. Being exterior is all the things to him. And so we’re simply on the neighborhood pool or hanging out exterior. The within of our home is gorgeous and I really like working in it. I really feel prefer it’s a straightforward house for me to work in. The kitchen’s nice and it has sufficient mild for me to {photograph} and do my meals running a blog life, and I simply adore it.

I really like our home. It’s an excellent, nice match for us and feels, I hope we by no means transfer. I hate transferring anyway, it’s a lot work. Yeah, I simply adore it and I really feel actually, actually grateful to love be in a home that 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 refined. I can’t even clarify why, ’trigger it’s not likely 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 reside in a neighborhood that’s fancy. Like, I simply suppose 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 executed. Okay, effectively you may go first ’trigger I really feel such as you did a full renovation and I’ve solely executed not a full renovation. 

Emma: Yeah, after we did most issues earlier than we moved in, though as I already talked about, there have been a couple of issues not executed just like the rails, however since we’ve moved in, the primary issues we’ve executed is like getting the outside painted and like altering out some exterior lights and issues like that, actually fairly minor stuff. After which like most houses, if you transfer in, you uncover a couple of issues that want repairs or possibly I’ve dangerous luck too. I don’t know, however like are typically 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 bought all that fastened and we needed to redo some drywall and repaint it, so we did all that. I’m trustworthy, and I’m simply being actually trustworthy right here, ’trigger the podcast is our buddies. I’m burnt out on renovating, and 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 executed. It seems to be precisely the way it seemed after we toured this home, and I don’t actually plan to vary it anytime quickly, possibly ever. I don’t know. Like I simply don’t care. I really feel like our home is nice sufficient and I really like each house and there are some small issues I’m gonna do. I’m solely thinking about issues that I can do, like actually myself. ’trigger I’m simply bored with making an attempt to e-book contractors, after which in the event that they don’t present up and I do business from home it’s a bit bit disruptive similar to it’s for Elsie. Like if I had contractors proper now, you’ll hear them whereas we’re making an attempt to report our podcast, which is part of how we make our dwelling. So it’s simply, you realize, this type of problem of like, I’m bored with having individuals in my home and I’m simply taking a break for some time. I don’t know the way lengthy, however some time. 

Elsie: I undoubtedly really feel the burnout for the primary time in a severe approach, and like I do suppose it’s undoubtedly actual that like, you realize, most individuals can’t deal with doing this for that a few years in a row.

Emma: Yeah. Individuals at all times ask me like, are you gonna get a sizzling tub? And I’m like, I don’t care sufficient. Like I really 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. Perhaps in a few years. I don’t care proper now. 

Elsie: Yeah, I’m burned out too, however I’m like an inside struggle inside myself as a result of I at all times wanna maintain doing stuff, even when it’s like not what’s finest for me, and I’m making an attempt to love to do much less, however then additionally like solely do a very powerful issues and it’s powerful. 

Emma: Yeah, I’m solely like, oh, I’m gonna paint this one little room that’s like my library. Oh, I’m gonna paint the sunroom, however like I’m gonna do it myself, and so it’s simply gonna occur slowly over as I’ve time, you realize, my one hour after Oscar goes to mattress or no matter, you realize. However that’s all I’m doing for some time ’trigger I’m just a bit burnt out and I’m simply giving myself a break. 

Elsie: No, that is sensible. I feel that sounds actually good. Okay, so renovations that I’ve executed. So our third ground is sort of executed, and it’s like a visitor suite and a complete library. 

Emma: It seems to be superior.

Elsie: Thanks. 

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

Elsie: It’s undoubtedly like an oddly formed house, and I’ll make a video of it as quickly because it’s painted and a bit bit adorned and share extra of it. However yeah, I’m very pleased with the way it’s coming alongside and I’m so excited to get the bookshelves as quickly as they’re painted and cured, I simply can not wait to get out all my books once more ’trigger it’s driving me loopy to have all of the books within the basement. It’s like unhappy. And I really feel like I’m like lacking my buddies and like a few of them are reference books that I exploit, sporadically, you realize? 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 duplicate fire from a well-known film. It’s one in all my favourite motion pictures if you happen to can guess it. 

