Episode #152: Personalizing a New Build

Episode #152: Personalizing a New Build

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Present Notes

Greatest issues Elsie did in her Nineties house:

-Including plenty of wallpaper

-Including classic, antiques, outdated lighting fixtures, and eBay finds 

-Eradicating signature Nineties options (plenty of carpet, overkill of can lights)

-We point out Episode #42: Oops, I’m Transferring Once more and Episode #107: Low cost Previous Homes

Elsie’s wallpaper sources:

-Right here’s a photograph of the rainbow bookshelves in Elsie’s earlier house:

-Elsie’s fortune cookie body

-Try Elsie’s favourite Etsy artist, Janet Hill

-When you have pets, we advocate Folex Prompt Carpet Spot Remover

-Right here is the mansion on the seashore picture in Goldie’s room.

–These are the frames that flip up for art work which can be in Elsie’s kitchen. You can too make your personal utilizing this DIY!

-Try the weblog submit The place to Purchase Cute & Inexpensive Wall Artwork On-line

-Learn the weblog submit The best way to Begin an Artwork Assortment

The best way to deal with a friendship break-up in your 30s

-Make house for what’s coming subsequent.

-Do not forget that some friendships come and go in numerous seasons of your life.

Elsie’s household meals to make FAST: 

Emma’s household meals to make FAST: 

-Try the weblog submit Simple 30-Minute Dinner Recipes

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Episode 152 Transcript

Elsie: You’re listening to the A Lovely Mess podcast. I not too long ago completed renovations on our Nineties house. This week, I’m sharing all one of the best renovations that we did to provide it character and character. We’re additionally chatting about friendship challenges in our thirties and our favourite fast household meals. So we had one of the best week collectively.

Spending Time Collectively

Emma: Sure. Sure. Tomorrow I’ll have been right here a complete week and there was at some point we went to spend time with Trey’s sister as a result of she additionally lives close to Nashville in order that was actually enjoyable. However yeah, I’ve simply been up in your own home for per week. The cousins have been enjoying collectively simply child Oscar, child Oscar, child Oscar. 

Elsie: It’s so cute. Yeah. They’re just about simply following him round the home 24 hours a day and ensuring he doesn’t put issues in his mouth and it was magical. We had quite a lot of enjoyable and I’m actually grateful for this, a complete week is a very long time so it was good. 

Elsie’s Home Story

Emma: Yeah. It was very enjoyable. So that you completed your renovation. So let’s examine in on the home. So when did you purchase this home? 

Elsie: Okay, so I’m so enthusiastic about this episode as a result of it’s like renovation replace time and we completed a bunch of stuff whereas we had been on our break this summer season and I didn’t even put most of it on Instagram so it’s like shock, shock, bing, bing, bing when you care about renovations. Okay. So we purchased the home two years in the past. It was throughout 2020. It was the top of 2020. There’s a complete episode about this again previously. It’s known as Oops, I’m Transferring Once more. 

Emma: Nice title. 

Elsie: I do suppose it’s top-of-the-line titles we’ve ever had and likewise What to Count on When Emma’s anticipating. I used to be additionally actually happy with that one anyhow. Okay. So we moved right here and the rationale why, within the quick model, is as a result of we had simply purchased a home proper earlier than the pandemic began and it was a lot too small for our household, however we had been planning to construct onto it and do all this stuff. Then as soon as that began, we felt like that was not a good selection anymore and never one thing we may deal with. So one evening I used to be simply crying and I used to be like, let’s simply transfer to a much bigger home. My husband was like, positively not. Then per week later, it’s at all times per week later or a month later he was like, okay, nice let’s simply transfer. 

Emma: You gotta give individuals time to consider issues. 

Elsie: So yeah, we discovered this home and we solely checked out two homes. It was within the tremendous low stock time. There’s solely two homes that match our specs in any respect. We had been fairly positive we had been gonna get the opposite one. This home was like, it was a little bit overwhelming. It was a little bit bit larger than we needed or wanted. It was simply sort of like ton of tile, a ton of beige carpet, simply quite a lot of rooms and quite a lot of partitions that had been fully clean. Prefer it was a Nineties new construct that by no means from what I can inform, received up to date in any approach on the within, nevertheless it had a pool and it was my quarantine dream so we ended up transferring right here. I’ll say in hindsight now that it has been greater than two years, I realized a lot, this was in all probability my largest studying expertise in a home ever. So for that, I’m so grateful. However for anybody who is considering shopping for a brand new construct after which simply reworking it to appear like an outdated home, I do wanna warn you that it’s tougher than you suppose and costly, and likewise simply tedious. Like, we just about did nothing however renovate this complete two years and my husband is over it. We needed to come to a stopping level in order that’s the place we are actually. 

Emma: So that you’re there?

Elsie: We’re at that stopping level. 

Emma: You’re on the end line. I wager it feels good. 

Elsie: I did make some compromises and I didn’t end every part I assumed I might. I simply determined to not on some issues. 

Emma: Effectively, life’s filled with compromises. 

Elsie: Sure. Life is stuffed with compromises and I believe pivoting on your property renovation is sort of important. 

Emma: You gotta preserve it unfastened as a result of it’s an enormous venture. I really feel like a very small venture can go in line with spec, however like massive ones, you sort of need to have that wiggle room. Anyway, so perhaps let’s discuss concerning the prime 5 issues or one thing alongside these strains that you just did to the home that you just really feel like made it, that outdated home really feel to you and comfy and all of the issues that you just needed that you just didn’t have it first.

