Episode #184: Decorating the Exterior of Your House

Episode #184: Decorating the Exterior of Your House

This week, we’re speaking about how one can make the surface of your private home feel and appear as cozy as the within of your private home. Plus, we have now a listener query about how one can deal with a contractor who isn’t doing the job proper.

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Present Notes:


Entrance Door: 

Home windows:

Porch Concepts:

  • Wraparound porch
  • Get a swing or daybed swing 
  • Put out just a little desk and chairs
  • Use string lights
  • Put in a hearth
  • Add a TV



  • See what blooms your first yr
  • Perform a little bit at a time

Again patio:



  • Have it match the character of your private home
  • Take a look at Emma’s mailbox magnet


  • Plan forward
  • Everlasting Christmas lights
  • Print out an image of the outside of your home and draw out your plans

Listener Query:

What are your ideas, tips, experiences, and concepts for coping with contractor points, particularly as girls? 

  • Learn Elsie’s weblog about Suggestions for Hiring a Contractor
  • Maintain bothering them
  • Give your self a pep discuss afterward
  • Ask your loved ones and associates for his or her opinions

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Episode 184 Transcript:

Elsie: You’re listening to The Lovely Mess Podcast, your cozy consolation hear. This week we’re speaking about how one can make the surface of your private home feel and appear as cozy as the within of your private home. Plus, we have now a listener query about how one can deal with a contractor who isn’t doing their job proper. My favourite topic. Okay, so somebody DMed me they usually stated, that is so cute. I can’t cease fascinated by it. So at our new home in Missouri, they stated that they used to reside type of subsequent door to it or one thing. And that at one level within the Nineteen Nineties, they noticed an enormous marriage ceremony hosted there within the yard. It was proper after our Father of the Bride episode got here out. And so they simply wished to inform me they usually stated it was actually magical. It had lights, it had tents, it had all of the issues and I want I might see it. I really like the thought of nonetheless throwing some type of, it doesn’t need to be a marriage, however some type of large celebration there. Perhaps a marriage, perhaps one thing else sometime, nevertheless it made my coronary heart really feel so many issues.

Emma: That’s so cute. That’s the sweetest DM ever. You additionally haven’t proven the home very a lot so I completely consider that they did reside subsequent door cuz to ensure that them to have the ability to like, acknowledge it from what you may have shared they have to actually know this home. 

Elsie: Yeah. The neighborhood, everybody type of is aware of once I was strolling across the neighborhood final time, I used to be there, Each single person who talked to me was like, so that you’re shifting into that home?

Emma: It’s a close-knit space. 

Elsie: Yeah. So anyway, this episode is all about adorning the outside of your private home. I’m so excited to do ours. So I like the best way that exterior appears to be like, however I feel it has much more potential that may be unlocked. And I undoubtedly assume yours as nicely. So Emma’s home, she’s at present doing her exteriors, like portray, renovation, and stuff. And she or he has an enormous yard that she’s saving for later, so I can’t wait to see what you soar into that finally, like what you do of it. 

Emma: Yeah, so we will discuss paint as a result of truly as we’re recording this, we have been purported to get our brick lime washed this week, nevertheless it didn’t work out as a result of they need to have three days of no rain in order that the paint can remedy correctly. And this week it was type of on and off within the forecast of just a little little bit of rain. So we’re hoping for subsequent week, however this time of yr it rains on and off pretty incessantly, so it might even be one other month, who is aware of? However I’m very excited when it does occur as a result of we have now a principally white, home, however then we have now just a little little bit of brick, and so we’re gonna get that lime washed. So lime wash, it could possibly imply numerous various things. So for us, what we’re wanting is the place you type of see the brick just a little bit. You continue to see that there’s pink brick below there. It’s virtually type of like a cloudy look. It’s very cottage core, shabby stylish, it’s type of that type of factor. And for us, we don’t have tons of brick. It’s not the entire home, so it’s type of gonna be an accent. So I really feel prefer it’s gonna be a pleasant juxtaposition with the white siding we have now, which appears to be like fairly plain and boring, simply being trustworthy. It’s like fairly boring. So I really feel like it will give it type of one thing. In the intervening time, it’s identical to very pink brick and it’s just a bit an excessive amount of visible distinction for my eyes, and in addition inform you it simply doesn’t actually appear to have any type. So I’m very excited for this lime washing. However once more, might have occurred this week, didn’t occur due to the climate. We’ll see. I’m hoping for subsequent week. May even be a month although. Who is aware of? 

Elsie: So portray brick, it’s undoubtedly a regional factor. So the place I grew up in Missouri, I feel persons are type of beginning to do it now just a little bit extra, however folks used to actually villainize and it’s undoubtedly a cold and hot matter, however there’s lots of people who assume that it’s like actually unhealthy to color a brick dwelling.

