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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 few months. We’re additionally sharing a listener’s query about classic purchasing, and we’ve got our first e-book membership report for you!

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

-Recommendations on the place to purchase used books: Go to any used e-book retailer close to you. Elsie loves McKay’s used e-book retailer. Additionally, take a look at property gross sales in your space.

-Suggestions for looking Etsy, eBay, and Fb Market for good classic finds: Save your favorites, store round lots so you realize what you want and what’s actually classic, and maintain saving so the algorithm is aware of what to indicate you.

Remark under and inform us: Do you suppose 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 purchasing. And we’re doing our first e-book report this week for A Good Lady’s Information to Homicide by Holly Jackson. 

Emma: Yeah, E-book Membership. 

Elsie: Oh hell, yeah. The e-book membership has lastly started. What’s humorous is, keep in mind we promised them that we’d do Enjoying Massive 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 carried out studying A Good Lady’s Information to Homicide so we’re gonna do 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 when you haven’t learn that but, or when you’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 whenever you’re carried out with the e-book.

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

Emma: Completely satisfied 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 infrequently my husband will get me a humorous current on Valentine’s Day, which I really like. I really like a humorous current. Really, with youngsters, I assume I assist them with their college 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 extremely 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 as a result of it’s at all times concurrently Lunar New 12 months. Our household celebrates Lunar New 12 months as a result of when you didn’t know each of our youngsters are adopted from China. We rejoice it yearly. We’re about to have our huge get together this weekend and I’ve been adorning up a storm. It’s actually enjoyable. 

Emma: I prefer it. They’re at all times 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 youngsters. Final week, I used to be invited to Nova’s kindergarten class and my husband went with me as effectively. We set out oranges on the tables and we bought everybody a Lunar New 12 months coloring e-book. Then we learn a e-book about Lunar New 12 months. All the youngsters have been elevating their fingers 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’s mooncakes and also you’re not supposed to chop your hair, and simply saying all of the little info that she knew. So it was very cute and it made me really feel simply actually completely satisfied that her Asian tradition was being celebrated in her kindergarten class.

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

Elsie: Sure. Okay, so I simply came upon really, you at all times discover out whenever you do one thing fallacious 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 realized to make mooncakes and it was enjoyable. I don’t suppose it’s unhealthy, hopefully. I don’t suppose it’s unhealthy that we included them.

Emma: Properly, to be trustworthy, Nova bought 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 have been going to do one of many treats from it, we’d make a recipe from it the subsequent time I visited her. So truthfully, I simply picked one thing from the cookbook that appeared straightforward. It didn’t have plenty of ingrediants that we may accomplish with babies. In order that was actually why we picked the mooncakes. We did additionally like type of completely different mooncakes, it’s one which has ice cream within the middle, as an alternative of purple 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 youngsters, you attempt to verify it might be one thing that they may also help with and achieve success and all of that in order that was actually why we picked it, to be trustworthy.

Elsie: Sure, it was extraordinarily straightforward. 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 get together. So for Christmas, Emma shared a few weeks again that Marigold bought her Princess Elsa costume, an adult-sized princesses costume. So I went on Amazon and ordered the princess Anna costume, FOMO. Then Nova bought 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 get together 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 proper weekend. 

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

Elsie: Do you suppose it appears higher in particular person or worse? Inform the reality.

Emma: Higher. I assume I don’t hearken 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 carried out, and we make a video displaying the way you stroll by it, I feel that’ll be one of the simplest ways 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 mean time proper now and we’re recording, the door isn’t minimize into the again of the armoire but. There’s type of some screwy stuff happening with the partitions. I simply don’t know. I hope that it seems actually cute although.

Emma: Properly, it’s a type of initiatives that it’s very completely different. 

Elsie: Okay, so in a couple of weeks, when it’s actually carried out, and we actually have movies and photos, then we must always do an episode and actually clarify it and present it and the whole lot. 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. Properly, inform us then about your library eating room. Properly, there have been a couple of different issues I noticed whereas I used to be there, however that was the opposite huge factor that you simply’ve been engaged on recently. Let’s get into that.