Elsie: Okay. After we first purchased the home, the entire backside stage was giant beige tile and it was very like echo-y. There was not one single curtain in all the home so it felt very, similar to undressed. Like simply very bare. If you should use that phrase a couple of home after which the upstairs was fully carpeted and the footprint is similar. So it’s like half of the home was simply beige carpet. One of many first issues that I needed to speak about is what we took away from the home to make it look much less nineties earlier than I speak about all of the issues that I added to make it go along with my private aesthetic as a result of you can also make it any aesthetic, clearly. I needed, like I like outdated homes, I needed an outdated home and it wasn’t within the playing cards for us on this space. So I made a decision to create one, which was an awesome inventive problem. So the primary one is that I removed nearly all of the carpet. I say nearly as a result of we did resolve to maintain the carpet in our film room as a result of it was a really, what do you name it? Low pile when it’s like not very fluffy. 

Emma: That sounds proper. 

Elsie: Extra like a carpet you’ll see in an workplace constructing and fewer like a carpet you’ll see in a home from the nineties if that is sensible. I’m not a carpet knowledgeable, however we stored it in that one room as a result of my husband’s, he’s in music and stuff and he needed it to have like a sure sound. So it was like a sound issue factor. Truthfully, our canine, we had an aged canine final yr who handed and he or she had some loopy accidents in there on the carpet, which is beige or white and it’s the freaking Folex. Have you ever heard bloggers ever speak about Folex, the spray? It’s like a miracle. 

Emma: Yeah. We used to make use of it. We had an aged pug too earlier than he handed. He had quite a lot of accidents.

Elsie: I can’t imagine how a lot better it’s than another spray I’ve ever tried. So positively when you’re an individual with carpet in your own home, get that Folex. It truly is absolutely legit. So after we first moved in, we just about instantly, I believe it was like a month after we moved in, we booked the flooring for the upstairs. In order that they took all of the carpet out and we went to Missouri for per week or so they usually put in wood flooring. I’ll say that I believe flooring are one of many simpler issues you are able to do to your own home. Do you agree with that? 

Emma: I believe it is dependent upon who you’re working with as a result of some individuals may very well be actually sluggish. 

Elsie: They’re excessive impression and prefer it’s costly, nevertheless it’s not soul-crushing like some initiatives are. I really feel prefer it makes simply such a top quality distinction. I imply, most individuals favor wood flooring. I do know somebody’s like no. 

Emma: Yeah, I believe most individuals do. Yeah, I believe so. I imply, it is dependent upon the house, however yeah. Like some individuals may need them in bedrooms. I imply, you stored some within the film room you’re saying so I believe there’s some areas, however typically, yeah. I believe individuals, like wood flooring.

Carpet and Can Lights

Elsie: I did get to expertise what it was prefer to have the carpet in every single place and when you adore it, like, I like that for you, however I wouldn’t need it. It was within the halls and every part so it was actually sort of in every single place. Anyway, so yeah, we added wooden to the entire upstairs. So we had an enormous quantity of canned lights, like recess lighting, just like the flat lighting the place it seems like a little bit can caught up in your ceiling. I do know individuals name it by totally different names. So we had like an enormous, enormous, enormous quantity. I’ve gotten essentially the most conflicting recommendation and opinions from Instagram and from even my mates about whether or not or not you need to have them in any respect, or you need to have a standard quantity, like a small quantity of them, perhaps a minimal quantity, after which a considerable amount of them. So I believe you simply have to seek out the place you match on that spectrum. For me, if I used to be constructing a house from scratch, I can confidently say I might go zero. It’s simply not my sort of lighting and I simply favor different lighting. 

Emma: I can’t wait so that you can see what number of can lights we put in our home that we’re renovating proper now. It’s greater than zero.

Elsie: Okay. However I’ll say for this home, I used to be making an attempt to renovate it, for myself design clever, however with a resale mindset in terms of sensible, purposeful issues. Which I believe is at all times good. In the event you can, only a steadiness. So I did preserve some, we minimized them. 

Emma: You probably did have an extreme quantity. It was sort of wild. 

Elsie: I’ll present an image within the present notes for anybody who doesn’t imagine me, however even in every bed room, there can be six to 9 can lights in a bed room that additionally has a chandelier. Now we’ve got 4 in every bed room. So, that’s sort of what I’m saying once I say we reduce them. If I used to be constructing from scratch, I like that outdated homes don’t have them, so I in all probability would keep away or keep minimal. Then aside from that, we did eliminate a few of the beige tile within the downstairs and we changed a few of it with wooden, which was a very, actually onerous determination between me and my husband. He felt that the tile was like this pool pleasant factor and I felt that wooden can also be simply as pool pleasant when you wipe up the water, which we at all times freaking would. So we sort of simply went round about it for some time, however after we put down the wooden, which was sort of like, I’d say three-fourths of the downstairs. He does actually prefer it now and he feels actually good concerning the determination now. So I believe it gave the house a a lot better really feel. So the subsequent factor I wanna speak about are the bookshelves. 


Emma: So these are stuff you added? Now we’ve moved on to stuff you’re including into the home. 

Elsie: Sure. I’m gonna speak about bookshelves. I’m gonna speak about wallpaper and I’m gonna speak about classic stuff and artwork. In order that’s the desk of contents for what’s to return. So after we first noticed this house, there’s so many clean partitions. I knew that I needed to place quite a lot of bookshelves as a result of in our earlier house, you guys may keep in mind the rainbow bookshelf, I’ll put an image within the present notes. It was my first floor-to-ceiling bookshelf, and I liked it. It took a clean wall in a room that wasn’t getting quite a lot of like play. It was simply sort of a boring wall, by no means received in a photograph ever. Then hastily it was just like the bell of a ball. It simply was so particular. It was on the duvet after we did the dad and mom’ journal cowl. It was utilized in quite a lot of photographs. I do know it’s in Alyssa’s e-book. I do know it’s within the domino e-book. Rainbow bookshelves modified my life and I truly received into books not too long ago. So after we moved right here, I had simply watched Knives Out. I’ve a quota to fill that I’ve to say Knives Out in each episode of our podcast.

