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Episode #134: Elsie’s Eating Room Library

This week, we’re sharing all about Elsie’s eating room library that she’s been renovating these previous couple of months. We’re additionally sharing a listener’s query about classic procuring, and we’ve got our first e book membership report for you!

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Listed below are a few photographs: Elsie’s eating room library and arched doorway. So excited!

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Remark under and inform us: Do you assume having too many bookshelves in a home is intimidating for a house purchaser?

Elsie: You’re listening to the A Lovely Mess podcast. This week we’re sharing all about my library eating room which we’ve been renovating these previous few months. We’re answering a listener’s query about classic procuring. And we’re doing our first e book report this week for A Good Woman’s Information to Homicide by Holly Jackson.

Emma: Yeah, Ebook Membership.

Elsie: Oh hell, yeah. The e book membership has lastly begun. What’s humorous is, bear in mind we promised them that we might do Enjoying Huge First, however we modified it. See, that’s why we instructed you that the e book membership must be loosey-goosey as a result of it actually, actually, actually, actually does. However we’re each accomplished studying A Good Woman’s Information to Homicide so we’re gonna try this one this week and I’m excited.

Emma: That’s going to be on the finish of the episode, so it’s going to have spoilers. So after we get to it if you happen to haven’t learn that but, or if you happen to’re within the center and also you don’t need to know the ending, then skip that a part of this episode and reserve it for once you’re accomplished with the e book.

Elsie: Okay, so oh, as we speak is Valentine’s Day. Pleased Valentine’s Day, sister.

Emma: Pleased Valentine’s Day.

Elsie: We predict Valentine’s Day is a heart-shaped pizza vacation. That’s essentially the most that I get out of it. Each from time to time my husband will get me a humorous current on Valentine’s Day, which I like. I like a humorous current. Really, with children, I assume I assist them with their faculty Valentine’s. That’s all of it for me, although. What about you?

Emma: Final yr, I put up some decorations, however I didn’t get round to it this yr. We simply had a very busy January and I really feel like I’m simply maintaining with work. So nothing for me.

Elsie: Sure. Okay, so another excuse why I don’t do as a lot with Valentine’s anymore is that it’s all the time concurrently Lunar New 12 months. Our household celebrates Lunar New 12 months as a result of if you happen to didn’t know each of our youngsters are adopted from China. We rejoice it yearly. We’re about to have our large social gathering this weekend and I’ve been adorning up a storm. It’s actually enjoyable.

Emma: I prefer it. They’re all the time excited for the little gold cash you do within the envelopes.

Elsie: The cash are a factor.

Emma: Chocolate gold cash, I ought to say.

Elsie: So addictive to my children. Final week, I used to be invited to Nova’s kindergarten class and my husband went with me as properly. We set out oranges on the tables and we acquired everybody a Lunar New 12 months coloring e book. Then we learn a e book about Lunar New 12 months. All the youngsters had been elevating their arms asking if the monster from the legend was actual. I used to be like, no, no, no, no, no, it’s not actual. It was so enjoyable. My daughter Nova was leaping up in entrance of the youngsters being like, and there are mooncakes and also you’re not supposed to chop your hair, and simply saying all of the little details that she knew. So it was very cute and it made me really feel simply actually blissful that her Asian tradition was being celebrated in her kindergarten class.

Emma: Yeah. Superior. That’s actually cute. She appeared like she was very into it. I like that.

Elsie: Sure. Okay, so I simply discovered really, you all the time discover out once you do one thing mistaken and also you publish it on Instagram. Instantly. Okay, so mooncakes are for the Autumn Moon Competition and Lunar New 12 months is extra about different Asian traits. However hey, we discovered to make mooncakes and it was enjoyable. I don’t assume it’s unhealthy, hopefully. I don’t assume it’s unhealthy that we included them.

Emma: Nicely, to be sincere, Nova acquired me a Chinese language baking cookbook for Christmas. That was her reward to me, which was so candy. I had instructed her then that we had been going to do one of many treats from it, we’d make a recipe from it the following time I visited her. So actually, I simply picked one thing from the cookbook that appeared simple. It didn’t have lots of components that we might accomplish with young children. In order that was actually why we picked the mooncakes. We did additionally like sort of totally different mooncakes, it’s one which has ice cream within the middle, as a substitute of crimson bean paste or something. Which was within the cookbook, it was like one of many choices, however I used to be like, oh, this shall be simpler. Cooking with children, you strive to ensure it could possibly be one thing that they might help with and achieve success and all of that in order that was actually why we picked it, to be sincere.

Elsie: Sure, it was extraordinarily simple. So within the present notes as we speak, I’ll hyperlink the cookbook as a result of it’s really a Chinese language baking e book, which is tremendous enjoyable. I’ll additionally hyperlink the mooncake molds as a result of that was part of it, and I’ll present an image. All of that shall be within the present notes as we speak. Then we additionally did a Frozen-themed tea social gathering. So for Christmas, Emma shared a few weeks again that Marigold acquired her Princess Elsa gown, an adult-sized princesses gown. So I went on Amazon and ordered the princess Anna gown, FOMO. Then Nova acquired the Olof costume as a result of she’s not into attire proper now. Then after all Marigold was younger Ana, or sorry younger Elsa.

Emma: Not Ana. No, no, no, no. She’s Elsa solely.

Elsie: Yeah, so we had a pleasant Tea Occasion. We blasted the soundtrack of Frozen and just about ate some sweet at about 9 within the morning. It was tremendous enjoyable and magical.

Emma: Only a common previous tea social gathering dressed up like princesses, regular Saturday morning stuff.

Elsie: It was actually particular.

Emma: It was cute.

