Get Your Grill On All Summer Long

Get Your Grill On

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Memorial Day is the start of summer for many. If you’re lighting up your grill for the first time, we’ve got plenty of tips, tricks and techniques to make you a seasoned chef in no time

How to Get the Fixer Upper Look for Less

How to Get the Fixer Upper Look for Less

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If you’re a fan of Chip and Joanna Gaines’ handiwork, you know they can stretch a dollar. The dynamic duo have transformed dilapidated homes in Waco, Texas with their renovation and design skills. Due to the success of Fixer Upper, the reality show following their realty/contractor/decorating business Magnolia Homes, the reclaimed wood industrial style is all the rage. You don’t have to uproot and move to the Lone Star state and buy your own fixer upper to achieve this look yourself. For a lot less, you can put together the fundamental pieces that speak to the warm-yet-still-chic mood

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Hit the Road — Sweet and Savory Healthy Snacks for Car Trips

On the Road — Sweet and Savory Healthy Snacks for Traveling

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There’s nothing like exploring the unknown with a tank full of gas, a great playlist and some treats for snacking. You can stockpile chips, Slim Jims and more at the next pitstop but let’s be honest, it’s not a friendly option for your wallet or your waistline. We’ve pulled together some savory and sweet snacks you can whip up faster than hitting cruise control. Read on to pick up some recipes sure to hit the spot while you’re on the move

Alt Use – 5 Brilliantly Reimagined Urban Spaces

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Photo: Dutchwaterdesign.com

What happens when you find yourself with wasted space? You probably rearrange some items, maybe even buy new things to redecorate. But in cities all over the world, people are faced with eyesores that no longer serve their original purpose. When you can’t employ adaptive reuse, it’s time to get creative. Check out these amazing examples of what happens when you combine a little creativity and urban potential into something the entire city can enjoy.

Atlanta: BeltLine

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Photo: Investatlanta.com

What do you do with 22 miles of unused railway? Transform it into something that unites an entire city. The goal of Atlanta’s BeltLine is to link all of the city’s neighborhoods, creating a brightly lit system of walkways, parks, transportation options and trails. First imagined in 1999 and still under development, the project has been met with huge enthusiasm due to the potential of the redevelopment to completely transform the city. Who would have thought old railways could bring so many positive changes to an area?

Denver: Rocky Mountain Arsenal

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Photo: Adammandelman.net

When it comes to “things you’d expect to see next to a major city,” a wildlife refuge probably isn’t at the top of the list. Luckily for the people and animals of Denver, this former weapons arsenal was transformed into 15,000 acres of habitable and protected land. Aside from the sanctuary for wildlife, the refuge also offers hiking, tours, educational programs, and catch-and-release fishing, all on the grounds. Be sure to stop by and take a break from the stresses of city life if you’re in town!

New York City: Brooklyn Grange

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Photo: Brooklynbrewery.com

In a city notorious for never wasting space, it’s no surprise that the sustainable pros behind Brooklyn Grange managed to turn empty rooftops into something really special. Their two rooftops in Brooklyn and Queens produce over 50,000 pounds of produce each year, which is sold to local restaurants, CSA members, and to the public via farm stands. In addition, they also offer educational classes (wanna learn how to make hot sauce?), the space as a private venue, and teach future rooftop farmers how it’s done. It’s nice to see so much green in the concrete jungle.

Buffalo: Canalside

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Photo: Perkinseastman.com

Growing up in Buffalo, the waterfront was always discussed with a lot of frustration: we had the potential to turn it into a really special gathering place, but no one was making moves. But over the past couple of years, Canalside has become my favorite spot in the city. Unused space under the overpass and next to the harbor has been transformed into a concert venue, canal systems for rowboats and skating in the winter, and the perfect place to dock your boat and visit with neighbors. I’m proud to see this once empty space evolve into a spot where you can hit up the food trucks, take a kayak ride and kick back with your toes in the sand all in one day.

