Episode #152: Personalizing a New Construct


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Present Notes

Greatest issues Elsie did in her Nineties dwelling:

-Including plenty of wallpaper

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

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

bookshelves before after
Can lights scaled

-We point out Episode #42: Oops, I’m Shifting 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 dwelling:

Rainbow bookshelves
Fortune cookie frame

-Elsie’s fortune cookie body

-Try Elsie’s favourite Etsy artist, Janet Hill

-You probably have pets, we suggest Folex On the spot Carpet Spot Remover

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

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

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

-Learn the weblog put up The right way to Begin an Artwork Assortment

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

-Make house for what’s coming subsequent.

-Keep in mind that some friendships come and go in several seasons of your life.

Elsie’s household meals to make FAST: 

Emma’s household meals to make FAST: 

Episode 152 Transcript

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

Spending Time Collectively

Emma: Sure. Sure. Tomorrow I’ll have been right here an entire week and there was in the future 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 every 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 plenty of enjoyable and I’m actually grateful for this, an entire 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 test 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 in case 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 an entire episode about this again previously. It’s known as Oops, I’m Shifting Once more. 

Emma: Nice title. 

Elsie: I do assume it’s among the finest titles we’ve ever had and in addition 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 explanation why, within the brief 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 might deal with. So one night time I used to be simply crying and I used to be like, let’s simply transfer to an even bigger home. My husband was like, undoubtedly not. Then every week later, it’s at all times every week later or a month later he was like, okay, nice let’s simply transfer. 

Emma: You gotta give folks 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 certain we had been gonna get the opposite one. This home was like, it was a little bit overwhelming. It was a little bit bit greater than we needed or wanted. It was simply sort of like ton of tile, a ton of beige carpet, simply plenty of rooms and plenty of partitions that had been utterly clean. Prefer it was a Nineties new construct that by no means from what I can inform, obtained up to date in any approach on the within, but it surely had a pool and it was my quarantine dream so we ended up shifting right here. I’ll say in hindsight now that it has been greater than two years, I discovered a lot, this was most likely my greatest 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 seem like an previous home, I do wanna warn you that it’s tougher than you assume and costly, and in addition simply tedious. Like, we just about did nothing however renovate this entire two years and my husband is over it. We needed to come to a stopping level in order that’s the place we at the moment are. 

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 all the things I assumed I’d. I simply determined to not on some issues. 

Emma: Properly, life’s filled with compromises. 

Elsie: Sure. Life is filled with compromises and I feel pivoting on your private home renovation is sort of important. 

Emma: You gotta preserve it free 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 should have that wiggle room. Anyway, so possibly let’s speak concerning the prime 5 issues or one thing alongside these traces that you just did to the home that you just really feel like made it, that previous 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 degree was giant beige tile and it was very like echo-y. There was not one single curtain in your complete home so it felt very, similar to undressed. Like simply very bare. If you should utilize that phrase a couple of home after which the upstairs was completely 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 discuss all of the issues that I added to make it go together with my private aesthetic as a result of you may make it any aesthetic, clearly. I needed, like I like previous homes, I needed an previous home and it wasn’t within the playing cards for us on this space. So I made a decision to create one, which was a terrific artistic problem. So the primary one is that I removed virtually all of the carpet. I say virtually 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 smart. I’m not a carpet skilled, however we saved 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. Actually, our canine, we had an aged canine final 12 months who handed and she or he 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 discuss 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 plenty of accidents.

Elsie: I can’t consider how significantly better it’s than every other spray I’ve ever tried. So undoubtedly in case you’re an individual with carpet in your own home, get that Folex. It truly is actually legit. So after we first moved in, we just about instantly, I feel 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 every week or so and so they put in wooden flooring. I’ll say that I feel flooring are one of many simpler issues you are able to do to your own home. Do you agree with that? 

Emma: I feel it is determined by who you’re working with as a result of some folks could possibly be actually gradual. 

