Episode #151: Cozy Episode + Autumn E book Membership

This week, we’re sharing our autumn studying listing, and a information to all issues COZY—together with our coziest recipes, and what we’re wanting ahead to for fall.

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Elsie – Knives Out, Sensible Magic, and E.T.

Execs – Numerous appeal, good neighborhoods, authentic particulars, woodwork, could be haunted

Cons – Small closets, lack of pantry, small kitchens, shared driveway, indifferent storage, upkeep, funding to transform, small bogs

Listener Query: How do you fashion the house the place you place your Christmas tree through the different 9-10 months of the yr?

Emma: You’re listening to the A Stunning Mess podcast. This week we’re sharing our autumn studying listing and a information to all issues cozy, together with our coziest recipe and what we’re wanting ahead to this fall. 

Elsie: Sure. So Emma staying at my home all week this week. We’re recording collectively in particular person in the identical room, which we infrequently do. I imply, we’ve earlier than, however it’s fairly uncommon. I’d say like 90% of our episodes have been recorded nearly. So, that is fairly particular and we determined we have been gonna do like a few nights of it whereas she was right here. Simply type of like get forward of schedule. We wish to get forward earlier than the autumn weblog content material hits as a result of it’s like our busy time. It’s our busy season and we wish to be overachievers, which should you’ve ever checked out our Thanksgiving recipes, you already know. Emma’s an overachiever each single yr like we wish to do fall proper. So we’ve to start out early. Now we have to get forward. Now we have to plan. So yeah, that is gonna be an thrilling time. Then she’s going residence for what, like 4 days, after which she’s coming again. We’re gonna do our, okay, the vacation particular. We discovered a brand new higher approach to do it this yr. 

Emma: So to recap, final yr we had this concept to make a vacation particular, and we have been like, what we’re gonna do is it’s gonna be a 30-minute particular and we’re gonna put it on Amazon prime as a result of on the time, as we will see this concept, anybody might put issues on Amazon prime. You needed to get authorized.

Elsie: I used to be like, oh wow. Amazon prime. That’s cool. 

Emma: You needed to get authorized and stuff so you possibly can’t simply put spam on there, however on the time anybody might submit and it was kinda like YouTube in a method. Then like two weeks after we filmed it and had it executed, that they had modified their rule. So then we simply put it on YouTube and, shared it in varied methods and that was actually enjoyable. We had reels that went with it and it was actually enjoyable, however it was simply not what we have been sort of aiming for. However I feel the expertise of it was attention-grabbing and we realized loads from that. Folks actually preferred vacation content material. So we have been like, all proper, effectively we’re gonna do one thing for Halloween and Christmas this yr, however it’s not gonna be that. It’s gonna be one thing else. The ROI on it wasn’t what we would have liked. We’ll say that.

Elsie: Yeah. It was an unlimited funding of time and power. Then, yeah, simply not sufficient of one thing that we might use. This yr, we like actually considered how can we do that. The factor we wished to maintain from it’s like, make the enjoyable movies, nonetheless do the costumes. We felt the costumes have been an enormous hit. We liked it. Most individuals who watched it had one thing to say in regards to the costumes as a result of it was, I imply, it was sort of excessive.

Emma: Very very humorous. 

Elsie: Yeah, it was joyful for us. We wish to do this once more. After which we wished to perform a little bit extra elaborate tasks as a result of final yr we made our tasks really easy in order that we might educate them actually on digicam actually rapidly. So we wished to have the ability to discover a approach to do extra of the kinds of tasks we actually love. Like this yr, we’re performing some wreaths and we’re doing plenty of like cupcakes and cookies and issues which can be just a bit bit extra elaborate, extra time-consuming. So anyway, we determined to do them. We’re sort of doing like a double whammy. We’re taking pictures the weblog publish model of most of those, in order that we’re principally not losing all of the onerous work of creating all these tasks. Then we’re additionally making reels so it’s gonna be a very good season for our Instagram. It’s not a secret that everybody has their sizzling take about Instagram. I don’t have a sizzling take. I’m identical to, ugh. That’s like my complete angle in direction of it. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. Like that’s all I’ve to say about it, however I’m excited for the season as a result of we’ve one thing that we’re excited to do and you may really feel when that’s true and you may undoubtedly really feel when it’s not true. So I’m actually excited for Halloween after which we’re doing just a little little bit of Thanksgiving after which we’re doing Christmas after which even just a little bit of latest yr’s, like the entire time. Yeah. If it goes effectively, then we’ll most likely hold with our batch working. We’re attempting sort of an excessive model of batch working vacation content material. I hope a lot that that is good for us as a result of I’ve spent a ridiculous period of time ordering all of the costumes, ordering all of the chocolate molds, identical to all, you already know, after which like looking for the right recipes that we haven’t executed earlier than, which is definitely actually onerous and that we will do on digicam. That we’re each excited about, simply all of the issues that make good tasks line up. So we’re hyped. I feel I method over did that as an opener, however we’re extraordinarily hyped and I can’t wait so that you can see it and we are going to most likely begin them, so this podcast episode is popping out on a Monday, after which it’s September this week. So we will begin posting them this week. So that’s cool. In order quickly as we let you know about it, you’ll get to start out seeing them. So that you don’t have to attend, which I hate making folks wait. It’s unhappy. It’s like elusive. 

