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New couch covers from Comfort works – an honest review

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House and Home | May 20, 2020

When Comfort Works emailed me about a potential collab I jumped all over it! I love my slipcover Ikea sectional. It’s the perfect size for my large family. Everything is washable which is amazing, but let’s be honest; after so many years of washing those covers, the age was starting to show. There were stains that never came out, the fabric was starting to tear in places that were noticeable. As seasons change, so do styles – and I was ready for something lighter and brighter! (Especially now that I was out of the toddler stage with my kiddos).

gray ikea sectionalComfort Works is a company that makes slipcovers/couch covers…

for our favorite sofas like Ikea, Pottery Barn, and Muji. They also make custom covers. They have so many beautiful fabric choices. Honestly, that was the hardest part for me. They have heavy-duty fabric in so many colors, pure linens, everyday tweed, claw-proof Velvet in the most vibrant color choices, mixed blends, linen blends, velvet blends, bycast & synthetic leathers, pure cottons, and English stripes. At the end of the day, I went with pure linens. After getting the swatch in the mail I fell in love with the natural linen. It was incredibly soft and I loved the natural texture of the soft beige/tan. It was light and creamy.. without being too light. It was the exact color I wanted to incorporate into our family room to help tie in the color of my exposed beams. Plus, it feels very Scandinavian-farmhouse house which is totally a vibe that I dig!

fabric swatches inn tan linen, and faux brown leather

The process was like a dream…

from start to finish with Comfort Works. The fabric samples came in such a timely manner (they even threw in some extra ones too). The ordering process was so easy and the customer service was spot on – answering any and all of my questions. My slipcovers even came earlier than when they said they would!

When my covers came in the mail, I immediately pulled everything out of the box. Each cover was labeled to make putting them on super easy. Each cover fits like a dream! They have a little bit of wiggle room which I’m glad for. The linen is so super soft and luxurious! After seeing it for the first time I knew I made the right choice. Like most linen material, it came wrinkled. I wasn’t worried though because after a few days of setting it all up most of the wrinkles had already fallen out.

slip cover fabric on sofa

What a transformation!

It is absolutely incredible what updating your slipcover will do for your space! Honestly, If you’re like me and Love your sofa but want a whole new look – I’d give Comfort Works a go! You’ll get a completely new sofa look, but with the old sofa comfort. And I would totally recommend Comfort Works. They are an awesome company to work with and their products are of the highest quality! I seriously feel like I have a high-end sofa! I’m so happy With Comfort Works – and I’ll definitely be working with them again in the future! I have other Ikea chairs that could use new covers🤔. The only hard part is figuring out what fabric to choose 🤦🏻‍♀️ 

white couch, wood ceiling, and green ottoman

white couch, green pillow, and green ottoman

white couch, wood ceiling, and green ottoman

white couch, wood ceiling, and green ottoman

As always pals~ thanks for reading along!

Much Love,

Korilyn ~ From The Farmhouselife

green ottoman and white coach with pots

DIY mud vase – 6 easy steps to creating a beautiful clay vase for a fraction of the cost!

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Uncategorized | May 15, 2020

Lately, I’ve been pulling more natural warmer tones into my home. Our house is large and feels kind of stark and cold. More natural linens and warm tans/beiges really help to add that cozy feeling. I’ve been in love with large clay pots I’ve seen at Pottery Barn that would complete the vibe I’ve been transitioning into. But at this time in my life, I just can’t drop that kind of cash on decor pieces. Then I saw my friend Bre from @brepurposed on the gram transform her lamp with just a few easy steps into this gorgeous clay-looking Pottery Barn /Restoration Hardware creation! I decided to give it a go – and I’m so glad I did! I’m so in love and can’t believe I actually made this! Below I’ll show you each step so you too can create gorgeous vases/ pitches/lamps.. really whatever your heart desires… for a fraction of the cost of what you’d pay for brand new! I’ll also have a video of my project from start to finish at the bottom.

To start, pick out your piece! This is where you can have fun… Really anything will work. Don’t worry if it’s too shiny and smooth. We’ll be adding texture to help give it that clay look! I chose two large jars/vases and a pitcher. I’ve had these jars for many years… Remember when Chevron pattern was all the rage? Well, I jumped on that bandwaggon and displayed these beauties proudly. They’ve since been stored in my attic just waiting to be used for the right DIY.

large chevron vases

Next, get all your supplies together

  1. drywall mud
  2. Plaster of Paris
  3. sandpaper
  4. paint of your choice
  5. mud from outside
  6. paper towels
  7. paintbrushes (small and medium)

Thankfully, I had all of these supplies on hand. Plaster of Paris is what you use when you’re mixing up your own chalk paint recipe – and lord knows I mix up a lot of chalk paint so I had plenty of that on hand.

