20 Hacks to Make Your Whole Home Feel Bigger

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Photo: Apartmenttherapy.com

As someone who currently has a desk-nightstand-vanity hybrid, trust me when I say that I get all of your small-space living woes. I’ve turned to the wise voices of Pinterest to find the essential tips and tricks you’ll need to make your home feel open and welcoming, no matter what the size. Let’s navigate this big journey through small spaces together

Get Organized — Tips and Tricks to Maximize Your Dressers

Get Organized — Tips and Tricks to Maximize Your Dresser

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Getting organized isn’t easy but staying organized is even more of a challenge. We scoured the internet for ways to make the most of your dressers. No matter what room it’s in or what purpose it’s serving, we found ideas to optimize your storage in ways you’ve never even dreamed of

Local Folklore — Haunted Tales Across America

Local Folklore — Haunted Tales Across America

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Most scary stories have a hint of truth to them. We’ve combed through the haunted history of cities across America, sharing only the most chilling tidbits of local folklore. Fact or fiction—you be the judge. Either way, these tales will leave you in a fright

What’s Cooking — Waffles for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

What's Cooking — Waffles for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The Anchor serves up delectable waffles to locals in Manchester’s Rusholme neighborhood. Photo: Unsplash.com/anchorcoffee

My waffle iron is in constant play lately. To say I’m on a waffle kick is an understatement, I’ve been experimenting every possible way to make a meal using this kitchen gadget. Here are some of my favorite recipes to whet your appetite

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

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Photo: Zimmermanshoes.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 checked out the South, so let’s head north to celebrate the best handmade, eco-friendly and small batch goods that the Northeast has to offer

5 Ways 3D Printing Is Reaching New Creative Heights

5 Ways 3D Printing Is Reaching New Heights

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Where technology, design and craftsmanship meet lays the 3D printer, a modern machine that can engineer a 3D object from the bottom up by “printing” layers of material. The first 3D printer made its mark as just a prototype tester back in the 1980’s but that technology has given way to a whole new world of accessibility. With 3D printing, engineers have developed inexpensive prosthetics customized for the individual, ecological cars that can go from concept to production in months and radical new ways to conceive and produce art. Not to mention, the open-source initiative that has allowed local makers and DIYers to collaborate and fabricate 3D printed items in their own homes. Keep reading to see five ways 3D printing is changing how we create

Local Harvest — Visit Your Neighborhood Pumpkin Patch

Local Harvest — Visit Your Neighborhood Pumpkin Patch

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Take a wild hayride. Sip apple cider. And get lost in a sea of pumpkins. The season calls for outdoor fun at a pumpkin patch. We’ve rounded up the best places to get a taste of autumn. Read on for a few pumpkin patches in the memory-making business

Experience the Historic Trip Across Route 66

Traveling Across Route 66

The famous Rt. 66 shield is painted on the old road outside Roy’s Cafe in the desert town of Amboy, California. Photo: Travelroute66.tumblr.com

Next month Route 66 turns a spry 90 years old. The corridor that runs through eight states—connecting Chicago to the West Coast—has had quite the impact on American culture throughout history. Established on November 11, 1926, this interstate highway was the first of its kind, making American travel simpler and more efficient.

Although it’s mainly been a thoroughfare, communities developed all along US 66, opening businesses and attractions to serve those passing by. In the 1960’s, Route 66’s popularity went into decline as new infrastructure connecting cities began popping up. But the nostalgia and historic importance of this first passageway—fondly known as “Mother Road”— remains present. If you’ve never experienced Route 66, see just how to travel and what to see along the way

Top 20 Scariest Stories to Tell on Halloween. Muah Ha Ha Ha.

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Halloween is a couple weeks away and what better way to celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year than a round up of the 20 most blood-curdling, hair-raising, spine-chilling stories of all time. We must warn you though, these chilling campfire tales and haunting urban legends aren’t for the faint of heart. We won’t judge you if you have to leave the lights on…

In The Kitchen – 25 Warming and Scrumptious Fall Recipes

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Sweet Roasted Rosemary Acorn Squash Wedges, see recipe below. Photo: Pioneerwoman.com

Fall is definitely here and with chilly weather comes warm and filling comfort foods for our tables and maybe more importantly, our bellies. From rib-sticking roasts to the sweet and earthy veggies that are so ubiquitous this time of year, there are many ways to please that palette. So sit back, gaze and graze on these 25 fall recipes to get you started on this season’s culinary escapades. Mmm, tasty

Pitfalls to Avoid When Buying Used Clothes

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Photo: Ushabellebongo.wordpress.com

Want to have a Free People wardrobe on a Forever 21 budget? Can’t stand the thought of cramming your beleaguered calves into yet another pair of skinny jeans? It might be time to hit the used market. Whether you’re flipping through the racks of a celebrity-owned vintage clothing store or digging through the dollar bin at the back of your local Goodwill, these tips will help you avoid common mistakes.