Emma: I do know you’re purported to hype it up forward of time, which we strive however it’s extra enjoyable to be like, and right here it’s now.

Elsie: I’m extra the 2 days forward of time sort than like the 2 months such as you don’t want that a lot hype. 

Emma: Effectively me in my life, I’ll neglect issues. I’m like if I don’t have a screenshot of it on my cellphone, I don’t keep in mind. 

Elsie: Screenshots in your cellphone don’t allow you to keep in mind issues in my view. That’s only one thing more that’s buried for me. Okay. So anyway, let’s discuss in regards to the autumn guide membership. So we determined to do three books for this subsequent spherical as a result of, for the final couple of rounds, Emma was like, why are we doing so many books? 

Emma: Too many. We had a miscommunication initially. 

Elsie: Sure, this time we’re doing one guide that I’ve already learn so it’s simpler on me, however you haven’t learn any of those so it’s tougher for you. Sorry about that. So I’ll simply inform the three books, however we’re doing two fiction and one non-fiction, which I feel is extra the steadiness that we’re vibing proper now. So the primary guide is known as The Home on the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune. So it is a mega-hit, I’m certain you’ve heard about it. I’m certain you’ve seen the duvet. It’s been beneficial to us passionately so many occasions. So that’s the reason I put it on the listing. I’m so excited to learn it. I truly don’t actually know the premise or something. Have you learnt the premise? 

Emma: I don’t actually, probably not. I simply heard it beneficial. I truly began it a few weeks in the past by the point they hear this and I posted about it on my Instagram. Most of what I posted about on my private Instagram is simply what I’m studying. So anyway, I posted about it. It’s a guide Instagram and I acquired like 50 feedback and I’d say like 48 of them have been like, like it, favourite guide ever. They have been like that stage of like, so I used to be like, whoa, I’m actually excited now as a result of I heard it was nice, however whoa. So I don’t actually know the premise although. I don’t know very a lot about it, which I kinda like as a result of I sort of like to only leap on in. You understand if you see an awesome film and also you knew nothing about it? It’s enjoyable. 

Elsie: The subsequent guide that we selected is The Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel. To begin with, that is the writer from Station 11. In the event you haven’t learn Station 11, she additionally has a guide known as The Glass Resort. I’d say she’s undoubtedly considered one of my prime favourite authors. This previous yr, I learn all of her books, however this one is my favourite as a result of it has just a little little bit of every little thing that I really like from all of her books. It’s like all of the worlds collide. It’s unbelievable. And the rationale why I put it on right here is as a result of like the opposite day, Emma and I, so in our hometown Springfield, they opened a brand new native bookstore. I noticed you simply linked it within the 10 issues weblog publish however I’ll hyperlink it within the present notes.

Emma: It’s been open just a few years.

Elsie: A couple of years? Effectively, it was my first time to go to this cute native bookstore on Walnut road and I used to be so excited. I used to be like, hello, once we went in there, the choice was actually, actually good. It’s an awesome bookstore. Emma spent a lot cash, like $200 on books. She has an enormous factor of books. So I satisfied her to get this guide and I gave her like a tough promote and I really feel like I’ve sort of executed that to everybody I’ve talked to about it as a result of I’m obsessive about it. I simply wanna discuss on the podcast as a result of I wanna share it with another person who’s obsessive about it. So get obsessive about it. Share it with me. I’m so enthusiastic about, it. It was considered one of my favorites from the yr and I did do the audiobook and I’d advocate it as an audiobook should you take pleasure in audiobooks, as a result of it has plenty of totally different performers. It’s combined up and I feel it provides loads to the efficiency. Then the final guide, so it is a nonfiction guide, however it was beneficial to me by my therapist. She all the time recommends books to me they usually’re all actually totally different. So I truly don’t even like take it. I feel she simply remembers them within the second. You understand what I imply? 

Emma: Yeah. Like one thing you’re speaking about makes her assume, oh, this could be one thing that connects.

Elsie: This isn’t a remedy associated guide. Let’s simply put it that method. So this guide is known as Style Makers by Mayukh Sen. The tagline for is seven immigrant girls who revolutionized meals in America and I’m so excited to learn this. Clearly, my kids are immigrants and I wanna be taught extra about immigrant meals tradition, for certain. So I’m actually excited to learn this. It’s simply not a topic. I haven’t learn plenty of books about meals tradition earlier than. Additionally should you take pleasure in audiobooks, I already saved it in my Libby and it’s a six-hour audiobook, which everybody loves, just a little little bit of a shorty. Identical to simpler to get via. Whenever you see the books which can be like 25 hours.

Emma: You’re like, hmm, they’re not gonna get to the purpose till hour 10, you already know? 