Elsie: It was so fantastic having Emma on the town for the weekend. It’s in all probability positively going to be like my favourite weekend of the entire yr. It was simply excellent. It was the right weekend.

Emma: It was. It was nice. And I acquired to see a few of your in-progress renovations in particular person. As an alternative of simply seeing them on Instagram, like everyone.

Elsie: Do you assume it appears to be like higher in particular person or worse? Inform the reality.

Emma: Higher. I assume I don’t take heed to tales with sound on all that always, which I assume in all probability most individuals can perceive, so I didn’t even completely perceive the hidden library half like that the armoire was going over the entire. I didn’t even completely get that.

Elsie: Lots of people don’t perceive it. I feel that it’s a type of issues the place you’re not gonna perceive, even I like in some methods, we’re altering the plan as we go as a result of it must be modified fairly a bit. So when it’s accomplished, and we make a video displaying the way you stroll via it, I feel that’ll be the easiest way to clarify it. We’re doing our greatest to attempt to present it but in addition it’s like, I’m nonetheless even imagining the way it’s gonna end up as a result of I can’t inform but. In the intervening time proper now and we’re recording, the door isn’t reduce into the again of the armoire but. There’s sort of some screwy stuff occurring with the partitions. I simply don’t know. I hope that it seems actually cute although.

Emma: Nicely, it’s a type of initiatives that it’s very totally different.

Elsie: Okay, so in a couple of weeks, when it’s actually accomplished, and we actually have movies and photos, then we must always do an episode and actually clarify it and present it and every part. However at this level, I’m nonetheless crossing my fingers and it seems good. It’s positively the strangest and most problem-solving challenge I’ve had this yr.

Emma: Yeah, that is smart. Nicely, inform us then about your library eating room. Nicely, there have been a couple of different issues I noticed whereas I used to be there, however that was the opposite large factor that you just’ve been engaged on currently. Let’s get into that.

Elsie: Yeah, so I needed to share on this episode all in regards to the library eating room. I used to be afraid that it was going to be like a considerable amount of backlash. Let’s begin there. I assumed that I used to be gonna get loopy backlash. So principally final yr, I used to be determined to simply have any sort of cute spot in the home as a result of we hadn’t began renovating but. Cullen and I wish to put up a bit wallpaper right here, like portray one thing right here.

Emma: Yeah simply felt very naked.  Lovely home however simply actually naked, empty.

Elsie: Simply tremendous large and empty after which when it nonetheless had all of the tile flooring the vibe was simply bizarre. There’s no different technique to clarify it.

Emma: Cabinness or I don’t know what the correct phrase is however prefer it felt like a cave.

Elsie: Yeah, an enormous chilly field. So anyway, what we did final yr, I simply randomly had this concept. So we had this little stone ledge, do you bear in mind we first moved in there, there was a stone ledge little nook within the eating room. It was tremendous bizarre as a result of the stone ledge was approach increased than the desk so it simply made every part, it made our very massive eating room desk appear to be shrunken dollhouse furnishings. It was simply complicated. I knew I didn’t just like the stone, lots of people did, surprisingly but it surely wasn’t for me it was like set into the drywall.

Emma: It didn’t actually go along with the rest however I can perceive like, functionally it was a spot to have a buffet-style dinner. You can in all probability set like scorching issues on the stone, like a scorching pot of soup or no matter. So I perceive that, however like, it didn’t appear to be the remainder of your own home. It simply didn’t go along with something.

Elsie: Yeah. I imply I’m not saying that it wasn’t helpful, as a result of we had been setting issues on. It was like one other little desk. It was similar to, had no vibe. So it is a Nineties home. It may be any type we wish it to be I do know I don’t need it to be 90s type, what do I would like it to be? So I used to be like, both I need to channel sort of the mid-century leaning extra into the 70s, or do I need to channel extra just like the Nineteen Twenties or earlier. Form of just like the Nancy Meyers vibe that we love. At first, I used to be attempting to do issues with the 70s type as a result of that was the one which comes the best to me. It matched extra furnishings that we had as a result of we simply moved from two midcentury homes in a row. It simply was the type additionally that we had been like essentially the most used to doing. It felt prefer it was like part of my id nearly too that I wasn’t prepared to surrender. Then all yr I used to be pondering I sort of like actually simply need to do like I need to attempt to make it a wanna-be historic dwelling. I actually, actually, actually needed a historic dwelling. It simply was not going to occur in our space with our home procuring choices in any respect. I similar to couldn’t ever recover from it. There was this one home that we checked out that, it was kind of just like the one which acquired away, proper?

Emma: Yeah, yeah. There’s all the time one.

Elsie: Yeah, there’s all the time one which sticks with you that you just similar to, ah. After I was nonetheless desirous about the 70s, a bit extra on the trendy facet vibe, we did a built-in buffet. So we took the stone, hammered it out with some sort of large sledgehammer. Then we added, Cullen did his first drawers in-built there. They had been actually, actually, actually outsized. I don’t assume an image can actually present you. They had been in all probability like 4 toes lengthy. They weren’t transferring out and in simply. Cullen’s so good at constructing however they weren’t like professionally made cupboards. They didn’t really feel proper, as a result of they had been simply so large. It was his first time to make cupboards like that with drawers.

Emma: He did higher than I’d.

Elsie: They seemed actually good they usually did work. It wasn’t like a drawer you open and shut daily. That wasn’t actually the issue. The issue was that we did this large arch excessive and it seemed tremendous cute. We painted it pink. We put some little cabinets in there and for some time, it was the cutest a part of my entire home. However then after we determined to do the arch door openings and we determined to lean extra into the historic dwelling inspiration, at that time, I knew that that little spot wasn’t becoming in with the remainder of it. I used to be afraid individuals had been gonna be actual mad simply because I had simply accomplished it. I imply, I’ll be the primary one to lift my hand that like bloggers are may be actually wasteful. There are occasions after I’ve been rightfully accused of that.

