Episode #184: Decorating the Exterior of Your House

This week, we’re speaking about learn how to make the surface of your own home appear and feel as cozy as the within of your own home. Plus, now we have a listener query about learn how 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 a bit desk and chairs
  • Use string lights
  • Put in a fire
  • Add a TV



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

Again patio:



  • Have it match the persona of your own 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, methods, experiences, and concepts for coping with contractor points, particularly as girls? 

  • Learn Elsie’s weblog about Suggestions for Hiring a Contractor
  • Maintain bothering them
  • Give your self a pep 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 Stunning Mess Podcast, your cozy consolation hear. This week we’re speaking about learn how to make the surface of your own home appear and feel as cozy as the within of your own home. Plus, now we have a listener query about learn how to deal with a contractor who isn’t doing their job proper. My favourite topic. Okay, so somebody DMed me and so they mentioned, that is so cute. I can’t cease desirous about it. So at our new home in Missouri, they mentioned that they used to dwell 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. They usually simply wished to inform me and so they mentioned it was actually magical. It had lights, it had tents, it had all of the issues and I want I may see it. I really like the thought of nonetheless throwing some type of, it doesn’t need to be a marriage, however some type of large celebration there. Possibly a marriage, perhaps one thing else sometime, nevertheless it made my coronary heart really feel so many issues.

Emma: That’s so cute. That’s the sweetest DM ever. You additionally haven’t proven the home very a lot so I completely imagine that they did dwell subsequent door cuz to ensure that them to have the ability to like, acknowledge it from what you might have shared they need 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 transferring into that home?

Emma: It’s a close-knit space. 

Elsie: Yeah. So anyway, this episode is all about adorning the outside of your own home. I’m so excited to do ours. So I like the way in which that exterior seems to be, however I believe it has much more potential that may be unlocked. And I undoubtedly suppose yours as properly. So Emma’s home, she’s at present 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 leap into that finally, like what you do of it. 

Emma: Yeah, so we will speak about paint as a result of really as we’re recording this, we had been imagined to get our brick lime washed this week, nevertheless it didn’t work out as a result of they need to have three days of no rain in order that the paint can remedy correctly. And this week it was type of on and off within the forecast of a bit little bit of rain. So we’re hoping for subsequent week, however this time of yr it rains on and off pretty often, so it may even be one other month, who is aware of? However I’m very excited when it does occur as a result of now we have a largely white, home, however then now we have a bit little bit of brick, and so we’re gonna get that lime washed. So lime wash, it may imply lots of various things. So for us, what we’re wanting is the place you type of see the brick a bit bit. You continue to see that there’s pink brick below there. It’s virtually type of like a cloudy look. It’s very cottage core, shabby stylish, it’s type of that type of factor. And for us, we don’t have tons of brick. It’s not the entire home, so it’s type of gonna be an accent. So I really feel prefer it’s gonna be a pleasant juxtaposition with the white siding now we have, which seems to be fairly plain and boring, simply being trustworthy. It’s like fairly boring. So I really feel like it will give it type of one thing. In the mean time, it’s similar to very pink 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, may 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 a bit bit extra, however individuals used to essentially villainize and it’s undoubtedly a cold and warm matter, however there’s lots of people who suppose that it’s like actually dangerous to color a brick residence.

However once I moved to Nashville, I used to be seeing it all over the place. Simply everybody paints their brick houses 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 residence 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 desires to make use of that materials as a result of it’s not as frequent. So anyway, I’ll hyperlink that within the weblog, if anybody’s curious. However yeah, I believe that portray a home is likely one of the greatest issues you are able to do for curb enchantment, I like to recommend it. So the pink home is a wooden home, perhaps it’s wooden siding, I’m unsure, after which our new residence 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 it’s a must to maintain them painted and sustain with it. It’s an necessary a part of the upkeep of proudly owning a woodhouse. So with our pink home, we determined to do a press release shade as a result of initially, it matches into the neighborhood. There have been already lots of homes within the neighborhood that had a bit 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 a bit little bit of shade, a bit bit extra risk-taking is the fitting 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 positive somebody in all probability didn’t prefer it. I don’t know as a result of it’s pink. It’s a pink home, nevertheless it’s not the one pink home, I don’t suppose, is it? 