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Emma: We’re apparently tremendous followers. 

Elsie: So I used to be like, what number of bookshelves and likewise fireplaces can I match on this house? So I made a decision lots. So we added them on this room we’re sitting proper now could be Jeremy’s studio, which is the dimensions of, I might say a great measurement bed room. It’s sort of a squarish room although. It’s not lengthy, it’s sq.. He has bookshelves that go all the best way round, which we did that as a result of on this house we didn’t do any soundproofing. However we found that books might be like a type of a sound diffuser and sound actually good. Hopefully, you’re listening to this podcast and are usually not like, oh, it sounds horrible, truly. So they give the impression of being cool. It sounds good. It’s actually cozy. We might positively do that once more. And we’d positively advocate it to anybody who desires to do a price range music studio as a result of it really works nicely. Then the subsequent one we did was the massive inexperienced cabinets in our lounge. We determined to place a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf in the lounge as type of like an accent wall. There’s a fire within the middle after which to at least one facet, you’ll see the house theater room, after which to the opposite facet is a large bookshelf. It’s so massive that you could’t go to the highest with out, I imply, I just about simply climb up on just like the countertop a part of it each time however you would want a ladder when you needed to succeed in the highest. That one, I really feel prefer it modified the room perhaps greater than any of the opposite renovations. I’m simply gonna put the earlier than and afters, I assume, within the present, you need to see it to imagine it. Then the final bookshelf scenario that we did is I noticed this one image on Pinterest of a bookshelf eating room and it was like a fireplace lit and it may by no means exit, an unquenchable burning need for a library eating room. 

Emma: I adore it. 

Library Eating Room

Elsie: So we determined to do the library eating room and we had already added this arch, which is so unhappy as a result of it was the size was fallacious as a result of the arch was approach increased than the doorways, by the point we put within the doorways and stuff and I used to be like, oh no, that’s not gonna work anymore. It simply all seems bizarre. Our eating room desk seems like dollhouse furnishings after we first put it up, like I’m telling you this scale points had been bizarre. So I used to be a little bit bit nervous about dropping house as a result of when constructing out the bookshelves on three partitions, we did lose about a few toes from all sides and in order that was a little bit bit like, is it price it? However I can say now, like 1000000% I might do it once more. We additionally added a little bit fake fire and a few sconces across the bookshelves, that are nice lighting everytime you need one thing sort of dim, and bookshelves with cupboards beneath. So what I retailer there may be like my classic purchasing stuff. So it’s like a spot the place I can accumulate much more random stuff, which makes me so glad. So the library eating room was positively, I believe a turning level for our home as a result of we used a classic fire mantle that we discovered on the flea market after which type of constructed, it was sort of like Frankenstein fire as a result of we received one piece of it, however then they needed to construct the remaining to match. By the point it was carried out, I might say it’s my favourite room, and the renovation I’m essentially the most happy with as a result of it had so many doubters and Jeremy tried to speak me out of it actually, actually onerous as a result of I get it, like, why do you wanna spend a lot cash on bookshelves in a eating room? It doesn’t completely make sense, however for this home, for this eating room, it similar to wanted one thing to make it really feel cozy and so it labored. 


Emma: Let’s speak about wallpaper. I’d say that’s an enormous factor in your own home. If anybody who’s ever walked by means of it, like I’ve, there’s similar to plenty of totally different wallpapers. A few of it’s like simply on the partitions or half the wall. There’s quite a lot of areas the place it’s on the ceiling which is a enjoyable function. So how do you choose wallpaper? What’s your take care of wallpaper, man? 

Elsie: For this home, I picked nearly solely conventional wallpaper. The primary wallpaper that I received actually impressed by is the one in my workplace and it’s a Hugo and West wallpaper. I picked it as a result of it like, had like this little little bit of Gucci feeling about it so I’ll hyperlink within the present notes all of the wallpapers with the images. So you’ll be able to see what they appear like as a result of um, remembering all of the manufacturers and stuff off the highest of my head isn’t straightforward. I stayed with principally conventional floral wallpaper, however all of them really feel actually totally different. They’re not all the identical. After which we’ve got one which we haven’t actually proven but. There’s a little bit like type of like touchdown room on the prime of our stairs and it connects to our hallway and our essential bed room and the child’s secret library. And in that room, we did this darkish inexperienced, I believe Morris and Co wallpaper and it’s on the ceiling too. I name it my vampire room as a result of it truly is so moody. I’ve by no means carried out a room this moody earlier than.

Emma: It’s very moody. I don’t know. I heard you say vampire room and I used to be like on the lookout for like bats within the wallpaper or one thing or like eyeballs or one thing as a result of it doesn’t actually really feel spooky. It simply feels very wealthy, like velvet, you already know what I imply? 

Elsie: That’s good. After which we lastly did the entryway ceiling, which was kinda like a, I imply it’s an enormous look. I believe it turned out actually cool. It’s positively like, in all probability like the largest assertion that we did in the home.

Emma: The factor I seen lots with that space, the entryway is the wallpaper on the ceiling seems lovely, nevertheless it additionally makes that chandelier stand out extra. I really feel like if it was a white ceiling, I wouldn’t discover the chandelier as a lot, or it wouldn’t be as seen and it’s actually fairly chandelier. So I don’t know. I used to be like, oh, I by no means actually considered it, however yeah, in the identical approach, like a painted ceiling would try this. I really feel just like the wallpaper does it, nevertheless it additionally sort of felt like an outfit the place you see somebody who has some sort of cool pants on and a really patterned shirt. And also you’re like, oh, I wouldn’t put that collectively, nevertheless it seems wonderful. It seems sort of like that. 

