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Project BGA: Moving is the worst.

Tried to think of a clever title, but I couldn’t avoid the truth: moving is the worsttt. But it is done! I woke up at 4:30 a.m. on moving day because anxiety. (The movers aren’t going to show up the couch won’t fit through the door the boxes will never get unpacked, etc. etc. None of those things came true.) My wonderful movers, Javier and Alex (from Army Ant Moving), showed up on time and made me laugh through the whole move. The internet guy showed up on time and I have working interwebz. All of the boxes got unpacked on the day of the move. Best of all, Matt carried out all of my boxes at the end of the day when my legs felt like jello.

I’m still pretty worn out, so I don’t have much to say, but here’s some snapshots from the weekend to give you a quick update on Project BGA.

Cabinet Update: Contact Paper | Awfully Big Adventure Blog

The cabinets at my new place leave something to be desired. I made a quick update in the cabinets using this fun patterned contact paper I found at Target. Makes me happier when I open my cabinets, and is way easier to wipe down than plywood.

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Chromecast is ahmahzing. It is the reason that I am going without cable and just sticking with internet. It works better with my iPhone than my computer, for whatever reason, but still. Very convenient if you want a cheap, easy way to control Netflix or HBOGo from the comfort of your couch.

Project BGA Living Room | Awfully Big Adventure Blog

New living room set up! The tufted ottoman is from Target. It seemed bigger in the store…definitely a smidge too small in this space, so it’s going back. Still hunting for the perfect coffee table, and still want a little poof to put under the blue chair. Overall, pleased/relieved that everything fits in my fun size apartment.

Project BGA Dining Room | Awfully Big Adventure Blog

New dining room table! (with the old chairs.) Guess where the table is from? If you guessed Ikea, that is correct! If you guessed that it is produced by Ikea but that I got it off Craigslist, you get me. You just get me. Ultimately the old set will be going to my sister, but until then, the chairs are hanging with me. I’m keeping my eye out for chairs that are smaller and will fit the table/space better.

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Most importantly, Finn is settling in nicely.

Did you guys do any backbreaking labor over the weekend? Anyone else unpack boxes for 10 hours straight because you can’t stand the idea of not finishing and having to wake up to unpack more boxes the next day? Or are you all just enjoying your summer like normal people, relaxing by the pool?

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Wrapping Up May

So I thought that occasionally, maybe some of you (lookin at you, parents) might like to see some posts outside of my most recent gallery wall or Craigslist purchase. What better way to accomplish this than with an iPhone picture dump? Some of these will be repeats if you follow me on instagram (@mollyerich), but some have never been published before. Exclusive content, delivered straight to your desktop or mobile device. For free. Revolutionary.

Anyway, here’s some highlights from my month of May!

Did I mention May is my favorite month? Is it obvious that it’s because it’s my birthday? My birthday is the day after Cinco de Mayo (that’s May 6, just in case you haven’t had your coffee yet), so we typically celebrate with a “Cinco de Molly” theme. This year my friends joined me for dinner at Benji’s Cantina (great margs!) and a little dancing on West 6th Street. The best part was clearly my incredible cake by Cade’s Cakes. This girl is a genius. A God amongst women. It is the best cake I have ever seen or eaten in my life. Yes, that is Finn wearing a sombrero and the sides are covered in Dia de los Muertos-inspired colorful skulls. Literally my dream cake- big props to my mom, sister, and biffle Mere for coordinating it all! Such a fun birthday celebration.

In other “I’m getting older” news- I signed a lease for my very first apartment all on my own! The pic on the left is of my future bedroom (the green will be painted over.) It’s in a great location- close to work, shops, cute neighborhood, etc. It isn’t huge, but it’s mine, ALLLL MINEEEE! I thought I’d feel super excited about making all of the decor decisions on my own- which a part of me does- but I also feel nervous! If I mess it up it’s all my fault. I guess I could blame Finn, but everyone knows he has impeccable taste, so no one would believe me.

Also, I bought a couch for the new place! I didn’t have one, and I found the perfect one on Craigslist, so I jumped on it. (Guess I snuck a Craigslist purchase into this post. Muahahaha) Right now it’s just chillin in our dining room. There’s a Craigslist post to follow, so you’ll get more details on the couch later. And of course I’ll be posting all about the move and decorating the new place!

Exciting family stuff- my sister and I booked a quick trip to Steamboat Springs to visit our brother, Christopher, in July. We haven’t been in forever and I’ve never been in the summer, so I’m incredibly excited! The picture above is from the first time the family went to Steamboat. This was the trip that made Chris fall in love with the town and inspired him to move there. There’s a saying in Steamboat that you move there for the winters and stay there for the summers, so I’m looking forward to experiencing the summer firsthand. Especially because it will be eleventy billion degrees in Austin by that time. We also celebrated our Mama (pictured, with myself and my impressive widow’s peak hairline) and Stepmama for Mother’s Day! We couldn’t be with them for the holiday, but we made sure they know that they are appreciated. 🙂

May was a great month for weird live music. We got to celebrate the engagement of two of our best friends (one of whom is my lovely roommate) with a party at her parents’ house in the hill country. The best part was by far the mariachi band they hired, who took requests and played covers, including Apple Bottom Jeans. I’d like to hire them to follow me around on a daily basis. Matt and I also got to see his FAVORITE band, LC Rocks, with some friends. LC Rocks is an 80s hair-band cover band (cover-hair-band? hair-band cover artists? whatever.) who used to play all of the fraternity parties in college. Luckily we can relive our college glory days because they also play concerts downtown at Cedar Street Courtyard on a semi-regular basis.