Elsie: Yeah, so I wished to share on this episode all concerning 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 believed that I used to be gonna get loopy backlash. So mainly final yr, I used to be determined to simply have any type of cute spot in the home as a result of we hadn’t began renovating but. Cullen and I want to put up a bit of wallpaper right here, like paint one thing right here. 

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

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

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

Elsie: Yeah, a giant chilly field. So anyway, what we did final yr, I simply randomly had this concept. So we had this little stone ledge, do you keep 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 greater than the desk so it simply made the whole lot, it made our very massive eating room desk appear like shrunken dollhouse furnishings. It was simply complicated. I knew I didn’t just like the stone, lots of people did, surprisingly however it wasn’t for me it was like set into the drywall.

Emma: It didn’t actually go together with the rest however I can perceive like, functionally it was a spot to have a buffet-style dinner. You possibly 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 like the remainder of your own home. It simply didn’t go together with something.

Elsie: Yeah. I imply I’m not saying that it wasn’t helpful, as a result of we have 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 would like 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 type of the mid-century leaning extra into the 70s, or do I need to channel extra just like the Twenties or earlier. Sort 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 essentially the most straightforward 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 have been like essentially the most used to doing. It felt prefer it was like part of my identification virtually too that I wasn’t prepared to surrender. Then all yr I used to be pondering I type of like actually simply need to do like I need to attempt to make it a wanna be historic house. I actually, actually, actually wished a historic house. It simply was not going to occur in our space with our home purchasing 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 bought away, proper? 

Emma: Yeah, yeah. There’s at all times one.

Elsie: Yeah, there’s at all times one which sticks with you that you simply similar to, ah. After I was nonetheless fascinated with the 70s, a bit of extra on the fashionable aspect vibe, we did a built-in buffet. So we took the stone, hammered it out with some type of huge sledgehammer. Then we added, Cullen did his first drawers inbuilt there. They have been actually, actually, actually outsized. I don’t suppose an image can actually present you. They have been in all probability like 4 toes lengthy. They weren’t shifting 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 have been simply so huge. It was his first time to make cupboards like that with drawers. 

Emma: He did higher than I might.

Elsie: They appeared actually good and so they did work. It wasn’t like a drawer you open and shut every single day. That wasn’t actually the issue. The issue was that we did this huge arch excessive and it appeared 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 house inspiration, at that time, I knew that that little spot wasn’t becoming in with the remainder of it. I used to be afraid folks have been gonna be actual mad simply because I had simply carried out it. I imply, I’ll be the primary one to boost my hand that like bloggers are will be actually wasteful. There’s 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 huge backlash. However after I lastly confirmed folks we have been going to do a hearth there as an alternative 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 stunned. I feel that simply proves that I can by no means predict the web. I shouldn’t even attempt. I labored myself up over one thing that didn’t even occur. Then different occasions, you realize, I don’t even know the backlash is coming, after which it’s so complicated.

Emma: I completely perceive worrying, like I get the place you’re coming from. However I additionally I’m like, I ponder if possibly you have been feeling a bit of unhealthy about spending the money and time on that challenge after which realizing it wasn’t a match and altering it. In case you are 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 notice, 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 arduous 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 carried out it. You then’re like, oh, this doesn’t work. Take it.

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

Emma: Properly, I wouldn’t put a lot stress on your self. It’s arduous to not make errors. All of us attempt don’t we however it’s arduous.

Elsie: Perhaps one other factor that was useful is that I used to be sharing it, like play-by-play every single day on Instagram. So by the point I admitted that we’re taking out this, mainly, model new factor that we simply did, possibly folks have been like, I type of get it. They have been going with me by all of the overthinking. The lesson realized there I might say is to not begin renovating and spending cash till you’ve gotten a full plan of what you need to do. However to my credit score, this home was actually arduous to plan. It took a very long time to get a visualization of what it might be, like a yr, an entire yr of residing there. Then it lastly at some point like popped into my head. That’s not regular for me. 

