New Slipcover from Comfortworks

Comfort Works slipcover

Whenever I finish a room makeover in our home, I’m usually on a tight publishing schedule because of sponsors or my posting schedule at A Beautiful Mess, so I usually end up photographing the room the next day! (Sometime even the same day!) Inevitably, the space ends up evolving as I settle into it and feel out how to get every detail feelings just right. Of course, the adjustments never really end! I’ll find something at an antique mall of flea market and figure out a way to incorporate it into my home. Or sometimes get the urge to repaint the walls. And so it goes. On and on and on.

When I chose the Burard sofa from Article for our study makeover, I loved it for its shape and neutral color (as well as comfort!). But I also knew that I wanted a sofa that would be easily slipcovered so I could change up the look— and so I could go for white without worrying about dirt or stains. Recently I was able to work with Comfort Works again, who specializes in replacement IKEA sofa covers (see my Karlstad slipcover here), but who also does an amazing job at making custom sofa slipcovers. Read on to hear about the process as well as to see some other adjustments I have recently made to our finished study.

Comfort Works slipcover

To get started on my custom slipcover, I sent Comfort Works images of the sofa I wanted covered. Per their request, I photographed a front view, side view, and angled shots showing the positioning of the arms and the cushions. Then the tailors took a look at the images and drew dimensional lines on them to show me where I needed to take measurements. I wrote the measurements down and sent them back to Comfort Works. Then they cut the fabric and began sewing my cover!

The material I chose was the Luna white linen blend, a fabric that blends natural linen and synthetic fibers for a really durable material. I didn’t have to worry about going with a light color, because if they get very dirty (which they really haven’t— yet!), it’s not difficult to remove them and launder the cushion covers.

Comfort Works slipcover

Three other changes I made in the study were swapping out the shaggy rug for this hide rug (the shaggy rug is in the girls’ room now), using small glass side tables and table lamps as well as swapping out the desk for this mid century style desk with a smaller footprint and a height that would balance out the wall of books on the opposite wall.

The table lamps you see here are vintage bases I found on eBay paired with custom lamp shade I ordered from Jack of All Shades. It was so satisfying to design some dramatic lamp shades that felt like a fresh take on the quirky tall shade you often see in vintage lamps from the late ’60s.

west elm mid century wall desk

Comfort Works slipcover

west elm mid century wall desk

All of the little changes have made the office feel just perfect in style and function! We’re loving cuddling up here to read together as a family, or sometimes just to steal away from chaos happening elsewhere in our house!

As usual, I’ve rounded up all of the details for you below. Let me know if you have questions!

Crispy Air-Fried Power Bowl

air fryer power bowl

Thank you to Power AirFryer Oven for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

Power bowls are a great way to add nutritional and flavor variety to your meals, without a lot of fuss. Just throw a variety of tasty, nutrient-dense foods into a bowl, add your favorite topping or dressing, and dig in! It’s the perfect healthy meal to enjoy in lieu of a salad. Power bowls are, in my opinion, much more satisfying than a salad. I always crave a crispy crunch with my power bowls, so I was really excited to use my new Power AirFryer Oven to give some of my mix-ins an extra crispy texture, without all of the oil and grease that comes with deep fried food. After all, I’m going for nutritious here, folks!

I teamed up with Power AirFryer to share my favorite way to jazz up some basic foods to make them more exciting to eat. With minimal food prep, everyone in our home is more interested in eating their veggies when they’re air fried! I’ve left the AirFryer out on my counter and have literally made brussel sprouts in it every single day. Lucy even asked me to make it for a snack one day! I’ve never gotten them so crispy and light before trying this method. But since the Power AirFryer Oven comes with three trays, I can cook a variety of foods all at once to make a complete meal, without even firing up my oven.

AirFryer

What makes the AirFryer special is the super hot air that blasts around the food on the metal trays, allowing the food to become extra crispy, especially when lightly sprayed with oil before cooking. The unit comes with a rotisserie basket, or the option to use the three trays. At the bottom of the oven is a non-stick tray for catching any crumbs and oil dripping so clean-up is a breeze.