Elsie: No, no, no, no, no, no, no. So yeah, everybody learn Style Makers. So we are going to hyperlink all of those books within the present notes. I’d like it should you would be a part of us. Oh, ought to we inform just a little about how the guide membership works simply in case anybody hasn’t heard us discuss it previously?

Emma: Yeah. So basically we let you know our picks for the season after which in upcoming episodes, not the following episode, we’ll offer you a while, however we are going to talk about them. In the event that they’re fiction they usually have spoilers, issues which may break the studying expertise, then we’ll say that up prime and sort of let you already know once we’re gonna get into that. We don’t normally do this with the nonfiction although as a result of I feel typically there’s probably not spoilers per se. If we ever had one, we’d. That’s just about it’s. We’ll simply discuss via them, say what we realized or what we loved about them or, yeah. Then folks can chime in on social media in the event that they like.

Elsie: It’s go at your individual tempo so should you wanna be a part of, learn whichever one you need. You may learn one, you possibly can learn all of them. We don’t say what date we’re gonna do the episodes as a result of we don’t know. 

Emma: We don’t know. 

Elsie: We simply do them once we’ve each completed studying the guide, then we’ll do it that week.

Emma: Elsie is like, did you end? And I’m like, no, she’s like, okay, we’re doing it the following episode so we higher end that one. I’m like, okay. That’s the way it works. 

Elsie: Yeah. I imply, we’ll end them by November-ish so most likely we’ll do one by the tip of September however it’s random. So should you’re studying one of many fiction books and also you’re nonetheless studying it and also you come to a podcast episode, then simply save that a part of the episode. We all the time put it on the finish, so you possibly can simply reserve it after which come again to it if you’re executed studying, for certain. So anyway, I simply need folks to learn some enjoyable books and it makes me really feel joyful to share it, share the love of the books with different folks. 

Emma: I like connecting with folks over books too.

Elsie: Me too. I actually like it. It’s one thing I by no means knew how particular it’s. 

Emma: Yeah, I’d identical to to make it increasingly more frequent. Loads of occasions if you hang around with pals, I really feel like, you’ll be like, oh, so what are you watching? You’ll discuss, particularly like, should you’re with one other couple or one thing like that. That’s nice as a result of I really like TV and flicks a lot. That’s additionally storytelling in an entire totally different method and it’s visible and that’s actually enjoyable, however I like it when I’ve pals who I’m like, what are you studying? What are you studying? We simply swap books as a result of it’s nice. Generally we actually swap books. We’ll give them to one another once we’re executed studying and issues like that. I simply view that as like the way it must be. So there you go. You’re part of it. 

Elsie: Oh, I like it. 

Emma: All proper. Transferring on, time to get cozy. 

Elsie: Sure. The comfortable time. So we’re gonna do a comfortable recipe, a comfortable film, a comfortable custom, after which we’ll do a weblog challenge or no matter that we’re most wanting ahead to as a result of we do a ton of fall content material. It’s only a large a part of our lives and it places me within the spirit. It actually does. 

Emma: The spirit of Halloween, simply kidding. 

Elsie: Oh my gosh. So I’ve to inform them this like just a little tiny tangent. So simply earlier tonight I used to be placing our seven-year-old to mattress. She requested to me that we skip Halloween this yr as a result of it’s too scary. So I used to be like attempting to unravel it, like what’s the factor that you just don’t precisely need. It lastly got here all the way down to that she hates the large, big fuzzy spiders that we placed on the outside of our residence. So we’re simply not gonna have these this yr and that’s completely high-quality. Perhaps we’ll strive once more when she’s like eight or 9. 

Emma: That’s so cute.

Elsie: It’s so candy. Yeah. After we opened up the Halloween closet and I used to be like, level to the factor and he or she pointed straight to the spider. The spider, it’s just like the fakest wanting spider, however yeah, to not her although. It’s an excessive amount of. I assume they’re sort of scary, I assume I can think about how that might really feel scary.

Emma: I keep in mind being so afraid of Jurassic park and I used to be most likely just a little older than her. It doesn’t actually look, I imply, it seems good. It’s an awesome film. 

Elsie: I feel it seems fairly actual.

Emma: It seems nice. It seems higher than your faux spiders, however I simply imply, I perceive being fearful of one thing like, I don’t know. That is smart. However no, we can not cancel Halloween. No. 

Elsie: No, we’ve to attract the road someplace. I felt like I made a great compromise although.

Emma: Yeah. You bought to the underside of it, it was the spider. 

Elsie: Oh, okay. So let’s first begin with the comfy recipe. What’s the cozy recipe, just like the one which places you within the spirit? 