Emma: I really feel like too that almost all initiatives you type of have to begin earlier than you notice what changes you would possibly have to make with it. Sadly, home initiatives, like designing a home, to begin is dear. It’ll take provides and issues like that. I’m pondering like, oh, effectively, after I began my novel, I’m attempting to jot down a novel, I type of realized fairly shortly after the primary three chapters, I used to be like, oh, I would like to regulate these items. These aren’t working. This isn’t the best path. I’m not going to observe this character round anymore however it 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 when you type of realized fairly shortly, like, oh, this isn’t the best paint shade. However I already painted one wall and I already purchased two gallons of paint. I don’t need to be wasteful. Nevertheless it’s like, you is likely to be higher off simply switching proper then slightly than being type of caught with one thing that factor’s not gonna vibe, you realize what I imply? It’s so powerful with homes as a result of it’s simply such a special factor than typing phrases on a display or different varieties of artistic initiatives that we do. Folks typically, not us, however folks.

Elsie: That’s the proper 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 might have tried to put it aside and construct the remainder of the room round it and would have left simply that half in there, it will look bizarre. Then one other half, this was arduous to clarify to folks 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 might have carried out it suddenly, I possibly may have put an arched opening buffet there if I wouldn’t have wished the hearth extra, I may have possibly carried out 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 might have labored too however it 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 folks to be mad. Then nobody was actually mad. I really bought like type of 1,000,000 feedback that have been like, I’m so glad that you simply’re shifting on from making each single factor pink, which was humorous. Actually, I nonetheless love pink a lot and I’ll defend it to my loss of life. I adore it. I adore it. When anybody paints something pink, and so they really feel like they’ve to present 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 special path 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 films. That was a giant a part of it. The opposite factor that has actually impressed this home is the Knives Out home. If I may have a dream home it will be just like the Knives Out mansion. 

Emma: Similar similar. 

Elsie: With like hidden doorways, work you’ll be able to stroll by. I additionally watched Harry Potter for the primary time final yr and I simply bought actually into the little nostalgic particulars. I’m like, weirdly obsessive about the House 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 is actually 90s however then it’s additionally a historic house. For some purpose, 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 whenever you stroll from the lounge to the eating room, which was one huge room, and now they’re separated by the little arch, which I really like, have a bit of bit of various decor, which I really like, however it’s like dueling fireplaces. You’ll be able to see one hearth 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 notice till I used to be there in particular person, fairly the dimensions of the brand new hearth, which it’s not completely carried out as of after I visited. However I simply love how tiny it’s. It’s so completely different from the opposite hearth 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 faux candles or some type of little factor like that. I really feel like that’s a greater measurement for doing that little cozy vibe slightly than needing precise heat, or I’m going to cook dinner over a fireplace on this hearth or no matter. So I’m like, oh, really type of dig this tiny hearth. I really feel prefer it’s the proper measurement for little faux candles.

Elsie: Thanks. Yeah, I do really feel prefer it suits the room rather well. The feedback that I really like essentially the most when folks say that it appears prefer it’s at all times been there. Meaning the whole lot to me like and I do really feel like, it is smart why the home may have been constructed that approach. I imply, positively wasn’t however it may have been. 

Emma: Okay, I’m happening a tangent right here. However you know the way in that Elizabeth Gilbert e-book, I feel it’s Massive Magic. She talks about how a narrative concept or every time, an artwork challenge, will like come to you, after which it’s your job to simply seize maintain of it and convey 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 hearth? 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 simply’re attempting to find what this room is meant to be for you. You understand 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 considered that earlier than however I would like huge magic to be a factor for inside design. That’s excellent. 

Emma: I assume we’ve talked a bit of 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 fallacious after which we mounted it.