The Netherlands: A8ernA

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Photo: Publicspace.org

I had to save the best for last: after a major thruway divided the city of Koog aan de Zaan in the 1970s. It took almost 30 years of locals ignoring what they comically referred to as the “blind spot” until someone decided they needed to rework the space underneath it. The city’s residents spoke out with their ideas, which included a skate park, supermarket, graffiti gallery, parking and various sports fields. Even a mini harbor was constructed to connect with a major river, bringing the waterway back into the heart of the city. What was once an eyesore that tore a city apart is now a mini city all on it’s own!

Have any other favorite alt use projects, maybe even in your city? Let us know in the comments!

Free DIY Workshops You’re Probably Missing Out On

Free DIY Workshops You're Probably Missing Out On

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Would you spend an afternoon learning how to rewire a lamp, take professional photos, or even, contour? Well, for the lifelong DIY-er, it’s never to late to learn something new! Across the country, many businesses are offering workshops and classes that you can take for free and learn a valuable skill. I’ve rounded up the must-try workshops in tech, beauty, crafts and more, but don’t stop there, check out small local businesses in your town for more ways to learn

The Patriotic History of Fireworks

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Photo: Pinterest.com

Two quintessential sounds of summer are that of the ice cream truck and the loud explosion of fireworks. Whether you’re the type that covers their ears when you hear them pop or you’re the one that is lighting them off, you still must be curious about their origin. Right? We went ahead and traveled back in time to learn the backstory of this fun tradition that so many use as part of their patriotic celebrations current day

May Flowers — 16 Favorite Floral Finds

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Photo: Unsplash.com

We’re celebrating everything that makes May great: the best flowery picks on the site! Whether you’re looking to go bold with floral furniture or add a subtle accent piece, embrace springtime with some naturally-inspired decor

13 Easy & Healthy Lunches to Make on National Brown Bag It Day

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Photo: Foodiecrush.com

Good news, lunch lovers: May 25th marks National Brown Bag-It Day, a throwback to the good old days of home-packed lunches. It’s all about finding inventive ways to save yourself time and money while packing a meal that’s also enjoyable and healthy. Check out some of our favorite fast meals for a lunch that you’ll be thinking about all day (and won’t regret eating later)

25 Ways To Reinvent An Old Chair

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Photo: Brooklyntowest.blogspot.com

Dining chairs, office chairs, arm chairs — chairs are the most basic, useful piece of furniture. But you don’t have to settle for basic when it comes to your seating. We’ve rounded up plenty of ideas to bring your old, tired chairs back to life. Check out these 25 ways to update a chair and get inspired to tackle your own seat

[CLOSED]Enter Now: Krrb’s Kickoff to Summer Giveaway

Enter to Win: Krrb's Kickoff to Summer Giveaway

Come Memorial Day weekend, we’re in summer mode. Krrb teamed up with some great companies to make sure you and your little ones have everything needed for the season. From swimwear to sunscreen and snacks, we’re giving away over $400 in prizes! Read on to see why these eco-friendly and natural products made our list of beach essentials

5 Flea Markets to Check Out This Season

Flea Markets to Check Out This Season

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When the weather warms up, flea market business picks up. Sure, no one but the most serious of scavengers will brave cold weather and early mornings for a good deal. Sunnier weather also means more flea markets popping up from the yearly Brimfield to Renegade and so on. I get super pumped about the influx of markets this time of year and wanted to share some new ones coming up. And if you’re looking to up your flea market game, Claire Staszak shares her tips after years of browsing Chicago’s Randolph Street Market

How To Make a Paver Planter

How To Make a Paver Planter

This past Mother’s day, I spent the day with my mother doing what she loves best… gardening! After stopping at two neighborhood nurseries, we realized her love for succulents may have gotten her in trouble. She had purchased more plants than she has actual planters for in her container garden. So what’s a son to do? This son took the opportunity to dust off his miter saw and built a modern elevated succulent planter based on Ana White’s take on a Home Depot workshop project. A few cuts of wood later and some potting soil, my mother has a brand new planter unlike anything we could have bought. It fits perfectly next to all of her other planters on her patio and knowing that it took only an afternoon to put together, well, that made it all the better! Keep reading to see the full tutorial on how I put together this quick little garden project

What’s Cooking — Spiralize your Veggies!