However once I moved to Nashville, I used to be seeing it in every single place. Simply everybody paints their brick properties right here, it’s very extraordinarily frequent. In order that was what gave me the braveness to do it for the primary time. After which after that, I by no means turned again, I paint a brick dwelling on a regular basis now. On my first two homes, I painted them with typical latex paint. Within the final home that we painted, we used Roman bio paint, which is a non-toxic, environmentally pleasant mineral paint. And the factor that’s cool about it’s that lots of people will say you shouldn’t paint homes as a result of then the brick can’t breathe, and with this paint, it’s like portray brick with a layer of white brick. So it’s the identical materials and your home can nonetheless breathe. So it lasts longer, it’s extra sustainable. The factor that’s powerful about it although, is it’s more durable to discover a painter who desires to make use of that materials as a result of it’s not as frequent. So anyway, I’ll hyperlink that within the weblog, if anybody’s curious. However yeah, I feel that portray a home is likely one of the greatest issues you are able to do for curb attraction, I like to recommend it. So the pink home is a wooden home, perhaps it’s wooden siding, I’m undecided, after which our new dwelling is sort of a clapboard home, so it’s wooden. In order that they’re each painted already and part of proudly owning these homes is that you must maintain them painted and sustain with it. It’s an necessary a part of the upkeep of proudly owning a woodhouse. So with our pink home, we determined to do a press release colour as a result of to start with, it suits into the neighborhood. There have been already numerous homes within the neighborhood that had just a little little bit of colour. It’s not like Charleston, nevertheless it’s undoubtedly much more than every other neighborhood in our hometown. Identical to homes with just a little little bit of colour, just a little bit extra risk-taking is the fitting phrase, however just a bit bit extra of an open-minded vibe. Individuals at all times ask me if the neighbors hated it. I by no means heard of anybody who hated it, however I’m certain somebody in all probability didn’t prefer it. I don’t know as a result of it’s pink. It’s a pink home, nevertheless it’s not the one pink home, I don’t assume, is it? 

Emma: I don’t assume it’s. No. It’s the one considered one of that specific pink, however no, I can consider one different that’s like a pink home and it’s the one which’s in heavy disrepair anyway. Anyway, there’s not less than one different pink one which I might consider. 

Elsie: And likewise pink is a historic dwelling colour. It’s a extra frequent dwelling colour from the times of previous, that’s additionally why I wished to do it. So anyway, I believed it was enjoyable. It was simply a chance as a result of it’s very small. What do you name it? Like a bungalow-style home. So it simply type of made sense. It match prefer it felt good for our new dwelling since it’s the clapboard and it’s already white, I actually simply can’t think about it every other colour. So I feel that I’m fairly certain it that can at all times maintain it white. However who is aware of? By no means say by no means. However a chance for portray on the outside is unquestionably the porch in the mean time. The porch must be repainted actually badly. It’s across the entrance steps space, whenever you first stroll up, it’s like actually chipping off. So I do know that’s considered one of our first tasks that we have to do. So I discovered this foremost colour known as Dorian Grey, so I used to be fascinated by utilizing that. You recognize, I’ve my Dorian Grey factor. If I wanna do a impartial colour, or I might perform a little extra of a enjoyable colour, I don’t know.

Emma: Yeah. Didn’t you say lots of people informed you to color it blue, to inform the ghost to go away? 

Elsie: Okay. So it’s, it’s a Southern factor that when you paint your porch ceiling blue. So whenever you look on Pinterest at porches, wraparound porches, and porch decorations, you’ll see plenty of porches with a painted blue ceiling, and now I type of know why. I don’t know if that’s the one motive, or if some folks perhaps simply see it they usually’re like, oh, that’s a cute colour, I’ll do mine that manner too. Yeah, however I to start with don’t actually need a blue ceiling. However second of all, I’m not likely afraid of ghosts. So when you see me portray my porch ceiling blue although, now you’ll know that one thing actually bizarre occurred. You’d be like, we have to ship her some flowers. 

Emma: She’d be like, it was between this and an exorcism. So I’m portray it blue. 

Elsie: Yeah. Our solar porch was truly, the ceiling was painted a teal blue after we moved in. However we painted over it white simply to, I don’t know, I simply wished it to be all white. I simply didn’t wanna have a press release ceiling in there. Yeah. Anyway, let’s keep centered on the outside trigger that’s what this episode is about. 

Emma: Yeah. Nicely, alongside portray exteriors, let’s discuss one other necessary exterior factor that you just paint generally, entrance doorways. 

Elsie: Okay. So the assertion entrance door is such a enjoyable matter, and I’m excited to speak about this. So, to start with, I really like assertion entrance doorways, I’ve had them in virtually all of my properties. I feel on my first dwelling we did a traditional black entrance door. After which after that, I used to be like we had a pink door after which we had a blue door, after which now we have now one other pink door after which we had a inexperienced door. So I really like the assertion entrance door. I feel it’s very enjoyable. I simply assume it’s good. However the one factor I’ll say is there’s this one home in our neighborhood proper now the place once I at all times attempt to struggle, I’m like, oh, the assertion door doesn’t match the home although. You recognize what I imply? So that you do need to mix it with what your home already is. Should you’re not gonna paint the entire home, you do need to type of settle for your home for what it’s and decide a colour that’s cohesive with that, I feel. 

Emma: That’s what I feel too. I’ll say if it’s your home and you haven’t any HOA in your again, do no matter you need. If it makes you cheerful to color it, that one teal that you just actually love, although it doesn’t go along with the remainder of the home, that’s fantastic. Go for it. Yeah, to me it’s like type of a missed alternative once I see one which simply doesn’t, as a result of I’m like, there’s so many colours that will work and also you picked the one which doesn’t actually match. So it seems like this door doesn’t belong to this home, which is okay. It’s your home, no matter. However I’m gonna go on my stroll and I’m gonna decide your entrance door. So simply know that’s taking place.

Elsie: In our new home, we have now a display door, so I would paint the entrance door, however I really feel prefer it received’t actually be as a lot of a factor to have a look at from the surface due to the, it’s like a wooden display door, it’s like a really traditional, like a southern door. I find it irresistible, I feel it’s sensible as a result of it’s like mosquito land and stuff. I’m fascinated by portray the within of the entrance door. However yeah, I feel if I wanna have like a enjoyable assertion door, I would do like our little pottery shed within the yard. I would do a facet door, I would do one thing else, I feel.

