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rust colored bedding with white and buffalo check Christmas pillows on bed

My favorite farmhouse Christmas decorations on Amazon and my favorite ways to decorate with them!

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Uncategorized | October 16, 2020

Grab those hot Christmas decorations before they sell out!

I know it might feel early for a Christmas post, but I feel like whenever I wait for the season to buy my Christmas decor everything is sold out! Especially if it’s the newer and trendier decor. Some of my Amazon favorites I go back for each year like beaded garland and Christmas ribbon sells out so quickly! And If I by chance find it closer to Christmas it’s like 3 times the original price!

That’s why Every October I try and get those hot items that I know will sell out and I stock up. For instance, I love red ticking Christmas ribbon to hang my Christmas wreaths on. For some reason, I can never find it in-store. I see it pop up on Amazon and they only seem to have it in stock until about the middle of October.

This is why I’ve rounded up some of my favorite farmhouse Christmas decorations on Amazon to help you get ahead of the game. I’ll also show you my favorite ways to use those decorations to decorate at Christmas time!

1. LED Flameless candles

white stocking on fireplace with flameless candles

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2. Burlap striped Christmas tree garland

red stripped Christmas tree garland

3. Buffalo check Christmas pillows

 

rust colored bedding with white and buffalo check Christmas pillows on bed

4. Rustic Bead Garland

 

Christmas tree garland with wooden beads

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5. Red burlap Farmhouse Christmas tree skirt

burlap Christmas tree shirt with red strip

6. Galvanized greenery buckets

galvanized buckets for greenery

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7. Pre-lit Christmas eucalyptus garland

pre-lit eucalyptus Christmas garland on mantel

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8. Red ticking Christmas Ribbon

Christmas tree and wreaths in dining room hung with ticking ribbon

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9. White knit Christmas stocking

white knit Christmas stocking

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10. Buffalo Check Christmas ribbon

buffalo check Christmas ribbon

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It’s never too early for Christmas

I always say It’s ever too early for Christmas! Especially if you’re looking to get a jump on your Christmas decor shopping by stocking up before the season actually hits. This will ensure you don’t miss out on those good sales or miss out altogether. Sometimes these popular items sell out and then never restock!  Plus, if decorating for Christmas early makes you happy – I say go or it!

Want to shop for the items in the pictures? You can click the images themselves up above or click the images in the corral below!

Thanks so much for reading along pals,

Much Love,

Kori ~ from The Farmhouse Life

design board for upstairs landing

Upstairs landing design board and plan

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Decor and Styling | October 6, 2020

Creating an upstairs landing with purpose!

 Hey guys! I hope you’re enjoying your day today! I’ve been busily designing our next reno! If you’ve been following along, you know that we’ve been renovating our main entrance/entryway. We’re getting closer to wrapping that one up with the only two things left to install: the new railing and to reroute the electrical. Once that is done we’ll start shiplaping up the walls of the stairs which will lead us to our next reno project – the upstairs landing!

design board for upstairs landing

Plenty of space to work with

Our upstairs landing is pretty large! Like it could be a separate room if we threw up some walls. But I’ve always imagined it being a library nook. Add some built-in wooden bookshelves with glass doors and a comfy wingback chair with matching ottoman… and bam! A cozy library nook! Doesn’t that sound awesome?

One thing I do when renovating our 300-year-old farmhouse is to ALWAYS keep to the era of the house. It’s an OLD house and has some really cool features! I try and highlight those and mix in some old school charm to help tie the old and new together. So when planning this entryway I went for dark and moody! I’ve added Warm wood tones and deep greens and reds to help give the room some depth. I’m also adding a mural – which I’ve never done before but I’m beyond excited!

Updating the light fixtures

New lighting is an absolute necessity in our upstairs landing. Not only is there not enough, but the light fixtures are very outdated. Over the stairs, I’m adding a white chippy wooden chandelier. I’m also adding several gold sconces with white shades in the space as well. I can’t hang an overhead light in the landing itself because the ceilings are much too low. Those are the quirky things I’ve come to appreciate in our old house. I think adding a few new sconces and a floor lamp near the wing back chair will add enough light to the space. Maybe not a ton of light, but again I’m going for a library vibe which I imagine is a little dimmer and has warm lighting instead of bright and white.