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

Elsie: Sure, you must purchase the prize your self, however you win. And if you happen to’re considering of proper now, it’s what you’re considering and it’s gonna be wonderful. I can’t wait. I’m so excited. I’ve at all times needed to do that duplicate fire for some motive. After which the place’s the opposite? Oh, the opposite fireplaces in our fundamental front room. So the best way the home was after we purchased it, it was like a really modernized fire, and so we have now rebuilt it into a standard fire. So yeah, and likewise making them electrical. I similar to realized, I’m like not a gasoline fire girly, and I don’t need gasoline smelling in my home ever. And in addition 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 fire that we use thrice that appears actually practical, and it additionally offers off warmth, so it form of does all the things I would like, however with none gasoline odor, which makes me really feel, particularly within the bed room loads higher. After which apart from that, you realize, we’ve painted, we’re doing wallpaper, we did our wooden flooring and we constructed Jeremy’s studio. Proper now we’re getting each single mild fixture in the entire home switched, and a few of them are transferring round. So I feel it’s gonna be epic. It’s gonna be fantastic. However actually, it’s been hell pay this summer time being like a summer time mother on prime of engaged on prime of working with contractors each single day. I really feel in a not good place, however I do suppose 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 every time we discuss, it’s like I at all times begin crying simply because I can’t, I’m barely getting by.

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

Elsie: It’s been a difficult summer time. It’s been very difficult, similar to scheduling-wise and, taking up an excessive amount of. So anyway, is there anything we wanna discuss in regards to the residence updates? 

Emma: Perhaps it is 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, after we purchased the home, the paint was chipping a bit bit and we had been like, we must always in all probability repaint this. Then a few months later we began to comprehend that the wooden seemed actually torn up and I used to be like, our contractor’s boots being actually tough. I used to be like actually confused about the way it was trying so dangerous so quick, after which in the future we noticed squirrels on the market and it seemed like they had been consuming the wooden. They’re consuming the steps to her home. So we seemed it up they usually’re really similar to sharpening their enamel or like gnawing on it. They’re not really consuming something however they’re nonetheless destroying it. It doesn’t matter. In order that’s attention-grabbing. So we needed to reduce 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 massive step over it. Oh, you came to visit to the home on that day? 

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

Elsie: Yeah, and then you definitely changed it and now it’s simply primed. So we’re ready till the painter comes quickly, after which we’re going to color it. I’m really gonna paint it form of the identical shade as Marigold’s bed room, which is a dusty pink shade. It’s form of an announcement shade for a porch. However our complete neighborhood is, it’s very massive and it’s all previous homes, and I’ve checked out each single porch shade, and that is what I made a decision. Suits this home the most effective ’trigger I actually like the homes with purple steps. However generally I feel a purple porch is an excessive amount of. So I made a decision to do a dusty shade I assumed could be extra, I’m a pink individual. I like pink. I don’t use it as a lot as I used to and never as shiny pastel as I used to, however I’ll at all times love pink. It’s undoubtedly an excellent shade. It goes with so many issues. And for this porch, it was grey and it seemed good grey. And I used to be initially gonna paint over it with a grey, however I simply felt prefer it wasn’t thrilling in any respect. It was the other of thrilling. 

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

Elsie: And I really feel like this may simply add a bit little bit of a particular one thing, so I hope it seems effectively. I’ll make a video as quickly because it’s executed, and I’ll present it for positive on Instagram. I hope it’s executed quickly. However yeah, that porch has been fairly a, I feel that I’m studying in regards to the commitments of previous homes proper now as a result of there’s undoubtedly, you realize, they’ve their surprises, their little shock electrical invoice. 

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

Elsie: Sure. So for anybody who hasn’t seen it on Instagram, I’m going to make it a everlasting video. It’s referred to as like Ghost Writing, however what it’s, is actually at one level there was some form of closing or painted signal on this door, and it’s been scraped off for a very long time, however each time it will get tremendous humid, you may see all of the letters once more, and it’s so cool. I heard about it from the unique home itemizing, which was like an previous itemizing, however I had by no means seen it, it took months. After which in the future it was there. It was so thrilling. 

Emma: It’s fairly cool. And you realize, as a lot as you’re keen on spooky stuff, and like, I imply, it’s actually referred to as ghostwriting. So I simply really feel prefer it’s good. And it’s simply cool if you happen to like previous stuff. It’s neat to see a bit piece of historical past that’s solely revealed when it’s humid. I don’t know, it’s enjoyable. 