What's Cooking — Spiralize your Veggies!

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With up to 13 servings of vegetables recommended daily, eating the same vegetables, the same way every time can get awfully tiresome. I should know…as a primarily raw foodie, I go through my share of fruits and veggies. But recently, I’ve been wanting to update my go-to meal—the salad. That is where the spiralizer comes into play. A unique little kitchen gadget that shreds vegetables into curls. With a crank of your hand, boring chunks of raw veggies come out as perfectly proportionate vegetable spirals. Most spiralizers even have optional settings to alternate cut styles from corkscrew to angel hair pasta. So from potatoes (think curly fries) to zucchini (think spaghetti squash), you can make it all

5 Great Ways to Repurpose a Chair

5 Great Ways to Repurpose a Chair

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We’re all about recycling and reusing but sometimes you’ll find things around the house that feel like they’ve met their final days. That’s where repurposing comes in! Have a chair that’s just full of junk taking up space? Well instead of trashing the whole thing, why not turn it into something new? Start repurposing with one of these fun projects

Dress Your Walls on a Budget — 8 Free Printables To Spruce up Your Space

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Photo: Maikonagao.blogspot.com.es

If you’re on a budget and aren’t looking to add any expensive art or wall hangings to your abode at this time—printables are where it’s at! There are a variety of websites and designers that offer awesome photographs and graphics that are available to you to simply download, print and pop into a frame! We’ve rounded up some of our favorites you’ll want showcased in your home

Video — How to Make a Watercolor Planter

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We know you have no time for long-winded how-to’s, so we’ll keep it short. In under a minute, Quick Tips are here to help you with life’s little lessons. So unless you get caught up watching hundreds in a row, which – warning – you just might, you can quickly get back to monitoring your news feeds or whatever you were doing. Check out the full video series here.

I am not a DIY-friendly type of person. When I see craft stores, I tend to run in the opposite direction. However I came across this fun (and super simple) project and thought “Hey Chrissy, one of your resolutions this year was to be more crafty so why don’t you give it a go!” Cut to a couple of days later and I have a perfect new planter displayed on my bookshelf. Want to learn how to make one of your own? Here are the few steps

4 Home Repair Tutorials for a DIY Beginner

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Photo: Moonworkshome.com

Whether you are a new homeowner or someone who is looking to save some cash by doing your own home repairs, it is a good idea to have some general knowledge about home repair. There are some home repairs that are perfectly safe for people to do on their own, as long as they know what they are doing. That’s why I’ve rounded up some of the most informative and helpful home repair tutorials the Internet has to offer, so that DIY beginners can start taking charge of their own homes

DIY Lawn Games for the Whole Family

DIY Lawn Games for the Whole Family

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With warm temperatures in the forecasts ahead, it’s time to start prepping for some wholesome outdoor activities. One of the nicest things about transitioning into the warmer period of the year is the shared eagerness of friends and family to spend a majority of their time outside. I don’t know about you, but I find lawn games to be genuinely one of the best pastimes. What makes them even better? If you get your hands a bit dirty and build the games yourself. It’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to crafting

The Beginners Guide to Krrb — Essential Furniture Terms

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Photo: Krrb.com/151112

The vast range in furniture terminology can get confusing when you’re browsing Krrb, so that’s why we’ve decided to break down some of the most general terms to help you navigate Furniture Shopping 101. (See our first installment here where we define design eras and the difference between antiques and vintage.)From the true definition of a highboy to how bentwood is made, we’re here to help you learn what is it you’re shopping for! Let’s get started

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