Emma: Yeah, and we’ve had painted entrance doorways up to now too. Most likely my favourite was we had this yellow door on the primary dwelling that Tray and I lived in collectively. And I painted it with my associates sooner or later and it was actually enjoyable. So at present we simply have this sort of trendy wooden door that has frosted panels and we simply received it from Lowe’s. It’s not likely something all that particular, to be trustworthy, nevertheless it appears to be like very nice. Our door earlier than had an enormous crack in it, the door that got here with the home and we simply weren’t actually in love with the type of it anyway. And like I stated, the window was tremendous cracked so we changed it with that. And I’m having them, at any time when they do the outside of the home, we’re type of matching the wooden. We’re including panels of wooden below a number of the home windows. Nearly like a planter field, nevertheless it’s not truly a planter field cuz I’ve no inexperienced thumb in any way. And I’ll by no means put crops in them as a result of they may simply die as a result of I don’t know what I’m doing. So it’s identical to a bit of wooden, however visually I feel it can learn type of like a planter field with out flowers and it simply matches the entrance door. Due to that, I’ve no plan to color our entrance door ever. I simply plan to maintain it the wooden that it’s and it appears to be like actually fairly. It’s like a very nice wooden and it’s been sealed so you possibly can actually see all of the wooden grain and it’s actually fairly. 

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Elsie: However yeah, only for the document, we’re pro-statement door. Do decide one thing that likes vibes with your home, however I feel it’s magical. I feel it’s a kind of enjoyable moments in life like one of many issues that owners get to try this’s actually particular.

Emma: Yeah. And when you’re a seasonal wreath particular person, which I’m, then you definitely do have to think about your entrance door because the backdrop for all of your seasonal wreaths. So I might assume that by means of. So make it possible for it’s gonna go nicely together with your Halloween wreath and your Christmas wreath. Perhaps you don’t care, however I do. 

Elsie: That’s how I make all of my dwelling choices. I by no means decide with out considering of the way it will look throughout Halloween and Christmas as a result of it’s so necessary to me and I stretch them out for not less than an additional month every. Okay, the opposite factor I really like for entrance doorways is selecting a classic knocker, I’ve talked about this earlier than. I selected one for my new home already. I select one for each dwelling, they usually’re all type of not humorous, however they’ve a character to them as a result of there are classic brass, tits. There are such a lot of completely different ones you could find. I feel our first one was a pineapple after which we had a butterfly at considered one of our BMBs and I keep in mind at Casey’s home I did a horseshoe and at my new home, I’m doing the bat. I’m doing a brass bat, it’s magical. It’s type of a enjoyable custom that I like to do like choosing the door knocker. 

Emma: Yeah, at my Harry Potter home in Florida, which we not personal, however there may be an owl brass knocker as a result of , Harry Potter. 

Elsie: Okay, so for home windows, to start with, do you want shutters? Are you a shutter particular person? 

Emma: I really like shutters. We don’t have them and I don’t really need them, however I really like them. 

Elsie: Lots of people have requested me if I might add shutters to our new home as a result of it type of appears to be like just like the film homes that I at all times put, that it type of appears to be like like each have black shutters. However I truly assume our home is just not meant to have shutters the scale of the home windows is I feel it’s larger than you assume. So from what I’ve learn, the one solution to do shutters is to have them be like actual shutters that would actually shut they usually have correct {hardware} they usually’re not like only a ornament, they’re an actual working factor. As a way to try this, they’d be big. So I simply don’t assume that our home wants it or desires it. So presently, I’m nobody shutters, however I do love how they give the impression of being and throughout our neighborhood, there are such a lot of homes with fairly shutters and I feel it’s magical.

Emma: And you’re feeling they need to be actual since you would wish to use them such as you would wish to pull them closed generally. 

Elsie: I imply, , I really like my Finish of the World books, so sure. But additionally I feel it’s simply kind of like an authenticity factor for like individuals who like previous homes, it’s such as you wanna do it the best way it could’ve been accomplished in that period.

Emma: Yeah, I get that. Nicely, as much as you. 

Elsie: I might inform you it’s silly. 

Emma: Yeah, I do. I don’t have to say it, however of observe on the vacation home, the shutters on the entrance of the home, and on the entrance porch have been undoubtedly not actual. They have been undoubtedly simply nailed in place and I believed they appeared fairly good.

Elsie: I’m simply saying if I have been gonna do them I might wanna make them actual functioning shutters. 

Emma: Okay. Nicely, that’s as much as you however I do assume they’d look fairly cool. So if the one solution to do it was faux ones, I’m voting towards you, nevertheless it’s your home. So clearly do no matter you need. 

Elsie: Take a look at it another time in an image, as a result of on the entrance window within the heart to the highest, there’s an oddly formed window and I’m simply undecided how it could work, like when you simply wouldn’t put the shutters on all of the home windows or it simply type of seems like it could be just a little bit, I don’t know.

Emma: I’m considering of it extra as purely an aesthetic factor and never you’re going to make use of them in any respect. That’s so we’re in all probability simply not considering like we’re not on the identical web page since you like wish to use them. In order that’s very completely different as a result of it’s like then they may need to be like big or oddly formed relying in your home windows and yeah, that sounds in all probability much more costly and probably problematic, however I’m simply considering like cool ones that perhaps have like moons carved in ’em or one thing. I don’t know. Or simply black wines. 

Elsie: So that you assume I ought to put shutters on the entrance of the home? 

Emma: Yeah, I do, faux ones. 