Elsie: They’re excessive affect and prefer it’s costly, but it surely’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 wooden flooring. I do know somebody’s like no. 

Emma: Yeah, I feel most individuals do. Yeah, I feel so. I imply, it is determined by the house, however yeah. Like some folks would possibly need them in bedrooms. I imply, you saved some within the film room you’re saying so I feel there’s some areas, however usually, yeah. I feel folks, like wooden flooring.

Carpet and Can Lights

Elsie: I did get to expertise what it was prefer to have the carpet in all places and in case you adore it, like, I like that for you, however I wouldn’t need it. It was within the halls and all the things so it was actually sort of in all places. 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 folks name it by completely different names. So we had like an enormous, big, big quantity. I’ve gotten essentially the most conflicting recommendation and opinions from Instagram and from even my mates about whether or not or not it’s best to have them in any respect, or it’s best to have a standard quantity, like a small quantity of them, possibly a minimal quantity, after which a considerable amount of them. So I feel 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’d 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 attempting to renovate it, for myself design sensible, however with a resale mindset on the subject of sensible, purposeful issues. Which I feel is at all times sensible. If you happen to can, only a stability. 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 consider me, however even in every bed room, there could 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 decrease them. If I used to be constructing from scratch, I like that previous homes don’t have them, so I most likely would keep away or keep minimal. Then aside from that, we did eliminate among the beige tile within the downstairs and we changed a few of it with wooden, which was a very, actually arduous resolution between me and my husband. He felt that the tile was like this pool pleasant factor and I felt that wooden can be simply as pool pleasant in case 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 resolution now. So I feel it gave the house a significantly better really feel. So the following factor I wanna discuss are the bookshelves. 


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

Elsie: Sure. I’m gonna discuss bookshelves. I’m gonna discuss wallpaper and I’m gonna discuss classic stuff and artwork. In order that’s the desk of contents for what’s to return. So after we first noticed this dwelling, there’s so many clean partitions. I knew that I needed to place plenty of bookshelves as a result of in our earlier dwelling, you guys would possibly bear in mind the rainbow bookshelf, I’ll put an image within the present notes. It was my first floor-to-ceiling bookshelf, and I cherished it. It took a clean wall in a room that wasn’t getting plenty of like play. It was simply sort of a boring wall, by no means obtained in a photograph ever. Then impulsively 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 plenty of photographs. I do know it’s in Alyssa’s guide. I do know it’s within the domino guide. Rainbow bookshelves modified my life and I truly obtained 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.

Emma: We’re apparently tremendous followers. 

Elsie: So I used to be like, what number of bookshelves and in addition fireplaces can I match on this dwelling? So I made a decision lots. So we added them on this room we’re sitting proper now’s Jeremy’s studio, which is the scale of, I’d say an excellent dimension bed room. It’s sort of a squarish room although. It’s not lengthy, it’s sq.. He has bookshelves that go all the way in which round, which we did that as a result of on this dwelling we didn’t do any soundproofing. However we found that books will be like a type of a sound diffuser and sound actually good. Hopefully, you’re listening to this podcast and should not like, oh, it sounds horrible, truly. So they appear cool. It sounds good. It’s actually cozy. We’d undoubtedly do that once more. And we’d undoubtedly suggest it to anybody who needs to do a funds music studio as a result of it really works properly. Then the following one we did was the massive inexperienced cabinets in our front room. We determined to place a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf in the lounge as kind of like an accent wall. There’s a fire within the middle after which to 1 aspect, you’ll see the house theater room, after which to the opposite aspect is a big bookshelf. It’s so massive that you may’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 in case you needed to succeed in the highest. That one, I really feel prefer it modified the room possibly greater than any of the opposite renovations. I’m simply gonna put the earlier than and afters, I assume, within the present, you must see it to consider 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 hearth lit and it might by no means exit, an unquenchable burning want 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 unsuitable as a result of the arch was approach greater 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 shedding house as a result of when constructing out the bookshelves on three partitions, we did lose about a few toes from either side and in order that was a little bit bit like, is it price it? However I can say now, like 1000000% I’d do it once more. We additionally added a little bit fake hearth 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 procuring stuff. So it’s like a spot the place I can accumulate much more random stuff, which makes me so completely happy. So the library eating room was undoubtedly, I feel a turning level for our home as a result of we used a classic hearth mantle that we discovered on the flea market after which kind of constructed, it was sort of like Frankenstein hearth as a result of we obtained one piece of it, however then they needed to construct the remaining to match. By the point it was achieved, I’d 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 arduous 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 discuss wallpaper. I’d say that’s a large factor in your own home. If anybody who’s ever walked by way of it, like I’ve, there’s similar to plenty of completely different wallpapers. A few of it’s like simply on the partitions or half the wall. There’s plenty of areas the place it’s on the ceiling which is a enjoyable characteristic. So how do you choose wallpaper? What’s your cope with wallpaper, man? 