Elsie: Thanks. I’m actually enthusiastic about that. I believe it turned out actually cool and that specific sample I’ve, like had this like obsession with it for therefore lengthy and I’ve at all times needed to make use of it. And I actually love the way it turned out. Within the powder lavatory, we did a paneling wall that goes up about three-fourths of the best way, after which we left the highest half and it’s an irregular ceiling. So it’s like a ceiling with three partitions after which a sloped wall if that is sensible. Like three straight components and a sloped half. So it sort of wanted like there’s sure patterns that make irregular formed rooms, like actually forgiving. That’s what I utilized in my workplace as nicely. They work very well for like nineties structure. It’s kinda bizarre. Then you definately simply see the wallpaper and also you don’t see anymore, the like bizarre angles. So yeah, I used a kind of patterns and I like the way it turned out. I used to be like, very pleased with it and it’s sort of like, I really feel prefer it’s a little bit extra of a coastal vibe than a few of the different rooms.

Emma: Your lighting fixtures are.

Gentle Fixtures

Elsie: Yeah. We used the Stray Canine Designs lighting fixtures, after which I used a ratan trying shade. Then similar to with the white beat board and stuff, it simply sort of looks like, I don’t know, very reverse. I ought to make a video. Probably the most reverse of the way it was after we first moved in as a result of that room was very dungeon and darkish.

Emma: Sure. I used to hate that rest room plus it’s such excessive ceilings in there and it’s like this lengthy rectangle so it was simply actually like a bizarre room. And now I really feel like the place you probably did the like three-fourths beat board after which the wallpaper, it simply breaks it up visually. It sort of additionally in a bizarre approach, made the ceiling really feel a little bit bit decrease, however in a great way. 

Elsie: Thanks. 

Emma: So it’s very nice. 


Elsie: Ought to we discuss concerning the fireplaces?

Emma: Sure. What number of fireplaces do you’ve and what number of of them are actual and what number of of them are faux?

Elsie: Okay. So after we moved in the home had one fire in the lounge that’s actual, and it nonetheless has that one fire in the lounge that’s actual however we did need to redo it as a result of it received destroyed after they had been demoing the tile. Which I wasn’t planning on doing. It turned out to be lovely, however so costly. Then I added a couple of fake fireplaces. And I nonetheless would add extra if I had the prospect to be trustworthy as a result of they make me so glad. So we added one in our bed room. So our bed room simply particularly had quite a lot of unused house and we knew we didn’t want extra furnishings. It wasn’t the furnishings. It was simply sort of like, and there was scale points. 

Emma: It’s a wild bed room. I’ve by no means seen a bed room that massive.

Elsie: And it’s a little bit bit sq.. 

Emma: So it makes it like, there’s sort of no motive, I really feel like there’s instances you see a bed room and it’s massive and it’s like, oh, nicely, it’s sort of related. It Virtually has a hallway that’s main someplace, however yours is rather like an enormous empty field with tremendous excessive ceilings and there’s simply nothing happening in there. 

Elsie: I’ve seen quite a lot of bedrooms the place you’ve room for like a settee and a espresso desk and a TV and whoa, whoa, whoa. However this room doesn’t even have room for any extra furnishings, however it’s massive. So we added a TV and we may put chairs there. We simply favor to not as a result of we’re not sitting there however you could possibly simply have chairs. We’ve put them there typically after which it has a dresser after which, the mattress and the bedside tables, however then there was simply this complete different wall. So we determined to have a fake fire. And I discovered this arts and crafts fire on Pinterest that I similar to fell in love with and so we similar to emulated it precisely. So it’s a classic fire they usually made it look, I might say fairly near the true factor. We used the sort of tile the place it’s like has a little bit little bit of shade variation so it’s like a few of the items are white and a few of the items are like a little bit bit grey and a little bit bit beige, however that was in all probability I believe the only option for the bed room. After which aside from that, we paneled the ceiling, which actually helped the sensation of the room to only really feel extra cozy. Like a paneled ceiling. I discovered once I first confirmed Ting, what I wanna do the home he’s like, you can not panel this many ceilings. It’s like too costly and also you don’t want it. He’s like choose three. So we picked, however to date we’ve solely carried out one, however we thought perhaps we’d do it within the kitchen. After which we picked the bed room as a result of the bed room similar to the ceiling is sort of like a press release, nevertheless it didn’t look good. So it seems so good now it’s in all probability my favourite ceiling on the planet. Sure. Oh my God. I’m so excited now to love take all as a result of this may inspire me to love take all my footage.

Emma: I do know you need to present it as a result of individuals can be like, present me it. 



Elsie: Sure. Okay. So the subsequent factor I wanna speak about is like including classic antiques, outdated lighting fixtures, eBay finds, and stuff like that.

Classic Particulars, Art work, and Extra

Emma: So I consider this as just like the small stuff. , like when you had been to maneuver, you’ll take this stuff with you. I assume you could possibly take a fake fire relying if it’s like actually built-in or not, however like bookshelves, issues like that you just’re not taking that with you. Wallpaper, you’re not taking that with you. 

Elsie: Our fireplaces are positively completely fastened.

Emma: Yeah. Yours are like in place. 

Elsie: Yeah, the sunshine, I imply, I wouldn’t take a lightweight fixture, however you could possibly at all times swap when you needed to. The vintage gentle fixture I discovered that we used is within the youngsters’ library and it’s a cathedral chandelier. Is that what it’s known as after they do the sort of crazy factor on the backside?

Emma: I consider it as a Titanic chandelier myself, you already know, the film Titanic 

Elsie: Titanic chandelier . Yeah, that’s a great description. It’s so sparkly. The solar hits it each evening at a sure time. It’s simply so magical. If I may do my complete home in classic lighting fixtures, I might like to, however I believe., I imply, they’re such an enormous time dedication to love supply them, after which they’re not returnable and there’s quite a lot of danger related to them. Generally you need to get them rewired. So I believe selecting a pair for me was like I received the texture of it with out doing all of them and going too deep in.