Emma: Did you get that response? Have you ever heard that lots?

Elsie: Not likely, that is what was so bizarre. I used to be like actually, actually delicate about it and actually equipped for this large backlash. However after I lastly confirmed individuals we had been going to do a fire there as a substitute and that it simply didn’t actually match the room plan. Everybody was like, I like the brand new plan higher, immediately. So I used to be very shocked. I feel that simply proves that I can by no means predict the web. I shouldn’t even strive. I labored myself up over one thing that didn’t even occur. Then different occasions, you recognize, I don’t even know the backlash is coming, after which it’s so complicated.

Emma: I completely perceive being concerned, like I get the place you’re coming from. However I additionally I’m like, I’m wondering if possibly you had been feeling a bit unhealthy about spending the money and time on that challenge after which realizing it wasn’t a match and altering it. If you’re feeling like oh man, I made this error and it prices us cash. That’s how I get, I’m like, oh, I can’t change this now even when I now understand, oh, this wasn’t fairly a very good match or no matter. Such as you simply really feel all this guilt, which is, it’s onerous since you don’t need to be wasteful, but in addition generally you don’t know one thing issues not going to work till you’ve accomplished it. Then you definately’re like, oh, this doesn’t work. Take it.

Elsie: True. I feel it was the primary actually large mistake I made on this home. Hopefully, I received’t make any extra for some time. I don’t count on that I received’t make it anymore.

Emma: Nicely, I wouldn’t put a lot strain on you. It’s onerous to not make errors. All of us strive don’t we but it surely’s onerous.

Elsie: Perhaps one other factor that was useful is that I used to be sharing it, like play-by-play daily on Instagram. So by the point I admitted that we’re taking out this, principally, model new factor that we simply did, possibly individuals had been like, I sort of get it. They had been going with me via all of the overthinking. The lesson discovered there I’d say is to not begin renovating and spending cash till you may have a full plan of what you need to do. However to my credit score, this home was actually onerous to plan. It took a very long time to get a visualization of what it could possibly be, like a yr, a complete yr of residing there. Then it lastly sooner or later like popped into my head. That’s not regular for me.

Emma: I really feel like too that the majority initiatives you sort of have to start out earlier than you understand what changes you would possibly must make with it. Sadly, home initiatives, like designing a home, to start out is pricey. It’ll take provides and issues like that. I’m pondering like, oh, properly, after I began my novel, I’m attempting to write down a novel, I sort of realized fairly rapidly after the primary three chapters, I used to be like, oh, I want to regulate these items. These aren’t working. This isn’t the correct path. I’m not going to observe this character round anymore but it surely value me nothing aside from my time. So it’s simpler, whereas I feel you begin to really feel this, I feel there’s a phrase for it, it’s like sunk value or one thing since you spend cash all of the sudden, you’re like, oh, I can’t alter. I can’t change even if you happen to sort of realized fairly rapidly, like, oh, this isn’t the correct paint shade. However I already painted one wall and I already purchased two gallons of paint. I don’t need to be wasteful. But it surely’s like, you could be higher off simply switching proper then quite than being sort of caught with one thing that factor’s not gonna vibe, you recognize what I imply? It’s so robust with homes as a result of it’s simply such a distinct factor than typing phrases on a display or different kinds of inventive initiatives that we do. Individuals usually, not us, however individuals.

Elsie: That’s the right instance as a result of that’s simply what it was. I feel that the unique design we did in there was actually cute. If I’d have tried to reserve it and construct the remainder of the room round it and would have left simply that half in there, it could look bizarre. Then one other half, this was onerous to clarify to individuals on Instagram however think about this. So the brand new arch doorways that we put in, I feel they’re like eight toes tall and the ceilings are like 10 toes tall. I feel that the arch that was in there, the built-in buffet earlier than, was like 9 toes tall, so it was taller than the doorways, which was not proper for the dimensions. It simply confirmed that it had no planning like that was actually all it was. If I’d have accomplished it abruptly, I possibly might have put an arched opening buffet there if I wouldn’t have needed the fireside extra, I might have possibly accomplished an arch like a buffet that match the type, and that match the dimensions and that was proper for the remainder of the design. That would have labored too but it surely was similar to doing it too early. I didn’t have something to go off of. In order that was the very first thing was similar to I used to be anticipating individuals to be mad.

Then nobody was actually mad. I really acquired like sort of 1,000,000 feedback that had been like, I’m so glad that you just’re transferring on from making each single factor pink, which was humorous. Actually, I nonetheless love pink a lot and I’ll defend it to my dying. I find it irresistible. I find it irresistible. When anybody paints something pink, they usually really feel like they’ve to offer me credit score, it’s like my one little second that I really feel so proud to be an influencer. I’m really not over pink. I imply, I went in a distinct route simply because it’s enjoyable to vary issues up too. So anyway, so far as what impressed it, my inspirations are so bizarre. All final yr, all I talked about was Nancy Meyers motion pictures. That was an enormous a part of it. The opposite factor that has actually impressed this home is the Knives Outhouse. If I might have a dream home it could be just like the Knives Out mansion.

Emma: Similar similar.

Elsie: With like hidden doorways, work you’ll be able to walkthrough. I additionally watched Harry Potter for the primary time final yr and I simply acquired actually into the little nostalgic particulars. I’m like, weirdly obsessive about the Dwelling Alone home. That home really makes me really feel just like the 90s of my home is smart as a result of it’s like a 90s film. Some issues about their decor are actually 90s however then it’s additionally a historic dwelling. For some cause, it’s just like the final piece of my puzzle.