Elsie: For this home, I picked virtually solely conventional wallpaper. The primary wallpaper that I obtained 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 photographs. So you possibly can see what they seem 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 completely 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 kind of like touchdown room on the prime of our stairs and it connects to our hallway and our fundamental bed room and the child’s secret library. And in that room, we did this darkish inexperienced, I feel 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 achieved 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 in search of 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 understand 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 feel it turned out actually cool. It’s undoubtedly like, most likely like the most important assertion that we did in the home.

Emma: The factor I observed lots with that space, the entryway is the wallpaper on the ceiling seems lovely, but it surely 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, but it surely 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, but it surely seems superb. It seems sort of like that. 

Elsie: Thanks. I’m actually enthusiastic about that. I feel it turned out actually cool and that exact 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 rest room, we did a paneling wall that goes up about three-fourths of the way in which, 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 smart. Like three straight elements 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 properly. They work very well for like nineties structure. It’s kinda bizarre. Then you definitely 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 among the different rooms.

Emma: Your lighting fixtures are.

Mild 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 seems 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 speak concerning the fireplaces?

Emma: Sure. What number of fireplaces do you’ve gotten 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 hearth in the lounge that’s actual, and it nonetheless has that one hearth in the lounge that’s actual however we did should redo it as a result of it obtained 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 just a few fake fireplaces. And I nonetheless would add extra if I had the possibility to be sincere as a result of they make me so completely happy. So we added one in our bed room. So our bed room simply particularly had plenty 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 purpose, I really feel like there’s instances you see a bed room and it’s massive and it’s like, oh, properly, it’s sort of linked. It Nearly 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 plenty of bedrooms the place you’ve gotten 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 might 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 generally after which it has a dresser after which, the mattress and the bedside tables, however then there was simply this entire different wall. So we determined to have a pretend hearth. And I discovered this arts and crafts hearth on Pinterest that I similar to fell in love with and so we similar to emulated it precisely. So it’s a classic hearth and so they made it look, I’d say fairly near the actual factor. We used the sort of tile the place it’s like has a little bit little bit of colour variation so it’s like among the items are white and among the items are like a little bit bit grey and a little bit bit beige, however that was most likely I feel your best 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 came upon once I first confirmed Ting, what I wanna do the home he’s like, you can’t 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 achieved one, however we thought possibly 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, but it surely didn’t look good. So it seems so good now it’s most likely my favourite ceiling on the earth. Sure. Oh my God. I’m so excited now to love take all as a result of this can encourage me to love take all my footage.

Emma: I do know you must present it as a result of folks shall be like, present me it. 



Elsie: Sure. Okay. So the following factor I wanna discuss is like including classic antiques, previous 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 in case you had been to maneuver, you’ll take this stuff with you. I assume you could possibly take a pretend hearth 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 undoubtedly completely fastened.

