Ep 41: Our Home’s Dirty Little Secrets and Living in the Path of Totality

July 3, 2017

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In case you didn’t know, August 21st is a pretty major day for a lot of people as there will be a total solar eclipse–the first coast to coast one in the US since 1918! Amazingly, our little town of Rexburg is almost directly in the center of the “path of totality” and one of the most desirable places to experience it. We’re talking about how this has impacted our community, and what the city is asking of homeowners – some things you might not expect.

We also talk about how to embrace the dents, dings and patina that come with living in a home, and share a few stories about some whoopsies we’ve had in our own home.

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Listener Question: How can I embrace the “lived in” feeling of my home?

To go along with this question, we discuss:

• The guilt that comes with only posting pretty pictures
• Maintenance only gets you so far – your home will have dings and dents
• Chris’s head-in-hands mistake in their last home
• The Great Mod Podge Incident that we thought ruined our new carpet
• Mindfully choosing finishes that age beautifully

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Game: Home Terms You May Be Using Incorrectly
Julia gathers a few home-related terms, referencing this article, we may all use interchangeably (like renovate and remodel), where they actually mean completely different things. She asks the differences between terms and Chris & Preston take turns trying to figure them out.

Hot Topic: Home Depot & Menards Facing a Class Action Lawsuit
We have a quick discussion on a current (ridiculous) lawsuit that’s been brought against Home Depot & Menards regarding standard 4×4 and 2×4 measurements of lumber.

Can’t Get You Outta My Mind
Preston: Quincy, Preston’s 3 year old son, recently started swimming lessons and Preston shares some thoughts about watching your first child branch out and learn from someone other than he and his wife.

Chris: Many of us have multiple devices that need charged, but not enough plugs by our beds. Chris found a solution for their situation, freeing up space on their night stands and sockets in the wall, as well, with this amazing Apple watch/iphone dock and charger we both have now.

Julia: We all have plants we try to keep alive in our home (some of us less successfully than others), but the real kicker is forking over how much money?! for a good looking planter. Julia shares her thoughts on her favorite budget-friendly alternative, the basket (HouseSevenDesign does this flawlessly–see below) or even a tall, woven hamper!

She also gives pointers for finding a good one and what you need to make sure it doesn’t leak.

Some of Julia’s favorite baskets/hampers that could also be used as a planter!

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Preston’s Total Eclipse Airbnb
Chris’s iPhone/Apple Watch Dock

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  1. Amy says:

    This is such an entertaining podcast! Love the discussion about plants in baskets – super helpful idea. About modern vs. contemporary – I like to think of where both the terms come from to know hot to use them best. Contemporary style is whatever style is happening right now but could only exist in this time (i.e. Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were contemporaries – meaning they were alive at the same time), so contemporary in 1990 looks different than contemporary in 2018. Modern style has filtered into what it is today from Modernist architecture and design – a style that emerged in the first half of the 20th c. and used simplified, essential geometry and celebrated construction methods. I think it really helps me visualize why one coffee table is more modern than another.

  2. kathy merrill says:

    what kind of flooring is in the bathroom? the black plaid, i love it.


  3. Nick Ivins says:

    We would like to come your way for the eclipse, we’ll see if we can make it happen. Thanks for all you guys do and sharing your lives and home with us.

  4. Amanda says:

    An alternative to baskets is also (believe it or not) cute wastebaskets!
    I got a fake fiddle leaf fig from Target and actually picked up a cute fabric Nate Berkus wastebasket that fit the base PERFECTLY.



  5. Can you post a link to the the other podcast you mention about the eclipse chasers or something? Sounded interesting!

  6. Tiffany says:

    I don’t think Lowe’s is included in the class action lawsuit because they were actually fined by the state of California a couple of years ago because of this. Every lumber product they have now lists the “actual” measurements.

  7. Buffy Moore says:

    I’m so happy you brought back Julia’s “can’t get you outta my mind” song. It always makes me smile. I love the chemistry all 3 of you have together. The quick wit and banter is so enjoyable.

  8. Ellen says:

    I’m an architect and I’ve used renovation and remodel interchangeably in several studies I’ve written for work. I’m glad you can educated me on what’s actually correct! :)

  9. Katy says:

    So the Sofa/couch thing is really a class thing these days in many places. Coucher (pronounced coo-shay) is French BUT couch is lower class than sofa. This distinction is growing here in the states but has been a class thing for decades and decades in Europe.

    Want to test this out? Go to a chic design or furniture store. They will say sofa.

  10. Libby says:

    Yours is my favourite podcast! I haven’t listened to this episode yet, I’m saving it for my drive to work tomorrow. I have never heard of Rexburg (I’m Australian) so read up on it on Wikipedia. I always pictured your town to be smaller than 25 000. I grew up 25km from out nearest town of 2000 people.
    Are you guys considered local celebs?? I looked for your names in the notable people section but you weren’t there. Maybe I should add you :)

    • Julia says:

      Hahaha. We keep a low profile. But really, Chris’s family is way more known around here than Chris and I as a couple just because he grew up here and there were 10 of them! Our town is growing leaps and bounds now.

  11. Kathy says:

    We just moved to Rexburg last summer and are loving it! Small world.

  12. Mandy says:

    The “Can’t Get You Out Of My Mind” song seems different! Isn’t the first line usually repeated? I look forward to this song every episode. Why the change?

    P.S. Thank you for answering my question a few episodes back about painting my house exterior!

    • Julia says:

      Some people love it (find it funny)–some are annoyed with it. We stopped it altogether for a few episodes, but shortened it hoping to find a happy medium

      • Mandy says:

        That makes sense. The song gets stuck in my head throughout the day, so the podcast is the only way I get to hear it. And that’s supposed to relieve the repeat, right? Anyway, you guys sure created an earworm. :)

  13. Kara says:

    Heart eyes on this episode. Thanks for answering my question :)

    I am actually traveling to see the solar eclipse! My husband and I, my brothers, their wives and my father are headed to the middle of nowhere Nebraska (as you said, many places were booked YEARS in advance and we only made plans 6 months early!) We’re all astronomy nerds– my dad actually drove down from PA to SC with some friends when he was in college to witness the 1970 eclipse.

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