Decor and Styling

Easy Thanksgiving tablescape

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Uncategorized | November 21, 2019

This year for my Thanksgiving tablescape I wanted to go really neutral. I found these great burlap table runners on Amazon and decided that was going to be my inspiration! I ended up buy 4. One that ran the length of my table and 2 that I could cut in half and run the width of my table to use as placemats.

Cutting burlap

I have a really useful tip to use when cutting burlap. Measure your burlap to size and snip the edge of the runner exactly where you want to cut your burlap. Then, find a loose thread and pull all the way until the tread comes out. It will bunch together until the tread comes loose. This will leave you a perfect line to cut and your edges won’t fray.

thanksgiving table with pumpkins

Add layers to your tablescape

First I added my burlap runner down the middle. Then, I added my cut burlap to the width of the table creating placemats for each chair. Next, I added my pinstripe table runner to add some color and texture to my tablescape. And lastly, I added greenery! I love to use real or faux garland to my tablescapes.

thanksgiving table with pumpkins

Centerpiece

Add your centerpiece to the center of the garland. If you missed my post about making a Thanksgiving centerpiece you can read on here. I also added varying size pumpkins from our garden and taper candles and candle holders to add height to my tablescape.

flowers and white jar

Table setting

I like a more eclectic vibe for my table setting. I used mismatched white dishes that were thrifted and drinking glasses that were also thrifted. To help the table feel more cohesive with my eclectic vibe I used matching black chargers and buffalo check napkins. These napkin rings were from Target long ago –  But you can find similar ones here.

white plate and buffalo plaid napkin

The key to tablescapes

The key to any tablescape is to add many layers and varying heights. This adds depth and dimension and is visually appealing. Basically, you want one thing that your eye is going to be drawn too (here – my floral arrangement) and then other things that aren’t going to compete with it, but complement it.

Watch me build it here

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Love, Korilyn

Easy and affordable Thanksgiving centerpiece

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Decor and Styling | November 19, 2019

Thanksgiving is literally around the corner… are you ready? If your list is anything like mine – you’ve got a million and one things to do to plan for the big day. Well – If one of those things was  – come up with a beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece that will literally make all of your guests oohh and aahhh – I’ve got you covered!

White jar with flowers

Use what you have first

I always try to use what I have first before I head to the store… If I can use the majority of what I have and then only have to buy one or two things to keep things looking fresh and new I’d call that a win. So for this arrangement, I used a jar that I already had, brick foam, faux stems, floral shears, and real flowers from my local grocery store.

  1. First, cut your brick foam to fit neatly inside your jar.
  2. Add in your fresh stems to your jar sticking them in all different directions.
  3. Lastly – add in your faux stems to fill in any gaps

 

 

Voila -Done

Sometimes the simplest centerpieces can be the most impactful! Pair with some taper candlesticks and layer pumpkins on either side and you’ve got yourself a beautiful centerpiece!

 

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How my life got easier with Beddys bedding!

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Decor and Styling | November 8, 2019

Ok -I finally ordered my daughter a set of Beddys bedding. She’d been asking me since I collaborated with Beddys for the boy’s room a year ago and for some reason, I was dragging my feet. The price can be intimidating at first – but I knew how out-of-the-world amazing they are.. so I finally went for it.

 

girls pink bedroom with flowers on wall

 

They want to make their beds!

Needless to say, I am beyond thrilled with her set! It is so adorable and she is completely smitten! Each and every day since getting her Beddys she’s made her bed. I don’t even have to prompt her to make her bed in the morning. Again – another way Beddy’s has made my life easier.. they want to make their beds!! It’s crazy.. but there’s something fun about zipping up the sides of their sets! Hey – no argument here!

pink flower wall

 

Perfectly made every time!

Now that all my kids have their beddys, it’s become a regular part of their routine to make their beds THEMSELVES in the morning. Don’t get me wrong… It’s always been their routine. But they generally looked worse than when they started. I was still an encouraging mom that nodded and smiled and praised the heck out of them for trying. Then the bed making fairy – A.K.A mom- came in the room when everyone was in school and remade their beds. I’m not proud of this.. but hey – it’s the truth! So when I say they make their beds THEMSELVES, I really mean it. They make their beds every day and it’s perfect every time. It’s foolproof – all they have to do it zip up the sides of their bedding and stack their pillows! voila – Done! It really does make my life easier. It’s now one less thing off my plate and I know these sets are worth every penny!


Want the deets??

If you’re curious about washing – the quality – and the physics of them… Let me save you some time – they’re amazing in all of the above. But If you want to know all the nitty-gritty, I’ve written another blog post with all the deets. Check it out here.

Perfectly made in 18 seconds!

In this post, I wanted to actually show you how EASY it is to put the bedding on your bed and how easy it is to make every day! Plus, it looks perfect every time! I’ve added a video below for you to check out!