Elsie: Yeah. Okay, so this room, I don’t suppose that it had any actually unhealthy bumps. It has a few issues which are bizarre about it. Proper earlier than we began building, my husband was like, why do you’ve gotten 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, do 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 wished bookshelves in all places within the eating room. Which to be truthful 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’s no restrict to what number of bookshelves that I may put.  I imply, when you’ve got the area, when you’ve got one additional wall, you’ve gotten one additional bookshelf.

Emma: Actually, if I went right into a home viewing and virtually each room had some type of library in it or was a library, I might really feel like I understood that particular person. I might be like, sure, precisely. That is what we would like in our house. One might be like, as an alternative of books, it’s stuffed with puzzles. I’d be like sure, I get you. 

Elsie: Okay, right here’s my query, I need to hear what the listeners suppose too, however do you suppose 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 big quantity of bookshelves, which clearly need to be stuffed with one thing. That’s like my one fear with it’s like, I’m not fascinated with promoting proper now, but when we did does it look like what do I do with all these bookshelves when you’re don’t have already got a e-book assortment. I understand how a lot work they’re to fill. It’s truthfully not that unhealthy, in my view, however I feel for some folks, the price of it, after which simply the time dedication of going again to the used bookstores or going to the library gross sales, will not 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 might be a bit of bit intimidating. I’ll say although, I prefer it when folks type bookshelves with issues aside from books or like a bit of little bit of books, however then principally ornamental gadgets or small items of artwork, and even like baskets which are full of children toys or no matter, relying what’s happening 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 whenever you go to promote it so that individuals know they don’t need to stuff it both.

Emma: Properly, plus, I might say the price of ripping out a bookshelf, after which simply fixing the wall a bit of bit versus including one. I imply, I’d slightly 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’ll vote not that intimidating, not an actual drawback.

Emma: I don’t suppose so. I imply, I even suppose shifting to an even bigger home when you realize you don’t have sufficient furnishings but, I imply it’s intimidating however I feel it’s additionally thrilling. So I might think about that the best consumers going to really feel that approach like oh, I don’t have sufficient books however. 

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

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

Elsie: Sure. So folks at all times ship me suggestions. I really like speaking about the place to purchase used books. So if anybody has suggestions or tales, ship them my approach. I really 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 huge. Plenty of 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 plenty 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 type of woo-woo factor. There’s an entire wall for that.

Emma: Supernatural. 

Elsie: Sure. An entire shelf for Stephen King, an entire shelf for Margaret Atwood, issues like that, a Harry Potter shelf, a Twilight shelf, After all. Really, the Twilight shelf is like Twilight and associates.

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 hearth is all artwork books, design books I’m accumulating. I’m attempting to study oil work so I’m accumulating plenty of portray books and inside design books. I really like like previous similar to homes of New England, homes of Virginia, I really like books like that. Can take a look at these all day. Books about previous rugs, like something like that. So yeah, I imply, I contemplate the journey and I’ll say I’ve been accumulating books for a month and it’s like half full, so will not be loopy. I feel a part of that’s that the underside portion of all of the cabinets is cupboards which are closed. So I don’t need to fill these with books in any respect these will be for different issues and that saves plenty of area. It’s not as intimidating to fill and there’s storage added. So I really like property gross sales and I wished to present an property sale tip. That is one thing that I solely simply realized this yr and it’s wonderful. So there’s this web site referred to as the estatesales.internet and simply go on that web site and join notifications to your tackle like 10 miles, 20 miles, no matter you need, round your tackle, 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 the whole lot. I in all probability go to at least one 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’s different issues like everybody has their classic factor that they’re searching for. So I feel that that’s such a very good tip. You may get an concept of actually shortly if it’s an property sale that like attracts you, or if it’s like, the identical as many of the different ones, like plenty of former normal aged folks stuff that you simply possibly aren’t into.

