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March 25, 2015
New! Circle Monogram Invitation Collection

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Introducing our new Circle Monogram Collection:

circle monogram invitations
circle monogram rsvp cards
circle monogram table numbers
circle monogram menu cards
circle monogram place cards

(Shown in fuchsia and mint paper. Customizable colors.)

emily

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March 10, 2015
Arden: 3 Months (and favorite baby gear)

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Our sweet baby Arden is 3 months old!
He’s the happiest baby I’ve ever seen. He loves to “chat” with me with coos and gargles. He gets the biggest grins on his face.

I enjoy seeing other mom’s lists of their favorite baby items so I thought it would be fun to share mine.
After two baby boys, these are items I’ve found the most useful or the items I reach for first.
(links below)

baby_boy_gearMy favorite baby boy gear:

1. Miracle Blanket Swaddle
2. Ikea Leka Baby Gym
3. Gap Favorite Footed One-Piece
4. Britax Double Stroller
5. Orla Kiely by aden + anais Bibs
6. Samsung BabyVIEW Video Baby Camera and Monitor
7. Dr. Brown’s bottles

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sweet brothers

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I love his adorable booties and tiny feet.(similar booties, cute booties)

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Graham is a wonderful big brother.
(Ikea baby gym, similar)

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This week we moved him from sleeping in a bassinet in our bedroom to his crib in the nursery.
He’s been sleeping from about 7 pm to 6:30 am. So thankful for sleep.
(Samsung BabyVIEW Video Baby Camera and Monitor)
(nail polish: Essie Fiji)

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I highly recommend using these Miracle Blanket swaddles if you have an infant.
They’ve been one of our most used items with Graham and Arden as babies.
(Miracle Blanket swaddles)

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My boys love their daddy.
(Highly recommend Dr. Brown’s bottles too!)

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March 3, 2015
Home Decor Updates

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Now that I’m finally healed from my c-section and baby Arden has found a decent schedule, I’ve been in the mood to decorate.
I enjoy blogging about my decor updates. I think it’s fun to look back on my decor style from previous years.
Hopefully I can provide a little inspiration along the way.

Let’s start in the living room with this wooden wreath over the back porch doors.
It’s made from old tree stumps (like you would find rotting in the woods ha!).
It provides texture and the perfect focal point for that wall.
Thanks, Mom!

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My latest addition to this room are the lanterns flanking the back doors.
They’re made of my favorite materials – galvanized metal, rustic wood, and rope.
Their stripes add a fun pattern to the room.

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I finally figured out where to hang this antique corbel from my sister, Abby. It adds nice focal height above Graham’s craft table.
I’m testing out this moss ball on the corbel until I can figure out a better solution.
Any ideas? I have a larger moss ball. Would that look better?

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Our winter mantel has a new addition of Graham’s and Arden’s silhouettes in a circular frame.
I traced their profiles from photographs in Photoshop, printed the lines on textured cream card stock,
cut out their silhouettes, then glued them to a piece of gravel card stock.
So sweet!

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Another of my little DIY projects from the past month is this painting of Schumacher’s Chenonceau pattern.
It’s one of my favorite fabrics/wall covering patterns.
The background is painted RH Slate and the pattern is painted RH Stone.
I found the rustic wooden frame at Target on clearance with an ugly black silk image of plants.
I actually have two of the frames and plan to paint another for the adjacent column in the living room.

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These two brass? platters are my latest addition to the kitchen.
I found them in an antique store in Bucks County, Pennsylvania several years ago.
I love their patina, design, and unusual detailed patterns.
Does anyone know more information about these?

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This shield shaped mirror is a new addition to our entry vestibule from the garage.
It’s made from rusty metal and is hung by a thick rope.

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I’m not sure if I’ve previously showed this angle of our home. Forgive me if it’s a repeat.
We have two bumblebee hooks (from the Young House Love collection at Target) to hold keys near the garage door.
This framed print is by designer Dana Tanamachi.

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On the third wall in this vestibule is a little gallery of black and white family photos of my babies.
I found these frames at HomeGoods in the baby section. They were pastel pink and white.
I painted over the pink with Slate paint from RH. I loved the shapes too much to pass them up just because of their color.
They don’t have alligator teeth hangers on the back for hanging on the wall so I used brass plate hangers.

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I love the snowy mountain view from my office windows.