Elsie: Subsequent time I discuss to somebody concerning the exterior I’ll ask some questions, I’m curious now. All proper, let’s discuss porches. Porches are the whole lot to me. So I’ve already talked about this like 85 occasions, however I promise you it’s gonna be 85 extra. At our new home, my dream is to make a porch you could stroll all the best way round. A literal, all-the-way stroll across the porch. What do you name it, wraparound porch and you may truly stroll all the best way round it, a few of it can have doorways, a few of it received’t and a few of it will likely be sunrooms. Certainly one of it’s gonna be like an artwork room, a few of it will likely be porches. It’s so magical to me. So, yeah I really like porches. In our first Nashville home, we had a sunroom and it was undoubtedly one of the stunning rooms in the home. It was very photogenic and it was very enjoyable to brighten. However because it was a 3 seasons room and also you couldn’t use it within the winter, it was type of a bummer a number of the years. So I discovered from that have that I might reasonably have identical to all the best way a porch, only a porch as you go on the market, you sit within the contemporary air, or if it’s a sunroom that’s closed in with home windows, I would like it to be like heated and cooled and be like part of the house. In order that’s an enormous precedence for me now. Enjoyable issues about porches, so you are able to do swings, you are able to do just a little desk and chairs. You are able to do the daybed swing. What are a few of your favourite decorations for porches? 

Emma: Yeah. I really like a swing. I really like a daybed swing. Our porch is type of unusual in a manner. It’s a correct porch nevertheless it’s numerous poured cement with a few bushes, like area the place the tree is rising out. It’s like a bonsai tree or one thing, I don’t actually know. And there’s not likely a spot to place a swing, however we used to at all times sit and swing with Oscar when he was a child at our final home. So I type of miss it, however I don’t even know if he would take pleasure in it anymore. Now he desires to be strolling, we have now his little bike out on the entrance porch, it’s tucked beneath the awning. And this little cozy coop automobile, he likes to get in that and stuff. So I don’t know if we’re gonna do much more to our entrance porch simply because there isn’t actually, it’s not numerous it’s lined. There’s only a small area that’s lined and it’s type of taken up by Oscar’s automobile and bike proper now. However we sit on the market lots proper now and eat dinner, Oscar loves being exterior typically. And so we’ll make dinner and take all of it exterior after daycare and simply sit on the market and eat and he’ll watch vehicles go by. And he likes to level out if it’s a automobile or a truck or no matter. Sooner or later a trash truck honked at us as a result of he was waving and that was, I feel, essentially the most thrilling second of his life, he was so into it. 

Elsie: Oh my gosh, how cute. Yeah. I really like porches. So within the neighborhood, we’re shifting in Springfield, there are numerous porches which have string lights and I feel that’s actually charming. It’s not like Christmas lights, it’s all yr spherical. Whenever you stroll round at night time, there’s simply numerous porches which are lit up with string lights and so I believed that was actually candy. When you’ve got an opportunity to place a hearth in your porch, I feel that’s epic. Really a porch with a hearth it’s epic, it’s superb. I might like to do like a eating desk porch finally. I feel that’s actually thrilling for just like the again of the home.

Emma: What do you concentrate on, well-designed and putting TVs on porches? What are your ideas? 

Elsie: I’m professional TV on a porch as a result of I simply assume if it makes you utilize it extra, then it’s good. And I feel that there might need been a time in my life once I was snobby about TVs, however it isn’t now.

Emma: Yeah, I just about agree. We’ve no place for one, however I might completely put one simply to look at an episode of one thing and eat breakfast on our porch or one thing. Actually within the night, in the summertime it may be type of mosquito land, so then you must actually determine your plan for that. However in the course of the day, within the morning, it tends to be fairly good. 

Elsie: I feel it’s a good suggestion truly. If this area requires it and it really works, perhaps it could make you utilize your porch extra. I feel that’s an important factor as a result of I’ve had porches that we use continually, and I’ve had ones that we by no means used in any respect. And so I feel simply creating routines that make you persistently use it’s actually necessary. Particularly proper whenever you first transfer in. So the following half is walkways. So I feel you probably have an opportunity to replace walkways, driveways, issues like that, that may be an enormous improve. Currently, it’s springtime proper now, in order I’ve been driving round, I’ve seen so many individuals pouring driveways and I’m like, oh, good for you, it’s so cute. So my dream is to have a brick pathway, for the pathway that goes as much as the home after which the pathways that kind of lead round within the again. I simply assume that brick pathways are so cute.

Emma: Oh yeah. A brick pathway is a really magical, very secret backyard. So we have now a number of walkways, I assume I’ve two issues. One is principally we have now these actually large, pretty lavender bushes on our again, in between the way you enter our yard and the place the storage is, and final yr they weren’t completely blooming but, however final yr they smelled superb. We didn’t reside in the home but, however we might come to test it lots. And yeah, they simply smelled superb, I don’t know if it’s like edible lavender or not, I’m not likely certain. I’m certain I might determine that out. However I did discover final yr that it had tons of bees and so I’m fascinated by that this yr. I’m just a little uncertain if we’re gonna maintain them as a result of I do assume they odor superior. However Oscar is rather like, that’s a spot he’s at lots as a result of we go out and in of the yard on a regular basis as a result of he’ll wanna play within the yard after which we go within the entrance yard, after which , forwards and backwards fairly a bit. So I’m just a bit involved concerning the variety of bees I noticed. I don’t know if there’s one thing I ought to do for there to be much less bees. I feel bees are necessary, so I don’t actually wish to do something that essentially deters them as a result of clearly, they’re simply doing what bees do, however I don’t know, so I’m type of fascinated by that. I’m undecided what we’re gonna do that yr. They’re simply beginning to bloom, so we’ll see. But when Oscar and I each get stung an entire bunch, I’ll be like, okay, the place you’ve gotta do one thing.