Entryway table with mirror

At the top of the stairs, you’ll walk right into an entryway table. This will be a wooden table that will take up the wall space of that nook. Behind it will be a mural from Anewall. I’ve chosen a black and white scenic print. Over the entryway table will be a round gold mirror and two sconces on either side. I’m going for a really simple design because I want the scenic mural to be a show stopper!

Gearing up to start

Right now I’m doing all my ordering so that way we have everything on hand when we wrap up downstairs. I’m a few hours from an Ikea so I may go and pick up those items in store. Ikea’s delivery is really expensive so I’m sure when trying to convince the husband to take the trip with me knowing that we’ll be saving on the shipping costs will convince him lol.

And lastly, wrapping up the downstairs entryway has to come first. We’ve ordered our stair rail from an Etsy shop and are just waiting on it to be custom made and delivered. I’ll definitely write a blog post on the installation process of our custom stair rail when we get it.

I linked some of the products below if you’re interested in knowing some of the sources.

Thanks so much for reading, pals!

Much Love,

Kori~ from The Farmhouse Life

brick fireplace with horse picture on mantel and fall garland

Fall farmhouse decorating tour

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Uncategorized | October 5, 2020

Farmhouse Fall decor tour to get in the spirit!

This is my absolute favorite time of year! Anyone else?! From about September first to January first, I get those holiday warm and fuzzy feelings. Since the wee hours of September, I’ve been making Fall centerpieces and wreaths to get in the spirit. I may have even put on a few lbs too because the chillier weather makes me want to bake! I mean who cant resists a slice of pumpkin pie?! And with all those fresh pumpkins on my porch just asking to be baked!

Well, here we are into our first week of October and I’m ready to show you guys my farmhouse Fall tour! Just in time too because later this week I’ll start to add some Halloween decor to the mix! I’m not really a huge Halloween decor fan, but it’s fun to add a few things for the kids. Plus, it’s a great way to get the kids in on the mix by doing a few Haloween crafts!

a woman holding a a pumpkin on the front porch with pumpkin, mums, and corn stalks all around her

Alright, let’s get this Fall tour started?!

Let’s pretend that there is inspirational music playing in the background. Like… Vivaldi’s Autumn. Ok, let’s all be honest. I’m sure this time of year we’re all sneaking Hallmark Christmas movies – and not listening “Fall” inspired music. But just for now, let’s pretend to set the mood. You know, I can probably set the music on this page to play as you’re scrolling… naw – that’s too fancy for me.

Now pretend like you have a cup of coffee in your hand. You know, a warm mug with a piping hot latte inside. It even has one of those pretty leaves formed from your steamed milk. oh and ps. I learned this week that 90% of those coffee cups you see on the internet with perfectly formed steamed milk are fake! There’s a sight that you can copy and paste that perfect steamed leaf right into your own cup! I was kinda mad at first…and also super intrigued and may have saved the site to try out later. So now you know If you ever see an image of me with a perfect latte – it’s fake!

Now imagine there is a fall candle burning beside you and that you are covered in cozy blankets and pillows (all fall-themed by the way) while you are watching this tour. Did I go one too far? No?! OK, now that I’ve rambled – Check out my Fall tour! A few of the images are DIY’s that I’ll link at the bottom so you can try them out yourself!

Dining room

boho farmhouse dining room with large wooden table and wooden exposed beams. Pumpkin floral centerpiece on a cake stand on the table and a red boho farmhouse rug on the floor.

white faux pumpkin with faux fall flowers in the center on a cake stand

large dining room table with pumpkins in centerpiece, large exposed beams, and open shelving with kitchen are on shelf

black buffet with wooden open shelves with white kitchen ware on them.

farmhouse fireplace with gold mirror and black candlesticks on mantel

Entryway

 

entryway with red rug and wooden entryway table

entryway with white chairs and plant stand

Sitting room

sitting room with two large gray chairs and red boho rug

blue fireplace surround with a wooden clock on mantel

sitting room with large grey chairs in a circle and basket wall on the wall

Family room

family room with brick fireplace and garland on the mantel

brick fireplace with horse picture on mantel and fall garland

white vase on coffee table with acorn stems

Family room sofa with fall candle and black coffee table

Master bedroom

rust colored bedding with buffalo plaid pillows and exposed beams on the ceiling

farmhouse bedroom with exposed wooden beams and rust colored bedding. wooden secretary desk and wooden chair. buffalo plaid pillows and white knit blanket on bed.

