From Your Backyard to Your Front Door: A DIY Christmas Wreath

Nature Inspired Christmas Wreath

Nature-Inspired Christmas Wreath

There’s more than one way to decorate for the holidays. Is your style traditional with red and green? Or do you prefer gold and gilt? Maybe back-to-nature suits your home and lifestyle. When I plan my decorating theme for the holidays (I change it up every year!), I choose a color or item, such as a star, snowman or angel, and repeat it throughout the house. Regardless of the theme, I always start with the wreath. And although a wreath on the front door welcomes guests, you’re not limited to the entry. Learn how to make Christmas wreaths from items gathered in your backyard, and hang one on a mirror, fill in an empty wall or decorate a closet door

On Trend — How to Make Copper and Concrete Christmas Ornaments

On Trend — How to Make Copper, Crystal and Concrete Christmas Ornaments

All photos by Mateo Londono.

Lately you’d be hard-pressed to walk into any home furnishings or kitchenware store without running into copper-accented decor. And with good reason, the bright, shiny color of copper is a sight for sore eyes in a sea of nickel and stainless steel metals. With Christmas around the corner, I decided to swap out the cherry red tone used in traditional decorations with this rose-gold metallic. But because it can almost be too pretty and one-dimensional, I incorporated unfinished concrete and shattered crystals to create the perfect Christmas ornament. Equal parts natural and glam, this DIY is sure to make your Christmas decor memorable this year. Check out my easy four-step tutorial to learn how to make this project yourself

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Embrace the Season with These Peppermint DIYs

Photo: Pastryaffair.com

Photo: Pastryaffair.com

One of the biggest flavors and scents associated with the holiday season is none other than peppermint. Since December is coming up, I’ve been living it up with peppermint everything, from candy canes to my chapstick. There’s a variety of ways you can introduce this refreshing mint into your daily routine, and we think you’ll be very pleased with the outcome! Check out some of our favorite ways to get your home smelling of holiday cheer

Small Business Saturday — Local Shop Owners Share Their Support

By Brooklyn, a store owned and operated by local Gaia DiLoreto, sells products born in Brooklyn.

By Brooklyn, a store owned and operated by local Gaia DiLoreto, sells products born in Brooklyn.

It was a humid Thursday evening in Bedford–Stuyvesant, a neighborhood of 153,000 inhabitants in Brooklyn. In November, it’s not supposed to be this hot. The people are mixed here. Men dressed in suits walked briskly beneath umbrellas while others carried on casual conversations on street corners, sleeveless and wet. During this time when ‘gentrification’ is a dirty word in New York City, the complicated culture of a place is both the appeal and controversy for local business owners. On the one hand, buying and selling within a multicultural community is their chance to support multiculturalism. On the other hand, there’s always that risk of business influencing culture, instead of it being the other way around.

For the final interview of local business owners who support their communities, I walked briskly and without an umbrella to an address on Lexington Avenue. I came to Bed-Stuy to ask Shane and Johnna what it means to buy and sell locally. The answer of these two business owners was similar to those of Erica, and Brandy and Sean, all of whom operate in different neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn. The diversity of Brooklyn fuels them, and the business of buying and selling locally here is the business of job creation, self-preservation and multiculturalism for everyone—no matter who you might be. Keep reading to learn more about six local business owners who keep their communities of Brooklyn beautiful

How to Put a Personal Touch on the Holiday Season

How to Put a Personal Touch on the Holiday Season

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For most folks the holidays are a blur of things to do, gifts to buy and events to attend. It’s easy to become detached from the spirit of the season when you’re ordering gifts off of someone’s wish list with the tap of a finger. Stop going through the motions and really connect with others by putting a bit of yourself in everything you do this holiday season