Step one

With your small brush, lightly spackle over your vase. It’s ok if it goes on thicker in some areas – after everything is dry,  we’ll give it a good sand to get rid of anything loose. Keep going until your entire vase is covered and then let dry. Make sure to rinse your brush well because you’ll be using this size again in another step.

vases painted over with spackle

Step 2

When your vase is dry – give it a light sand to get rid of all of the loose pieces of spackle. It’s ok if some spots of your vase are bare again.. it’ll only add texture and dimension if some areas are more raised than others.

Step 3

Mix 1/2 cup of plaster of Paris and about 1/4 cup water together. It’s ok if it’s a little watery. Plaster of Paris thickens over time so you may have to add a little more water as you go or even start with a fresh batch to continue to have the right consistency. With your small brush, paint your vase with the plaster of Paris mixture until you have your desired texture and until it’s fully covered. Remember to work quickly or be prepared to make a new mixture because your plaster will harden in your dish. Let dry completely.

vases covered in plaster

Step 4

Choose a paint color. I used Glidden Off-White. It has a subtle beige that really adds a lot of warmth.  Use your medium-sized brush and paint over your entire vase and let dry.

Step 5

Mix dirt and water to create a thick mud mixture (not watery) and completely coat your vase. It’s ok to put it on thick. After it dries, take a paper towel and brush off any loose mud from your vase.

vase covered in mud

Step 6

Lastly, grab a paper towel and dip back into your paint and sponge it on in small areas on your vase. This is so you can get your desired color and also to help capture a more multidimensional look.

That’s it guys! How cool was that?!

Here is a video from start to finish of my projects and just how simple it really was!

green ottoman and white coach with pots

green ottoman, white couch, and clay pots

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As always pals – Thanks for reading along!

Much love,

Korilyn ~ from The Farmhouse Life

office furniture red rug and map

One Room Challenge Week 1: Home office design!

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Home Organization | May 7, 2020

I’m so excited to finally announce that I am a guest participant in the One Room Challenge for the Spring 2020 season. When I signed up to participate in this challenge, I knew exactly what room was begging to be renovated. Our home office! First off – with everyone at home now, having a quiet place to work is a must! Secondly – It is currently being used as a storage spot that is desperately in need of a good cleaning. And third of all – It’s such an eyesore with a sheet draped over the doorway (so no one can peep inside)! I just can’t take it anymore.

one room challenge

When we bought this old home we knew that home projects would be a big part of our lives for many years to come. We bought a 4,000 sq ft saltbox home that was built in the 1700s. Thankfully the last owners brought it up to the 20th century but stopped updating somewhere in the 70s. Because we have been doing the work in our free time, (we are self-employed) it takes us quite a while to finish a project. That’s why I jumped at the opportunity to get in on the One Room Challenge.  I knew it would be the encouragement we needed to get the office reno done and in a timely fashion.

red wallpaper and wide plank flooring

Week 1 – The before…

You can’t see it in this picture, but two of the walls are covered with dark wooden boards. The scary wallpaper you see here will come down and the wall color will change. The ceilings are very low and in need of a little TLC. There is a closet, but I’m not sure we are going to keep it. You see, it pops out over our staircase, cutting into the stairway space. I think I would rather have ceiling height over my staircase and have a beautiful chandelier than have a closet in my office.

office furniture red rug and map

The plan…

I’m going for warm, sophisticated, and library-esque. The first thing we have to do is something about the ceiling. We’ll see if It can be painted and patched – but if that doesn’t work we might have to tear it down and slap up a new one. Next, we’ll have to paint the walls to lighten up space. I’m going for a warm off-white. Not quite tan or beige… just a really creamy off-white. I’ll also add an accent wall with a beautiful wallpaper from Roommatesdecor . Then, we’ll finally put a real door on this baby. I’m thinking a sliding barn door. We have some old hardware we found in our barn that we’re going to use to install the door. It’s so cool and very authentic. And lastly, all the furniture and decor. We are trying to use a lot of what we have… but we’ll definitely be ordering a few things to help complete our space.