Emma: I view fall or cozy season or autumn hasn’t actually began for me but till I make chili. So I’ve to make chili. What I’m planning for this yr is I even have a variety of chili recipes on the weblog that I really like, however there’s this actually previous publish that’s three totally different sorts of vegetarian chili recipes, multi functional publish. One in every of them is this sort of pumpkin chili. It’s a very good recipe, however it’s a little bit buried in that publish. So I feel I’m gonna revamp that just a little bit with among the tweaks and modifications I’ve made to it through the years anyway and make it a brand new, its personal publish. So it will get sort of just like the shining that it ought to get as a result of I really feel prefer it’s not having that proper now, however that’s actually what I’m within the temper to make anyway. So will probably be work, however it’s additionally undoubtedly what I’ll be consuming for dinner that night time as a result of I really like chili and to me, that kicks off the season. You’ve gotta make chili. 

Elsie: I really like chili a lot. I can eat it sort of loads, very constantly via the entire season. 

Emma: If I’m going to a celebration they usually have a crackpot of chili, I’m like stoked.

Elsie: That’s actually cute. We’re gonna do one in considered one of our movies so you’re obsessed in regards to the little mini luggage of Fritos like if you use the bag.

Emma: You gotta use Fritos in your chili. 

Elsie: It’s magical. 

Emma: It’s part of it for me. 

Elsie: Okay, so that is gonna random so my husband’s favourite cookie is gingerbread cookies, and I don’t assume they’re the perfect cookie by any stretch

Emma: The most effective no, good sure.

Elsie: Sure. I’ll say. I realized to make them actually gentle, like actually gentle as a result of those which can be like crispy the place you possibly can break it and it like makes the sound, that’s a no for me. Perhaps when you’ve got it with a ton of milk or one thing. It’s good however I like gentle cookies so I found out tips on how to make them. They’re sort of nearly a hybrid between the sugar cookies that I really like and gingerbread cookies as a result of they style like gingerbread they usually’re brown, however they’re gentle, like sugar cookies. So I assume that’s my favourite factor as a result of I do make them sort of loads that point of yr. They’re actually enjoyable to brighten. I feel the factor that’s cool about them is that you just don’t actually have to make use of as a lot icing on them. You may simply do like an overview or one thing. I feel that offers it a greater steadiness the place it’s not only a ton of icing just like the sugar cookies will be sort of like plenty of icing. I love to do a gingerbread, a traditional gingerbread man, however with a skeleton outfit for Halloween. I do these like yearly and I feel I’m so intelligent each time I do it. 

Emma: Genius. I do additionally love the odor of baking that sort of cookie. It actually sort of units the temper. It’s like a scented candle, however the true factor in order that’s fairly good. 

Elsie: The true factor. Oh yeah, a recipe that makes your own home actually odor the best way a candle claims to. That’s particular. Okay. Let’s do a comfortable film. So I’m identical to nonetheless in my Knives Out kick. There’s not a greater film for me to rewatch proper now. The opposite films that I rewatch loads are, so Emma shared with me Sensible Magic, which I hadn’t seen ever till final yr. I’ve watched it a few occasions lately in my workplace. Generally I simply watch films to love, I normally do it after I’m engaged on the weekends. Perhaps it like makes me really feel just a little bit extra cool or one thing. I don’t know. 

Emma: Yeah. Such as you’re having enjoyable too. 

Elsie: Sensible Magic, it’s like a enjoyable film. It’s nineties magic. Is it from the 90? It feels prefer it have to be, however it may. 

Emma: Yeah. I’m unsure, however it could be on the perimeter. It feels prefer it. 

Elsie: Yeah, it’s magical. 

Emma: I imply, Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman and different fantastic actors too, however they’re sort of the leads they usually’re witches they usually develop up as kids into adults. Their aunts are witches and also you simply see their complete story of being sisters and taking good care of one another and magic and there’s additionally a love story. It’s undoubtedly a romantic comedy. It’s nice. 

Elsie: Yet one more. Jeremy promised me that this fall, he thinks Nova’s sufficiently old that we’d watch E.T. I haven’t watched it in years so I’m actually wanting ahead to that. 

Emma: She was fearful of the spiders although. I don’t know. 

Elsie: It may not be proper for her age.

Emma: I don’t know, man. That alien’s just a little freaky deeky. It’s an awesome film. 

Elsie: Do you assume it’s too scary?

Emma: I don’t know. I assumed it was just a little scary after I was a child. 

Elsie: Oh, I assumed it was like cute and candy. 

Emma: It’s cute and candy however alien’s sort of scary just a little bit. I don’t know. Don’t take heed to me. What do I do know?

Elsie: What’s your cozy film?

Emma: So yearly my pals do a Harry Potter rewatch marathon. 

Elsie: Oh my gosh. Yearly. That’s so enjoyable. 

Emma: They lately moved to a brand new home, so I may also get to scope their new home so I’m stoked for that, hopefully. So I like to re-watch the Harry Potter films as a result of I additionally really feel like they really feel just a little Halloweeny they usually really feel just a little Christmasy as a result of it occurs over the college yr. 

Elsie: Within the first film, it has each holidays. The primary film’s my favourite. 

Emma: To me additionally a comfortable film is one thing that you would be able to be watching, but additionally be portray your nails and even like making a portray or one thing. It’s like, you’ve seen it sufficient occasions or the plot is so apparent that you can sort of zone out for 10 minutes and are available again and also you’re good. No issues. So I kinda like films like that. Loads of occasions after I’m on my own, I watch previous nineties romantic comedies and issues like that too. 