Thanksgiving Meal Hacks — 3 Ways To Impress Your Family and Friends

Thanksgiving Meal Hacks — 3 Ways To Impress Your Family and Friends

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Thanksgiving meal is generally about the staples: turkey, stuffing and all the oven-made sides. This year we implore you to bring some creativity to your dinner table to spice up those classics. And what better way, than to experiment with new cooking techniques. Cooking sous vide or using an anti-griddle should not only be reserved for restaurant chefs. It can actually be done at home in any kitchen using a few materials. Here are 3 easy ways that you can elevate your Thanksgiving meal without spending big bucks on new kitchen gadgets

History of New York City’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Hippo Balloon circa 1940, Times Square, Manhattan, NY (Buzzfeed.com)

Hippo Balloon circa 1940, Times Square, Manhattan, NY (Buzzfeed.com)

If waking up on Thanksgiving, hopping on the sofa in the family room and scrambling to turn on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a tradition you’re fond of, then you’re not alone! I was lucky enough to grow up being able to go to the parade every year with my family and watch dreamily as the floats went by. After years and years of admiring the classic balloons, The Rockettes, the Broadway performances and Santa’s grand arrival at the end of the parade I’ve found myself wondering more about the origin of this iconic parade

How to Set the Perfect Budget-Friendly Table

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Photo: Greenweddingshoes.com

Special occasions unfolding between the months of November and January require a more formal table than the daily place setting. However, the essentials of a well-set table come at a cost. From food to flowers, there’s always the worry that there won’t be enough to go around, the table will appear a bit bare and everyone will notice where corners were cut. This is not what the holidays are about, and so Krrb has come up with a few tricks to gloss over your minimal effort. Your Great Aunt probably will think you outdid yourself, and she will tell you so.

Here are our simple, chic tips for making it all happen while setting a party-ready table on a savings-ready budget

Holiday Detox – 5 Green Juice Recipes to Make At Home

Holiday Detox – 5 Green Juice Recipes to Make At Home

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If your Thanksgiving plans include plenty of mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, take some time to revitalize and re-stabilize your diet before holiday cookies makes its appearance on the menu. Here are five green juice recipes that will keep you feeling good through the next batch of holidays. So, before you pick up those snowflake cookies and eggnog, and check out some detoxing recipes that will keep you feeling jolly through the start of 2017

Tales From the Road with Carson, Mel (and Their Adorable Pup Costello) of Local Color XC

All photos: Localcolorxc.com

All photos: Localcolorxc.com

With the days getting shorter and cold weather creeping in, it’s understandable to dream of getting away for a while. For Mel and Carson of Local Color XC, the “getaway” has been a part of their every day since early 2015. Along with their adorable Goldendoodle Costello, the duo completely renovated a vintage trailer affectionally named Elsie and hit the road for a year-plus of adventures. Get to know the modern nomads and their fascinating journey across the US, and see if it doesn’t inspire you to see more of the country

Made in America — More Handmade, Eco-friendly and Small Batch Goods from the West

Photo: Kinfolk.com

Photo: Kinfolk.com

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of locally-made businesses: our series on unique local makers across America helped us discover a ton of new favorite brands last year. Now that you’re all caught up, why not take another trip and see some different small businesses worth checking out? After a whirlwind journey around the South, Northeast and Midwest, check out our grand finale: the best of the West.

Give Locally — What Neighborhood Homeless Shelters Need this Holiday Season

Give Locally — What Neighborhood Homeless Shelters Need this Holiday Season

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Shopping seems to be a bigger part of the holiday season with advertisers pushing consumers to spend earlier every year. Instead of this being the season of getting, make it the season of giving to those in need. Your efforts will make the biggest impact locally. We’ve asked homeless shelters in major cities what they need this holiday season. Read on to see what to give and where

25 Ways To Live More Collaboratively Without Drastically Changing Your Lifestyle

25 Ways To Live More Collaboratively Without Drastically Changing Your Lifestyle

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With all this talk about the sharing economy being the way of the future, a person could easily be overwhelmed with visions of sleeping in bedrooms with multiple families or being forced to take out the entire neighborhood’s garbage. Never fear! There are all sorts of ways to participate in this new lifestyle without giving up your own individual home or identity. Check out our list of 25 simple ways to live more collaboratively and communally to start stretching your budget and limiting your footprint now

