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Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Episode #184: Adorning the Exterior of Your Home

This week, we’re speaking about easy methods to make the outdoors of your private home feel and look as cozy as the within of your private home. Plus, we’ve got a listener query about easy methods to deal with a contractor who isn’t doing the job proper.

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Present Notes:


Entrance Door: 

Home windows:

Porch Concepts:

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



  • See what blooms your first yr
  • Do some bit at a time

Again patio:



  • Have it match the persona of your private home
  • Try Emma’s mailbox magnet


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

Listener Query:

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

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

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Episode 184 Transcript:

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

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

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

Emma: It’s a close-knit space. 

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

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

Elsie: So portray brick, it’s undoubtedly a regional factor. So the place I grew up in Missouri, I believe persons are type of beginning to do it now somewhat bit extra, however individuals used to essentially villainize and it’s undoubtedly a cold and warm matter, however there’s lots of people who assume that it’s like actually dangerous to color a brick house.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emma: Yeah. And in case you’re a seasonal wreath individual, which I’m, then you definitely do have to consider your entrance door because the backdrop for all of your seasonal wreaths. So I’d assume that by. So be sure that it’s gonna go properly together with your Halloween wreath and your Christmas wreath. Possibly you don’t care, however I do. 

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

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

Elsie: Okay, so for home windows, initially, do you want shutters? Are you a shutter individual? 

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

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

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

Elsie: I imply, you already know, I like my Finish of the World books, so sure. But in addition I believe it’s simply type of like an authenticity factor for like individuals who like outdated homes, it’s such as you wanna do it the best way it could’ve been executed in that period.

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

Elsie: I might inform you it’s silly. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emma: Yeah, I do, faux ones. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elsie: Possibly there are different crops or I wager our listeners will be capable of offer you some recommendation on that. That fascinating. 

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

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

Emma: I actually felt that manner even about portray the outside of your home. After I was youthful, I assumed, oh, I wouldn’t spend the cash on that I’d slightly spend the cash I’ve to repair up my home on the within as a result of I’m all the time inside. And I believe in case you’re on a decent price range, like yeah, that is sensible, I get it. However after you’ve painted the outside or no matter you’ve executed, after you’ve executed one thing to the outside, then you definitely see what an enormous distinction it makes and the sensation it provides you if you pull as much as your home. And likewise in case you spend plenty of time in your entrance porch or your yard or no matter, then yeah, you simply type of come to worth it differently, or I’ve, possibly not everybody, however I do. So I might undoubtedly see that with landscaping, we type of have present stuff from the earlier proprietor, a number of bushes and bushes which might be coming again to life now and we’re hibernating all this winter. This yr is admittedly identical to seeing if every little thing comes again, what it’s wish to attempt to keep it if we’re not capable of, like what are we gonna do otherwise to verify it’s nonetheless enticing, like are we gonna change this or that? In order that’s actually all we’re doing this yr is making an attempt to determine like, what is that this deal with? What are these bushes? Will they keep alive this summer time? I don’t know. So we’re simply gonna do our greatest and see. 

Elsie: Completely. Yeah. I believe giving it somewhat little bit of time to identical to see what blooms your first spring is admittedly sensible as a result of it may very well be stunning. When you first see it when every little thing’s lifeless, there is likely to be plenty of perennials that you simply don’t even learn about. Yeah. It’s very enjoyable although, I believe in case you’ve by no means executed it earlier than and also you’re gonna do it on your first time, my recommendation is to only be inspired, and perform a little bit at a time. It’s value it for me, at first it felt prefer it was within the boring money-to-spend class for home stuff. However finally, I type of got here to understand it and find it irresistible, so now I’m excited to do extra. The following one is the again patio. So I believe that your again porch can actually be the center of your private home. My favourite manner to make use of it or the best way for it to be is that if your kitchen will set free into your backspace. I believe that’s like superb. That’s the way it’s been at our house in Tennessee and it simply made it actually cozy as a result of it’s your out of doors kitchen is subsequent to your indoor kitchen and your out of doors eating is subsequent to your kitchen and it simply all type of matches collectively very well. So in case you’re planning an area from scratch, I’d actually suggest that. Clearly not each home is gonna have that. Our first home in Tennessee had this, it’s so random, however the kitchen was within the very entrance of the home. There was no doable manner that it might ever join in any manner and it was all the time behind my thoughts once I lived there. Anyway, let’s discuss a few concepts for how one can improve your again patio. So I simply bought new porch furnishings for our new home and I didn’t know, so have you learnt the model Trex, they make like decking that you simply by no means have to interchange. So I came upon that they make tables and I bought a type of tables. I’m actually enthusiastic about it as a result of I don’t know what number of occasions up to now, which is my very own fault, however I’d get a really cheap wooden desk from Goal or one thing the place I’d put a desk on the market that actually shouldn’t be on the market after which a season or two later it’s like utterly trashed.