Elsie: It’s an indication for an architect. So at one level, an architect was functioning their enterprise out of the house, which is attention-grabbing. 

Emma: Or the door was from, possibly they took the door. 

Elsie: Yeah, that’s true too. 

Emma: Who is aware of?

Elsie: I really suppose the door is totally different, so possibly. 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 e-book membership choices. So we’re going to do three fiction books after which one non-fiction e-book, and I’ll allow you to inform them in regards to the non-fiction e-book. Why don’t you try this first really? 

Elsie: Okay. So the non-fiction e-book is known as Really feel One thing, Make One thing by Caitlyn Metz. And so they’re a tremendous artist that we love from St. Louis. So additionally from Missouri and yeah, I bought the e-book. I pre-ordered it. I bought it on the day it got here out, and it’s unbelievable. It’s precisely proper up our alley for A Lovely Mess podcast listeners, so I can’t wait so that you can see it, and skim it. It’s form of like a hybrid of like lots of illustrations, lots of pages are full illustrations. After which there’s additionally like loads you can learn. I might say it’s in all probability a straightforward learn, like it will take a few hours to learn the entire thing and it has tasks in it. So it’s a e-book about, you realize, expressing your emotions and likewise making issues. And there’s a complete half on the finish about making little zines, which I assumed it was like, it gave me the best rush of inspiration. So, yeah, I feel it’s gonna be a lot enjoyable to work on collectively. And I additionally bought 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 adore it. Yeah. I actually didn’t know something about it, Elsie despatched me the duvet and I used to be like, oh, a right away sure. It simply seemed like one thing I used to be very thinking about instantly. After which the three fiction books we’re gonna learn is we’re going to learn Sensible Magic by Alice Hoffman, which is a e-book, nevertheless it’s additionally the start of a sequence. So if you happen to wanna maintain going after that with a sequence, nice. However Elsie and I are each gonna learn that. We’ve by no means learn it. We’ve seen the film and we talked about it ’trigger I really like that film a lot, however I’m excited. I really like that creator and I haven’t learn the sequence, so very excited. It’s good for the season. 

Elsie: Yeah, the followers have informed me that the primary e-book isn’t even the most effective one, which I at all times love as a evaluation sequence.

Emma: I do too. That’s thrilling. After which we’re additionally gonna learn All Good Individuals Right here by Ashley Flowers, which if you happen to’re a real crime junkie like I’m, then you definitely already know who that’s as a result of she does Crime Junkie, and I feel she’s additionally the founder or one of many founders, I’m undecided of Audio, Chuck, 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 e-book. All Good Individuals Right here, and really my husband purchased this e-book for me some time in the past, and he learn it first as a result of we had been like, oh, let’s each learn it, we solely have one copy, you realize, no matter. And he mentioned he actually favored it. It’s a thriller. You’re making an attempt to resolve a criminal offense, and he mentioned 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 really by no means learn this creator earlier than however I’ve heard so many nice issues. I really feel like Barack Obama cherished one in all his books and put it on his summer time studying record or one thing like that. However the premise of the e-book sounded a bit bit spooky. I feel 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 e-book. That’s my understanding. So I feel it sounds actually attention-grabbing and I’m excited to learn a brand new creator that I’ve a sense I’m in all probability going to like, however by no means learn earlier than. 

Elsie: Good. I’m very excited for this season. It’s gonna be a very good studying season. Yeah. I wish to get extra individuals concerned with our e-book membership. Like I’m undecided tips on how to make it a bit extra interactive.

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

Elsie: If anybody has options, like possibly we must always do extra Instagrams about it or one thing. I don’t know. However learn together with us. 

Emma: Learn together with us. We’ll put all of our pics for the autumn within the present notes for this episode. And as normal, we’re a bit random, so we’ll announce just like the episode earlier than what e-book we could be doing, however we don’t know what order we’re gonna do these in but essentially. So, and particularly the nonfiction e-book.

Elsie: We are able to’t play by these guidelines. 

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

Elsie: It’s form of a workbook. 

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

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

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

Elsie: All proper this week we have now a particular visitor. It’s Marigold and Nova. Marigold, do you have got 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 mentioned, Mommy, I higher report a joke or a truth with Nova, or else nobody will hearken to your podcast.

Emma: She’s not improper. 

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