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November 20, 2014
Baby Boy’s Name

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Our baby boy officially has a name! Arden Charles.
Arden is a name that Michael and I both like and Charles is the name of my mother’s father.
If this baby had been a girl, her name would most likely had been Evelyn, after my mother’s mother.
My grandfather Charles, (I call him Poppy) is the most fair, honest, and wise person I know. I’m lucky to have him as my grandparent.
I hope Arden Charles inherits his sweet and quiet nature and finds the true love of his life like Poppy and Mammy Eve.
We wanted a first name that was a little unusual but sweet sounding.
Graham has already been talking about baby Arden and likes to put his hand on my stomach to feel the kicks.

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We changed up the wall decor in Arden’s nursery from frames over his dresser/changing table to an oversized galvanized monogram
from my mom. It fits the space much better than the original frames I had on the wall. The letters are about 3 feet tall!

Click here to see a tour of the nursery.

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I love seeing Arden’s stocking hanging over the fireplace. Our stocking family feels complete.

Click here to see a tour of our Christmas decor.

emily

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November 18, 2014
Christmas Home Tour

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the Arrison house!
We decked the halls a little early this year since I’m 8 months pregnant and won’t feel like physically decorating in December.

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This is our first Christmas in our new home so it was fun figuring out the decor. We mainly just used what we had. Last year we kept our
Christmas decor in boxes while we were building our home so it was exciting to open the storage boxes this year and bring back fun
memories. For example, the greenery on our mantel is actually two garlands piled on top of each other (to make it fluffier) that I used
on our stairway railing two houses ago in Pennsylvania. I added a few extra pine cones (from our previous yard in Arkadelphia, AR).

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I’m so happy we got to hang a fourth stocking this year (for our new baby boy)! His name is Arden Charles.
I printed our names on kraft paper card stock, cut out the tags, then sewed them to the stockings.

white channel quilted stockings from Pottery Barn
stocking holders from Target
candles from Pottery Barn
wooden candle pillars from Target
mirror from Restoration Hardware
garland from Hobby Lobby

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Our Christmas Tree! (with snow covered trees in the back yard from our first snow!)

The tree is wrapped with driftwood and vine garlands and most of our ornaments are neutral colors of white, tan, gold, and silver.
I’m attracted to neutral and natural textures for the tree like acorns, wood, pine cones, bottle brush animals, and newspaper.

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This tree is 9 feet tall and our ceilings are 12 feet high so we added some height to the top with a funky tree topper this year!
I just used what I had in storage. Doesn’t everyone keep random sticks in their basement for those just in case moments?! haha!
If you look closely, you’ll see there is a silver beaded star on top too.

wavy sticks from Ikea
black palm fronds from Ikea
twigs covered in white snowy foam balls from Michaels (found on 90% off after Christmas sale last year)
silver beaded star from Pottery Barn (removed the candle holder in the middle)

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view of our living room from the dining table

We have plans to build a cabinet to the left of the fireplace that will fit the space better than our piece of furniture.

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Being 8 months pregnant, this oatmeal linen chair is my favorite spot to cuddle under this soft faux fur blanket next to the tree.

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Love the coconut shell buttons on this white stocking pillow!

(Graham keeps calling stockings “boots”.)

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It’s a family tradition around here to hang a photo ornament on the tree each year. This one of Graham in 2012 is one of my favorites.

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driftwood nativity ornament

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Each year we also have a tradition of making a hand print ornament with Graham. This clay kit dries super lightweight.
I’ve seen these ornament kits at HomeGoods and Pottery Barn Kids.

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I added two driftwood spheres under the tree for added texture.

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My favorite wrapping paper this year is this gray and white faux bois pattern.

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My sweet little 2 year old who is very excited about being a big brother in December!

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The Willow Tree nativity sits on top of our tv cabinet. I used oyster shell balls as the background and added a few driftwood trees.