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

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

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

Elsie: That’s a enjoyable concept. I like that. Let’s speak concerning the yard for somewhat bit. Oh my gosh. Yard. So I’ve realized a lot, I really feel like, so our first home in Tennessee had this big yard. All it had in it was playhouses. So it was just about like an acre of yard that you simply simply mow and I realized from that have that I wished a extra concise yard, that was helpful. It’s nice to have an enormous yard if it’s helpful, however I didn’t wanna simply have a large yard that was identical to a garden mowing invoice or no matter. After which in our present house, we’ve got truly a reasonably small yard, our Tennessee house, feels prefer it’s principally the swimming pool. Yeah. After which there are a few facet yards which might be somewhat bit awkward to get to. So that they actually don’t get used a lot, they don’t get performed a lot. So if our youngsters play outdoors, they normally play within the entrance of the home, like within the driveway and stuff, and within the again within the pool space. In all probability one of many smallest yards we’ve had. Not plenty of play area. I felt like we bought a lot out of it as a result of it was well-planned. It had an out of doors eating desk. We had the cornhole sport, which our youngsters love. We had a fireplace pit, which they love. It was very helpful and purposeful. So it taught me that we don’t really want an enormous yard, we simply want a extremely well-planned yard. So with our new house, I’m making an attempt to be very cautious within the planning. So yeah, I’ve been getting my swimming pool quote. Everybody, cross your fingers for me as a result of I’m terrified. I simply assume that if you stay in the course of the nation, swimming swimming pools are costlier as a result of they’re simply not as frequent and there usually are not as many corporations to select from and it’s simply not as aggressive. However yeah, we’re planning for that. A fireplace pit, I’d wish to have some type of play area, however I wanna make certain it’s gonna get used so much. And I’d wish to have some type of yard that’s open to run in, however not so much, identical to the correct quantity. So yeah, that’s my plan in the intervening time. I’ve redrawn it like 100 occasions so simply to encourage anybody who’s shifting to a brand new area or planning your yard, you may’t overthink it. Actually, actually take into consideration like how every little thing can join collectively as a result of it’s so significantly better to plan it again and again earlier than you’ve spent any cash than to begin doing it and have regrets. 

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

So we don’t actually know the place it could go, as a result of we wouldn’t need it to only be sitting out on a regular basis. So it must go within the yard someplace, nevertheless it must be one thing no less than coated, if not somewhat construction. In order that’s type of the place we cease is we’re like, we don’t know the way the golf cart’s gonna get taken care of, be saved when it’s not in use. So then we simply type of dunno what to do with that. I’ll determine it out sometime. I’m gonna be driving round and the golf cart’s gonna be dressed like a monster for Halloween. I don’t know. In order that we are able to trick or deal with.

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

Emma: Oh yeah, I agree. Ours is this type of steel and swings open proper outdoors our entrance door and I find it irresistible. I don’t plan to interchange it in the intervening time, however I’ll say although, you know the way if you put mail in on your mail service pickup, you flip up a flag normally. An ordinary mailbox has a flag.

Elsie: Do you must use an in depth pin on the skin or one thing? 

Emma: Yeah, it has to have one thing like that. So I went on-line and I used to be like, properly there’s gotta be some answer for this, I’ve seen mailboxes like this earlier than. I’ve by no means had one, however there’s one thing and so I appeared round and mainly what it has proper now’s this little tiny plastic flag you could push out or shut and it’s on the mailbox with a command strip and it’s labored. Nevertheless it requires you to very fastidiously open and shut it and the mail service is closing it and I don’t know her or him, however they’re doing nothing mistaken, it’s not nice. It’s not an incredible answer, the command strip, as a result of it’s additionally like instructions strips are nice. When you’ve heard me say it when you’ve heard it a thousand occasions. I like command strips. However they’re not all the time nice outside. It might probably get very chilly right here, with freezing temperatures. It’s additionally very moist at occasions. And this summer time it’ll get actually sizzling. So I’m simply looking for one other answer and mainly on Amazon, I noticed these little magnets that like say, oh, cute, decide up the mail. And so that you simply put the magnet on the skin. Of the steel after which they will simply put it on the within as soon as they’ve picked up the mail. And so I purchased a type of and it hasn’t are available in but, however I’m actually enthusiastic about it. It has somewhat image of a mail truck on it. It’s a tiny bit tacky, however I simply really feel prefer it’s gonna be a very good answer for the kind of mailbox we’ve got as a result of there’s been numerous occasions I wanted one thing to exit and the mail service didn’t notice I had one thing within the field and it didn’t exit and that’s type of a bummer. 

Elsie: That’s tremendous annoying. That’s a cute concept. Okay, properly good. We’ll must hyperlink that within the present notes as a result of I wager there’s somebody on the market, that’s additionally the right answer. 