Things Austin does well: patio eating. Had a really yummy brunch with Matt (and Finn) at Lucky Robot, pictured on the left. Yep, brunch from a Japanese place. Do itttt. Plus, I tried a new-to-me pizzeria/deli called Little Deli with my co-workers for lunch. (We ate under the tree on the right.) Amazing Italian food. Which brings me to my next point…

I won’t talk much about this because if I do I’ll turn an even deeper shade of green with envy, but my sister is in Florence for 4 weeks. She’s spending her time walking all over the city, drinking wine, taking pictures that will make me jealous and sending them to me, and taking a class about the Italian mafia. Basically living a dream. I’ve never wanted a Freaky Friday body switch so badly.

But you know what Italy doesn’t have? Finn. HA.

If you made it through that, congrats- it was a doozy! What did you guys do this month?? Anyone else listen to a mariachi band sing the words “shawty had them apple bottom jeans, boots with the fur (with tha fur!!)”?? If so, please drop me a note. That’s a connection we shouldn’t ignore. 

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House Tour: Living Room

Happy Friday and happy House Tour! Today I’m featuring the living room. This is a cozy space with major furnishings (couch, futon, coffee table)  provided by my lovely roommate. The rest of the decor/furniture/crap is mine. Seriously, I have a lot of crap. Every time I move, my mind is blown by the amount of weird items I possess. But when I unpack, it’s those items that start to make my place feel like home again.

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The living room, complete with the true-to-life cord running through the middle of the room. Because DVR is that important, guys.

This is your view looking into the room from the double doors that lead into it. I LOVE having doors on this room. It made life much easier when Finn was a tiny pup, because I could contain him in the room with me. It is also really convenient when we have guests stay with us. I also love the punch of red that the couch ads, which is toned down by the neutral art, pillows, and rug. The wood coffee table, Ansel Adams redwood print, and southwestern rug take us into cozy territory, while the striped blanket, gold metallic pillows, and long, flowy curtains add a more updated/feminine feel.

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Finn enjoying the futon and looking stately under his portrait.

Turn to your right from the entry to the room, and you’ll find our handy-dandy futon accented by some art (and an unamused/tired puppy dog.) The red door print is a piece gifted to me by my parents, the mirror is the lovely roommate’s, and the red-frame drawing of Finn was given to me by my bestie. (Best present ever.) The awesome Mexican throw blanket is also the lovely roommate’s. She’s from San Antonio and knows where to buy all the best blankets and Mexican mumus. She’s also been stung by a scorpion multiple times and like…actually doesn’t care about that or think it’s cool, so she’s pretty much a superhuman. If I got stung by a scorpion, I’d probably need to go to some type of rehab or counseling to get me through it. I digress. The basket/hamper holds all of our blankets so they are easily accessible.

Living Room | Awfully Big Adventure House Tour

Standing in the back corner of the room in between the red sofa and white futon gives you this view of the bookshelf/TV console and the patio door. I got the white Ikea Expedit bookshelves for a stupidly low price on Craigslist- one of my proudest moments. They are so basic and could be used for so many things. For now, they work great as a TV console. I display and color coordinate my prettier books and put the uglier (but still worth reading!) books in the black boxes. I use the top of the shelves to display larger items- candles, a flower pot, and a glass container filled with seashells collected on family vacations.

Living Room | Awfully Big Adventure House Tour

Here’s another view of the console situation. I’m kind of at a loss for what to do over the TV, so I settled on…nothing. There’s already a lot going on in this room, so I think it works for now. At my next place, I’d like to have the TV mounted so that I’m able to use more surface space on the shelves to display more tchotchkes. (Linked to Wikipedia because I obviously had to Google how to spell it, and because I subsequently learned that in some circles “tchotchke” is used as a slang term that means “bimbo,” but in other circles it is a term of endearment meaning “friend.” I prefer the latter, cause I love me some tchotchkes.)

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“Como la flor…con tanto amor”

In a crazy full-circle moment, I’d like to spotlight some of my tchotchkes, one of which features a bimbo. Well, a prostitute, to be more specific. I inherited an obsession with all things colorful/Hispanic from my mom. I was with her when we found this lovely little display at La Mariposa in Dallas, and I had to have it. For me it’s more about the color/glitter than the subject matter, but the subject matter is pretty funny/doesn’t hurt.

Living Room | Awfully Big Adventure House Tour

This little guy came from my sister’s study abroad time in Peru. I just love the colors and thinks it makes such a happy little statement.

Living Room | Awfully Big Adventure House Tour

Here’s the coffee table tray, complete with the necessities- coasters, flowers, and coffee table books. This Edward Gorey book may not look cheerful, but anyone who has read his books or seen his illustrations will understand the weird humor involved. Highly recommend!

So that’s my weird space. Somehow the mix of the roommate’s stuff, my stuff, and my unusual taste in tchotchke’s comes together in a unified-ish way. I love being surrounded by personal items that mean something to me, which is why I proudly display my Dallas neighborhoods and Finn art, books I’ve read time and time again, seashells from family vacations, and funny decor that makes me smile and think of a fun afternoon with my Mom.

How do yall decorate your space? Prostitute art or no prostitute art? The world needs to know.

 

 

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