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Emma: Yeah. Ting was like choose three. 

Elsie: I believe that for my Enneagram seven, the choose three is nice while you are available with this enormous checklist, that’s a great technique. Yeah, I positively suppose I’ve purchased essentially the most eBay stuff of my complete life since we moved right here as a result of I’m like accumulating these little brass bugs. Sure. There’s some like ladybugs and frogs and I did get so impressed by Knives Out. I simply needed to have like, simply that like each room looks like a priceless assortment. Nevertheless it’s like priceless since you may by no means discover it once more. You could possibly by no means replicate it once more. Anybody should purchase a chair from Serena and Lily, which is wonderful, however not anybody should purchase this sure, you already know. In the event you take the time to discover a velvet chair on eBay, then it’s like one among a form or basically. 

Emma: Yeah. Or discovering it the place it similar to suits your house completely. Like you’ve one little brass butterfly factor on the finish of the bookshelf that similar to suits the house completely or no matter. In order that, after which I additionally simply suppose there’s a sense of like, oh, this has been not simply thoughtfully curated, however like, it takes time to love put collectively issues like that. Everytime you take a look at a catalog, that’s like all one model. The rooms don’t look curated in that approach as a result of it’s all one model’s furnishings they usually truly don’t wanna put a bunch of bizarre stuff in there as a result of then it will in all probability pull focus. They need you to concentrate on simply their objects and while you stroll right into a home like that, it’s actually tidy however I believe your own home feels very reverse of that. It’s like, you already know, issues come from throughout and from quite a lot of totally different eras and simply have a vibe. It’s received a vibe. 

Elsie: Thanks. That’s the greatest praise. I believe that’s one thing that you are able to do on any price range as a result of we did begin thrifting the primary day I received my driver’s license and the stuff that we’d discover thrifting again then within the nineties, it’s simply as cool because the stuff that now I spend approach an excessive amount of cash on eBay shopping for. So I believe when you’re prepared to place within the hours, and there’s all of the people who find themselves obsessive about Fb market, property gross sales, like all of the issues. I believe I’ve mentioned that like 1,000,000 instances on this podcast, however I do suppose it’s the primary approach that you could get an costly trying house that’s like simply your model on a small price range however the time dedication is large. However for me, I like that. I like accumulating stuff and I like analyzing and studying concerning the historical past and I believe it’s enjoyable. For me, it’s similar to a interest and I believe accumulating classic stuff is a superb interest. 

Emma: Oh yeah. Undoubtedly. 

Elsie: After we had Elizabeth from Low cost Previous Homes on the podcast, I requested her, what’s one of the simplest ways to get an old-looking home when you even have a brand new home, like what will we do? She advised me the primary factor is simply shopping for classic and I actually do. I’ve lived it now and I can similar to testify that’s the primary factor. I believe it’s so particular and it’s tremendous enjoyable. I really feel such a much bigger bond with my classic collections that I do with anything I personal. So I believe it’s actually particular. Ooh, we’re gonna speak about artwork. So when Emma first received right here, I had a desk filled with frames and I used to be like making an attempt to love put all my artwork, like I had simply gone and eventually received all of the frames, similar to accumulating prints for a few years,  however in a pile in my workplace. So I lastly received the frames and I used to be like, I’m gonna end this. So I figured that I ought to in all probability like hurry up and dangle them as a result of she has a little bit child that’s crawling round. 

Emma: He positively like was knocking over a few of the like frames right here and there. So it’s like, oh, I’m sorry. That is what he does. He’s . He’s very . 

Elsie: However he helped me a lot as a result of I might’ve overthought it and like set them there after which considered it for per week and like, issues like that. However I simply hung all of them with out considering hardly in any respect. 

Emma: Oscar’s gonna break it. I’m gonna get my command strips out and get this carried out.

Elsie: Yeah and it helped. So anyway, yeah, we needed to speak for a sec about artwork as a result of Emma was saying she favored the way it was like a bizarre, it’s like bizarre artwork.

Emma: You may have a combination as a result of you’ve what I might contemplate like effective artwork stuff and perhaps it’s prints or perhaps it’s an authentic, however like issues that artists have made. Then you definately even have like kiddo artwork out of your women, you’ve household portraits, and you then even do like sort of an eclectic model of household portraits. Some are such as you guys smiling on the digicam, however then there’s plenty of like extra candid feeling issues that I do know you simply took along with your telephone, like moments which can be occurring shortly so you need to like seize a photograph. It’s only a very massive combine and I actually like that. Then you definately’ll even put in bizarre issues, like no less than two locations in your own home, you’ve these little like fortune cookies body which can be such as you’ll be receiving a name quickly. Was that from while you received the decision about Goldie? When Goldie joined the household? 

Elsie: Sure. 

Emma: That’s what I assumed. Yeah. I used to be like, it’s both Goldie or Nova, however I can’t keep in mind the story now. You even have like tiny little gold body for the precise fortune cookie that I discovered. 

Elsie: Oh my gosh, you seen my fortune cookie body.

Emma: Oh, I instantly was like, I’ve gotta carry this up sooner or later so she may put a hyperlink on the weblog as a result of I simply wish to purchase it. That’s the one approach I’ll keep in mind is that it’s like linked someplace that I can discover later once I keep in mind. It’s such a cute little body and I’ve a particular fortune cookie too. It’s like on my bulletin board in my workplace. And I used to be like, I might like to put it in a tiny gold body. 

