Say Yes to the Dress — Wedding Gown Roundup

Krrb — Wedding Gown Roundup


Planning a wedding is a tedious and often expensive task. Between booking a venue, finding a caterer, and paying for an open bar (if you’re not a monster), weddings can become more of a chore than a joyful day. So why not make it one step easier and cheaper, and pick a dress from Krrb. Here’s a rundown of all the wedding gowns and dresses I found for you to wear this wedding season.

After The Ceremony — Wedding Decor that Lives on in Your Home

After The Ceremony — Wedding Decor that Lives on in Your Home


With a lifelong knack for thinking outside the box, Jaime McKee is our go-to for creative ways to repurpose our belongings. Her blog Building a Sustainable Life is filled with great ideas to stretch the dollar and life of home decor accessories.

In the modern Pinterest era, DIY ideas for weddings abound. But as we all know, it can be far too easy to get caught up in the excitement of the big day, and when our wishlists outperform our budgets (or our spare time to work on projects!) it’s easy to become overwhelmed with ideas, spoiled for choice, or simply unsure of where to start. By asking some of our DIY projects to do double duty—serving as wedding décor that can later be repurposed into home décor—we can save a bit of money and create meaningful, useful items to fill our homes and remind us of that special day for years to come

Local Resources to Make Your Wedding Planning a Breeze



I haven’t walked down the aisle yet myself, but I can only imagine the headache inducing stress of planning that special day. Everybody wants their wedding to be perfect, so it only makes sense that couples all around the world are busy scoping out the perfect location, perfect band, flowers, cakes etc to make their matrimony a memorable one! If you’re like me, i.e. not gifted with the skill of event planning yet yearning to be easy breezy like J.Lo in The Wedding Planner, then hopefully these local resources will help you, your special someone, wedding party, family and guests get through the day without seeing a “these aren’t the table linens I ordered!!” meltdown.

10 Essential Items — Mid-century Living Room



When you’re designing a space, it can be tempting to go overboard. While there’s nothing wrong with a solid collection, we’re here to help you begin with a minimal furnishing approach. These are the 10 essentials you need for your mid-century style living room using our favorite Krrb finds. The best part? Everything ships! Let’s break it down!

4 Ideas for Swap Parties

Krrb — 4 Ideas for Swap Parties

Decluttering your life can be a challenge! Whether you’ve got a collection of old books getting dusty on the shelf or a pile of clothes that just don’t quite fit right anymore, it’s there and it’s taking up more room than it needs to. How do you get rid of all of these space wasters? I know sometimes it may be hard to let go but by hosting or attending a swap party, you can get rid of some of these items and pick up a few that are new to you!

What’s Cooking — Salsas

Krrb — What's Cooking — Salsas


When it gets too hot to cook—don’t. After all, this is the season to make salsas. These flavor combinations don’t require an electricity, just the heat of some peppers and ripe produce. Check it out and your stove will enjoy the summer break

4 Ideas to Make Your Chicago Summer More Interesting

4 Ideas to Make Your Chicago Summer More Interesting

After the nine month coma Chicagoans call “winter,” it is summertime. Suddenly, schedules are filling up and free weekends are becoming scarce. Similarly, tourists are flocking to North Avenue Beach and the Taste of Chicago will literally block any hope of getting around town.

One of my favorite parts of living in the city is constantly going to unique events and trying new things. Last week, I somehow found myself on a rooftop in Uptown listening to live music. It was the perfect evening, the skyline was in clear view, and I had one of those “I can’t believe I really live here” moments.

Don’t get me wrong, these moments can happen with your best friends when visiting Navy Pier, but at the same time, isn’t city living all about exploring? Here is a sample of some things you can expect to find when exploring Chicago.

Giveaway — Goddess Garden’s Organic Sunscreen!

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It’s June and you know what that means—the summer sun is heating up! When out and about this season it’s important to keep your skin protected by lathering on the sunscreen. Whether you’re at the beach, going for a leisurely stroll or hitting up your favorite flea market—it’s always a good idea to have sunscreen handy to keep you from getting a nasty burn

Instant Antique — Update a Mirror with Chalk Paint

Mirror Frame Painted with Chalk Paint

Using chalk paint as a tool for furniture refinishing has been gaining in popularity during the last several years. Chalk paint is basically a matte or flat paint base with a wax topcoat. There are several brands on the market, each with several colors, plus clear and dark waxes.