Emma: That is smart.

Elsie: So my inspiration was actually like, I would like my rooms to really feel tremendous cozy, the bottled condensed type of cozy and nostalgia, as a lot as you’ll be able to put into one room. That’s what I would like. So the bookshelves, I simply love bookshelves. If there’s one factor on Pinterest that I similar to, appear very caught on. It’s in all probability bookshelves or fireplaces. That’s what impressed me. Then I assume my favourite half about it, proper now, is that once you stroll from the lounge to the eating room, which was once one large room, and now they’re separated by the little arch, which I like, have a bit bit of various decor, which I like, but it surely’s like dueling fireplaces. You’ll be able to see one fire from the opposite one and I really feel like they’re like speaking backwards and forwards. They’re like greatest buds or one thing.

Emma: So I didn’t understand till I used to be there in particular person, fairly the dimensions of the brand new fire, which it’s not completely accomplished as of after I visited. However I simply love how tiny it’s. It’s so totally different from the opposite fire within the room that’s within the different residing space or that is the eating room. I simply the dimensions of it. Prefer it doesn’t have a chimney, you’re not planning to burn wooden in there. It’s gonna have, I’m assuming like little pretend candles or some sort of little factor like that. I really feel like that’s a greater measurement for doing that little cozy vibe quite than needing precise heat, or I’m going to prepare dinner over a hearth on this fire or no matter. So I’m like, oh, really sort of dig this tiny fire. I really feel prefer it’s the right measurement for little pretend candles.

Elsie: Thanks. Yeah, I do really feel prefer it matches the room very well. The feedback that I like essentially the most are when individuals say that it appears to be like prefer it’s all the time been there. Which means every part to me like and I do really feel like, it is smart why the home might have been constructed that approach. I imply, positively wasn’t but it surely might have been.

Emma: Okay, I’m occurring a tangent right here. However your know-how in that Elizabeth Gilbert e book, I feel it’s Huge Magic. She talks about how a narrative concept or each time, an artwork challenge, will like come to you, after which it’s your job to simply seize maintain of it and produce it forth into the world. What if room designs are like that? What if that room was meant to be a library with a tiny fire? That got here to you, and also you discovered it and also you grabbed maintain of it. I do know it’s not just like the Mona Lisa or something however like what a enjoyable approach to consider your own home that you just’re attempting to find what this room is meant to be for you. Have you learnt what I imply?

Elsie: Yeah, I do really feel like for me, that there’s like an ideal design that’s someplace on the market to find for each room. It’s similar to attempting to get to that time feels actually thrilling.  I’ve by no means thought of that earlier than however I would like large magic to be a factor for inside design. That’s excellent.

Emma: I assume we’ve talked a bit bit about like, the way it modified the sensation of the room. Did you need to go into any bumps alongside the way in which? I really feel like each challenge has one thing that went mistaken after which we fastened it.

Elsie: Yeah. Okay, so this room, I don’t assume that it had any actually unhealthy bumps. It has a few issues which might be bizarre about it. Proper earlier than we began development, my husband was like, why do you may have bookshelves in right here? Can we simply not? He was begging me to simply, he was like do one thing else. The entryway has like some good moldings and stuff, he’s like, try this, do wallpaper. He’s like, why do you need to have bookshelves?

Emma: He simply didn’t need so many books.

Elsie: Yeah, he simply didn’t perceive why I needed bookshelves in all places within the eating room. Which to be honest to him. I completely get it.

Emma: Yeah, that’s bizarre.

Elsie: However I used to be so invested in it and caught on it by that time that there was no hope. It was too late. Virtually in my thoughts now, there is no such thing as a restrict to what number of bookshelves I might put.  I imply, when you’ve got the area, when you’ve got one further wall, you may have one further bookshelf.

Emma: Actually, if I went right into a home viewing and nearly each room had some sort of library in it or was a library, I’d really feel like I understood that particular person. I’d be like, sure, precisely. That is what we wish in our dwelling. One could possibly be like, as a substitute of books, it’s full of puzzles. I’d be like sure, I get you.

Elsie: Okay, right here’s my query, I need to hear what the listeners assume too, however do you assume that having too many bookshelves in a home is intimidating for homebuyers? As a result of now we’ve got three rooms in our home which have a major quantity of bookshelves, which clearly must be full of one thing. That’s like my one fear with it’s like, I’m not desirous about promoting proper now, but when we did does it seem to be what do I do with all these bookshelves if you happen to’re don’t have already got a e book assortment. I understand how a lot work they’re to fill. It’s actually not that unhealthy, for my part, however I feel for some individuals, the price of it, after which simply the time dedication of going again to the used bookstores or going to the library gross sales, shouldn’t be interesting as a lot as it’s to me.

Emma: I hadn’t actually considered it that approach. I assume you’re proper, it could possibly be a bit bit intimidating. I’ll say although, I prefer it when individuals type bookshelves with issues aside from books or like a couple of books, however then largely ornamental gadgets or small items of artwork, and even like baskets which might be full of children toys or no matter, relying what’s occurring of their household or stuff.

Elsie: That’s a very good level. Perhaps in the event that they’re not all stuffed, then that’s higher once you go to promote it so that individuals know they don’t must stuff it both.

Emma: Nicely, plus, I’d say the price of ripping out a bookshelf, after which simply fixing the wall a bit bit versus including one. I imply, I’d quite rip it out if I’ve to select which one I’m going to pay for.

Elsie: That’s a very good level, too. So you’d vote not that intimidating, not an actual downside.