Elsie: I’ve purchased nearly all my artwork from Etsy so it’s not that it’s like something fancy. I preserve saying like, I wanna purchase a few originals. I believe that might be a great subsequent step for me and I might like to help some painters and issues like that, however I haven’t carried out that but. Most every part that we’ve got is within the underneath $50 vary or no less than underneath 100 {dollars}. Etsy is the best artwork useful resource on the planet as a result of additionally an enormous quantity of the artwork that I’ve is the type that you just purchase it as a obtain and it’s like $5 after which you’ll be able to print it in any measurement you need, which is so good as a result of typically I don’t know what measurement I need. 

Emma: You simply know you like the piece in your life. 

Elsie: Yeah. And I purchase quite a lot of thrift retailer frames, so it’s useful to have the ability to like resize issues your self. I actually like that. I’d positively favor it to love having to choose the dimensions on their web site and get it mailed to you. So, yeah my favourite Etsy artist is called Janet Hill. So she’s the one with like the attention patch one and just like the man that’s smoking the pipe. Her stuff could be very Wes Anderson. She additionally wrote a novel, so she has two youngsters’s books. I like her a lot. She’s positively similar to such a cool painter. So I’ve a bunch of hers after which let me suppose quite a lot of historic prints, like, did you see the print in Goldie’s room? I believe it’s from San Francisco. It’s a historic print of like, just about like a mansion, nearly a fort constructed on the sting of the seashore. It’s tremendous cool and peculiar. 

Emma: She confirmed me her Elsa poster, however we didn’t get to the, we didn’t get to that, I assume.

Elsie: Sure. Sure. She made a DIY Elsa. It’s three toes tall so we’ve got that. 

Emma: It’s received quite a lot of jewels on it. 

Elsie: Yeah, Elsa is life. So our daughters do a ton of artwork clearly so I simply attempt to like body as a lot as I can. In our kitchen, I simply received these frames from Amazon that flip up so you’ll be able to change the artwork anytime you need so I’m positively gonna hyperlink these as a result of I believe it’s good for the kitchen. Simply because such as you might be altering it continuously. For us, no less than it’s the place we’ve got the backpacks and we’re getting the varsity artwork out and all of that. So it’s similar to slap it within the body. You may similar to, put one on prime of one other, on prime of one other in that body. And I believe that that’s actually cool as a result of it simply goes so quick and like the quantity of artwork that we’re accumulating is weird. 

Emma: Effectively, I like that it’s like put the child artwork in amongst all the remainder of the artwork accurately. So I like that. I additionally suppose such as you positively have, like, your complete fridge is like lined with child artwork, which I believe accurately, in fact, what else are fridges for. Additionally, I really feel like seeing them in frames similar to elevates it a little bit bit which I actually love. So it’s like, I like the fridge artwork and I believe everybody ought to try this. I’ve tons on mine, little footprint issues that Oscar’s carried out on there, however I believe placing it in body typically is like actually particular and sort of elevates it. I don’t know. I prefer it lots. 

Elsie: No, I believe you’re completely proper. It indicators that it’s like one thing you’re gonna preserve without end, which I believe is so particular. When you have youngsters, you perceive, like I truly suppose it’s simpler in actual time to choose those to place up than to build up this enormous archive of stuff after which have the strain of displaying it in a while after they’re older. So yeah, for me it really works greatest to only sort of like put it up. 

Emma: , too as a result of I walked in your workplace and Elsie’s desk is like lined along with her work after which her youngsters work like, so it’s simply a lot like artwork in every single place, however instantly I noticed these tiny Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that Nova had clearly made. And I instantly was like, these are improbable as a result of they’re like minimize out, 10 outta 10. And I used to be like, oh, Elsie, I noticed these Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and he or she was like, oh, I’m framing these. I nearly thought they had been misplaced so it’s like, you already know, straight away while you’re like this one’s a framer, it’s going up straight away. 

Elsie: It’s true. You don’t even actually need to suppose simply go along with your intestine.

Emma: You’ll know, the artwork tells you and that one mentioned cowabunga, put me in a body. Get it. Michaelangelo. 

Elsie: He’s a celebration dude. Yeah. Yeah. Oh my God, Nova’s blasting the Ninja Turtle’s theme tune daily. So she’s a celebration dude. Our home could be very cool. Anyway, I’m making an attempt to suppose if there’s anything about artwork, however I’ll hyperlink, we’ve got a few actually thorough weblog posts the place it’s like artwork for each single room and people have quite a lot of artwork from my house in them. Yeah. Yeah. Amassing artwork. That’s an awesome submit. So I’ll make certain and hyperlink to all of that, however I believe that simply breaking the seal and simply hanging stuff up is the best way to go.

Emma: You may change it. 

Elsie: No, I’m like so relieved. I might’ve spent so lengthy, however I similar to put the artwork up and it’s up now and it’s carried out and in our hidden library, the entire partitions full and it simply feels, it’s not good and I may have overthought it extra and I may have been like my choosy self, however I believe it’s simply not price it with that sort of factor. It’s higher to similar to do it and luxuriate in it. And I believe, yeah, simply let your eyes, get used to it after which simply be like, that’s ok.

Emma: Yeah. I believe too, taking the time to place up artwork in your own home, no matter you want, no matter it’s you need, or household, photographs, no matter, simply stuff in your partitions. I believe it’s simply very inviting as a result of like we visited some mates after we received to Nashville for this journey. They’re each like very inventive, like a musician and a graphic designer they usually’re similar to actually cool. I’d by no means been of their home earlier than and naturally, that they had such an attention-grabbing curated, assortment of artwork on their partitions of like authentic items and clearly items in all probability from mates and various things like that. And I felt myself strolling round their home, their artwork. I prefer to snoop homes and I’ll be like, simply actually trustworthy with individuals about it like I’m gonna Snoop your own home proper now and other people don’t care normally. I simply suppose like when you’ve artwork up, it’s such as you’re inviting individuals to snoop. You’re like, I’ve displayed one thing. I would love you to return into my eating room and take a look at the piece that I’ve placed on my wall or come on into our kitchen and see what I framed in right here or no matter. Like I simply really feel like one thing about it is extremely like, go forward and look, I’ve put this on show so that you can take a look at and it’s similar to a really inviting ambiance and so I dig it. I really feel extra relaxed strolling round somebody’s home if they’ve a bunch of artwork up as a result of I really feel like I’m supposed to have a look at it and probably touch upon it and inform them how cool it’s or what piece I like or hear their story about the place they received it or no matter it’s like. So it’s a really enjoyable factor. 