That’s all folks!

Thanks so much for popping in to see my Fall farmhouse decorating tour! If you want to check out some fun fall DIYs I’ll link them below!

DIY Fall front porch sign

DIY faux pumpkin floral centerpiece 

DIY Fall welcome mat

If you’re looking to shop my home I have most of things linked and categorized by room. Happy shopping!

Thanks so much for reading along, pals!

Much Love,

Kori~ from the Farmhouse Life

 

basket wall over linen sectional sofa

Basket wall round up | 10 creative wall patterns and my favorite places to buy baskets!

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Decor and Styling | October 2, 2020

Basket wall round up

I love a good basket wall. I love the texture that it adds to a wall and the fun patterns in which to display them. I also love the Boho-Farmhouse style that they add to any space. And you all know – I love me some Boho-Farmhouse!

The best part is that if you don’t mind getting thrifty then you can put together a basket wall for next to nothing! I can understand figuring out how to arrange one is the tricky part which I why I’ve rounded up 10 of my favorite basket wall patterns! I’ve also linked at the bottom of this post my favorite places to shop for baskets!

1. The minimalist

woven basket wall with three baskets

This is one of my favorite patterns because it requires very little effort and very few baskets. Just group together three baskets so you have one higher, one medium height, and one lower height so it creates a zigzag pattern like so.

2. The oval cluster

green bedroom wall, basket wall over bed, boho woven light fixture

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I like the oval cluster design because it’s just wide enough to style over a large bed. In this photo, Irene has used her basket wall in lieu of a headboard. It works so well because the basket wall as a whole is grand and is about the size of her bed. So it works quite well. Symmetry is key here. You’ll notice there is one basket starting at the highest point and the rest zig zags down, creating an overall oval shape.

3. The cascading arch

basket wall in living room with baskets cascading down wall

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If you’re looking to fill up a wall that is taller rather then wider, then the cascading arch might be your best bet. Whenever adding wall art of any kind to any space you always want to consider the size of the wall and the size of the artwork. You want them to be pretty equivalent to each other.

4. The rectangle

basket wall over linen sectional sofa

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What I love about the rectangle method is that you really can go as wide as you need which makes it the perfect wall art to hang behind your sofa. What’s interesting is that they’ve used different shades of woven material with different tribal patterns, but they all coordinate so well. Generally, the rule of thumb is that when introducing new colors you want to at least tie it in once. So two of each new color – but you only want to introduce 2-3 colors max. When it comes to coordinating patterns it’s totally ok to mix and match. As long as there is generally only one larger pattern and several smaller to medium size patterns. Your eye always wants to land on one spot and if there are large patterns all over the place it won’t know where to go.

5. The eye-catcher

large basket tray on wall as art with a wreath in the center

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Another great way to use baskets as wall art is to use one large basket or serving tray and layer a wreath or sign right on top of the basket, just like in this picture. It looks adorable and is so simple. I find baskets like these all the time when I shopping at thrift stores.

6. Woven wall organizers

Joanna Gaines hanging up pictures on a wall basket as an organizer

Joanna Gaines has taught us to much but one of my favorite things is to think outside of the box when it comes to wall art. She was one of the first who introduced us to 3-D wall art and she’s showing us a great example in this picture. These larger woven baskets can cost a little more but once in a while, I’ll get lucky and find a woven laundry basket at a thrift store. Woven laundry baskets are great because the bottom is perfect for your large plants or indoor trees and the top is great to add to a basket wall. Here, Joanna is using it as a wall organizer. Such a great idea to pin “to-do” lists and your favorite prints on!

7. The mix and match

wove baskets around a television

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What I love about this design is that it’s so simple and yet adds so much texture to this design! The three baskets to the right of the picture cascading down from small to large balances the artwork on the left so well. The reason this works is because proportionality they are the same length from top to bottom. The horizontal artwork on the top balances everything out so well. It squares off the whole design giving it symmetry.

8. Tabacco baskets

tabacco baskets layered on two of one another

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I love the open weave on a tabasco basket. They are surprisingly pretty affordable too! This set is styled with a large and medium basket on top of each other and white plates on either side. You see, The baskets alone don’t quite fit the scale of the table, but with the added plates it works perfectly. You always want your wall art to mimic the scale of the table below it.

