I Want This — Antique Sewing Table

I Want This — Antique Sewing Table

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I adore the cast-iron scrollwork on the base of this sewing table. I’m inspired by the women in my life who have been crafters and makers, and a piece like this reminds me of their legacies. From my great-grandmother all the way to my own mother, women in my life have been sewers and makers of all sorts. I’d use this table as a place to craft, write letters and flip through design books with a warm cup of tea this fall

In Search Of — Budget Couches for Less Than $500

In Search Of — Budget Couches for Less Than $500

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Welcome to the daily series In Search Of, where we look high and low on Krrb for one-of-a-kind items that we must have now! Today it’s all about cheap sofas and we’ve got more than you’d expect.

People are always trying to trade up their sofas. They start with a cheap find, scout out a nicer one and then offload the first. We see an opportunity here. Great, gently used sofas for a get-it-out-of-my-house price. Presenting: Sofa steals for $500 and under

Critical Decor — The Scandal Free Home of Olivia Pope

Critical Decor — The Scandal Free Home of Olivia Pope

We love television as much as the next guy. But we get particularly giddy when we get to pick apart the decor in search of deeper truths. Join us as we investigate the who, what, when and especially the why of interior design drama.

For many of you, the fall season is about pumpkin spice lattes, apple picking and an cozy sweaters. For me, it’s about ABC’s hit drama Scandal. The popular political thriller show features Olivia Pope, who handles crisis management in Washington, D.C.

Sure, there are plenty of great shows on television right now, but it’s the twists and turns of Olivia’s life keep me glued to Scandal. Everything about the show from the array of mysterious characters to Olivia and Fitz’s will-they-or-won’t-they-get-together relationship to Olivia’s perfectly decorated home draw me into her story, which is partially based on former George Bush administration press aide Judy Smith.

Critical Decor — The Scandal Free Home of Olivia Pope

While many viewers ended last season with one collective gasp of (spoilers warning!) over the revelation of Olivia’s dad, we most certainly spent the better half of the past two seasons gasping at the precise way Olivia styles everything from her outfits to her home. Let’s be real, we all want to be Olivia Pope. Even under the toughest pressure Olivia Pope is a true gladiator, one who wears Prada. From her perfectly casual slouchy sweaters to pristinely pressed suits she gives a new found elegance to contemporary design and “cool under pressure” attitude.

Critical Decor — The Scandal Free Home of Olivia Pope

As a professional ‘fixer’ Olivia has to be perfectly composed to inspire confidence from her high-profile DC clients. This perfection carries into her home life as well as you’ll notice from the simple design of her abode. Just as stylish as her clothes, Olivia’s home meshes perfectly with her contemporary style, furnished in a neutral palette, clean lines and soft tones. She is too busy to fuss with complicated surroundings. Everything has its place. Olivia’s apartment is becoming a favorite conversation topic amongst Scandal fans who pay attention to the details. For example, there aren’t any indications of Olivia’s upbringing. “You don’t see baby pictures, a mother or father,” Production Designer Corey Kaplan has said previously. Viewers don’t know a lot about Olivia’s past and so her home reflects that aloofness.
Critical Decor — The Scandal Free Home of Olivia Pope

Luckily for fans, contemporary pieces are rather easy to shop for. We’ve put together a few key items to make your home fit for a gladiator.

Critical Decor — The Scandal Free Home of Olivia Pope


Tell Us

Visual inspiration is all around us these days, and it’s no great leap to imagine wanting to live in the homes we visit — via our TV screens — every week. What do you think? would you design your home around Scandal?

In Search Of — Reclaimed Wood Home Decor

In Search Of — Reclaimed Wood Home Decor

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Welcome to the daily series In Search Of, where we look high and low on Krrb for one-of-a-kind items that we must have now! Today it’s all about reclaimed wood and we’ve got tons of furniture made from it.

Not only is reclaimed wood a better option for the environment than cranked-out factory furniture, its character and personality come through in each piece. Artisans and furniture makers can make beautiful wares from recycled wood taken from barns, sheds and even pallet wood. Here are a few of our favorite pieces

In Search of — Sculptures

In Search of — Sculptures

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Welcome to the daily series In Search Of, where we look high and low on Krrb for one-of-a-kind items that we must have now! Today, it’s all about sculptures and we’ve got a bunch of beautiful ones.

A little 3-D art can add a touch of class to any space. Whether it’s a hanging sculpture, a piece of wall art or a teeny stand-alone, here are some of the art pieces we’re loving on Krrb

I Want This — Set of Brass Candlesticks

I Want This — Set of Brass Candlesticks

Sure there is a bit of untoward Clue-like darkness to these brass beauties. Isn’t it always Professor Plum in the parlor with the candlestick? But all in all, the varied—yet cohesive—nature of them is really special. Candlesticks are a great way to add a little funk to any homestead and these have the gravitas to make a 300 square-foot studio apartment feel just a bit more like a castle.

Find these candlesticks in Gene’s Corner for $200.