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Elsie: Perhaps there are different crops or I wager our listeners will have the ability to provide you with some recommendation on that. That attention-grabbing. 

Emma: Yeah, as a result of I don’t wanna do something to kill the bees or something like that. I’m simply considering we might transfer the bushes. Truly, a contractor we labored with I already talked about, would completely take them and plant them at his home if we wished. So I used to be like, okay, I have already got somebody, they wouldn’t go to waste, however I’m like, nicely, I don’t know, we’ll see. One other factor I wished to say, that is considerably associated, nevertheless it’s simply an exterior factor, are we received just a little free library put in, we had a useless tree in our entrance yard and after we received it minimize down, we informed them to depart like a four-foot stump and since you will get them to chop it manner down and even grind the stump and I stated, no, go away it 4 foot as a result of I’m gonna put just a little free library on high of it. So we have now just a little free library and I’ve seen that folks within the neighborhood are utilizing it fairly a bit. I’ve gotten quite a lot of books out of there for Oscar. Each time I put in books, I at all times discover how rapidly they go and it’s at all times the romance novels that go the quickest and I find it irresistible. And I’ve lots to place in there so heads up neighborhood and proper by our little free library we’ve additionally began to make what I name a fairy backyard, nevertheless it’s principally little ceramic animals that I discover at thrift shops and Oscar and I put them on the market and he simply likes to play with them after we’re on the market they usually’re very breakable. He’s damaged one earlier than as a result of he threw it onto the sidewalk and it cracked and broke and it’s fantastic as a result of we’re exterior. So it’s not like inside when glass breaks or one thing, they’re not glass, they’re ceramic. However we have now a monkey and a few canine and a cat and a fish and an owl and when he sees the owl he’ll go, who, who and it’s actually cute. In order that’s our little fairy backyard, I’d actually wish to make it much more aesthetic and cute sooner or later. However in the mean time it’s identical to stuff that Oscar likes and he strikes them round and performs with them whereas we’re on the market and it’s simply enjoyable. Simply makes it just a little vacation spot the place we will stroll on the market and play with him just a little after which go do one thing else and at his age that’s nice. 

Elsie: Magical. Okay, let’s discuss landscaping for a second, as a result of I really feel like that may be a actually necessary a part of curb attraction, it may be an enormous improve. So on our final dwelling we in all probability did essentially the most landscaping we’ve accomplished as a result of I do know this story earlier than, however after we received our home painted I used to be like, this appears to be like nice. When ought to we take photographs? And the home painter was like, nicely, I feel it’s worthwhile to eradicate the entire landscaping and do all new, and I used to be like, What, I had by no means been informed such an enormous activity earlier than and it seems he was proper after we did try this job. I keep in mind on the time it felt like such an enormous change. It turned out actually cute. There’s like numerous little tiny boxwood-looking bushes after which we did hydrangeas and we did panes for spring after which we had a spot to do one new tree, so we did like a ginkgo tree as a result of I really like the yellow leaves at fall time and it was a really magical expertise and I can’t wait to do it once more. I feel it opened up my thoughts lots to how worthwhile it landscaping will be as a result of it feels type of daunting and it feels very costly and it is vitally costly. However when you’ve accomplished it and seen what an enormous improve it may be, I feel it felt much more price it to me.

Emma: I actually felt that manner even about portray the outside of your home. After I was youthful, I believed, oh, I wouldn’t spend the cash on that I’d reasonably spend the cash I’ve to repair up my home on the within as a result of I’m at all times inside. And I feel when you’re on a decent finances, like yeah, that is smart, I get it. However after you’ve painted the outside or no matter you’ve accomplished, after you’ve accomplished one thing to the outside, then you definitely see what an enormous distinction it makes and the sensation it offers you whenever you pull as much as your home. And likewise when you spend numerous time in your entrance porch or your yard or no matter, then yeah, you simply type of come to worth it otherwise, or I’ve, perhaps not everybody, however I do. So I might undoubtedly see that with landscaping, we type of have current stuff from the earlier proprietor, plenty of bushes and timber which are coming again to life now and we’re hibernating all this winter. This yr is basically identical to seeing if the whole lot comes again, what it’s wish to attempt to keep it if we’re not capable of, like what are we gonna do in another way to verify it’s nonetheless engaging, like are we gonna exchange this or that? In order that’s actually all we’re doing this yr is making an attempt to determine like, what is that this deal with? What are these bushes? Will they keep alive this summer season? I don’t know. So we’re simply gonna do our greatest and see. 

Elsie: Completely. Yeah. I feel giving it just a little little bit of time to identical to see what blooms your first spring is basically good as a result of it could possibly be shocking. Should you first see it when the whole lot’s useless, there is likely to be numerous perennials that you just don’t even find out about. Yeah. It’s very enjoyable although, I feel when you’ve by no means accomplished it earlier than and also you’re gonna do it to your first time, my recommendation is to simply be inspired, and perform a little bit at a time. It’s price it for me, at first it felt prefer it was within the boring money-to-spend class for home stuff. However finally, I type of got here to understand it and find it irresistible, so now I’m excited to do extra. The following one is the again patio. So I feel that your again porch can actually be the guts of your private home. My favourite manner to make use of it or the best way for it to be is that if your kitchen will set free into your backspace. I feel that’s like superb. That’s the way it’s been at our dwelling in Tennessee and it simply made it actually cozy as a result of it’s your out of doors kitchen is subsequent to your indoor kitchen and your out of doors eating is subsequent to your kitchen and it simply all type of suits collectively very well. So when you’re planning an area from scratch, I might actually advocate that. Clearly not each home is gonna have that. Our first home in Tennessee had this, it’s so random, however the kitchen was within the very entrance of the home. There was no potential manner that it might ever join in any manner and it was at all times behind my thoughts once I lived there. Anyway, let’s discuss a few concepts for how one can improve your again patio. So I simply received new porch furnishings for our new home and I didn’t know, so have you learnt the model Trex, they make like decking that you just by no means have to switch. So I discovered that they make tables and I received a kind of tables. I’m actually enthusiastic about it as a result of I don’t know what number of occasions up to now, which is my very own fault, however I might get a really cheap wooden desk from Goal or one thing the place I might put a desk on the market that basically shouldn’t be on the market after which a season or two later it’s like utterly trashed.

