April 23, 2014

Interior inspiration: modern boho

I’ve been noticing a slight shift in my taste lately. I found myself a couple days ago saying to Andy, “I’m really into neutral spaces right now”… and then I went, “whoa, three years ago me never would have dreamed of saying that!” There’s a trend right now towards lighter, brighter, more open spaces that just feels so fresh, comfortable and current. This “modern bohemian” style is characterized by warm white walls, light-colored woods and soft textiles. It speaks to my love of simple, clean lines and has a very casual, beachy, almost 1970s-without-the-avocado-appliances feel to it that I love so much.

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(A Cup of Jo / photo by Ashley Bruhn)

It all started when I saw this house tour on A Cup of Jo. The entire Davis, California home absolutely epitomizes the modern boho style to me, and I’m ready to move in today.

Here are a few more examples of this style that I’ve been drawn to lately.

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(Old Brand New)

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(DesignLoveFest / photo by Laure Joliet)

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(Vintage Revivals)

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(SF Girl by Bay / photo by Joe Shmelzer Photography)

Here’s a few ideas to bring this modern boho style home.

get the look: modern boho style | Burritos & Bubbly

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It’s probably no coincidence that almost all of these spaces are in California. I feel like you could almost call this “California style.”

What do you think? Do you like this trend and would it work for your house? I’ll never give up my love of candy colors, and we’ve learned that they work best with all the dark wood in our old Victorian house. However, I can certainly see us adding some of these design elements to give our house a lighter, more casual feel.

– Kerry 

April 22, 2014

Dyngus Day Cleveland

After working really hard around the house every weekend for so long, we decided this weekend to take a little holiday break from all our projects and just have fun. We celebrated our 23-month-iversary with dinner at El Carnicero (mm, margaritas!), drinks at Lava Lounge, Easter dinner at Lago in the Flats (sooo good)… and then, this…

Dyngus Day Cleveland parade

Yesterday was Dyngus Day here in Cleveland, which is a Polish holiday celebrating the end of Lent and the day after Easter. There’s a parade, a beer tent and polka music everywhere. People walk around with pussywillows and water guns. It’s a little weird but so much fun. Basically it’s Polish St. Patrick’s Day.

Andy took the day off work and we got together with a bunch of our friends — and his parents and their friends! — and spent the entire day outside barhopping and just enjoying the gorgeous 80 degree weather. While none of us are actually Polish, we pretended for the day, even if no one told me I was supposed to wear red.

We took a few pictures of the dog parade for our friend Ann, so be sure to check out Dogs in the CLE for more!!

– Kerry

April 21, 2014

Eat up: easy rice pilaf recipe

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We have a few go-to recipes around here, as I’m sure most people do. The kind of thing we make every single week and never get sick of. This rice pilaf is one of those for us.

this is our really easy go-to recipe for rice pilaf

I’m unabashedly in love with rice. White rice, brown rice, flavored rice, I love them all. For most of my pre-married, living-on-my-own life I happily ate rice for at least one meal a day, and it was usually some sort of ready-in-5-minutes boxed rice. So, I’m not saying my rice consumption was very sophisticated back then. Now that I’m a little more grown up, or at least we’re really busy playing house and trying to look like adults, we like to cook with “real” rice and add “real” ingredients, like fresh herbs. Whoa. And it turns out, it’s totally easy! For real.

eat up: easy rice pilaf recipe

This is a recipe we’ve adapted from Kelsey’s Essentials on the Cooking Network.

Serves 4-6 (we always have leftovers and it makes a great lunch the next day)

2-1/2 cups chicken stock
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup of vermicelli broken into one-inch pieces
1 cup of white rice
2 tablespoons of freshly chopped parsley
salt and pepper to taste

You’ll need two pots: one medium-sized pot with a lid, and one saute pan with high sides and a lid. Don’t get intimidated, though. This is easy.

Combine chicken stock and butter in your medium-sized pot over medium heat. Bring to a boil, cover, and let simmer on low. Then, in your saute pan, heat the olive oil over medium-low and add your broken vermicelli pieces.

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Stir constantly until they turn a golden brown, usually about 4 minutes (my stovetop runs on the hot side). Add the rice and stir until the grains turn from dull white to bright white, about another 5 minutes. This is a subtle change in color, and I cooked this a few times before I really noticed the change. If you can’t tell the difference, it’s no big deal. Just cook for 5-6 minutes, while stirring.

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(This vermicelli is a little more brown than it should be. I was busy fussing with my camera and let it cook too long.)

Then carefully pour your simmering chicken stock and butter mixture into your saute pan with the rice and noodles. Stir and make sure everything is submerged in the broth and no little grains are hanging out on the side of the pan. Bring to a low simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes. Then remove the lid and let it cook until the liquid is all absorbed, about another 5 minutes.

Add salt and pepper if you want (I usually do a little pepper and no salt because the chicken stock is salty enough). Sprinkle your fresh parsley on top and serve!

this is our go-to recipe for rice pilaf

The parsley is my favorite part. I love how it adds a really nice, fresh, garden-y pop of flavor that you’d never get from one of those overly salty box pilafs. This rice pilaf tastes so much better than a box! Plus, it’s so super easy once you get the hang of it, there’s no reason to ever buy the box again.

eat up: easy rice pilaf recipe

–Kerry