Local Pickings — Celebrate Autumn with a Visit to a Pumpkin Patch

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Photo: Crestviewmontessori.com

Now that the weather is perfectly crisp, and the children are settled in the school year pumpkin patches everywhere are opening to make the fall season official. It’s safe to say that the best pumpkin patches are those that stretch across farmland with family festivities and celebrations every weekend. Whether you’re looking to carve out quality family time on a wagon or take photos of the little ones wandering about the corn mazes, Krrb has rounded up quite a list of the best pumpkin patches in major cities. Below are a few of your local pumpkin patches in the memory-making business

5 Ways to Repurpose Old Books

Photo: Thelala.com

Photo: Thelala.com

The digital age has all but eaten up that quiet, dusty time when humans would grab (would touch even) a book to read. We no longer visit the library to pull them from the shelves. In fact, those shelves of colorful, often historical, book spines are being swallowed quickly by our turn towards the future.

Okay, enough moaning—the digital reading onslaught is awesome. Now we can read anywhere, at anytime, and off of anything we choose. No more lugging around thick collections of man’s environmental waste when it’s no longer necessary. These five great ways to repurpose old books show you how to hold on to the nostalgia of page-turning while also tapping to the next chapter of The Tempest in the palm of your hand

The Creative Stylings of Brandy and Sean Wen from Greenpoint’s Yellow House Collective

S0488607A few months ago, we had the chance to stop by Yellow House Collective‘s storefront in Greenpoint. After spending so much time drooling over their Krrb listings, seeing them in real life did not disappoint. While their stock is meticulously curated, everything is playfully arranged so that you feel like you’re walking through a stylish Mid-century cocktail party. Get to know the creative couple behind the company, Brandy and Sean Wen, and try to make it through the whole interview before leaving to add something to your picks

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

Local Art Inspires Love Nationwide on September 26

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America is having a moment. Seven cities from across the country are opening up their arts—I mean, hearts—to us this weekend, and you might live in one of them. From Philly’s countdown preparation for Pope Francis to buying the best art in the Bay Area, check out how our local artists are spreading the love this weekend. First come, first serve

Hand Me Down — Judi Stroh’s Victorian Lamp

Hand Me Down — Judi Stroh's Victorian Lamp

Notice the rubber nose hanging from the lamp.

Welcome to our new series about gifts given across generations. Hand me downs often have a connotation of being cast-offs, no longer wanted items. Not anymore, we’re interviewing owners over those preowned, preloved items they’ve inherited to find out what they do with them. First off, is longtime Krrb member Judi Stroh sharing the history behind a repurposed kerosene lamp. (And check out the hand me downs for sale in her Krrb corner

Seen & Heard — Links that Caught Our Attention This Week

Seen & Heard — Links that Caught Our Attention This Week

A Mona Lisa selfie. Photo: Chilloutpoint.com

The Internet is a strange and exciting place filled with all sorts of fun ways to waste time. From DIY projects to educational infographs to silly videos, the Internet has it all! The Krrb team has their ear to the ground—here’s what we’ve been clicking on this week!

Ever wonder what it takes to make a sandwich from scratch? Find out this week on our roundup of the best of the internet. Stay around for stunning calligraphy and a deeper look at the selfie movement

Tailor Made – Double The Life of Your Clothes With These Seven Tips

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From repairing, to reinforcing, to re-imagining, a tailor is an asset to the everyday shopper, but to the secondhand-styled, they can be a godsend! Sometimes all it takes is a much needed alteration to transform an ill-fitting relic of yesteryear into a dashing closet staple. Smart tailoring not only doubles your money by buying secondhand and vintage, it also lets you explore your creative side with custom rejigging all the while supporting local businesses. Here are seven tips you’ll want to check out before you get those pants taken in

20 Things That Will Catch Your Eye at the DMA

20 Things That Will Catch Your Eye at the DMA

This past weekend, I was lucky enough to visit the Dallas Museum of Art. If you have ever visited the DMA, you know what a treat it is! As one of the largest museums in the country, they offer free general admission to their large and diverse collection of art. From Van Gogh to Picasso and Magritte to Gehry, the artists showcased at the Dallas Museum of Art represent the most brilliant creative minds in furniture design, paintings, engravings and sculpture. Check out 20 of my favorite art pieces currently on view at the DMA

