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February 28, 2015
My Closet | Tour |


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.


This is a cute graphic I spotted on Pinterest and thought it fit my wardrobe.
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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.



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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


pants, white shirts, and boots


my vests, blue shirts, and chambray collection


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


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.


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


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


Michael’s clothes


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


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



Wishing you a happy (snowy) weekend!


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February 17, 2015
Life with baby Arden


Let’s play a little catch up! We’ve been spending the past 10 weeks with this sweet little guy.
There’s not a lot to report other than he is a happy and healthy baby boy.
He’s the perfect addition to our family.




I’ve been taking weekly photos of sweet Arden and it’s fun to watch how much he’s growing.


We celebrated Valentine’s day with our boys last Friday then headed on a weekend date to Kansas City.
It was our first time away from the boys. We missed them but enjoyed our rare date.
We ate lunch at the Cheesecake Factory when we arrived to the city then shopped at Restoration Hardware and LuluLemon.
We browsed Burberry and Lush for the first time then spent the afternoon in Ikea (where I picked up these boxes for our closet).
We also drove through historic neighborhoods looking at houses (one of my favorite hobbies). I wish I could decorate them all.


Michael surprised me with a new LuluLemon workout mat and NB tennis shoes for Valentine’s day.
We’ve been doing the Keto diet this year and it’s time for me to add exercise to my weekly routine.
So far we’ve lost a combined 62 pounds. It’s a high fat low carb lifestyle where fat is burned faster.
I keep my calories under 1200 and my net carbs under 20g by tracking my food in the My Fitness Pal app on my iphone.
I’m rarely hungry on this diet and I don’t have sugar cravings. That’s saying a lot considering I think I have a sugar and carb addiction.
I highly recommend Keto if you have a bunch of weight to drop.


Arden’s monogrammed Easter basket arrived in the mail last week! He is ready for the Easter bunny.
gingham + little boys = <3



We had our first snow of the season on Sunday night so we played in the snow on Monday morning.
It was a very dry snow so we couldn’t get a snowman to work but Graham enjoyed throwing the snow in the air and sledding.




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December 14, 2014
It’s a Boy! Introducing Arden Charles!


Welcome to the world, little Arden Charles!

Surprise! Last Sunday night around 11:45 my water broke at home. We rushed to the hospital and Arden was born at 2:13 am on Monday the 8th via c-section. We were expecting Arden around the 24th but we’re so happy he came a little early. We stayed in the hospital until noon on Wednesday. Everyone is now happy and healthy at home. Arden is a quiet and content baby and we’re so in love with him. At birth, Arden weighed 8 pounds and was 19.75″ long. Graham has been a loving big brother.
Having my two boys is the best Christmas gift!



Merry Christmas!


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November 20, 2014
Baby Boy’s Name


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.


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.


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.


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November 18, 2014
Christmas Home Tour


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.


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).


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


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.


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)


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.


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


Love the coconut shell buttons on this white stocking pillow!

(Graham keeps calling stockings “boots”.)


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.


driftwood nativity ornament



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.


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


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


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


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.


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


a little Christmas decor in the kitchen


Graham’s Rudolph Christmas dishes

(from Pottery Barn Kids)


Cookies and milk for Santa!

(from Pottery Barn Kids)


Graham’s wooden nativity

(from Melissa and Doug)



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


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.




Graham made his 2014 hand print ornament this week!



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.


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!


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