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

Elsie: And likewise pink is a historic residence shade. It’s a extra frequent residence 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 chance as a result of it’s very small. What do you name it? Like a bungalow-style home. So it simply type of made sense. It match prefer it felt good for our new residence 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 positive it that can all the time maintain it white. However who is aware of? By no means say by no means. However a chance for portray on the outside is unquestionably the porch in the meanwhile. The porch must be repainted actually badly. It’s across the entrance steps space, whenever you first stroll up, it’s like actually chipping off. So I do know that’s one in all our first initiatives that we have to do. So I discovered this primary shade referred to as Dorian Grey, so I used to be desirous about utilizing that. You recognize, I’ve my Dorian Grey factor. If I wanna do a impartial shade, or I may perform a little extra of a enjoyable shade, I don’t know.

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

Elsie: Okay. So it’s, it’s a Southern factor that should you paint your porch ceiling blue. So whenever 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 cause, or if some individuals perhaps simply see it and so they’re like, oh, that’s a cute shade, I’ll do mine that means too. Yeah, however I initially don’t actually need a blue ceiling. However second of all, I’m not likely afraid of ghosts. So should 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 really, 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 targeted on the outside trigger that’s what this episode is about. 

Emma: Yeah. Effectively, alongside portray exteriors, let’s speak about one other necessary exterior factor that you just paint typically, 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 really like assertion entrance doorways, I’ve had them in virtually all of my houses. I believe on my first residence 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 now we have one other pink door after which we had a inexperienced door. So I really like the assertion entrance door. I believe it’s very enjoyable. I simply suppose 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 need to mix it with what your home already is. In the event you’re not gonna paint the entire home, you do need to type of settle for your home for what it’s and decide a 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 cheerful to color it, that one teal that you just actually love, despite the fact that it doesn’t go along with the remainder of the home, that’s high-quality. 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 may 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 ok. It’s your home, no matter. However I’m gonna go on my stroll and I’m gonna choose your entrance door. So simply know that’s occurring.

Elsie: In our new home, now we have a display screen 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 take a look at from the surface due to the, it’s like a wooden display screen door, it’s like a really basic, like a southern door. I adore it, I believe it’s sensible as a result of it’s like mosquito land and stuff. I’m desirous about 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 aspect 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 residence that Tray and I lived in collectively. And I painted it with my associates at some point and it was actually enjoyable. So at present we simply have this type of trendy wooden door that has frosted panels and we simply acquired it from Lowe’s. It’s not likely something all that particular, to be trustworthy, nevertheless it seems to be 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 mentioned, the window was tremendous cracked so we changed it with that. And I’m having them, each time they do the outside of the home, we’re type of matching the wooden. We’re including panels of wooden below a number of the home windows. Virtually like a planter field, nevertheless it’s not really a planter field cuz I’ve no inexperienced thumb in any way. And I’ll by no means put vegetation in them as a result of they’ll simply die as a result of I don’t know what I’m doing. So it’s similar to a chunk 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 seems to be actually fairly. It’s like a very nice wooden and it’s been sealed so you possibly can actually see all of the wooden grain and it’s actually fairly. 

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 householders get to do this’s actually particular.

Emma: Yeah. And should you’re a seasonal wreath individual, which I’m, then you definately do have to think about your entrance door because the backdrop for all of your seasonal wreaths. So I might suppose that by means of. So make it possible for 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 residence selections. 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 not less than an additional month every. Okay, the opposite factor I really like for entrance doorways is selecting a classic knocker, I’ve talked about this earlier than. I selected one for my new home already. I select one for each residence, 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 totally different ones you will discover. I believe our first one was a pineapple after which we had a butterfly at one in all 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 really like shutters. We don’t have them and I don’t actually need them, however I really like taking a look at them. 

Elsie: Lots of people have requested me if I might add shutters to our new home as a result of it type of seems to be just like the film homes that I all the time put, that it type of seems to be like each have black shutters. However I really suppose our home isn’t meant to have shutters the dimensions of the home windows is I believe it’s larger than you suppose. So from what I’ve learn, the one option 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. To be able to do this, they’d be big. So I simply don’t suppose that our home wants it or desires it. So at the moment, I’m nobody shutters, however I do love how they appear 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 need to be actual since you would need to use them such as you would need to pull them closed typically. 

Elsie: I imply, you already know, I really like my Finish of the World books, so sure. But additionally 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 way in which it might’ve been completed in that period.

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

Elsie: I may inform you it’s silly. 

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

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

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

Elsie: Have a look at it yet 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 might work, like should you simply wouldn’t put the shutters on all of the home windows or it simply type of seems like it might be a bit 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 in all probability simply not pondering like we’re not on the identical web page since you like need to use them. In order that’s very totally different as a result of it’s like then they could need to be like big or oddly formed relying in your home windows and yeah, that sounds in all probability much more costly and probably problematic, however I’m simply pondering like cool ones that perhaps have like moons carved in ’em or one thing. I don’t know. Or simply black wines. 