Elsie: Throughout the week of Christmas, once we keep on the pink home, we simply put Harry Potter on all the time.

Emma: Yeah. I’ve seen it so many occasions.

Elsie: It’s not like we’re watching it. It’s sort of identical to in our background within the environment of the room is Harry Potter. I feel that that’s a enjoyable Christmas custom. I feel it’s just like the week after Christmas, it’s the weirdest strangest week of the yr and I feel it’s the right Harry Potter week. 

Emma: I agree. Yeah. There’s no unhealthy time to re-watch a Harry Potter film in my view. Anyway, so yeah, that’s it for me. How a few cozy custom? 

Elsie: Oh my gosh. It’s so onerous to select. I’m gonna should go together with making Chex combine. You understand I couldn’t get via this episode with out speaking about Chex combine.

Emma: I assumed it was gonna be your recipe so I used to be like, that was bizarre, however right here we’re, she’s nonetheless getting it. 

Elsie: It’s enjoyable. It’s enjoyable. I imply, we sort of identical to baking and making recipes collectively all via the yr. Like Emma, she’s staying with me this week so she’s like actually skilled it. How a lot our four-year-old desires to assist in the kitchen. It’s loads. It’s greater than you assume and he or she desires to assist with nearly each single recipe, particularly if it’s baking.

Emma: She will get just a little upset if she’s not serving to. 

Elsie: You need to save a chunk for her to do all the time and curses to you should you neglect.

Emma: Certainly. 

Elsie: What’s yours? 

Emma: Yeah. Cozy custom. So the factor I consider most is like, I get an enormous tea behavior as soon as it begins to get cool. I do a tea introduction each Christmas time for the entire month of December so I’ll be doing that. Even earlier than that, identical to as soon as the climate modifications in any respect, any quantity I’m like hardcore into tea. Which some nights I flip into just a little sizzling toddy should you simply spike it however you already know. 

Elsie: That’s true. Tea is the right cocktail I feel. A sizzling Toddy is certainly considered one of my prime favourite cocktails.

Emma: Yeah. It’s so comforting. Drink it slowly and yeah, it’s simply nice. 

Elsie: I drink tea principally day by day, year-round so I don’t assume it’s seasonal, however I do assume flavors are seasonal. Usually I’ve summer season flavors too. I like lemon and I like kinda bizarre flavors too like licorice and I don’t know. However then within the fall it’s that cinnamon tea that we all the time discuss goes to the highest. Then what’s the opposite one? 

Emma: I like eternally nuts, which is David’s Tea. 

Elsie: Oh my gosh. Ceaselessly nuts is so good. 

Emma: So the cinnamon tea that we’re all the time speaking about is Herney and Sons and it’s daring. In the event you like your tea, daring, that is it. 

Elsie: It tastes like crimson hots for actual.

Emma: Then eternally nuts, which is from David’s Tea, it’s not tremendous, tremendous daring. It’s nonetheless like actually flavorful and good, however prefer it’s just a little bit pink and a extra refined cup. Tastes kinda like spiced almonds. 

Elsie: Dabid’s Tea is magical. I like it. 

Emma: I purchase that as presents loads for folks. It’s both candles or David’s tea as a result of it’s simply nice.

Elsie: That could be a nice reward. Our four-year-old drinks a cup of minty tea nearly day by day and the way I make it is rather like a tea bag and the most popular water from the sink. That works rather well for her as a result of they don’t want it to be truly sizzling, however it does get some taste in however prefer it’s a particular four-year-old tea. 

Emma: That’s so cute. Okay, so what’s the weblog challenge that you just’re most wanting ahead to this upcoming season? 

Elsie: Like palms down is the video shoot that we’re doing this week or I assume on the time of this when this episode comes out, it’s just like the video shoot that we simply did. In order that has been, it’s like magical as a result of in July or June we began planning it. 

Emma: Yeah. I used to be like, we have to plan this. I’m gonna be there the tip of August. 

Elsie: We knew we wished to do it in August. We wish to have our fall stuff able to go on September 1st. It’s essential to us. That begin is crucial. All of the planning I’ve simply gotten actually, actually tremendous into it and I’ve been actually on Pinterest this yr. Pinterest is my major, I don’t assume it’s social media, however it’s like my major factor, my major media, I assume, that I’m excited about proper now is rather like a comfortable concepts and stuff. So yeah, I’m actually excited simply to do the vacation recipes as a result of that’s the one factor I’ve been doing, I assume sort of plenty of for Childhood Magic, however for A Stunning Mess, I haven’t executed something fall or Christmas but. I’ve been saving all of it for this shoot so it is extremely magical. What are you most excited for? 