Alright – That’s it! I’ll be back next week with week two’s progress! Head over to check out the other amazing participants and to see their design plans!

As always pals, Thanks for reading along

Much Love,

Kori ~ At the Farmhouse life

 

bar cart, butcher papae roll and wreath

Bar cart essentials and styling

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House and Home | May 1, 2020

Stocking up on bar cart essentials is always a good idea. Especially with everything going on right now! We can’t go out and get a drink – But that shouldn’t stop us from making a drink at home and enjoying ourselves. Since my husband and I cant have a date night at the moment we’re treating Friday evenings like “date night” by making a couple of drinks and spending a little one-on-one quality time together.

Now, I know what you’re thinking –

Isn’t being at home quarantined with your significant other enough one-on-one time? Well – For us we don’t really have a lot of time to spend with one another on a regular basis. He spends most of his time upstairs doing all of his work appointments while I’m downstairs taking care of the children, the house, etc. And in the evenings I try to get all my work done for the day while he switches into parent mode. Needless to say, life can get busy – even when you’re stuck at home. So let’s have a drink and enjoy ourselves!

two arms toasting two margaritas

Want to stock up on essentials but you’re not sure where to start?

Knowing what items to stock up on really depends on what your favorite drinks are. For instance, we love a good Moscow mule and I wouldn’t say no to a mimosa on a Saturday morning either. Bloody marys are fun and probably my go-to drink is always a good ol glass of cabernet. Really, whatever your fancy – you can probably bet items like rum, tequila, vodka, and wine are a good idea to have on hand. Then grab those mixes… Margarita, ginger beer, orange juice, coke, cranberry juice, limes, Mint, etc.

I like to hide some of the smaller nips in a cute cookie jar to style on my bar cart and I also have a marble cutting board too. This way everything is accessible when your ready to make that drink and slice those limes. Also, make sure your bar cart has all the tools it needs to make your favorite drinks too and of course the appropriate glasses.

bR CART ESSENTIALS, ICE BUCKETS, wine glasses, bar cart tools

bar cart, butcher papae roll and wreath

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Looking for ways to style your bar cart?! Check out this short video below!

 

As always pals – Thanks for reading along!

Much Love,

Kori ~ from The Farmhouse Life

butternut squash on a cutting board with vegige stock and carrots

Creamy Vegan butternut squash soup!

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Recipe | April 30, 2020

I have a confession to make… I’m kind of obsessed with making soups. Really any kind of soup! But especially creamy veggie soups. One of my kid’s favorites is butternut squash soup because it’s creamy and savory. We always make our creamy soups vegan because my youngest is lactose intolerant. It is such an easy recipe and only requires a few ingredients, so it’s been a staple around here while we’re stuck at home.

Between my Bjs order last week having a few butternut squashes in it and this week my Misfits Market order having one too – We’ll be stocked on our soup supplies for a while.

If you’re interested in trying out Misfits Market – use code COOKWME-NT4CNC to get 25% off your first order. Check it out here! There are two sizes to the boxes –  large and small. You pick your size and how often you get shipments. It’s as easy as that. Organic fresh produce delivered right to your door.

Alright – back to that recipe!

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 400* F.

2. Place the whole butternut squash on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven until it’s soft and golden brown (about an hour). Put aside until it cools.

3. Peel, dice, and then boil the carrots to soften.

4. Make the “roux” to thicken the soup: Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a skillet on medium heat. When the oil is hot, add 1/4 cup of flour until the flour is completely saturated. Then slowly add in 1-1/2 cups of the veggie stock and whisk frequently. Be sure to bring to a boil and then reduce heat. The roux will thicken on standing. 

5. When cool, cut the butternut squash in half (the long way) and scoop out the seed to discard. Next, scoop out the meat and place in a high powered blender. You should have about 2 cups.

 6. Drain and add in your cooked carrots, the rest of your veggie stock, roux, 1/4 cup of brown sugar and blend.

 7. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve!

bowl of butternut squash soup

check out the video below for a rundown of the whole recipe!

 

 

Be sure to grab the free printable below!

As always pals ~ Thanks for reading!

Much Love,

Kori ~ from The Farmhouse Life

red rug and a blue bathroom vanity

The reveal – small budget bathroom renovation

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House and Home | April 27, 2020

Hey guys – I’m so excited to finally show you our bath reveal. We’ve worked for the last few months in our spare time… buying some things and using what we already had to create a big-budget look with a  pretty small budget. Everything will be linked at the bottom.