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This year I’m starting the tradition of wrapping 24 Christmas books for the boys to unwrap each night in December.

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a little Christmas decor in the kitchen

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Graham’s Rudolph Christmas dishes

(from Pottery Barn Kids)

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Cookies and milk for Santa!

(from Pottery Barn Kids)

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Graham’s wooden nativity

(from Melissa and Doug)

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I love drinking hot chocolate from my Juliska Boxwood and Bow mugs!

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Our stairway decor is pretty sparse. I ran out of steam but would love to add garlands and twinkle lights on the stairway banister.
So far I’ve just put out a fluffy snowman on the stairway landing table and three silver twig deer on the window sill in the stairway.

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Graham made his 2014 hand print ornament this week!

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Our family of golden reindeer are living on our corbel shelves in the foyer this year.
I was planning on painting them a more neutral color but the gold is kind of growing on me.
Maybe I’ll add some ribbon around their necks.

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Graham was very excited to watch our first snow of the season this week!
It was just a dusting but he had fun throwing snowballs at the ground.

Thank you for visiting our Christmas home tour!

Merry Christmas!

emily

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October 22, 2014
Fall Home Tour

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I’ll start our fall home tour in the kitchen with these two oversized driftwood pumpkins near our fruit stand.
These were my only autumn decorations to add to my collection this year.
Blame it on the pregnancy, but I just haven’t felt like shopping lately.
I also added some red indian corn to the top tier of the fruit rack for decoration.
I picked it up about five years ago in Sharon Springs, New York while on our first anniversary trip. Surprised it has lasted so many years.

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Our fruit bowls are overflowing at the moment because Michael and I are doing the Whole30 lifestyle.
We’re on day 15 of 30 where we’ve eliminated all added sugar, processed foods, dairy, and legumes from our diet.
I’m the biggest sugaraholic I know, so it is amazing that I’ve eliminated my cravings. It’s a miracle.
I was lucky to win the Whole30 book, It Begins With Food, from Ryan’s blog giveway last week and read the why behind the lifestyle.
Thank you, Ryan! She’s done the Whole30 and now moved onto a paleo diet. We’re considering a paleo diet after the Whole30 too.
So far we feel more awake, less bloated, less cranky (even while pregnant!) and we’ve both lost 5 pounds.

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I added these three white ceramic pumpkins in front of three oyster shell balls on our media cabinet in the living room.

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Graham selected this nubby pumpkin from our local farm stand and it sits in the center of our dining room table.

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My little helper

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Graham decorated each table on the back porch with a pumpkin.

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Our living room fireplace displays three baby photos of Graham from the fall of 2012 in bone frames.
I surrounded the photos with vine pumpkins filled with twinkle lights, two ceramic orange pumpkins, pine cones, & stacks of pumpinos.
The frames hide the outlet and electrical plugs for the twinkle lights.

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I grouped two oversized acorns and a cutout ceramic pumpkin on this round side table in the living room.
I recently made buffalo check curtains for our living room windows and had two pillows made from Schumacher’s Arklow Paisley fabric.

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The curtain panels are about 11 feet long! It was an intimidating sewing project for me but I’m happy I tackled it.
We used rods with a hammered finial and converted the drapery rings with clips to loops so the tops of the curtains would sit closer to the rods.

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The acorns are covered in dried leaves and preserved nuts.

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This little white pumpkin sits on the console table behind our couch. It’s tucked into a few pieces of grapevine wood.

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I put a few random pumpkins and acorns and a pumpkin dish on the corbel shelves at the end of our foyer.

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Behind the scenes.

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This isn’t fall decor, but I wanted to share this wonderful smelling candle from pizitz home and cottage that I picked up while we were in Seaside, Florida this summer. The candle is by LAFCO and smells like fresh cut gardenia.
The glass is a beautiful green shade that I will use as a pretty container somewhere in my house after the wax is gone.