Emma: I don’t assume so. I imply, I even assume transferring to a much bigger home when you recognize you don’t have sufficient furnishings but, I imply it’s intimidating however I feel it’s additionally thrilling. So I’d think about that the correct consumers going to really feel that approach like oh, I don’t have sufficient books however.

Elsie: Individuals in all probability don’t remorse that till they’ve already moved in.

Emma: On the notice of books, why don’t you inform us a bit bit about accumulating books, like suggestions, and the place you bought all of your books and issues like that?

Elsie: Sure. So individuals all the time ship me suggestions. I like speaking about the place to purchase used books. So if anybody has suggestions or tales, ship them my approach. I like listening to them. So my favourite issues to do are, so there’s a used bookstore in Nashville I’ve talked about earlier than referred to as McKay’s. It’s actually large. Numerous the books are actually low-cost.  I get books for 25 cents on a regular basis or like $1. So it’s not an intimidating value. It’s actually enjoyable because it’s an enormous retailer. It’s actually enjoyable to gather. So within the eating room library, I’ll let you know all of the sections. There’s lots of spooky books as a result of that’s what I’m actually into proper now, witches, ghosts, issues like that, the Tarot, studying Auras, any sort of woo-woo factor. There’s a complete wall for that.

Emma: Supernatural.

Elsie: Sure. A complete shelf for Stephen King, a complete shelf for Margaret Atwood, issues like that, a Harry Potter shelf, a Twilight shelf, After all. Really, the Twilight shelf is like Twilight and buddies.

Emma: Yeah, I noticed some Ann Rice on there so I used to be like, oh is the vampire shell.

Elsie: Sure. Then the wall across the fire is all of the artwork books, design books I’m accumulating. I’m attempting to study oil work so I’m accumulating lots of portray books and inside design books. I like like previous similar to homes of New England, homes of Virginia, I like books like that. Can have a look at these all day. Books about previous rugs, like something like that. So yeah, I imply, I take into account the journey and I’ll say I’ve been accumulating books for a month and it’s like half full, so shouldn’t be loopy. I feel a part of that’s that the underside portion of all of the cabinets is cupboards which might be closed. So I don’t must fill these with books in any respect these may be for different issues and that saves lots of area. It’s not as intimidating to fill and there’s storage added.

So I like property gross sales and I needed to offer an property sale tip. That is one thing that I solely simply discovered this yr and it’s wonderful. So there’s this web site referred to as the estatesales.web and simply go on that web site and join notifications on your handle like 10 miles, 20 miles, no matter you need, round your handle, and each weekend you’ll get updates of the property gross sales in your space. It has been a game-changer as a result of they present photos of every part. I in all probability go to 1 property sale a month, like I don’t go to that many, however I look each week to see what there’s and if it’s someplace that has an enormous assortment of artwork books or my vampire books, I’ll be there. There are different issues like everybody has their classic factor that they’re looking for. So I feel that that’s such a very good tip. You will get an concept of actually rapidly if it’s an property sale that like attracts you, or if it’s like, the identical as a lot of the different ones, like lots of former normal aged individuals stuff that you just possibly aren’t into.

Emma: Yeah, you’ll be able to inform like, oh, this particular person had a mode that I’m in all probability taken with such a stuff for my home. It’s an analogous type or no matter or like, oh no, this wasn’t my type. So in all probability a lot of the stuff isn’t going to be what I would like. Anything you need to share in regards to the library eating room?

Elsie: I’ll put the temper board in it. Then I’ll put only a fast image, like a cellphone image of the way it’s trying proper now. It’s not fully accomplished so we don’t have the tour up on the weblog but however I’ll hyperlink within the present notes the chandelier and the sconces on the wall, issues like that.

Emma: The chandelier is so particular.

Elsie: Thanks. I like that firm Stray Canine Designs. They’re similar to, a murals. It’s not even a lightweight fixture, it’s extra like a sculpture hanging, it’s wonderful.

Emma: Yeah, no, it’s lovely. In actual life, it’s much more lovely, I feel than their photographs. Their photographs are lovely. I simply imply like, it appears to be like like a murals.

Elsie: It’s unbelievable. I feel that’s every part. I’m excited. I’ll {photograph} it as quickly because it’s accomplished. I can not wait. However in the mean time, I feel we nonetheless must get the fireside tiled and possibly a few different little issues. So it could possibly be like a month nonetheless.

Emma: That is smart? Subsequent, we’ve got a listener query from Christina. She says Elsie, what are your suggestions for looking out Etsy and eBay for good classic finds? I’m speaking about Dwelling Items particularly so lighting fixtures, rugs, furnishings. How do you establish what gadgets you want in your house and could be greatest to buy classic? How do you refine your search to search out the actually good not pretend stuff? Does it simply contain a ton of scrolling and looking out or do you may have any suggestions and methods? Good query. Very particular.

Elsie: Yeah, I like this query. Okay, I’ll say that is for eBay, Etsy, and likewise the Fb market. I feel it really works for that as properly. So my first tip is to save lots of your favorites. So when, for instance, I talked about how I spent the entire two Godfather motion pictures, the primary two Godfather motion pictures, simply looking for classic chandeliers. The films additionally acquired into my mind as a result of it was just like the vibeyness of their lighting fixtures and similar to all the homes, there’s lots of mansions and stuff within the motion pictures. Anyway, so I nonetheless like after I’m trying in my Etsy favorites, I nonetheless generally get again far sufficient to see all these lighting fixtures I saved and I’m like, wow, that was a temper. I feel that you may’t actually slender down the stuff to search out the one. For instance from that day, I ended up shopping for one chandelier and I in all probability saved like 20. So I feel you need to save every part that pulls you after which narrows it down out of your saved choices so that you’re not evaluating one thing you don’t even wish to one thing you would possibly purchase.