Emma: Yeah. Yours are like in place. 

Elsie: Yeah, the sunshine, I imply, I wouldn’t take a light-weight fixture, however you could possibly at all times swap in case 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 understand, the film Titanic 

Elsie: Titanic chandelier . Yeah, that’s an excellent description. It’s so sparkly. The solar hits it each night time at a sure time. It’s simply so magical. If I might do my entire home in classic lighting fixtures, I’d like to, however I feel., I imply, they’re such an enormous time dedication to love supply them, after which they’re not returnable and there’s plenty of threat related to them. Typically you must get them rewired. So I feel selecting a pair for me was like I obtained the texture of it with out doing all of them and going too deep in.

Emma: Yeah. Ting was like choose three. 

Elsie: I feel that for my Enneagram seven, the choose three is sweet whenever you are available with this big record, that’s an excellent technique. Yeah, I undoubtedly assume I’ve purchased essentially the most eBay stuff of my entire 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 seems like a priceless assortment. But it surely’s like priceless since you might by no means discover it once more. You can by no means replicate it once more. Anybody should purchase a chair from Serena and Lily, which is superb, however not anybody should purchase this sure, you understand. If you happen to 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 matches your house completely. Like you’ve gotten one little brass butterfly factor on the finish of the bookshelf that similar to matches the house completely or no matter. In order that, after which I additionally simply assume 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 have 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 and so they truly don’t wanna put a bunch of bizarre stuff in there as a result of then it will most likely pull focus. They need you to deal with simply their objects and whenever you stroll right into a home like that, it’s actually tidy however I feel your own home feels very reverse of that. It’s like, you understand, issues come from throughout and from plenty of completely different eras and simply have a vibe. It’s obtained a vibe. 

Elsie: Thanks. That’s the finest praise. I feel that’s one thing that you are able to do on any funds as a result of we did begin thrifting the primary day I obtained 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 feel in case 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 feel I’ve stated that like 1,000,000 instances on this podcast, however I do assume it’s the primary approach that you may get an costly trying dwelling that’s like simply your type on a small funds however the time dedication is big. However for me, I like that. I like accumulating stuff and I like analyzing and studying concerning the historical past and I feel it’s enjoyable. For me, it’s similar to a passion and I feel accumulating classic stuff is a good passion. 

Emma: Oh yeah. Positively. 

Elsie: After we had Elizabeth from Low-cost Previous Homes on the podcast, I requested her, what’s one of the best ways to get an old-looking home in case you even have a brand new home, like what can we do? She informed 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 feel it’s so particular and it’s tremendous enjoyable. I really feel such an even bigger bond with my classic collections that I do with the rest I personal. So I feel it’s actually particular. Ooh, we’re gonna discuss artwork. So when Emma first obtained right here, I had a desk filled with frames and I used to be like attempting to love put all my artwork, like I had simply gone and eventually obtained all of the frames, similar to accumulating prints for a few years,  however in a pile in my workplace. So I lastly obtained the frames and I used to be like, I’m gonna end this. So I figured that I ought to most likely like hurry up and dangle them as a result of she has a little bit child that’s crawling round. 

Emma: He undoubtedly like was knocking over among 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’d’ve overthought it and like set them there after which considered it for every 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 achieved.

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 will have a combination as a result of you’ve gotten what I’d take into account like effective artwork stuff and possibly it’s prints or possibly it’s an authentic, however like issues that artists have made. Then you definitely even have like kiddo artwork out of your women, you’ve gotten household portraits, and then you definitely even do like sort of an eclectic model of household portraits. Some are such as you guys smiling on the digital camera, 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 might be occurring rapidly so you must like seize a photograph. It’s only a very massive combine and I actually like that. Then you definitely’ll even put in bizarre issues, like no less than two locations in your own home, you’ve gotten these little like fortune cookies body which might be such as you’ll be receiving a name quickly. Was that from whenever you obtained 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 bear 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 observed my fortune cookie body.