Emma: Effectively, that as effectively, for certain. However then I figured I ought to say one thing else, one thing extra as a result of it’s not completely truthful to be identical. However undoubtedly,that as a result of there’s simply a lot that we’re doing, that’s gonna be actually enjoyable, additionally actually excited. I’m fairly certain I’m going to be sharing, I talked about within the final episode that we’re shifting home. I’ve this tiny library that’s off our major bed room. I feel I’m gonna share that. I feel I’m gonna get to share that someday in October, I feel it’ll be accomplished. It’s a very small room. When folks see it, they’ll be like, oh, okay, it’s really like a closet space.

Elsie: It’s type of a closet-sized room however with home windows. 

Emma: Yeah, with home windows. So anyway, I feel I’m gonna share that and I’m simply enthusiastic about that as a result of I simply love libraries. It’s not an actual library. It’s only a room in my home the place I’m gonna hold plenty of books, however it’s simply enjoyable. I’ve this sense although, I’ll most likely get the challenge executed and I sort of would relatively gather books slowly over a few years as a result of I’m identical to that. I’m very sluggish about issues. So I’ll most likely {photograph} it, simply to get like a pleasant vibe, just like the vibe that I’m going for. I feel I’m gonna recruit my pals and be like, can I borrow all of your books and do some sort of color-coordinated post-it situation of their books or one thing. I sort of dig that concept anyway. I really feel like some folks can be like, why would you borrow books simply to get their picture? However in my thoughts, I’m like, truly it seems like actually candy to me to love sort of have my pals’ books in my home only for a weekend or one thing. Anyway, so I don’t know. I don’t even know if I’ll want that although. It’s actually not a really large room, however I’m simply sort of wanting ahead to creating that and photographing it. I feel it’ll be enjoyable.

Elsie: I’m excited to see it. I imply, I’d say within the residence I dwell in now, including the bookshelves and the libraries is my primary favourite factor that we did. I feel the primary factor that added appeal. 

Emma: It feels very cozy. 

Elsie: Thanks 

Emma: Rooms with plenty of books and your own home has plenty of books throughout and it’s simply enjoyable to browse such as you would a library or a bookstore or one thing.

Elsie: That’s so good. Yeah, I’m tremendous, tremendous, tremendous wanting ahead to seeing your library. Dwelling within the dream, sister. Okay. Do you wanna hear considered one of my library desires? I’ve had plenty of library desires come true now. I wanna do a tub that’s surrounded by bookshelves as a result of I noticed it one time and isn’t that nice.

Emma: I like it. Yeah. Sounds very cozy however possibly the steam would trouble the books. I don’t assume so although. That’d be high-quality. Yeah, it’d be high-quality. Plus what’s just a little steam, no large deal. 

Elsie: Folks make too large of a deal about lavatory steam, I feel. Says the girl who simply acquired her wallpaper bolstered. It was peeling off a wall in a toilet, however it was value it.

Emma: At the very least you admit it. 

Elsie: No, I all the time admit my failures. That’s considered one of my strengths. Effectively, it wasn’t my wallpaper. It was the wallpaper that got here with the home so it wasn’t my failure. That’s true however I fastened it. Didn’t I? Okay, what’s subsequent? 

Emma: Now we have a listener request. 

Elsie: Okay. So it is a listener request that I acquired from the query field on Instagram. So it’s worded actually brief and that’s why good, however it simply says the professionals and cons of proudly owning a historic residence. So I assumed this might be a very nice time for us to do that as a result of Emma is nearly to maneuver away from the historic residence that she’s been dwelling in for a few years. Then I’ve owned a few historic properties with my husband after which additionally our pink home in Missouri is a historic residence. So yeah, I feel that we will be trustworthy in regards to the professionals and cons of them. I’ll say upfront I’m pro-historic residence. If I ever transfer once more, I solely need an previous home. Completely, I feel that they’re nice. I’m the tremendous fan, the primary tremendous fan of low-cost previous homes. However I additionally assume there are cons, there are disadvantages and there are difficult issues that it’s best to know as a result of some folks take it tougher than others.

Emma: Yeah. I’m additionally professional historic residence however I’m professional many properties, I suppose. Yeah, let’s see. Okay. I’ve actually solely lived in a single so I really feel prefer it’s very particular to that home. However some professionals is there’s tons of appeal and for us, the neighborhood is simply pretty. The tons are sort of shut. It feels very neighborly, love strolling in that space and it’s close by a bunch of issues like a espresso store and issues like that. That’s fantastic, however that doesn’t actually should do with the house, I suppose. But it surely’s that historic district, I do really feel like plenty of occasions historic properties are sort of close to issues like metropolis facilities and issues like that. I assume there’s a historic farmhouse. It’s like out in the midst of nowhere. 

Elsie: I feel you’re proper. Loads of occasions they do have actually good areas. 

Emma: Yeah as a result of they’re sort of like the start of a city plenty of occasions. 

Elsie: Additionally typically they will have actually bizarre areas as a result of typically the house was as soon as a house on many acres and now it’s in a neighborhood and it’s the one one prefer it surrounded by like all newer properties. I’ve seen that loads too particularly the place I dwell. 