Elsie: So that you suppose 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 speak about 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 which you can stroll all the way in which round. A literal, all-the-way stroll across the porch. What do you name it, wraparound porch and you may really stroll all the way in which round it, a few of it’ll have doorways, a few of it received’t and a few of it is going to be sunrooms. One in every of it’s gonna be like an artwork room, a few of it is going to be porches. It’s so magical to me. So, yeah I really like porches. In our first Nashville home, we had a sunroom and it was undoubtedly one of the crucial lovely rooms in the home. It was very photogenic and it was very enjoyable to brighten. However because it was a 3 seasons room and also you couldn’t use it within the winter, it was type of a bummer a number of the years. So I realized from that have that I might quite have similar to all the way in which a porch, only a porch as you go on the market, you sit within the recent air, or if it’s a sunroom that’s closed in with home windows, I need 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 a bit desk and chairs. You are able to do the daybed swing. What are a few of your favourite decorations for porches? 

Emma: Yeah. I really like a swing. I really like a daybed swing. Our porch is type of unusual in a means. It’s a correct porch nevertheless it’s lots 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 desires to be strolling, now we have his little bike out on the entrance porch, it’s tucked beneath the awning. And this little cozy coop automotive, 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 lots of it’s lined. There’s only a small area that’s lined and it’s type of taken up by Oscar’s automotive and bike proper now. However we sit on the market quite a bit proper now and eat dinner, Oscar loves being outdoors usually. 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 automotive or a truck or no matter. In the future 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 really like porches. So within the neighborhood, we’re transferring in Springfield, there are lots 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 lots of porches which are lit up with string lights and so I assumed that was actually candy. In case you have an opportunity to place a fire in your porch, I believe that’s epic. Really a porch with a fire it’s epic, it’s wonderful. I might 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 concentrate on, well-designed and putting TVs on porches? What are your ideas? 

Elsie: I’m professional TV on a porch as a result of I simply suppose if it makes you utilize 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 now have no place for one, however I might 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 it’s a must to actually determine your plan for that. However in the course of the day, within the morning, it tends to be fairly good. 

Elsie: I believe it’s a good suggestion really. If this area requires it and it really works, perhaps it might make you utilize your porch extra. I believe that’s crucial factor as a result of I’ve had porches that we use consistently, 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 whenever you first transfer in. So the subsequent half is walkways. So I believe when you 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 suppose that brick pathways are so cute.

Emma: Oh yeah. A brick pathway is a really magical, very secret backyard. So now we have just a few walkways, I suppose I’ve two issues. One is mainly now we have these actually large, pretty lavender bushes on our again, in between the way you enter our yard and the place the storage is, and final yr they weren’t completely blooming but, however final yr they smelled wonderful. We didn’t dwell in the home but, however we might come to examine it quite a bit. And yeah, they only smelled wonderful, I don’t know if it’s like edible lavender or not, I’m not likely positive. I’m positive I may determine that out. However I did discover final yr that it had tons of bees and so I’m desirous about that this yr. I’m a bit uncertain if we’re gonna maintain them as a result of I do suppose they scent superior. However Oscar is rather like, that’s a spot he’s at quite a bit 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, forwards and backwards fairly a bit. So I’m just a bit involved concerning the variety of bees I noticed. I don’t know if there’s one thing I ought to do for there to be much less bees. I 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 desirous about 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 a complete bunch, I’ll be like, okay, the place you’ve gotta do one thing.

Elsie: Possibly there are different vegetation or I guess our listeners will have the ability to provide you with 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. Truly, a contractor we labored with I already talked about, would completely take them and plant them at his home if we wished. So I used to be like, okay, I have already got somebody, they wouldn’t go to waste, however I’m like, 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 acquired a bit free library put in, we had a lifeless tree in our entrance yard and after we acquired it reduce down, we advised them to go away like a four-foot stump and since you may get them to chop it means down and even grind the stump and I mentioned, no, go away it 4 foot as a result of I’m gonna put a bit free library on high of it. So now we have a bit free library and I’ve observed that folks within the neighborhood are utilizing it fairly a bit. I’ve gotten various 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 adore it. 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 high-quality 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 now we have 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 meanwhile it’s similar 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 a bit vacation spot the place we will stroll on the market and play with him a bit after which go do one thing else and at his age that’s nice. 