9. The layered behind

boho farmhouse style living room with black fireplace and builtins and basket wall and clock on mantel

In this look, I took two baskets and layered one behind a clock that was hand-carved and the other I put underneath the clock. I wanted the clock to be front and center but because it’s just a tad too small, I added some bulk to make it scale better on the mantel. This large basket I get asked quite often about, but it was actually the top to a laundry basket I found at a thrift store!

10. One large basket

large woven basket over table with plant and jars on table

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And lastly, this large basket works so well over this table because it adds the perfect neutral to this area! There is so much to look at with the ceramic jars and the bold pops of color that the basket works to neutralize everything. It also adds a beautiful texture AND ties in the color of the table in! This is one of my favorite designs!

Shopping for baskets

When shopping for baskets to create wall art I will first and foremost always check with thrifts stores. People donate a surprising amount of baskets. After that Etsy is a great resource and then Walmart and Target. I have noticed you can buy a collection of beautiful baskets as a set in stores like Pottery barn, Ballards, etc – but you’ll definitely pay for them as they are not cheap!

Click on an image below if you want to shop for baskets!

Thanks so much for reading along, pals!

Much Love,

Kori ~ from The Farmhouse Life

farmhouse dining room with red rug, large table, black chairs, and black light fixture

Easy and inexpensive 5-minute light fixture makeover

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Decor and Styling | September 30, 2020

Updating a light fixture for next to nothing!

Since buying our 300-year-old farmhouse 5 years ago we have been slowly renovating each room. We do all of our renovations ourselves in our spare time and when we have some extra money. Check out our journey to the farm here!

Sometimes days, months, or even years after we’ve finished a room in our home it doesn’t quite feel right. Like maybe I choose the wrong wall color or maybe I need to add a pop of color somewhere in the space. Sometimes it’s an easy fix and other times it’s not so cost-effective.

Well, Lately I’ve been second-guessing my light fixture choices in a few rooms and have been wanting to trade them in but they’re perfectly good condition! They’re newish and in perfect condition. AND I don’t hate them… I just wish they were solid black and didn’t have white candlesticks.

The simplest and most inexpensive solution is to give them a makeover with a little spray paint. The best part is that this DIY only takes about 5-minutes and only costs about $5! What can’t we solve with a little paint and DIY power?

farmhouse dining room with beam ceiling, black chairs, and a large black light fixture

Step 1: Choose the light fixture to makeover and remove the pieces you want to spray paint.

I have one light fixture in my dining room that whenever I see it I think… “I wish the candlesticks weren’t white!”… then it hit me one day! How easy would it be if I popped them off and spray painted them? So easy! So I made sure the lights were off and the bulbs were cooled off and unscrewed each bulb. I put my bulb pile somewhere safely and took my plastic candlesticks to the barn and put them on some scrap material so I could prep and spray paint.

large light fixture with white candlestick

Step 2: Get to spray painting!

First, I grabbed the spray paint I’ll be using. I’ll be sure to link it at the bottom of the post. I love spray paint because it’s cheap. A can usually runs under $5 and works with just about any material! I’m using black flat paint and primer because I want good coverage and I want it to look like my metal light fixture and metal usually doesn’t have a high gloss. I gave it a thin coat – waited for them to dry, and then rolled them over and spray painted the other side once they were all good and dry. Then I gave them all a second coat. Make sure everything is nice and dry before moving on.

black spray paint on white plastic cylendars

Step 3: Reassemble!

After everything dry I put my candlesticks back on my light fixture. Next, I screwed my light bulbs back in and voila! Done!

woman putting black cylinder back on light fixture

farmhouse dining room with red rug, large table, black chairs, and black light fixture

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Thanks so much for reading along, pals!

Much Love,

Kori ~ at The Farmhouse Life

 

 

 

woman holding a pumpkin, corn stock on house, pumpkins and mums on front porch, and orange fall sign hanging on house

How to make an easy DIY fall sign for your front porch

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DIY | September 25, 2020

It’s official – It’s finally Fall!

Happy Fall! I can now officially say that without the death glares from those of you sitting on the beach drinking your white claws soaking up every last bit of summer! Not only does it mean the calendar finally says it’s ok to decorate for Fall, but the weather (at least around here) is changing as well. It was 35* this morning where I live!