Emma: Which I don’t know. I simply assume it may be sort of quirky, which is type of enjoyable I feel. Anyway, these are some professionals. For us, just a few cons is actually small closets, normally a scarcity of pantry or identical to small kitchens. Ours has a shared driveway with our neighbors. It has a indifferent storage, which isn’t an enormous deal, however we’ve all 4 seasons and it may be typically sort of harsh climate. So if you’re hauling a automotive seat in and it’s freezing chilly and snowing, it’s like not perfect, however anyway, these are some issues. Then additionally previous homes, you simply should learn about some upkeep. Prefer it’s 100 years previous so in some methods, I really feel prefer it’s extra sturdy than different homes, greater than you may assume. As a result of it’s stood that check of time. But in addition constructing codes and permits and issues have been totally different most likely within the period that it was made. There’s gonna be issues that acquired up to date and have been they executed? There’s simply gonna be issues like that. That’s simply a part of it. 

Elsie: Okay. I feel my professionals and cons listing is fairly just like yours. Hopefully, I could make it like succinct. So professionals for me, there’s nothing higher than like an enthralling residence with authentic particulars. I really like woodwork. I really like moldings. I really like plaster work. I really like stain glass. I really like a pink lavatory. Issues like which can be actually particular and sort of can’t be emulated in a brand new home. I imply they sort of can’t as a result of even somebody like me who loves and worships previous homes, should you construct a brand new one and also you attempt to make it look previous, there are specific components of it that may all the time look new, just like the home windows and stuff. So I feel that there’s like a sure appeal that if that appeals to you and simply the texture of it feels good to you, you possibly can’t get that. There’s plenty of, should you like historical past, there’s so many issues you possibly can be taught. For me, it’s like a part-time passion, simply studying about all of the various kinds of roofs and issues like that.

Emma: Greater likelihood it could possibly be haunted. 

Elsie: Oh, yeah and that’s clearly a plus to me. Appears to be like extra like a film home normally. I imply, I assume to be truthful, it depends upon what sort of film, however the kinds of films that I really like are normally filmed in older historic properties which can be typically mansions and typically simply cozy like neighborhood properties. Okay. So cons. I feel that persons are too adverse and act like each historic house is a cash pit. I feel utilizing even the phrase cash pit about historic properties is simply sort of impolite. So I hope that individuals will simply sit back just a little bit on that as a result of for me, it’s by no means been this huge waste of cash. The house I dwell in proper now from the Nineties prices simply as a lot to repair as an previous residence would. Clearly it’s an funding to renovate a house and a house that wants intensive renovation is all the time gonna be an enormous funding. And plenty of occasions it must be like out of pocket and that’s onerous like I get that. However I feel there’s additionally plenty of historic properties which can be move-in prepared and that sort of factor. Anyway, cons I assume simply the issues you possibly can’t change. It’s the closets, the kitchens, and the bogs. They’re simply not as large. They’re not as grand. Generally you’ll discover properties the place they’ve sort of like made it into one thing like made two rooms right into a kitchen. Loads of occasions they simply used to make kitchens smaller. Then, closets there’s simply not as very like storage, though plenty of historic properties I take a look at have basements, which I feel is like adequate storage for every little thing you want just about.

Emma: So long as it doesn’t flood.

Elsie: Different cons, I feel should you love new fashionable decor, you shouldn’t purchase historic residence as a result of it’s limiting on what types work as a result of I don’t assume it seems good. I did that when, however I don’t assume it seems good to combine plenty of new fashionable stuff in an previous historic residence. I don’t assume it’s what’s finest for the house or what honors the historical past or no matter, as a result of I used to assume it was good to only do regardless of the hell you wish to any residence. However I don’t know if I feel that anymore, simply because like years of home purchasing previous properties wish to me, it’s actually unhappy when somebody places a contemporary, like an ultramodern minimalist kitchen with stacked tile in a home from the 1900s. I simply assume like, why didn’t you simply choose a distinct home that was extra the fashion that you just wished, extra the fashion that you just like. Is that snobby? 

Emma: I imply, it’s undoubtedly snobby.

Elsie: Ouch. Okay. Effectively, I’m glad we’re nearly to the tip. Sorry for snobbing out on you everybody and like no disgrace to anybody for any sort of residence renovation as a result of like I stated, I did these issues myself. That is simply my opinion now. Opinions can change. 

Emma: You will be snobby. There are worse crimes in life. 

Elsie: I actually am snobby about previous home stuff as a result of I would like it to look previous. I feel that doing them like cool and stylish with neon paint colours, or fashionable wallpaper, it’s enjoyable for some folks. It’s simply not enjoyable for me. 

Emma: Yeah. That’s cool. Okay. 

Elsie: So we’ve a listener query from Jackie earlier than we go. I really like this query by the best way. By the best way, this query got here by way of e-mail and you may e-mail us anytime at podcast@abeautifulmess.com. Really, our e-mail is the perfect place to ask a query as a result of we all the time get them they usually’re organized. So it says I’ve a conundrum, the house the place I put my Christmas tree is sort of a tragic, empty nook the remainder of the yr. I don’t wanna put furnishings or one thing large there that I can’t transfer when it’s Christmas time. I’ve been debating shopping for a faux birds of paradise plant to place there, however I’m not settled on it. How do you fashion the house the place you place your Christmas tree through the different 9 to 10 months of the yr? 

