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study update inspiration

Last week I mentioned that the study was on my radar for getting a more functional update. It’s definitely an “out of sight, out of mind” room for me, so it hasn’t gotten much attention. Matt primarily uses it to play video games when I’m in the living room working or watching The Office for the gazillionth time. When we weren’t sure that we were going to stay put at this place, I didn’t think I was going to put any effort into it. Now that we’re staying, I’ve got the itch to make it 1) prettier and 2) a place I can actually work in, instead of working all day at the kitchen island or on the couch.

ABA The Whole Enchilada Study 1

Oof. This is the before, from right after we moved in over a year ago. I actually have no wide shots of this room that are recent (and since my camera’s broken, I can’t take any wahhh), but I’ve since hung up a few things, styled the shelves, and changed the pillows and blanket. Things that will stay: the side table, the couch, and the curtains, and TV.

We’d like to add some storage on the wall facing the couch by the window, and in place of the bookshelves we’d like to add a looong desk for lotsa workspace for both Matt and I. The TV would get mounted on the wall above one side of the desk, and we’ll probably add a monitor as well because we are robonoids from the future that can’t work without¬†a billion screens. That’s actually not at all true, I am perfectly content to work on a laptop with no additional screens, but Matt works a lot in Excel and the additional screen will be super helpful for that. And the TV will still be for video games/when I need to binge The Office to get through a day of work.

study inspiration

Image via Apartment Therapy

We won’t be going for that desk exactly, but I do love the image as a base for our inspiration. The general idea is a base of whites, blacks, and light wood tones with pops of plants. But since you know I have proven to not be able to handle an all-neutral room, I’d love to find a space for a super-nuts, awesome, colorful, textural inspiration board. Like so:

inspiration board 2

Image via Glitter Guide

I put together a lil mood board with inspiration as well as some sources I’d like to incorporate. (Sources are linked below the image.) That rug was love at first sight when I saw it on this post from Emily Henderson, I’ve been dyyying to try that Ikea bed slat hack (the hanging storage), to save counter space I like the idea of mounting a light (maybe on the bed slats?), I’ve wanted a Stendig calendar for a very very long time, and love the idea of a black/white mudcloth for some durable pillows on the couch. Run-on sentences are fun.

rosedale study update mood board

Drawers // Stendig calendar // Brass light // Rug // Ikea bed slat hack // Mudcloth pillow

One thing I haven’t been able to choose is a desk chair — any tips on something low profile, neutral, comfy-ish, and cheap? Or tips on squeezing storage space, an office, and a den out of one tiny room? ūüėÄ

p.s. You can see more inspiration and sources on the Pinterest board I made for this room here.


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august small goals

Lol remember last month when I said it was too hot to do anything in July? That was a self-fulfilling prophecy. I only completed 3/5 goals this month…not quite the successful month that June was! But for real, I still think I got more done than if I hadn’t written out these goals at all. Counting it as a win. Here’s what I did and didn’t get to in July:

  1. Make a dish I’ve never made before.¬†Done, TWICE. Booooom. I made risotto for the first time by following this recipe.¬†I added asparagus, parmesan, and lemon zest and served it with grilled chicken thighs. It felt awesome to try something that I hadn’t made before because I thought it would be too difficult. Turns out, it really isn’t. Also, I came across this recipe for yogurt-marinated chicken kebabs with Aleppo pepper on a favorite blog of mine and made it¬†pretty much immediately. This marinade…is magical. It made the chicken sooo tender and yummy with this hint of smokiness, and I used the leftover plain greek yogurt to serve over the chicken and veggies on a bed of rice. Do it…do it now.
  2. Update media kit. Done. Did it. Weeeeee.
  3. Attend the Austin Flea. Hahaha remember that time I made a goal for myself to attend an outdoor flea market in July in Texas? In short, no.
  4. Declutter kitchen cabinets and pantry with the KonMari method.¬†Done! I feel like this was my “reach” goal – something I thought might not happen but I was feeling¬†aspirational. Well, we did it! Got rid of a bunch of stuff and re-organized in the process. A.k.a. my ideal Saturday.
  5. Work from a coffee shop at least once a week.¬†This happened…once. Hindsight – this was a really busy work month for me and sometimes it makes more sense to just buckle down at home than it does to pick up and go to a coffee shop. I did start making my own iced coffee sooo can we still call it a win?