Thank you for visiting! Soon I’ll be decorating for Easter!

emily

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March 2, 2015
Home Decor Update: Vintage Peacocks

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Happy Monday! We were snowed in all weekend up here on the mountain.
We had a scary time getting up the big hill to our neighborhood on Friday evening.
Spinning tires on a snowy hill, sliding backwards and spinning 180 degrees back down the hill is not my idea of fun.
Luckily we ended up front first back at the bottom of the hill facing the stop sign and were able to gain control.
We later followed a salt truck up the hill and made it home just fine. Whew!
Anyway, my snow day project was to paint and hang my vintage metal peacock collection.

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I had painted most of my peacocks white a few years ago but they were still a bit mismatched. I repainted them all gray this weekend.
The paint is Pebble from Restoration Hardware baby&child. It’s a can I had leftover from a previous project.

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The peacock’s paint dried on long pieces of kraft paper all around my kitchen counters.

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I spread the painted peacocks on my kitchen floor to find the best layout.

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This is the crazy tall wall in our stairway. It’s probably 30 feet high.
Michael figured out different angles to prop the ladder over the stairs so we could hang the birds.
#dontlook

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I love this view of the stairway from the living room. The wall looks lacy with the peacocks peeking around the corner.

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Pebble is a subtle shade of gray against our cream wall color (Ash by Restoration Hardware).

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I’ve been collecting these vintage peacocks for about eleven years! They seem to find me when I’m out shopping in antique stores.
They are all slightly different shapes and sizes. They were all painted different shades by their former owners.
One set even had glitter on each feather! I’m happy they’re now all cohesive in their new home.

Thanks for visiting! I have a few more home decor updates to share soon so I’ll talk to y’all soon.

emily

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February 28, 2015
My Closet | Tour |

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Welcome to my master bedroom closet (shared with Michael)!
I’ve been working on this space for the past month:
organizing our clothes into categories, gathering clothes to donate, and putting out of season items in storage bins.
I’m on a (hopefully) big weight loss journey so I plan to continue to sort clothes that no longer fit my body as the year progresses.
Getting organized has helped me see my options. I now realize I don’t need to shop for any new clothes unless I drop a few sizes.
You’ll notice I wear mostly black, white, and chambray shirts with either leggings or skinny jeans. It’s my work-from-home uniform.

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This is a cute graphic I spotted on Pinterest and thought it fit my wardrobe.
You can follow me on Pinterest here.

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The top bar (L to R) holds my workout tank tops, tank tops, extra hangers, and black shirts.
I’ve been slowly converting our closet hangers to the black felt hangers that won’t let clothes slip away.
They also take up much less space than our plastic hangers. I’ve found all of our hangers at HomeGoods or TJMaxx.
The left basket (under the tank tops) holds my socks and the right basket (under the black shirts) holds my bras.

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The lower bar holds (L to R) piko tunics, sweatshirts, long sleeve t shirts, and cardigans.

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In the center of my side of the closet are four baskets (from HomeGoods by Tommy Bahama).
The top basket holds bathing suits. The next basket holds skinny jeans and white jeans.
The next basket holds leggings. The bottom basket holds sweaters.

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We mounted metal baskets to the sides of our closet shelves on the back wall to hold our flip flops and sandals.

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At the back of our closet I keep two berry baskets for jewelry, my spring/summer Michael Kors purse, and a ceramic egg crate.

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One berry basket (similar) holds my Polar watch and band for exercising.
(Polar FT60 Womens Heart-Rate Monitor Chronograph White Strap Watch)

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The ceramic egg crate holds my most-worn earrings. Right now my favorites are the ‘Elle’ by Kendra Scott.

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The lower shelf holds my tennis shoes, an umbrella, and a Tory Burch bag full of clutches and dust bags for my purses.

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pants, white shirts, and boots

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my vests, blue shirts, and chambray collection

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I keep my rarely worn coats and blazers in the top corner of the closet.

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I love how these white fabric cube boxes from Ikea transformed my closet from cardboard box chaos to easy on the eyes.
It feels so much better now!
The white boxes hold out of season clothes, maternity clothes, purses out of my rotation, and clothes in sizes I hope will fit soon.

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The shelf above our suit rack holds my folded scarves. My favorites are these cashmere gossamer scarves from Restoration Hardware:

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I have the colors: gray, chocolate, charcoal, and oatmeal.

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Michael’s clothes

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I keep my large statement necklaces on nails behind the closet door.

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My current fall/winter handbag (Frye Melissa Shoulder) hangs on this elephant hook (from Anthropologie) near the closet door.

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Wishing you a happy (snowy) weekend!

emily

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