5 Great Ways to Repurpose A Ladder

Photo: Trinitytitletx.com

Photo: Trinitytitletx.com

With so much technology in the home improvement sector, more and more old school tools are falling to the wayside. However, the ladder isn’t one of them. Rather than hiding it between your refrigerator and wall, or hanging it above your brand new car with fear and trepidation, try incorporating the handy tool in your home decor. Below are five great ways to repurpose a ladder and show off your green-friendly interior decorating skills

Discover Artists — Owning A Piece of Local Art and Culture

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Here at Krrb we embrace those years when the painting from your local art fair wasn’t worth a fortune or a curated spot in Museum of Modern Art, though it should be. The fun is in the discovery, like when you first notice that the autograph in the lower left corner of a painting appears in Google images. Or take that time when you inherited a tiny landscape painting, moody and simple, only to find out that the piece depicts a critical turn in American culture from an artist who was turning it. Haven’t experienced that, yet? Just wait. In celebration of the good times ahead for local artists, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite pieces—from a few of our favorite places—that are bound to be family heirlooms

Design 101 — 5 Facts About Florence Knoll

Photo: Design Within Reach

Photo: Design Within Reach

If you’re a fan of vintage shopping but not an expert on the history of design, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re an avid vintage shopper, a first time customer, or just an admirer of beautifully constructed pieces, it’s always good to know some background about what you’re ogling. For instance, you’ve probably seen a few of Florence Knoll’s sofas on your latest scavenger hunt, and – if you’re like us – you’ve probably thought in your head, “I want that!” But there’s so much history behind this sofa you love. How much do you know about the woman responsible for designing and producing the iconic seating? Keep reading to learn some quick facts about one of the most important figures in interior design history

Adaptive Reuse Movement — 7 Old Buildings Get Modern Restorations

Photo: Inhabitat.com

Photo: Inhabitat.com

You don’t have to be an architect or history buff to appreciate the appeal of old buildings. But when a building is abandoned, or no longer serves its original purpose, what to do? The easier route is demolition, but many would hate seeing something historical torn down. The adaptive reuse movement aims to meet somewhere in the middle: restoring and respecting the original structure, while reimagining the space in a way that serves a modern function. Check out some of our favorite examples around the country

Small Town, USA — 10 Quirky American Festivals

Photo: Photoblog.statesman.com

Photo: Photoblog.statesman.com

We love the unconventional. With Americana on our mind, we searched high and low for festivals that celebrate eccentricity on a neighborhood level. From bizarre food festivals to celebrations of hometown characters championing the local way of life, we round up 10 truly unique festivals that proudly wave their freak flags high. Read on to see what’s going on in your neck of the woods

25 Ways To Live More Collaboratively Without Drastically Changing Your Lifestyle

A community garden. Photo: Growingourown.wordpress.com

A community garden. Photo: Growingourown.wordpress.com

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

Seen & Heard — Links that Caught Our Attention This Week

Seen & Heard — Links that Caught Our Attention This Week

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The Internet is a strange and exciting place filled with all sorts of fun ways to waste time. From DIY projects to educational infographs to silly videos, the Internet has it all! The Krrb team has their ear to the ground—here’s what we’ve been clicking on this week!

This week find out how to get gems from pollution, famous logos get a new look, and a future look at cities made from salt. Load up on these links now

DIY Club: Say Hello

DIY Club: Say Hello

All Photos: Heather Talbert Photography

Sometimes you want a cute welcome mat. You know, something welcoming and witty to greet you after a way-too-long and way-too-annoying day at the office. But sometimes, you don’t want to pay $50 for it. So, sometimes you make your own

33 Pie Recipes to Fill Your Belly

33 Pie Recipes to Fill Your Belly

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Called it a pie, a galette or a tartlet, by any name it’s a filling wrapped in a delicious buttery dough. What’s not to love? Sure, everyone has an opinion on their favorite slice whether it’s sweet or savory. Get out your favorite pie dish because we’ve gathered up plenty of recipes to whet the palete

Local Blogs — New York Blogs to Read Now

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Photo: Weheartit.com

As one of the style capitals of the world, you wouldn’t expect anything short of perfection in terms of design and aesthetics in New York City. From architecture to interior design, walking through this city leaves you curious about the living spaces of the metropolis’ most stylish dwellers. There are countless blogs to pore over, we rounded up some of our top go-to sites to help you get in that New York state of mind

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