Elsie: Magical. Okay, let’s speak about landscaping for a second, as a result of I really feel like that may be a actually necessary a part of curb enchantment, it may be an enormous improve. So on our final residence we in all probability did probably the most landscaping we’ve completed as a result of I do know this story earlier than, however after we acquired our home painted I used to be like, this seems to be nice. When ought to we take pictures? And the home painter was like, properly, I believe it is advisable to get rid of the entire landscaping and do all new, and I used to be like, What, I had by no means been advised such an enormous activity earlier than and it seems he was proper after we did do this job. I keep in mind on the time it felt like such an enormous change. It turned out actually cute. There’s like lots 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 really like the yellow leaves at fall time and it was a really magical expertise and I can’t wait to do it once more. I believe it opened up my thoughts quite a bit to how worthwhile it landscaping could be as a result of it feels type of daunting and it feels very costly and it is rather costly. However when you’ve completed it and seen what an enormous improve it may be, I believe it felt much more value it to me.

Emma: I truthfully felt that means even about portray the outside of your home. Once I was youthful, I assumed, oh, I wouldn’t spend the cash on that I’d quite 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 should you’re on a good funds, like yeah, that is sensible, I get it. However after you’ve painted the outside or no matter you’ve completed, after you’ve completed one thing to the outside, then you definately see what an enormous distinction it makes and the sensation it provides you whenever you pull as much as your home. And likewise should you spend lots of time in your entrance porch or your yard or no matter, then yeah, you simply type of come to worth it otherwise, or I’ve, perhaps not everybody, however I do. So I may undoubtedly see that with landscaping, we type of have present stuff from the earlier proprietor, a number of bushes and timber which are coming again to life now and we’re hibernating all this winter. This yr is admittedly similar to seeing if every little thing comes again, what it’s wish to attempt to keep it if we’re not in a position to, like what are we gonna do otherwise to ensure it’s nonetheless enticing, like are we gonna exchange this or that? In order that’s actually all we’re doing this yr is making an attempt to determine like, what is that this deal with? What are these bushes? Will they keep alive this summer time? I don’t know. So we’re simply gonna do our greatest and see. 

Elsie: Completely. Yeah. I believe giving it a bit little bit of time to similar to see what blooms your first spring is admittedly good as a result of it could possibly be shocking. In the event you first see it when every little thing’s lifeless, there is perhaps lots of perennials that you just don’t even find out about. Yeah. It’s very enjoyable although, I believe should you’ve by no means completed it earlier than and also you’re gonna do it on your first time, my recommendation is to simply 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 adore it, 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 guts of your own home. My favourite means to make use of it or the way in which for it to be is that if your kitchen will set free into your backspace. I believe that’s like wonderful. That’s the way it’s been at our residence in Tennessee and it simply made it actually cozy as a result of it’s your outside kitchen is subsequent to your indoor kitchen and your outside eating is subsequent to your kitchen and it simply all type of matches collectively very well. So should you’re planning an area from scratch, I might 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 potential means that it may ever join in any means and it was all the time at the back of my thoughts once I lived there. Anyway, let’s speak about a few concepts for how one can improve your again patio. So I simply acquired new porch furnishings for our new home and I didn’t know, so have you learnt the model Trex, they make like decking that you just by no means have to interchange. So I came upon that they make tables and I acquired 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 might get a really cheap wooden desk from Goal or one thing the place I might put a desk on the market that actually shouldn’t be on the market after which a season or two later it’s like fully trashed.

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

Elsie: I’m type of on the level in my life the place I’m like, I’m not shopping for outside furnishings if it’s not weatherproof and I’m excited to see, I suppose I’ll need to 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 really like outside furnishings, however should you don’t have a lined area, then I believe it’s a must to 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 a bit uninterested in it. So we’re getting the sandbox so he can play in that sandbox as a lot as he desires. And I’m gonna get the sort that has a canopy as a result of we don’t have any cowl again there, so it may be lined up after we’re not enjoying with it. However I’m actually excited. I believe he’s gonna adore it. So I’m actually enthusiastic about it. 