bath time

So if this were some class I was taking pass/fail, I would have passed. Just being optimistic. Maybe I’ll actually get an A for August’s goals. Here they are:

August’s Goals

  1. Take a weekly bath.¬†Yah, I realize that sounds like I only bathe weekly. I promise I take showers in between, but they just don’t have the same relax-factor. Candles + bubble bath + a podcast or book makes for a happier Molly. p.s. I actually wrote this post then went and hopped in my bath, hence the photo. So this goal is 25% done ūüėÄ
  2. Collect inspiration and write out some plans for the study. I’d like to get the ball rolling on our neglected study, and I think starting a Pinterest board and collecting some sources to get a budget together will help.
  3. Put the finishing touches on a friends’ nursery project. I’ve been helping a friend put her nursery together, and she’s due EIGHTEEN DAYS FROM NOW so I’d love to put the finishing touches on it so she doesn’t have to worry about it anymore. But also just cause it’s fun.
  4. Get camera fixed.¬†This goal WAS going to be to publish the next room on this apartment’s tour, but when I went to take photos for tonight’s post, my camera was broken. I think it might be a problem with the lens, which would be less expensive to replace…but anyway, I need to figure this out.
  5. Go HOME!¬†This is the longest it’s been since I’ve made a trip home to Dallas EVER. I haven’t been home since February, which is insane to me. This is kind of a slow month, so I’m planning to go home for a bit.

What’s new with you guys for August?


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currently: july 2016

blue rug in eclectic living room

Making: Myself do a billion loads of laundry before I head out of town this weekend. Anyone else feel like¬†you¬†need to completely clean the house before you¬†go so¬†that it’s clean when you come home? It’s one of my favorite ways to torture myself.
Cooking:¬†I tried two new recipes this month (more on this in next week’s goals post.) Outside of that, it’s been a fairly regular rotation of taco salad, salmon, and turkey burgers. I’m in a rut! Send me your easy summer recipes.
Drinking:¬†This ros√© because it’s the cutest. Also, recently tried this naturally sweet seltzer water and loved it.
Reading:¬†I’ve been slacking this month! I read a little bit of¬†The Prince of Tides¬†over the 4th, but that’s it. I really like it, just haven’t found the time. And by that I mean I had plenty of time, and just did other things. Also, I pre-ordered my copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child like the good little Harry Potter freak that I am. Can’t wait!!
Wanting: To re-do our study. Well…actually it’d be more of a “do” instead of a “re-do,” since I don’t think you can re-do something you never really did. It’s definitely the room that’s received the least attention in our apartment. This rug from Target has me feeling inspired…we’ll see what happens!
Enjoying: Late, late summer sunsets and the ten-degree drop in temperature here the last couple of days after a few nice storms. Feels like we can breathe again!
Listening: This song is one of those that I loved the very first time I heard it and had to play it over again. Makes me wish I could sing.
Needing: Every month, this is the very hardest one for me to write. Which I’m so grateful for ‚ÄĒ I think that means I don’t need much. Except for boring stuff that I don’t really want to blog about, like needing to get an inspection for my car. Aren’t you glad I don’t do that to you on a monthly basis?
Smelling: This¬†mint and coconut body wash that doubles as bubble bath (but I mean…doesn’t all body wash kind of double as bubble bath?). Point is, I’ve been using it for both and love how it smells.
Wearing: Consider this the most unexciting blogger take on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I got two things: this bra and these sweatpants. I really like them both! But was kind of overwhelmed (I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?) with all of the other options and ended up holding back. Somehow I still have a pulse.
Loving: Lazy weekends with Matt and Finn. Four hour dinners with girlfriends. Going back to campus just for fun.
Watching:¬†It’s officially too hot to go outside, so we watched a lot of things. The OJ documentary (it is as good as everyone is telling you), Marcella (I gobbled this up in like five days), Mr. Robot (we didn’t love the pilot but we’re SO glad we stuck with it), I think I’ll stop now before you think the only thing I do is watch TV.
Bookmarking:¬†Furbish’s new shop is so good that I’m planning my move-in date, this is the best and most-comprehensive Craigslist guide I’ve ever read, and this art round-up by designlovefest¬†had me wanting more walls.
Feeling:¬†My normal pre-travel jitters. Heading to NYC this weekend for the first time in a decade. Ten yeeears! I’m going for work, but will be able to squeeze in some friend time, too. Excited to see the city.

austin texas sunset