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I’ve had this little pumpkin basket since I lived in Baltimore, 9 years ago! It’s sitting on the window sill in our stairway.

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Let’s go outside. It’s about time for me to switch out our summer pots filled with elephant ears and impatiens.
The autumn breeze has been tearing the giant leaves lately.

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Love the pale green shade of these two large pumpkins on the front porch.

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There are four pale orange cinderella pumpkins at the corners of our walkway and I planted coral bells and a big red mum in our central pot. The purple sweet potato vine and overflowing creeping jenny are remaining from my summer arrangement.

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I planted this mum in September and it just started blooming this week.
I was afraid it wasn’t going to bloom this year! It should have perfect timing for Halloween.

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The white blooms on our hydrangeas have turned green and purple for fall.

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Graham tried on part of his Halloween costume a few weeks ago while KK was visiting. He’s going to be a train conductor this year.

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Happy Fall, y’all!

emily

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September 24, 2014
Graham’s First Beach Vacation

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In late August, we took a beach vacation for a week in Florida. Graham loved the waves and building sand castles (and tunnels).
We spent our time in Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Watercolor, and Santa Rosa Beach.

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We left early in the morning from Arkansas so Graham could sleep most of the long drive.

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He was very excited about his room in “the beach home”.

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Dining outside our first evening at the beach.

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Graham’s first time seeing the beach!

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Eating lunch at Bud & Alley’s Taco Bar in Seaside. yum!

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Graham spotted a park in Rosemary Beach he had to test.

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Graham called our restaurant (Fudpucker’s) the “alligator park” because they had live alligators in a big pit.

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Rosemary Beach architecture is perfection.

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We had to get Seaside Style tshirts for Graham and his little brother!

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Graham enjoyed the Duckies toy shop in Seaside.

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You can’t go to the beach without playing mini golf. He inherited his golf technique from Poppy.

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Walking around Seaside on our final evening at the beach.

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Seaside has adorable pavilions at each of the beach entrances in town.

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Our last sunset at the beach.

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August 25, 2014
Our Baby Boy’s Nursery

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We’re having a baby boy! Graham is very excited about his new baby brother.
He pats and kisses my stomach, tells the baby night-night, and plays trains on my stomach “with the baby”.
I have a feeling he’ll be a very sweet big brother.

Welcome to our baby boy’s nursery! I’ve been in nesting mode lately so the nursery is starting to take shape.

I’ll add a source list at the bottom of this post.

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The linen slip covered glider/rocker was delivered last week. It’s so smooth and comfortable!

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Yesterday Michael and I recovered an old ottoman we’ve had for several years.
I’m very happy with the results of our first reupholstering job!

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The gray and white frames over the dresser/changing table are another of my DIY projects.
I found these frames at Homegoods a year ago in the baby section. They reminded me of similar frames at RH baby&child.
They were pale pink and white. I painted over the pink with leftover gray wall paint from our powder room.
I’ll fill the frames with baby photos once we meet him.

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I’ve started unpacking the baby boxes and adding a few baby books and toys to the shelves in the nursery.

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The baby will use Graham’s old crib and bedding.

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Ready to meet this baby boy in December!

emily

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Source List

wall paint: cappuccino by restoration hardware
door paint: wrought iron by benjamin moore
trim paint: westhighland white by sherwin williams
etienne chandelier: restoration hardware baby&child
crib: sears
white grommet curtains: ikea
curtain hardware: lowe’s
linen glider rocker: restoration hardware baby&child
wire baskets with burlap liners: tj maxx
insect bins: john derrian
crib bedding: restoration hardware baby&child
elephant plush security blanket: restoration hardware baby&child
mounted elephant head: cardboard safari
dresser: ikea
gray & white frames: homegoods
antique framed vegetable art: black crow antiques in bentonville, arkansas
resin turtle shell: nate burkus for target
coral lamp: homegoods
glass lamp & black shade: target
linen pillow in rocker: restoration hardware
wicker side table: vintage

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