Emma: Oh, I instantly was like, I’ve gotta deliver this up in some unspecified time in the future so she might put a hyperlink on the weblog as a result of I simply wish to purchase it. That’s the one approach I’ll bear in mind is that it’s like linked someplace that I can discover later once I bear 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’d like to put it in a tiny gold body. 

Elsie: I’ve purchased virtually 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 feel that will be an excellent subsequent step for me and I’d like to assist some painters and issues like that, however I haven’t achieved that but. Most all the things that we’ve got is within the beneath $50 vary or no less than beneath 100 {dollars}. Etsy is the best artwork useful resource on the earth 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 possibly can print it in any dimension you need, which is so good as a result of generally I don’t know what dimension I need. 

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

Elsie: Yeah. And I purchase plenty of thrift retailer frames, so it’s useful to have the ability to like resize issues your self. I actually like that. I’d undoubtedly favor it to love having to choose the scale 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 kids’s books. I like her a lot. She’s undoubtedly similar to such a cool painter. So I’ve a bunch of hers after which let me assume plenty of historic prints, like, did you see the print in Goldie’s room? I feel it’s from San Francisco. It’s a historic print of like, just about like a mansion, virtually a fortress constructed on the sting of the seaside. It’s tremendous cool and bizarre. 

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 obtained plenty 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 obtained these frames from Amazon that flip up so you possibly can change the artwork anytime you need so I’m undoubtedly gonna hyperlink these as a result of I feel it’s good for the kitchen. Simply because such as you will be altering it continuously. For us, no less than it’s the place we’ve got the backpacks and we’re getting the college 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 feel 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: Properly, I like that it’s like put the child artwork in amongst all the remainder of the artwork appropriately. So I like that. I additionally assume such as you undoubtedly have, like, your entire fridge is like lined with child artwork, which I feel appropriately, 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 feel everybody ought to try this. I’ve tons on mine, little footprint issues that Oscar’s achieved on there, however I feel placing it in body generally is like actually particular and sort of elevates it. I don’t know. I prefer it lots. 

Elsie: No, I feel you’re completely proper. It alerts that it’s like one thing you’re gonna preserve ceaselessly, which I feel is so particular. You probably have youngsters, you perceive, like I truly assume it’s simpler in actual time to choose those to place up than to build up this big 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 finest 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 all places, however instantly I noticed these tiny Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that Nova had clearly made. And I instantly was like, these are incredible 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 she or he was like, oh, I’m framing these. I virtually thought they had been misplaced so it’s like, you understand, immediately whenever you’re like this one’s a framer, it’s going up immediately. 

Elsie: It’s true. You don’t even actually should assume simply go along with your intestine.

Emma: You’ll know, the artwork tells you and that one stated 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 music day-after-day. So she’s a celebration dude. Our home could be very cool. Anyway, I’m attempting to assume if there’s the rest 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 plenty of artwork from my dwelling in them. Yeah. Yeah. Gathering artwork. That’s a terrific put up. So I’ll make certain and hyperlink to all of that, however I feel that simply breaking the seal and simply hanging stuff up is the way in which to go.

Emma: You may change it. 

Elsie: No, I’m like so relieved. I’d’ve spent so lengthy, however I similar to put the artwork up and it’s up now and it’s achieved and in our hidden library, the entire partitions full and it simply feels, it’s not good and I might have overthought it extra and I might have been like my choosy self, however I feel 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 feel, yeah, simply let your eyes, get used to it after which simply be like, that’s ok.