To start

We peeled up the old peel and stick tile and surprisingly laid down new peel and stick tile. We just took it up a notch by getting faux wood tiles and laying them down in a herringbone pattern. Check it out here! Then we grouted. Did you know you can grout peel and stick tile?

Next, we painted the vanity

Painting the vanity was pretty simple. I used paint I already had called little black dress by Behr paint. And oddly enough it has more blue undertones then black. I mixed up a chalk paint recipe and then sealed the vanity with a polycrylic. Then I updated the hardware… this really helped to give this vanity an updated look.

Then, we updated the mirror and light fixture

This is such an easy way to give any look an upgrade. Light fixtures can be pretty inexpensive and so can mirrors! Both of mine are from Amazon! I feel like updating these two things really helped this outdated bath turn into the modern-boho vibes I was going for.

Lastly, we put on the finishing touches.

I have to be honest… Installing all of the finishing touches was probably the most exciting part. We put up new towel hooks, a shower curtain, plant hangers, a toilet paper holder, a shelf, and a new blind! These things really brought the whole look home.

Check out our finished project below

 

 

Red bathroom rug, blue vanity and gold bathroom fixtures

blue shower curtain and towels

basket and hand towel

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As always pals – Thanks for reading along!

Much love,

Kori ~ from the farmhouse life

valentines day gift guide

Affordable Valentines day gift guide for the whole family

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Style | February 7, 2020

Hey all! Valentine’s day is around the corner and I don’t know about you, but it’s a family day around here. The kids and I generally put on as much red as we can muster up and spend the day cutting out red construction paper hearts to string for garland. We finish off the evening with some yummy food on our fanciest dishes, toast to our family with sparkling cider, and eat yummy Valentine’s Day cake! On top of all that we surprise each other with small gifts  – some are homemade and others not so much. So I’ve rounded up some of my family’s favorite Valentine goodies for yall from the one and only Walmart! Some of the items are fun and very affordable and others like my oh so favorite scent – Coco Chanel Mademoiselle are a bit on the pricey side. But this has to be my all-time favorite scent and when I wear it I get so many compliments. On the other hand, Donna Karan cashmere mist comes in a close second and is much more affordable! So whether your shopping for your family or yourself – I think you’ll thoroughly enjoy some of our favorites! 

valentines day gift guide

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Cloth and cabin – home decor and the trendiest clothes all in the same place!

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House and Home | October 30, 2019

“A flower does not think to compete with the flower next to it. It just blooms.”

I don’t know if you’ve heard of a little online boutique called Cloth and Cabin, but it’s probably my favorite little shop out there. Number one – the items are so unique and have exceptional quality, but the creators – (the girls) are fun-loving free spirits and it’s so evident in their shop!

 

vase with flowers and pumpkins

 

They figure out the trends – so you don’t have too!

If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite influencers are wearing or even what they’re styling their homes with.. 9 times out of 10 it’s with Cloth and Cabin. They even create cultivated lines with people like Cotton Stem, Liz Maries, Amber Massey, and soooo many more! It’s hard to keep up with the latest trends.. why not let Amy and Meredith (creators of Cloth and Cabin) figure it out for you!

 

woman in sweater

Woman writing

Because I love this company so much I’ve partnered with them to bring you a coupon code!

Code FARMLIFE10 

Check them out here!

 

I’m just going to leave this one right here from Erin at Cotton Stem

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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….

I’ve partnered with Hart and Hess to bring you an exclusive discount. If you’re curious about this Home Box, but arent quite sure… Give them a try with my dsocunt code and enjoy 10% off your purchase!

Code FARMLIFE10

Click here to check out the most recent Home Box!!

Beddys bedding and the 5 reasons it’s the best bedding for kids!

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House and Home | February 12, 2019

There’s An easier, better way to make your kids bed! I’ve recently partnered with Beddys to try out their bedding for my boy’s room. I have to be honest, this was one partnership that I have been itching to do! I have been a huge fan of their bedding for quite some time, but I was totally scared off by the price. So I never made the switch. Now, having them for about a month I’m totally kicking myself for not switching sooner. The kids are making their beds every day and it looks perfect every time! They’re staying in their beds all night long which makes mom and dad happy and washing their beddding is easier than ever. I’ve already promised my daughter that I’ll order her a set this week! This bedding has seriously saved me time, stress, and has given me peace of mind! It’s absolutely the best bedding out there for kids and I’ve put together the top 5 reasons why Beddys ROCKS! Plus Beddys has graciously offered a 20% discount code to all of my readers. Use THEFARMHOUSELIFE20 at checkout. CLICK HERE!