So to signify the official start of Fall,  I thought it would be fun to make a Fall sign for my front porch! For those of you that aren’t crafty, I’ve linked my inspiration picture below. I’ve also linked all the supplies below as well for those of you guys who are here for it! You be you girl!

woman holding a pumpkin, corn stock on house, pumpkins and mums on front porch, and orange fall sign hanging on house

The difference between an outdoor sign and an indoor sign

Making an outdoor sign is pretty similar to making an indoor sign… the only difference is a coat of urethane to protect it from the weather outside. Using a polyurethane will give it a shiny glossy look or using a polycrylic will give it a matte finish. Today I’ll be using a polycrylic. The quality of the material makes a difference too. You really want to use real wood – using composite wood isn’t the best idea. Composite wood will swell up during the first rain and start disintegrating. Plastic and metal are two other great materials that work well outside as well.

To start: Gather up all your supplies

I decided to use an old picture frame that was just sitting up in my attic. For those of you guys that know me, know that I’ve got an entire thrift store in my attic.  It’s great when I’m doing projects like this because I can find all the supplies I need without having to spend any money!

The only supply I had to buy was some orange paint. I love getting paint at a home improvement store because the sample size is plenty of paint for most craft projects and it’s sooo cheap! Plus there’s like a million colors to choose from!  I also used some old stencils and some black paint I had stored up in my craft bin. To seal everything up from the weather outside I used a polycrylic that I had in my basement. I did 2-3 coats  – not just on the front of the sign.. but all over, including the back. I didn’t want any moisture getting in there!

Get to work!

I started by taking the plastic out of the frame and giving it 3 coats of paint. Allow the paint to completely dry before applying another coat. Next, I measured out my stencils to make sure my letters would be spaced accordingly. After I was sure the letters were where I wanted them I used my black paint to fill in the lines of the stencil. I used two different size stencils to give the sign a little more dimension. And lastly, After I was sure my letters were dry I used 3 coats of polycrylic. Make sure when using polycrylic that your coats are thin. Otherwise, you’ll be able to see on your sign when everything is dry.

 

hello fall sign with mums and pumpkin on front porch

wall of planters on front porch with fall decor

Fall orange sign saying hello fall on front porch

Check out my project from start to finish by clicking the video below!

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Thank you so much, pals, for reading along!

Much Love,

Kori ~ from the Farmhouse Life!

 

wall of planters on front porch with fall decor

Fall front porch decorating – farmhouse style!

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Decor and Styling | September 23, 2020

Fall is in the air

It’s that time of year where the air is chilly and I usually have a pumpkin spiced latte in hand. Yea –  I know, I’m basic. I can’t help it… I love Fall! I usually have something baking in the oven too which I why my pants start fitting a little tighter this time of year as well. Not kidding… I seriously baked cookies, 2 loaves of bread, and an apple pie this weekend 😬. Although my house does smell amazing from all this baking so there’s that. Plus the festive smell makes me want to go all out and decorate for Fall. So today I’m decorating my front porch – farmhouse style!

Buying the goods

To start I Headed to my local grocery store and home improvement store to pick up as many pumpkins as I could. Seriously, my cart was loaded. I also grabbed some corn stalks to frame my pillars around my poch. I also grabbed a bunch of mums too. Seriously, this stuff isn’t cheap, but the way I like to justify it is that all pumpkins are edible and I will eventually I’ll bake them all for dinners and desserts. It’s true… all you have to do is toss the whole pumpkin in the oven at about 400 degrees for an hour. Then, you cut the pumpkin down the middle and scoop out the seeds. Lastly, the pumpkin meat is ready to be scooped out and added to whatever dish you’re making. I explain it all here in my pumpkin bars recipe.

pile of heirloom pumpkins

Frame out the door

I always start by framing out my door. I have to start somewhere and this always helps me have a starting off point. Instead of putting garland all around my door I just went with a simple magnolia wreath and a festive blanket draping down. Next, I put two planters on either side of the door. They are both varying heights but they work because on one side I’ve added smaller planters and the other artwork. They both hit about the same place on either side and evens it out. The eye is going to catch the symmetry on either side of the door. It doesn’t have to match exactly, as long as each side balances each other out.

fall front porch decor with pumpkins, mums, and a green wreath

Adding texture with mats

No Fall font porch would be complete without a welcome mat! It can be so fun this time of year! I went with a simple mat that I actually painted on using a stencil. Check it out here. There are so many farmhouse style mats available all over the place. I’ve linked some of my favorites at the bottom of the post. My favorite trick is to layer two different mats on top of one another in front of the door! I picked a farmhouses style check cotton mat that is larger than my welcome mat. This just adds a little more visual interest making is eye-catchy.