You’re evaluating the most effective of the most effective of the most effective. I feel for me, that’s the way in which that I wish to slender down. So far as not getting one thing pretend, I’ll say it will get simpler the extra you store, particularly procuring on-line for classic. I bear in mind after I first moved right here, I purchased some {hardware} that mentioned it was classic or it mentioned it was vintage. Then I acquired it within the mail and was clearly not it was similar to crap so I requested if I might return it they usually mentioned sure. It was completely not an enormous deal, it was from eBay. I feel that you may inform and possibly that’s not a very good reply however if you happen to can’t inform, then store extra. Store extra for that class till you’ll be able to inform. I feel that with sure gadgets like brass stuff, rugs, it needs to be simple to inform by it each time it’s not actual classic since you get used to love it appears to be like a sure approach, after which it simply appears to be like too new to be true. Then you definately’re like, okay, that one’s a duplicate.

Emma: I’ve a follow-up query so as to add to Christina’s query I assume. Do you filter by worth or do you simply go into it simply saving favorites after which possibly slender down by your finances first?  I imply it’s gonna range lots as a result of we’re speaking about totally different sellers. They’ll have totally different so it’s simply going to be sort of all over generally. How does that issue into your procuring? Like simply ignore it at first so to sort of will get just like the vibe that you just’re going for after which sort of slender down with that or I don’t know.

Elsie: Yeah, in my Etsy favorites, you’ll positively see some lighting fixtures which might be like $15,000. I’d by no means in all probability spend that a lot on a lightweight fixture. I nonetheless need to in my favorites, as a result of it’s a reference of one thing that I like, and possibly I’ll discover one which’s similar to it that’s $500 like, Stranger issues have occurred, proper? It’s classic procuring, something can occur. That’s the factor that’s cool about it. I personally would save the costly stuff much more as a result of it’s one thing that conjures up me to sort of search for it sooner or later. I really don’t even assume I actually have a look at the costs till I’m really procuring on the finish. I’m within the narrowing down spherical after which I’ll begin to take into account, oh yeah, these are very totally different costs, this one’s double. However I feel first you simply have to search out your group of what you’re keen on. For me with classic, it simply is extra reasonably priced oftentimes, with rugs, lighting fixtures, numerous totally different. I purchase lots of like brass, like my brass incense assortment like little sculptures, vases, issues like that. It’s principally all the time the identical worth as what it could be at Goal. I feel it’s far more particular. So I feel that you just actually must put within the hours although. Then one other factor I’m gonna hyperlink within the present notes is our buddy Elise did a superb publish about procuring on the Fb market. It actually impressed me after. I’m not a Fb particular person, I sort of avoid it. However after I learn her publish, it impressed me to return on there and take a look at. Her recommendation particularly for the Fb market was principally to favourite every part that you just even like in any respect in order that it may study what to indicate you. It’s very algorithm-based. It’s sort of like Pinterest, the place individuals who assume that Pinterest doesn’t present you good issues simply haven’t been on there sufficient as a result of my Pinterest is honed in.  You similar to save, save, save, save, save, save for like an evening or two, after which abruptly, it’s like displaying you all of the cool vintage stuff that you just need to see. I’m like 50/50 on if it’s price it to me to go to somebody’s home to select one thing up, simply being sincere. It’s simply not my favourite factor. I’ve to be actually motivated. I’d not do it for a small buy. So the factor I didn’t know in regards to the Fb market is that truly like a ton of individuals on their ship and I didn’t know that until I used to be doing it. Then I purchased like some dishes on there and a few random little trinkets and issues like that. So you’ll be able to positively store on there sort of the identical as eBay and Etsy.

Emma: Find it irresistible.

Elsie: Good luck with that procuring, that’s so enjoyable. I simply hope that our podcast will encourage individuals to a classic store. That might be my proudest second.

Emma: That’d be superior.

Elsie: Okay, so now his e book report time. So we’re gonna transition over to that. So the e book we’re speaking about this week is A Dood Woman’s Information to homicide by Holly Jackson. It’s a fiction e book and we’re going to give spoilers. We’re going to speak in regards to the story so if you happen to’re planning to learn it or if you happen to’re midway via it, then go forward and simply pause the episode right here and are available again once you’re accomplished. For those who’re like, oh, I’m not gonna learn it. I don’t care then hold listening. It’s for enjoyable. Hopefully, that was a adequate warning.

Emma: Mm-hmm. I feel so. Yeah, I really already owned this e book. At any time when Elsie and I had been planning out the e book membership picks for the yr I sort of texted her a complete bunch of books I already had that I used to be like, I actually need to learn these so if any of those might go on the checklist, let me know. This was considered one of them. So I had been actually excited to learn it. I’ve by no means learn something by Holly Jackson earlier than. So for these of you who aren’t going to learn A Good Woman’s Information to Homicide, we are going to simply offer you a synopsis that may embrace spoilers as we talked about. So it’s a couple of highschool scholar Pipa, who’s investigating a homicide. It’s assumed that in her small city, the homicide of Andy Bell is already solved they usually already know who the assassin was. It was a younger man named Sal, her boyfriend, and he killed himself afterward. She doesn’t imagine that that’s the case. She thinks one thing else occurred and she or he wish to examine it. So she makes use of a faculty challenge as her cause to sort of proceed the seek for what she’s hoping would be the fact, which is that another person was liable for Andy Bell’s homicide. She connects with the suspect’s brother they usually sort of have a bit little bit of a flirtation and kind of having emotions for each other. It’s enjoyable to observe them sort of banter but it surely additionally offers us extra coloring into the younger man’s life. She additionally meets, for a younger grownup novel, I felt she met lots of fairly unsavory characters, and a few pretty grownup conditions occur. There’s drug use within the e book, there’s rape, there’s clearly homicide. It’s fairly darkish for a younger grownup, for a highschool scholar investigation, I’d say it was fairly darkish. All through the e book, she’s interviewing individuals, she’s attempting to trace down leads and she or he continues to make use of a log the place she’s filling out sorts of issues for a faculty challenge. On the finish of lots of the chapters, she contains her checklist of suspects. So I’m going to place this particular person on the suspect checklist and various things like that. She does remedy the case, she figures out who murdered Andy Bell,=. She sort of figures out a few issues alongside the way in which as a result of there are two double twists on the finish of the bow, there are two twists. What had been your ideas? When did you work it out and there are two twists? So did you determine the second twist or are you similar to, what? I don’t really feel such as you’re that into crime novels or true crime podcasts as a result of she does lots of nods to that style usually, which I actually loved. I don’t really feel such as you’re whole as into that world as I’m so like, I’m simply curious, like, the place you want, no matter or the place you want, oh, I do know it’s coming. I do know she’s gonna do that I don’t understand how she’s going to do it but it surely’s going to occur.