Remember: just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean it’s worth it

5 Great Ways to Repurpose Dresser Drawers

Krrb — 5 Great Ways to Repurpose Dresser Drawers

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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 an old dresser that’s falling apart? Well instead of trashing the whole thing, salvage what you can. Take out all of the drawers that are in decent condition and start repurposing them with one of these fun projects

Spooky Traditions — The Origin of Halloween Costumes

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Photo: Nationalgeographic.com

We’ve tackled already the traditions of jack-o’-lanterns, and now we’re ready to dive into the history of halloween costumes! On Halloween you see costumes ranging from spooky monsters to Hollywood icons and everything in between roaming down the streets. From the tiniest of babies in their first pumpkin costume to puppies donning wigs to resemble Dorothy from Wizard of OZ (being Toto would be too obvious), October 31st is a day of dress-up celebrations. Where and when did this spooky and sweet tradition start? Let’s find out

13 Haunted and Cursed Objects Throughout History

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Photo: Unsplash.com

Do you ever wonder about the origins of your secondhand items? That 100-year-old doll may look harmless enough, but what would the people who owned it before you have to say? I’ve always had an interest in a good mystery, so when I came across this first entry a few years ago, it triggered a passion for finding “haunted” or “cursed” objects that hasn’t stopped since. In the spirit of the season, I’ve rounded up 13 objects with great (and sometimes unexplained) background stories, that will have you thinking twice about the history of your next thrift store score

Learn How to Layer Your Rugs Like a Pro

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Photo: Mydomaine.com

If you find yourself looking for a quick trick that can completely transform your space, look no further than the art of layering rugs. You can use this technique to add depth to your room, to make your small space look bigger or just to add more texture and personality to the room in general. No matter what your style is, you’ll be able to mix and match rugs with different patterns, colors and materials to give your living space a new focal point

Spooky Traditions — Pumpkin Carving

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Photo: Annstreetstudio.com

There are certain traditions that we find ourselves doing every year, season after season, never knowing why we started doing them in the first place. For example, let’s talk pumpkin carving! Every time October rolls around, we push up our sleeves and take a carving knife right to a pumpkin. Sure, it looks pretty when they’re all a-glow on the front stoops of tree-lined streets, but why did we start turning pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns in the first place? We decided to dig deeper and learn about how this tradition started and why it became the intricate art form it is today

Vintage Political Memorabilia — Then and Now

Vintage Political Memorabilia

President Harry Truman holding the erroneous Chicago Daily Tribune with headline DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN which overconfident Republican editors had rushed to print on election night. Photo by W. Eugene Smith//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

On November 3, 1948, President Harry S. Truman famously head up the front page of the Chicago Daily Tribune with an incorrect headline announcing Thomas E. Dewey as the victor of the presidential election. The Republican editors at the Chicago Daily Tribune were convinced that Dewey had won and rushed to print. Original vintage copies of this historic mistake are currently valued at over $3,000. There is no doubt that political campaigns affect us wholeheartedly, but they also leave us with a trail of memorabilia in its wake. From Barack Obama’s iconic “Hope” poster designed by artist Shepard Fairey to vintage Nixon for President buttons, we collected these in an act of support and after—they become a part of history. With the 2016 presidential election a month away, I’m taking a look at political memorabilia. Share in the comments what you’ve collected over the years of voting (and those I voted! stickers count.)

Member Spotlight — Julius Dorsey Who Fought Failure to Start Chicago Fire Furniture

Member Spotlight — Julius Dorsey Who Fought Failure to Start Chicago Fire Furniture

Art gallery featuring work by Julius Dorsey inside the O’Brien & Murphy-Aguilú law firm. Photo: Facebook.com/OMAlawgroup

It takes a special state of mind to find beauty in the decay. For artist Julius Dorsey, it’s not a state of mind, but a state of being. From his start in Detroit (currently recovering from financial ruins) to building his business Chicago Fire from nothing, Julius has seen again and again that when there is decay, there is growth. On Krrb, he sells vintage furniture and pieces he’s handcrafted that have been torched to bring out the beauty. Read on and get inspired by Julius’s journey

11 Brilliant Storage Solutions (That Work!) for Your Bedroom

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Photo: Apartmenttherapy.com

Whether you’re spread out in a sprawling mansion or crammed into a tiny apartment, it seems like no one ever has enough storage space for their stuff. When that issue comes into your bedroom, it turns an area that should be a peaceful sanctuary into a cluttered mess. So skip the stress and get motivated by these creative storage solutions, check out our Pinterest for additional bedroom inspiration, and rest easy from now on

Offbeat Travel — Visit Some of America’s Ghost Towns

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Photo: Banditblog.com

When I was 12, my family decided that our vacation that year would be spent in Arizona. Determined to see as much of the state as we could in a week, I have general memories of cool resorts, really really good pancakes and of course the Grand Canyon. One spot in particular that left an impression was Jerome, or the “Largest Ghost Town in America.”

Since then, I’ve been fascinated by ghost towns. Some are more attraction-oriented, and others are perfect for history buffs, photographers or explorers. Whether you’re planning a long drive or quick trip out of town, here are some cool historical sites to bring some old-timey spook into your summer