Emma: I like that her tree’s up two to a few months of a yr, appropriately. 

Elsie: Yeah. I imply, I’d say a stable two months. 

Emma: Yeah, a stable two months. 

Elsie: This previous yr although, I did take mine down sort of late in the midst of January and never the start of January in order that’s most likely the place the three is coming from. Can’t actually put up your Christmas tree earlier than Halloween. Perhaps somebody can.

Emma: In the event you acquired spooky ornaments, I don’t know. 

Elsie: So I feel that it is a actually nice query, particularly when you’ve got a smaller residence, you don’t wanna purchase one thing large. I assumed that was a very good level. I don’t wanna purchase one thing large that then I can’t transfer round. So for me personally, I’d undoubtedly do a faux tree and I’ll hyperlink within the present notes the faux tree locations that I actually like. There are actually good choices. I feel they’re sort of costly however they run gross sales so anticipate a sale. It’s actually no more costly than the true model of the plant, which you may or most likely would kill ultimately.

Emma: I’d. 

Elsie: Yeah, I all the time have. However in my residence, I’ve plenty of the faux fiddle timber after which another kinds of olive timber. I really feel like these are just a little extra like persons are doing these now. I feel these are nice. They’re fairly versatile. I transfer them round and I don’t really feel prefer it’s an enormous deal. One yr I put a trash bag over mine. I put it in my storage through the holidays. Generally I don’t need that inexperienced plant vibe messing with my Christmas which is smart. So you possibly can completely transfer it for that period of time, however yeah, I feel good name on not shopping for an enormous piece of furnishings as a result of then you definately gained’t have your Christmas tree spot, and that issues. Christmas tree spots matter.

Emma: Yeah. Otherwise you’ll be identical to attempting to maneuver it someplace and it’ll get shoved someplace bizarre. Then it’s like, you’ve your Christmas tree, however then you’ve this different drawback for these two or three months. 

Elsie: In my residence, my Christmas timber usually are not in locations the place I’ve to maneuver something although so it does really feel just a little bit extra empty throughout the remainder of the yr. I additionally assume possibly it feels just a little bit extra cluttered throughout Christmas, however cluttered in a great way although. 

Emma: Yeah. I just about identical factor. I’ve a really giant faux fiddle plant, fiddle leaf, that’s the spot the place my Christmas tree goes. I’ve a few Christmas timber. 

Elsie: Doesn’t he have Christmas tree lights on him? 

Emma: Sure and I mild him up just about all yr, aside from the summer season. Which I might mild him up in the summertime, however I simply don’t. Anytime I would like it to really feel cozy, I mild him up so it’s sort of like I’ve a distinct model of a Christmas tree in that spot. Only a extra acceptable model. Maybe her birds of paradise plant can be the right slot in her house. I don’t actually know. I’d should see it. I’ve by no means actually seen a faux birds of paradise plant. Sounds cool. Seems like extra colourful. In order that’s neat.

Elsie: There’s so many good kinds of crops. So simply choose the one which fits your fashion and matches. I’ve plenty of faux crops on my porches and Emma can let you know, they give the impression of being actually actual. They’re actually superior. I killed some the primary yr we moved right here. So after that, I used to be like, I’m committing myself, like underneath the porch the place it could actually’t get rain, faux solely. 

Emma: Yeah. I solely actually do faux crops. I don’t do actual crops as a result of I kill them. Only a waste of cash. 

Elsie: Yeah. I’ve just a few, I’ve just a few actual crops, however I even have plenty of lifeless crops so I’m not an ideal particular person with crops. I did, I had a plant period. There was like a time after I had like 60 crops in my home. Bear in mind, earlier than I had children.

Emma: I don’t really feel plenty of strain to be a plant woman. I’m simply not, possibly I might be sooner or later. I don’t know. I feel it’s cool however I don’t assume all people needs to be. It’s high-quality.

Elsie: I’d like to be extra into it in a distinct level, however anyway, Jackie, we actually hope that that helped. I’m glad that your Christmas tree has such a sentimental worth to you that the remainder of the yr feels empty with out it. That makes me joyful as a result of I really feel the identical method.

Emma: Yeah. I get it. All proper. Effectively, thanks a lot for listening. We might be again subsequent week. Now we have so many nice episodes this season, so we’re simply actually, actually excited to be again and sharing every little thing with you. In case you have a couple of minutes, just a few issues you are able to do to assist our podcast develop is depart us a evaluation. In the event you by no means have, that actually does assist us develop. Then additionally, if you already know anybody who you assume would really like our odd ramblings about principally holiday-related content material, share it, share it with the pal. Meaning loads to us. We see it everytime you’re doing that on Instagram or different social media and tag us. So it means loads. So thanks.

Elsie: See you guys subsequent week.

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