Emma: Yeah. I feel 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 feel it’s simply very inviting as a result of like we visited some mates after we obtained to Nashville for this journey. They’re each like very creative, like a musician and a graphic designer and so they’re similar to actually cool. I’d by no means been of their home earlier than and naturally, they’d such an fascinating curated, assortment of artwork on their partitions of like authentic items and clearly items most likely from mates and various things like that. And I felt myself strolling round their home, taking a look at their artwork. I prefer to snoop homes and I’ll be like, simply actually sincere with folks about it like I’m gonna Snoop your own home proper now and folks don’t care often. I simply assume like when you’ve gotten artwork up, it’s such as you’re inviting folks to snoop. You’re like, I’ve displayed one thing. I would love you to return into my eating room and have 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 rather like, go forward and look, I’ve put this on show so that you can have a look at and it’s similar to a really inviting environment and so I dig it. I really feel extra comfortable 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 take 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 obtained it or no matter it’s like. So it’s a really enjoyable factor. 

Elsie: No, I utterly 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 completely happy to assume.

Emma: All proper, properly, we even have a subject request that we obtained from Instagram. So the subject is the best way to deal with a friendship breakup in your thirties. 

Elsie: I assumed this one was a very good query. We get questions like this gorgeous steadily. I feel it’s a fairly frequent expertise. 

Emma: Yeah. Friendship in your thirties and past I feel, I imply, usually friendship in maturity, I feel will be completely different than it was like in highschool and faculty the place you’re simply continuously assembly new folks and stuff like that. 

Elsie: I feel it’s very completely different. Okay. So for me, I used to be excited about this and I don’t essentially assume I’ve had a friendship breakup in my thirties, so I couldn’t consider a breakup however I’ve had fairly just a few friendships the place we simply kind of like misplaced contact. However for me, I satisfaction 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 12 months, however then we will catch up and like be synced again up actually rapidly. And I prefer to be that pal for different folks and I like mates like that for myself. Like so far as like the chums that I fell away from a little bit bit, like, I don’t know. I sort of simply assume it’s regular. I couldn’t say something unhealthy about it. It simply looks as if life.

Emma: That’s sort of what I feel as a result of even once I take into consideration often when folks say the time period breakup they’re speaking about romantic relationships. So even like excited about that, I’m like, it was at all times an excellent factor as a result of it led to the following factor. Which isn’t to say like, so I don’t cherish previous issues. Like in case you have a friendship breakup, you’re most likely nonetheless gonna like cherish the time you had collectively and all of that however it’s possible you’ll simply be within the season for the following factor like possibly somebody has moved or one thing of that nature. I don’t know. I don’t even actually assume it’s completely essential to have any sort of sit down speak, however I assume there are occasions you do have to set boundaries and simply somebody isn’t getting it so you must 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 feel just 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 observed they weren’t actually there for me throughout a tough time and all these different mates had been. You discover issues like that. I feel it’s simply sort of like a, oh, properly, there you go. I don’t know. 

Elsie: Yeah, I assume my recommendation is to attempt to think about it as making house, similar to the rest in life, making house for one thing, for what’s subsequent, and in addition to only change into comfy with the concept some friendships are like finest in a season. I feel even along with your shut mates, you possibly can consider seasons the place you had been like, actually like shut and synced up, after which you possibly can consider different seasons the place you felt a little bit bit distant like anybody would,. So I feel that it’s simply pure. It’s unhappy for certain particularly in case you obtained your emotions harm. I might perceive that. 

Emma: No, that sucks. 

Elsie: Yeah, however I feel possibly considering of it as regular hopefully will assist as a result of like, I can’t even let you know what number of instances we’ve gotten a query like this. I do assume 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 ladies. On the finish of working and being a mother, I’m depleted. Good phrase. I feel having grace for people who find themselves depleted can be a very great factor. If you happen to can muster it as a result of I’d hate to assume that there could possibly be individuals who assume that I had a friendship breakup with them simply because I’m like going by way of a troublesome time. And that could possibly be too as a result of so many individuals are going by way 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 certain. Then once I say that, I truly actually imply it each single time. So I hope the hug is acquired. 