Not only is the bedding perfect for kids.. but Beddys bedding is just so beautiful I’d put them on any bed in my house.  My daughter has the Chic white bedding set. It looks fabulous paired with pink accessories and very darling in a little girls room, but would also look fabulous as bedding in a farmhouse, cozy cottage, or shabby chic styled room too!

And of course Beddys is so fabulous they gave me a code to share with you all – So now you can try it out with a discount… AND with a 30-day money-back guarantee – there’s really no risk!

Use code THEFARMHOUSELIFE20  to start making you’re life easier today!

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How to style a sectional with pillows and throws

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Uncategorized | November 1, 2019

I get asked how to arrange pillows and throws on a sectional a lot. And I totally get the confusion! On a normal coach, you have two ends.. you put a few pillows on each side and voila! But with a sectional, there are three ends! So If you’ve ever asked yourself how to style a sectional – you’ve come to the right place!

green ottoman

First – Add your throws

I like to add a few throws on my sectional. Especially in the colder seasons because they get used a lot. Here, I’ve droped one over the arm of the sectional in a dramatic fashion and let it sort of cascade to the ground. The other, I’ve folded up the long way and placed it over the back of the couch and let it hang down to the floor. Then I layered my bigger pillows over them.

gray couch with two pillows and a blanket

Second – Start with bookends

Start with two larger (24in) pillows with matching covers on each end of the couch. Then add in two matching 20 or 18 inch pillows next to them. This works as bookends on your coach and brings structure and coordnation.  A trick of the trade…use pillow covers that are a size or two smaller than your pillows. This makes your pillows look so much more full! – Also, are you looking for the perfect karate chop pillows? Use down inserts!

green ottoman and sofa

Third – layer in pillows that are in the same color family

You certainly don’t need all of your pillows to match. I like to stick with creamy neutrals to add contrast to my dark couch. I also wanted to tie in my emerald green ottoman so I added a similar lumbar pillow and another pillow with green trim to tie it all in.

Start with your largest pillow in the back corner of the coach. I like a 26incher there. Then add in the next height of pillow next to it. As you can see from my image, the height of my pillows in the corner is cascading down to my lowest point which is my lumbar pillow. Adding varying heights helps to give the pillows more depth and deminetion. And adding in varying textures helps it to not look so matchy matchy, but all sill vey coordinated.

 

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Easy Fall Tablescape

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House and Home | October 31, 2019

Tablescapes made easy- with pumpkins

Don’t stress over getting that perfect tablescape for the Thanksgiving season. Just head to your local pumpkin patch and pick up as many medium to small pumpkins as you can. These guys all grew in our garden this year… sweet -right?!

 

pumpkins on a table

 

Add varying heights and layers!

 

From the above video, I started with a pinstripe table runner and then added some faux garland. Then I added my centerpiece which was the two lanterns. Your centerpiece should always be your tallest element. This is because it draws the eye in. Next, I added candlesticks to add varying heights and then layered in my pumpkins. I always have chargers on my table because it’s so large and the chargers help to make it not look so monstrous!

Super simple – right?!

 

pumpkins on table and centerpiece

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5 steps to a perfectly styled entryway

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House and Home | October 31, 2019

Entryway styling made easy!

Do you have an entryway that you just aren’t sure what to do with or how to style it? Well, I feel ya! I was in the same spot. This area had a huge heater and without removing the cover and building a custom table it was just going to stay an awkward area that we all avoided.

 

entryway table and decorations

My husband built this table around the heating unit hidden on the bottom shelf. After we had the heating dilemma fixed… it was time to style… which is the most fun part!!

 

entryway table with tall mirrors

 5 steps to a perfectly styled entryway

 

    1. Layer your larger items. Start with one large mirror or artwork. Then add two other pieces in varying heights. The reason you have one tall item is that your eye is going to catch the tallest part of your display. You don’t want anything competing with that.
    2. Add a light fixture. A lamp or a hanging light fixture will add some warm light to your styled table.
    3. Add some Greenery! Plants always look great on an entryway table. My plants are the lowest point of my decor.
    4. Add in smaller items to help add to the layers. If you look at my picture… I’ve tried to mimic the lines of the stairs. Keep in mind the size of your table and the wall it sits on.
    5. I put baskets on the bottom shelf. This is a great way to add some storage to make this space not only beautiful but practical!

 

entry table with red rug and white door

 

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Home decor subscription box with Hart and Hess

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House and Home | October 30, 2019

The Home Decor Box!

There seems to be a subscription box for everything these days doesn’t there? Whether you need cleaning products, beauty products, or even clothing you can get them all delivered to your front door with zero to minimum effort. It sure makes our busy lives much easier. Well – guys things are about to get much more easier. Hart and Hess has created a home decor subscription box! And let me tell you the products are out of this world. They take the stress out of changing out our seasonal decor by delivering it straight to your front door!

 

 

 

Home decor delivered to your front door!