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Elsie: No, I fully agree. I like that. That’s such a pleasant technique to put it and it makes me wanna dangle artwork even sooner sooner or later in order that’s like actually encouraging. So yeah, hopefully, everyone seems to be like gonna hammer some holes in some partitions now after listening to this. That makes me glad to suppose.

Emma: All proper, nicely, we even have a subject request that we received from Instagram. So the subject is learn how to deal with a friendship breakup in your thirties. 

Elsie: I assumed this one was a very good query. We get questions like this beautiful ceaselessly. I believe it’s a reasonably widespread expertise. 

Emma: Yeah. Friendship in your thirties and past I believe, I imply, typically friendship in maturity, I believe might be totally different than it was like in highschool and faculty the place you’re simply continuously assembly new individuals and stuff like that. 

Elsie: I believe it’s very totally different. Okay. So for me, I used to be interested by this and I don’t essentially suppose I’ve had a friendship breakup in my thirties, so I couldn’t consider a breakup however I’ve had fairly a couple of friendships the place we simply type of like misplaced contact. However for me, I pleasure myself in having a excessive capability for being low upkeep the place like, I don’t have to speak to somebody for six months or a yr, however then we are able to catch up and like be synced again up actually shortly. And I prefer to be that pal for different individuals and I like mates like that for myself. Like so far as like the buddies that I fell away from a little bit bit, like, I don’t know. I sort of simply suppose it’s regular. I couldn’t say something unhealthy about it. It simply looks like life.

Emma: That’s sort of what I believe as a result of even once I take into consideration normally when individuals say the time period breakup they’re speaking about romantic relationships. So even like interested by that, I’m like, it was at all times a great factor as a result of it led to the subsequent factor. Which isn’t to say like, so I don’t cherish previous issues. Like when you’ve got a friendship breakup, you’re in all probability nonetheless gonna like cherish the time you had collectively and all of that however you could simply be within the season for the subsequent factor like perhaps somebody has moved or one thing of that nature. I don’t know. I don’t even actually suppose it’s completely essential to have any sort of sit down discuss, however I assume there are occasions you do must set boundaries and simply somebody isn’t getting it so you need to be a little bit extra direct, however I’ve by no means actually had that, both somebody doing it to me or me needing to do this. So I’ve by no means actually had, I assume, a friendship breakup both. I believe much like you, it’s like I’ve had some that, some relationships that it sort of wax and wan or no matter or similar to, oh, we’re not that shut as a result of I seen they weren’t actually there for me throughout a tough time and all these different mates had been. You discover issues like that. I believe it’s simply sort of like a, oh, nicely, there you go. I don’t know. 

Elsie: Yeah, I assume my recommendation is to strive to think about it as making house, similar to anything in life, making house for one thing, for what’s subsequent, and likewise to only turn into comfy with the concept that some friendships are like greatest in a season. I believe even along with your shut mates, you’ll be able to consider seasons the place you had been like, actually like shut and synced up, after which you’ll be able to consider different seasons the place you felt a little bit bit distant like anybody would,. So I believe that it’s simply pure. It’s unhappy for positive particularly when you received your emotions harm. I may perceive that. 

Emma: No, that sucks. 

Elsie: Yeah, however I believe perhaps considering of it as regular hopefully will assist as a result of like, I can’t even inform you what number of instances we’ve gotten a query like this. I do suppose it’s as a result of so many individuals are experiencing it. For me on this time of my life, I’ve so many instances the place I simply really feel responsible as a result of I really feel like I simply don’t have lots to supply to different girls. On the finish of working and being a mother, I’m depleted. Good phrase. I believe having grace for people who find themselves depleted can also be a very great factor. In the event you can muster it as a result of I might hate to suppose that there may very well be individuals who suppose that I had a friendship breakup with them simply because I’m like going by means of a troublesome time. And that may very well be too as a result of so many individuals are going by means of issues we don’t know on a regular basis. So, yeah, that’s a tragic one, however we’re sending you a hug for positive. Then once I say that, I truly actually imply it each single time. So I hope the hug is obtained. 

Emma: Oh, additionally one final thing, every time I make new mates or I’m hanging out with somebody I don’t know that nicely they usually appear to speak actually poorly about their outdated mates or somebody they’re not mates with anymore. Simply so you already know, anybody listening, I at all times discover that and it instantly, it does a little bit alarm in my head the place I’m like, don’t inform this individual something, don’t belief them. They’re gonna do the identical factor to you. 

Elsie: I even have had that have not too long ago additionally and it’s unhappy as a result of I don’t suppose that folks know that that may be a purple flag.

Emma: Yeah. That’s why I needed to say, it’s similar to, you’re not a foul individual for doing that. Generally you are feeling like you should vent by means of one thing that was painful. I get that, however let me advocate remedy. It’s an awesome place to vent by means of issues that you should work by means of however when you’re simply out sort of like, principally sh*t speaking somebody, simply so you already know if different individuals round you appear to not likely belief you as a result of they could be feeling such as you’re gonna try this to them as a result of they’re seeing you do it to a different individual. 

Elsie: Effectively, I might suppose they for positive will.