Elsie: That’s a enjoyable thought. I really like that. Let’s speak concerning the yard for a bit bit. Oh my gosh. Yard. So I’ve realized a lot, I really feel like, so our first home in Tennessee had this large yard. All it had in it was playhouses. So it was just about like an acre of yard that you just simply mow and I 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 similar to a garden mowing invoice or no matter. After which in our present residence, now we have really a fairly small yard, our Tennessee residence, feels prefer it’s largely the swimming pool. Yeah. After which there are a few aspect yards which are a bit 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 children 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 lots of play area. I felt like we acquired 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 recreation, which our children love. We had a fireplace pit, which they love. It was very helpful and useful. So it taught me that we don’t actually need an enormous yard, we simply want a extremely well-planned yard. So with our new residence, 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 suppose that whenever you dwell in the midst of the nation, swimming swimming pools are costlier as a result of they’re simply not as frequent and there should not as many corporations to select from and it’s simply not as aggressive. However yeah, we’re planning for that. A fireplace pit, I’d wish to have some type of play area, however I wanna be certain that it’s gonna get used quite a bit. And I’d wish to have some type of yard that’s open to run in, however not quite a bit, similar to the correct amount. So yeah, that’s my plan in the meanwhile. I’ve redrawn it like 100 occasions so simply to encourage anybody who’s transferring to a brand new area or planning your yard, you possibly can’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 time and again earlier than you’ve spent any cash than to start out doing it and have regrets. 

Emma: Oh yeah, I agree. And yeah, we don’t have any big plans for our yard in the meanwhile. 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 now have a fence and it’s high-quality, however our canine retains discovering methods to flee and he by no means runs away. He similar 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 suppose that by means of. We even have his dream, I might like to get a golf cart. Our neighborhood’s very windy and it’s an important place for youths to experience their bikes and stuff. Individuals don’t actually drive by means of tremendous quick, it’s simply very windy. So anyway, you could possibly undoubtedly drive a golf cart round our neighborhood and get to the neighborhood pool from our home. You would undoubtedly stroll, however it might take some time and should you’re with a bit child and you’ve got a bunch of stuff like pool stuff, you’re not gonna do this. So I type of thought the golf cart could possibly be nice for going to the pool in the summertime with Oscar. I even have this dream with the golf cart that perhaps I may do some type of spooky hay experience or some type of spooky, everybody hops on the little prepare, we’re going trick-or-treating across the neighborhood with the golf cart and it may appear to be a monster. I may embellish, I don’t know. I don’t precisely know, however I simply really feel like there’s one thing there that could possibly be enjoyable however our downside is we don’t know the place to retailer the golf cart. We now have a two-car storage and we every have a automotive. So our storage isn’t actually large enough that we may put the golf cart in there.

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

Elsie: Maintain pondering in that course. I undoubtedly suppose it’s a cute thought. The very last thing is a mailbox. So I had a mid-century mailbox in one in all our homes, and I keep in mind, I felt prefer it was such a splurge on the time. And now now we have an antiquey wanting mailbox at our new home. I simply suppose mailboxes, like why not make them match the persona of your own 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 adore it. I don’t plan to interchange it in the meanwhile, however I’ll say although, you understand how whenever you put mail in on your mail service pickup, you flip up a flag normally. A normal mailbox has a flag.

Elsie: Do it’s a must to use an in depth pin on the surface or one thing? 

Emma: Yeah, it has to have one thing like that. So I went on-line and I used to be like, properly there’s gotta be some resolution 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 which you can push out or shut and it’s on the mailbox with a command strip and it’s labored. But it surely requires you to very rigorously open and shut it and the mail service is closing it and I don’t know her or him, however they’re doing nothing improper, it’s not nice. It’s not an important resolution, the command strip, as a result of it’s additionally like instructions strips are nice. In the event you’ve heard me say it when you’ve heard it a thousand occasions. I really like command strips. However they’re not all the time nice outdoor. It might get very chilly right here, with freezing temperatures. It’s additionally very moist at occasions. And this summer time it’ll get actually scorching. So I’m simply looking for one other resolution 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 surface. Of the steel after which they’ll 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 a bit image of a mail truck on it. It’s a tiny bit tacky, however I simply really feel prefer it’s gonna be a great resolution for the kind of mailbox now we have as a result of there’s been various 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 thought. Okay, properly good. We’ll need to hyperlink that within the present notes as a result of I guess there’s somebody on the market, that’s additionally the proper resolution. 

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 similar to magnets.

Elsie: Okay. The final a part of adorning the outside of your own home that I wished to speak about is Halloween and Christmas. I believe that planning forward for that is important. I’ve mentioned this many occasions should you’re landscaping your home or no matter you’re doing, it’s a must to 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, acquired 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 might have them too? 

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

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

Emma: Yeah, you possibly can see them like so far as like should 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 isn’t 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 should you wished one thing actually elaborate, perhaps it wouldn’t be nearly as good of an answer. Yeah. I believe most individuals go away their Christmas lights up all yr. They only don’t flip ’em on. 