An advantage to using chalk paint is that it doesn’t require sanding or priming. Although you can use it on any piece of furniture, I particularly like to use it on pieces with carving details or a distressed finish. I knew this mirror in a lovely—yet boring—wood frame was the perfect candidate for chalk paint.

Tips for a Fun-Filled Block Party

Photo: (Tuukka Koski)

Photo: (Tuukka Koski)

Summer has (unofficially) started, but if you’re as excited as we are about the sunny months ahead then it’s definitely not too soon to start celebrating. One of the best ways to get to know your neighbors is by doing it the old fashioned way, a good ole’ block party. Food, drinks and festivities are all things that bring people together in the happiest of circumstances. A great way for the whole community to get involved is by having everyone contribute to the party in one way or another. Take a look below at some of our favorite ideas for block party must haves.

Dancin’ in the Streets — How-to Get A Block Party Permit

Don't block parties just make you want to dance? Photo:

Don't block parties just make you want to dance? Photo:

Nothing says neighborly love like a block party. The age-old summer tradition is more important than ever as it brings people offline and outside. Since it’s the season to get to know the people in your neighborhood, we’ve got the lowdown on what it takes to get block party permits in a few of Krrb’s most popular cities including New York City, Chicago, Denver and San Francisco. Before you start making plans on who’s bringing dessert, check out what it takes to get you dancing in the streets

Collector’s Corner — Todd Hannel and His Orioles Memorabilia

Orioles Collection Memorabilia

Here at Krrb Classifieds we love a good collection, especially one that’s unique. From where the collection began to the most significant item, we want to know the story behind it all. So we’re reaching out to collectors everywhere to find out what they collect and why!

Today, Todd Hannel joins us to discuss his collection of official Orioles memorabilia, how it all started and his stadium chair!

Thoughtful Traveling

Thoughtful Traveling


In the summer months, our sense of wanderlust reaches an all-time high. Before you start packing, check out these interesting travel groups and dwellings that offer a more thoughtful way of exploring the world. These people give more than financial support to the local economies they visit—they offer a real connection with the individuals and communities that make up your whereabouts.

Building Your Forever Home


Guest Blog contributed by Ryan and Mike of A Forever Home.

Five years ago, my husband and I decided that we needed to get out of our small condo and began the search for a home in Chicago. We didn’t have much luck at first but eventually found what was the perfect home for us. It was an eyesore for most and probably too much work but it was exactly the challenge we were looking for. The old victorian was in a total state of disrepair and every single room needed to be renovated. After five long years of hard work we are so happy with our forever home!

What’s Cooking — Breakfast Bowls

What's Cooking — Breakfast Bowls


During the warmer months, you can fuel up for the day easily with a breakfast bowl. It all began with the popularity of Acai bowls—essentially blended smoothies topped with crunch granola, seeds and frozen fruit. Whether you go the sweet or savory route in the early morning, we cover it all. Check out all these healthy and fun recipes for breakfast bowls. We think you’ll bowl over for these yummy meals

The 5 Strangest Listings on Krrb This Week


Krrb is a great place to find everything and anything secondhand, handmade and vintage. We can only imagine how these finds ended up on the classifieds in the first place. Whether or not you were looking for these unusual listings, The 5 Strangest Listings on Krrb This Week are for sale, each in need of a new home.

This week we’re checking out some antique Ford headlights, a vintage sink, and a 70’s Bug convertible. Let’s go

How to Start Your Own DIY Club



Supper Club? Book Club? Nah. DIY Club? YES!

Supper club requires that you cook, and who really want to talk about symbolism and character foils at book club—so why not get together to do what we all love to do: gorge on chardonnay and chocolate while creating some crafty DIY projects?

You know, the ones we all admired in our favorite blogs and on Pinterest, but rarely had the confidence or the drive to actually tackle. That night, our group of eight or so ladies made a promise to get together monthly and handcraft unique and usable décor, trinkets, jewelry and knick knacks—with each project coming in at $25/person, max.

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