Emma: I would purchase a kind of then as a result of we at present don’t have a again patio and we don’t actually have any lined space in our yard in any respect. And we simply don’t actually have the cash to do like an enormous pour cement and massive awning and we don’t actually have the finances for that proper now. However I might actually like to put a desk again there as a result of Oscar and I’ll sit again there and eat dinner and Trey too, it’s not like Trey’s not round. The routine is I decide him up from faculty, so we eat not likely even dinner, however like snacks and it’s simply me and him after which Trey comes dwelling. However anyway, this in all probability seems like my husband’s by no means dwelling. I’m like, no, he’s. He simply comes dwelling about an hour later than me. However yeah, perhaps I’ll get a kind of tables now that you just’re mentioning it as a result of I’m like, I want one thing that may sit out within the solar and the climate and received’t get utterly ruined as a result of I simply haven’t been motivated to purchase one thing. So I’m like, it’s gonna get utterly ruined in a single season as a result of there’s simply no cowl for it, in order that’s an thought. 

Elsie: I’m type of on the level in my life the place I’m like, I’m not shopping for out of doors furnishings if it’s not weatherproof and I’m excited to see, I assume I’ll need to see it for a few seasons to see how nicely it wears and like how it’s to scrub up within the spring and issues like that. However yeah, it’s price it to me. I really like out of doors furnishings, however when you don’t have a lined area, then I feel you must be much more intentional concerning the stuff you select to place out. 

Emma: You wanna hear our humorous factor about our yard? Again patio. We don’t have a patio as I discussed, we’re getting one for Oscar’s birthday in June, we’re getting him a sandbox as a result of he loves taking part in within the grime and I’m just a little uninterested in it. So we’re getting the sandbox so he can play in that sandbox as a lot as he desires. And I’m gonna get the type that has a canopy as a result of we don’t have any cowl again there, so it may be lined up after we’re not taking part in with it. However I’m actually excited. I feel he’s gonna find it irresistible. So I’m actually enthusiastic about it. 

Elsie: That’s a enjoyable thought. I really like that. Let’s discuss concerning the yard for just a little bit. Oh my gosh. Yard. So I’ve discovered a lot, I really feel like, so our first home in Tennessee had this large yard. All it had in it was playhouses. So it was just about like an acre of yard that you just simply mow and I discovered from that have that I wished a extra concise yard, that was helpful. It’s nice to have an enormous yard if it’s helpful, however I didn’t wanna simply have an enormous yard that was identical to a garden mowing invoice or no matter. After which in our present dwelling, we have now truly a fairly small yard, our Tennessee dwelling, feels prefer it’s principally the swimming pool. Yeah. After which there are a few facet yards which are just a little bit awkward to get to. In order that they actually don’t get used a lot, they don’t get performed a lot. So if our children play exterior, they often play within the entrance of the home, like within the driveway and stuff, and within the again within the pool space. Most likely one of many smallest yards we’ve had. Not numerous play area. I felt like we received a lot out of it as a result of it was well-planned. It had an outside eating desk. We had the cornhole recreation, which our children love. We had a fireplace pit, which they love. It was very helpful and useful. So it taught me that we don’t actually need an enormous yard, we simply want a very well-planned yard. So with our new dwelling, I’m making an attempt to be very cautious within the planning. So yeah, I’ve been getting my swimming pool quote. Everybody, cross your fingers for me as a result of I’m terrified. I simply assume that whenever you reside in the midst of the nation, swimming swimming pools are costlier as a result of they’re simply not as frequent and there usually are not as many corporations to select from and it’s simply not as aggressive. However yeah, we’re planning for that. A fireplace pit, I’d wish to have some type of play area, however I wanna be sure it’s gonna get used lots. And I’d wish to have some type of yard that’s open to run in, however not lots, identical to the correct quantity. So yeah, that’s my plan in the mean time. I’ve redrawn it like 100 occasions so simply to encourage anybody who’s shifting to a brand new area or planning your yard, you possibly can’t overthink it. Actually, actually take into consideration like how the whole lot can join collectively as a result of it’s so a lot better to plan it again and again earlier than you’ve spent any cash than to begin doing it and have regrets. 