Emma: Yeah, you’ll be able to inform like, oh, this particular person had a method that I’m in all probability fascinated by any such stuff for my home. It’s the same type or no matter or like, oh no, this wasn’t my type. So in all probability many of the stuff isn’t going to be what I would like. The rest you need to share concerning 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 carried out 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 really like that firm Stray Canine Designs. They’re similar to, a murals. It’s not even a light-weight 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 like a murals.

Elsie: It’s unimaginable. I feel that’s the whole lot. I’m excited. I’ll {photograph} it as quickly because it’s accomplished. I can not wait. However for the time being, I feel we nonetheless need to get the hearth tiled and possibly a few different little issues. So it might 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 Etsy and eBay for good classic finds? I’m speaking about House Items particularly so lighting fixtures, rugs, furnishings. How do you establish what gadgets you want in your house and is likely to be greatest to buy classic? How do you refine your search to search out the actually good not faux stuff? Does it simply contain a ton of scrolling and looking or do you’ve gotten any suggestions and tips? Good query. Very particular. 

Elsie: Yeah, I really like this query. Okay, I’ll say that is for eBay, Etsy, and in addition Fb market. I feel it really works for that as effectively. So my first tip is to avoid wasting your favorites. So when, for instance, I talked about how I spent the entire two Godfather films, the primary two Godfather films, simply looking for classic chandeliers. The films additionally bought 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 plenty of mansions and stuff within the films. 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 would be able to’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 the whole lot that pulls you after which slender it down out of your saved picks so that you’re not evaluating one thing you don’t even prefer to one thing you would possibly purchase. You’re evaluating the very best of the very best of the very best. I feel for me, that’s the way in which that I prefer to slender down. So far as not getting one thing faux, I’ll say it will get simpler the extra you store, particularly purchasing on-line for classic. I keep 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 bought it within the mail and was clearly not it was similar to crap so I requested if I may return it and so they mentioned sure. It was completely not a giant deal, it was from eBay. I feel that you would be able to inform and possibly that’s not a very good reply however when you 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 straightforward to inform by taking a look at it every time it’s not actual classic since you get used to love it appears a sure approach, after which it simply appears too new to be true. You then’re like, okay, that one’s a reproduction.

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

Elsie: Yeah, in my Etsy favorites, you’ll positively see some lighting fixtures which are like $15,000. I might by no means in all probability spend that a lot on a light-weight 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 purchasing, 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 type of search for it sooner or later. I really don’t even suppose I actually take a look at the costs till I’m really purchasing on the finish. I’m within the narrowing down spherical after which I’ll begin to contemplate, oh yeah, these are very completely different costs, this one’s double. However I feel first you simply have to love discover your group of what you’re keen on. For me with classic, it simply is extra inexpensive oftentimes, with rugs, lighting fixtures, a number of completely different. I purchase plenty of like brass, like my brass incense assortment like little sculptures, vases, issues like that. It’s mainly at all times the identical value is what it will be at Goal. I feel it’s far more particular. So I feel that you simply actually need to put within the hours although. Then one other factor I’m gonna hyperlink within the present notes is our good friend Elise did a wonderful publish about purchasing on Fb market. It actually impressed me after. I’m not a Fb particular person, I type of keep away from it. However after I learn her publish, it impressed me to return on there and check out. Her recommendation particularly for Fb market was mainly to favourite the whole lot that you simply even like in any respect in order that it may possibly study what to indicate you. It’s very algorithm-based. It’s type of like Pinterest, the place individuals who suppose 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 swiftly, it’s like displaying you all of the cool vintage stuff that you simply need to see. I’m like 50/50 on if it’s value it to me to go to somebody’s home to select one thing up, simply being trustworthy. It’s simply not my favourite factor. I’ve to be actually motivated. I might not do it for a small buy. So the factor I didn’t learn about 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 type of the identical as eBay and Etsy. 

Emma: Like it. 

