Taxidermy 101 with Katie Innamorato of Afterlife Anatomy

Taxidermy 101 with Katie Innamorato of Afterlife Anatomy

Photo: Mike Mcgregor via Afterlifeanatomy.com

At the top of my Things I’m Interested in But Know Very Little About list, is the strange world of taxidermy. Rather than roll with my ignorance, I was excited by the opportunity to speak with Katie Innamorato of Afterlife Anatomy, a skilled taxidermist who gave us the ins and outs of the business. Katie’s passion extends far and wide, with appearances on the TV show “Oddities,” displayed work at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles and teaching taxidermy classes around the United States, including one coming up in Brooklyn. Read on to learn more about Katie and her enthusiasm for this ancient art

Then & Now: A History of Ice Coolers

Krrb — Ice Coolers from Then to Now

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Summer is heating up and as we make our break for the beaches and parks, you’ll need plenty of frosty beverages to keep you and your family cool. Before you pick up a cheap, disposable styrofoam cooler that always ends up leaking, think about investing in a quality cooler. Since before the 1950’s when the first portable ice chest was patented, cooler technology has come a long way. From vintage steel ice chests to plastic ride-on coolers, there is no doubt that a cooler exists for your needs. Keep on reading to learn about the interesting history of ice coolers that you can’t wait to share at your next summer excursion

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If It’s Broken, Don’t Toss It — Home Furnishings Edition

If It’s Broken, Don’t Toss It — Home Furnishings Edition

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During my post-dinner walks around the neighborhood, I like to see what curb finds I can pick up. People every day toss out broken furniture that can be reused in other ways. Sure, not everything is salvageable but these ideas will get you thinking about your next repurposing project

What’s Cooking — Sip Chilled Soups to Beat the Heat

What's Cooking — Sip Chilled Soups to Beat the Heat

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When the heat waves hit, nothing will get me into the kitchen. The idea of cooking and eating hot foods is unappealing. But after sampling a chilled soup at a neighborhood bistro, I’m onboard for sipping my meals through the dog days of summer. Gazpacho is just the tip of the iceberg, read on to see just how many delicious and satisfying cold creations you can make

Get the Look — Can You Spot the High-End Deals?

Get the Look — Can You Spot the High-End Deals?

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Designing an interior is not exactly cheap (especially for those with high-end taste), but luckily for you there are many ways you can find great deals. Without skimping on the quality of the piece or sacrificing the style you were going for, of course. Shopping secondhand and vintage items is a fantastic way to maximize your budget. Check out some of our favorite design pieces below, we think you’ll be happily surprised with the price tags we found

Alt Use – 6 More Reimagined Urban Spaces

Photo: Gatherandgrow.org

Photo: Gatherandgrow.org

We want you to rethink your idea of what makes a modern city. Sure, there’s bound to be some crowding and giant structures, but urban residents are getting inventive with how they resolve the hurdles of city living. In metropolises all over the country, wasted land is utilized in creative ways; now let’s look at six more examples of urban spaces adapted to better the lifestyles of their citizens

The Do’s and Don’ts of Farmers Markets

Photo: Seela.org

Photo: Seela.org

Eating better is always in season and what better way to get fresh, local produce than to go straight to the source. Farmers markets provide a way for consumers to slash supermarket prices by cutting out the middle man. Plus, with small local businesses sprouting up and selling their unique homemade goods, farmers markets are your cultural gateway to the yummiest eats in your neighborhood. Since there’s no better way to spend a Saturday morning than at a farmers market, I’m sharing some tips that I’ve picked up over the years on what to do (and not to do) to make the most of your neighborhood farmers market

Unique Furniture Designs that Adapt for Customized Living Solutions

Photo: Kononenkoid.com

Photo: Kononenkoid.com

The traditional view of the American dream centers on a big house, sprawling yard and a white picket fence to hold it all in. But if you’re anything like me, modern reality means that a good chunk of us are living in little spaces with only the essentials. So how do you make your furniture work with you the best it can? Turns out modern designers are crafting pieces that you can easily customize, assemble, and break down to take with you when you’re ready to move on. Let’s check out some of our favorites

How to DIY Custom Cork Board for a Fashionable (and Functional) Office

How to DIY Custom Cork Board for a Fashionable (and Functional) Office

Photo: Thehousethatlarsbuilt.com

It doesn’t matter if you have a cubicle or the corner office—working in a comfortable, relaxing and personable space makes doing your job much easier. Everyone has their own working style. Some of us are neat and tidy and others are, let’s face it, slobs! I once shared a home office with another designer whose desk was piled so high with paper and notes, she continually lost things. I always left my work space clear and organized at the end of the day. I prefer to start work the next day with a clean desk

