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the blue door house intro

I’m so excited to finally introduce you guys to the The Blue Door House. We’ve been here eleven days now — we’re starting to remember where we put the measuring cups, we’re only bumping into furniture and walls a few times a day, and we’ve tried two new local taco places, so we’re on our way to feeling settled. It’s a pretty big change for us – moving from a gated apartment complex/fortress situation to a single family home in a new-to-us neighborhood. The move hasn’t been without its challenges, because duh, moving is the worst. But when we make time to throw a ball around with Finn in the yard at dusk when the fireflies are out, it definitely seems worth it.

The Blue Door House Floor Plan

So, the deets: it’s a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom, ~950 square foot ranch house built in the 50s. We’ve also got a single carport and a nice-sized fenced yard with a small concrete patio. And a big storage closet off the carport that we’ve somehow already filled?? It’s kind of crazy because technically we’re only gaining about 150 square feet of interior space, but the house is so well-appointed that it feels like we’re getting a lot more house than that. I’ll always appreciate squeezing the most function out of a small home. There’s just something so darn practical about it.  Like how all the closets fit together. It’s like a little puzzle.

I snapped a few quick and dirty iPhone pictures of how the house looks today — try not to forget the part where I said we’ve been here eleven days. 😀

royal blue ranch

small white 50s kitchen

mint windsor dining chairs with white round table

original pink tile bathroom

blue door house master bedroom

blue door home office

blue door home patio

blue door home guest room

Some highlights – the original pink tile in the bathroom is in fantastic condition, the yard is yuge, our king-sized bed fits in the master, the guest bedroom exists, and there’s a good amount of storage. Not pictured but hugely significant: not having to park in a parking garage and lug our groceries ten minutes from the car to our door. I wish there was more counter space in the kitchen and the flooring isn’t my favorite, but honestly it could be a lot worse and that’s what rugs are for. Also, since I feel like I heard the sharp intake of breath when you all saw the bathroom picture — there’s a ton of built-in storage behind the door. All is not lost.

It kind of felt like the house ticked off every single box as we were looking at it, and then some. The windows are brand-new and energy efficient, as is the AC unit. There’s covered parking. The yard is so perfect for Finn. It had three bedrooms when we would have been okay with two. There’s a dishwasher — a surprisingly uncommon feature of rental houses in Austin. As much as I tried to talk myself into the no-dishwasher thing I just couldn’t. More power to those of you who can and have!

Now that the move is behind us, the fun part begins. Sooo many more words to come on The Blue Door House! Let me know if you have any questions, like where’d you get that Austin print or why did you burn my eyeballs with these ugly pictures? (Lol seriously though, I’m sorry – I really wanted to get this post up and didn’t have time to bust out the real camera.)




  1. TJ TJ

    This looks great! I really like the layout of the place. And, of course, the decor is fabulous!

    • Thank you, TJ!! You’re so sweet to comment! The layout pleases me, too.

  2. Jonna Jonna

    Looks good Molly, a clean canvas, an empty slate. Your stuff already looks at home and we can’t wait to see what you do with this place. What a great new start! Congrats to you both! xoxoxo

    • Thank you, Jonna! A clean slate indeed.

  3. kent twitchell kent twitchell

    Congratulations on the successful move! Looks like a terrific place. Glad the Finnster is settling in. Can’t wait to come see the decor and try those taquerias! Enjoy!!

    • Thank you! Kent + Finn + taquerias sound like all the ingredients for a perfect day. Come on down!

  4. Holly Twitchell Holly Twitchell

    Looks WAY good for eleven days. I think you forgot to mention you are cooking with gas – which is a pretty big deal, as far as I’m concerned. Cannot WAIT to come and see!

    • You’re so right! I had forgotten the power of a good gas cooktop. Can’t wait to have you!!

  5. Heidi Falkenstein Heidi Falkenstein

    Congrats on the new love digs! OOOO, new decorating possibilities! And you have such fantastic base pieces, can’t wait to see what happens next! NO PRESSURE.

    And LOVE LOVE LOVE that Finn has his very own YARD! Happy Pup!

    Auntie Heidi

    • Hahaha “NO PRESSURE.” Finn in the yard makes us kind of giddy! He loves it!

  6. Michelle Gillespie Michelle Gillespie

    You read my mind! The house is looking great. Where did you get the Austin and Dallas prints? I love them!

  7. CONGRATS on the move……. (yes. moving is the worst.)….. Loooooove that blue door x100!

    Can you give dining table info please and thank you??!!!!

    • Thanks girl!! And of course. It’s from cb2, and is the perfect size for a petite dining room. Pretty comparable to the Ikea DOCKSTA, which I’ve owned before, but I liked the cleaner lines of the base on this one. Howeeevvahhh I have noticed some scratching already, nothing crazy but I’m a little worried about the future. Might put down a coat of poly or something. ANYWAY blah blah here’s the link!

  8. Sydney Ross Sydney Ross

    Girl, that natural lighting though, yass! Congrats on the move, looking forward to more posts!

    • Yesss it gets so much light! Makes me so happy. Thank you so much!

  9. GLenore GLenore

    I love the bathroom – so kitschy and fun! Mid-century ranches just have so much potential, and are built so well. I grew up in Austin, but never got to live in one of those cool older houses. Enjoy getting settled!

    How does pup like having a yard to roam free in?

    • Pup loooves it! He’s finding his independence and has recently discovered how fun mud is. Hahaha.

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