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modern bohemian living room & dining room reveal

Drum roll please…. WELCOME TO MY NEW LIVING & DINING ROOM. Y’all, I am so excited to finally share my new favorite living spaces. After months of mulling over each and every piece (is anyone else so indecisive?), it really feels sooo good to finally see it come together.

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I'm Katerina!

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I am so happy that we found each other and that you stumbled onto my little corner of the internet! I created this platform almost a decade ago as an outlet for me to share my love of fashion & food, and it has truly become so much more than I ever could have asked for. Ever since I was younger, I have always enjoyed sharing my favorite finds and inspo with others (share the wealth/knowledge ya know?), and it makes me so happy that I get to do that with you.

On my page, you will find easy, affordable fashion, my favorite new recipes, home decor finds (a new fave of mine!), candid real-life chat, and everything else in between. My hope and goal is that you leave my page happier than when you found it, and that you feel inspired, motivated, and empowered. I am honored to have you here & can’t wait to get to know you. XO!

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This post is sponsored by Raymour & Flanigan. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Drum roll please…. WELCOME TO MY NEW LIVING & DINING ROOM. Y’all, I am so excited to finally share my new favorite living spaces. After months of mulling over each and every piece (is anyone else so indecisive?), it really feels sooo good to finally see it come together.

When decorating, I really wanted my space to feel bright and happy yet cozy and comfortable. Every time someone walks into this space, they say it feels “calm” and to me, that is the biggest compliment! I am really drawn to modern bohemian styles with some mid-century modern pieces. I absolutely love using patterns (give me a printed Moroccan rug, and I’m a happy girl), different textures, and earthy colors (with some pastels, too!). I always find myself trying to create a very laid-back, natural vibe by including elements like jute, rattan, and cane, while keeping it modern with velvet and marble accents. I love how boho decor allows you to do your own thing and just have fun with it!

If you can’t tell, I’m currently obsessed with marble, light oak wood, gold accents, loads of plants, fun textures, and pastel colors: aka my modern bohemian dream.

modern bohemian living and dining room
modern bohemian living and dining room

One thing I knew was a priority for me when looking into furniture was a big comfy couch. I’ve always been a fan of couches that look like you can just dive right into them for a movie night, so this sectional from Raymour & Flanigan sold me right away! I ended up choosing a really neutral light color which I am honestly so happy about since it makes everything feel really bright and airy.

I’ve also never had a couch with a chaise lounge, so that was also on my priority list! Let me tell you when I say that I end up taking naps on the chaise more than I would like to admit lol. If you’re between a couch with a chaise or without, I would definitely recommend the chaise if you have the space. I really love how this is a couch that everyone can sit on and have more than enough room to stretch out and get comfy!

While I knew I wanted to keep the big pieces (couch, chair, etc) fairly neutral and light, I added pops of color in with the rug, and an accent pink chair. I think it adds just the right amount of pastel tones without being overbearing. I know home trends right now are totally neutral, but if color makes you happy, I say go for it! I love my peachy accent tones, I feel like they make the space look happy.

modern bohemian living and dining room
modern bohemian living and dining room

For the dining area, I knew I wanted pops of blush and gold, like these incredible dining chairs, while still keeping the space really relaxed. I fell in love with the oval shape of this table the minute I saw it, it feels really unique and special. To tone down the *glam* elements of the blush and gold and make them a bit more bohemian, I decided to add a Moroccan rug, and a big bird of paradise plant to keep the natural vibes. Then, to tie it all together, I added a big floor mirror (my favorite piece in my home!) to make the space nice and open. If you’re working with smaller space, a floor mirror really helps to make it *look bigger*. It creates soo much depth!

The stars of these rooms (my dining set and couch) are both from Raymour & Flanigan and I honestly couldn’t be happier with them. The quality is awesome, the look is exactly what I wanted, and I love knowing that these pieces are going to hold up for years to come. Pro tip when looking at their site: make sure to use the “search” function to find specific pieces that might not show up right away! I searched “marble table” after not seeing any in the regular category, then stumbled upon this beauty. There many more options then you think!

Thank you so much for reading. I hope this post inspires you to have fun with decorating and really enjoy your space! I can’t wait to see what you create.

Xo, Kat

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This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze. All ideas and opinions are my own.

Repeat after me: I will not go to the coffee shop. I will not go to the coffee shop. I will not go to the coffee shop.

I, like so many of us, am always guilty of running to the coffee shop anytime I want a fun drink in the morning. While it’s nice to go every once in a while, it totally adds up. In an effort to save time, money, and just learn something new, I set out on a quest to create a perfect Iced Chai Latte recipe at home. After a few failed attempts (lol okay 5 or 6), I have *finally* come up with the most delicious creation that I literally look forward to every morning. I have even found myself waking up earlier just because I’ve been thinking about this drink.

This Iced Chai Latte just so happens to be five ingredients, vegan (heyyyy non-dairy friends!) and makes your kitchen smell delicious after you’re done making it. Trust me, you will be shocked just how good this is! Now, let me start off by saying when you see the words “homemade chai spices”, DO NOT GET DISCOURAGED. When I first started researching how to make this recipe, I started to re-think my decision when I saw how many recipes called for homemade spices, frothed milk, heating things up to a certain temperature, etc. It all seemed way too complicated haha. Through my multiple attempts, I worked to simplify, until I was left with a super easy recipe that takes no more than 10 minutes to throw together. I promise, it’s worth it & so easy.

In this recipe, I am using Almond Breeze Vanilla Almondmilk Creamer. Almond Breeze is one of the first dairy-free brands I stumbled upon when I went vegan years ago and it has remained one of my very favorites through the test of time. They make loads of different non-dairy products (like almondmilk, almondmilk yogurt, and almond flour) that I use all the time, but this new creamer is currently my fave. Almond Breeze Almondmilk Creamer is perfect in this recipe since it’s subtly sweet, creamy smooth, and has that hint of almond taste.