Elsie: Good luck with that purchasing, that’s so enjoyable. I simply hope that our podcast will encourage folks to 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 Lady’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 concerning the story so when you’re planning to learn it or when you’re midway by it, then go forward and simply pause the episode right here and are available again whenever you’re carried out. In case you’re like, oh, I’m not gonna learn it. I don’t care then maintain 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 have been planning out the e-book membership picks for the yr I type of texted her an entire bunch of books I already had that I used to be like, I actually need to learn these so if any of those may 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 Lady’s Information to Homicide, we are going to simply offer you a synopsis which is able to embody spoilers as we talked about. So it’s a few highschool scholar Pipa, who’s investigating a homicide. It’s assumed that in her small city, this homicide of Andy Bell is already solved and so they already know who the assassin was. It was a younger man named Sal, her boyfriend, and he killed himself afterward. She doesn’t consider that that’s the case. She thinks one thing else occurred and she or he want to examine it. So she makes use of a college challenge as her purpose to type of proceed the seek for what she’s hoping would be the reality, which is that another person was answerable for Andy Bell’s homicide. She connects with the suspect’s brother and so they type of have a bit of little bit of a flirtation and kind of have emotions for each other. It’s enjoyable to observe them type of banter however it additionally offers us extra coloring into the younger man’s life. She additionally meets, for a younger grownup novel, I felt she met plenty 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 might say it was fairly darkish. All through the e-book, she’s interviewing folks, she’s attempting to trace down leads and she or he continues to make use of a log the place she’s filling out type of issues for a college 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 resolve the case, she figures out who murdered Andy Bell,=. She type of figures out a few issues alongside the way in which as a result of there’s two double twists on the finish of the bow, there’s two twists. What have been your ideas? When did you work it out and there’s 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 plenty of nods to that style typically, which I actually loved. I don’t really feel such as you’re completely as into that world as I’m so like, I’m simply curious, like, have been you want, no matter or have been you want, oh, I do know it’s coming. I do know she’s gonna do that I don’t know the way she’s going to do it however it’s going to occur.

Elsie: I didn’t know something that was coming. I’ll say my tackle it. So I loved it. I believed 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 believed it was enjoyable. I’m not a real crime fanatic. I’m in all probability, the one feminine in my age who doesn’t hearken 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 vitality, which when you haven’t watched that present, then it gained’t imply something to you. If in case you have, I promise you such as you’ll be like that factor, that factor, that factor, there’s so many 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 found out however I by no means do truthfully. At any time when I watch a present, I virtually by no means know what’s gonna occur. Jeremy’s like over there saying the factor. I don’t actually like figuring out. 

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

Elsie: Yeah. So then when it bought to love the twist 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 purchase in.

Elsie: I felt it was unforgivable for me. I’ve talked to lots of people, plenty of listeners are on Instagram, and so they DM me concerning the books and stuff and we speak about it. I didn’t hear anybody else who had this specific 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, college trainer dad is hiding this girl in his attic at an previous home that he didn’t promote for 5 years. He mainly errors her for one more particular person. So he has the fallacious 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 mainly instantly is aware of that it’s a special woman and it’s not the woman who he thought it was or who they have been in search of. So for me, I simply, type of my mind began melting after that half as a result of I simply don’t perceive how I perceive, like folks have been saying, oh, possibly he simply wished it to be her so unhealthy. However I feel that like faces are completely different and even when you realize somebody who appears like another person, you type of by no means suppose that somebody is another person for at the very 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 special particular person. That’s my can’t let it go. 

Emma: Yeah, I see your level there. I don’t agree. I feel mistaken identification occurs lots, particularly in traumatic conditions, I type of suppose our brains mess with us a bit of bit every 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 value. So I should 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 house copier?