Emma: I might, when you discuss to me about somebody, I’ll be like, oh, I’m not gonna inform you something since you’re in all probability gonna try this to me while you really feel prefer it

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Elsie: So our final phase is household meals you can also make quick. They tie proper collectively. 

Emma: Trigger you already know what no one desires household meals that take without end. 

Elsie: Do you actually have a household meal that you just try this takes without end? 

Emma: Thanksgiving. 

Elsie: Okay. I used to be gonna say for me like pizza as a result of it’s a larger dedication as a result of you need to prep the dough.

Emma: I received three issues that we do at house lots, and I’ll preface by saying my son’s at an age the place he does eat the dinner that we eat, however he goes to mattress at seven and he doesn’t eat every part that we eat like he’s one. So basically, he has a dinner and we’ve got a dinner. We’re not on the place but the place we sort of all eat dinner collectively. We can be at some point and that sounds truly actually cute and enjoyable. That’s simply not likely the season I’m in. So anyway, these are like three household meals that Trey and I make for simply us principally after Oscar’s sleep and we wish it to be actually quick as a result of we’re actually hungry.

Elsie: That is sensible. 

Emma: Okay. So the three issues are we make air-fried rooster wings which I’ve positively talked about on this podcast earlier than. So I’m sorry, however I like them they usually’re on the weblog. We eat them no less than as soon as per week, no less than usually extra. Okay. So yeah, rooster wings. Then quite a lot of instances we may have a cheeseboard dinner or charcuterie, I assume as a result of it’ll have meat too. It’s not essentially fancy, each from time to time we are going to, we’re like we’re gonna have an at house date time. We’re gonna get some fancy cheeses and fancy issues. Generally although, we’re like string cheeses on the board. Prefer it’s not that fancy, nevertheless it’s similar to meat and cheese and fruits and perhaps some greens, however principally simply these issues and it’s similar to actually quick. Perhaps we pop popcorn. I don’t know, be at liberty to evaluate, no matter. So it’s that sort of factor 

Elsie: if somebody’s judging you for popping popcorn, they’re within the fallacious place.

Emma: I imply, I’m sorry for having a cheeseboard for dinner. I’m simply kidding. 

Elsie: No, nobody can choose you. I need popcorn to be in my dinner at all times. Particularly like when we’ve got like household film evening, it kinda ruins your dinner and I adore it.

Emma: I present up lots at my e-book membership and it’s like, everybody eats dinner, like as we get there after which go into speaking. Loads of instances I’m simply consuming a bag of popcorn. 

Elsie: You carry your personal popcorn? 

Emma: Yeah. Yeah. Effectively, I carry my very own dinner.

Elsie: Does everybody carry their very own dinner?

Emma: Yeah. And lots of people have like these cute little glass Tupperware and it’s like a complete meal or they’ve some sort of good takeout. I simply present up with this bag of popcorn and typically an apple. One time, I simply bummed an apple off somebody as a result of I used to be like, I want I had an apple they usually had been like, right here you go. So I don’t have my life collectively.

Elsie: Oh my gosh. That’s humorous. 

Emma: Yeah. Okay. That wasn’t my third one. That was a bonus. My third one is stir fry. Which I even have a weblog submit about learn how to construct an awesome stir fry and it has principally a stir fry meals pyramid. Anyway, I’ll hyperlink it. It’ll make sense while you see it, however I like stir fry as a result of it may possibly come collectively actually quick and you’ll principally use something you need to like make it occur. In order that’s very nice and you’ll change the flavors and yeah, so we love stir fry. We make that no less than as soon as per week. 

Elsie: Good. Okay. I’ve mine. So I simply made a weblog submit for this one totchos which is tater tot nachos. So we had them at this restaurant in Nashville known as the Mockingbird and we love them. They’ve a brunch model and a dinner model so I assumed that might be enjoyable. It is a actually good one for my youngsters as a result of they may also help. It’s sort of similar to placing issues on a sheet pan after which baking it. So it’s like one thing the place they may like assist unfold the stuff, pour the stuff. My four-year-old, just about her favourite meals is hash browns, just like the McDonald’s type the little hash brown. The little patty type that you just get at Dealer Joe’s. So tater tots are usually not all that totally different from that. So, yeah, we love a tater tot. I put one pot pasta, however actually it’s similar to, I simply make pasta actually. I simply make pasta on a regular basis, butter noodles, and garlic. Additionally, I actually like, for a Dealer Joe’s dinner, the ravioli is like my primary Dealer Joe’s meals as a result of you’ll be able to take it straight from the freezer to a boiling water to your plate in like 10 minutes. It’s so quick and you’ll preserve it without end, which I like that, not as a lot strain to love use it shortly.

Emma: It’s attention-grabbing it’s in your freezer as a result of I believe normally consider recent pasts, like within the fridge and also you would want to make use of it like that week someday. 

Elsie: I freeze them and you’ll nonetheless warmth it up inside a couple of minutes. 

Emma: Nice mother hack. 

Elsie: Then I put chili like chili is chili. There’s nothing higher than chili. What’s subsequent? I put frozen dumplings as a result of dumplings are every part to our household. So we just like the at all times pan it has just like the steamed baskets and you’ll double up the place there’s like two steamed baskets and it’s so cute. So you are able to do buns, like bow buns and pot stickers and typically we’ve got shumai. So I get most, all of my frozen stuff from Dealer Joe’s additionally. They’re like frozen Asian meals part, it’s like fairly good and I adore it. It really works nicely for me proper now as a result of I simply can’t go to a bunch of shops.

Emma: Identical. Yeah. 

Elsie: Winner for dinner. That’s my final one. Effectively, I assume that that’s every part. Thanks a lot for listening. This week’s present notes are at abeautifulmess.com/podcast, and they are going to be very picture heavy. I’m ending my excursions and sharing the home with you guys this season. So thanks a lot for following alongside and we’ll be again subsequent week.

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