What’s Cooking — Soups from Around the World

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When you’re looking for a bit of comfort, have some soup. Traced back as far as 6000 B.C., soup was sold in Greek marketplaces and is thought to be the first ‘fast food.’ At this time, soup was little more than broth. People would dip bread into the broth, and the bread, or the “sop,” as it was called, was the substantive ingredient of the meal. Over time, the word “sop” evolved into the word “soup,” our name for the hearty meal of broth packed with leafy vegetables, meat or potatoes.

From thick, creamy soups and gazpachos to water-based broth and chilis, every country around the world has a traditional recipe to call its own. We’ve rounded up the world’s favorite soup recipes to enjoy in the comfort of your own kitchen

Made in America — More Handmade, Eco-friendly and Small Batch Goods from the Midwest

Photo: Wearewichita.com

Photo: Wearewichita.com

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of locally-made businesses: our series on unique local makers across America helped us discover a ton of new favorite brands last year. Now that you’re all caught up, why not take another trip and see some different small businesses worth checking out? We’ve already paid a visit to the South and Northeast, so let’s continue our journey to celebrate the best handmade, eco-friendly and small batch goods that the Midwest has to offer

Helping Dreams Happen – 10 Slogans That Changed The World

I Am A Man

A group of sanitation workers march for civil rights in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968. Photograph by Ernest Withers.

Sometimes, all it takes is a few words to spur the hearts and minds of a generation to change the world. In honor of the election tomorrow, we decided to take a look at some of the short-yet-powerful turns of phrase that have motivated people to move political mountains.

In no particular order, here are ten awe inspiring slogans that really rocked the world, and not all for the better

5 Crazy Cocktails Recipes and the Barware to Serve Them In

Photo: Cocktailgogo.com

Photo: Cocktailgogo.com

We have a taste for the wild and unusual. The ingenious and especially the delicious. That’s why we’re sipping on these totally-out-there cocktails. Some are too sweet and some are just right, but you can’t deny they all have you wondering, “Who the heck came up with that?” We’ve even paired them with our favorite barware so you have an idea of how to serve them up

Artist Interpretations of the Political Playground

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It’s the season for political discourse and artists around the nation are making their mark on the campaign trail. Sarah Sole, Jermaine Rogers, Julian Raven and Sabo are all artists that have created works of art in favor of their presidential candidate. Whether the paintings, prints, and posters are for Politician Sanders, Cruz, Clinton, or Trump, the message is clear… vote this November! Keep reading to see how these artists interpreted their support for the Democratic or Republican nominees into a grassroots art campaign

How To Make a Staggered Wood Vase

How To Make a Staggered Wood Vase

All photos by Mateo Londono.

I’ve learned that in woodworking, perfection is not always a guaranteed result. Sometimes wood splinters, tools fail or the finish ends up a bit messy. However, learning to love the perfect imperfections of working with wood is in it’s own way—very rewarding. In this project, I wanted to celebrate the beauty of imperfection by creating a functional wood vase that appears as a staggered stack of rings. Despite the illusion of the vase being off-center or irregular, it is very much how it was designed to be! If you want to create your own uniquely imperfect staggered wood vase, keep reading for a full tutorial

Spice Up Your Life — 7 Creative DIYs to Use Cinnamon

Photo: Authoritynutrition.com

Photo: Authoritynutrition.com

It seems like as soon as August ends, our brains go fully into fall mode. It’s not quite time to bust out the pumpkin carving tools, but it is nice to start swapping out summery things for something a little more seasonal…like cinnamon! Here are some great DIYs that utilize the spice in creative ways: from all-natural cleaning aides to refreshing beauty products. It’s time to get spicy