It’s just like having a professional designer pick out home decor for you. Like being able to upgrade your home decor affordably, and without having to worry about what the latest trend are.  Hart & Hess has developed the “Home Box,” a monthly subscription box of the best handmade, artisanal decor. The pieces are timeless and will bring beauty to any home – delivered directly to your door the first week of each month!

 

 

The Home Box

  • There’s no fancy printed boxes and no passing off cheap stuff for a higher profit. Just Beautiful, timeless pieces that bring joy to your home, delivered directly to your door the first week of each month.
  • They offer two boxes depending your budget.
  • Standard boxes are $54.99/mo + $10 shipping and include 3-5 gorgeous pieces of artisanal work.
  • Premium boxes are offered at $99.99/mo + $15 shipping and include the same products as the standard box, as well as larger, more dramatic offerings that will make a bold impact in your home.
  • A new box is sent out at the start of each month, and subscriptions renew on the 11th of that month. 

 

 

The great news is….

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Fall Butcher Paper Scroll Ideas

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featured | September 6, 2019

I don’t know about you… but when it comes time to change the scroll on my butcher roll I’m left feeling unsure and uninspired! With Fall around the corner, I wanted an inspiring scroll to bring the season in –  in style! So I set out to find drool-worthy inspo!

 

 

With Pinterest at our fingertips, it’s easier than ever to find inspiring decor. I’ve made it easier for you to find them all on one page! I’ve linked each image to its owers – so click away to check them out!

 

butcher roll pumpkin patch scroll

Strencils

Don’t be afraid to use stencils on your roll! I love this one from Liz Marie Galvan… It’s a good mix of freehand and stencils!

 

recipe board

I love the idea of putting a fall favorite recipe on your butcher paper roll! This one is from  Seekinglaverdarlane

 

Adding greenery

Try drawing or adding real or faux greenery to your scroll! This is always a fun idea to bring some texture to your note scroll.

 

One of the reasons I love decorating with Butcher paper is because its sooo versatile and can be changed with every season… or whenever you feel like it! I love any decor that can be reused season after season… It’s great on the budget!

 

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DIY Fridays – How to Transition from summer floral arrangements to fall

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featured | August 23, 2019

Anyone can transition their summer vases into a fall floral arrangement. I took a trip to my local craft store and found some awesome orange and red stems to add to my green and white summer florals.

You can sometimes find great deals to make them more affordable. Mine was buy one get one free. So I grabbed enough to do several projects around the house to get ready for Fall.

 

Fillers Thrillers and Spillers

Use your floral sheers to cut your stems to size and just start inserting them into your summer vase. I thinned mine out a bit so I could have room to add in the fall stems.

It’s that easy friends – just start popping them in. I like to use the phrase Fillers, Spillers, and Thrillers when doing arrangements. This means you want some stems to spill over the side, some stems to fill in the center of the vase, and some stems to being thrillingly beautiful. I always keep this in mind to help my arrangement stay balanced.

 

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How to organize a kid’s room with no closet

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Decor and Styling | May 28, 2019

OK – So let’s talk kids’ rooms and keeping them clean. I know. It sounds like an impossible task. My boys’ room always seems to give me trouble. It seems to always be messy no matter how much we try to keep it tidy. I think I’ve figured out why… There’s no closet!

I guess I never realized how important closets were to keeping things organized until there wasn’t one. Our house is very old and comes with quirks. We’ve had to think outside the box on several projects including this one. We needed some serious organization and I had to figure something out that was cost effective and efficient.

 

wardrobe

 

wardrobe

I knew we needed some type of wardrobe. I initially thought of a wooden wardrobe with doors but changed my tune when I saw the price tags. I wanted to be able to buy all the bins that I needed to organize things, so I went with an inexpensive metal wardrobe with open shelves. It tied in perfectly with their room.

One thing we do as a family to cut down on the laundry is when my children get home from school they change into play clothes. I made sure to put bins on their wardrobe packed with easily accessible play clothes.

 

bookshelves and kids tent

 

baskets

We put storage baskets everywhere. Each one filled with something particular for that basket. The kids have a lego table in the middle of the room that also works as a train table. We keep the train pieces in their own storage basket by the bookshelf.

We also put a few smaller baskets on the bookshelf and store electronics and several smaller toys up higher to keep out of my four year old’s reach.

 

lego bin

 

under the bed storage

Under the bed storage is great for storing things you don’t need access to every day. They are fairly inexpensive and you can always purchase risers for your bed frame if it’s too low to the ground. We store our extra legos under the bed.

 

black bench

 

storage trunk

Storage trunks are a must for putting extra toys, games, or clothing in. We keep all of our chapter books in there because we have so many.

It also doubles as a bench and works as extra seating if the boys have friends over.

 

boys bedroom

 

toy bins

We needed more toy storage in their room so I bought two large bins to put at the end of their beds. The bins are heavy duty enough that they can throw any toy in there without me worrying if the bins will break.

Organizing your kid’s room can be simple, regardless if there is a closet or not. Just think about everything needing its own place and don’t be afraid to go storage bin crazy…

 

 

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