Elsie: I didn’t know something that was coming. I’ll say my tackle it. So I loved it. I assumed it was positively a page-turner. I listened to it over a weekend. I used to be cleansing my home and portray and listening to this e book. I assumed it was enjoyable. I’m not a real crime fanatic. I’m in all probability, the one feminine my age who doesn’t take heed to True Crime podcasts. I really feel very alone in that.  So my take was that the primary half of the e book was similar to season considered one of Twin Peaks was simply giving me a powerful Twin Peaks power, which if you happen to haven’t watched that present, then it received’t imply something to you. In case you have, I promise you as you’ll be like that factor, that factor, that factor, there are such a lot of little issues that occur that went together with it and such as you haven’t watched it proper?

Emma: No.

Elsie: So that you’re like what are you speaking about? So far as figuring it out, I didn’t really feel like I actually figured it out however I by no means do actually. At any time when I watch a present, I nearly by no means know what’s gonna occur. Jeremy’s like over there saying the factor. I don’t actually like realizing.

Emma: You don’t need to know. You’re simply on the experience. You’re simply in it for the experience. Yeah, I get that.

Elsie: Yeah. So then when it acquired to love the twisted time, I used to be very into the double twist. I used to be glad that there was one other second twist. However I had like a really, very unhealthy can’t let it go.

Emma: You felt it was unrealistic.  You couldn’t buy-in.

Elsie: I felt it was unforgivable for me. I’ve talked to lots of people, lots of listeners are on Instagram, they usually DM me in regards to the books and stuff and we discuss it. I didn’t hear anybody else who had this explicit can’t let it go so I feel I’m in all probability going to be alone. Let me know if I’m not. However mine was, so on the finish, the trainer, faculty trainer dad is hiding this girl in his attic at an previous home that he didn’t promote for 5 years. He principally errors her for an additional particular person. So he has the mistaken woman captured for 5 years and he didn’t discover.  I can’t let that go. The opposite woman is available in and sees the woman and principally instantly is aware of that it’s a distinct woman and it’s not the woman who he thought it was or who they had been searching for. So for me, I simply, sort of my mind began melting after that half as a result of I simply don’t perceive how I perceive, like individuals had been saying, oh, possibly he simply needed it to be her so unhealthy. However I feel that like faces are totally different and even when you recognize somebody who appears to be like like another person, you sort of by no means assume that somebody is another person for at the least any size of time or somebody who you knew. This was like a trainer who had had a relationship with a scholar so I feel he would be capable of inform it was a distinct particular person. That’s me can’t let it go.

Emma: Yeah, I see your level there. I don’t agree. I feel mistaken id occurs lots, particularly in traumatic conditions, I sort of assume our brains mess with us a bit bit each time we’ve got trauma. I’m not a psychologist by any means, however that is simply kind of my scorching take for no matter it’s price. So I can purchase into it. So I knew it was going to be the dad trainer, due to this clue she leaves pretty early within the e book.

Elsie: In regards to the dwelling copier?

Emma: In regards to the dwelling copier, the house printer, I used to be like, that’s going to come back again. And it may’t be the woman who lives there as a result of that’s too apparent so it have to be the dad. So I used to be like, okay, it’s gonna be him however I used to be like, I hope she does a double twist as a result of that’s all the time sort of a factor in crime thrillers. I imply, it’s not all the time, but it surely’s a typical factor that occurs is a double twist. So I used to be like, I hope there’s a double twist as a result of I do not know what it will likely be. I feel it’s actually onerous to tug off for an writer as a result of it does must sort of come out of the left discipline as a result of readers shouldn’t know that there’s even gonna be a double twist. So I felt she did fairly properly with it and I loved it. However I assume I used to be kind of hoping that it could be that the murdered woman was nonetheless alive. That’s what I hoped for however that was not the double twist. The precise assassin was her sister and that was fascinating too so I like that. However I additionally felt precisely such as you is an actual page-turner. As soon as I began it like actually acquired into it. I really feel like it’s important to give each new e book a chapter or two. For those who put down a e book after the primary chapter, I’m like, give it one other couple chapters, as a result of there’s simply a lot to perform out of the gate like assembly the brand new characters and understanding them and caring about them. However when you’re right into a e book, if you happen to’re simply flying via it, for me, that’s like, okay, I actually loved this. So I’d say this e book matches the invoice for me. I flew via it. Any minute that I needed to learn the place Oscar was taking a nap or something, I used to be like, okay, I’m studying this e book, as a result of I find it irresistible. I can’t wait to see what’s going to occur. So I liked it. I actually favored when she did numerous like, so it’s a excessive schooler who’s attempting to determine a chilly case basically, it’s assumed that it’s solved, however she feels it’s a chilly case so she’s attempting to unravel this homicide. She’s doing it for a faculty challenge. I favored how the e book sort of had her filling in paperwork for her faculty challenge.