Adding a focal point

 I knew I needed one thing that was going to catch people’s eye when looking at my front porch. Sometimes when there are too many decor items all about the same size and color it can feel overwhelming because there are so many things to look at and the eye doesn’t know where to land. Adding one large eye-catching piece solves that issue. This time I knew I wanted a large Fall sign. I decided to make one, but I’ve linked my inspiration sign at the bottom. I’ll have a tutorial out soon for that sign.

hello fall sign with mums and pumpkin on front porch

Cascading pumpkins and mums

Lastly, It was time to fill in the porch steps with layers of pumpkins and mums. I’ve added a few large pots to try and give the mums a little varying height. This is the fun part. There isn’t a wrong way to layer pumpkins and mums. Just have fun. To give you a little guidance I generally go from large, to medium, and then too small. Start with your large mums and pumpkins. Next layer in the medium size by stacking or leaning them next to each other. Then lastly, I stack in the smallest pumpkins and mums as sort of a filler – filling in any wholes in my decor.

wall of planters on front porch with fall decor

Watch my project here from start to finish! Click on the video below!

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Thanks so much for reading along pals!

Much Love,

Kori ~ From The Farmhouse Life

 

Fall favorites clothing and home decor

Friday roundup -Fall favs

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Favourite Things | September 11, 2020

What I’m loving this week

It almost Fall ya’ll! And to celebrate that feeling I’ve gathered some links of things that I’m loving lately! I’m sharing Favs from eyelash extensions to Fall decor.

Fall favorites clothing and home decor

  1. I picked up this Round woven rug from Hearth and Hand for in front of my entryway bench.
  2. I’m loving this cozy tie-dye sweatshirt from Old Navy for those working from home days.
  3. I love a good faux plant. This gorgeous 9″ Faux Pilea Potted Plant from Targets Hearth & Hand line.
  4. These High-waisted straight leg jeans from Old Navy are my fav comfy yet put together jeans!
  5. I’m obsessed with this mudcloth rust pillow from Target. It’s gorgeous!!
  6. I love a put-together look of having falsies on all the time. Flutter Habit’s sets are the most inexpensive ones I’ve come across. They run about $30 for a pack of 6 sets and each set lasts about 5 days.
  7. I love a good welcome mat and this one is simple but makes a great statement. Plus this one only runs about $13 at Target!
  8. Benefits mechanical eye brown pencil -mines in shade 6. -is hands down the best eyebrow filler on the market. It has such a fine tip that leaves hair-like strokes that look like the real thing!
  9. I’m the most excited about sharing my new Wander Beauty cream blush/illuminator!  Seriously, one side is the most beautiful creamy coral blush and the other end is a natural illuminator to use as a highlighter.
  10. I’ve added a few amber bottles to my fall decor this year from Target’s Hearth and Hand line. I love amber bottles – and these are super affordable too!
  11. What Fall season would be complete without a yummy Fall candle! I’m loving this one from Target! It’s called Harvest and smells just like Fall.
  12. I love the texture of these hops on this Fall wreath from the Hearth and Hand line.
  13. These comfy mules from Old Navy and adorable and soooo comfortable!
  14. With three kiddos I definitely use my share of concelar...and I’m obsessed with this dual-sided concealer from Wander beauty. One side has a liquid concealer that brightens and the other is a matte stick that offers full coverage which is perfect for blemishes!

 

Thanks so much for reading along!

Much love,

Kori ~ From The Farmhouse Life

Entryway update: New door and light!

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Uncategorized | September 9, 2020

The Plan

The entryway project is well underway with a new door, light, and hardware. I knew when designing this renovation that I wanted to bring more light into the room. A new door seemed to be the perfect solution to this problem. The old door only had a small window at the top of the door letting in a small amount of light. I imagined a door with solid window panes to allow as much light in as possible.