Emma: Oh yeah, I agree. And yeah, we don’t have any big plans for our yard in the mean time. We type of have to get our fence changed, nevertheless it’s gonna be like 20 to $30,000. So, we’ve type of been placing it off. We’ve a fence and it’s fantastic, however our canine retains discovering methods to flee and he by no means runs away. He identical to waits on the entrance door however he’ll type of terrorize different people who find themselves strolling with their canine as a result of he’s not nice with different canine, that’s not good. So we’re simply making an attempt to assume that by means of. We even have his dream, I might like to get a golf cart. Our neighborhood’s very windy and it’s an ideal place for youths to trip their bikes and stuff. Individuals don’t actually drive by means of tremendous quick, it’s simply very windy. So anyway, you may undoubtedly drive a golf cart round our neighborhood and get to the neighborhood pool from our home. You possibly can undoubtedly stroll, however it could take some time and when you’re with just a little child and you’ve got a bunch of stuff like pool stuff, you’re not gonna try this. So I type of thought the golf cart could possibly be nice for going to the pool in the summertime with Oscar. I even have this dream with the golf cart that perhaps I might do some type of spooky hay trip or some type of spooky, everybody hops on the little practice, we’re going trick-or-treating across the neighborhood with the golf cart and it might seem like a monster. I might adorn, I don’t know. I don’t precisely know, however I simply really feel like there’s one thing there that could possibly be enjoyable however our downside is we don’t know the place to retailer the golf cart. We’ve a two-car storage and we every have a automobile. So our storage is just not actually large enough that we might put the golf cart in there.

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So we don’t actually know the place it could go, as a result of we wouldn’t need it to simply be sitting out on a regular basis. So it must go within the yard someplace, nevertheless it must be one thing not less than lined, if not just a little construction. In order that’s kind of the place we cease is we’re like, we don’t understand how the golf cart’s gonna get taken care of, be saved when it’s not in use. So then we simply type of dunno what to do with that. I’ll determine it out sometime. I’m gonna be driving round and the golf cart’s gonna be dressed like a monster for Halloween. I don’t know. In order that we will trick or deal with.

Elsie: Maintain considering in that path. I undoubtedly assume it’s a cute thought. The very last thing is a mailbox. So I had a mid-century mailbox in considered one of our homes, and I keep in mind, I felt prefer it was such a splurge on the time. And now we have now an antiquey trying mailbox at our new home. I simply assume mailboxes, like why not make them match the character of your private home? I feel that’s very candy. 

Emma: Oh yeah, I agree. Ours is this sort of metallic and swings open proper exterior our entrance door and I find it irresistible. I don’t plan to switch it in the mean time, however I’ll say although, you understand how whenever you put mail in to your mail provider pickup, you flip up a flag often. A normal mailbox has a flag.

Elsie: Do you must use a detailed pin on the surface or one thing? 

Emma: Yeah, it has to have one thing like that. So I went on-line and I used to be like, nicely there’s gotta be some answer for this, I’ve seen mailboxes like this earlier than. I’ve by no means had one, however there’s one thing and so I appeared round and principally what it has proper now could be this little tiny plastic flag you could push out or shut and it’s on the mailbox with a command strip and it’s labored. Nevertheless it requires you to very rigorously open and shut it and the mail provider is closing it and I don’t know her or him, however they’re doing nothing incorrect, it’s not nice. It’s not an ideal answer, the command strip, as a result of it’s additionally like instructions strips are nice. Should you’ve heard me say it when you’ve heard it a thousand occasions. I really like command strips. However they’re not at all times nice outdoor. It may possibly get very chilly right here, with freezing temperatures. It’s additionally very moist at occasions. And this summer season it’ll get actually sizzling. So I’m simply looking for one other answer and principally on Amazon, I noticed these little magnets that like say, oh, cute, decide up the mail. And so that you simply put the magnet on the surface. Of the metallic after which they’ll simply put it on the within as soon as they’ve picked up the mail. And so I purchased a kind of and it hasn’t are available but, however I’m actually enthusiastic about it. It has just a little image of a mail truck on it. It’s a tiny bit tacky, however I simply really feel prefer it’s gonna be a great answer for the kind of mailbox we have now as a result of there’s been quite a lot of occasions I wanted one thing to exit and the mail provider didn’t understand I had one thing within the field and it didn’t exit and that’s type of a bummer. 

Elsie: That’s tremendous annoying. That’s a cute thought. Okay, nicely good. We’ll need to hyperlink that within the present notes as a result of I wager there’s somebody on the market, that’s additionally the proper answer. 

Emma: Yeah, somebody ought to begin promoting his on Etsy in the event that they haven’t already as a result of they’re actually cute they usually’re identical to magnets.

Elsie: Okay. The final a part of adorning the outside of your private home that I wished to speak about is Halloween and Christmas. I feel that planning forward for that is important. I’ve stated this many occasions when you’re landscaping your home or no matter you’re doing, you must take into consideration how the Christmas lights are gonna work together with that and the skeletons and all of that. So one thing attention-grabbing, our good friend Sarah from the Hen’s Papaya, received everlasting Christmas lights placed on her home. Like that keep on all yr spherical. Did you see that? 

Emma: That’s what I’ve. 

Elsie: Oh my gosh. Do you may have them too? 

Emma: I simply don’t flip ’em on all yr.

Elsie: That’s cool. Are you able to see them? 

Emma: Yeah, you possibly can see them like so far as like when you’re standing exterior of my home like they’re not turned on, you simply see there are bulbs. 

Elsie: You simply don’t care?

Emma: No, why would I care? 

Elsie: That’s actually interesting to me as a result of I simply don’t wanna pay somebody to place them up and down yearly. However I do need them yearly. 

Emma: Ours is just not very elaborate. I really feel like I can flip them on all winter. They don’t spell out Merry Christmas or Ho Ho Ho or something like that. So when you wished one thing actually elaborate, perhaps it wouldn’t be pretty much as good of an answer. Yeah. I feel most individuals go away their Christmas lights up all yr. They only don’t flip ’em on. 

Elsie: What, what actually? 

Emma: If it’s not like a coloured factor. They don’t go away like Santa Sleigh up on the roof all yr, however different issues.

Elsie: I’ve by no means wished to do a ballot greater than I do proper now as a result of I assumed that everybody simply took them down.