Emma: In regards to the house copier, the house printer, I used to be like, that’s going to come back again. And it may possibly’t be the woman who lives there as a result of that’s too apparent so it should 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 at all times type of a factor in crime thrillers. I imply, it’s not at all times, however it’s a standard 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 don’t know what will probably be. I feel it’s actually arduous to drag off for an writer as a result of it does need to type of come out of 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 effectively with it and I loved it. However I assume I used to be kind of hoping that it will 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 attention-grabbing too so I like that. However I additionally felt precisely such as you is an actual page-turner. As soon as I began it, and like actually bought into it. I really feel like it’s a must to give each new e-book a chapter or two. In case you 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 of like assembly the brand new characters and understanding them and caring about them. However when you’re right into a e-book, when you’re simply flying by it, for me, that’s like, okay, I actually loved this. So I might say this e-book match the invoice for me. I flew by 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 adore it. I can’t wait to see what’s going to occur. So I cherished it. I actually appreciated when she did a number of 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 resolve this homicide. She’s doing it for a college challenge. I appreciated how the e-book type of had her filling in paperwork for her college challenge. 

Elsie: I did love the logs. 

Emma: Yeah, the logs. I actually cherished that gadget. I believed that was very enjoyable. It was like, oh yeah, it is a highschool challenge however that is fairly darkish materials. It’s simply actually attention-grabbing. I like that the writer did that. It was attention-grabbing. I additionally actually appreciated 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 type of put the place folks have been or the place the sufferer may have been issues like that. Then she even did in direction of the top of the e-book, a type of I don’t know what it’s referred to as, however like all of the attainable suspects and purple thread that who connects to who and that’s like, such a cliche factor that I felt the writer was type of like winking at us a bit of bit. I actually loved that as to type of like this style. I like crime thrillers. I like mysteries. I like to guess who it’s, I’m normally fallacious. So I feel it’s a blast. I like that she was type of taking part in together with us I believed and bringing us into this world that we have been a bit of bit acquainted with, however like she was doing her personal tackle it. So I felt that was actually enjoyable.

Elsie: Yeah, I might positively say it has plenty of acquainted issues, irrespective of like what you’ve learn or watched previously you’ll acknowledge, like there was robust ties to love the Serial podcast and like different issues which are simply huge in style tradition issues. Okay, so what would you say was like your favourite a part of the e-book or like, you’re completely satisfied can’t let it go? 

Emma: I appreciated the flirty relationship between her and the opposite sufferer’s brother. I appreciated their type of banter. I at all times 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 consider the topic was type of like, who’re you mainly, like inform us who you’re or one huge factor that occurred in your life that like defines you. She kind of goes by this factor in direction of the top of the e-book the place she’s like, as soon as I resolve this and it’s carried out, 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 arduous on initiatives as a result of I type of lose myself whereas I’m actually into one thing. It looks like too all through the e-book, they type of inform us like she’s type of a straight-A sort very studious, works actually arduous. Her mother and father are at all times like, take the evening off, have extra enjoyable with your pals.

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 objectives. Who Am I? Is anybody gonna like me if I’m not like working, working, working? I appreciated watching her type 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 have been your favourite bits?

Elsie: Okay, I feel for me, I appreciated the keep 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 by an previous selfie. Then there’s a component the place the entrance desk girl thinks that she’s seen the woman within the image just lately, 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 appreciated that half as a result of it stored me pondering that she was alive.

Emma: So that you consider that mistake and identification. 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 believed it was a very good e-book. In case you 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. We have now gotten heaps and many 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 when you agree with me or when you 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 completely satisfied we’ve learn her e-book. She’s superior. Preserve writing. 

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

Emma: Sure. Sure, I consider 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’s at the very least two extra so I’m excited for that. 

Elsie: Properly, that was enjoyable. I’m similar to, so completely satisfied 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 bought 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 effectively. It’s similar to, it’s simply enjoyable.

Emma: Yeah, I really like readings a lot. Generally after I’m type of like unhappy or like scared concerning the future, truthfully, a approach that I make myself really feel a bit of 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 effectively, I’ve all these books to learn in my future that shall be so enjoyable. It’s similar to a cheerful little pastime. 

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 this week. We actually recognize you. I hope that when you be 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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