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on holiday

Hello out there! Popping in after an unexpected break to say…I’m extending it, haha. I kept meaning and meaning to write, but October was a very busy month and either I couldn’t find the time, or I could but it’d be following some national disaster that would put me squarely in the doldrums. And some of the things have been so awful that it felt necessary to hang out there in the doldrums, out of respect, and to stay quiet on things like how to decorate for Halloween.  Which isn’t to say I don’t see value in light, happy content,…


cheap trick: how to get inexpensive custom framing

I’ve held off writing this post because there’s a definite possibility that everyone already knows about this “trick” and my brain was all, “What if everyone that reads this gives their computer the side eye and thinks to themselves ‘there goes Molly again with the totally useless information’” and then I realized that’s a silly thing to be worried about because THIS WHOLE BLOG is useless information. In the grand scheme of things. But if I help one of you pull the trigger on framing some art you’ve had rolled up under your bed for eight months, or if I help…


the whole enchilada: the blue door house, vol. 1

Hello! I’m back from an unintended but well-spent summer blog break, but now it’s back to school. And by school I mean bloggin’. I’ve spent the last three months since we moved in a Craigslist and IKEA fever dream, buying stuff, selling stuff, and trying to pull the house together. Lots has changed since I first introduced the house in this post, but there’s still so much to do! So in the spirit of back to school, lists, and a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils, I’m pulling together our big-ass Whole Enchilada to-do list.  As a reminder, here’s the (not…


currently: july 2017

With July’s end comes the end of our summer hanging in Austin with no travel plans. I feel like we made the most of it this month, with trips to the movie theater, a 65 degree pool, and margaritas inside when it was just too hot to be outside. We’re really looking forward to some fun trips this month, but summer in Austin has been pretty sweet.  Making: My fourth trip to Ikea since we’ve moved. It’s a blessing and a curse to have one twenty miles away.  Cooking: My sister sent me this recipe for honey sriracha turkey meatballs…


the blue door house tour: the patio

Let me begin by saying that I’m just as surprised as you are that this space is somewhere close to complete a couple of months after moving in – taking almost a year to decide to paint an accent wall and taking over a year to finish an office when I WORK FROM HOME has traditionally been my speed. All the before and afters are below + a full source list at the bottom of the post! Here’s where we landed right after moving in. Our chairs from our tiny apartment patio were holding up pretty well, considering they aren’t…

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