Emma: Oh, additionally one final thing, every time I make new mates or I’m hanging out with somebody I don’t know that properly and so they appear to speak actually poorly about their previous mates or somebody they’re not mates with anymore. Simply so you understand, 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 particular person 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 assume that folks know that that could be a purple flag.

Emma: Yeah. That’s why I needed to say, it’s similar to, you’re not a nasty particular person for doing that. Typically you’re feeling like you’ll want to vent by way of one thing that was painful. I get that, however let me suggest remedy. It’s a terrific place to vent by way of issues that you’ll want to work by way of however in case you’re simply out sort of like, principally sh*t speaking somebody, simply so you understand if different folks round you appear to probably not belief you as a result of they is perhaps feeling such as you’re gonna try this to them as a result of they’re seeing you do it to a different particular person. 

Elsie: Properly, I’d assume they for certain will.

Emma: I’d, in case you speak to me about somebody, I’ll be like, oh, I’m not gonna let you know something since you’re most likely gonna try this to me whenever you really feel prefer it

Favourite Fast Dinners

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

Emma: Trigger you understand what no person needs household meals that take ceaselessly. 

Elsie: Do you also have a household meal that you just try this takes ceaselessly? 

Emma: Thanksgiving. 

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

Emma: I obtained three issues that we do at dwelling 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 all the things 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 shall be in the future and that sounds truly actually cute and enjoyable. That’s simply probably not 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 smart. 

Emma: Okay. So the three issues are we make air-fried rooster wings which I’ve undoubtedly talked about on this podcast earlier than. So I’m sorry, however I like them and so they’re on the weblog. We eat them no less than as soon as every week, no less than typically extra. Okay. So yeah, rooster wings. Then plenty of instances we could have a cheeseboard dinner or charcuterie, I assume as a result of it’ll have meat too. It’s not essentially fancy, each occasionally we’ll, we’re like we’re gonna have an at dwelling date time. We’re gonna get some fancy cheeses and fancy issues. Typically although, we’re like string cheeses on the board. Prefer it’s not that fancy, but it surely’s similar to meat and cheese and fruits and possibly some greens, however principally simply these issues and it’s similar to actually quick. Possibly 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 unsuitable 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 night time, it kinda ruins your dinner and I adore it.

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

Elsie: You deliver your personal popcorn? 

Emma: Yeah. Yeah. Properly, I deliver my very own dinner.

Elsie: Does everybody deliver their very own dinner?

Emma: Yeah. And lots of people have like these cute little glass Tupperware and it’s like an entire meal or they’ve some sort of good takeout. I simply present up with this bag of popcorn and generally 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 and so they 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 put up about the best way to construct a terrific stir fry and it has principally a stir fry meals pyramid. Anyway, I’ll hyperlink it. It’ll make sense whenever you see it, however I like stir fry as a result of it will probably come collectively actually quick and you may principally use something you must like make it occur. In order that’s very nice and you may change the flavors and yeah, so we love stir fry. We make that no less than as soon as every week. 

Elsie: Good. Okay. I’ve mine. So I simply made a weblog put up 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 will be enjoyable. This can be a actually good one for my youngsters as a result of they can assist. 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 form the little hash brown. The little patty form that you just get at Dealer Joe’s. So tater tots should not all that completely 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 possibly can take it straight from the freezer to a boiling water to your plate in like 10 minutes. It’s so quick and you may preserve it ceaselessly, which I like that, not as a lot strain to love use it rapidly.

Emma: It’s fascinating it’s in your freezer as a result of I feel often 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 may 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 all the things to our household. So we just like the at all times pan it has just like the steamed baskets and you may 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 generally 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 properly for me proper now as a result of I simply can’t go to a bunch of shops.

Emma: Similar. Yeah. 

Elsie: Winner for dinner. That’s my final one. Properly, I assume that that’s all the things. Thanks a lot for listening. This week’s present notes are at, 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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