Emma: Perhaps we should always do a ballot. Perhaps I’m incorrect. I don’t know. I might completely be incorrect. 

Elsie: I’m very to listen to now, I wanna hear. Please write into us at podcastabeautifulmess.com you probably have robust emotions or experiences about everlasting Christmas lights. Is there a manner that I can go away my Christmas lights up without end? Nevertheless it received’t look unhealthy in the summertime. That’s what I wanna know. I’m very interested by this topic. Okay, so that is how I plan Halloween and Christmas. I print off just a little image. You possibly can additionally simply do that in your telephone, an image of your exterior, after which I simply draw on it. I simply draw on it as many occasions as I would like and simply type of plan out like what are all of the other ways we might put up the decorations? There are many other ways you are able to do it, it’s so enjoyable. Certainly one of my favourite issues is driving round at Christmas and like how everybody else does all their Christmas lights, the magic of planning it out, and being artistic. It’s a lot enjoyable. 

Emma: Think about driving round on a golf cart with sizzling chocolate, all of the neighbor’s Christmas lights.

Elsie: Cease it. Okay, so I’ve to simply say in Jessica Simpson’s memoir, she was speaking about trick or coaching with golf carts, and now I simply assume that you just’re like so fancy. 

Emma: Doesn’t it sound like a celeb factor? I used to be simply complaining about how a lot cash we have to exchange our canine fence after which I’m like, however we’re gonna get this golf cart. You may’t inform my priorities are in all places. 

Elsie: Okay. Do you wanna learn the listener’s query? 

Emma: Sure, this query was emailed to us from Janie. She says, lately the pipes burst in my New York Metropolis residence. I’m younger, single, and reside alone. The development firm employed by the residence administration firm was making an attempt to simply paint over mould and water injury. I needed to frequently struggle for the job to be accomplished appropriately, for sheetrock to get replaced, and I felt unhealthy about it, like responsible for asking for the job to be accomplished appropriately. So what are your ideas, tips, experiences, and concepts for coping with points like this, particularly as a younger girl? 

Elsie: All proper, I wanna begin off by saying, I simply wrote a put up lately about how one can rent a contractor on A Lovely Mess. So we’ll hyperlink to that, and it has an entire part about coping with sexism as a result of coping with sexism and folks speaking all the way down to you, sadly, on this trade, on this state of affairs is basically unhealthy. And I feel that your expertise is quite common. Truthfully, it’s unhappy, however not shocking to listen to that. So yeah, I feel that studying how one can rise up for your self and to claim your self and in addition get what you need accomplished, most significantly are all actually good expertise. Simply coping with the preliminary shock that folks simply don’t hear or attempt to discuss you out of what you’re asking for or attempt to discuss all the way down to you, it’s irritating. So do you may have any good ideas Em? 

Emma: Nicely, it seems like Janie did precisely what she wanted to do, which was maintain bothering them till it will get accomplished the best way it must get accomplished and whenever you’re speaking about mould, that’s not a joke. That may mess together with your well being, so this isn’t identical to, oh, the colour’s barely completely different than I believed and I would like you to repaint it without spending a dime. It’s like, no, no, no, no, no mould is a critical challenge. And likewise you probably did an enormous favor to whoever owns your constructing as a result of now there’s not gonna be mould rising without end. Appears like she did what she wanted to do, nevertheless it seems like for Janie and undoubtedly, for me, I virtually have to simply give myself just a little pep discuss after I’ve moments like that the place I’m like, hey, it was okay that you just did that. It was okay that you just stored asking them it was okay that you just informed them no. Typically I actually do need to virtually discuss out loud to myself and be like, it’s fantastic that you just known as them again and stated this isn’t acceptable, you weren’t unkind. You weren’t imply, you simply stated what wanted to be stated and that’s okay. Typically I feel that must be one thing in your routine when you’re the type of one that feels actually responsible advocating for your self, which I really feel at occasions, so I undoubtedly get that. After which when you’re ever like uncertain, ask your folks, ask your dad and mom, whoever you’re shut with, when you’re like, am I being an excessive amount of right here? Test-in as a result of your folks will inform you immediately. If I had a good friend be like, do you assume it’s okay for them to color over mould? I’d be like, no, it’s worthwhile to name them at present since you can’t be residing in a home with mould like that. You recognize that it’s there. Typically we reside with mould and we don’t comprehend it, however . If I had a good friend ask me, I’d be like, no, you completely ought to name, it’s good that you just’re calling. It’s good that you just’re checking in. Handle your self. That is necessary to your well being. So perhaps attain out to associates, members of the family, or whoever it’s worthwhile to simply be reassured that the factor you’re asking for is totally applicable to ask for, and so long as you’re not being unkind, like calling somebody a reputation, or threatening them ultimately. These are issues that aren’t applicable, however asking for what you want even a number of occasions or considerably forcefully, not yelling, however considerably forcefully is completely applicable and a really grownup and really regular factor to do.

Elsie: Yep. And actually, if you wish to do numerous renovations in your life, it’s one thing that you need to hone as a ability as a result of it’s one thing that you just’ll come again to again and again. All righty. It’s time for our favourite half, A joke or a reality. All proper. Right here’s gold. Gold. Do you may have a joke for us at present?

Goldie: The place does a ghost like to buy? A boooo-tique.

Elsie: Good job. You probably did nice. Okay, thanks a lot for listening. When you’ve got any questions or podcast requests for future episodes. Electronic mail us anytime at podcast@abeautifulmess.com, or you possibly can name our voicemail and go away us a message at 417-893-0011. We’ll be again subsequent week with a deep dive into hobbies.

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