Elsie: What, what actually? 

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

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

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

Elsie: I’m very to listen to now, I wanna hear. Please write into us at podcastabeautifulmess.com when you have sturdy emotions or experiences about everlasting Christmas lights. Is there a means that I can go away my Christmas lights up without end? But it surely received’t look dangerous in the summertime. That’s what I wanna know. I’m very inquisitive about this topic. Okay, so that is how I plan Halloween and Christmas. I print off a bit image. You would additionally simply do that in your cellphone, an image of your exterior, after which I simply draw on it. I simply draw on it as many occasions as I need and simply type of plan out like what are all of the other ways we may put up the decorations? There are many other ways you are able to do it, it’s so enjoyable. One in every of my favourite issues is driving round at Christmas and like taking a look at 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 scorching chocolate, taking a look at all of the neighbor’s Christmas lights.

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

Emma: Doesn’t it sound like a celeb factor? I used to be simply complaining about how a lot cash we have to exchange our canine fence after which I’m like, however we’re gonna get this golf cart. You’ll be able to’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 residence. I’m younger, single, and dwell alone. The development firm employed by the residence administration firm was making an attempt to simply paint over mildew and water harm. I needed to regularly battle for the job to be completed appropriately, for sheetrock to get replaced, and I felt dangerous about it, like responsible for asking for the job to be completed appropriately. So what are your ideas, methods, experiences, and concepts for coping with points like this, particularly as a younger girl? 

Elsie: All proper, I wanna begin off by saying, I simply wrote a put up lately about learn how to rent a contractor on A Stunning Mess. So we’ll hyperlink to that, and it has a complete part about coping with sexism as a result of coping with sexism and folks speaking all the way down to you, sadly, on this business, on this state of affairs is admittedly dangerous. And I believe that your expertise is quite common. Actually, it’s unhappy, however not shocking to listen to that. So yeah, I believe that studying learn how to get up for your self and to claim your self and likewise get what you need completed, most significantly are all actually good abilities. Simply coping with the preliminary shock that folks simply don’t hear or attempt to speak you out of what you’re asking for or attempt to speak all the way down to you, it’s irritating. So do you might have any good ideas Em? 

Emma: Effectively, it appears like Janie did precisely what she wanted to do, which was maintain bothering them till it will get completed the way in which it must get completed and whenever you’re speaking about mildew, that’s not a joke. That may mess together with your well being, so this isn’t similar to, oh, the colour’s barely totally different than I assumed and I need you to repaint it without cost. It’s like, no, no, no, no, no mildew is a critical concern. 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 without end. Feels like she did what she wanted to do, nevertheless it appears like for Janie and undoubtedly, for me, I virtually have to simply give myself a bit pep speak after I’ve moments like that the place I’m like, hey, it was okay that you just did that. It was okay that you just saved asking them it was okay that you just advised them no. Typically I actually do need to virtually speak out loud to myself and be like, it’s high-quality that you just referred to as them again and mentioned this isn’t acceptable, you weren’t unkind. You weren’t imply, you simply mentioned what wanted to be mentioned and that’s okay. Typically I believe that must be one thing in your routine should you’re the type of one who feels actually responsible advocating for your self, which I really feel at occasions, so I undoubtedly get that. After which should you’re ever like uncertain, ask your folks, ask your dad and mom, whoever you’re shut with, should you’re like, am I being an excessive amount of right here? Examine-in as a result of your folks will inform you instantly. If I had a good friend be like, do you suppose it’s okay for them to color over mildew? I’d be like, no, it is advisable to name them at the moment since you can’t be residing in a home with mildew like that. You recognize that it’s there. Typically we dwell with mildew and we don’t realize 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 just’re calling. It’s good that you just’re checking in. Maintain your self. That is necessary on your well being. So perhaps attain out to associates, relations, or whoever it is advisable to 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 in a roundabout way. 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 truthfully, if you wish to do lots of renovations in your life, it’s one thing that it’s best to hone as a talent as a result of it’s one thing that you just’ll come again to over and over. All righty. It’s time for our favourite half, A joke or a truth. All proper. Right here’s gold. Gold. Do you might have a joke for us at the moment?

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. In case you have any questions or podcast requests for future episodes. E mail us anytime at [email protected], or you possibly can name our voicemail and go away us a message at 417-893-0011. We’ll be again subsequent week with a deep dive into hobbies.

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