 

 

REason number one – The Easiest bed to make ever!

My favorite thing about BEDDYS  is how easy it is to make their beds. Literally one zip and the bed looks perfectly made every time. It saves me time in the morning because the kids can make their own beds every day and I don’t have to re-make them – if you know what I mean. Putting Beddys bedding on the kid’s mattresses took less than 5 minutes! Seriously, I just unrolled it and put the bedding on like a fitted sheet and voila. Done!

 

 

REASON NUMbER TWO – washing made easy

Washing bedding in the past has been an all-day ordeal. I separate the sheets and the pillowcases from the blanket and the comforter. This turns into 3 or 4 loads of laundry. Then drying everything is just a pain in the butt! Beddys has changed all that for me! Now, washing has turned into one load and one dry cycle every 2 weeks! It’s been a major time saver and a life changer for me! For twin beddys bedding, they recommend throwing the whole set in the wash completely zippered up and using cold water. Also, be sure to take the bedding out of the washer right away and tumble dry on low.  It’s super easy and quick!

 

 

REASON NUMbER THREE – keeps kids in bed all night long

Since my 4-year-old transitioned out of the toddler bed, it’s not uncommon for him to roll right out of bed at night and hit the floor.  I’m sure we’re all so familiar with the sound they make when hitting the floor. Sometimes they sleep right through it! Beddys keeps my kids zippered up so they stay put! It’s a great alternative to using a bed rail. No need to worry about their blankets falling off at night either because Beddys all-in-one bedding stays zipped up all night long . My kids describe it as a big hug snuggling them up at night! Which in turn keeps them in their beds all night long and out of my bed – which helps me sleep better.

 

 

REASON NUMbER FOUR – The coziest bedding of all time

Beddys is an all-in-one bedding, meaning its the whole package! It includes the sheet, cuddle blanket, and comforter all wrapped into one! The set comes with a matching pillowcase and coordinating sham. There’s a minky cuddle blanket sewn into the comforter and it’s ridiculously soft and comfortable! The best part is that it includes a comfort panel which gives extended coverage and protection from the zipper. So when my boys are snuggled in their beds they don’t feel the zipper, just the soft minky blanket. The comforter and sheets are made of 100% cotton with a 300 thread count. The boys definitely have the best bedding in the house. I actually find myself staying and cuddling a little longer than needed at bedtime… I can’t help it! That minky  material is amazingly soft!

 

 

REASON NUMBER FIVE – quality and DURABILITY

Beddys bedding is all handmade and has exceptional quality. I was a little nervous about the zipper functionality. I was afraid it would get caught and the zipper would break.  After receiving my boys Beddys, I realized that the zippers are heavy duty and they zip up quite smoothly. The fabric is also incredibly durable. The quilted, 100% cotton exterior makes it look like the quilt is tucked in nicely! There’s also elastic around the bottom of the bedding to hold it tightly in place so it doesn’t shift.

 

 

pros and cons

The biggest reason I didn’t pull the trigger earlier on this bedding was because of the price. It starts at about $250 and for a momma of three that adds up real quick! I soon realized that the cost of sheets and pillowcases, a blanket, and a comforter with a coordinating sham would probably total up to about the same price. Plus the quality is out of this world and I know that my boys Beddys bedding will last a very long time. There are so many pros to Beddys bedding that it’s hard to pick my favorite. I mean it’s easy to put on, zipper up, clean,  and not to mention they come in some really cute patterns! I’d probably have to say that I’ve noticed a real difference in my children’s sleeping patterns and for this momma, I’ll do just about anything to help my kids sleep better at night! – and for that, I say Thank you Beddys for creating a one of a kind bedding that makes my kids think they’re getting a hug all night long.

 

 

don’t take it from me – take it from this guy!

Beddys discount code

Beddys has graciously extended a 20% discount code for all my readers on any of their bedding sets! CLICK HERE and use code THEFARMHOUSELIFE20 at check out! I know you won’t regret it, I certainly don’t! I’m going to cash in on this coupon code to buy my daughter a set.. she’s already asked me like 20 times today.

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