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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: Bedroom

Today I’m closing out the house tour with my little bedroom. It’s chock-full of a bed that’s too big for the space, a dresser that’s been gnawed on by my dog, too much art, and a dog crate that’s kind of an eyesore but Finn likes it, so it stays. Hope you enjoy 🙂

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This is what the room looks like from the door. There’s one decent sized window that I accentuate with some big curtains that I purchased years ago from Ikea. I love their sheer, breezy effect and the geometric pattern. I’ve never been one that needed blackout curtains- there is something nice to me about the sun spilling into your room in the morning. The bed is a sleigh bed, which I really don’t need. I could probably save about 6 inches if I switched to a flat headboard and no footboard, but I really like the lines of the sleigh bed and it cost me $Free.99, so it’s tough to part with.

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There’s kind of an orange/blue thing happening, which isn’t shocking because that’s one of my favorite color combinations. The color inspiration started with the duvet cover, which was an incredible Pottery Barn sale find. The Euro shams came along a few years later- a lucky find from West Elm that just happen to match the color of the duvet. The blue patterned throw pillow is from HomeGoods, the sequined pillow is from the West Elm outlet, and the handpainted nightstand is from El Paso Import Co. in Dallas.

Side note: I make my bed almost every morning. If I don’t make my bed in the morning, I make it as soon as I get home from work.  This is one of my most annoying compulsions. My sister would disagree and tell you that my hair-twiddling is my most annoying compulsion. In response to this, I would continue to twiddle my hair while glaring at her. (We love each other, I promise.)

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The gallery wall came together with some pieces that I’ve collected over the years that include the blue/orange color combo. The Texas print is from We are 1976 in Dallas, the Museum of Contemporary Art LA print is a lucky hand-me-down from my stepdad, the black and white botanical screenprints are from Target, the the totem pole (made out of cartoon animals, though it’s hard to see in this pic), is also from We are 1976.

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This is the view looking back at the doorway. The dresser, now accented with Finn’s signature chew-marks, is also from El Paso Import Co. The Peter Pan print is a souvenir from my family’s beach trip to Seaside, Florida last summer, and was purchased from Central Square Records. If you ever find yourself in Seaside- please visit this store. I never wanted to leave! The dog crate really is not my favorite thing to look at, but Finn likes to hang out in there while I’m folding laundry, getting dressed, or taking bad iPhone pictures of my room for the blog (you can see a bit of him in this photo.)

Here’s some little thingies hanging around my room. From left to right- some family pics, a lamp from Ikea’s clearance section, my framed graduation announcement (so much cuter than a diploma…), one of my grandpa’s old cigar boxes filled with my grandmother’s handkerchiefs, and some dried roses that Matt gave me for our anniversary. In the middle- my precious tiny clogs, a souvenir from Matt’s trip to Amsterdam last year. On the right- my nightstand with a yummy ginger candle, my bracelets/rings, and a glass-blown heart from my mom and stepdad’s rehearsal dinner (their rehearsal dinner was in a glass-blowing studio.)

So that’s my room! It’s not exactly the serene, tranquil oasis that many people achieve with their bedrooms, but it is filled with things that I love, which is why I like it. Thank you for joining me on this house tour!

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Mama’s Bathroom Reno

Hey all! Remember how Mother’s Day was 2 weeks ago? I had a brilliant plan to feature my brilliant mama’s brilliant bathroom renovation as a way to celebrate the holiday in blogland. Then, I got busy for a week, and then another week, and here we are. So let’s just pretend it’s still Mother’s Day (because really, shouldn’t we celebrate that more often than once a year?). Thanks for humoring me. 🙂

I’m very excited to feature this reno. I have to preface this by saying my mom and I are EXTREMELY alike. (Weird, right? It’s like we share genetic material or something.) She gave me my love of color, pattern, texture, etc. Another way we are similar is that we are both terrible at remembering to take “before” photos. I wish you guys could see where this bathroom started. In its first state, it was a very sad, very colorless 70s-era tract house bathroom. Unremarkable materials, textured walls, popcorn ceilings, you name it. Mom gave it new life with some colorful paint on the walls and cabinets, a cute Anthro shower curtain, and fun art, but it was still very dark, cramped, and in need of some love.

Enter Mom (and, to be fair, my stepdad Kent was a big help as well. They are a great design team! To be REALLY fair, I’ll add that they also had a bona fide interior designer.) They brightened the space by knocking down the wall that originally separated the sink area from the toilet/shower area. This allowed the natural light to fill the whole space. Recessed lighting and interior lighting in the tall cabinet help brighten the space as well.

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I LOVE the rustic mirror on top of the cleany, shiny tile. Taking the tile to the ceiling makes a great statement. The unexpected orange creme wall color, pulled from the colorful rug, makes the space cheerful. It could be overwhelming, but the toned down colors in the cabinetry and rustic touches help ground the bright color.

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The custom vanity has plenty of storage and is a substantial piece, but the open storage on the bottom shelf help it not seem too heavy. Below are some more small touches from the space. So clean and shiny and ready for me to come home and sclathe around in!

If I had to pick a favorite detail, it would probably have to be the awesome turquoise sliding barn door as you enter the room. Seriously. So cute! Love the bit of glass at the top of the door as well.

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Looking forward to someday being able to own my own place and make *actual* *permanent* changes! Until then, I’m happy to live vicariously through my madre. She done good!

 

 

 

 

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