Staff Picks — Our Favorite Recipes for the Fall Season

Staff Picks — Our Favorite Recipes for the Fall Season

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We don’t like to play favorites but around these parts, autumn is the best season of the year. After weeks of basking in the sun’s rays, we’re itching to head inside, kick off our boots and cozy up with delicious treats. It’s no coincidence that fall is the season for apple-picking and pumpkin pie-making, two activities that involve warm spices and hungry bellies. To whet your appetite, the Krrb team shares their prized recipes to whip up this month

In Search Of — Vintage Kids’ Home Decor

In Search Of — Vintage Kids Home Decor

Too-cool-for-school retro kid. Photo: Collegecandy.blogspot.com

Welcome to the daily series In Search Of, where we look high and low on Krrb for one-of-a-kind items that we must have now! Today, it’s all about the funkiest, cutest vintage kids’ items.

Who says the youngest among us can’t have a little retro style? Here are our favorite kiddie pieces with major class

The Savvy Scavenger — Smart Impulse Vintage Shopping and Picks of the Week

The Savvy Scavenger — Smart Impulse Vintage Shopping and Picks of the Week

You don’t know much I wanted to take this cool sculptural piece home.

When you’re scavenging, you gotta go with your gut. But sometimes, your gut is bigger than your 500-square-foot Brooklyn apartment. Last weekend at the Atlantic Antic, a huge neighborhood block party, I made a beeline for a sculptural globe made from intertwined tree limbs. I knew immediately that this statement piece (priced at $70!) would look so cool in our living room. But my heart sank when I did a quick measurement — it was too big for the space. So I had to step away, leaving this cool find for the next lucky shopper

5 Green Methods to Clean Brass

5 Green Methods to Clean Brass

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There’s nothing quite like the warm, well-loved patina that builds on a piece of brass. Just take a look at a pair of vintage brass drawer handles or an antique brass lighter, and you’ll notice that the character alone can draw a crowd. However without proper care, even the prettiest brass pieces can go unnoticed under years of tarnish. And while your neighborhood home improvement store carries cleansers specifically made for this, the furthest you need to travel is to your pantry to reclaim a golden glow. Here are five natural ways to clean and polish brass

How to Create a Gallery Wall

How to Create a Gallery Wall

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Gallery walls are one of my favorite trends in home decor. I never get sick of grazing collections of odds and ends in one’s home and discovering what’s important to the homeowner. The best thing about gallery walls is that you can’t get it wrong. Everything from family photos, cards and artwork can be mixed together to create a focus point that is all your own. Here are three steps to ensure that your gallery wall looks cohesive and balanced

In Search Of – China Cabinets

In Search Of – China Cabinets

In need of a good china cabinet? Photo: Cottageintheoaks.com

Welcome to the daily series In Search Of, where we look high and low on Krrb for one-of-a-kind items that we must have now! Today, it’s all about china cabinets.

Queen Mary in the late 17th century was a serious collector of china while living in Holland. She had Dutch craftsmen travel to England to build the first china cabinet so she could display her famous collection of blue and white china. Still both practical and beautiful, china cabinets are transformed by what’s displayed within them. Here are a few of our favorites

5 Ways To Care For Your Secondhand Leather Goods

5 Ways To Care For Your Secondhand Leather Goods

Tips and tricks for taking care of leather. Photo: Culturepressreleases.com

Leather is an investment. A leather handbag or a pair of shoes made from good, quality leather should be expensive. It’s one of those materials that requires an upfront investment along with frequent care. But the payoff is worth it. A fine leather item that’s been cared for wears beautifully with age and will last through generations. Here are five simple tips to keep in mind when caring for leather.

In Search Of — Wrought Iron Furniture

In Search Of — Wrought Iron Furniture

Wrought Iron in Pensacola, Florida. Photo: Everywhereonce.com

Welcome to the daily series In Search Of, where we look high and low on Krrb for one-of-a-kind items that we must have now! Today, it’s all about wrought iron and we’ve got plenty of it.

Intricately beautiful wrought iron designs cascade down buildings in New Orleans. It’s the foundation for tons of furniture and a beautiful accent material in industrial decoration. We’re seeing plenty of wrought iron furniture on the classifieds. Check out this round up of pieces that caught our eye

Color Psychology — Emerald Green, the Gem of 2013 Home Decor

Color Psychology — Emerald Green, the Gem of 2013 Home Decor

Pantone named emerald green as the color for 2013. Photo: Joannalord.com

When Pantone declared emerald green as the color of 2013, we happily opened our homes to the jeweled hue.

The uplifting color inspires elegance and tranquility. And the association to baubles is no coincidence as the hue suggests wealth both material and otherwise. That’s not to say the color isn’t earthy — after all, green is found everywhere in nature and represents the cycle of renewal

I Want This — Brushed Steel File Coffee Table

I Want This — Brushed Steel File Coffee Table

As someone who had been on the search for a great coffee table for nearly two years, I really have an appreciation for when a special piece pops up on my radar. This awesome flat file coffee table addresses the classic need for combining storage with a usable surface – and does it with some style! It’s got a great look about it with the brushed steel finish and the glass top. But I also love that it’s plenty wide, and can accommodate everything from tasty snack smorgasbord during the World Cup final to a heated game of Monopoly with friends. The flat-file drawers are super nice for things like photos, magazines, records, board games, or really anything that you wouldn’t want to fold or stuff in a closet.

And it’s mobile! There’s only one thing better than a big heavy industrial piece of furniture, and that’s one that’s easy to move. I’d roll this thing all over the apartment and try different configurations. The glass top also offers a lot of possibilities. Maybe a big print of a favorite art piece slid under the glass? This thing has so much going for it.

Find this Brushed Steel Flat File Coffee Table on Krrb. $985.

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