Elsie: I did love the logs.

Emma: Yeah, the logs. I actually liked that gadget. I assumed that was very enjoyable. It was like, oh yeah, it is a highschool challenge however that is fairly darkish materials. It’s simply actually fascinating. I like that the writer did that. It was fascinating. I additionally actually favored all of the little issues that generally come up in thrillers or true crime podcasts, like she did a homicide map. So a map the place she sort of put the place individuals had been or the place the sufferer might have been issues like that. Then she even did in direction of the tip of the e book, a type of I don’t know what it’s referred to as, however like all of the doable suspects and crimson thread that who connects to who and that’s like, such a cliche factor that I felt the writer was sort of like winking at us a bit bit. I actually loved that as to the sort of like this style. I like crime thrillers. I like mysteries. I like to guess who it’s, I’m often mistaken. So I feel it’s a blast. I like that she was sort of taking part in together with us I assumed and bringing us into this world that we had been a bit bit conversant in, however like she was doing her personal tackle it. So I felt that was actually enjoyable.

Elsie: Yeah, I’d positively say it has lots of acquainted issues, regardless of like what you’ve learn or watched prior to now you’ll acknowledge like there have been sturdy ties to love the Serial podcast and like different issues which might be simply large standard tradition issues. Okay, so what would you say was like your favourite a part of the e book or like, you’re blissful can’t let it go?

Emma: I favored the flirty relationship between her and the opposite sufferer’s brother. I favored their sort of banter. I all the time like flirty banter. I feel it’s enjoyable. So she’s additionally all through the e book attempting to work on her private essay as she’s making use of for schools. I imagine the topic was sort of like, who’re you principally, like inform us who you’re or one large factor that occurred in your life that like defines you. She kind of goes via this factor in direction of the tip of the e book the place she’s like, as soon as I remedy this and it’s accomplished, I really feel like I don’t know who I’m as a result of I don’t know who I’m after I’m working actually onerous on initiatives as a result of I sort of lose myself whereas I’m actually into one thing. It looks like too all through the e book, they sort of inform us like she’s sort of a straight-A kind very studious, works actually onerous. Her mother and father are all the time like, take the night time off, have extra enjoyable with your mates.

Elsie: She’s a  little child Emma.

Emma: I actually did establish. Yeah, I grappled with that too, extra in school than highschool. She was forward of the curve for me, however of like, oh, who am I after I’m not working my a** off to realize my targets. Who Am I? Is anybody gonna like me if I’m not like working, working, working? I favored watching her sort of piece that aside as a result of I used to be like, oh, I get this. I perceive this little bit of humanity. I’ve felted. So, what had been your favourite bits?

Elsie: Okay, I feel for me, I favored the bear in mind the motel the place there was the lady.

Emma: The tile.

Elsie: Yeah, the tile. There’s like a selfie reveal the place they get a clue via an previous selfie. Then there’s a component the place the entrance desk woman thinks that she’s seen the woman within the image not too long ago, which might imply she’s nonetheless alive. Then on the finish, the tie-in is that it was really her sister who she noticed, I actually favored that half as a result of it stored me pondering that she was alive.

Emma: So that you imagine that mistake and id. I’m simply trolling you.

Elsie: It was an image. It’s not like having somebody in your attic for 5 years.

Emma: Okay. Okay. I’m simply trolling you.

Elsie: No, no, no, I assumed it was a very good e book. For those who love true crime, you’re in all probability going to like this e book so you need to positively learn it. Lots of people did learn it. Now we have gotten heaps and plenty of messages. So as we speak on Instagram, we are going to put an image of the e book up in our feed, and that’s your spot to come back and inform us what you thought to say if you happen to agree with me or if you happen to strongly disagree. I need to hear that. What was your favourite half? Something you didn’t like? Something? Something?

Emma: If anybody on the market is aware of Holly Jackson, inform her we love her. We’re so blissful we’ve learn her e book. She’s superior. Preserve writing.

Elsie: Sure. Yeah. So there’s extra proper? Is it a sequence?

Emma: Sure. Sure, I imagine so. I don’t know if it’s the identical character. I haven’t learn just like the again of the books but however I noticed that there are positively extra. There are at the least two extra so I’m enthusiastic about that.

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Elsie: Nicely, that was enjoyable. I’m similar to, so blissful that we’re doing this e book membership. I really feel prefer it, tacky because it sounds, I do really feel prefer it’s altering my life as a result of I’m similar to studying on a regular basis. It acquired me right into a zone and I’m studying books in between our e book membership books. It’s similar to the happiest new behavior to have. So I hope a few of you’re feeling that approach as properly. It’s similar to, it’s simply enjoyable.

Emma: Yeah, I like readings a lot. Generally after I’m sort of like unhappy or like scared in regards to the future, actually, a approach that I make myself really feel a bit bit higher is I simply take into consideration all of the books that I need to learn and it simply makes me really feel like oh properly, I’ve all these books to learn in my future that shall be so enjoyable. It’s similar to a contented little interest.

Elsie: That’s actually candy and I take into consideration all the homes I’m gonna purchase.

Emma: There you go.

Emma: Okay, thanks a lot for listening to this week. We actually respect you. I hope that if you happen to be a part of us within the e book membership then go away us a touch upon Instagram and tell us what you considered the e book. I need to hear what everybody thought and we shall be again subsequent week.

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