6 Summertime DIYs for Your Pet

Photo: Bmag.com.au

Photo: Bmag.com.au

Summer means lazy days spent outdoors and creative ways to beat the heat. But while you’re plopped down poolside, what’s happening to your pets? If your furry friends spend time outside, you’ll need to make sure they’re staying cool and safe while the temperatures climb and fleas run rampant. Try these simple DIYs to show your pets some love and keep them happy and healthy all summer long

15 Instagram Accounts to Update Your Feed With Now

Photo: @michellesolobay

Photo: @michellesolobay

Social media is a great source for finding visual stimulation from others, but is your feed feeling a bit stale lately? The summer is a great time to update who you follow. I’ve gone ahead and put together a list of some of my personal favorite Instagram accounts to add to your scrolling routine. Check them out and update your feed with some new creative inspiration

If It’s Broken, Don’t Toss It — Fashion Edition

If It's Broken, Don't Toss It — Fashion Edition

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When your clothes wear out, get holes or stains—don’t get rid of it just yet. There are plenty of new uses for your old threads. See what to do with ratty t-shirts, shabby sweaters and more

Made in America — The South

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Photo: Jqdsalt.com

After exploring some stand-out American-made shops in the Northeast, it’s time to see the Southern perspective! All across the South, companies are taking pride in producing high-quality goods right at home. So check out some of our favorite examples, and see which should be a part of your next local shopping trip

Contemporary Artists Taking the Pottery Scene for A Spin

Contemporary Artists Taking the Pottery Scene for A Spin

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It’s time to put aside your traditional tea cups and saucers for a more exciting way to introduce ceramics and pottery into your life. We’re not talking about your run-of-the-mill hand-formed vessel, instead artists around the world are re-defining what pottery can be, how it should look and why it should be used. Take a look at my round-up of five noteworthy potters that will surprise you on what can be accomplished with a little clay and a lot of imagination

Beginners Guide to Krrb — Essential Mid-century Designers

Photo: Woodmenders.com

Photo: Woodmenders.com

With so many different Mid-century modern designers it’s hard to remember which one is responsible for designing which iconic piece. We already have guides on design terms and furniture terms but now we’ve gone ahead and rounded up some of the type designers from this time period to help you distinguish the difference between an Eames and Bertoia chair! Read on to learn all about the people responsible for creating the pieces that we know and love today

Oh Say Can You See Red, White and Blue Krrb Finds

Get your fix of patriotic must-haves on Krrb! These gorgeous listings are a great way to enjoy red, white and blue year-round

10 American Tourist Traps Worth A Stop

Photo: Vintageroadtrip.wordpress.com

Photo: Vintageroadtrip.wordpress.com

The tourist traps dotting American highways exist solely to collect your cash and send you packing with nothing to show but a tacky keychain. Right? Sure, they’re kitschy and yeah, sometimes they’re a headache, but we’d argue there are a few attractions that are well worth the trip. So pull that RV over, slather on some sunscreen and get ready for a tour of our favorite Americana travel stops

Contest — Share Your Krrb Finds for a Chance to Win

Share Your Krrb Finds for a Chance to Win

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Nothing feels as good as seeing beloved Krrb purchases in their new homes. Show off what you found on Krrb and where it lives now. Tag your photo with #mykrrbfind to enter! Entries are accepted on Twitter or Instagram. A few lucky winners get $25 to spend on their next purchase

What’s Cooking — 20 Healthy Summer Snacks for Kids

Photo: Skinnyms.com

Photo: Skinnyms.com

Despite being a time for kicking back and relaxing, summer also means constantly feeding active little kids now that school’s out. But don’t panic! We’ve found some deliciously simple recipes that will keep your kids happy and well fed; all the convenience of junk food plus solid nutritional benefits. And unlike bologna sandwiches or string cheese, you don’t have to be a kid to want to chow down on these snacks

The Anatomy Of A Thank You Note – Krrb’s Guide To Expressing Gratitude With Style

a kid thank you note

First off, if you can get your hands on a kid who is just learning to write and then convince said kid to write (or make a good go at writing) "Thanks" on a piece of paper that you can put into an envelope and send, you are golden. Your job is done. Who is not going to be touched by a child's early attempts at writing?

Nothing says thank you like a note written by a 4 year old. But for those who don’t have the monk-like patience it takes to elicit the above pictured type of work from a pre-schooler, there is hope.

You too, can produce thank you notes that would make your grandparents proud and that would bring a smile to even the most jaded of faces. Just come along as we guide you through the ins and outs of these written expressions of gratitude, hopefully inspiring you to discover just how far a little extra effort can get a person in this world