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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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August 7, 2014
Summer Update

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Please forgive my blog silence for the past few months. It’s really sweet when I get little emails and comments saying you’re having Timeless Paper blog withdrawals. I understand. I’m not the best pregnant person… I’m always feeling sick, tired, or blah. I haven’t had the energy to blog lately but I’ve been trying to document Graham’s summer in photos. Here are a few from earlier this summer:

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walking the trails at Crystal Bridges Museum

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He loves throwing rocks into the creek at Crystal Bridges.

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back porch sittin’

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making block tracks and tunnels for his cars

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breakfast in bed while watching dinosaur train

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Visiting Crate&Barrel in Kansas City with Abby & KK.

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Our life is full of dinosaurs lately!

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Waiting at the doctor’s office to confirm he’s going to be a big brother.

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waiting for daddy to get home from work

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celebrating Michael’s birthday

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playing at the park after church

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I can’t believe he’s taller than his stacking blocks!

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sidewalk chalk artist

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I thought it was cute these two were dressed alike in navy shorts, gray shirts, and gray tennis shoes.

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emily

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June 5, 2014
Nursery Design for Baby #2

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Time to create a new nursery! The room we plan to use as baby #2′s nursery is currently a blank slate. It has tan walls, black doors, and dark gray carpet. We won’t find out the gender of the baby until August, so I’m just sticking to neutral colors until then. I’ll probably stay with mostly neutral colors anyway… knowing me. This is the only photo of the room I could find on my computer. It’s from the first day we saw the carpet installed in January (so Graham looks young).

Here are a few pieces to the room:

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This is the chandelier hanging in the nursery. It’s one of my favorites in our house.

Etienne Chandelier by Restoration Hardware Baby & Child

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I plan to reuse Graham’s crib and crib bedding even if the next baby is a girl.
It’s still in great shape and is an aqua blue color that feels gender neutral enough to me.

Vintage-Washed Belgian Linen Stripe Bedding Collection by Restoration Hardware Baby & Child
color: shore

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This glider may be the only new piece of furniture added to the nursery.
It is one of those pieces we can use in other rooms in the house after it’s no longer needed in the nursery.

Washed Linen Demi Sloped Arm Swivel Glider by Restoration Hardware Baby & Child
color: dove

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I went ahead and ordered this sweet elephant for the new baby.
Graham loves elephants so hopefully the new baby will like it as well.

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(I decided to take a few before photos today after all.)

The nursery window has a pretty view overlooking our backyard and trees.
The white grommet curtain panels are from Ikea. I’ve used them in two of our previous houses.

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I went ahead an hung Graham’s old newborn clothes in the closet. They’re too sweet!
I will supplement with a little pink if this baby turns out to be a girl.

emily

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