 

I’m really just getting started, learning about fun recipes to make with my AirFryer, but the power bowl is now a regular in my meal rotation! I can change up the veggies, depending on what’s in my fridge, and often choose to make my power bowls completely vegetarian. Just fill up all three trays with a variety of battered and/or oiled vegetables, select the temperature and time, and let her go! It cooks my food much faster and more evenly than the oven, which is great because I often wait too long to get dinner started at our house.

air fryer power bowl

The Power AirFryer Oven comes with guidelines for cooking times and temperatures, but when combining food types in one cook, I had to do a tiny bit of planning. For instance, when making these power bowl ingredients, I adding the chicken first, then after 4 minutes, I added the cauliflower, waited two minutes, then added the brussel sprouts. They cooked at the same temperature, but for different lengths of time. In between those times I prepped the next item to go inside the AirFryer. All said, in prep time and cook time, this meal took me only 20 minutes to make!

air fryer power bowl

air fryer chicken tenders

Air-Fried Chicken Tenders

  • 1-2 beaten eggs
  • 6-7 chicken tenders
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup panko crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Combine the bread crumbs and seasoning in a bowl large enough to fit a chicken tender. Dip the chicken tenders in the egg wash, then toss into the crumbs mixture, pressing the mixture onto the tender so it sticks nicely. Place chicken tenders onto a greased AirFryer tray, leaving a bit of space between the tenders for air flow. Spray the chicken tenders with the oil of your choice.

Cook at 400 degrees for 12 minutes. No need to turn the tenders as they cook!

air fryer cauliflower

Spicy Air-Fried Cauliflower

  • 1/2 head of cauliflower, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 cup flour (substitute corn meal for a crunchier texture)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Mix the flour with the seasoning in a relatively small bowl. Dip each piece of cauliflower into the egg wash, toss in the flour mixture, then place onto a greased AirFryer tray. Spray with oil before placing into the AirFryer. Cook at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes, depending on how tender or crisp you’d like the cauliflower to be.

air fryer brussel sprouts

Air-Fried Brussel Sprouts

  • 6-8 brussel sprouts, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Melt the butter in a medium bowl, add the brussel sprouts and sliced almonds, then toss to coat in the butter. Add the seasoning and toss to coat again. Spread the mixture of brussel sprouts and almonds evenly in one layer on a greased AirFryer tray. Cook at 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes.

air fryer power bowl

I love layering the crispy air-fried food atop a bed of spinach and topping with my favorite dressing, some tahini, or hummus. So delicious and satisfying!

You can check out more AirFryer recipes at the Power AirFryer Oven website. You can win your own Power AirFryer Oven through the Instagram giveaway I’m hosting too! I’d love to hear what kind of recipes you would try— or have tried— with an AirFryer. I feel like there are endless possibilities, and I’m only getting started!

Powder Room Progress

powder room mock-up

I’m so excited to be able to pop in with a powder room update for you all! So far I’ve completely rearranged the bathroom with help from J&J Plumbing, settled on tile and fixture choices, and have even begun tiling!

Right now I’m in the process of thinking about decorations as I pause work on the space for a moment. I’m torn between using mostly white decorative elements to add more of textural interest with less dynamic design, or something warmer like what’s pictured above right. What do you think?

powder room makeover

Our sink and toilet used to be arranged on the left wall of the powder room, but now the sink will be across from the opening, with the toilet to the left of it.

powder room makeover

We built out the wall a bit in order to create a ledge behind the small sink, but it was actually quite handy, because we realized the wall we wanted to move plumbing too wasn’t just drywall. It was masonry, with no space for pipes. I definitely got lucky that my original design solved the issue before it became an issue!

powder room makeover

Right now we’ll be working on tiling, and I’ll be adding the wood for the ledge and trim. The walls and ceiling still need painted as well.

I am torn a bit with what to do about grout. You can see a sample piece sitting below the sink in the photo above. The grout color on the left is called Haystack, and would provide a softer backdrop without as much contrast. The dark gray would definitely highlight each individual rock in the tile sheets, but I can’t decide if that would just be too much, considering this tile is going up half the wall and will also be on the floor.

I need to decide what to do about grout in a few days! Send me all of your opinions!

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