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

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

Emma: That’s what I’ve. 

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

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

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

Emma: Yeah, you may see them like so far as like in case you’re standing outdoors of my home like they’re not turned on, you simply see there are bulbs. 

Elsie: You simply don’t care?

Emma: No, why would I care? 

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

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

Elsie: What, what actually? 

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

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

Emma: Possibly we must always do a ballot. Possibly I’m mistaken. I don’t know. I might completely be mistaken. 

Elsie: I’m very to listen to now, I wanna hear. Please write into us at podcastabeautifulmess.com you probably have robust emotions or experiences about everlasting Christmas lights. Is there a manner that I can depart my Christmas lights up ceaselessly? Nevertheless it received’t look dangerous in the summertime. That’s what I wanna know. I’m very interested by this topic. Okay, so that is how I plan Halloween and Christmas. I print off somewhat image. You may additionally simply do that in your telephone, an image of your exterior, after which I simply draw on it. I simply draw on it as many occasions as I would like and simply type of plan out like what are all of the alternative ways we might put up the decorations? There are many alternative ways you are able to do it, it’s so enjoyable. Certainly one of my favourite issues is driving round at Christmas and like how everybody else does all their Christmas lights, the magic of planning it out, and being inventive. It’s a lot enjoyable. 

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

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

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

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

Emma: Sure, this query was emailed to us from Janie. She says, lately the pipes burst in my New York Metropolis condominium. I’m younger, single, and stay alone. The development firm employed by the condominium administration firm was making an attempt to only paint over mildew and water harm. I needed to regularly battle for the job to be executed appropriately, for sheetrock to get replaced, and I felt dangerous about it, like responsible for asking for the job to be executed appropriately. So what are your ideas, tips, experiences, and concepts for coping with points like this, particularly as a younger lady? 

Elsie: All proper, I wanna begin off by saying, I simply wrote a put up lately about easy methods to rent a contractor on A Lovely Mess. So we’ll hyperlink to that, and it has an entire part about coping with sexism as a result of coping with sexism and other people speaking right down to you, sadly, on this business, on this state of affairs is admittedly dangerous. And I believe that your expertise is quite common. Truthfully, it’s unhappy, however not stunning to listen to that. So yeah, I believe that studying easy methods to arise for your self and to say your self and likewise get what you need executed, most significantly are all actually good abilities. Simply coping with the preliminary shock that folks simply don’t pay attention or attempt to speak you out of what you’re asking for or attempt to speak right down to you, it’s irritating. So do you will have any good ideas Em? 

Emma: Effectively, it seems like Janie did precisely what she wanted to do, which was hold bothering them till it will get executed the best way it must get executed and if you’re speaking about mildew, that’s not a joke. That may mess together with your well being, so this isn’t identical to, oh, the colour’s barely completely different than I assumed and I would like you to repaint it without spending a dime. It’s like, no, no, no, no, no mildew is a severe subject. And likewise you probably did an enormous favor to whoever owns your constructing as a result of now there’s not gonna be mildew rising ceaselessly. Appears like she did what she wanted to do, nevertheless it seems like for Janie and undoubtedly, for me, I virtually have to only give myself somewhat pep speak after I’ve moments like that the place I’m like, hey, it was okay that you simply did that. It was okay that you simply stored asking them it was okay that you simply instructed them no. Generally I actually do must virtually speak out loud to myself and be like, it’s tremendous that you simply known as them again and stated this isn’t acceptable, you weren’t unkind. You weren’t imply, you simply stated what wanted to be stated and that’s okay. Generally I believe that must be one thing in your routine in case you’re the type of one that feels actually responsible advocating for your self, which I really feel at occasions, so I undoubtedly get that. After which in case you’re ever like not sure, ask your mates, ask your dad and mom, whoever you’re shut with, in case you’re like, am I being an excessive amount of right here? Verify-in as a result of your mates will inform you straight away. If I had a good friend be like, do you assume it’s okay for them to color over mildew? I’d be like, no, it is advisable name them at this time since you can’t be residing in a home with mildew like that. You recognize that it’s there. Generally we stay with mildew and we don’t comprehend it, however you already know. If I had a good friend ask me, I’d be like, no, you completely ought to name, it’s good that you simply’re calling. It’s good that you simply’re checking in. Maintain your self. That is necessary on your well being. So possibly attain out to associates, members of the family, or whoever it is advisable simply be reassured that the factor you’re asking for is totally acceptable to ask for, and so long as you’re not being unkind, like calling somebody a reputation, or threatening them indirectly. These are issues that aren’t acceptable, however asking for what you want even a number of occasions or considerably forcefully, not yelling, however considerably forcefully is completely acceptable and a really grownup and really regular factor to do.

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

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

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

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