The door and hardware

I found this door at a barn sale for $20 and got super lucky that it was exactly the right size to fit the doorway. I did have to buy a new handle because the old one didn’t come with a key. A new doorknob kit runs around $50.

Quick change up

The original plan was to paint the door black to contrast that dark color with the white shiplap on the opposite walls. With the new door up it’s obvious now that the design plans need to change. The main goal was to allow more light to shine in and painting it black will only take away from this goal. So the new plan is to paint it all white. I’ll still go with the black tile and black metal railing on the staircase for contrast.

Another change of plans is to add wainscoting to the wall underneath the wallpaper. I think It will add so much more character to a pretty bland wall while adding a bit of sophistication as well. Plus it’s pretty inexpensive to do! You’ll have to tune in next week to see how that tuned out!

Watch the video below to see the process

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Thanks for reading along,

Much Love,

Kori ~ from The Farmhouse Life

leaf wall paper and a white board and batten wall

Entryway reno series: DIY Board and batten and hanging a Vinyl mural

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DIY | September 9, 2020

Entryway update

This was a fun week during the entryway reno process. Installing the board and batten was way easier than I ever imagined. Also, hanging the vinyl Mural from Wunderwall was a walk in the park. Seriously the easiest peel and stick wallpaper I’ve ever hung! Wunderwall has a genius no-fail system which makes it foolproof to hang. And I love changes that make a big impact. Going from a blank wall to one with not only added texture, but a print makes a huge impact!

To start

The first thing we did was mud the wall to smooth out any uneven surfaces. The wall is made up of pine boards (that’s what they used for walls back in the day) and the previous owners painted it matte white -yuck! So instead of tearing it down we just mudded over the creases.

Board and batten

After we washed and sanded the wall, we were ready for the board and batten. We decided to use 3 1/2 inch and 2 1/2 inch boards for the board and batten. The 3 1/2 inch board was used as the upper horizontal board. The 2 1/2 inch boards were used as the vertical pieces.

We measured our wall and decided to put our horizontal board at about 4 1/2 feet tall. This may seem a little high, but we really wanted to make a statement here.

Next, we came in with the vertical pieces and we spaced them about 16 inches apart. It’s best to make a spacer that you can put between each vertical board each time to measure for accuracy. We were sure to measure twice, cut, hang the board with a spacer, and nail it down. We repeated this process until we were done.

We used a nail gun, which I highly recommend. It made this whole process go by so quickly. And we definitely took our time measuring. It’s better to measure twice than to having to scrap the wood and start over.

man holding a board

man with a level

man nailing a board to the wall

Putty, caulk, and paint

After the boards were hung, we puttied all of the nail holes, waited for those spots to dry, and then sanded them. Next, we caulked every spot on the wall where the wood touched the wall. This just gives it more of a seamless look. Lastly, we painted everything. We ended up doing two coats to get full coverage. After the second coat of paint it really just looks like one solid unit hanging on the wall instead of individual boards.

man caulking boards on wall

 

Hanging the Mural

As stated before, the mural (wallpaper) was so easy to hang. In my box from Wunderwall was not only  the mural itself but also a small yellow tool to help with installation, and a diagram to help hang the mural. Each strip of the wallpaper has masking tape on the top corner to match up the next strip of paper. The strips are meant to overlap so the print looks seamless when hung. This made hanging the paper so easy because all you had to do was match the masking tape.

Wunderwall features a user-friendly peel and stick feature. But what makes their peel and stick stand out from other wallpaper companies is that they have a smaller strip in the middle of the paper that you peel of first. This allows you to easily line up the wallpaper and secure it to the wall before having to take the rest of the backing off. Seriously, a genius idea! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve peeled the entire backing off of wallpaper and to hang and try to smooth out wrinkles only to remove and try again! I didn’t have to do that once with Wunderwall. I’ll seriously be using them again in the future.

Once the paper is hung I used a box cutter to trim off the excess paper. I also used the yellow tool that Wunderwall give me and ran it along the edges of where I was cutting to make sure to get a clean line.

leaf wall paper and a white board and batten wall

black and white leaf wallpaper

black and white leaf wallpaper

Here is a video of the process

 

 

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Kori ~form The Farmhouse Life

 

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