As someone who used to be a die-hard creamer fan when I drank dairy, I am honestly really picky with my creamers now. I love how Almond Breeze Almondmilk Creamer is an alternative for dairy and gives every recipe a tasty little upgrade. It’s made from the best California almonds and comes in Caramel, Sweet Creme, and Vanilla. All are awesome, but I’m a sucker for the classic Vanilla I’m using here. This new and improved creamer is on select grocery shelves now, and I highly recommend trying it! You can check if it’s available near you by checking out their product locator here.

5 Ingredient Iced Chai Latte (vegan + easy!)

Servings: 2

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 bag of black tea
  • Homemade chai spices (will list below)
  • 1 cup of Almond Breeze Unsweetened Original Almondmilk
  • Almond Breeze Almondmilk Creamer
  • optional: sweetener
  1. Add 2 cups of water to a pot over medium heat.
  2. Next, add in the black tea bag + 1 Tbsp of chai spices.
  3. Mix together, and bring to a boil. Allow to boil for 2-3 minutes so the tea steeps, then remove from the heat. Let sit for an additional few minutes (just depends on how strong you like your tea!)
  4. Next, add 1 cup of water to a glass filled with ice.
  5. Pour 1/2 cup of Almond Breeze Unsweetened Original Almondmilk on top.
  6. Lastly, top with 1-2 Tbsps of Almond Breeze Almondmilk Creamer. This makes it sweet & delicious! Mix with a straw, and enjoy!

Recipe tip: Make a double batch of tea (black tea + chai spices) ahead of time to keep in the fridge! Then you only have to do steps 4-6. SO Easy.


Chai spices:

  • 3 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 Tbsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 Tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 Tsp ground cloves (can also get whole, just have to grind them up yourself in the blender)
  • 1/2 Tsp ground pepper

*Double this recipe so you have it around for your next couple batches of homemade iced chai latte’s.*

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Okay friends: let’s talk tofu. Tofu is the type of food that is surrounded by mystery. If you eat it, you like it, and if you don’t, you have no idea why anyone does eat it LOL. I think for most of us, including myself prior to learning how to cook it, I thought of tofu as a really boring protein that quite frankly tasted like cardboard.

After having a few tofu dishes out at restaurants however and LOVING them, I was absolutely determined to learn how to cook it myself at home. After a lot of trial and error, FINALLY, I have found the very best crispy tofu recipe that today I am sharing with you. 🙂

The pros to tofu dishes are:

-Tofu is such an affordable protein source when compared to meat. It is around $3 a block for about 3-4 servings (comparatively to meat $15 or so).

-It’s a super healthy protein. Tofu is literally just soybeans lol. No extra additives, etc!

-It takes on the flavor of whatever you want it to. After learning how versatile tofu is, I became obsessed with it. It works in SO many different dishes, and I’m constantly finding new ways to use it.

Have I convinced you to give it a try yet? Seriously, I think you will be so surprised how much you love it! I have been in the habit of making a few blocks at the beginning of the week, then saving them in a Tupperware in the fridge to throw into weekly dishes! It’s a total time saver and I love having this healthy snack on hand.

How to Make Crispy Tofu (Easy & Delicious!)

Ingredients:

  • 1 block of extra firm tofu
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • Seasoning: salt, pepper, garlic, cumin, chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  1. Remove the tofu from the packaging and drain the liquid.
  2. Next, wrap it in a few paper towels and place something heavy on top (here I used a big cookbook!). Leave for 15-20 minutes. Pressing your tofu allows the liquid to come out, which creates a meatier texture.
  3. After the time is up, chop up the tofu into small cubes. I like to cut it in half width-wise first, to make it easier to cube.
  4. Once chopped, add to a bowl, and add 2 heaping Tbsps of cornstarch. Toss until evenly coated. The cornstarch is my favorite hidden ingredient – it gives the tofu a super crispy outer layer when cooking.
  5. Then, add in your seasonings! I like to use salt, pepper, cumin, chili, and garlic. Toss again until coated.
  6. Next, add to a well-oiled skillet (about 1-2 Tbsps of oil), and cook over medium heat.
  7. Cook for about 15-20 minutes, until each side is crispy. You have to be a bit gentle when flipping the pieces, but once they’re cooked and crispy you can toss them around easily.
  8. Remove from the skillet once crispy, and eat!

I love adding tofu to salads, bowls, or eating alone with some rice and a green! It’s also perfect as a high protein snack or appetizer since it’s small and delicious. Here, I paired it to with a my favorite dip (buffalo sauce + vegan mayo).

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HELLO FRIENDS. Today, I am coming to you live from a brand! new! site!! If you’re an OG and have been here for a while (or a new friend – HI!), you’ll know that I’ve been blogging for about 8 years now (wow I feel old saying that ha). Throughout those years, this website has always been my home and such a fun place for me to connect with you. Over time though, my page wasn’t inspiring me the way that it used to, so I decided I wanted a fresh new look for us all! I also figured my profile photo from 2012 could probably be changed by now haha. Like everything in life, it was time for a facelift LOL, and my blog got her very own makeover!

What’s most important to me is getting content to you that is going to be helpful, and that goes hand in hand with having a site that’s inspiring, easy to use, and a resource for anything you may need. With lots of back and forth and an amazing team by my side, we are finally here today with my brand new site. Y’all know I love sharing the goods, so I am so excited to jump back into bringing you the best fashion finds & what I’m shopping for, yummy recipes, home decor ideas, and everything else under the sun. Can’t wait to hangout, XO!

Sincerely, Katerina

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